Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Musings of a Matriarch: No one knows what secrets the winds of March harbor

March winds are strong and secretive forces, entities unto themselves that remind us winter doesn’t want to let go. As I walked across my open field I felt the cold fingers of wind encircle me. I watched as they lifted loose snow and swirled it from one tree to the next. It was an angry wind ...

Musings of a Matriarch: No one knows what secrets the winds of March harbor

March winds are strong and secretive forces, entities unto themselves that remind us winter doesn’t want to let go. As I walked across my open field I felt the cold fingers of wind encircle me. I watched as they lifted loose snow and swirled it from one tree to the next. It was an angry wind ...

‘Forever friendship’

MARQUETTE — Retirees who wish to offer their time, wisdom and talents to the community are in luck — Marquette County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program can help retirees find a volunteer position at nonprofit and health institutions across Marquette County. RSVP is structured around ...

Musings of a Matriarch

One morning I was looking out my kitchen window and spied a flock of wild turkeys in my backyard. In a previous column, I might have mentioned a few Thanksgiving birds occasionally visit my yard — sometimes in the front and other times in the back. I’ve been putting out cracked corn since ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: noon, Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Exercise Class, Lion’s Room, Clubhouse 8:30-9:30 a.m. Aerobics, Clubhouse Gym 10-10:30 a.m. Chair Yoga, Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation 10-11 a.m. Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

In a pickle

Pickleball — it’s the new big “dill” in sports and recreation that is sweeping the nation, Marquette County included. “It is the fastest growing sport in America. And it’s not just seniors that are playing it, there’s teenagers, it’s being included in gym classes, there’s ...

The power of saying ‘No’ and meaning it

Sunday morning I got out my waffle iron and made eight golden waffles to share with a good friend. When he arrived, everything was ready. The coffee was hot and strong just the way he likes it. The syrup, direct from a maple tree instead of an ear of corn, was warming on a burner, the bacon was ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: noon, Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Exercise Class, Lion’s Room, Clubhouse 8:30-9:30 a.m. Aerobics, Clubhouse Gym 10-10:30 a.m.Chair Yoga, Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation 10-11 a.m. Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Musings of a Matriarch/Jeans with holey knees? Not for this gal

Fashion trends come and go, but my idea of high style is a pair of blue jeans with no holes in the knees, sides, seams, or behind. This morning I was dunking a doughnut into my hot coffee and noticed the right knee on my jeans was poking through the hole I thought I mended last week. Like a ...

Spring chickens

MARQUETTE — As spring approaches in the Upper Peninsula, the days get longer, the air starts to smell sweeter and the renewed energy in the air is tangible — and it inspires many to seek activities outside of the home and engage with fellow community members. Senior citizen residents of ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: noon, Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Exercise Class, Lion’s Room, Clubhouse 8:30-9:30 a.m., Aerobics, Clubhouse Gym 10-10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga, Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation 10-11 a.m., Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

I would be lost without my compass

Last fall I went for a walk in the field behind my home. I walked a little farther than I intended to and ended up in the woods. It didn’t take long before I was turned around. I never thought about putting a compass in my pocket. After all, I grew up on these 20 acres and as a kid, I never ...

Blaney Park

MARQUETTE — Many Yoopers have passed by Blaney Park as they travel down M-77, near the U.S. 2 junction, on their way downstate — but how many would guess that Blaney Park was once a premier summer resort? Dr. Jim Surrell gave a special presentation on Feb. 8 on the history of Blaney Park ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: noon, Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Drop-In Center, Clubhouse 7:30-8:30 a.m., Exercise Class, Lion’s Room, Clubhouse 8:30-9:30 a.m., Aerobics, Clubhouse Gym 10-10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga, Clubhouse Basement, $2 ...

Chocolay Senior Center members tour Journal

MARQUETTE — Chocolay Senior Center members toured the offices of The Mining Journal in Marquette last Thursday. The tour showed attendees the inner workings of the local paper’s many departments. The group visited The Mining Journal’s various departments, including the newsroom, ...

Senior Events

MONDAY CHATHAM: noon, Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Drop-In Center, Clubhouse 7:30-8:30 a.m., Exercise Class, Lion’s Room, Clubhouse 8:30-9:30 a.m., Aerobics, Clubhouse Gym 10-10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga, Clubhouse Basement, $2 ...

Musings of a Matriarch/Old gray mare has company these days

I was running low on peanut butter so while at Walmart the other day I remembered to get some. A jar lasts a long time because I don’t use much unless I make cookies. Otherwise, it’s only the occasional dab on a piece of toast or a cracker. I thought about buying a generic brand until I ...

Always cling to dignity as the years go past

As we age, it often gets harder to cling to our dignity. For some folks losing a sense of dignity is due to major health problems that require constant medical attention including poking and probing into our physical body. For others, it’s dealing with none-life threatening ailments like ...

What seniors need to know about estate planning

MARQUETTE — It can be hard in many ways for people to begin seriously considering what will happen when they pass away or become incapacitated in some way. Although considering mortality and the possibility of future disability are emotionally difficult, it is extremely important to make ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: noon, Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Drop-In Center, Clubhouse 7:30-8:30 a.m., Exercise Class, Lion’s Room, Clubhouse 8:30-9:30 a.m., Aerobics, Clubhouse Gym 10-10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga, Clubhouse Basement, $2 ...