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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:28:00
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Midgett
Because we are still in the beginning of the year, I want to touch on a few existing situations that might be in your new year that may need some attention.
    
I will touch on the following and see if the topics need to be worked on; then you can begin to start your new year: Rain, floods, new technology, new relationships (grandchild, partner, or neighbors), environment (new home, having to move, apartment).

Rain
    
Yes! We need the rain; yet it is touching many people’s lives, the floods, and the damage to property. Many seniors are stuck in their home because transportation cannot reach them in outlying areas of many cities. Prices will go up because of the loss of farms being flooded. Because many individuals are on fixed incomes, with the increase of fruits and veggies which we need to remain healthy as elders, this can become frustrating. Especially living on a fixed income!
New technology
    
That is my frustration. Although I was a fast typist in high school and that was the beginning of new technology with the computer, now iPads, smartphones and all the new techie toys still have me baffled. I remember when two disks were needed back in those days. Oh boy! Was that a challenge. When I finally got that going, then the computer didn’t need two disks. Well that was a hurrah for me. Then email came out. My brother put me on aol.com. I saw a lot of advertisements on billboards that said “com.” Of course, I didn’t have a clue. Well, when I finally realized what it meant, then cell phones came into being. I was vacationing in New York and was looking for a phone booth to call my family. There was none to be found.

New leader of our country
    
The expression in life is, “It is what it is.” Enjoy each day and find joy. We are powerless in some areas of our life. I did my civic duty and voted. Although my heart gave a flutter when I saw the newspapers the next day, I was grateful to see the sky, put my feet on my apartment floor and knowing at lunch I was going to have a wonderful stimulating conversation with my lunch family at the center. And it was.

Relationships
    
Anyone new in your life? A neighbor, new restaurant you haven’t tried. A new business. I had a wonderful relationship with the tellers in the Bank of America. It saddens me when the changes were made. No one cared that the seniors had to go to 29th Street to the bank. I have bonded with the helper in the bank; he is a friend fellow.

New author
    
Although I am a Patterson fan, he writes mysteries. I was introduced to a new young African writer. Her name is Dr. Joy DeGruy, PhD, who wrote “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.” People are never too old to learn about their own history. Although my parent migrated from Trinidad in the British West Indies, this books was a revelation for me.
    
To view many of my inspirational columns called Midgett’s Corner in the newspaper, go to www.thewesternedition.com and look under “Voices.” My email is Midgettsf@aol.com.
 
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