Worth Repeating: Couples with Over Fifty Years Together

“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 2/8/15:

WORTH-REPEATINGFrom the New York Times:

Six years ago, Lauren Fleishman discovered a book next to her maternal grandfather’s bed. Inside were a series of love notes. He had written them to her grandmother during the Second World War.

Her grandparents Joseph and Doris Kalish had met on a blind date and married in 1944 in Goldsboro, N.C. They were together 59 years. Other than the basics, Ms. Fleishman didn’t know their story well. But the passionate passages she read from the couple’s early days inspired her to share the enduring love stories of other couples. After all, any romance that lasts for more than 50 years is probably worth talking about.

Ms. Fleishman has photographed couples who have been married for half a century or more for her book “The Lovers,” which will be published in Europe this month.

Read more and see a lovely slide show here.


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Long Beach Senior Arts Colony Invites You to the Opening of “Neshkinukat: We Are All Related”

NESHKINUKAT: We Are All Related”  celebrates today’s Native American Elder Artists. For Native Americans, traditionally there was no “art” separate from objects of daily life. For many tribes, Paint = Power. Objects were painted to increase their power. Symbols were used to create relationships and tell stories. Today, Native American Elder Art is as rich with culture and heritage as it ever was!

“Neshkinukat” is EngAGE’s first traveling exhibition. It was previously at NoHo SAC and PacArts. LBSAC is delighted to be hosting the show for our artists, residents, and guests.

Reception: Meet the artists, see their work, hear their stories. Enjoy refreshments and music, crafts and artwork (available for sale; cash or check only.) The exhibition will be on display by appointment only until May 1st. Street parking is available. Enter through the main lobby doors. For additional information, please contact Helene Weinberg at (562)436-0700 or at HeleneEngage@gmail.com.

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~ Helene Weinberg, Creative Programs Director

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Experience Talks Host/Producer John Semper Jr. to be at San Diego Comic Fest


Experience Talks Host/Producer John Semper, Jr., will be appearing at the San Diego Comic Fest this weekend. John is probably best known for his work as both producer and head writer on “Spider-Man: The Animated Series,” the hit action-adventure animated series for Fox Television, based upon Marvel’s pre-eminent super-hero character. John worked directly with Spider-Man’s creator, Stan Lee, in bringing 65 episodes featuring this popular character to the TV screen. His script for “Day of the Chameleon” was nominated for an Annie Award, the animation industry’s highest honor.

On Saturday, John will be featured in a Spotlight presentation about his career; on Sunday, he’ll share a panel with Scott Shaw (noted comic book artist/historian) and Floyd Norman (animator/Disney Legend awardee) for a discussion about working at Hanna-Barbera; on Monday, he’ll talk about his latest creation, “War of the Rocketmen,” inspired by the old Republic serials of the thirties and forties, and the many rocket-powered comic book, TV, and movie heroes from over the years; and later that afternoon, he’ll talk about the making of “Spider-man: The Animated Series.”

It’s a busy schedule and should be great fun for John and the many fans who will be attending! If you’d like to join them, you can get details here.



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Encore 2016: Celebrating the Encore Effect

encoreTim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE, is in San Francisco at Encore 2016: Celebrating the Encore Effect, along with almost 500 other leaders who believe in the power of experience to address social issues.  The participants represent different perspectives and come from a wide range of sectors — nonprofit, government, higher education, business, faith-based, and social enterprise. The annual conference gives them an opportunity to share ideas, and this year they’ll be discussing four themes: navigating the changing media and communications landscape; considering purposeful aging as a model for a new life course; mobilizing Encore talent for youth; and exploring the successes and gaps of the Encore movement. We’ll follow up with the insights this valuable conference will provide.



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Magnolia @ 9th: Winter Gardening

Magnolia @ 9th (San Bernardino) Gardening Instructor Doreen Lamothe comments: “Things are going well out at the garden, and everything is flourishing. Even during these winter months we are picking two baskets of winter vegetables including leeks, two kinds of kale, lettuce, chard, and for the first time, we are growing one whole bed of cilantro, mustard greens, and collard greens as per the request of the residents. Our tangerine tree is loaded with tangerines that should be ripe in the next few weeks, and we are also harvesting eggplant, as well as sugar snap peas. It’s hard to believe that the garden has been continuously producing now for over a year!” ~ And the results look beautiful!


~ Alma Wright, Regional Programs Director

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Burbank and NoHo Poets Featured on Poets & Writers Blog


“Since 2011, P&W has supported creative writing workshops for Los Angeles seniors through the sponsoring organization EngAGE. It started with workshop leader Hannah R. Menkin, and since then P&W has supported workshops led by Morgan Gibson, Mike “the Poet” Sonksen, Michael C. Ford, and Oshea “Food4Thot” Perry-Luja. The workshops, which now take place at both the Burbank and North Hollywood Senior Artist Colonies, bring together creative seniors in their sixties, seventies, eighties, and some even in their nineties. Participants are multitalented—some paint, some sing, some act—and all of them have discovered or rediscovered a love of writing. In part one of a two-part blog report, Melissa Sipin, the McCrindle Foundation Readings & Workshops Fellow, reflects on an interview with a few of the workshop participants.” Click here to read Part One and check back for Part Two next week!

See photos and video from the 2015 Lit Crawl event, “On Being a Kid: A Poetry Reading by Los Angeles Senior Artists,” which featured participants from the P&W–supported EngAGE writing workshops at the Burbank and North Hollywood Senior Artist Colonies.


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Tim Carpenter’s Essay Featured on Next Avenue

Tim-basketballEngAGE Founder and Director Tim Carpenter’s essay about reaching his 55th birthday, which was published on this blog last week, is now featured on Next Avenue’s website in their informative and entertaining Artful Aging section. Click here to read it (the new title is “The Day I Became Eligible to Live in Senior Housing”) and see many other excellent, inspiring posts and videos, including “Everyone Who Lives Here Is an Artist,” the wonderful video from Aroha Philanthropies that features creative residents from our EngAGE arts colonies.


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Worth Repeating: LA Times Features Creative Residents at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

“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 2/1/15:

WORTH-REPEATINGWhen EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter decided that retirement living should offer more than bingo and doughnuts, he created a new, exiting, and far more fulfilling model for senior living: EngAGE, Inc., which brings intellectually and creatively stimulating programming to eager seniors, including the wonderfully creative people who live at NoHo Senior Arts Colony, one of EngAGE’s flagship communities. This January 31 LA Times article by Hailey Branson-Potts focuses on NoHo and all that it has to offer. Congratulations to the EngAGE seniors for demonstrating that there is no age limit for making art, acting, writing, making music, dancing, or any other creative activity you can dream up!

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The Kathryn Joosten Project

NEO Ensemble Theatre


EngAGE thanks The Kathryn Joosten Project, which helps fund the Neo Cold Reading workshops at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony. Click here to learn more.


Kathryn Joosten (1939-2012) began acting in community theatre at the age of forty-two and later became a founding member of Theatre Neo. In her mid-fifties, she broke into television. She is best remembered for her portrayals of “Karen McCluskey” on Desperate Housewives on ABC, for which she received two Emmy awards; and “Mrs. Landingham,” secretary to the President (Martin Sheen) on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing. She also had a recurring role on Dharma & Greg, and guest-starred on many hit television series, such as Becker, Arli$$, Ally McBeal, Providence, and Scrubs. Kathy was also recognized as one of Murphy Brown‘s secretaries, Frasier‘s agent’s mother, and the bingo buddy to Drew Carey’s girlfriend on The Drew Carey Show, in addition to performances on many other prime-time shows. Her credits are impressive for any actor, let alone one that began the craft at age 42; she previously worked as a psychiatric nurse prior to her marriage and starting a family.

Kathy blossomed in her senior years and was an active member of Theatre Neo and Neo Ensemble Theatre. In tribute to her commitment to the company and in celebration of a career that started after her children were adults, Neo Ensemble Theatre launched a community outreach project in her honor. The Kathryn Joosten Project “Silver Stars” has as its goal: “Providing services for seniors to enrich their artistic lives, expand their knowledge and improve the theatrical community as a whole.” Burbank Senior Artists Colony residents are some of the fortunate seniors who benefit from this effort!


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Experiece Talks: KPFK’s “Almost Spring” Fund Drive


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.



Miss 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.


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Experience Talks will be on hiatus on February 7th, 14th, and 21st for the “Almost Spring” Fund Drive. Please support the only station “powered by the people!” Consider becoming a sustainer: for as little as $5/month (or as much as you want), KPFK could reduce the number of Fund Drives it needs to stay on the air. If 25,000 people out of all of Southern California contributed $10/month, there would be only one fund drive a year! Sounds good to us.

While we’re off the air, we hope you’ll visit our Audio Archives to listen to previous shows. There’s a treasure trove of great radio in those archives, so please enjoy!


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