Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
The term, "band of brothers," has been made famous in literature, history, entertainment, and politics. Its first known use was in Shakespeare's Henry V: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother." The phrase was used in Wilhelm Tell, wound its way through both sides of the Mason-Dixon line in the Civil War, a WWII book and movie, and suffered a more contemporary resurgence with John Kerry in the 2004 election. It signifies fellows who share a close comradeship in a shared struggle, bonding as closely as actual blood ties can make them.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) strives to provide veterans with high-quality and timely services, said Lisa Moore, Coordinator, Managed Care Contracts. To help reach this goal, it has developed the VA Community Care Network, that contracts with community-based hospitals and other health care providers, including St. Luke’s University Health Network, for the delivery of services.
- I can't get a Christmas gift my wife likes. Last year, I gave her a hundred-dollar gift certificate. She exchanged it.
- Our tree was so puny we used orthopedic bulbs.
- Our local department store had two Santas — one for regular kids, and one for kids who wanted ten toys or less.
- I made a terrible mistake last Christmas. My wife made me swear I wouldn't give her a fancy gift — and I didn't!
Thomas Sean Connery was born in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh, Scotland, on 25 August 1930. Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas. "My name is Bond, James Bond." For movie watchers of the 1960s, that is one of the most familiar lines in movie history. It was the legendary spy 007's way of introducing himself.
The romanticized vision of the holidays is a house filled with loved ones from near and far, all enjoying one another’s company and a feast of family favorites. Even in a typical year, this ideal is hard to achieve, but in 2020, with travel restrictions and health officials recommending against large get-togethers, it’s wise to lower expectations.
In fact, to limit the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, on October 29, encouraged people to limit holiday gatherings to people who live within their own household. She acknowledged that it was a tremendous sacrifice to make, but a necessary one.
When we think back to what we may consider "The good old days," especially during the holiday season, no doubt there is a soundtrack to our memories. Whether it's singing "We Gather Together" for Thanksgiving, "Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah!" as a child or "Blessings on the Menorah," or "Happy, Happy Kwanzaa," or any of the myriad Christmas songs, holidays are a time for singing, and a time for TV specials.