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George Carlin on Aging and Staying Young May 29, 2009

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IF YOU DON’T READ THIS TO THE VERY END, YOU HAVE LOST A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. AND WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED, DO AS I AM DOING AND SEND IT ON.

George Carlin’s Views on Ageing

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Do you realise that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about ageing that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life …. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!
Carlin

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Thank You For Being a Part of Our UNO Success! May 28, 2009

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Ageless Dreamer would like to thank all our members and supporters of our unique mission for their time, help, and inspiring attitude at our recent EAT for the DREAM event at Uno Chicago Grill  on May 12.   Special thanks to Ellie White and her co-workers from Measured Progress; Brenda Clement and friends for their recently formed Dream Savers group to Fundraise for the Dream;  Martee Crowley (Murals & More By Martee) who generously donated hand-painted wine glasses for the silent auction; Abby Deely  who reminded others to call in for Take Out orders; fellow Rotarians; friends from Foster’s Daily Democrat; faithful Board Members; and  Riverside Rest Home for providing the transportation for  Lura Johnson – who will turn 103 years old at the end of May.

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Ellie W. and her mother, Lura J., now...

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Your energetic presence and encouragement had a generous impact on the success of this friend and fundraising event. On behalf of those who continue to dream out loud, we extend deep appreciation from the bottom of our ageing toes for all your efforts. We sure enjoyed doing it with you! 

 

 

 

Board Member Peter W. and Dreamer Ruth K. Now and Then.

Board Member Peter W. and Dreamer Ruth K. Now and Then.

 

 

 

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40 Yrs Later: The 7 Children In ‘The Sound of Music’ May 26, 2009

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‘The Sound of Music’ won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1965 and is one of the most popular musicals ever produced.
Remember the 7 children of the Trapp family?
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They were having a reunion after 40 years.
And all were looking healthy and amazingly well…
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NOW CURRENTLY…

It wouldn’t be funny if it weren’t so true… Julie Andrews turned 69 and to commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1, actress/vocalist Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was “My Favourite Things” from the legendary movie “The Sound Of Music.” Please share Ms. Andrews’ clever wit �and humour with others who would appreciate it.

Here are the actual lyrics she used:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Cadillac’s and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things..
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
And we won’t mention our short, shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. By 90 yr old Regina Brett May 22, 2009

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Hmmmm. If I could only pick one, I’d pick # 40.  Which would you pick?

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.

” My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column I once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good..

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

 4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

 7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 1

7. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

 35. Don’t audit life.. Show up and make the most of it now.

6. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s,we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come. 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Its estimated 93% won’t forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%’. I’m in the 7%.

Remember that I will always share my spoon with you!

Thank you to Ellie White [NH], Ageless Dreamer Member and Supporter for sending this along to us!

Doesn’t Take Any More Effort to Dream a Big Dream Than a Little One May 18, 2009

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Well, we’ve got a bit of a dream on our table and maybe you can help. One of our Board Members has two differant office locations that he’d like to rent in Dover, NH.  Now, this is where Ageless Dreamer comes in:  If we can find a tenant for one of the two spaces, he’s willing to donate the monthly rent EVERY MONTH to Ageless Dreamer to help off set their rent.  And boy would that help take the edge off!  So if you know someone who’s out growing their space at home and is ready to spread their wings, please pass this on to them.  The office space even come with STORAGE.  Now just imagine….move your office out of your home and support a good cause!

Your choice:

Approx. 200 sq.ft. with private 1/2 bath. Storage unit included plus utilities. All for just $ 350.00/month

OR

One large and one smaller adjoining offices, approx. 375 sq. ft. total. New paint and carpet AND utilities and storage.  Only $ 550.00 per month.  

Don’t hesitate to call (603) 742.4422 and take a look. It’s a win win for all concerned.

Copyright Laurie Widmark 2009

Uno Chicago Grill to support Ageless Dreamer – Join us! May 7, 2009

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     Uno Chicago Grill to support “Ageless Dreamer” – A Dover based non-profit group dedicated to helping the older generation share and experience their heartfelt dreams 

DOVER, NH – The Ageless Dreamer needs your help to continue fulfilling the heartfelt dreams of the older generation, encouraging them to dream out loud and enhancing their quality of life. The younger generations will begin to see their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors in themselves and realize that dreams do not have expiration dates.

Ageless Dreamer, founded by Laurie Widmark of Dover, has been helping our older generation live their personal dreams since 2004. But now, they need your help and support so they can continue to grant those dreams.

Uno Chicago Grill at 238 Indian Brook Drive in Dover has risen to the challenge and offered their support. On Tuesday, May 12th, from 11:00AM ‘till midnight, they are graciously donating 20% of their eat-in and take-out proceeds, excluding tax and tip, to Ageless Dreamer. All you need to do is present a special Uno Chicago Gift Certificate, relax, and enjoy a great meal!

Remember: To make sure your tab supports Ageless Dreamer, you must present the Gift Certificate. It can be downloaded and printed online by just going to their website at www.agelessdreamer.org and clicking on the “Eat for the Dream” link on the right.  Or call (603) 953.0006.

 Support Ageless Dreamer and help them “KEEP the DREAM ALIVE” by participating in this special event hosted by Uno Chicago Grill, in turn raising the awareness of the untapped wisdom and knowledge of our oldest generation, erasing the stigma often associated with being older.                      

Copyright 2009 Laurie Widmark

Move Your Office Out of Your Home and Support a Good Cause! May 7, 2009

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Check out this awesome opportunity Ageless Dreamer has been offered. Please help spread the word!

 

Move Your Office Out Of Your Home and Support a Good Cause!

 

 

When one of these office spaces is rented, the monthly payment will be donated to Ageless Dreamer, a 501(c)3 non-profit, to offset our rent. 

56 Sixth Street, Dover, NH

Approximately 200 sq ft with private ½ bath. Storage unit included.

All utilities included for only $350.00/month

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40 Maple Street, Dover, NH

One large and one small room approximately 375 sq ft total.

New paint and carpet. All utilities included for $550.00/month

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If interested, or need more details, please call 603-742-4422
or email
office@56selfstorage.info

Copyright 2009 Laurie Widmark