Put a Little Spice In Life

By Frances Kolarek — Some of my friends have become so addicted to eating “right” — no Beef Wellington — and avoiding all the “wrong” things — a second glass of wine with dinner — that I view their lives as somewhat constrained, if not barren. They experience no rewards, those extra treats we give […]

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A Happy Valentine’s Day

By Frances Kolarek — Colorful posters announcing a Wine and Cheese Party appeared a week before Valentine’s Day. We who live independently were invited to join our neighbors in the Health Center, a commingling many of us enjoy. We gathered in a spacious room flooded with wintry sunlight, a grand piano in one corner, a modest […]

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Celebrating Diversity

By Frances Kolarek — Collington’s commitment to diversity was written into an early agreement with the Diocese of Washington, led at the time by Bishop John Thomas Walker. It commits us to economic, religious and racial diversity. Do we observe it? At any moment you may be having a meal with the mother of eight […]

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‘Mean Girls’ in Retirement Communities?

By Richard Zorza — There has been a lot of talk around Collington about this “Mean Girls” article in The New York Times. The thrust of the article is shown as the writer describes her almost 99-year-old mother’s report on the her early days in independent living: There was a pause. Then: “They won’t let […]

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New Words for Old

By Frances Kolarek — Why “senior citizen” rubs me the wrong way I cannot explain. And get out of here with “senior.” I’m not yet ready to graduate. Not a bit interested in that final diploma. Old. So many connotations. Old shoe denotes comfort. Old hat means yesteryear. Old times evoke nostalgia. Old woman? Old […]

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