Enjoyed your article
on the prunes and your thoughts on the Santa Clara Valley. I
too grew up there and remember the prunes, as well as picking the
prunes as a youngster. I still live here and miss the orchards and
Thanks for the memory
jolt. Would you share the Oatmeal Prune Bread recipe? We still enjoy
prunes and they will never be plums.
Sincerely, Eva, Los Gatos,
Editor's Note: Julia
is sharing her recipe...if you'd like to request it, we'll pass
Maybe we ought to broaden
our mission. I agree that much of the site is of more interest to
seniors, but a huge amount is of interest to women of any age. I
think younger women could profit both from a peek into their own
probable futures (after all, if they're lucky, they will be in their
sixties and seventies and eighties one day) and from the perspective
of older women, who have had more experience and hopefully have
developed some wisdom on the problems universal to all women at
Inki Shaffer, Ca.
I love "our" website
and am deeply sorry to hear that you're soliciting sponsors. Of
course I suppose there is no other way, but it has been so refreshing
to come to a site that hasn't had flashing ads and the partial goal
of selling me something. Ms Magazine continues to delight
me with its "unbought" format and articles, not that it doesn't
have its own slant.
I subscribe only to newsletters
and journals that have no advertising, with the exception of Modern
Maturity. I know some of them are funded by foundations and
some are funded only by membership/subscriber contributions. You
no doubt understand that I'm one of the "simplicity" folks who has
eliminated junk mail (e and snail) and tries to live deliberately
and lightly on our shared Earth home. Getting older has certainly
helped me to make those changes in my life, and I have assumed that
many who use the website have similar values.
Seniorwomen has become
one of my favority websites, along with a couple of the simple living
By the way, I like the
new website so much that I've made it my home page!*
Marjan Wazeka in far-off
*If you'd like to also
make SeniorWomen your home page we can give you instructions as
to how to do that. We've also had a request for instructions as
to how to make SeniorWomen your wallpaper and we can tell you how
to do that, too. Email SWWPub@aol.com
Dear Editor (in answer
to our question, How do You Like Our New Design?),
I haven't even read it
yet. Where did this black font come from. Wait a minute. Well, that's
a bit better. I haven't even read anything yet on the site, but
it looks just wo more
plus add into the equation creaky knees. Have some good person address
this issue, or have everybody put their ideas into a forum or something.
There has got to be
some good ideas of how to pole vault out of the old, into the new.
What have other women done to cause a life makeover? I really need
to be in the company of kindred spirits, and this is the site!!!
I turned 60 on the 21ast and have got to figure out how to live
well the rest of the years I have left, no matter how long or short.
Love, Phyllis (email@example.com)
I finished reading your
article - Dante in the City - and was almost moved to tears. I lived
in San Jose from the early 60s to the mid-80s and have often lamented
the loss of the orchards and the way of life in the Valley there.
It really WAS a great place to live back then. On my last trip there,
I was appalled and couldn't wait to get on the plane to come home.
Thanks for the trip down
Jacquie, in the placid
and still mostly calm, quiet, clean, green, and serene Pacific NW,
First I want to let you
know how very much I enjoy Senior Women. I like the design, have
no problem understanding it.
Molly in Southern California
It's lovely (the design).
Cleaner and more compelling than the previous design. Nice colors,
too. Very best wishes,
"Cited by R.S.V.P." -
Dear Mr. Westheimer,
I just read your article,
Now" on senior-women.com. I'm so glad that you wrote it! I am
a 40 year old woman preparing to test for my fourth degree black
belt in tae kwon do. I have become very attached to a 76 year old
woman at my church who recently suffered some ill health, and I
have convinced her to let me teach her how to lift weights. I have
been doing a lot of research on the net for good exercises to start
with. I am glad that she has always been an avid swimmer, and her
physical constitution overall is very good.
She's just had a physical,
and she is recovered from her brief "down time," so things look
good. I've carefully tailored a program of weight lifting to get
her started, and I have saved the URL of your article to show her
to keep her encouraged. I do hope that you are still lifting and
that you are keeping fit. May God Bless You and your wife Dody!
I was so impressed with
your series on moving to a new location (Part
One, Part Two,
that I would love to read the "next chapter."
Please do another article
about what life is like for you now that you have been there for
A fan, Barbara Weiss
Training Coordinator, Bay Area Social Services Consortium
Thank you, thank you,
thank you!!! You're right on the money. I am in the process of self-inoculating
against the dreaded (and dreadful) LOL epidemic. On my bi-weekly
visits to my eighty-eight year old mother, who is in "assisted living"
at her retirement community, I note the big difference between the
"Alive and Kicking" and the "Here and Waiting."
No matter their physical
conditions and infirmities, the folks who are pleasant to have around
you are those who are genuinely interested in other people and current
events, and who take an active role - no matter the size - in making
life a little nicer for others. Enthusiasm is a bonus! I am often
reminded of an aged relative whose daughters kept her "powdered
and pink" to the age of 98. They would bring her out to the sitting
room for family gatherings, where she was wordlessly on display,
and were always prompt for her three-a-day feedings. I especially
remember one comment made by at least one of them at every visit:
"Doesn't Mama look pretty? She's just such a blessing!"
At some point in my life,
my fervent prayer became, "Lord, please don't let me live to be
a blessing!" Lately I've simplified the supplication to, "Lord,
don't let me live too-o-o long". Many thanks for your "Take Five."
I'm a fan! (62 years old and 5'2" tall).
Beth Moye, Maury, NC
I liked the way you listed
causes, preventions, problems and solutions regarding osteoporosis
in a concise, matter of fact way. I, too, have lost a couple inches.
I shrugged it off, reshortened hems and then broke an arm. That
wake up call led to a bone density test and the diagnosis of osteoporosis.
Now, on doctor's orders,
I take supplementary calcium (Miacalcin) and the last bone scan
showed slight, but encouraging, improvement. I'm a daily lap swimmer,
and althought it's not weight bearing, it does help keep me limber
and I do try not to fall. I've seen my mom and aunts hunched over
- and I don't want that to happen to me. It shouldn't happen to
anyone, and the solution as you aptly put it, is a healthier and
more sensible lifestyle.
Thanks again. I think
your writing's done a real service.
Sincerely, Arlene Rutstein,
Bonita Springs, Fla. and Skokie, IL
In my newspaper (The
San Antonio Express-News) there was an article about a club, started
in California, of ladies who wear purple and red, and meet for lunch
once a month. The ones under 50 have to wear lavender and pink.
Their club is based on
the poem by Jenny Joseph entitled "Warning." The poem starts our
"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat." These
ladies are interested in various things such as art and antiques.
Apparently these ladies have a lot of fun and find it liberating
to wear red and purple together. I think it's a wonderful way to
have fun and make a statement at the same time.
The club in San Antonio
has a name for themselves, "Delilahs.' Husbands can become honorary
members if they want to. The only requirement is attire. Just the
thought of red and purple brightens one's day. While on the subject
of no-nos of our generation, I find that I delight in other combinations
of colors that were taboo when I was growing up. Blue and green,
red and orange, orange and yellow. Red heads were not supposed to
wear pink or red. All that is out the window, and I say "HOORAY!"
These combinations may not be restful, but they appeal to my artistic
heart and add warmth to the world.
I like your site and
read it often. Thank you for making it well rounded, and not too
Harper, Texas firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding Julia Sneden's
article, A Grandmother
by any Other Name, my grandchildren call me "More Mommy" Since
I was Michael's Mommy's mother than made me More Mommy. I love the
Still love Senior Women.
Sarah Collins Wyard via
Dear Betty Soldz,
Your article on long
term care insurance, that appeared on the seniorwomen.com website,
was such a help in recent discussions I've been having with friends.
However, you mentioned
two other articles you were writing and I wonder if they have appeared
and I've just missed them? One was to be on "options
for financing long-term care." The other was on various types
of alternative housing.
As a long-time OWL member
and an active hospice volunteer I have a great deal of interest
in these matters and try to be a resource person for others similarly
concerned. Can you tell I'm a librarian, too! The bookstore owner,
Carol Foster, who found (your book) Wise
Choices Beyond Midlife, Women Mapping the Journey Ahead has
asked for your e-mail address; I think she'd like to get several
more copies of your book. It's been very helpful, although it also
raises many questions without simple answers. Is an updated edition
in the works? It would be a shame for it not to be available when
it is so needed.
Our library does not
have a website yet, but when it does, we doubtless will post links
to all kinds of appropriate sites. In this retirement community
the SeniorWomenWeb site would be just the kind we'd want to include.
Thanks for all of your
Marjan Wazeka in Florence,
Here's my list of Things
to Do Before You Die from your piece Swimming
With Dolphins :
Play scrabble for two
days with a willing and challenging player. Who wins doesn't matter.
Write a book.
Be like a kid for one
entire day. Eat candy, play with toys, ride a bike, play hopscotch,
jump rope, watch cartoons, play "pick-up-sticks," etc.
Eat all the chocolate
I want - many different brands - until I can eat no more.
Rent a studio for two
months all by myself and write, write, write (with an Internet connection,
Take the ferry from Bellingham,
Wa. through Alaksa to Skagway.
Take photographs of nature
and scenery until I can take no more. Traveling all over the US,
Get somebody to pay me
for my work before I do it.
My list for now!
Thanks for the fun.
Suite101 Managing Editor, Arts Contributing Editor
I would like to remind
women why we need a President who will not privatize Social Security.
Social Security is a
safety net for women. Social security protects women against poverty
because it contains a provision for cost of living increases; it
also protects women who are raising children or lose a spouse. Women
are also covered if they become disabled. Social Security protects
the woman who does not work or who takes time off to raise her children.
To privatize Social Security is very dangerous for those who cannot
afford to lose this safety net.
The above safety net
could be lost with privatization of Social Security. Benefits are
calculated on the highest years of earnings over a 35 year period.
Any year you do not work or worked where you did not pay into Social
Security is calculated as zero. You then receive benefits for the
years you paid into the system. As long as you pay into the Social
Security system for 40 quarters (10 years total) you are covered
and cannot lose your entitlement. Women who never worked are protected
because when their husband receives Social Security at full retirement
age, they will also receive a monthly check equal to one-half of
his monthly benefit.
There are inequities
for employed married women that need to be addressed. Women who
earn an income at least equal to their spouses will receive their
own benefit but not the spousal benefit received by the woman who
never worked. Also, the widow who never worked outside the home
receives higher benefits than the woman who did.
These are just some of
the inequities that need to be addressed. Although there are inequities
in the system, privatization of Social Security is not the answer.
It might benefit those who are good investors but harm those who
are not. If we divert money out of Social Security for privatization
it will weaken a system which has kept many women out of poverty
and worked equally well for all. There is much at stake for women
in this election.
Betty Soldz via e-mail
Author, Educator and Consultant in the Field of Aging
I enjoyed your
article tremendously! It brought back memories of my sewing
class in the 7th grade in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Our first project was
hemming a t-towel that we would be embroidering. Using an electric
machine was a scary prospect as I had been receiving sewing instructions
from my great aunt on her treadle machine for many years prior.
The second day of class while working at the electric machine, I
accidentally ran over the electrical cord with the needle and blew
up the machine. The teacher was really upset and the incident traumatized
me for several months after that. This event happened on a Friday
the 13th. I've always remembered this event every Friday the 13th
of my life from that day forward.
Linda Slavik, Plano,
I enjoyed your sewing
article. In fact it took me back to my Home Ec. days and the
sounds of rip it out, rip it out!!! I never thought after 6 years
I would ever sew but you know what? After getting married and having
my own machine I have sewed baby clothes, prom dresses and now grandkids
goodies. I can't even imagine life without my sewing machine and
stash of materials, buttons and snaps.
Thanks for sharing your
learning time with me. I felt I had a visit from a dear friend.
Hugs to you,
Judy Minor in Indiana
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