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    52 ODES TO JOY: S.U.N.S. TEAS

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    TEA FOR TWO Picture you upon my knee Just tea for two And two for tea Just me for you And you for me alone. - Music by Vincent Youmans; Lyrics by Irving Caesar Tea as a tonic for “joyous aging” is documented 300 years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth when a Chinese army...
    Cullman County desperately needs to vote to keep an appointed superintendent in the next election for Cullman County Schools.   I have heard so many people say they don’t have a voice or vote at all with what happens in the school system. We have a county school board where everyone...
    “The JOYrontologist” is saluting joy-seeking explorers this Columbus Day holiday. As we raise flutes of Prosecco and chow down on veal pizza (recipe below), I’m thinking not only of the great, Italian navigator, Cristoforo Columbo, and his Spanish “GoFundMe” campaigns but also of the many and diverse, bold, determined...
    ODE TO AUTUMN Autumn days are here, blue sky clear and dear. Let’s harvest a bushel of joy and fall cheer. Our S.U.N.S. (Smile-Making, Uniting, Neighboring, Spellbinding) group this first week of fall shared joyous memories from many previous autumns and how each of us is adding joy to our life this...

    52 ODES TO JOY: MORE F-WORDS

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    F-WORDS  ̶̶  there are so FLIPPIN’ many FANTASTICATIOUS ones! Here are a few more fun, FLAVORFUL faves after all of these from the former feast: FOOTLOOSE, FANFARES, FUNFAIR, FLATTER, FABOLICIOUS, FAH SHIZZLE MY NIZZLE, FACE-FANCY, FANDANGO, FORGIVENESS, FATHERLY, FAUNA, FELICITY, FRANKNESS, FRATERNIZE and FABOPHILIA. F-WORDS are figured to form 7,138...
    I would like to let your community know they have a coroner they should be thankful for. After losing my wife Ruth of 38 years in an auto accident, I was contacted by Mr. Jeremy Kilpatrick. He was most helpful in guiding me through what was needed. He went...

    52 ODES OF JOY: THE F-WORDS

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    F-WORDS are not used frequently enough. At least that’s true for some F-WORDS. There are so many FABU F-WORDS, I’ve FINAGLED them into two fragments, 25 in this installment and 25 MORE F-WORDS in the next. To fortify your familiarity with the four basic facets of “The S.U.N.S. (Smile-Making, Uniting,...
    ODE TO BRAND YOU If you were a brand, Would you be fresh and sweet as Krispy Kreme, Or aged and mellow like a sip of Jim Beam? You might be calm like NyQuil or rowdy like Harley-Davidson, Or hot as Tabasco or warming like Lipton. Whatever your message, one thing is true, No brand is...
    “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be…” - Robert Browning “The JOYrontologist” recommends: If you only read one book about joyous aging in your one precious life, let it be “BETTER WITH AGE: The Psychology of Successful Aging” by Dr. Alan D. Castel. BETTER WITH AGE should not only...
    On average, 130 American lose their lives by suicide every day. More than five lives per hour. One life lost every 11 minutes. On Dec. 27, 2012, my mother was one of those lives. Seven years later I tried my best to be one of those lives.  For decades I...