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The Central Ohio Chapter encompasses the Columbus Metro area
and surrounding suburbs.



September 21, 2019
November Meeting - Presentation by The Writers Group
Most of us have read a chapter or two in a Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Did you know that Mary Hiland, a member of the TTN Writers Peer Group, submitted a story to Chicken Soup? Her piece, titled “The Bungee that Binds” was selected for the 1997 edition of Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul. Her prize was $200.00 plus copies of the book.

The Writers group decided to try our luck. We each wrote to at least one of the following categories: “Laughter is the Best Medicine”, “Stories about the December and January Holiday Seasons”, “Miracles”, and “The Golden Years (over 60) or Second Wind”.

Two of the submission dates haven’t passed yet, and two already have, so the writers haven’t heard whether our articles have been chosen for publication. Apparently, inflation hasn’t increased the monetary prize. It’s still $200.00, plus ten free books, but the recognition, pride, and fulfillment are worth so much more. Wouldn’t you agree?

Come join the Writers Group on Monday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Quest Conference Center when we will read our selections.

As we have done in past presentations, at the end of the meeting, we will ask everyone to write for ten minutes about one of the four categories and then invite volunteers to read their pieces.
Please also join us for an early 4:30 p.m. dinner and extra camaraderie at the nearby Polaris Grill.
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September 20, 2019
From The Writers Group - Submission by Roberta Kayne
The Veil
She is wrapped in a cloak of mysterious hues, angels surrounding her.  But you would not see that veil, what you may see is that she is often quiet but also open, loving, giving, happy and curious..
There is wisdom in her eyes, from years and years of experience, but more than that, there is enlightenment from this and previous lives.  Ah, and many lives has she lived…each trauma, each marriage, each success and each failure a transition from one life to another.
She has healing power in her hands, the warmth passing through her to you.  Her empathy reaches out and wants to solve your problems and heal your wounds, but ends up causing her to take on your pain.
Photography is her love, her passion and her salvation.  Getting lost in the world of nature, mountains, fields, streams and flowers ameliorates her past traumas and re-energizes her; her worries and the problems of the world fading away.
Through focusing on sharing the world with you, her own healing happens in the process.
She sees life in pictures and possible photographs, from little bugs and dew on the flowers to sunrise on the mountains.
People are beginning to acknowledge her expertise in photography and are asking her to speak to groups about it.  She is honored, humbled and grateful that she is actually beginning to see her legacy come to fruition.
She loves to give and give back – donating her time to serving at Rotary or with meals on wheels, donating her photographic skills and her photographs to charities, visiting sick friends, using her Reiki on the dying.
Smart in some ways and less in others, she didn’t finish college, but came so close, and she often thinks of that as a handicap – but she makes up for it by being ingenious, resourceful, and insightful.
Once you see past the veil, you will see that she has greying hair, wrinkles starting to show at the corners of her eyes, a little bit of bags forming above her cheekbones, a slight double chin, gravity pulling at her face and neck and a tummy pooch.  Some people say she is tiny or petite, but she doesn’t think of herself as tiny…maybe short in stature but powerful.
Like a diamond, she has many facets, many dimensions, many shades.  I wonder what facets you see; I wonder because that gem is me.
Roberta Kayne

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September 3, 2019
September 16 Meeting - Members' Travel Adventures

Monday, September 16, 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Pl, Columbus, OH 43240

Travel is one of those things many of us do more of once we’ve retired (or if we have earned a lot of accrued vacation in our day jobs).  If you’re looking for where to go on your next travel adventure, enjoy tales of members who have traveled recently.

Anna Crooks and Leslie Robinson and their “On D'Road in Alabama”.

Pat Hurley will share travel tips with “AZ on the Cheap.”

Roberta Kayne and Donna Owen will share their trip to Israel.

Kay Porr with Galapagos and Quito, Ecuador adventures.

All of our intrepid travelers will bring some pictures to share as they recount their adventure for us.

You are also invited to gather for dinner at 4:30 pm at Polaris Grill on Polaris Parkway before the program meeting at Quest.

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September 2, 2019
Letter from the Chair – September 2019

We’re moving toward the end of another year and I find myself disappointed again because summer is leaving us.  You can feel the changes all around as “everyone” goes back to school.  What will be new for you this fall?

For our chapter, we have two new Transition Peer Groups meeting this fall.  The Single Women’s Group and an East Side Group, women whose zip code is on the east side of town will both meet in September, October and November.  

The Transition Peer Group is one of the TTN Signature Programs only available to our members.  The Peer Groups are small groups of our members who come together monthly to explore topics of their choice in depth. 

Unlike Special Interest Groups, membership in a Peer Group is consistent from month to month.  They add new members only when the existing group decides to do so.  Frequently meeting in smaller groups fosters the deeper connections and intimacy that attract women to TTN.  

In Central Ohio, Peer Groups are a new offering.  Later this year we’ll examine the results and consider next steps.

The Chapter has also begun planning for the 2020 year.  In August, a group of members volunteered to take on the planning of programs for 2020.  We have a tentative slate of programs and will be meeting again on October 1, to confirm meeting topics, speakers and locations for the 2020 year.

Membership growth and retention will be the next topics to tackle when we come back together.  If you could not make the August meeting and will take on some tasks to help with the 2020 year, mark October 1 on your calendar and watch for further details.

I look forward to seeing all of you on September 16, our next monthly program date.

Make it a great day!


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August 27, 2019
Special Interest and Transition Peer Groups – September, 2019 and Future Events


Wellness Group: 

Women's Self Defense Class - Wellness Event Series:

Westerville Police is sponsoring a free Women's Self Defense Class. The last class is scheduled for Oct 19th. You don't have to be a Westerville resident to sign up. The sign-up website is here

For information on the Wellness Group, please contact Roberta Kayne at or Maureen Severns at  And if you would like to plan an event or have an idea for a wellness event, please contact Roberta or Maureen.

Sleuthin’ Genies Genealogy Group

Contact Karen Linnenkohl for information about the "Sleuthin' Genies" Genealogy Group at  

Movie and Theatre Group

Instead of a movie night in September, Mary is suggesting that we see the musical, Chicago, which will be performed at Otterbein, September 26th-29th. If you are interested, please contact Mary at with your choice of date. 


Writers Group

Our next meeting is on September 20th, Friday. Our group is still capped at ten. 

If we lose members due to attrition, etc., our cap will decrease. At the same time, we encourage other interested TTN members who would like to join or lead another writers group to start a second group. One of our members would be happy to attend a meeting to help you get started.  Please contact Anna Crooks at 

Fact Gatherers Group

This group has reached its limit of 10 members. Contact Mary Greenlee at for the next meeting date.

Welcome New Members!

Please welcome new members, Heather Gross and Elizabeth Kuhn. If you are a new member and would like to introduce yourself through the Newsletter, please contact Mary Hiland at

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August 25, 2019
“Health, the Ultimate Form of Wealth”

At our TTN Central Ohio Chapter meeting on August 18, 2019, Susan Fehl spoke about the energy centers or chakras in our bodies, and discussed how to eliminate energy blocks and get things flowing. This is all backed up by a growing body of evidence. Chakras are the emotional, mental and spiritual energy centers. Illness results from blocks in the flow of energy. 

First, she told us about her story of pain starting in high school, her journey to eliminate that pain, and how she came to study energy. She sang the praises of TTN’s workshop, which helped Susan realize her goal of working with energy.

She provided a handout to follow along as she went through each of the chakras, their names, the element associated with them, their color, the stones and crystals associated with them, and the energetic realm they rule.  Susan also discussed what happens if any of your chakras are blocked. For example, your intuition can be lost or you could have headaches if your Third Eye Chakra is blocked.

There are many ways of unblocking your energy for each of the chakras, she explained.  For example, some techniques to unblock, ground and balance the Third Eye Chakra are sunshine, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and sound healing.

Some resources are as follows:

- Sound healing Free on You Tube. Google: healing music hz.

- Heal and align the seven chakras with Tibetan Singing Bowls sound therapy. Learn more at
- Dr. Sandra Solano: Sound Bath at Radiant Yoga and Wellness (many first Sundays @ 7:00-8:00 p.m.)

There are too many other wonderful resources to list here, including yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, HeartMath, Reiki, acupuncture, and more.  Two of the lasting questions she had were “What are we going to do to achieve our definition of Health?” and “Do you recharge yourself every day?” 

- Donna Kayne Owen

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August 25, 2019
Chautauqua Institution 2019 Update

Five TTN members, Pat Hurley (Weeks 4 and 5), Ann Fox (Week 4), Mary Hiland (Weeks 5 and 6), Jeannette McDonald (Week 5), and Anna Crooks (Week 5) attended Chautauqua (CHQ) Institution in Chautauqua, NY in July and August.

Week 4 Program title was “The Longevity Opportunity: How Longer Lives Are Changing the World”; Week 5 was “The Life of the Spoken Word”, and Week 6 was “What’s Funny? In Partnership with the National Comedy Center.”

Pat also taught a class during Week 4.  All members brought back interesting stories to tell. You can read more about Mary’s own CHQ experience by visiting her blog, Sharing some photos of our CHQ weeks….

Photo 1: Pat Hurley, Mary Hiland, Dora, Jeannette McDonald, Anna Crooks enjoying their last evening on the porch of the Athenaeum Hotel

Photo 2: Mary Hiland, Dora, Jeannette McDonald, Anna Crooks with carillon keyboardist in the 1911 Miller Bell Tower

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July 30, 2019
August Letter from the Chair: Tenth Anniversary Central Ohio TTN Membership Drive

In recognition of our 10-year anniversary as a chapter this year, it is time to re-create the same energy and enthusiasm that started the chapter.

For those who have been with the chapter for years, you’re comfortable with one another.  You’ve made some great friends and contributed to getting the chapter where it is today.   The chapter needs to continue to grow and evolve as an example to the women we serve.  

Between now and the end of the year, we’re launching a two- pronged membership campaign.  

First, we ask you to find individuals who could enjoy what TTN offers.  

Please to reach out to your contacts and friends, friends of your oldest daughter.  Call a younger colleague at your former place of employment.  Tell them about how TTN has affected your 50 and forward life.

As an incentive, current members will receive a TTN branded gift for each friend or former colleague who joins our chapter.  

If you are still active with a local professional organization for women, or know others who might help secure a few minutes to introduce TTN to their membership, please contact Carol Oswald.  Our chapter and the membership drive would enjoy exposure with these groups.  We are available to attend one of their meetings this fall and share TTN.

Second, we will offer the Women in Transition Workshop on October 12, 2019 with a goal to attract women new to TTN.   

It’s time to attract the next generation of women to the Central Ohio Chapter of TTN—those 50 and forward wondering about their own “what’s next.”

All new members who join and attend the Annual December 2019 Celebration and Reflection, December 16, will have their name entered for a drawing to win a complimentary second year of membership.

Ann Fox, Chair

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July 1, 2019
July Letter From The Chair - What's Next?
We’re taking July off from our regular monthly program meeting while everyone enjoys their summer.   And while there’s no formal program there are a few upcoming activities I want you to keep in mind.
You will receive an invitation to take part in one of the TTN Signature Programs new to Central Ohio - the Transition Peer Group. The Peer Groups will meet for three months beginning in September. This will be a new offering for current members of the chapter.   Peer Groups offer opportunities to gather in small groups to share and learn from one another while we discuss the topic at hand or what’s on our mind.
Please watch for the invitation e-mail if you are interested in taking part in one of the Peer Groups.
This summer we will also kick off a New Member Drive in celebration of the Central Ohio TTN 10-year anniversary. We’d like to target those women 50 and forward to expand the chapter and bring in the next generation of women curious about what’s next for them. Women looking for new connections as they transition to the next phase of their lives.
We’re asking you to reach out to your contacts and friends. Call a younger colleague at your former place of employment and tell them about how TTN has impacted your 50 and forward life.
As part of the New Member Drive and our ongoing intent to have an impact in central Ohio, we will offer a “Women in Transition” workshop on October 12, 2019. We are hoping to attract several women new to TTN and what it offers.   We’ll be using many of the same marketing outlets we used for the Joy Loverde event and will ask each of you to help us spread the word about the workshop.
Later this summer there will be two planning sessions for our 2020 year. Anyone interested in helping with the chapter’s programming, marketing, membership and other duties is encouraged to contribute. Additional details will come in your e-mail.
As most of you know, we have managed this year with a skeleton crew steering for the chapter. For 2020 we will try to break the work down into discreet tasks to make it possible for more folks to get involved with no need to make a yearlong commitment.
This is an all-volunteer organization and without the input of your effort, the organization struggles.
Programming for the rest of 2019 is finalized and will be posted on the website shortly.
Have a great summer!
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July 1, 2019
Summary of our June Event ~ Members Only Ladies Night Out
We had a blast at our Ladies Night Out on June 17!  
A handful of us met early, around 5:00 p.m., at The Old Bag of Nails in Gahanna to walk around Creekside before dinner. We were able to walk only on part of the trail, because many parts of the paved walkway were under fast moving water from all the rain. Still, it was nice to enjoy Creekside in that unusual state - we got to witness a waterfall cascading over what was normally a couple of stairs, while a Mallard couple and a family of Canada Geese with four goslings were swimming on the flooded walkway.  
Then we went back to the restaurant to enjoy some libations as the rest of the TTN members filtered in to meet us on the second floor, which we had all to ourselves.   
We enjoyed talking with our dinner companions, 15 all told, while enjoying delicious food.  One of our newest members, Barb Seckler, joined us for the first time, and we were happy to get to know her a bit. Virginia Brizendine also joined us one more time before moving out of state.  
Ann Fox, our Chapter Lead, talked about peer groups and gave us a handout as food for thought. Ann also mentioned there are some volunteer opportunities/positions available in our Chapter, if anyone is interested.  
It was a really great time and we got a group photo to share. (If you wonder why Roberta is barefooted, she took her shoes off to stand on a chair to take our group photo, but the waiter was summoned, and when he came upstairs, Roberta joined us sans shoes!) If you missed it, we hope you can join us next time! 
Flooded Walkway at Creekside  
~ written by Donna Kayne Owen  
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May 30, 2019
June Letter from the Chair -- Who Will I Have Lunch With?

How often do you have lunch alone these days?   Especially if you no longer have a spouse, significant other or roommate.

I remember working in an office and somewhat regular lunches with co-workers were easy to arrange and something to look forward to.  When I worked as a contractor and working from home, one change I recognized was the lack of ease in finding lunch companions.

Lunch with others could still be arranged with a fair amount of ease, however, it took a phone call or e-mail to set things up and typically a ride in the car to meet someone.

As I look forward to the next 30 years, I sometimes wonder if I’ll become one of those lonely seniors you read about, anxiously waiting for the “Meals on Wheels” driver for my daily human contact.  

Do you have a regular lunch bunch now?  I’m suggesting lunch because no matter how old we are it’s usually daylight for lunch.  (It could just as easily be a regular dinner group.)  If so great!  If not, why not?  

If you’re planning to be in an institution in 30 years, you won’t have to worry, you’ll have regular lunch companions in the dining room. 

For those of us who plan to “age in place,” incorporating the practice of having lunch with friends at least once a week, and talking, ideally face-to-face, to people who aren’t part of our family is key.

It used to be we’d call a neighbor or see them across the fence and chat.  In today’s world filled with busy-ness that extends into retirement, we just text or send an e-mail because we’re afraid or embarrassed to interrupt them with a call.  

Have you ever wrestled with whether to send a text or make a call?  Especially if you’re just wanting to chat and catch up?  I’ll admit, I have occasionally.  

TTN recognizes cultivating and nurturing connections as a key to a healthy long life.  I invite you to reach out to the members of our chapter in your area of the city and have lunch or breakfast or dinner regularly.  

When you regularly share a meal you’re caught up on their lives and you can share your thoughts on deeper topics, topics like a good death, and your answer to “how will I get an ice cream cone when I’m 90?” And who will change the lightbulbs?

Make a plan to share a meal and a conversation soon!

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May 28, 2019
Summary of May Meeting on Mindful Eating

At our May 20, 2019 meeting, speaker Veronica Petta, patient advocate with Blair Communications, spoke to our group about mindful eating. Her email is

Veronica calls herself a Healthy Entrepreneur.  She gave us at least eleven ways to become a mindful eater. 

One way is to imagine you've never eaten chocolate.  Then, use your senses: look at the chocolate,  feel it in your dominant hand,  then in your other hand,  smell it, then taste it, but don't eat it. Let it sit in your mouth and feel it on your tongue.

What does it feel like? What does it taste like? Then chew it and allow it to stay in your mouth for as long af you can.  At our meeting,  we did this exercise with organic strawberries.  

Other ways to eat mindfully are: 

1) Is it Craving or Hunger?

2) Give thanks - food as your gift - gratitude and contentment 

3) Take a mindful moment - breathe - be present  - slow down 

4) Eat food that takes work

5) Turn off distraction devices - unplug 

6) Eat more meals that pack a power punch (nuts, seeds, fruit, avocado, artichoke) 

7) Healthier mindful drinks (e.g., fruit and vegetable smoothie) can replace snacks 

8) Use mindful techniques. 

Additional ways are:

9) chew 30 times

10) do a 5-minute meditation before eating 

We saw a short video on the marshmallow test. You can watch this video on line at:

In a [1960's] study they put one marshmallow in front of a child and said. "You can either eat this now, or wait until I come back, and I'll give you another."  Supposedly,  the children who were able to delay their gratification had better outcomes in life. 

You can read more about that study at:

In order to make this life style change of eating mindfully,  Veronica recommends starting slowly and making small changes. She has a brownie recipe that she says is really good, which is included below.

Finally, Veronica  Petta recommends: "Don't take your health for granted."

Donna Kayne Owen 


Black Bean Brownies (Allergy-Friendly)

Makes 16 2-inch brownies.

1 1/2 cups black beans (15oz can), rinsed and drained

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 cup quick oats

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup honey   

1 egg (substitute with 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil those with egg allergies)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 Cup Pecans, chopped (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease an 8 x 8 inch pan.

2. Combine all ingredients except chips in a food processor, and blend until totally smooth.  I use the food processor attachment on my Bosch mixer. I have also used a big bowl and an immersion blender. Whatever tool you choose, just make sure the mixture is VERY well-blended.

3. Use a spatula to fold the chocolate chips into the batter and pour into the greased pan. 

4. Sprinkle pecans over the top, if desired.

5. Cook the brownies 15 to 18 minutes. Let them cool before serving.


Nutrition Facts Comparison for one 2” Brownie

Black Bean Brownies

·         Calories: 71

·         Fat: 1g

·         Carbs: 14g

·         Fiber: 3g

·         Protein: 4g

Betty Crocker Brownie

·         Calories: 180

·         Fat: 9

·         Carbs: 25g

·         Fiber: 0


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April 23, 2019
Summary of April Meeting - Socially Responsible Investing
This month's meeting for the Central Ohio Chapter of TTN was interesting and thought-provoking.  Edie Driskill, who previously wrote the book, Take Charge, spoke to us about investing in a way that allows us to get closer to our values, which will then enable us to be more peaceful. 
What struck me and others was that she raised our awareness as to the different kinds of investing. For example, she briefly spoke about Index Funds and ETFs (exchange traded funds), which she says are by definition, status quo, as long as they make money. For more information on the difference between ETFs and Index Funds, see
Edie also touched on SRI/ESG funds. She described them as investing for good works or "portfolios with a purpose", and they allow you to invest responsibly and still get returns. SRI means Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact investing. ESG funds consider Environmental, Social and corporate Governance, and allows you to align your investments with your values. 
Edie reiterated what we all know: that plastic is the problem. She stated that recycling plastic doesn't really help with the core problem, because gas is a by-product of making plastic.  
She explained "green-washing," which makes a company look more green than it is.  What's more, some companies will make huge returns because what they are doing is illegal.  It is her assertion that index funds make us complacent.  
She continued with explaining "bail reform," which is weighted toward lower income African-Americans. Edie asserts that we are all "slave owners." I am not sure how to make the connection. She suggested we watch the movie "13th," a movie about the Thirteenth Amendment, which eliminates slavery except for when a person is incarcerated. The movie shows how we have figured out how to imprison in order to enslave. 
Ms. Driskill says you can't google "Financial Activism."  However, you can have an impact or be a financial activist by being an "owner" of an organization.  In this way, you can say, "here's what I'd like to see." You can also create a buzz by calling and saying "did you know that this company does this?"  What does activism do to create change? She gave as an example of Dave's Killer Bread, sold at Fresh Thyme Market, and said that this bread company is socially responsible by employing ex-convicts. 
What Edie Driskill wants us to take away is that you can think differently about how you invest. 
If you have questions or comments, you can reach her at
  • written by Donna Owen
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