Senior News: Thanksgiving is a time to think about our many blessings

As we rush around from here to there and back again, Thanksgiving is the time to slow down, take a deep breath, and offer that simplest of prayers — “Thank-you.” A thank-you for the many blessings we receive — visible, but often out of focus as we are distracted by our daily activities and the harsh noise of senseless acts of violence and inflammatory talk.

As we reflect during this season, what are you thankful for? Acaring spouse, because you know friends who are living alone?

For myself, as long as I can wake up each morning and my feet touch the floor, the hot water is running and I hear the sweet sounds of my wife reminding me: “Don’t forget to take out the trash!” there is another day to give thanks.

The Wahtonka Community School is partnering with the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on an oral history project. The idea is for high school students to interview older adults about their experiences as they grew up. The first interviews will be Tuesday, Dec. 8 between 12:45 and 2 p.m. If you are interested call the center to sign up.

The center is starting its 2016 membership drive. hoping to surpass last year’s very successful total of more than four hundred members.The membership dues are still $35 for an individual or $60 for a couple. You can become a Super Duper Member for $50. Memberships are a vital part of the annual operating budget for the Center and generate more than $15,000 a year. You can mail your membership to 1112 W 9th Street, The Dalles, or you can stop by.

You don’t have to be Beverly Sills or Enrico Caruso to join the center’s Young at Heart Serenaders, but you do need to enjoy singing and sharing the music with others. Phyllis Farner, the center’s music director, is looking for a few more voices to join the Serenaders who meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and perform during the holidays at several of the local living facilities.

Check out “Sunny The Dalles,” on Facebook a place to post all the great reasons to live in this community.

For the Tuesday Night Music and Dance on Dec. 1, Andre, KC and Tom will be performing. And don’t forget during the winter months music starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends by 8:30. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a Duck fan, Beaver fan or a fan of one of those other northwest teams. And donations are always appreciated.

Minnie Pearl, whose catchphrase was "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!”’ was the female country comedian who always wore a hat with the price tag still attached. (The winner of a free quilt raffle ticket is Ron Holliday.)

Patsy Cline was one of the most influential and successful singers in country music. We all know her signature song, “Crazy”, but for this week’s “Remember When” question, who wrote the song? Email your answer to mcseniorcenter@gmail.com, leave a message at 541-296-4788 or mail it with a picture of the red headed stranger.

Well, it’s been another week trying keep the bird in my hand and out of my hair. Until we meet again, enjoy good company and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” Linda Grayson.

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