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Last updated 09/11/2020

Golden Lakes Village

Love in Action 

By Ruth Tschudin

(9-9-20)

Love in Action (LIA): 

Delighting in Blessings

Grandparents' Day, September 13th

September 2020! It’s unlike any September we’ve ever experi-enced, isn’t it? Worldwide news is discouraging, national challenges are unprecedented, pandemic restrictions box us in, and hurricanes hover over us like dark clouds ready to rain on our parades. We also have the annual observance of the heartbreaking loss and new reality associated with 9-11.

Good news! Love in Action (LIA) may have a solution to any related blahs or blues that may threaten us this month. We can say no to debilitating fears, worries and bad feelings by putting on an imaginary pair of 3-D glasses to add clarity and depth to what we see (just as the 3-D movie goggles do).

So go ahead, put yours on. Look at all the good, the bad and the ugly that September has to offer. Some things are "in our faces" and others remain at varying distances. But what makes these glasses so amazing is the fact that they also extend our peripheral vision so we see all and don’t get blindsided. They supernaturally give us insight and wisdom for making our best choices throughout the month.

Now, turn the little knob on the right side of the 3-D frame to the first of our 3-D surprises. One click and the focus is on your:

(1) Delightful blessings. Now all you can see are the things you treasure most. For me, it’s Hugo, our cozy home here in Golden Lakes Village, our closest family living just minutes away, many dear friends and neighbors to enjoy and rely on when necessary, and the thrill and honor of being President of Love in Action; Trustee for our personal non-profit organization Open Doors; and a follower of my Lord Jesus Christ. These are my right-in-my-face delights, but as I look around and beyond, I see many more that I’ve taken for granted or wasn’t even aware of. I see loved ones cheering me on from heaven, including my maternal grandparents who died by the time I was four years old, but whose loving influence has been a mainstay in my life, bringing tears to my eyes each time I think of them. And there are countless other blessings to recall and fill my heart with gratitude.

Now let’s press the clicker on our 3-D frame to get to the second "D" which enables us to make:

(2) Decisions based on love, caring and kindness. O Boy! I see many of LIA’s good decisions that have come to fruition, such as having an in-village Walk-a-Thon fundraiser to put an LIA Friendship Bench in our village. There’s also the decision to activate our Angel Network to help GLV residents during the pandemic. I see decisions being made to observe the two major Jewish Holidays this month, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, to the glory of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And I see decisions being made regarding the upcoming presidential election. In my periphery is a unique thought: a decision to have debaters argue the position of their opponents (like we had to do in junior high). For that, they’d have to get to the truth beneath the spin of the rhetoric and the selfish agendas, and delve into objective research, seeing from differing perspectives, and finding a respectful way to work together for the good of all.

Finally, turn the knob once again and we’ll see some great ways to:

(3) Do so many small and big good deeds that there’s no time to fret or fear. Hurray! Now I see that even though we think we’ve done a lot, we have barely touched the surface. There are endless things we can do (a word of encouragement, an unexpected or even anonymous favor, a quick call or email, etc.) that will increase the delights and good decisions of both givers and recipients. That in turn means "pass-along" ripples fanning outward (and where it stops, nobody knows!) To do that we must hear the call to action!

As we now remove our love-tinted glasses we find that we are not where we started. Our vision has been extended. We see things more clearly, and we are more caring and courageous as we add to the good in the world. Now let’s pass those imaginary glasses on to others while keeping an extra pair handy to refresh, remind and rejuvenate ourselves as needed!

See you out there!!

Ruth knew her grandparents, Edna and William Schoonmaker (above), for just a few short years, but her Grandma’s singing her to sleep while holding her hand has made a singing hand-holder out of her. And her Granddad’s storytelling made her a lover and teller of stories. She wishes she'd inherited his perfect pitch and and piano playing, but cheats by enjoying her new electronic piano that automatically plays as she sings along.

Some of Ruth's heavenly cheering section: Grandparents Joseph and Frieda Olnowich on the left, her parents Howard and Grace Olnowich (center) and Grandparents Edna and William Schoonmaker (right).

LIA member Gloria holds photos of her Jamaican Grandmothers, Ethlyn and Elsie (photos shown up close), who filled her Jamaican growing years with tons of loving attention and encouragement. And they lived a literal hop, skip and jump away from her! She now has their photographs in a prominent place in her living room, where she can speak to them and feel their loving presence each day. She gets helpful heart-felt messages loud and clear as needed. Often it’s the command to "Pray!" which she does… and it never fails to bring her the peace and help she is seeking. Grandma Elsie, right, attended Gloria’s wedding and kept dancing despite being advised to sit and rest a bit between dances.

Friend of LIA, Romelia, has knitted a lovely baby blanket for a little girl at the YMCA’s Harmony House, which helps battered women and their children. It will be presented just in time for Grandparents Day. We don't know if the baby and mom have that generation of support, but they will surely see and feel the loving care Romelia put into the gift.

LIA member Dorinda recently made and delivered seven homemade for specially-recommended and extremely grateful GLV residents. It was soup-to-nuts turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes, green-bean casserole, cut-up watermelon and small roll. She wrote on each: "Hope you enjoy your meal. Lots of love, Dorinda." She even customized each meal according to individual dietary needs

Making Decisions Based on Love, Caring and Kindness

Doing and giving to make the world a better place

FRIENDSHIP BENCH #! (brown): This is the bench envisioned by Walk-a-Thon participants, led by LIA member Kim (above). Photo above shows the plaque, designed by LIA-er Rosemary, up close. The bench is now in the Phase B breezeway, positioned to watch the village news on the TV there.

FRIENDSHIP BENCH #2 (red): LIA VP Nancy and member Joy social distance on the new bench, sturdily installed along Golden Lakes Blvd. by Simon and Bruce of Jeff Industries, Inc. (standing proudly behind). The Lantana non-profit made and installed the benches. The message on this bench, along with the walking-heart LIA icon, is: "Sit awhile… compliments of Love in Action 2020."


(8-26-20)

Alive and Active in Golden Lakes Village

"Yikes!" I said to myself this past week as I saw my reflection in the store windows at the mall. I don’t often see myself from the side or back so I hadn’t realized just how slumped over I am. I’ve never had great posture and, though I’ve been trying to rectify that for years, it’s now time to do some serious work on both my upright and sitting positions.

Many of us find ourselves in this dilemma, due to spending so much time hovering over our electronic devices, sitting too long in a chair without proper support, slouching at the dinner table and the low bathroom sink, or sleeping in an unnatural way. No doubt aging itself pulls us down physically… and the weight of the pandemic, political and social issues, and hurricane threats surely affect our body silhouettes, too.

Now that I have more posture-awareness I can be more mindful of how I stand, walk and sit these days. I think of my good friend Florence who turned 97 this past week, and how we all marvel at the straight-as-an-arrow way she carries herself on her daily walk. With her as my hero, I’m striving to give others a lift while improving my own health by following these three "let’s-make-it-easy-and-fun" prompts:

(1) LOOK UP. On one of my early-morning walks last year I got a real boost to my spirits when I perceived a message from above saying "Look up!" And whenever I do, I marvel at Creation and am reminded of Psalm 121, which begins with "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth." And having a better outlook also includes seeing the bright side of things, laughing a lot and filling our lives with positive ventures and positive people.

(2) STRENGTHEN THE BACK MUSCLES. I’m a big proponent of this. Since the 70’s I’ve been doing a series of early-morning exercises that have kept chronic back pain at bay all these years. Lately I sometimes also do three simple exercises to improve posture per an Internet video. And now that Phase-A exercise class is back in full swing I can enjoy the company of others as my back muscles (and all the muscles in my body) get great stretches and workouts. What a difference it makes when we strengthen our core and spine, which also includes being stronger in our virtues and convictions, standing up for what we believe in and speaking out against injustice. Those who stand with and behind us, and "have our backs" (watch out for us) make us stronger, too.

(3) MOVE MORE! My hero in the moving category is dear friend Monika. She rides her motorized tricycle around GLV, works out in the exercise class, and does her own 7 AM water aerobics. She had walked a neighbor’s super-active Schnauzer for years; I’ve seen her dance non-stop, long after the rest of us are huffing and puffing. She is the "gold standard" of movement but most of us would be delighted to attain even the bronze. Things like morning and evening walks, getting up once for every half-hour spent sitting, and active involvement in life are all great habits.

Don’t be a slouch! Check out your own posture and reposition yourself throughout the day for a healthier, more energizing countenance… then look up, straighten your shoulders and back… and get out there and make good things happen. In essence, be Love in Action wherever you are!

HUGO leaves for his 6:00 am walk. He leaves early to beat the sun and the bugs, but take his hat as a weapon to make sure the bugs do, indeed, social-distance!

Kay helps neighbors with their gardens. As you can see, she does a fantastic job and is very much appreciated. In addition she sings in the "Third Row Center" a'cappella group and also has a great love of cats; she’s a go-to person when something 

cat-related crops up.

Batya shows the book she recommended to the Bridges of Understanding group. It’s "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor" by Layla F. Saad. This is a look within to supplement the group’s outward look at systemic racism historically and in current events. 

Speakers and projects are also goals of the group.

Ronda used a hair dryer to shrink wrap the first Basket of Cheer this time around. Nancy and Joy helped to assemble the basket and Ruth delivered it to the grateful recipient.

On Florence’s 97th birthday neighbors and LIA friends gathered to do "flash-sing" for her. The songs were "Happy Birthday" (of course), "God Bless America" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth." A big card was signed by all giving personal greetings. 

She was also given a peace medal-of-honor for all the goodness she’s spread during her first 97 years. She waved her flag and joined in the singing!


(8-12-20)  

Making The Best Of These Difficult Times

Photos courtesy of Love in Action

As I perused the Business section of today’s Palm Beach Post I noticed that Jim Pawlak’s column had the headline "The Wisdom of Samuel Smiles." With a name like that, of course I had to see what it was all about. It turned out that Mr. Smiles (1812-1904) was the oldest of eleven children, born in Scotland, a contemporary of Queen Victoria and the Industrial Revolution. He studied at Edinburgh University and became a doctor, then went into political journalism, promoting freer trade, voting rights for all and better conditions for factory workers.

Disillusioned with political reform, Smiles eventually turned his attention toward personal development. He is best known for his book entitled "Self-Help," published in 1859. It sold over 250,000 copies then and is still available on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. It was so highly regarded during that era it was second only to the Bible in many households.

Of the sampling of Smiles’ words of wisdom in Mr. Pawlak’s column, these are my favorites: Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us… To aspire we cannot look down, we must look up… Progress of the best kind is comparatively slow; we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step…The duty of helping one’s self in the highest sense involves the helping of one’s neighbors…The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time… Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever…The reason why so little is done is generally because so little is attempted.

These selected quotes remind us that inspiration, optimism, patience, generosity, focus, prioritizing and thinking-big are "muscles" we can exercise and strengthen during these challenging times. Smiles also said: If there were no difficulties there’d be no success; if there was nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.

Enough said, Mr. Smiles! You have now encouraged us to "up" our efforts to make good things happen—as best we can, whenever we can, however we can and wherever we can. That will spread smiles around, won’t it? And those interested can get his book as a free Amazon kindle and fight the pandemic with Smiles and more smiles!

Staffers at Phase B, Junior and Miguel, helped LIA to set up a DVD showing of Bob Hope entertaining the troops. Laughter is good medicine and many laughs were enjoyed by those who attended. Next on the agenda is asking these great "techies" to help us use the TV so Marie, facilitator of the Bridges of Understanding group, can be a part of the meetings while in her NY home.

Linda, right, and her friend Sylvia (left) read about Vincent’s "Gifts of Nature" artwork in the last issue of Condo News. They contacted LIA (by calling or texting 201-785-6481) and came To Golden Lakes Village for some bargain purchases for themselves and as gifts for friends and family.

Phase A is continuing its much-needed and greatly-appreciated exercise class with social distancing, of course. Marcia, center, sometimes teaches salsa steps to the class for fun endings to fabulous workout sessions led by fitness expert Jacob.

We are honoring those who have died during the lockdown by having memorial trees planted in Israel, a Holy Land for Jews and Christians—and Muslims, too. Here is a sample of the original certificate that went to the wife of the deceased (Bryan, the nephew of longtime LIA member, Doreen.) For just $18 (18 is the Jewish symbol for chai, meaning " life") you can choose the wording and have the tree planted via the website www.shiva.com.


(7-29-29)

Golden Lakes Love in Action: 

Busy During the Lockdown

Photos courtesy of Love in Action

Welcome to our brave new world… where we find ourselves confronting a deadly virus, economic/social/business/educational upheaval, nationwide protests, political warfare and the hurricane season—all at once! And the whole world seems to be embroiled in similar challenges or watching intently to see how we’ll all fare. I breathe a sigh of thanksgiving as I report that we at Golden Lakes Love in Action (LIA) have fared very well so far. I attribute this largely to our continuing efforts to:

(1) RE-ORDER OUR INDIVIDUAL PRIORITIES. The coronavirus "down time" has given us plenty of space to step back and see our world from more appreciative, caring, and actively helpful perspectives. I, for example, always thought that, if I found the time, I’d finally have a decluttered house with a place for everything and everything in its place. I’d remember people’s birthdays, return their calls promptly, get tax returns in on time and be known for arriving early rather than late. But after five months of "found time" due to the lockdown, I’ve made very little progress along those lines. Instead, my priorities have been Love in Action’s virus-related efforts and a new personal project that entails learning by heart 66 key Scriptures (one from each Book of the Bible) for inclusion in an inspirational booklet entitled "A Walk through the Holy Scriptures, 66 Steps in the Lord’s Direction." So, my various tax returns have been extended, my house and files are still in need of organization and my bi-weekly column for Condo News will now be shorter and shared with guest writers.

Kim delivers bags of fresh farm surplus to in-village distributors for packaging and distribution within GLV. Kim also oversees the Angels-on-Call Center.

(2) TEAM UP WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE. In March social director Gina asked what LIA was doing during the COVID outbreak. That started the ball rolling! We expanded our Angel Network (originally created to help each other with household tasks, etc.) to answer the call. We set up a dedicated telephone number as the Angel Hotline, posted flyers and put ads on the village TV stations. Kim gathered a team of driving angels to pick up prescriptions. A team of praying angels was organized to handle prayer requests. Toni donated boxes of overage produce her daughter purchased from an area farm, which has led to our purchasing additional ones (thanks to driving, packaging and distributing angels who get the fresh, healthy food surpluses from farm to hungry GLV residents). LIA also teamed up with our all-village "Circle of Friends" to supplement and support each other’s services, so that hopefully no resident-in-need would fall through the cracks. Like-minded helpers throughout the village donated food and other items… and contributed financial support to strengthen our efforts.

Willi displays some of her homemade masks which she gave to residents who needed them. She is a cat-lover: notice the cat-themed mask she made for herself.

Tilly, the Toilet Paper Lady: elicited many hearty chuckles from the grateful recipients. Nancy’s clever idea as a surprise "pick-me-up."

GLV's master artist, Vincent (who has hosted all-village art classes for years) shows a sample of his "New Leaf" which inspires us to see things from new perspectives—and his decorated shell that whispers "It’s time to get out your shell!" This photo recently appeared in the P. B. Post. If you’d like to see his various works of art or wish to purchase one of these pandemic spirit-lifters for just $10 each, call or text 201-785-6481.

(3) BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. Willi saw the need early-on and filled it! She sewed 150+ face masks which she gave out (sometimes even delivered) to those in need of them. Pearl, a licensed professional peer counselor, offered 15-minute fear-reducing telephone sessions. And Nancy (with help from her sister Joy and husband Robert) brought smiles and chuckles to anxious friends and members with her "Tilly, the Toilet Paper Lady:" a roll of much sought-after toilet paper with a pair or two of plastic gloves as "hair," and a smiling face artistically added as a lighthearted flourish. Vincent, our resident artist (who believes that "All art fights the virus and lifts the spirit") painted beautiful designs on shells and sea-grape leaves found right in his own backyard. He sells these fanciful works of art (up-cycled "Gifts of Nature") for just $10 each to help LIA continue its pandemic outreach. A new friend to LIA, resident Marie Clergé, (who was touched deeply by the recent news of police brutality) teamed up with us to start an interracial group called "Bridges of Understanding" to discuss systemic racism and work together for much-needed change, keeping in mind Dr. M.L. King’s wise words: "Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."

We sincerely thank our dedicated volunteers, teammates and supporters. Among them are our friends at Condo News. Hearty congrats to Betty Thomas, owner and columnist, for using her "down time" to create a new and exciting web page. Also to editor Jimmy Shirley, for using his photographic expertise to capture one-in-a-million nature shots and organize his treasure trove of amazing photos. I’d love to see a special section on the new site for Jimmy’s striking masterpieces, presented in living color. Welcome back, Condo News! We’re delighted to be a part of your continuing efforts to add good to the world, starting with our own neighborhoods. And to all our dear readers, please join us in sharing the good things happening in your communities, too, so together we can not only survive, but thrive!

 

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