Our Time Is Measured By The Sun And Moon

Senior Moments Column


Happy New Year! Up go the new calendars.

The earliest known calendars date back some 10,000 years, although primitive man undoubtedly had some method of marking the passage of time. Perhaps scratches on a cave wall? The calendar we use today is based on the Gregorian calendar and is lunisolar — years are recorded by the sun, the months by the moon.

What a strange thing time is! It cannot be seen or heard, nor can it be felt. It is both a second and an eternity; and sometimes a second seems like an eternity. One thing time is, is change. The changes may be dramatic as in the case of an earthquake or volcanic eruption, or they may be miniscule, as pebbles wearing away into sand. All things change: weather, fashions, social mores, the cosmos, an infant into an old person. Much as we wish, we cannot stay the joyous times, nor hurry the sad ones. As I enter birthdays and appointments into my brand new engagement calendar, I resolve to live with appreciation for the past, gratitude for the present and hope for the future.

Trying solutions to elk problem

In my Dec. 18, 2012 Senior Moments column, I addressed the issue of elk damaging landscaping and gardens around Rim Country. I asked for suggestions or solutions to keep the elk away from the aspens in our front yard. Never in all my many years of writing newspaper columns, both here and when we lived in northern Wisconsin, have I ever had such a response to a subject.

The problem is greater than most of us know. My thanks to all who called with similar stories and possible solutions. We are trying them all, one at a time, to see which are most successful. My special thanks to Jeanie Langham of Payson, who referred me to an article that appeared in the Nov. 3, 2012 issue of the Wall Street Journal, titled “America Gone Wild, The Nature Wars.” It contains quotes from Jim Sterba’s recently published book of the same name, which has much information about the proliferation of wildlife in this country and the cost of damages it does. Interesting reading! I’ll keep you posted.

Payson Senior Center & Thrift Store

Zumba Gold classes will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 2 and on each of the remaining Wednesdays in January at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. There also are non-denominational Bible studies at the Center at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16.

Anything Goes provides live music beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings in the Center Dining Room. There is no charge and everyone is invited. If you plan to stay for lunch, please make advance reservations.

Country dance lessons are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8. Call the above number for information.

The Old Time Music Makers get together in the Center Dining Room at 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14 to play the old favorites. If you play an instrument, join in, or just come and enjoy the music.

A Winter Sock Hop is planned for Thursday, Jan. 17 — be sure to wear wooly socks!

Feeling lucky? Join the fun and play bingo beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21 for a chance to win a prize. If dominos are your thing, join the group at 12:45 p.m. every Monday in the Center Dining Room.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store will start the year with a great sale. The first hour of every day for the first week of the new year, everything will be on sale with a mystery discount applied. The store is at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For pick-up of donations in the Pine-Strawberry area, call (928) 476-4633.

The Senior Center Affairs Foundation has designed a Web site at www.pinestrawberry scaf.com, which features interesting tidbits from dining room menus to upcoming sales.

Think about it: Happiness is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do.


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