Worth Repeating: “Don’t Touch That Dial!” – Expressions That Are Now Obsolete

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From / /15:

WORTH-REPEATINGRichard Lederer is a verbivore: “Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words.” In fact, Dr. Lederer is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English. His observations on language appear in magazines throughout the United States, and “Lederer on Language” appears each Saturday in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Dr. Lederer recently posted on his blog:

“About a month ago in this space, I illuminated old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included “don’t touch that dial,” “carbon copy,” “you sound like a broken record,” and “hung out to dry.” A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige.

“Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right. Hubba-hubba! We’d cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some passion pit or lovers’ lane. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! Holy moley! We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!”

Read the rest of his entertaining post here. [Hat tip to Marian Friedlob for the link.]

 

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EngAGE Plans to Expand Program to Minneapolis

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An article in the Star Tribune presents some of our plans to expand the EngAGE approach to aging to Minneapolis:

“…after receiving a grant from Minneapolis-based Aroha Philanthropies, the idea man behind senior artists colonies — Los Angeles nonprofit director Tim Carpenter — has teamed with local real estate developer Chuck Leer (president of the North Loop real estate development firm, North First Ventures) to bring the concept to Minnesota.”

One possible source of innovative arts-based programming in Minneapolis is the non-profit MacPhail Center for Music, which has a well-established adult music program. MacPhail Chief Executive Kyle Carpenter (no relation to Tim Carpenter) is on the steering committee of the senior artists colony project.

You can continue to follow our progress in Minneapolis by reading this blog!

 

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Experience Talks 5/1: Patricia Foley Hinnen and Laurie Ahern

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

PODCASTMiss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 


SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 5 PM PT
PATRICIA FOLEY HINNEN
LAURIE AHERN
2015 PURPOSE PRIZE WINNERS
with host DR. CONNIE CORLEY


ENCORE.ORG: Creators of the Purpose Prize, the nation’s pre-eminent large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize was first awarded in 2006 with funding from the John  Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies, to showcase the value of experience and disprove outdated notions that innovation is the sole province of the young. It’s for those with the drive to make change and the experience to know how to do it.


Patricia Foley Hinnen

PATRICIA FOLEY HINNEN has worked in economic development and international affairs for the past three decades with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. State Department, and the microfinance industry. Since 1998, she has helped establish seven domestic and international microfinance organizations under the Capital Sisters umbrella, raised loan capital for tens of thousands of women’s micro businesses in 25 countries, and served as a Microfinance Advisor to the State Department where she represented the U.S. in the 21-nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) for a decade as head of the Women Leaders Network. She served on the board of The International Alliance for Women, and was the Co-founder and Managing Director of their Microenterprise Development Program for its first decade. Within the U.S., Patricia was the Co-founder of Colorado Microcredit, the Micro Business Development Center, and the Colorado Microfinance Alliance. Patricia developed a passion for international affairs during tours in the U.S. Peace Corps in West and Southern Africa, an overseas posting in Europe, and travel to more than 60 countries. Patricia has a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado and Master of Public Policy and Program Evaluation from Denver University. Learn more about her Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion sponsored by MetLife Foundation here.

Laurie Ahern

LAURIE AHERN is the President of Disability Rights International and is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the organization. She also conducts human rights investigations and is the co- author of Torture not Treatment, United States; Torment not Treatment, Serbia; Behind Closed Doors, Turkey; and Hidden Suffering, Romania. For ten years before joining Disability Rights International, Ahern was the co-founder and co-director of the National Empowerment Center, Inc. (NEC), a national, federally funded recovery and technical assistance center for people diagnosed with mental illness and their families.

Ahern was the editor of the award-winning NEC newsletter and co-created the Empowerment Model of Recovery and the PACE model, a non-coercive alternative to Assertive Community Treatment. Her work has been featured in many professional journals, in the media, and has been translated into nine languages. She is the recipient of the National Mental Health Association’s Clifford Beers Award and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law’s Advocacy Award. In addition, she has conducted workshops, given talks and organized conferences for consumers/survivors/users, families and mental health providers to promote recovery. Ahern is the former vice president of the National Association of Rights, Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) and editor of the NARPA newsletter, The Tenet. Prior to her position at the NEC, she was the managing editor of several newspapers and freelance writer for The Boston Globe and Associated Press and has won national awards for her investigative and editorial writing and reporting. Learn more about her Purpose Prize here.

 

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News from Tavarua: Gardening and Art

From Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA:

The community garden is planted, with residents caring for their seasonal flowers and vegetables. With a new planting season approaching, some residents gathered to discussed the current state of the community garden and what they would like to happen to the future gardens. Topics covered were eating healthily, budget meals, and gardening techniques. Tavarua has 11 planters that are maintained by residents. One resident drew a map of the garden and all the boxes that are in it. We jotted down who currently was using which boxes. Available boxes were then assigned to those who were interested. Residents are making the most of their finances by using home grown herbs and vegetables.

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Art class, taught by instructor Linda Luisi, provides an opportunity for residents to explore their creativity through various mediums. In March, artists continued to use oils and pastels to create outlines of a giant leaf on petal paper with light media on the dark petal paper background. Everyone was eager for the community Art Show on March 17th. The show, “Dreams and Visions,” allowed residents the opportunity to highlight their work for friends, family, and the public to view. H.B.Harton played his guitar while guests and artists enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day festive food and many excellent conversations! (Click to enlarge the photos.)

~ Jennifer Fallon, Program Coordinator

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each
of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Reader’s Theater

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Reader’s Theater is led by a former stage manager and writer, and meets
weekly to read short plays out loud to share the group’s passion for the Dramatic Arts
and forge lasting friendships. “Life as We Live It” brought down the house with a
theatrical event of four short one-act comedic plays.

 

 

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Each of the cast members assembled their own costumes and props, and entertained the enthusiastic audience. The troupe looks forward to their next dinner theater production in June. — Barbara Fay, Reader’s Theater Resident Director

 

~ Helene Weinberg, Creative Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each
of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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News from The Jasmine: Improv Comedy

From Jo McLachlan, Improv Comedy teacher at The Jasmine at Founder’s Village in Fountain Valley, CA: “Our ladies from the Jasmine are at it again! Every comedy club meeting ended up being an argument about politics, so this is the song we wrote to let off some steam! Please share it with friends. Rose wants to go viral!”

And now, Jo McLachlan, Carl Wawrina, and the ladies at the Jasmine give their opinion of this election with Joan Brantner, Marilyn Grahn, Sally Leland, Peggy Musetti, Sharon Schwartz, Mary Vaughn and Rose Verrengia.

~ Meloney Morse, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each
of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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News from Cantabria/Asturias and Andalucia: Intergenerational Learning

EngAGE loves to provide opportunities for intergenerational learning and fun Here are two fine examples:

In Polet’s painting class at Cantabria/Asturias in Panorama City,  a grandchild accompanies his grandmother and they work together on art projects.

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And in Anne Apra’s cooking class at Andalucia in Panorama City, a grandmother and granddaughter learn healthy cooking techniques and healthy eating practices together.

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~ Elizabeth Sampson, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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Worth Repeating: 60th Anniversary of the Polio Vaccine

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 4/23/15:

WORTH-REPEATINGThis month we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the vaccine developed by Jonas Salk that protected children from polio. Many of us remember the days when the disease terrorized families everywhere. In the NPR link below, the photo of rows of iron lungs in a polio ward is disturbing evidence of the effects it had. From NPR:

Tens of thousands of Americans — in the first half of the 20th century — were stricken by poliomyelitis. Polio, as it’s known, is a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

The hallmarks of the Polio Era were children on crutches and in iron lungs, shuttered swimming pools, theaters warning moviegoers to not sit too close to one another.

. . . The introduction of [the Salk] vaccine in 1955 was one of the biggest medical advances in American history.

Learn more here at NPR, and click here to learn about the resurgence in polio vaccine use in the developing world.

 

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“Still Dreaming” Now Available on DVD and Streaming

Still-Dreaming-magicalWe’re delighted that the excellent documentary, “Still Dreaming,” by our friends Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, is now available for purchase on their website as a DVD or via streaming. Here’s the scoop:

STILL DREAMING is the multi-award winning, uproarious film about the powers of creativity, and how engaging in art-making can deeply enrich our lives at any age.

At The Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City, a group of long-retired Broadway entertainers dive into a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and find that nothing is what it seems to be. With a play that is usually about young love and sex farce, this ensemble finds that for them, the themes of perception, reality and dreaming deeply resonate.

This wistful, honest, and frequently hilarious documentary follows the rehearsals as opening night approaches. Tempers flare, health concerns abound, and disaster seems imminent. But as these former entertainers forge ahead, they realize that creativity is a magical force of renewal.

 

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Experience Talks 4/24: Claude Jarman Jr.

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

PODCASTMiss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.


SUNDAY, APRIL 24 @ 5 PM PT
CLAUDE JARMAN JR.
@ the Laemmle Royal Theater Classics
presented by host
JOHN SEMPER JR.


Claude Jarman Jr. with Experience Talks host John Semper Jr.

Claude Jarman Jr. with Experience Talks host John Semper Jr. at the “Rio Grande” screening.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, CLAUDE JARMAN JR. was the son of a railroad accountant. With no intentions of becoming a screen actor at the time, 12-year-old Claude was discovered during an MGM nationwide talent search for their upcoming film, The Yearling (1946), and won the coveted role of Jody Baxter in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ classic story. The critics raved over Claude’s tremendously moving debut, and the boy was awarded a miniature Oscar on Academy Awards night.

Jarman appeared in several other films during that period, including the pioneering look at race relations, Intruder in the Dust. Later he gave up acting and became involved in civic activities in the Bay Area, serving as Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Festival and Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Francisco.

In 1950, Jarman played Trooper Jefferson “Jeff” Yorke, son of his commanding officer, played by John Wayne, in the John Ford classic film Rio Grande. This year, the 65th anniversary of the film was celebrated with a screening at the Laemmle Royal in West L.A.  The screening was a tribute to Maureen O’Hara, who appeared as John Wayne’s wife in this film. Jarman made an appearance and, after the screening, participated in a Q&A  moderated by Los Angeles Film Critics Association President Stephen Farber.


Thanks to Mike McClellan, Stephen Farber, and the Laemmle Royal Theater for allowing us to share these interviews, which are part of their excellent Anniversary Classics Series.

 

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