Wednesday, June 24, 2020

On the state of blogging, Yuma CO and life in the Manor

On blogging comebacks

My front porch with wild flowers, last summer at the Manor
On a misleadingly positive note, 2020 blogging output on Reflections is double 2019's. That is to say, I posted once in 2019 and, until just now, twice this year, neither original posts but content from elsewhere. This post will triple it. 

Why the silence? It's complicated. What, if anything, does Yuma and the Manor have to do it? Possibly nothing but bear thinking about. I suspect it's voice, personal vs neutral. Will the comeback stick this time? Who knows? My comeback record so far is not encouraging, but I'm game to give it another shot. 

Considering Yuma and the Manor

Monday, June 22, 2020

Events & more this week @SeniorPlanet Colorado

Newsletter, June 22 to 26

Welcome to Senior Planet Colorado, which helps seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape, and make new friends. Our courses, programs, and activities are changing the lives of older adults far beyond technology. Won’t you give it a try?  

Got questions? Call the Senior Planet Colorado hotline: (303) 218-7320

Member Requests
There have been so many wonderful suggestions to add to our virtual offerings and we would like you to give us your thoughts.
  • Movie Club - please suggest movies that would be great for viewing and discussion
  • Book Club - please suggest books that would be enjoyable to read and discuss
  • Solo Aging Affinity Group - looking for leaders and members
  • Senior Planet Cookbook - please send in your favorite recipes
  • SPCO Art Show - need participants for August & November
Please email Judy Rough at   Thank you.
In case you missed it
  • The first Senior Planet Colorado Art Show RECORDING
  • Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging with guest speaker, Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. RECORDING
  • Talking About the "Hard Stuff" with guest speaker, Jamie Sarche RECORDING
  • Change and Uncertainty with guest speaker, Jane Barton RECORDING
  • Empowered Movement with guest speaker, Amanda Gregg RECORDING

Upcoming Events

Be sure to view the events below, click VIEW EVENT and find more information including the Zoom link to join the session or the phone number to call in.

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June 22, 2020

Sending and Receiving Money with Zelle®
8:30am to 9:30am   View event
In this lecture, you'll learn what P2P payments are and about Zelle, a P2P payment service that's available in many online and mobile banking apps. Hosted By Senior Planet NYC

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The End of Normal - Part 1

from Scientists' Warning, YouTube

The title 'The End of Normal' says it all. The current #COVID-19 #pandemic has changed, and there is no going back. The conversation was elicited by an email from John Doyle, a long time EU Commission member, sent to his EU colleagues, on which I, Stuart Scott, was copied. The subject line was 'The End of Normal' and the body of the email was a shock-and-a-half to me, even though John and I share the same view of humanity's 'prognosis.'
There was additional content to the conversation, which we will release in Part 2 as soon as possible. If you find this conversation valuable, Subscribe and 'Click the Bell' to receive an alert when Part 2 and other future videos are published.

Welcome to #TheEndOfNormal

Scientists Warning website (as well as on all the familiar social media platforms)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

#OpenLearning2019…once more unto the breach

…of yet another connectivist #MOOC that is

… and my first post for  Open Learning 2019 because I have to post to have a feed to complete sign-up. This procedure guarantees that I will have written at least one blog post for Open Learning 2019, which puts me ahead of Open Learning 2017, although at least I came away from it with a Hypothesis account and another MOOC feed in my reader.

I've participated in MOOCs since 2010, including the occasional x-version.  The past few years, participation has not matched intentions, and I've been on an extended blogging hiatus as well. When I missed most of Open Learning 2017, I told myself next year but missed that too.

So here I am following #openlearning19 tweets, reading blog posts and collecting links. And if it helps kick starts a return to blogging? Lagniappe.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

#SCOTUS update on @Ballotpedia : #Kavanaugh completes committee questionnaire

Almost a month ago, I posted this update newsletter to drafts by email but didn't get around to editing and publishing. Usually an update will be too stale to use by then. This one is not, especially for those who haven't read the preliminary documents before the media wars tsunami hit. Democrats are divided -- resist or go along to minimize effect on midterms elections. Republicans tentatively predict confirmation around October 1st.

There's time to catch up and make your own decision instead of succumbing to political PR and Kabuki theater. After you've caught up with the basics, then check out more recent stories and discussions.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

This Week's Top Stories from @COIndependent

…Massive police response breaks up protest blockade at ICE headquarters in Colorado…public lands, campaign finance, Manny Salzman obit, Denver public schools, tariffs, Colorado history

 As the divide over immigration policy escalates, Indy reporter Alex Burness was on the scene Thursday as demonstrators began blockading entrances to an ICE field office just south of Denver. Law enforcement officers dressed in full tactical gear arrived to break up the protest.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What happened in the #Colorado governor’s race this week @CoIndependent

The week that was in the Colorado governor's race: Speed dating, money-raking, and a campaign 'under new management'
This week found the candidates reveling— or not— in their new fundraising numbers, which became public. Meanwhile, one gubernatorial hopeful went through a campaign staff overhaul, and most of them spent a day speed dating (no, really) with unaffiliated voters as TV cameras rolled.
There are 46 days until the June 26 primary and the race hasn't yet captured national attention.
It was four months ago when Frank Bruni of The New York Times dropped in and left Colorado saying our race is "the country's most interesting, bringing together an eclectic cast whose fates will speak volumes about what kind of candidate — young or old, male or female, entrepreneur or technocrat, affluent or not — voters want in the aftermath of Trump's election."
That will likely change in the coming weeks as national reporters train their eyes on our square, swing state to see what kind of Democrat and Republican is catching fire.