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Last updated 11/18/2020

Golden Lakes Village

Love in Action 

By Ruth Tschudin

(11-19-20)

Thanksgiving comes at just the right time this year—as we face a unusually active hurricane season, a resurgence of the coronavirus, and the mother of all messy post-elections. And all this is on top of the challenging personal, national and world-wide problems we face on a regular basis. But don’t despair, dear readers, for Thanksgiving reminds us that with a healthy dose of loving gratitude we can make good things happen to counteract the negatives around us.

I think of that wonderful song from the sixties (music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and sung by Jackie DeShannon). Let’s sing it together:

CHORUS:

What the world needs now is love, sweet love

It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love,

No not just for some but for everyone.

VERSES:

Lord, we don’t need another mountain,

There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb

There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,

Enough to last till the end of time.

 

Lord, we don’t need another meadow

There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow

There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine

Oh listen, Lord, if you want to know…

 

Just a little P.S. for you: Burt Bacharach is now 92 years old, Jackie is 79, and Hal David died in 2012 at age 92. All three have put their love into action through their musical giftedness, enriching the lives of untold numbers of people. It’s a win-win when love is active and lifts others. As the saying goes: Those who spread sunshine to others, can’t keep it away from themselves.

Here is a true story submitted by Love-in-Action member, Pearl Warner, which illustrates the nitty-gritty of what it means to put love into action. She calls it: A NIGHT IN THE PANDEMIC: SEARCHING FOR OSCAR

It’s 11:45 PM. My neighbor knocks on my door crying. Her newly-acquired, black-and-white cat has gone out the door and is missing. So, wearing my red and purple garish lounging-gown, I leave my cozy home to search for Oscar. Soon my neighbor sees him by the canal. By the time I get there Oscar has scampered away… and the next moment I’m puling my friend out of the canal! She looks like a Halloween-costume mannequin.

She spots Oscar under a car. I crawl under the car, yelling "Woof! Woof!," only to hear a car stop. It’s Security. He asks if I’m OK; I say I ‘m fine but Oscar is missing. "Who is Oscar?" is his reply. "My neighbor’s black-and-white cat," I say, brushing aside my sweaty (1/3 blond, 1/3 gray and 1/3 shabby) hair. He takes off. My friend says he’s not very helpful; I utter: " He was wonderful! He didn’t call the paddy wagon and pull us into a state mental asylum."

Once again my neighbor spots her cat by another nearby canal… and once again she falls in. I go to pull her out only to end up in the canal myself. We’re wretched, distraught and hoping there are no hungry alligators looking for a tasty two-course meal!

Back on dry land, she looks up to the sky and says, "It’s a full moon." I say, "Luna means moon and attic means top story, and we are looking loony in what is sure to be a story that tops them all." With that, a woman opens her door, looks at us, slams the door shut and latches it. Smart lady. Then out comes a gentleman with a beautiful white dog, and we yell to him: "If your dog sees a stray cat will he please bark and send it home." He yells out "Good luck" and runs from us. I say: "Now that’s what I call good social-distancing!"

My 92-year-old legs are hurting (and my garish gown is dripping onto my soaking wet shoes) when she spots her cat again. I tell her that when he arrives at the garbage bin to grab him from behind—the bushes in the area will stop him from escaping. I take her flashlight and hold it. Along comes Oscar, so proud of himself for his journey out. Our plan works: he stops at the garbage bin, I blind him with the light which glows in his eyes. She grabs him, kisses him and says "I need him so." I say, "I need a bath. What time is it?" She says "3 AM." She thanks me very much and says: "If you ever need a favor, ask me!" I say, "I’ll ask you for one right now. If ever your brat-cat decides to run away from home again, please knock on someone else’s door!"

Thanks, Pearl, for sharing your love-in-action (Lucy-and-Ethel-type) adventure with us. Your great sense of humor and generosity come through loud and clear. This Thanksgiving let’s all think about and express our gratitude as actively as possible, thereby adding to that much-needed love we just sang about. Happy Turkey Day to all!

LOVE IN ACTION THANKS CONTRIBUTING WRITER FOR THIS COLUMN, PEARL WARNER

Longtime Love in Action (LIA) Member

Helping those in need as a dedicated volunteer with Golden Lakes Circle of Friends Service group is Pearl, 2nd from left, front row. Leaders of the group are Dotty, next to Pearl, and Marie, far right front row.

In her younger days in Europe. She was born in NYC, a graduate of city College, raised tree daughters on Long island.

As an elf at the Christmas in July party for Kids with Cancer. 

When she was a young girl, 

she took to drama, loved Shakespeare and appeared on a TV show "The Belle of 14th Street" with Barbara Streisand.

Sharing her expertise as a speaker at LIA classes and Gatherings. She was a handwriting analyst (often testifying in court cases), a social worker specializing in desensitizing fears, and still works as a volunteer bereavement counselor (licensed by PB County Mental Health) for a local American Health organization.

Enjoying GLV social activities with boyfriend, Paul. They have known each other for years: Pearl was a licensed appraiser and had jewelry and antique stores here in Florida. Paul, whose parents lived in Golden Lakes 40 years ago, still has his jewelry store in Lake Park.

At a recent flea market with friend Batya, where LIA raised money for the American Legion Post #367.

Pearl Warner (right) at a Get-Together of LIA poets, 

to share favorites and originals


(11-5-20)

Yippee! It’s November! And what’s so great about November? Well… when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey in the forties and fifties, it was one of my favorite months. Lots of Halloween candy still hung around to sweeten the chill of the dropping outdoor temperatures and diminishing daylight hours. Yet it was still warm enough to enjoy the great outdoors and jump into the piles of leaves without having to wear layers of clothing. It was an "expect-anything" month titillating us with extreme possibilities, like the lingering warmth of an "Indian Summer," a powerful hurricane or even an early snow storm.

It was a month with personal significance as well, because Dad’s birthday and mine were celebrated just four days apart. And its major holidays perfectly combined patriotism and gratitude as we observed Armistice Day (which originated to mark the end of WWI; after WWII and the Korean War it became the broader Veterans Day) plus the 4-day Thanksgiving weekend set aside for giving special thanks to the Lord for our many blessings.

I have so many fond memories of family gatherings, delicious meals and peeks at football games I had very little interest in. But the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade … that was awesome! Except for Santa’s appearance in the parade, there’s no hint of Christmas yet—so we could savor the joys of the November without interference from Black Friday, Hallmark holiday movies and yuletide decorations here, there and everywhere.

Another highlight that makes November unique is Election Day, which occurs on the Tuesdays after the first Mondays of the month. As the years flew by, my understanding and appreciation of our right to vote deepened. The heartbreaking assassination of our President John F. Kennedy is unforgettable. I recall early dismissal from a college class on November 22, 1963 and walking to my off-campus residence crying uncontrollably.

I missed voting in the 1964 presidential election by a slim margin (I was over 18 but not yet 21; the age requirement changed in 1971). But in November of 1968 I finally got to vote for our president and was among those who put him into office.

As my view of November matured (no more delight in early snowstorms!) other significant changes both brightened and clouded this month. In 1967 I met the love of my life, Hugo, and married him on November 10th of that same year. It happened to be my Dad’s birthday and he of course attended our modest wedding, which made it extra special! Seventeen years later he was no longer with us, though his marvelous congeniality, wholesome humor and great wisdom surround us more in November than any other month—and especially on the 10th!

And now, as retired seniors living here in the Sunshine State, November is still very special to us. We have joyfully added a new family member to our November Highlight List: Grandson Dionisio Samuel Vazquez, born on 11/29/14. The November foreboding of the coldest, harshest time of year (up North) has now yielded to the delight of knowing that our best weather is now ahead of us. The daylight hours are shorter, yes, but the air is cooler and the sun less oppressive making it possible to walk, sightsee and enjoy the great outdoors any time of day. The threat of hurricanes now draws to a close. We have acclimated to the overlapping holidays and hardly notice the early-Christmas commercialism, and—especially this year—we value our right to vote more than ever.

And so you see, dear readers, why November is one of my twelve favorite months! We at Golden Lakes Love in Action invite you all to join us as we cherish each and every month of the year, bringing to each the best we have to give. It’s an amazing world—despite all the hardships and challenges. Our heartfelt wish is that November 2020 will exceed our expectations as we all vote our consciences (and then accept the results graciously), honor our veterans and all who sacrificed and are sacrificing so much for our liberty, thank the Lord for our many blessings, and do our very best to make our country and our world more just, kind and healthy in every way

GOLDEN LAKES VILLAGE: HALLOWEEN HOOTS & HOWLS

LOVE IN ACTION MEMBERS 

got together for a "Halloween Play Date," which was a howling success! Irene, Louise, Willi, and Batya enjoyed chatting, games and just being together again after many months.

Gloria also participated 

in the "Halloween Play Date"

 

 

 

Photos courtesy 

of Gloria and Irene

PHASE B’s OUTDOOR HALLOWEEN BASH ...

... included costume and house-decorating contests,

 treats and music by DJ Alfonso.

Diane purring behind 

her whiskered mask

Sharon with her 

Prince Charming Michael

Judy as Malificent

CS and Alice in the scouts

Alfonso in Action

Karen ad Alex ready to fly

Our mystery man as KISS

Silvia (Phase B social Director)

Jack (veteran in camouflage) 

 was the First Prize Winner.


(10-22-20)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…

Chances are you recognize the above words as those of Charles Dickens in the opening sentence of his historical novel "The Tale of Two Cities," set in Paris and London before and during the French Revolution. Sounds something like the challenging times facing us today, doesn’t it?

We have so much to be thankful for, such as the many modern-day marvels that make our lives easier and would astound our forebears no end. Chief among our blessings are the priceless gifts we cherish like our freedoms and the strides we’re making toward "justice for all." Yet we’re bombarded with fear, frustration and fluctuating feelings as we struggle with the pandemic, the upcoming election, the issues that spark anger and divisiveness, and the immensity of the work yet to be done.

"What is one to do?" we may ask. In his well-known story "The Man Without a Country" Edward Everett Hale (a clergyman who wrote in support of the Union during the Civil War—and the grand-nephew of patriot Nathan Hale) we find this well-known quote: "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something, and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." In that spirit, I would like to recommend a "one-two punch" that will make us purveyors of the best, the wisdom, the light and the hope sides of Dickens’ dichotomies.

PUNCH 1: PREPARATION. Just as an athlete works out, we can build ourselves up inwardly to be "workers who need not be ashamed" (great words from a man who survived 39 lashes of a whip five times, three beatings with rods, three shipwrecks, a stoning that left him for dead and a narrow escape in a basket lowered from the top of a city wall).

The same man was imprisoned for years and ended up beheaded… yet he is one of the most prolific biblical contributors and definitely one of my most influential heroes. He tells and shows us how to "rejoice always; pray continually; and give thanks in all circumstances." He tells us to think about about what is good and worthwhile, knowing that our actions follow our thoughts. He stresses love, even above faith and hope—and writes about God’s Spirit that fills us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (an arsenal of strength and equanimity to see us through difficult times). Who is this great person? Saul of Tarsus, a highly educated Hebrew Pharisee who later used his Greek name, Paul—the great planter of churches and spreader of the Good News.

PUNCH TWO: ACTION! What we say and do as individuals is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others. One habit I’ve adopted lately is not keeping a sincere compliment to myself. If I think something good, I share it with whoever deserves to know what I’m thinking. Right now I want to thank Harold Sussman, who wrote our previous column. Harold gets published on occasion by the Palm Beach Post because he writes powerful Letters to the Editor.

I’d like to also express how honored I am to be on the Condo News team, with Madelyn, Chelle and Roberto whose input is so valuable… with Betty whose column keeps our bodies and minds healthy… with Jimmy whose photos and wise musings give us food for thought and a nature-lover’s look at our world… and with Arnie, Lenore and the other Condo-Connection writers who share their news in uplifting, encouraging ways. Thank you, all!

Check out the photos of our latest Love in Action (LIA) examples. Whether we’re one person, one group or one nation under God, we can put our weight on the positive sides of Dickens’ see-saw quote for the joy of lifting others higher. And let’s share a wave and a wink when we see each other out there, obviously well-prepared and full of LIA-style action!

GOLDEN LAKES LOVE IN ACTION: WELL-PREPARED AND ON THE GO!

Homemade Meals for special village residents. Joycelynn, one of three LIA "cooks" recently made rollatini pasta with meatball sauce, meatballs, tossed salad, roll and fresh apple with cookie for dessert. She made the meals at her house and delivered them hot, even to second-floor residents.

Ready for Halloween, Dionisio, 5, is already enjoying his costume, which he modeled at Golden Lakes for his grandma, Ruth, and her friends. He holds his clone, Mario, a favorite video-game character of his.

A New "Do"

Golden Lakes resident, Barbara, is a wiz at cutting hair and recently gave pre-teen Jessica (Ruth and Hugo's granddaughter) a new, mod style that she loves. Barbara has owned beauty salons up north and in PB Gardens, and has worked with all types of hair and all types of people (including performers). She comes to your house and offers a special GLV rate for her services.

Help for the Homeless

LIA member, Robert, donates a bag of his gently used men’s clothes to be given the homeless men serviced by St. Ann Place on Dixie Highway. LIA member Lillian takes the donations to the location.

Out to Help

Nino and Ernie transport frozen/refrigerated food sent by insurance companies to recuperating patients, who sometimes want to share it with others in the village. The transporters take resident food donations to LIA Angel Network "distributors" to get to those who need and appreciate it. These all-around do-gooders deserve a pat on the back, but find that the reward is in the doing.


GOLDEN LAKES LOVE IN ACTION (LIA) WELCOMES GUEST COLUMNIST, HAROLD I. SUSSMAN

Harold attending his first LIA Gathering (March 2017) with wife Jackie and dog Dolly when he won a great prize in the raffle.

Enjoying dinner and a show at Phase A (November 2018) with wife (center) and LIA friends.

Running into LIA friends, Ruth and Hugo (July 2019) at the Norton Museum.

Donating food and dental items (September 2019)

for victims of Hurricane Dorian, which hit the Bahamas especially hard.

(10-8-20)

MY FORTUNATE SOJOURN

TO GOLDEN LAKES VILLAGE

Three years ago I suffered a heart attack. An ambulance took me to White Plains (NY) Hospital, where they inserted coronary stents to save my life. While recuperating in the hospital, I told my wife that I wanted to retire and move to Florida. She said she had a friend in Florida who had been a college classmate, so we reconnected with her.

It turned out that the friend was living in West Palm Beach, in a 55-and-over community known as Golden Lakes Village (GLV). By coincidence, a  neighbor of hers had recently become widowed and was selling her condo so she could live with her daughter in California. The real estate broker, Pamela, called me and I purchased the property sight unseen, as is, since it was going to be sold furnished. 

A few months later, my wife and I drove down to Florida on the Amtrak Auto-Train. Our car was loaded up with linens and other household items. When we arrived at GLV and entered our new abode, we were pleasantly surprised.  The prior owner had left all of her possessions behind for us to use. I could not even find room enough to unpack the items we had brought down with us. Needless to say, it made our move here very comfortable. 

We did not know anyone at Golden Lakes except for my wife’s ex-classmate. However, a local resident named Ruth befriended me and told me about a charitable organization she and others had started here in GLV called LOVE IN ACTION—which it truly is. We attended their next meeting, at which there was a raffle. I bought a ticket and was one of the lucky winners. I won a nice collection of classical CDs.

Last year, a devastating hurricane, Dorian, destroyed one of the Bahama Islands. Love in Acton initiated a food drive and sent the collected donations to the Bahamas, where they were sorely needed. I filled up a large cardboard box with canned goods and Gatorade drinks.  I also included toothbrushes and toothpaste. (I was a dentist)

As far as how our stay at Golden Lakes Village is progressing, I will state that my wife loves it here. The scenery is beautiful and there are lots of sea birds that come to roost in our backyard. There is a canal about 20 feet from our sunroom, and once in awhile an alligator swims by. Our community boasts two olympic sized swimming pools, where we both swim every day, rain or shine. In addition, there are also two small gyms, along with bocci, tennis and shuffleboard courts. 

I’d say it turned out to be a very lucky move for us. I took a blind chance and, as with the LIA raffle, I came out a winner!


(9-24-20)

"What’s new and exciting?" is a question I often ask as I greet folks I haven’t seen in awhile. It elicits a wide variety of responses: a smile, an expression of appreciation, an interesting update and sometimes even the sharing of a concern. Now, with the Hebrew New Year 5781 just starting, it’s the ideal time to think about what’s new and exciting in our own lives; and if nothing comes to mind immediately, let’s see what we can conjure up!

(1) LOOK AROUND… and see with "new eyes" the blessings we tend to overlook or take for granted. These are often tried and true "biggies" such as life itself, a free country, a safe place to spend our days (and nights), friends and family, etc. Now let’s add some others, no matter how trivial or insignificant they may appear or how deeply meaningful they may be. For me, it’s things like our county maintaining a below-5% infection rate as schools open this week. Or "Mr. Google" who answers most of my inquiries instantaneously so I can keep learning and growing. And then there’s our exercise class at Phase A that challenges us to become healthier and stronger with each workout.

(2) LOOK BACK… and see the new beginnings that can emerge from the past as well, if we’re open to them. Last week Hugo and I went to the new Amazon 4-Star Store at the Palm Beach Gardens Mall. Even on its opening day it wasn’t very crowded so we felt safe exploring the highly-rated items featured there— in our masks and gloves, of course, and with social distancing from the other curious adventurers. What caught my eye was a book I’d read years ago called "The Four Agreements" written in 1997 by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s a practical guide to personal freedom based on Toltec (American Indian) wisdom. Translated into 46 languages, it was a NY Times bestseller for over a decade. A quick look at the Table of Contents reminded me of those agreements:

Be impeccable with your word (Speak with integrity and carefully choose your words before saying them aloud). Don’t take anything personally (Don’t let others’ opinions fill you with anger, envy, sadness, etc. Keep in mind that people’s words and actions come from their own unique reality, which might have little or no bearing on you). Don’t make assumptions (Ward off stress and conflict. Ask questions so that clear communication will help to sidestep misunderstandings). Always do your best (Avoid regret and build self-confidence while moving toward your life goals).

(3) STEP OUT BOLDLY… A bright future awaits us! Our Golden Lakes resident artist, master of brightness and creativity, is Vincent Daddiego. We previously featured his one-of-a-kind "Pick-Me-Up Pods" and "New Leaf" designs, and now his latest works of art are hand-painted shells in which his cartoon character "Gail the Snail" lives. She moves in and out dragging with her this important reminder: "It’s Time to Get Out of Your Shell!"

NOW LET ME ASK YOU: What’s new and exciting in your life? Look around at what is, look back at what was, then move ahead boldly. Above all, look within yourself for new hopes, inspirations and incentives. Welcome your future with open arms. You may find yourself achieving what you never thought you could, thereby leaving a unique, precious and uplifting legacy!

Love in Action (LIA): The New and The Wonderful!

Joy prepares an LIA Basket of Cheer for GLV shut-in.

Neighbors on Lake Evelyn have been meeting together 7-8:00 PM daily since the pandemic started. Lots of laughs and weightier discussions take place outside Arlyne’s (standing) house.

Kay and Tom spruce up Ruth & Hugo’s backyard with mulch and flowering bushes.

Finally: some entertainment again! Vocalist "ZZ"  and "Mr. Keys" (keyboardist and vocalist) delighted villagers with a fantastic show recently. Line-dancers and others especially enjoyed getting up to dance together!

 

Some of the exercise class after an hour-long workout, pose for a photo. Even the instructor Jacob (seated) is tired! Our "energizer bunny" Willi, however, continues to do exercises on her mat. Then on to the water aerobics!

CS and Alice are proud of their only grandson, Alex.. his kindness as well as his accomplishments. They were not close with their own grandparents, though they credit them for passing down some great qualities that have made them who they are today: nonagenarian dancers, active LIA members, enthusiastic volunteers, great friends to each other & to many, &  loving grandparents to boot!

Renowned artist Vincent presents his latest creation: Gail the Snail (who lives in the shell) with an important message. Only a few are left; just $10 each. See article to read all about it! Call or text 201-785-6481 if interested.


(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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