Last week, Len and I attended the monthly meeting of the Library Friends of Payson and enjoyed a very informative and entertaining presentation on "Americans and Their Things" by Dr. Chris Smith from the Arizona Humanities Council.
Dr. Smith, who calls himself an "accumulator" rather than a collector, brought a display of numerous items, ranging from campaign buttons to rolling pins, and spoke on the historical significance of collecting memorabilia. The presentation got me thinking about the things people collect. What you collect can say a lot about your personality. My own personal collections consist of books by a favorite author and napkin rings.
One of my friends who has traveled extensively, has accumulated bird replicas of each state she has visited -- except Arizona. Quick, what is Arizona's state bird? No, it is not the roadrunner. It's the cactus wren. I have looked from Sedona to Tubac, Yuma to Ganado, and have yet to find a cactus wren in any medium, whether wood, clay, ceramic, glass or cloth, to complete her collection.
By the way, if you are free on the second Monday morning of each month, except July and December, come to the LFOP meeting for a lively presentation on a variety of subjects. The May 14 meeting will feature Elizabeth Larson Kejy of the Arizona Humanities Council who will present "Who Still Lives in Arizona?", a discussion of population demographics of our state. There is no charge and reservations are not required. For information, call LFOP President Donna Hopkins at (928) 468-1154.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Senior Center and Thrift Store, 512-514 W. Main St., will be closed Saturday, April 28, because of the Beeline Cruise-In Classic Car Show. Come and indulge your taste buds in the Center parking lot where a variety of food vendors will be located.
Dr. Helen Denton, Ph.D., will speak on Medicine Management at 10:30 a.m. May 17 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. This presentation is open to the public.
The Alzheimer's Support Group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. April 19 in the Senior Center Dining Room.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle will celebrate its eighth anniversary in Payson with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. in the Activity Center, 215 W. Beeline Highway. The public is invited and there will be giveaways, refreshments and informative materials.
Senior Action Day
The Governor's Advisory Council on Aging is presenting a Senior Action Day from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Globe City Hall, 150 N. Pine St. in Globe. This program gives seniors an opportunity to talk with their legislators . For information, call (602) 542-4710.
Think about it
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.