Laurels –

memoriesWhen I was a little girl, growing up in Ware Shoals, SC, I often heard my parents speak of “Fessor Camak”. He was a well-respected gentleman in the community and a fine poet. One of my dad’s favorite poems was ‘Fessor’s Laurels.

As seniors, we need to remember that we can still make a difference in the lives of others.  Sometimes a kind word or a smile can lift another person when we don’t even realize it.  Keep making a difference somewhere, somehow, every single day.

      • Laurels by Marion Boyd Camak

Somebody told me that I was good,
And I believed what they said,
And thought I would
Rest on the laurels I had won.
So I took a nice seat up in the sun,
That fellows not so lucky as I
Might be inspired as they staggered by.
And there I sat, with pride in myself
Like a brand new trinket on a brand new shelf,
And slept on the job, like I thought I could, –
For hadn’t they told me I was good?
But I awoke one day, and with surprise
I found no worshiping human eyes
Beholding me in my lofty space.
They all seemed turned to another place
And centered on to another chap,
With a workman’s apron on his lap,
And grime and sweat upon his face,
At work out there in my old place.
I swaggered down with a lordly air
And strutted to where they were, out there.
They looked at me, and then they said
It’s old Bill Hicks; we thought you were dead.

I rescued this post from an old blog back in 2008. I think the lesson is important for everybody, but especially senior citizens. We must continue to live; we must continue to make a difference; we must live this life as long as we are able.  We simply must.  If you feel you have outlived your need to contribute to society, think again!

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Laurels May 28, 2008 · Musings from Joan
Updated Spring 2019 – Life After 60

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Spring is Coming! Spring is Coming!

spring is comingThe Signs of Spring Coming

“Look, Joan-Joan, look what I found! Isn’t it beautiful?” My 6 year old granddaughter had found a daffodil in the back yard.

I said, “Oh yes, it is very beautiful. The daffodil is telling us that spring is coming!” Jessica immediately jumped up and down and up and down and up and down shouting “spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming!

Is there anything more delightful than the totally honest enthusiasm of a 6 year old?

Dear God in Heaven, make me enthusiastic as Jessica! I am thankful for the seasons and I love, love spring and always have. This year, I will not only enjoy it, I will celebrate with enthusiasm! I think maybe the next time Jessica is here, we will get out my mama’s little tea set and have ourselves a real “Southern lady tea party” to celebrate the coming of spring. As Jannelle Kleppin recommends in Banish the Blahs, perhaps I will cut the peanut butter sandwiches in fun shapes with no crust. Yes, we will celebrate!!!!   May we all be encouraged by the signs of spring coming.  Welcome, Spring!

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From Musings from Joan – 2008

Republished Spring 2019

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To Search for Daily Miracles

Life is full of miracles — we just have to look for them to see them and experience them in their wonder.  Looking for daily miracles is a life changing hobby.

Our new friend, Gretchen Trubee, posted this story on Facebook after the Masters Golf Tournament. I am sharing with you today with Gretchen’s permission. We were deeply touched by her story about her husband meeting our family at the Masters last week. I hope you enjoy as much as we have. Thank you, Gretchen and Luke!

Tiger winning wasn’t the only miracle that happened at The Masters this past weekend…

Luke Trubee and I began a transformational journey 8 weeks ago that has been nothing short of life changing. The further we go, the more we grow. A mentor of mine was sharing a personal testimonial where she wakes up every morning and says, “I can’t wait for my happy miracle today!” My heart swelled over these treasured words and we’ve begun implementing this ever since, journaling all the miracles along the way no matter how big or small.

I couldn’t help but share this story that brought me to tears and sent a wave of goosebumps through my body. A happy miracle to our lives from one of the sweetest men I hope to one day shake hands with.

Luke had been asked on a trip of a lifetime with some dear friends to attend The Masters. This is something we’ve always talked about doing together, and I was SO excited for him to be able to go and experience the sights and sounds that such a prestigious sport has to offer.

Wednesday is a gymnastics night in our neck of the woods. I was quietly studying my modules while Mia tumbled and spun her way across the gym when I got a call from Luke. He couldn’t wait to tell me about his day, and I couldn’t wait to hear.

The Masters Golf TournamentIt was the day of the Par 3 Contest. Everyone was jumping out of their skin with excitement as they handed their tickets over and raced their way to Hole #2, a highly coveted and sought after spot. They planted their chairs front row, and continued to bask in the glory Augusta had to offer.

Once things started out, they took their place. At this point, a sweet, kind, and loving family had joined them in the front row. The Adams family. “Whitey” was his name, “Poppy” by his grandchildren. From the ripe old age of 80, he still had the spunk of a 25 year old and the wisdom of an old soul. Luke RAVED about his family, telling the story bit by bit. So vivid. I felt like I was there in those moments with them all.

Randy is Whitey’s son, and he told Luke their family’s story and how they’ve been coming there for years. Whitey had remarkably attended every Masters since 1956.

They connected about baseball and how their family travels from Charleston, which held a special place in Luke’s heart since he pitched in minor league ball with the Charleston Riverdogs. When Whitey asked where we were from, Luke told him, “Ohio.”

The Masters TournamentWhitey then asked for Luke’s hand as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a tiny, shiny buckeye and placed it in his palm.

(As the story went on, tears welled up in my eyes. I could feel that smooth, cool buckeye in my hand. An energetic shift with such power and positivity. Such a simple and kind gesture from the heart. “Why am I crying?! I love this sweet man! I HAVE to meet him!” I said to myself!)

Whitey explained to Luke how he carries these Buckeyes around and gives them to people he connects with and who deserves some good luck in their lives. He then tells a story of a kind lady who helped him to his car after grocery shopping. He gave her a Buckeye and she began to weep. This same woman came to Whitey years before. She received this gift from him right before finding herself in a life threatening car accident. She survived, and attributed this good fortune to that Buckeye Whitey gave her.

For someone so wise, for someone so kind and generous, so free, so vibrant, and calm, you’d never even know that actually, Whitey was blind. More amazingly, blindness since the 80s hasn’t stopped him from hitting golf balls daily.

As they continued to talk, moments later, Jack Nicklaus made his way to Hole #2. He notices his old friend, and swiftly joins him to shake his hand. Arms distance away from Luke, there they stood. Two legends together as they connected… another happy miracle for all to witness.

I don’t know this family, but I feel like they’ve changed my life. Stories and words make such a deep impression on our hearts. They hold power, energy, vibration, frequency. They emotionally charge you, inspire you, empower you, and fulfill you.

Thank you, Whitey and your family for blessing ours. We will continue to share this little miracle with those we love as you have shared with us.

“The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.” – Victor Hugo

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A Meeting at My Mailbox Changed My Life

My Last Last Name is GraceDecember 2014, my hubby and I had just moved into our 55+ new home in Rock Hill. Because my hubby accepted a job with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we moved from Pennsylvania.

One day, as typical of Southern ladies, someone stopped me to simply chitchat, as I was meandering toward my mailbox. By the time we had introduced ourselves to each other, Lynn invited me to attend the “Adventures in Learning” classes of the Shepherd’s Center, held at one of the local Baptist churches.

We have Creative Writing classes, arts and crafts, world religions and other topics of interest. Check out our website,” Lynn explained.

writing classBeing an RN, I decided to hold down a part-time job and ease into retirement. I would devote hours to start writing down stories worthy to be passed onto my family. However, when South Carolina’s Board of Nursing would not accept my Pennsylvania CEUs, I felt God was closing the door to work as an RN. Thus, more hours became available to attend a Creative Writing class, which sparked some interest.

Fast forward four years, Joan Adams and Lee Miller were the key players in my writing my memoir titled, “My Last Last Name is Grace.” Available on Amazon, my novel about my Mennonite upbringing would not be possible without the non-threatening Creative Writing class and the support of my instructors and peers.  Writing your personal history opens doors you cannot imagine.

Never underestimate how God works behind the scenes, opening and closing “stage curtains” of our lives. Stay tuned for little forks in the road as simple as a designed meeting at a mailbox!

My Last Last Name Is Grace by Beaty Miller

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PS – from Joan –  Writing your personal history is a challenge, but it can certainly be fun.   Your personal history story is a gift to the next generation.   Imagine future generations reading your book – learning about how you lived in the 1950s or the 1960s.

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House Cleaning Tips for Seniors – Part I

Those of us in our senior years need all the house cleaning tips we can get.  Whether you live in 1 room or 10, alone or with others, house cleaning is part of our lives! The dust collects, the dirt grabs hold, fingerprints and smudges and soil appear here and there. And that doesn’t count the clutter, dirty laundry, unwashed dishes, trash in the trash cans, mail to be sorted, recycling to be handled, and light bulbs to be changed!

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Hobbies Senior Citizens Enjoy – Birdwatching

One of the most popular hobbies senior citizens enjoy is birdwatching.  Nothing has brought me more pleasure since I retired than the opportunity to enjoy nature around my home. If you live in an apartment complex or other housing, you still can learn and enjoy the birds and the beauty of nature. Do not wait another minute!

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How to Do Family Tree Research

Learn how to do family tree research right here.  We can get you on the right track today.  Researching family history is such an adventure! Over the years, my time, study, research, and recording have varied – from day-after-day to nothing for months. I was fortunate, too, that in some branches, much of the basic work has been done and how to do family resarch books were and/or are available with the information needed to complete charts.

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For me, however, family history is more than charts! Gathering and identifying old photographs, learning about professions, religions, education, lifestyles, health, habits, and so on from letters and personal interviews (via telephone, emails, or visits), are the things that bring our ancestors closer to our hearts. Continue reading

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