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March 29, 2017

In The Villages

Health and a long life to you

Health and a long life to you

“An old broom knows the dirty corners best.”  – Old Irish Proverb Story: Pat Jocelyn // Photo: fred lopez Irish proverbs usually make us smile or laugh, but often it’s those same sayings that carry within them some pretty sage advice. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it appropriate to ask two Villagers, Ron and Colleen Froehlich, to choose one of several proverbs…
We cannot give what we do not have

We cannot give what we do not have

Like most folks in The Villages, when I think of Feb. 14, I think about love. It’s a time we celebrate loving relationships—relationships that sustain us and provide us with affection, companionship, devotion, joy, and pleasure. Story: Pat Jocelyn Villager and professional life coach Barbara Kenyon says we often forget to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to the most important love relationship of all—the one we…
Don’t put yourself in a pickle

Don’t put yourself in a pickle

Story: Pat Jocelyn About five years ago I thought I’d (excuse the pun) try my hand at pickleball. It was a match made in heaven and everything I loved about a competitive sport—fast, challenging and good exercise, and I was actually pretty good at it. I played for six months, and on a very warm, humid morning and after playing three games, though hot and…

It’s All About Choices

Story: Pat Jocelyn I’ve lived in The Villages for more than 10 years and have noticed something a little peculiar; some might say unsettling. There aren’t any cemeteries in our community. You’d also be hard pressed to find a funeral home. Sure, there are some of those businesses hugging the outskirts of The Villages like static-cling on a wool dress but none (to my knowledge)…
When Practicality Wins

When Practicality Wins

When I moved to The Villages 16 years ago, I was enamored with the Corvette Club. Mind you, I never owned a Corvette but I did love sports cars. A friend was always raving about the cool trips the club members took in their hot cars. Nevertheless, I continued to drive my boring, gray sedan for another 10 years. Last year, it was time to…
IN THE VILLAGES: Residents Helping Residents

IN THE VILLAGES: Residents Helping Residents

Story: Chris Gerbasi  Photo: Provided Most Villagers aren’t shy about speaking up on an issue. But finding the right person to listen may not be as easy for them. That’s where the Community Improvement Council comes in. The resident-run CIC works to turn Villagers’ ideas into reality by serving as a liaison to the developer of The Villages and local government. Residents created the CIC…
IN THE VILLAGES: Where Supernatural is Natural

IN THE VILLAGES: Where Supernatural is Natural

STORY: CHRIS GERBASI PHOTO: RON VANDEVANDER All things that go bump in the night are fair game for discussion at the Parapsychology Club of The Villages. Beware that after hearing some members’ tales, you may want to sleep with the lights on. Club leaders define parapsychology as “anything that falls outside the five senses.” “That allows us to talk about anything we want to,” says…
Celebrating Dad

Celebrating Dad

Like many Villagers, my father is no longer with me. But in my memories? Well, that’s another story. Decades ago, I was lucky enough to have my memory banks filled to overflowing with vignettes of picnics in the country, baseball games played in a nearby meadow, and tip-toeing around my father as he snored a Sunday afternoon away on the couch. My dad was a…
IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is <em>Always</em> a Pleasure

IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is Always a Pleasure

Administrative Professionals Day is April 27. It was once called Secretary’s Day. When I saw this online, it caused me to pause and think about all of the people, both administrative and other support personnel, that we as Villagers interact with every day, people we sometimes take for granted. I’m not sure if the cashiers at Colony Plaza’s Publix on County Road 466A would fall…
IN THE VILLAGES: A Celebration of Women

IN THE VILLAGES: A Celebration of Women

International Women’s Day is March 8. It’s an annual day that recognizes women around the world for their social achievements and political and economic contributions. For me, it’s not just about national or international notables receiving accolades. It’s also about celebrating and recognizing the day-to-day accomplishments of regular women—women we work with, play with, and visit with every day. Ironically, it’s often how these women…
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