Laughter

By Frances Kolarek — Let’s start the New Year with a laugh. There’s 107-year-old Evelyn Elliott, a fanatic of the Buffalo Bills football team. Never misses a game. Asked if she had taken a shine to a handsome 33-year old player she replied. “Oh, he’s too old for me!” If a 107-year-old woman can laugh at […]

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Christmas at Collington

By Frances Kolarek — Christmas! Shopping. Gift-wrapping for some of our needy neighbors. Parties. A gorgeous 10-foot tree in our main lobby. Add Hanukkah ceremonies — lighting candles in the Menorah at 5:15 each evening. And a most successful party for our staff, attended by some 200, at an off-campus venue. Generous door prizes, underwritten […]

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Sex in the 70s, 80s & 90s is Good for Your Heart

By Frances Kolarek — There is little to be added to Roger Angell’s celebration of his 93 years in the February New Yorker. “Getting old is the second-biggest surprise of my life,” he writes, “but the first, by a mile, is our unceasing need for deep attachment and intimate love.” And, he adds, ”these feeling […]

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Diversity—A Pleasure and a Privilege

By Frances Kolarek — At a time when racial tension is at a fever pitch, I am so very grateful to Collington for the opportunity given me to make friends among our multi-racial, cosmopolitan residents and staff. African-American Bishop John Walker of the Diocese of Washington, D.C., presided over Collington‘s creation and we are committed […]

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Kissing the Car Goodbye

By Frances Kolarek — “Hell, Jack. this is more painful than my first divorce.” Overheard as two men agonized over giving up their cars. Giving up driving and parting with a beloved car, while a wrenching experience, can turn into an unexpected windfall. Statistics tells us transportation is the second highest household expense after housing. […]

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