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THE NOVEMBER QUESTION
 
It's time to start asking everyone, What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Isn't that what we usually work into our conversations this month?

I started thinking about why I ask that question. Is it because I expect that everyone I meet has exciting plans full of loving family get-togethers and delicious traditional meals, and I'm anxious to hear their stories?

Or, is it because I want to make sure that no one is going to spend the holiday alone and lonely?



I've been there. I've spent Thanksgiving days alone or as a couple eating out at a regular restaurant serving ho-hum turkey and cranberry sauce.

No matter how I spin it, eating alone on Thanksgiving Day screams out to me that I need more family and friends around me.

I bemoan the fact that I should have spent the entire year cultivating friendships and family who might make an extra effort to spend time together. If family is too far away, I could have found friends to be my chosen family.

Too late now? No.

There are simply too many people around me who may be alone on Thanksgiving Day. This year, I choose them. If anyone answers my November question with something like, Nothing different, I'm going to invite them to spend Thanksgiving Day with me. 

It'll be another of life's adventures. I don't know what'll happen. Maybe they'll say no, maybe yes. But, what's the worst that can happen? I'll spend a few hours and probably end up with a new friend. I'm not offering great food or a big beautiful house or a formal meal. It'll probably be potluck and eat off a paper plate on your lap. But none of us will be alone. 

When I read that, in our society, loneliness is killing us, I realized that I could do my small part in changing that.

It's not a matter of giving someone a Thanksgiving turkey. It's a gesture of companionship.
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WHEW!

In October, I finished the book I've been working on for five years--off and on, actually. It's a memoir about an aspect of my life dealing with polio and it's after effects. Many of you probably don't know that I had polio as a teenager or that it's after effects have hit me rather hard since 2000. 

When I realized that I'm dealing with a very common health situation, I began to think that telling my story may help someone else cope. I think it's a fair guess to say that most people over 50 are managing symptoms of some sort of chronic health problem--problems we cannot see by looking at them. I call them "invisible illnesses."

I battled with myself about putting this book out there. Is it vain? Or, could it be a help to someone? Well, it's done. And, I'm looking for five volunteer readers to give me feedback. If you'd like to be--or are willing to be--one of those readers, email me.
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Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.

John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men

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WHAT TO WEAR

I don't like to spend my time shopping and trying on clothes because I usually come home empty handed and discouraged, thinking that designers and manufacturers don't know that baby boomers don't wear the same styles as millennials.
 

 
So I have signed up for a personal stylist on the Internet's STITCH FIX. My stylist will pick out my clothes and send them to me to try--based on the sizes, prices, and preferences I've told her. If I like it, I buy. If not, I don't. Free shipping both ways. We'll see . . . Always an optimist!

It's an Adventure
I'm honored to be speaking at the Other Lifelong Learning Institute's monthly luncheon on Nov. 17 at 11:30 at Bordino's in Fayetteville. Join us by responding at vacoogan@yahoo.com.

51% of Americans have some kind of disability or know someone who does.
 
 








 

Check out my book on what 100 women have to say about the realities and adjustments to aging. 

 
Thirty-five
 
When she was thirty-five
I thought her jokes were corny.
She worked from eight till six and came home
And made me dresses and ironed my father's work clothes.
I hated her angry silent spells
When she went for days without speaking.
I looked to her for love. I needed her affection.
It made me mad that she was unhappy.
 
Today I'm thirty-five.
Jim is out of town and I had to work late at the office.
I’m exhausted and depressed.
Mother called to talk of plants and relatives
And to tell me that she loves me.
 
I wondered
Who called her
When she was thirty-five.
 
NOVEMBER 2016
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Alice French
alicefrench@cox.net

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