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This 'n That
by Anne Vargas
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A little Potpourri (various thoughts on varying stuff)

A new year. New resolutions to declare. And new excuses to justify procrastination. I found this map to be very helpful!

Anne Vargas
Anne Vargas

So, what do I procrastinate about doing? Well, I fervently believe in the benefits of exercise. I collect books on the subject. Sometimes I even read them. I also have an vast assortment of items strewn around the house that are intended to help with stretching, toning and improving balance. Our grandchildren think it’s all here simply for their enjoyment and my spouse repeatedly reminds me that I am supposed to use the stuff and do the exercises. Procrastination! Obviously, I’m hardly qualified to give advice on this but I do have something interesting to share. While waiting for a concert to begin one evening my husband and I struck up a conversation with the man seated next to us. He was younger than we are (a lot of people seem to be these days). He told us he is a writer, focusing specifically on the subject of aging. Since that’ s a topic I am now keenly absorbed with I wanted details. “Dynamic Aging”, he told us… ”Read that book; it’s the best one written on the subject!” Of course, I ordered it the next morning to add to my collection with the optimism that the contents would be absorbed by osmosis.

Procrastination map


Obviously, I’m hardly qualified to give advice on this but I do have something interesting to share. While waiting for a concert to begin one evening my husband and I struck up a conversation with the man seated next to us. He was younger than we are (a lot of people seem to be these days). He told us he is a writer, focusing specifically on the subject of aging. Since that’ s a topic I am now keenly absorbed with I wanted details. “Dynamic Aging”, he told us… ”Read that book; it’s the best one written on the subject!” Of course, I ordered it the next morning to add to my collection with the optimism that the contents would be absorbed by osmosis.

Except this one is different; I really did read it. And no, that young man did not write it; the author’s name is Katy Bowman. Her premise is uniquely different from the countless other books on my shelf, it’s delightfully easy, and rather fun, to read.


The author shares her strategy and philosophy with four women (referred to as The Goldeners) who are also featured in the book. They share their thoughts and observations along with their photos. It’s a book I can easily relate to…and who knows, I may actually do the exercise. As soon as I am work my way through that procrastination map.

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By the time you read this, I will be ending a 7day cruise to the Caribbean with our entire family. A couple of years ago we thought it might be nice to take our children’s children and their parents on a cruise to Alaska to celebrate my husband’s “significant” birthday. Princess Cruise Line offered just what we were looking for; reasonably affordable and it caters to families with delightful activities for virtually every age group. Since 14 people all have busy lives we issued the invitation over a year ahead of time but none of them had ever been on a cruise, didn’t know what to expect and didn’t realize how much fun they would have or how wonderful it would be. So that trip took 15 months of “on again/off again, yes/no/maybe” planning before we had everyone on board. If we could have called the whole thing off without financial loss, we might have considered it. This time, everyone signed on the dotted line in red ink within 24 hours and started to pack. We are celebrating New Year’s and MY “significant” birthday which isn’t going to take place for a while but you never know. Strike while the iron is hot or while calendars are clear.

Random thoughts: I am fond of quotes; here are some of my favorites:

Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.

The things we take for granted someone else is praying for.

The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.

Life is kind of like a party. You invite a lot of people. Some leave early, some stay all night. Some laugh with you, some laugh at you and some show up really late.

But in the end, after the fun, there are a few who stay to help clean up the mess. And most of the time, they aren’t even the ones who made the mess.

These people are your true friends in life. They are the only ones who really matter.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.

Dear Past: Thanks for all the lessons. Dear Future: I’m ready.

Happy New Year!