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Island Senior: Sleep and the CPAP machine

January 2, 2023 at 10:33 am

As we head into a new year, many of us will take it as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to com­mit to health relat­ed goals. For me, I am among the many old­er adults cur­rent­ly suf­fer­ing from sleep apnea. I sus­pect that I am not alone in that my basic approach to the avail­able treat­ment can best be  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Year-end wrap-up for 2022

December 15, 2022 at 2:52 pm

Yes­ter­day I went to the Mullis Cen­ter for my reg­u­lar­ly sched­uled foot care appoint­ment. It’s a plea­sure if not a gen­uine neces­si­ty to have my feet well cared for. It was a Tues­day and the cen­ter was fair­ly qui­et. Still, it was good to see the Christ­mas trees and lights cre­at­ing a fes­tive atmos­phere. The  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: An introvert’s guide to the holidays

December 1, 2022 at 12:51 pm

For the last few years the glob­al pan­dem­ic has wreaked hav­oc with many of our cher­ished hol­i­day tra­di­tions. This has giv­en us all an oppor­tu­ni­ty to shift to sim­pler sce­nar­ios. We’ve out of neces­si­ty had to shift, or in some cas­es give up, tra­di­tions that pre-pan­dem­ic seemed per­ma­nent­ly estab­lished. We have an oppor­tu­ni­ty now to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 17, 2022 at 1:24 pm

Each year Thanks­giv­ing comes around as a time­ly reminder to be thank­ful for the many ways in which we are blessed. One thing I am thank­ful for are my mem­o­ries of a fam­i­ly trip to Boston and vis­it to the his­toric Plimoth Plan­ta­tion. The main rea­son for the trip was my sis­ter Betty’s wed­ding but  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Hiking Hadrian’s Wall in real life or virtually

November 2, 2022 at 11:17 am

I was impressed when friend and local his­to­ri­an Michael Vouri set out to hike Hadrian’s Wall across north­ern Eng­land. Hik­ing the wall is a pop­u­lar trek that fol­lows the Roman Emper­or Hadrian’s mas­sive mason­ry wall and forts. Dur­ing the Roman occu­pa­tion of Britain, the wall defined the edge of the Roman Empire leav­ing the trou­ble­some  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Entries now accepted for new poetry garden poems

October 17, 2022 at 8:25 pm

If you have not expe­ri­enced Fri­day Harbor’s poet­ry gar­dens, you can find them at the Mullis Cen­ter, on Reed St. beside the U.S. Post Office, at the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre, and at Spring Street Land­ing below Down­rig­gers. The poet­ry gar­dens were cre­at­ed to bring poet­ry into our town’s dai­ly expe­ri­ence. The gar­dens are a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Emergency! Are you ready?

October 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm

It’s fall and time to think about tak­ing stock and stock­ing up on sup­plies in case of an emer­gency. Thank­ful­ly we are not in the path­way of hur­ri­canes, but if you’ve been around here for a while you know that we can get some mighty dam­ag­ing win­ter wind­storms. The most com­mon events to be ready  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Longevity and a sense of purpose

September 17, 2022 at 11:56 am

This past week, the world lost not only the longest serv­ing British monarch, but at 96 years old a woman who embod­ied longevi­ty itself. Queen Eliz­a­beth II had plen­ty of healthy habits. She start­ed her days with a pot of Earl Grey tea, a bowl of Spe­cial K cere­al, and a bag­pipe ser­e­nade. She rode  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: The gentle power of chair yoga with Katerina Wen

September 1, 2022 at 3:04 pm

As sum­mer comes to an end, we sense the sea­son­al changes, a cool breeze, and the turn­ing of the leaves. If you are any­thing like me, you get an autum­nal urge to sign up for class­es. If, like me, you appre­ci­ate a gen­tle solu­tion sure to improve the qual­i­ty of your life, I high­ly rec­om­mend  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: County Fair week offers opportunities to support Meals on Wheels

August 16, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Sum­mer is wind­ing down and the San Juan Coun­ty Fair comes along just in time to offer islanders a chance to show off their finest pro­duce, baked or canned goods, quilts, baby pigs, and super­charged zuc­chi­nis. Beyond that, thanks to the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, Fair week also offers a vari­ety of ways to  Con­tin­ue Reading

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