January  - 2017 

Tired of Spinning Your Wheels                         January 28                                  Berkeley
New Year Mix 'N Mingle                                   January 29th                               San Francisco
TTN-HOME Reunion                                        February 4th                               Oakland
Paramount Theater Tour                                  February 15th                             Oakland

See details below
Sunday, 1 to 4 pm

Let's welcome the New Year by Brainstorming Ideas for New TTN Activities

Please join us for lunch, mingling, and discussing your ideas for TTN activities that
can be organized during 2017.

You will have the opportunity to meet others and form groups to share your "passions,"  which may include dining out, culture, book groups, peer groups, games (cards, mah jongg), or travel.

Date:        Sunday, January 29

Location:  Ft. Mason Center, San Francisco
                  Building C, Second Floor, Room 230
 Parking and public transportation are available

Cost:         Members:  Free
                 Non-Members: $10

Registration is available on The Transition Network website Events Page

For further information, please contact Barbara Aspelin at  bjkaspelin@outlook.com  .

We hope you will join us at a TTN-HOME reunion to reconnect and to hear what has been happening with some of our TTN-HOME members and associates, as well as hear about the direction our planning team is taking in 2017.

We'll hear updates from women representing a variety of housing options:  
  • Susan Stewart, Phoenix Commons Senior Co-Housing resident 
  • Susan Green, Aria Intergenerational Co-Housing resident-to-be, Boulder, CO 
  • Mary McDonald, Hibiscus Commons, A local housing project focused on building community 
  • Susan Runyan, Ideas on Finding Affordable Housing in the Bay Area 
  • Charlotte Meyers, Shared Housing Resident, Alameda 
Plus, we'll update you on TTN-HOME's latest outreach projects focused on offering motivation, information, and resources for those seeking help with decisions regarding housing options. 

We look forward to seeing you again and finding out how you are progressing with your  housing decisions! 

Mix and mingle with previous TTN-HOME participants.
Feel free to bring a friend interested in housing solutions
Join us for refreshments

When:       Saturday, February 4, 2017
                 1:30-3:30 pm 
Where:      First Congregational Church of Oakland
                  2501 Harrison St.,  Oakland 
                  New Oakland Room 
Cost:        $10.  No one will be tuned away because of   
                          lack of funds.
RSVP Deadline:    No later than January 30, 2017 to                                  Arlene Reif f:  arlenereiff@gmail.com    

How To Make Plans for Life

TTNer Rolene Walker will be teaching a class on how do make plans for life Feb. 21st to April 25, Tuesdays from 6 to 9 in Berkeley.

Most of our lives we have parents, teachers or bosses telling us what to do with our tie.  The class is about moving from work to proactive retirement and how to do it.  In the class you will discern what your true work, study, rest and play are, and come up with plans for work in those areas.  We will use a variety of intuitive thinking activities such as art and movement.  We will do exercises from Joanna Macy's book, Coming Back to Life.  There will be opportunities to try new physical spiritual practices and emotional spiritual practices that help you get in touch with your spiritual self, like Taiko drumming, Taize chanting, or Sufi dancing.

There will be a spiritual component to figure out what you are called to and how to be balanced in your life, and a practical component to figure out how to realize work you are passionate about--how to find meaningful work.  It is to help you clarify what you are being called to do with your life.  It has two parts--listening to what Spirit is calling us to do, and then practical steps to making it a reality.  It is aimed at people who want to do social justice, peace, or environmental activism primarily, but not exclusively.  

It will be very interactive, and will include various meditation practices.  People will choose a physical spiritual discipline and an emotional spiritual discipline to help get information from spirit that is not necessarily from the intellect. There will be practical steps to getting involved in volunteer opportunities and or starting your own organization and how to help groups make good decisions.

Where:  Berkeley, Ca.
Who:     People who retired or thinking 
               about retiring
When:   Tuesdays Feb. 21st to April 25.
RSVP:     Rolene Walker 415 359 9297 
               85 Western Shore Lane #2,                    San Francisco, Ca. 


What's Next?
Hello Friends, Colleagues and Clients,

We are gearing up for the January "What's Next" Sunday Salons on redefining retirement and I would love to save a space for you. As we dive into the holiday season, your thoughts are likely on friends and loved ones and what you might contribute to their lives. So, it should be. But, as a new year approaches, it will be time to claim the days as your own and to envision what you want 2017 to be. For you.

Do you feel a nudge to pause, take a breath, and get your bearings ? Are you drifting in last year's goals and dreams and wish you could re-set your focus? Or do you need to simply put new energy into your aspirations? If so, we'd love to have you join us in exploring "what's next". These Salons can help you to align your motivations and energies around your true priorities.

Our January Salon dates are 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 and 1/29. See the attached flyer for all the details. Thanks for forwarding this email to friends who may be interested.

As usual, I will have personal coaching appointments available throughout December. Contact me for more information. And enjoy your holidays !

Thank you.


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TTN member Adina Sara invites you to join her new writer's workshop

Are you looking to deepen your relationship with your writing life? 
Do you have unfinished poems, stories, and ideas that deserve your attention? 
Do you seek support and community with other writers? 

You are invited to join a newly forming writers group.  In a safe, supportive environment, we will create fresh writing that awakens the writer's voice, dig deeper into unfinished writing projects, and experience the support and inspiration that comes from sharing the writing process with others. 

*Time:  2:30-4:30 
*Date:   First and Third Thursday of every month
  Place:  Oakland and Berkeley 
              Libraries (tba)
  Cost:  $80 per month
  Beginning:  November 3 (or as soon as 5 people have signed up)

The group is led by Bay Area author Adina Sara.  www.adinasara.com 
If you are interested or want more information, please contact Adina at adina23@comcast.net.

*date and time may change according to needs of participants.


Click  HERE to join or renew

When you break down the membership dues it comes to $8.00/month or $2.00/week...  less than the cost of a latte!!!  What a bargain! 


The Paramount Theatre is a wonderful example of art deco design that has been recently renovated.

Join us for an informational, 90 minute guided tour of the theatre.  Following the tour, lunch
at a nearby restaurant will be organized for those interested in attending.

Date:   Wednesday, February 15th, 
Time:   10:30 am
Place:   Box office entrance
             475 - 21 Street, off Broadway
            Oakland, CA
Admission:  Members $5, Non-Members $10
Register at the TTN Website Events page 

For further information, please contact Barbara Aspelin at bjkaspelin@outlook.com.


Learn three ways to move your life from stuck to streamlined!

Our speaker,  Josephine Withers , is a certified Life Coach and has lived most of her life "outside the box."  As she says on her website, "I've walked the talk! Three years ago I decided that my life was too settled, maybe a little boring and predictable. I had an itch. So I sold my house in Maryland, got rid of everything in it, and drove west to California with my dog, Tango, and a friend who came along for the ride."

When:   Saturday, January 28 2017
              2 PM 

Where:  South Branch of 
              the Berkeley Public Library 
              1901 Russell St, Berkeley.  
              Near the Ashby BART.   
              Street parking available.

Cost:      Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to Josephine@josephinewithers.com to secure your spot.

Visit  www.josephinewithers.com to learn more about Josephine's coaching practice.

SF Peer Group #1 at their annual Holiday lunch

What's your passion? 
 Any member can start a special interest group. If you have an interest that is not represented by a new or existing group, contact  Janice Wallace  at
janicewallace2016@gmail.com  to create a group description and recruit other members to join you.

For more information about other new groups as well as information about existing groups, see the   Special Interest Page on our website. 


A special benefit of being a TTN member is getting involved in members-only peer groups. 
Participate in peer and special interest groups that range from discussions about transition issues and business networking to activities such as cultural events, gourmet dining and book clubs. There is no limit to the groups that can be created because they all originate with the members!

Here are our Current Openings:

San Francisco 
All queries about San Francisco peer groups should go to Barbara Aspelin

East Bay   
All queries about East Bay peer groups should go to Toby Stewart.
Peninsula/South Bay
We have a new coordinator for the Peninsula/South Bay region.  For information about Special Interest Groups and Peer groups, contact Nancy Hawes.


All TTN members in the East Bay may join the Caring Collaborative, a group of women who volunteer to support each other in times of illness, injury, or other personal needs.  Our goal is to create a supportive safety net to preserve and promote healthy independence. 
Sample services include rides to and attendance at medical appointments, providing meals, and assistance with household chores such as grocery shopping. For more information or to join, contact Janet Mandelstam, Collaborative lead.

Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
Dianne McCutcheon  
Publicity  Coordinator
Charlotte Myers

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups Coordinator 

Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle
Special Projects

Nancy Hawes
Peninsula/South Bay Coordinator


Arlene Reiff
Exploring Housing Options 
Mona Kreaden
Exploring Housing Options

  Janet Mandelstam
 East Bay Caring Collaborative     

Nancy Ware
Newsletter Editor   
Janet Mandelstam
Arlene Reiff  
Co-Founders of SF Bay Area Chapter

What are you doing?  We'd love to hear from you and share some ideas and stories.  Send us pictures too! Send your updates of your adventures and discussions to Nancy Ware at   nanwebware@sbcglobal.net

For further information on our Chapter please email SanFranciscoChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org

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The Photograph used in the heading is "Two Bridges and the Low Fog" provided by  Brocken InaGlory