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From Skin Cells Using Stem Cells Scientist Produce Viable Human Eggs

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TIME: At Kyoto University scientists harvested stem cells from mice and altered genes to create cells very similar to the germ cells that generate sperm in humans.

The answer could be to adopt a pet. Here is your opportunity to enrich and possibly extend your life … and provide a home for an animal that will give you unconditional love forever. Your original cost is deeply discounted and all these animals are vetted and ready to love.

The life you save could be your own!

ARK

3 Day Adoption Event

Fully Vetted Dogs & Cats Rescued from Kill Shelters

DOGS – $50; CATS – $10

Friday through Sunday – June 8, 9, 10; 10 – 3;

441 S Woodland Blvd, DeLand. Visit our wonderful animals,

take home a few, and have a good time knowing

YOU SAVED A LIFE!!!


Seniors looking to fill the empty spaces in retirement might find  beekeeping a profitable and entertaining hobby. A new club for beekeepers is forming in this area now. There are many benefits to keeping bees. Everyone of all ages can keep bees. If you have a bee sting allergy, you might want to start an ant farm instead.

The Bee Hive blog, “give bees a chance” has information on the history of beekeeping, modern methods, what flowers bees love, the anatomy of the bee and many other facts. There are also links to some other major beekeeping sites including Ten Amazing Bee Facts.

Individuals and communities could cooperate in a beekeeping enterprise. When the club starts meeting there will be a lot of information shared. The weather in Florida is ideal for bees. There is still enough garden and farm growth to sustain bees food supplies. Go to the link below to read for yourself.   http://givebeesachance.blogspot.com/

For personal consultation with a life coach call Inez Bracy.

Inez is internationally known as an author and public speaker and presenter. She has a reputation for energizing mental, spiritual and physical healing. Healing of the Spirit is a specialty with Inez.

Inez Bracy
Inez@InezBracy.com
http://InezBracy.com
386-748-5484

“No man was ever great without a touch of divine afflatus.”  —Cicero

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
hospital.

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.

WEAAD COMING JUNE 15:

WEAR PURPLE!

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?

 (WEAR PURPLE!)

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!

Inez@InezBracy.com.

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 mynest@earthlink.net. www.lovemynest.com 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

SENIOR STUFF MAY 2011

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Senior Stuff

Older Americans Month
2011 Older Americans: Connecting the Community

Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together  to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans—borne of wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and speak their minds. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities.

Nan Sherrill Smith receives Senior Volunteer of the Quarter award. Photo by Karen Clark karen32720@gmail.com

The theme of this year’s celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community — pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy, and local character what they are today. The theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.

In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology, and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living.

Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their community.

Our seniors are mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational learning to guide and inspire young minds. They offer a take on times gone by not discussed in any history class—a unique perspective that sheds new light on Older Americans step up to help one another as well.

Across the country, seniors connect with other seniors by delivering meals, helping with home  epair, assisting with shopping, and offering companionship, counseling, and care. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits.

Help us celebrate Older Americans Month!Join your neighbors not only to recognize what older citizens bring to our communities, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric.

Older Americans: Connecting the Community

By the Way I got this note in the mail the other day and I thought I would pass it along, in abbreviated form:

A Proclamation

America has been marked by the service of volunteers. They exemplify the quintessential American idea that we can
make things better… Volunteers are the lifeblood of our society. They make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions… Last year 63 million people volunteered — and renewed the principle that we are our brother’s keeper.

Today, we need volunteers now more than ever. Every one of us has a role to play in making our communities and our country stronger….

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, as President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim April 10 through April 16, 2011, as National Volunteer Week.

OK, folks. Get with it! How?
Call Pat: 736-5016 or e-mail her at:
volunteers@deland.org

MainStreet DeLand

Artisan Alley and DeLand Art Walk
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM May 27, 2011
Enjoy music as well as food, drinks, arts, crafts nd 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. 18 venues hosting the art of Central Florida artists: Museum of Florida Art- opening at 5:00, then Art Walk 6-9

  1. DeLand Artisan Inn
  2. Designing Wines
  3. Great Escape Gallery
  4. The Muse Book Shop
  5. Back Home Antiques
  6. Dressed Boutique
  7. Victorian Rose
  8. Newfangled Modern Market
  9. Wolfe’s Gallery
  10. Merlin’s Vision
  11. Somewhere in Time Antiques
  12. Dick and Jane’s
  13. Studio 308
  14. De La Vega
  15. NEST in Artisan Alley
  16. Florida Society of Goldsmiths
  17. Renie’s Retreat

Tri-fold brochures will include a map of each venue and will be available at participating galleries, merchants, and restaurants. Sandwich boards will also be placed in front of each venue to assist strollers to find each participating artist and merchant.

Drop Your Jaw
Do you hear that rumble in the distance? That is the sound of Baby Boomers heading for the beginning line. The “beginning line?” Well, one hesitates to refer to retirement as the “finish” line.

In any event, the Baby Boomers have arrived. Since January 1, and for the next 19 years, every single day 10,000—yep, 10,000—will come on to the scene. Wow!

Stetson Hatters on a Roll
With just three weeks to go before the league playoffs begin, the Hatters find themselves at the top of the heap in the Atlantic Sun, and not too far from the top in the country.

Sitting in first place with nine league games remaining, with a league record of 17-4, Pete Dunn’s squad finds itself ranked as high as 17th based on their overall 34-10 record, in a national poll published by Baseball Weekly.

They face Florida State here May 10, an evening in which the Hatters will face a revenge-minded eminole team, which lost to the Hatters in their only game this season, 6-4. Florida International comes to Melching Field on the 11th.

The Hatters return home to finish the regular season o face UCF on the 17th, then close out their A-Sun conference schedule with a series beginning the 19th against Belmont, probably with the league title at stake. The league tournament, in Nashville this year, begins on the 25th, with the NCAA Regionals (Stetson is almost a lock) the following weekend.

DeLand: Downtown DeLand Relay for Life

May 14, 2011 (12:00 PM – 06:00 AM) Join us in an 18-hour overnight walk fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
DeLand: Open registration – the 25th Annual Keep DeLand Beautiful Day May 21, 2011 (08:30 AM)

The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with MainStreet DeLand Association  and the West Volusia Young Professional Group are looking for registering volunteeers to participate in the 25th Annual Keep DeLand Beautiful Day, May 21. 2011

Clearly, this is the best Hatter team in many years. If you like baseball at ll, be there. If not, there is always the beach.

Government Study Says …

According to a recent government study, seniors make more healthier food purchasers than any other group. That’s good. On the other hand, we are not taking advantage of the new Medicare rules allowing us to receive about 20 different free preventive services. That’s bad.

One study released last month concluded that eating fish was clearly healthy for seniors. Another was equally persuasive in arguing that consuming fish could generate certain cancers. That’s not good. That’s not bad. That is puzzling. Suggestion: Eat fish, maybe. A University of California study has discovered the best early detection test for Alzheimer’s and other dementias: Inability to detect sarcasm and lies.

Honest, I’m telling you the truth.

The King & His Court Coming!

The most famous softball team in the history of the game—The King & His Court—will bring their fantastic skills to Melching Field
Wednesday, May 4, at 7:00 pm. Seeing is believing. Incredible stuff for the past 65 years

May Calendar

At The Athens
Live Entertainment:
12-14–Into the Woods Junior,
The Brothers Grimm go Broadway with Sondheim. A great musical to get kids to think about the stories they’ve grown up with. Performed by those fantastic young folks at Freedom Elementary.

Independent Films:

18—Certified Copy, Is this couple play-acting or are they authentic. Have they just met? Really? Maybe.
19—High and Low, Kurosawa at his best. NY Times calls this “one of the best detective thrillers ever filmed!”
20—Three Back Yards, Three small town residents have a most unusual perfect autumn day. “Best Directing Award” at 2010 Sundance. Really good stuff!
21—Bill Cunningham New York, For decades Cunningham has been riding around the city on his Schwinn, photographing the elite. “Deeply moving, visually stunning.” Six film awards!
26—Black Orpheus, the most famous story of one of the most revered Greek gods dropped into Rio during Carnivale. Go to see this, AND “don’t look back!”
27—My Perestroika, Five people from the last generation of Soviet children brought up under the Iron Curtain. This film reveals how they have adjusted to today’s Moscow. “Brilliant!”
28—Potiche, When the husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, the trophy wife takes over the company. She then  ncounters her ex-lover, a former union leader. This is a hoot!

Opera:
22—La Traviata, Verdi’s tragic tale of “the Fallen Woman,” brought to life by the Royal Opera House, London. For more information and/or reservations, call the box office at 736-1500, or go online at: www.athenstheatre.org
Until May 29-Intimations of Fate: Constructions by Susan Zukowsky
Until May 29-Sight Specific: Installations by Nazare Feliciano and Joanna White
Until May 29-DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Purchase Awards, 20 Years of the Best Art from the Festival (permanent collection) (Gallery admission is free throughout 2011)

The Museum of Florida Art is located at 600 N. Woodland. Call 734-4371. Or, go online at: www.museumoffloridart.org

Events at The Sanborn

M— Monday Dance-2-4, SquareDance 7
T  Ballroom Dance Lessons 6:30
WTai-Chi 8:30,
It’s All About Art 9:45,
Charley Baker Bridge 12,
Chess Club12,
Mexican Train-12:45
T Quilters-8:30, Canasta11, Scrabble 12,
Ballroom Dance Lessons 2:30
F(May 20th) Fun Friday Trip to Morse
Glass Museum, Winter Park 9:45
(For more details on any of these activities, check out www.deland.org and click on the Senior Services Calendar, or call 740-6860)

Older Americans Month
2011 Older Americans: Connecting the Community

Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together  to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans—borne of wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and speak their minds. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities.

The theme of this year’s celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community — pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy, and local character what they are today. The theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives. In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology, and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living.

Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their community. Our seniors are mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational learning to guide and inspire young minds. They offer a take on times gone by not discussed in any history class— a unique perspective that sheds new light on Older Americans step up to help one another as well.

Across the country, seniors connect with other seniors by delivering meals, helping with home  epair, assisting with shopping, and offering companionship, counseling, and care. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits.

Help us celebrate Older Americans Month! Join your neighbors not only to recognize what older citizens bring to our communities, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric.

Print, cut out and paste on your bathroom mirror.volunteers@deland.org

It is Rose Time

Whether it is Mom, Derby, or maybe just
spring, it is time to get some roses, people.
Don’t have real ones? Cut these out, get
some glue, and stick ‘em on a mirror.

This newsletter edited and published by Ron Burgher for the Senior Council of DeLand, Florida in Volusia County. Reproduction in this blog may contain additional information not provided by Mr. Burgher.

This blog is produced independently by Nan Sherrill Smith. Comments and articles of interest to elder citizens is welcome. See our page on contributions.

CarFit Coming Again!

Durch die Folie wird das Fahren meerkklichangenehmer und—-What is this? Someone sent me a copy of this very important program being sponsored by your very own Senior Council (that’s us!) and the thing is in German!
Why should I use it, when I can, instead, tell you about this  second annual event in a beautiful flyer created by retiring Council member, Nan Smith.
Do you know the minimum distance you should have between your chest and the steering wheel of your car? Do you know the best way toadjust your mirrors to reduce blind spots? Do you know there is a better way to drive than to look through the steering wheel?
Carfit is NOT about determining if you are fit to drive, but to discover how your car can be adjusted to fit you. That car you bought wasn’t designed for you, personally. The CarFit program is like having your own personal tailor to alter your new outfit that you purchased off the rack. Don’t miss this grand opportunity.
CarFit. April 22, 10-2. Sanborn Center Parking Lot. Appointments or drive-ins. For more information, call 740-6860.

Gov. Scott Reverses Gears, Calls for More Regulation and High Speed Rail

In a press release dated April 1, Governor Rick Scott appears to have turned on a dime and has demanded, at a tea party, that Florida have MORE regulation and high-speed rail. He hinted that more changes might be coming in the near future with respect to improving conditions for thousands of additional teachers, as well as significantly hiking benefits for seniors.

Hatters Off to Best Start in Years

Stetson last had a record like 20-5 back in 2001. They are now leading the Atlantic Sun Conference, and after winning a thrilling extra-inning game against then nationally ranked number 2, Florida State, the Hatters find themselves ranked as high as 20th in the polls.
The Hatters have twelve games at home this month. Try to  catch some. This is good stuff. Lady Hatters off to 14-13 start. April will bring five conference foes to the beautiful award-winning Pat Wilson Field for eleven ball games. These women are exciting!
Check the real world newspapers for dates and times for both teams.

Volunteer:
You keep saying you want to.
DO IT!
Call Pat: 736-5016 or e-mail her at:
volunteers@deland.org

MainStreet DeLand
City of DeLand Green Affair
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Apr 16, 2011

The City of DeLand is holding it’s annual Green Affair Event on April 16th from 10am to 2pm on West Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Features green-related vendors, live music & lectures. More info available at: http://www.deland.org

4th Fridays in Artisan Alley & DeLand  Art Walk

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM April 22, 2011 Mark your calendars to 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 www.lovemynest.com

The 4TH Friday DeLand Art Walk will have 18 venues hosting the art of Central Florida artists: Museum of Florida

Events at The Sanborn

M– AARP Tax Aid-9:30, Shuffleboard-1:30, Monday Dance 2-4, Square Dance-6
T- Walking Club-8:30,
Chorus Practice-2:30,
Ballroom Dance Lessons-6:30
W-Tai-Chi-8:30,–
It’s All About Art-9:45,
Charley Baker Bridge–12,
Chess Club-12,
12:30, Texas Hold ‘Em-
-12:45,Mexican Train
T-Quilters-8:30,
Walking Club-8:30,
Canasta-11, Scrabble-12,
Ballroom Dance Lessons-2:30
F- AARP Tax Aid-9:30,
15th Fun Trip to Winter Park,
Boat Tour and Lunch-9:30
(For more details on any of these activities, check out http://www.deland.org and click on the Senior Services Calendar, or call 740-6860)
______________________

I Can…I Shall…I Did!

Have you ever felt as if the energy in your home was tagnant, stifling and wanted to do something about it? You felt kind of stuck and didn’t know what to do.

That’s exactly what happened to me. I’d been feeling like I wanted to shift the energy in my home but was unsure how to do it. I’d had Feng Shui experts come in and show me how to move things around energetically. This usually works for awhile and then it’s time to do something again. Each time I shifted the energy in my home, I noticed lightness about the air, vitality in me and increased joy surrounding me.

I was feeling some fear around the whole energy thing and moving furniture. What if I put something in the WRONG place? Then it occurred to me that there are NO wrong places! Having a burning desire to feel a shift overcame my fear of “wrong placement” and I got busy moving, purging, and generally cleaning. I felt an immediate shift in the energy and uplift in my spirits and outlook.

Can fear be overcome with a burning desire to achieve a goal? Once I got into motion, like a locomotive, nothing could stop me!

Have you ever experienced anything similar to that? Wanting to do something but allowing fear to stop you. Become unstoppable! What if you made your motto “I can…I shall and I did”. The joy of accomplishing a task and seeing the results you desire helps to build a track record of success and make it easier to tap into your burning desire and tackle the next task fearlessly and vigorously.

Being a believer in affirmations, I said, “I can… I shall” and when I completed my task I shouted “I did”!
Inez Bracy, BS, MS, CNLP, inez@bracygroup.com Lifestyle Transitions Coach, Speaker, Author

April Calendar

At The Athens
Live Entertainment:

1, 2, 3, 8, 9—The Sands Theater Company Presents:
The Producers
Outrageous, hilarious, a bit risqué, off the wall, and winner of a record 12 Tony Awards. You will find yourself holding your sides with laughter as Max and Leo sing and dance their way through the greatest show biz scam that there ever was!

16—The Sands Theater Company Presents:
Being Sigsbee Scruggs
Marjorie Rawlings publishes Cross Creek. Then a woman sues her for invasion of privacy. Then comes cagey, cracker, Sigsbee Scruggs to the defense. The first such trial of its kind. Larry Sands as Zigsbee

Film:
6—Another Harvest Moon, Four seniors coping in a nursing home, meet each morning to play cards
7, 14, & 30 –The Millennium Trilogy Redux, The tattooed girl returns to The Athens
9—Tearing Down the Tent, A behind the scenes documentary of the Cole Bros. Circus
13—Barney’s Version, the guy meets the love of his life—–at his own wedding. You got that?
21-22—Peep World, What happens when a member of a seriously dysfunctional family writes a hot book about said family? That’s what this movie is about.
23—The Last Station, Tolstoy creates a religion and dumps everything; wife, title, property, sex. Kind of
29 & 30—The Promise, the making of Springsteen’s Darkness on the edge of Town
Opera:
3-Rigoletto in Mantua-Verdi, as you’ve never seen before
10-Girl of the Golden West-Puccini’s take on the Wild West, with guns and stuff
Ballet:
24 & 26—Don Quixote-Bolshoi dancers at their absolute peak
For more information and/or reservations, call the Athens Theatre box office at 736-1500, or go online at: http://www.athenstheatre.org

AT Stetson
Lectures:

11—Caroline Bailey, E. & J. Gallo Winery History
13—Dr. Geoff Eley, U. of Michigan, Placing the Holocaust in History, 1960-2010

Music:

1—Student Composers Concert
3—Percussion Ensembles
5—Guitar Ensembles
9—Stetson Women’s Chorale and Stetson Men
10—Brass Ensemble
12—Jazz Combos
16—Symphonic Band
19—Choral Union &University Symphonic Orchestra
20—Jazz Ensembles
For much more information regarding Stetson events, please go to: http://www.Stetson.edu then, find and click on “calendar of events” at the bottom of their home page.
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