Archive for June, 2011

Ten Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less
By Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Created Apr 17 2010 – 9:48am

It usually takes us much longer to change our moods than we’d like it to take. Here are ten things you can do in ten minutes or less that will have a positive emotional effect on you and those you love.

1.    Watch “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. See it online at This is a deeply moving segment that may be the best ten minutes you’ve ever invested in front of a computer.

2.    Spend a little while watching the sunset with your mate. Nothing extra is necessary. Just sit and take in the natural beauty of the sky and appreciate being able to share it with the one you love.

3.    Sit quietly by yourself. It doesn’t really matter where or when. Just let your feelings bubble up and then experience the thoughts flowing out of your mind. Clearing your head and heart will give you extra energy to get through the rest of the day.

4.    Write a thank you note to your mate. When was the last time you thanked your partner for just being who he or she is and being with you? Doing this in writing will give your partner something to cherish for the rest of his or her life.

5.    Take out your oldest family photo album and look through it. The experience will fill you with fond memories and perhaps make you a bit wistful for days gone by.

6.    Play with a child. Most kids have short attention spans; ten minutes of quality time from a loving adult can make their day. It will also help you stay in touch with the child inside of you.

7.    Visualize or imagine a positive outcome for any issue. Medical doctors recommend visualization to patients with chronic and potentially fatal illnesses. If it can help them, it can do the same for you.

8.    Go to bed with the one you love ten minutes earlier than usual. Then spend that time just holding each other. Let the feeling of warmth from your mate move through you.

9.    Hang out by some water. Studies show that hospital patients who can see a natural body of water from their beds get better at a 30 percent faster rate. If you’re not near the coast or a lake, try taking a bath. Doing so is also healing.

10.  Get your body moving. Shake, twist, and jump around. Let yourself feel the joy of moving to your favorite music, or just the sounds in your head. Run, walk, and bike to your hearts content. You will live longer and love it more.



Posted: June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Camp Create LOGO
Summer Camp started this week but there are still openings available for upcoming weeks in three different age categories.

Two week session teen workshop programs-ages 13 to 16 on Mondays through Fridays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm are available.

One week Camp Create programs-ages 6 to 12 on Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am to 4:00pm and the Camp Create-ages 4 and 5 programs on Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am to 11:30am still has openings.



The museum is still seeking student volunteers to assist with Camp Create programs. Interested students should contact Pam Coffman, Curator of Education at the museum.



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Make a Creative Investment in the Life of a Child. Spark a child’s creativity by giving the gift of a scholarship. Art is an exciting and essential part of the learning process.

Now more than ever your  tax deductibledonation will allow us to provide scholarships for children in Volusia County who could not otherwise afford to attend. Please help by making your donation today!  Contact us at (386) 734-4371

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MoFA LOGO (Color Background)

Childrens Center LOGO
Funding Provided In Part By The
Cultural Council of
Volusia County

   Three New Exhibits Open


The Museum of Florida Art has opened three new exhibits. Two of the exhibits will remain on display through Sunday, October 30. Habits and Habitat which is on loan from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection and the St. Petersburg College Foundation will close 10 weeks earlier on Sunday, August 21. All three of the exhibitions are sponsored by the Beck Family Foundation and The Jaffe Family Foundation.


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This exhibition in the Chris Harris Gallery on the lower floor gives gallery-goers an opportunity to participate in a “Mix and Match” experience by arranging and re-arranging a unique system of Modular Art Panels (MAPs). The MAPs incorporate various types of imagery and media, such as digital photography, acrylic painting and silkscreen. Members of the public are encouraged to play with themes, shapes, colors and patterns as they recreate the look of the show. The possibilities of ever-changing diptychs, triptychs and polytychs will be multiplied throughout the months that the exhibition is on display.

John Wilton, a retired professor of digital media at Daytona State College, is well known for his multi-media works, digital photography and video. His paintings, often free-association collages of personal impressions and cultural icons, mimic the barrage of popular images we encounter in our multi-media age. Wilton’s current work aims to involve the viewers in the creative process, by mixing and matching elements in ways that seem right to them. Unlike “traditional” art, there is no “right way” to recreate each piece or grouping. The show will be a free-association experience, intended as an affirmation of life and art.



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Watchdog, Mixed Media/Ceramic by Mary Engle, 1995

This presentation of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection and St. Petersburg College Foundation will show, through an artist’s hands, how ordinary objects are used as a metaphor for everyday life and are often given great importance through choice of medium or the way the art is executed. The exhibit will be located in the Main Gallery on the lower level through Sunday, August 21 only.

Daily life, as seen through the artist’s eyes, becomes a very personal and common theme as artists often paint what they know. There is a comfort level in using ordinary objects that are within immediate reach or people with whom they interact on a daily basis as their subject. Common objects, such as a shirt and tie or a missing shoe, are small details of our personal lives that are not usually given a second thought. Whether it is finding humor in the corporate workplace or discovering the beauty in colorful fruit, the viewer is forced to stop and look at the ordinary and relate to the art on a personal level.

OFF THE PAGE : Florida Book Art

Blindspin, Mixed Media/ Ink Jet Prints by Andrew Binder, 2011

The exhibition is curated by Leslie Madigan and will be on display in the Dorothy Johnson Gallery on the upper floor. It features eight Florida book artists reconfiguring the traditional book into unique works of art, challenging the viewer’s idea of what books are. The exhibition poses the question: What is an artist book? Is it a literary, sculptural, paper or mixed media work of art?

Off the Page will be curated and organized to allow audience exploration of the issues facing contemporary book artists. All of the works will be selected based on their narrative ability to communicate a story or tradition drawn from southern influence and will offer the public a comprehensive view of contemporary book making.

The included work will be one of a kind with a small selection of limited edition books using letterpress, offset print, digital and inkjet processes.  A library environment with tables and chairs will be installed in one section of the gallery to provide the viewer with a quiet area for intimate observation. This is in contrast to the other spaces filled with books on shelves, wall pieces, and freestanding sculptural book forms.

The eight Florida book artists participating in this exhibit are Robert Beck-Winter Park, Andrew Binder-Fort Lauderdale, Linda Broadfoot-Atlantic Beach, Martin Casuso-Miami, Larry Cooper-Sanford, Ke Francis- Orlando, Anthony Rice-Sarasota and Tennille Davis Shuster-Oakland Park. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 36-page catalogue, produced by the Museum of Florida Art and indicative of the exhibition’s view of contemporary book making.  The catalogue will be available for purchase at the museum gift shop.


The galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. In celebration of the museum’s 60th Anniversary, all 2011 admissions are free to Volusia County residents with an ID. Non-Residence admission is $5. Children under 12 are free.




Posted: June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

Recent psychological studies have discovered what we all already knew. Men who are depressed, stressed and perhaps subject to health issues in their senior years are better off  if  they have a wife. Doctors are recommending that men invest their time in making their spouses or significant other happy to bolster their own well-being.

OK, but what about the girls? Women “of a certain age” are not necessarily helped by finding a spouse. The recommendation for this situation is to foster relationships with other women.


Posted: June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Florida’s New Laws

Posted: June 9, 2011 in AARP AND FLAARP

Florida’s New Laws

2011 legislative session included a few wins, some losses and a late-breaking outrage

Florida lawmakers wrapped up their 2011 legislative session today, and the news was mixed for older Floridians.

Consumer issues

Florida telephone consumers, brace yourselves – your basic landline phone rates may be headed up.  Older consumers often prefer landline phones because they’re reliable, even in natural disasters, or because they are required for some health-alert systems.

Under this new law, phone companies will be able to raise rates for basic landline service at will.  Please start a file now to save your landline phone bills.  If your bills go up, we’ll be asking you to share rising phone costs with your legislators. Read more here.

Health and long-term care

Know someone who has chronic long-term health concerns?  Warn them – Florida nursing homes may soon not be safe for them.  At the very end of the legislative session, without ever holding a public hearing, legislators voted to reduce nursing care standards for Florida nursing homes.  Learn more.

If you encounter lower levels of nursing-home care for you or loved ones, AARP urges you to let us know – and to tell your legislator how the new law affected you.

Legislators also enacted a sweeping law forcing all Floridians to go through managed-care organizations to get care financed by Medicaid.  This includes older people getting care through Medicaid in nursing-homes – about two of three older Floridians in nursing homes.  AARP fought hard to ensure that local doctors and hospitals could band together to set up their own networks to provide patient-centered, high-quality care.

AARP urges you and your family to report any problems you experience in receiving care through the new system directly to your state legislators.

The session’s results weren’t all bad.  AARP was able to help stop legislation that could have let electric companies raise your rates to pay, in advance, for renewable-energy facilities.  Stopping the bill saved Florida consumers nearly $2 billion over five years.  AARP also helped stop an auto-title loan bill that would have let loan companies charge interest of 200 percent or more.

The Medicaid legislation was much improved thanks to your influence.

And while lawmakers did not adopt an outright ban on texting while driving, they required driver-safety courses to include warnings about the high risk of driving while holding phones or other electronic devices.   AARP driver-safety courses already contain such warnings.

Learn more here, or visit AARP Florida on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  Or call us toll-free at 1-866-595-7678

Welcome to MainStreet DeLand! The Best Downtown Around!

Downtown DeLand is an award winning MainStreet community where we have learned to cherish that which is special about our past while still planning and moving into the 21st Century. MainStreet DeLand has many dedicated merchants and volunteers who work daily to maintain a lively and economically successful downtown.

We invite you to see for yourself what makes MainStreet DeLand so special. Spend a day downtown browsing our shops and galleries; dine at one of our great restaurants; have a coffee pick-me-up in one of our specialty coffee shops; enjoy one of our many events. You won’t be disappointed!

sAs a non-profit (501-C-3) corporation, MainStreet DeLand is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the economic development downtown while protecting and promoting DeLand’s historic heritage.

Formed in 1985, MainStreet DeLand is celebrating 25 years of success. In fact, DeLand was the first community to receive the Mainstreet designation. Moreover, our community was the recipient of the “Great American MainStreet Award” and has been voted as the best Mainstreet in Florida five times.

DeLand Senior Stuff Vol IV Issue IV

Zany Rock and Roll Musical

Sands Theater Company will kick off the

 2011-2011 Season with

June 17 – July 3, 2011

Book by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken,

Lyrics by Howard Ashman Based on the film by Roger Corman

A floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Audrey grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore with a hidden agenda.

Elder Abuse Prevention Theme for June

What Do You See?

What do you see, nurses, what do you see,
What are you thinking when you’re looking at me?
A crabby old woman, not very wise,
uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes.
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
when you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try?”
Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
and forever is losing a stocking or shoe.
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will
with bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
then open your eyes, nurse, you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
as I use at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten with a father and mother,
brothers and sisters, who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet,
dreaming that soon now a lover she’ll meet.
A bride soon at twenty-my heart gives a leap,
remembering the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five now, I have young of my own
who need me to guide, and a secure happy home.
A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast,
bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty my young sons have grown and are gone,
but my man’s beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty once more babies play ‘round my knee
again we know children my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead;
I look at the future, I shudder with dread. . .
For my young are all rearing young of their own
and I think of the years,
and the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old woman and nature is cruel,
‘tis jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigor depart,
there is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
and now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
and I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years; all too few, gone too fast,
and accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, nurses, open, and see,
not a crabby old woman; look closer – see ME!!
This anonymous poem has been attributed to
several sources. It is generally described as
having been found among the possessions of an
older woman who died in a geriatric ward of a

In the U.S., 36 % of nursing home staff
reported having witnessed at least one

incident of physical abuse of a patient in the
previous year.



Mark your calendars! The International Network for the Prevention Abuse (INPEA) has announced the 5th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) will be held on June 15. The world will make proclamations designed to raise awareness of elder abuse.

 Since the first Awareness Day, organizations and governments from every continent in the world have been actively involved. The day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, which recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

Locally, in an effort to generate awareness of this problem, area residents are asked to participate in the worldwide event by discussing abuse issues with others.

DeLand health care providers are urged to engage each other and seniors with whom they come into contact regarding these issues.

Some Common Myths About Elder Abuse

  • Abuse and neglect of elders is rare.
  • Abuse in later life only happens to people who are very frail.
  • Some cultures are immune to abuse; they always respect their older members.
  • Mistreatment in later life only happens to older women, older people who are isolated and older people with disabilities.
  • Sometimes an older person “chooses’ to be abused or neglected by staying in an abusive relationship.
  • Most abuse of older adults involves physical abuse.

10% of nursing home staff admitted
they had committed at least one act of
physical abuse, and 40% admitted they
had psychologically abused patients

In the U.S., 36 % of nursing home staff
reported having witnessed at least one
incident of physical abuse of a patient in the
previous year.

Nursing Home Watchdogs Under Attack by Gov. Scott?

The “Long-term Care Ombudsman Program,” the federally mandated program designed to assure quality care and prevent elder abuse for nursing home residents, is under assault here in Florida, according to critics.

 When the state chairwoman of the program, who was responsible for overseeing its roughly 300 volunteers, objected, she was fired, and a notice went out forbidding anyone involved in the program from talking to the press. (Does this indicate something to hide?)

As a result, the Federal Administration on Aging has launched an investigation.

Finally, Scott spokesman Lane Wright said the following:

“It is vital that we have someone in that role committed to the agency’s core mission of caring for some of Florida’s most vulnerable, while also protecting Florida tax payers.”

Anybody want to bet that last clause is part of the “core mission” of the ombudsman program? Something to think about while we contemplate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, huh?

What exactly is the field in which Gov. Scott has influence and makes money? Who and what would profit by wholesale loosening of restraints to eliminate elder abuse?


Thoughts from Inez Bracy

What Is Your Backstory?

You know the story you tell yourself every time you fall short of your own expectations. The story you tell yourself when you start to feel resentful because you said yes to something you really wanted to say no to. The story you tell yourself when no one is looking.

I watched a movie last night, Love Happens, about a motivational speaker and author who was very good at helping others but had not faced his own backstory. Not to give the plot away, the whole movie revolves around a dog in the road and a rainy night.

What is your dog in the road, the story that you so freely tell about your rainy night experiences? The story that everyone can relate to and offer you the sympathy you seek. BUT are you admitting and telling the backstory of the dog in the road, the story that keeps you up at night that makes you your own caricature.

 You must release the backstory if you desire to have a fulfilled, joyful, happy life.

Langston Hughes writes in Dream Deferred:

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
You have choices; you don’t have to explode!

DeLand MainStreet Celebrates 9 Years
Celebrate the MainStreet DeLand Association’s 26th birthday at a summertime block party featuring a giant cake, music, dancing in the street,a dunk tank, fire hose spray, shopping, dining & fun. FREE admission. 4pm- 8pm. West Indiana Ave., Downtown DeLand. 386-738-0649. Location: West Indiana Ave., Downtown DeLand, FL

4th Fridays in Artisan Alley & DeLand Art Walk
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Jun 24, 2011 Meet your friends at Artisan Alley every 4th Friday of the month! Enjoy music as well as food, drinks, arts, crafts and more for purchase. Sponsored by the Nest. Located off New York Avenue, one block west of Woodland Blvd behind the Beacon Newspaper. Free admission! 6 – 9 p.m. For more information, call Rob at 386-450-0200 or email The 4TH Friday DeLand Art Walk will have18 venues hosting the art of Central Florida artists: Museum of Florida Art- opening at 5:00, then Art Walk 6-9

Public Library Book Sale
If you have room in the June issue, please include the Friends of DeLand Public Library Book Sale: Thursday, June 9, 3-7:15 pm at pre-sale prices; Friday, June 10, 9:30 to 5 pm; Saturday, June 11, 9:30 to 3 pm. At 2 pm, a bag of books may be purchased for $2. (I did!)

 “Low Vision” Seminar
Woodland Towers 113 W. Chipola Ave, Deland Fl. on June 22 from 2-3 pm. Call 386-738-2700 and ask for Rita or Dorothy in Marketing to RSVP. (I can do that)

The City of DeLand Senior Council is responsible for creating this Stuff on a monthly basis. Council members include:
Deborah Tolan, Chair
Virginia Comella
Vivien Powis, Vice Chair
Bob Goodwill
Jack Allen
George Sherman
Ron Burgher, Editor
Jennifer Wilder
ex officio members:
Robin Carter, Recording Secretary
Michael Pleus
Nan Smith, volunteer,  former council member