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Explore Your Past through Memoir

When you were younger, was there a time that sang of optimism, one you reflect on today to sustain you when you’re feeling down?  No matter how difficult your road is now, at that juncture you lived with passion and regretted making time to sleep. Or was there a trying interval you survived, one that […]

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Earthwatch Ocean Adventures: Penguins – Part 7

We watched closely as a small group of penguins approached the road crossing where we were stationed. They moved rather rapidly along the well-worn trail in the undergrowth, but stopped and piled up behind the leader as they reached the road. The leader stepped out rather tentatively, and then quickly waddled across with the rest […]

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Earthwatch Ocean Adventures: Sea Otters – Part 6

There was a lot of splashing and commotion ahead of our boat and as we got nearer we saw that a bald eagle had a salmon too big to fly with, so was dragging it to shore; we rounded a point and an Alaskan brown bear on the beach whirled and disappeared into the willows; […]

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Mounting the Denouement

Conquering the end is the reason for the beginning. We were sitting along the seawall with the bright winter sun on our faces. Cheeks are flushed in radiance, and the brilliance of sunlight refracted through tiny cresting waves is blinding. With eyes shut tight the sun creates an intensity that forces the mind away from […]

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Joshua Tree’s Desert Species – Earthwatch Adventure II

On a pleasant day, in the lower elevation Colorado Desert section of the park, we began our reptile transect in an area of palo verde trees and ocotillos near a rocky outcrop.  As we lined up to walk the first segment of the survey I immediately spotted a whiptail lizard scurrying under a creosote bush!  […]

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Rick Steves Explores Mediterranean Cruise Ports

Rick Steves has provided information about traveling to Europe to Americans for many years. A well-respected expert, Steves has never been fond of the favorite travel experience, cruising. In fact, he wrote, “I’ve long been less than enthusiastic about cruises. Years ago, cruising seemed like a rich person’s hobby — more hedonism than travel.” Because […]

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Reading the West

A trip to England in the early 1990s demonstrated to me that I was a Westerner to the bone. It was so wet and so green—and where was the bright, hot sun? Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah…these places are my places. After that vacation, I began to seek out western writers. They offered a […]

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Arenas for Retirement Activities: Play, Work, or Volunteer

Retirement activities are applied to different arenas. The arenas for retirement activities are leisure, work which includes starting a business, volunteering. Learning is also an important arena, but isn’t included within the clusters and arenas. For example, you may have a passion for gardening. As a leisure activity, you grow your own fruits and vegetable, […]

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Retirement Activities with Plants, Nature and the Environment Part 2

Part 1 Gardening and Plants Part 3 Conservation Activities with Nature If you live in the United States, you live an environment rich with diversity that is protected by local municipalities, states and federal government. There are opportunities to work and volunteer in nature with the park systems. Because so many people want to enjoy […]

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Importance of Memory Games for Seniors

Fear of dementia or Alzheimer’s is one of the primary concerns for aging baby boomers. While there is no clear way of preventing memory degeneration, researchers have concluded there are things you can do to keep you brain active. Memory games for seniors is one way to prevent dementia. Playing games can be an important […]

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