Life Management

A Change Of Scenery

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 55 seconds
I am home. After a week in California I returned home to bare tree limbs, mounds of leaves covering the lawn and a renewed enthusiasm for life on the mountain. The time away was glorious. Marty and I hiked the cliffs of Big Sur and the street of San Francisco stopping to enjoy the unique beauty of each place. As we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge, our conversation centered on technology, art a...
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Home & Community

Community: Helping The Less Fortunate

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Home & Community | Read Time: 1 minute, 59 seconds
The subtle shades of summer green have given way to brilliant colors of scarlet red, burnt orange and sunglow yellow here in the Hudson Valley. As the sun rises each morning a golden glow bathes the mountains and the world feels warm and cozy. I've lived on the mountain for ten years and I know the warm fall colors and crisp temperatures of autumn will give way to the bitter cold and ice blue color...
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Loving The Wild Life

You Like Me!

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Loving The Wild Life | Read Time: 3 minutes, 11 seconds
The garden produced an embarrassment of riches this past summer. As an enthusiastic and eager novice gardener, I may have planted a little too much for household use by two adults. I planted three varieties of tomatoes, three varieties of carrots and beans, two varieties of cucumbers, two types of lettuce, bell peppers, sweet peas, broccoli, yellow squash, Bok Choy and Brussels sprouts. That long...
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Life Management

The Importance of Grandparents

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 37 seconds
Yesterday, Joe announced a Biden run for President of the United States was a no go. I was relieved to hear of his decision. It was the right choice for the Biden family and Joe understands that. Joe lost a child when his oldest son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer this past May and my heart breaks for him. The whole family is in the beginning stages of grief that will take months, maybe even years to...
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The Fourth Quarter

The Joy Of Change

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: The Fourth Quarter | Read Time: 1 minute, 45 seconds
Two weeks ago I was in Jacksonville for my forty-fifth high school reunion. Yeah, can you believe it? Forty-five years. That number amazes me too. I had a wonderful time reconnecting with friends that I hadn't seen or talked to since our high school graduation. We discussed our careers, parents, children and grandchildren. While the conversations were br...
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General

Community: How To Care For The Least Capable

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 0 minutes, 48 seconds
I came of age in the early 1970's. No, I did not go to Woodstock; I freely admit I am the only one of my generation not to claim to be in attendance at that seminal event. On August 15, 1969, I was not rockin' to the sounds of Jimi Hendrix on Yasgur's farm. More than likely I spent my weekend at my part time job at JC Penney's waiting on moms and daughters as they shopped for back-to-...
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Loving The Wild Life

Gary the Gardener: Personal Space

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Loving The Wild Life | Read Time: 2 minutes, 22 seconds
My relationship with Gary the Gardener developed slowly after it became known to me that he was the one digging up and replanting my tulips. Gary would energetically run along the top of our six-foot wooden fence stopping occasionally to eavesdrop on Marty and me as we sat in “our chairs” by the lake. He was particularly interested in our Sunday morning gatherings that included hot drinks and coo...
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Life Management

Why Build Community?

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 44 seconds
I've been thinking and writing about community over the last couple of months. For many of us, our first experience with community is at school. We venture beyond the safety of our family into the greater fellowship of school administrators, teachers, friends and schoolmates. Some of these relationships last a lifetime and some fade away upon graduation. But within the educational community we find...
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