February - 2018   
 

UP-COMING TTN EVENTS
 

Food Bank Volunteer Day                            February 21                                                   San Francisco
Sacred Space in Your Garden                     February 24                                                   San Francisco
Ancestry and Geneology                          **March 12  NOTE CHANGE OF DATE           San Francisco

*MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETINGS




Monthly Chapter meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at 50 California Street, San Francisco.
 
Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming  meetings:

THERE IS NO SCHEDULED MEETING FOR FEBRUARY

**March 12th      Geneology with Guest Speaker:
                             Bev Scott
** NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
 
Register for these events by clicking  on this link to the   
  Chapter Events website page  or emailing SanFranciscoChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.

Members:  Free      Guests:  $5.00

THE STORY WAS TRUE
Come Delve into Geneology 
at our February  Chapter Meeting
with Bev Scott

SFBEV Scott
NOTE:  Due to scheduling constraints, Bev Scott's presentation has been moved to Monday, March 12.

Have you thought about tracing your family lineage?  Do you want to find out about your missing ancestors?  Would you like to learn about the mysteries or secrets in your family?  

I began my genealogy journey to search for the truth of the whispered story about my mysterious grandfather who fought in the Civil War.  My grandmother never mentioned him and avoided answering any direct questions.  But once I began to read the forms and letters, yellow with age housed in the National Archives that documented my grandfather's lengthy pursuit of Veterans' Benefits, I was hooked.  

Learn about my journey through cemeteries, libraries, County Court Houses, Historical Museums and the US Census.  I searched on-line, on genealogy sites and I requested documents from government agencies.  My quest took me to five states in the mid-west.  I had thought I would write a short story about my grandparents for our family.  But there were too many missing pieces.  Instead, I wrote a novel based on the facts I knew and took the opportunity to create the missing pieces.    

I am excited to share my own story, what I learned and offer tips and suggestions to begin your own genealogy search.  

When:  Monday, March 12;  6:00-7:30
Where:  50 California Street;  10th floor

Register for this event by emailing  

After winding down her organization consulting career, Bev Scott began genealogical research to confirm a whispered family secret. Concluding the story needed to be fiction, Sarah's Secret: A Western Tale of Betrayal and Forgiveness became her first novel. Her previous writing focused on non-fiction. She blogs at "The Writing Life" on www.bevscott.com.


OLD/SCHMOLD
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
SMELLS AS SWEET!
The following article was sent in by TTNer Sheila Malkind, famously known as the Executive Diurector of the Legacy Film Festial.

With great amusement, I recently read an article  published in the Washington Post Opinions by Laura L. Carstensen, PhD., titled "In search of a word that won't  offend 'old' people, Our language makes it impossible  to embrace age. Let's change that."

Carstensen, Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh
S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford
University, states: "For years, I thought we should
start calling ourselves old and be proud of the fact that
we've reached advanced ages. Over the past 40 years
or so, I've tried to persuade people to use the word old
proudly, but I have so far failed to get a single person to
do so."  She now avoids old for fear that the term might
offend. Even the Stanford Center on Longevity, that
she directs, has "never settled on a good term for old
people."

She has found a new word she likes, penned by
someone in the commercial field of aging: perennial,
because (It)"makes clear that we're still here,
blossoming again and again."

So, why am I amused by the article? Because old and
elderly seem to have been unacceptable to individuals
in our society since forever! Perhaps the distaste for
the terms come from our fear of becoming enfeebled,
or invisible, or alone, and yes, that we are going to die!
Back in 2002, gerontologists were seeking 'politically
correct terminology for older adults'. (The Gerontologist, 2002).  Now there are other, preferable and user-friendly terms, such as mature, seniors, and senior citizens and (my favorite) elders, that imply respect for and inclusion of elders in mainstream society. 

But older people also have a responsibility  to polish the image of old: i.e., to speak up fearlessly  when there is wrongdoing, to be present in society, to  listen and respect people of all ages, and to be kind and  open-minded. Then words like old and elderly will not  be feared by old people, but worn proudly. Just like the  Older Women's League of San Francisco.

In an (old) article, 84-year-old Danish female physician,
Esther Møller, wrote:  "I really don't understand the
fear of old age or the shame of being old... The Danish
word for old, gammel, is a term of honor, deriving
from a word meaning 'winter.' It signifies one who has
lived through many winters - someone with a desire
for life, a wise and experienced person: going through
the hard winters was a difficult thing in the distant past
when the word originated." ("Being Old. A subjective
description of becoming and being Old," Danish Medical
Bulletin, 1992; 39:201)

Ed. Note:  Have you struggled with the proper terminology for people our age?  Do you have experiences to share on this topic or suggestions as to how we might best be addressed? Send your comments to Nancy Ware at nanwebware@sbcglobal.net and we'll include them in next month's newsletter.

TTN group gather in Berkeley to Mix & Mingle while making beautiful Angel Cards for Cancer victims.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Power of Essential Oils

  
February is the month of love. Are you ready to put You on your calendar? Enjoy a mini spa experience and receive a hand massage with rose, citrus bliss or passion essential oils.


Be emerged in a feast for the senses, Feel indulgent while being pro-active supporting a healthy you! Learn how you can have the oils as part of your life.

What date works best for you?
February 17, Saturday    9:30-11:30 am
February 19, Monday      6:00-8:00 pm 
February 26, Monday      6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Herchurch, 678 Portola Dr,  San Francisco, CA 94127

You may have heard of essential oils or aromatherapy and aren't quite sure what they are or how to use them. Come taste, smell, and experience the oils and learn how you can have the oils as part of your life.

RSVP, as space is limited, Email for more information or to register for any of the workshops.  Anna Yang   acyang12@comcast.net

Anna C.Yang, R.N. is a TTN member and is a Certified Holistic Nurse. She has been in the field of holistic health for over 30 years. She currently has a private practice dedicated to women's worth, wisdom, and well-being.

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Oakland Museum's Women's Board Gears Up for the 
Fantastic White Elephant Sale


TTN member, Josephine Withers wants everyone to know that the annual WHITE ELEPHANT SALE returns to the San Francisco Bay Area for the 59th time on March 3 and 4, 2018.  The Preview Sale will be held on January 28, 2018.

All proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum; and of  course,  in addition to shopping, they accept a wide variety of  donations,  and have a truck that can pick up large items. If folks bring in donations during the month of February, they'll get two free passes to SHOP at that time. There's a calendar giving days and hours on the website.

Check out their website HERE.

EAST BAY CARING COLLABORATIVE

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 at  jmand99@earthlink.net


TTN NATIONAL OFFERS WEBINAR EVENT
ON DISCOVERING SHARED HOUSING

Are you feeling squeezed by the high cost of housing and the reality of your income? You are not alone. This is a reality for millions of retirees.  How are you going to manage? One idea is to live in shared housing so that you cut your largest cost. Annamarie Pluhar, author of Sharing Housing , will guide you through the process. Many of our TTN members have express interest in this, and Annamarie is an expert on the subject.

Starting Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Time:  Wednesdays for 4 weeks: 3 PM EST/12 PM PST
Location: Webinar
Contact: Annamarie Pluhar
For more information on how to access the Webinar click HERE.
 
TTN GROUP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
AT THE SAN FRANCISCO FOOD BANK
Wednesday, February 21  12:00-2:00

One in four neighbors in our communities are in need of help to supplement their nutritional needs.  The San Francisco Food Bank serves over 250,000 people throughout the year.   These are uncertain times for nonprofits around the nation and the Food Bank depends upon volunteers to keep their mission going.

Come join other TTN members sort food for those in need on Wednesday 2/21 from 12:00 to 2:00.

To register, email Gail Benton Shoemaker at gailbentshoe@igc.org by 2/10/18.  You'll receive details about this volunteer opportunity.  Going forward we can discuss making this a monthly TTN volunteer event.

CREATING SACRED SPACE 
IN YOUR GARDEN
Come join fellow TTNer Arete Nicholas, Master Gardener on 2/24/18 from 1pm to 2:30 pm at SF. Richmond Public Library as she shares design ideas and inspirational images on how to create a sacred space in your garden. 

Arete will share some of her garden design approaches to honoring the sacred in our everyday lives and how to make your protected space deeply personal and significant to you. 

When:    February 24  1:00-2:30
Where:   SF Richmond Public Library
Open to the Public;  no fee

For more information click HERE.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

      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. 


Attention East Bay Non-Fiction Fans

Planning to read and learn more in the New Year? Start working on your resolution by joining a book group. The East Bay Non-Fiction book group is seeking new members and meets every other month in the evening.  To learn more contact Marj Wolf at    marjswolf@aol.com  .

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Let's Go To The Movies

TTN Movie Group started up on October 1 by seeing the new movie, Victoria & Abdul.  We had a great time learning about and discussing this previously unknown friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk.  Plus we got to view the great actress Judi Dench portraying the Queen!  If you are interested in joining us at our monthly viewings in San Francisco, please email Mae at mkgo@earthlink.net.

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East Bay TED Talk Discussion Group

TNN East Bay TED Talks Discussion Group had it's first meeting.  It was a great time for everyone with a lively discussion. If you are interested in joining the group, please email me at terry@polarisone.com 
and I'll keep you posted when future meetings will take place.

PEER GROUP UPDATES

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

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East Bay   
All queries about East Bay peer groups should go to Toby Stewart.

THE READERS' CORNER

Many of you have shared interesting articles and videos that have been appreciated by our readership.  We'd like to encourage this sharing; to this end, we have created a monthly column called Readers' Corner.  Submit  your articles to Nancy Ware at Submit your articles to Nancy Ware at   nanwebware@sbcglobal.net


6 Ways to Prepare to Find 
Part-Time Work in Retirement 

Traditionally, turning 60 meant that the end of your working days was fast approaching. The pressing question at 60 used to be: "When do you plan to retire?" But today, with nearly  three quarters of boomers expressing interest in working part-time in retirement , the focus has shifted. Now, the more relevant question is: "What will you retire to ?"  To read the full article by Career Coach, Nancy Collamer, click HERE.

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Getting a Roommate in Your Golden Years

As the baby boomers age, some are choosing to stay in their homes and take in boarders to help pay the rent or lend a hand with household chores.  To read this full NY Times article click 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
 
Aleen Colitz
  Events

Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle
Special Projects

Dianne McCutcheon  
Publicity  Coordinator

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Gail Benton Shoemaker
  Event Activities

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups Coordinator 

ADJUNCT COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Arlene Reiff
TTN-HOME East Bay
Exploring Housing Options 
 
Mona Kreaden
TTN-HOME SF
Exploring Housing Options

  Janet Mandelstam
 East Bay Caring Collaborative     

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

NOT A TTN MEMBER YET
OR WANT TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP? 
  
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! 

IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN YOUR PASSWORD OR ARE LOGGING IN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016, CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

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

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