January - 2018   


Laughter Yoga                                                        January 8                                           San Francisco
Mingling and Creativity                                           January 22                                         Oakland
Ancestry and Geneology                                        February 12                                        San Francisco


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   

January 8th          Laughter Yoga with Guest Speaker:  
                             Linda Shively

February 12th      Geneology with Guest Speaker:
                             Bev Scott
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

Come Delve into Geneology 
at our February  Chapter Meeting
with Bev Scott

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, February 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.

Holiday Spirit was plentiful at the Mix 'n Mingle Cookie Exchange

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

SF Non-Fiction Book Club has their annual holiday lunch and book exchange at Delancey Street.



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.


Setting the Table for Civility

Holiday gatherings can often be stressful as friends and family bring differing views to the table.  TTNer Anna Yang has discovered a site that she thought would be of interest to our membership.  "I heard on the radio about a great resource for being able to talk with people who have differing opinions during the holidays. There is a handout with what questions to ask, etc. I was really impressed that this exists!  Sooooo needed."
To access the site, click HERE.



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

You've Got to Keep a Sense of Humor

As we begin the New Year, realizing time is moving on and we're not getting any younger, we must always make room for laughter in our day.  Here is a dose that will have you chuckling out loud.
Check it out HERE.


Cataract Surgery May Prolong Your Life

Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed operation in the United States, with more than three million Americans having cataracts removed each year.  A twenty year study,   conducted among 74,044 women aged 65 and older, now reveals more benefits than just better eyesight.  To read the entire NY Times article click HERE.


Things I'll Do Differntly When I'm Old

Do you remember the things that terrified you about your parents as they aged?  Can we learn from experience now that we are getting to the age when our parents started to worry us?  Click HERE for an enlightening N.Y. Time article.


Aging In Place

Lisa Selin Davis reports in AARP magazine that "almost 90 percent of Americans 65 or older plan to stay in their homes as they age." Yet for many, the design of their homes and communities does not suit older adults who lack the mobility, agility and swiftness of the young.  For more of this very interesting N.Y. Times article click HERE.


Laughter is the Best Medicine! 
Laughter is contagious and has a powerful and immediate effect on our mind, body, and spirit.  

This interactive Laughter Yoga workshop will demonstrate that you do not need humor or comedy to laugh.  Thankfully, the body receives the same physical and emotional benefits from simulated and real laughter.  Together, we will use laughter as exercise combined with yoga breathing.  Playful movements along with eye contact may turn simulated laughter into real laughter.

Benefits you will receive include:
·    Increase blood flow and oxygen in your body
·    Enhance uplifting endorphin levels and can reduce 
·    Stimulate the immune, digestive, and cardiac systems
·    Help reduce stress levels
·    Stretch and help relax tight muscles
·    Have fun!
Come ready to move and laugh (all exercises can be adapted to various physical abilities).  We will laugh, clap, move, and breathe.  All exercises will be done standing or sitting.  No prior yoga experience required and no yoga mats needed.  Wear regular clothes as long as you can move and breathe easily.  We will end with a meditation to center ourselves after the laughter.

Over the last 30 years, Linda Shively has become a happiness and joy expert. She has studied everything she can get her hands on in the subject of psychology, overcoming adversity, and personal development. She has a psychobiology degree from UCLA, and she coaches and leads events and workshops helping participants to find happiness and joy.

When:  Monday, January 8, 6:00-7:30
Where:  50 California Street;  10th floor

Register for this event by clicking on this link to the  Chapter Events website page     or emailing 


Making art together is a way of developing community.  We hope you will join us for an afternoon of mingling and creativity.   
No artistic experience is needed and all supplies will be provided.  
We will be making Angel Cards containing inspirational phrases for use by women visiting the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland.
When:  Monday, January 22, 2018, 1-4 pm
Where:  Merrill Gardens at Oakland/Rockridge
              5238 Coronado Avenue
              First Floor Activity Room
              Oakland, CA  94618
Easily accessible from the BART Rockridge Station, then either walk 10 minutes or take  AC Transit Bus # 51A on College Avenue.  Street parking is also available.
Please RSVP by January 16th  to Lujuana Treadwell at  lujuanatreadwell@gmail.com   and feel free to send questions to either Lujuana or Lynn Richards:   LRW7732@pacbell.net  


      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  .


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.


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.


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.

Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
Aleen Colitz

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 


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

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! 


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