Costa Mesa Senior Center Takes a Chance on Love!

May 7, 2017

On Wednesday, August 24th the Costa Mesa Senior Center took a chance on love and guess what happened? Love won over our hearts! Perhaps the Costa Mesa Senior Center staff gambled when they decided to host a screening of  the 2014 film “The Age of Love.” However, I would say this successful event was a turning point for the Costa Mesa Senior center.  As part of the campaign to bring to the forefront the stereotypes about life after 70!

More than 100 men and women of all ages were on hand not only to be entertained but to participate in a live discussion with the acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter,Steven Loring. For Mr. Loring the making of this film was personal. Before the documentary aired (live via broadcast), he shared with the audiencsudden death of his father at 70 which left his mother alone and lonely launched a quest to find answers about love love for older adults. “The Age of Love” takes us on a journey with 30 seniors from 70 to 90 who sign up for speed dating.

We share in the onscreen experiences and the touching moments of fear and happiness. Yes, aging isn’t kind but their is life after loss. We are all in search of companionship, friendship and someone to share experiences with. And as one of the 82 year old speed dating men said as he looked out in the glorious horizon alone… ” what truly makes a sunset enjoyable?”

After the film, Mr. Loring returned for Q & A. The comment by a 25 year old women in the audience summed up this successful event, ” this documentary was real, moving with a message of love for all ages.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing Can Separate Us

May 7, 2017

“Who shall separate us from the love of The Lord? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in our Lord.” unnamed

 

Advent 13

December 9, 2016

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UNSAID – poem by Dana Gioia

So much of what we live goes on inside the diaries of grief,

the tongue-tied aches of unacknowledged love are no less real for having passed unsaid.

What we conceal is always more than what we confide.

think of the letters we write our dead.

Advent 12

December 8, 2016

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Expecting the unexpected.

Advent 11

December 7, 2016

And then life throws you another curve ball.

Advent 10

December 6, 2016

It’s 53 degrees. Birds are gathering around the feeder or sitting in the makeshift bath. Contemplating chill this morning. I open the sliding door and I am met by an unpleasant feeling of coldness: chill. I return to my comfortable chair and observe the frenzied birds: chill.

Advent 9

December 6, 2016

Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now Lyrics

A woman on the radio talked about revolution
when it’s already passed her by
Bob Dylan didn’t have this to sing about
you know it feels good to be alive

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this

Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history

I saw the decade in, when it seemed
the world could change at the blink of an eye
And if anything
then there’s your sign of the times

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this

Right here, right now

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this

Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history
Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history
Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history

Songwriters: EDWARDS, MICHAEL

Advent 8

December 4, 2016

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We move into the second Sunday in Advent; a week of Peace. Just Hope made our lives a little brighter, we know that Peace will bring us all a little nearer.

Advent 7

December 3, 2016

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The beauty of laughter is that it is an act that requires your full attention. Laughter is too good to be wasted with life’s interruptions. Laugh long, laugh loud, laugh hard. Laugh until it hurts. But laugh with your whole being.

Advent 6

December 2, 2016

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“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

I really enjoyed this story about a high school boy who traveled to Japan as part of an exchange program. On his trip, he visited artisans at work, who spoke through a translator.

“I have lived 25,000 days,” he began. “I have maybe 5000 more. You have lived 5000 days. You have maybe 25,000 more.”

Each day is birth and death, end and new beginning. We count them and remember their precious scarcity. We count them and remember that each holds the possibility of new and limitless life.

During Advent I am trying to make each new day  count and to spend it wisely.