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invisible grands
group of people who have different ethnicity, backgrounds, and
views reduces stereotypes and promotes inclusiveness.
Don't know where to begin? There are thousands of
ways we can reach out to folks in their own communities.
Try Volunteer Match, a portal for volunteers to connect with
nonprofits. It's actually a search engine for specific volunteer
opportunities. Type in any of their categories that interest
you-children and youth, education and literacy, art & culture,
animals, environment, women or homeless and housing-and
you'll be given contact information for organizations in your
own backyard and beyond.
Foster Grandparents serve as role models, mentors, and
friends to children in need. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth
in their communities. They may:
* Help children learn to read and provide one-on-one
tutoring;
* Mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers;
* Care for premature infants or children with disabilities;
* Help children who have been abused or neglected.
Especially during memory-triggering holidays like Christmas,
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's celebrations, whether we
can be there for our descendants or not, we must remember
to fill the hole in our hearts by being of service to others and
ourselves.

Be Kind to Yourself

This holiday season, start by imagining all the things you've
thought of doing but yet haven't tried.
* Start knitting and make yourself that colorful scarf or sweater
* Take yourself or a close friend out for a special dinner
* Meet a friend for an upbeat play or movie
* Sign up for an adult education class-many towns offer them
free to seniors
* Go on a quiet walk in nature. Let the sights and sounds of
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In Search of Stillness traces
the many personal and spiritual growth experiences Hanson
undertook from the 1970s to
current day. Touchingly honest,
tender and articulate, this memoir
chronicles the courageous journey of a soul on a quest of
self-discovery.
Stillness takes practice, but the rewards in terms of clarity and
birds, winds, grasses and a snowy landscape remind you of the
stress reduction are endless. You may even reach that elusive state
beauty and rhythm of nature's cycles
of peace of mind
* Try meditating on a regular basis. One of the best ways to
alleviate suffering is to be fully present in each moment as it
passes. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be aware of
where we are and what we're doing, yet not overly reactive to
Dr. Pat Hanson is a seasoned health educator,
what's going on around us or what is missing. One does not
public speaker, and workshop facilitator. She
is the author of Invisible Grandparenting:
have to sit cross-legged on a cushion for 20 minutes. There are
Leave A Legacy Of Love Whether You Can Be
walking, eating, candle, and listening meditations. Choose the
There or Not. She lectures nationally on Aging
method that best suits you. https://www.mindful.org/meditation/
Positively and is a columnist for the magazine:
mindfulness-getting-started/
Crone: Women Coming of Age.


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