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From May 2021 Newsletter
Still Here: Caring and Dementia
Submitted by Cyndy Nelson
Many of us have a loved one who is experiencing memory issues. A friend shared this link from Safe Space Radio which I found to be very helpful. The description on the website is "This hour-long special is about the unspoken challenges of caring for a family member with dementia. The show explores the experience of ambiguous loss, where the person is both here and not here at the same time. We explore why caregivers have such high rates of isolation and depression and how difficult it may be to live with the fear of getting the disease yourself. Host Anne Hallward has lived with this illness in her own family and offers creative solutions that give hope, reduce stress, and build community."
From April 2021 Newsletter
Introduction to Open Arms
Submitted by Debra Dorgan
Did you know that one goal of TTN is to have community impact? TTN believes in challenging conventional thinking about aging and acknowledge our responsibility to contribute our wisdom, experience, and influence in service to the greater community. One way to do this is to partner with local nonprofit organizations to support and volunteer.
One such organization is Open Arms of Minnesota. This non-profit was founded in 1986 with the recognition that people who are sick should not be without food, yet so many in our community find themselves hungry and without a network able to help. Open Arms of Minnesota prepares and delivers free, medically-tailored, nutritious meals to those with life threatening illnesses. They believe that food is medicine, and that good food, delivered by caring people, makes an enormous difference. Their success in accomplishing this loving mission is made possible with donors and volunteers from the community.
As COVID restrictions are safely relaxed, we are planning to organize events to learn more, for TTN members to tour the operations, and for group volunteer opportunities.
TTN MSP member, Libby Lincoln, sits on the board and volunteers with Open Arms. In early March 2020, members of our Exploring Food SIG completed a volunteer shift at Open Arms. TTN member Kathleen Peterson wrote, “We all departed that day on a real high because it was such a good experience. We hope to have more such experiences!”
Please check out the Open Arms website. And watch for more information about TTN opportunities to learn more and participate.
From March 2021 Newsletter
Submitted by Terri Evans
This poem reminded me of many TTN women I know…gorgeous and uplifting! So relevant to the times in which we find ourselves…It only takes three minutes to listen to!
Submitted by Julie Efta
Our SIG just finished reading Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PH.D. I was inspired by the following passage from Chapter 10. Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life
Staving Off Creative Fantasy
Being with real people who warm us, who endorse and exalt our creativity, is essential to the flow of creative life. Otherwise we freeze. Nurture is a chorus of voices both from within and without that notices the state of a woman’s being, takes care to encourage it, and if necessary, gives comfort as well. I’m not certain how many friends one needs, but definitely one or two who think your gift, whatever it may be, is pan de cielo, the bread of heaven. Every woman is entitled to an Alleluia Chorus.
From July 2020 Newsletter
Submitted by Karen West
I learned what white privilege is in the 1980’s when I taught a class called “Multicultural Literature” with Charlie Sugnet, an English professor from the U of M, an activist, and my partner in starting the College-in-the-Schools program, a program where Twin Cities’ high school students earn college credit for these classes that they take in their high schools. Reading and teaching black literature had been a passion of mine since my senior year in college when I came across the book “Native Son” by Richard Wright in a book store. Because Charlie shared this passion, together we were able to transform the English literature curriculum. High schools are still teaching some of the books we first taught in this program.
I was raised in a wealthy, conservative suburb of Detroit, Michigan called Bloomfield Hills. The only black people I ever saw were waiters at Oakland Hills Country Club and, of course, our maid. I hated it and I couldn’t wait to move on. I thought that many of the people I grew up with were, at least to some extent, racist, but I definitely was not.
When I graduated from college, I moved to St. Paul, and over the years, I thought I was fighting racism by teaching black literature, but that was a long time ago. So, when these protests began, I, like so many other people, decided to read the book “White Fragility.” Reading this book affected me as strongly as reading “Native Son,” did when I was young. I abruptly realized that I had become complacent about racism. I only have one close friend who is black, and Ike and I only rarely talk about race. I have never seen him as that different from my white friends. Until now.
On the day that George Floyd was killed, Ike went into intensive care with Covid-19. And because Ike is the only person I know who has it, I abruptly realized that I shouldn’t see him as being like my other close friends; Ike’s black, and that makes a difference.
When I read the words “We must continue to ask how our racism manifests, not if,” I realized, for the first time in my life, that I am a racist. Quite an awakening.
From June 2020 Newsletter
Terri Evans recommends the following article:
See the article at the link below in the MAY 2020 AARP Bulletin. There is a side-bar that gives suggestions for how to video-conference well. SEE: “Be a Star On-screen:Tips for Your Video Chat.
From May 2020 Newsletter
Terri Evans submitted the below quote from Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber that is the reason that TTN is so important:
"Finding purpose and connecting with others is the core that generates an authentic life. We need to find ways in which we can stay engaged with life - by finding our purpose - and engaging in life - and by connecting with others." (p. 136)
Jill Goski recommends the article “That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief” located at https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief.
Karen West shared a poem she received from Rachel Freed.
We’ve All Been Exposed
by Sarah Bourns
We’ve all been exposed.
Not necessarily to the virus
(maybe...who even knows).
We’ve all been exposed BY the virus.
Corona is exposing us.
Exposing our weak sides.
Exposing our dark sides.
Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls,
hidden by the invisible masks we wear.
Now exposed by the paper masks we can’t hide far enough behind.
Corona is exposing our addiction to comfort.
Our obsession with control.
Our compulsion to hoard.
Our protection of self.
Corona is peeling back our layers.
Tearing down our walls.
Revealing our illusions.
Leveling our best-laid plans.
Corona is exposing the gods we worship:
Our sense of security
Our favorite lies
Our secret lusts
Our misplaced trust.
Corona is calling everything into question:
What is the church without a building?
What is my worth without an income?
How do we plan without certainty?
How do we love despite risk?
Corona is exposing me.
My mindless numbing
My endless scrolling
My careless words
My fragile nerves.
We’ve all been exposed.
Our junk laid bare.
Our fears made known.
The band-aid torn.
The masquerade done.
So what now? What’s left?
From March 2020 Newsletter
Virtual Symposium on “Transitioning into Retirement”
- Submitted by Cyndy Nelson
I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming free virtual symposium titled “Transitioning into Retirement”. The symposium is organized by Marianne Oehser and dates for this year’s event are March 10-12. I participated in a previous offering of this event and found the speakers and topics that year to be informative and engaging. The symposium consists of 12 speakers over three days. It is a virtual event and you can listen to as many sessions as you are interested in. More information is available at https://transitioningintoretirement.com/.
Co-housing in the Twin Cities
- Submitted by Jean Forrey
After attending the quarterly event with on housing, I found the following information about a group exploring co-housing in the Twin Cities. https://www.bassettcreek.us/
From February 2020 Newsletter
Below are a few articles our members have recommended:
100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Reason to Celebrate Across Minnesota, Star Tribune Dec 13, 2019: http://www.startribune.com/100th-anniversary-of-women-s-suffrage-reason-to-celebrate-across-minnesota/566148641/ (Submitted by JeNell Jacobson and Terri Evans)
The Loneliness Epidemic, AARP Magazine December 2019/January 2020: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2019/medical-cure-for-loneliness.html (Submitted by Terri Evans)
On Saturday, February 15, the Hennepin History Museum will be hosting a Susan B Anthony 200th Birthday Party: https://hennepinhistory.org/event/suffrage-saturday-birthday-party-for-susan-b-anthony/ (Submitted by Teresa Werneke)
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