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CONTENTS

ON

FEBRUARY 2013 • VOL. 13 ISSUE 01

departments

8 Tapas

13 Senior Center

36 Calendar of Events

features

30

46 Theatre Listings

47 Crossword Puzzle

50 Reading Corner

14 Green on the Screen

The Fourth Annual Cinema Verde, a Six-day Film Festival and

Environmental Awareness Celebration

BY JENNIFER RIEK

18 Love and Relationships

Dating In Your Golden Years

BY CASSIE GANTER

22 Everlasting Love

Five Couples Whose Relationships Have Endured for Decades

BY SARAH BRAND

30 Conversations with Friends

Library’s Language Program Wins Community Outreach Award

BY COURTNEY LINDWALL

columns

12 Community Voice

Reader submitted writing

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21

Enjoying Act Three

by Ellis Amburn

29 Healthy Edge

by Kendra Siler-Marsiglio

34 Embracing Life

by Donna Bonnell

22

THE COVER – Gracing our cover

this month are Herbert and Peggie

Greuling, one of fi ve couples featured

in this edition that have enjoyed a long

and happy marriage. The Greulings will

celebrate their 55th Wedding Anniversary

next month. Senior Times writer and

intern Sarah Brand had the pleasure of

meeting with these couples and talking to

them about their long relationships.

PHOTO BY TJ MORRISSEY for LOTUS STUDIOS

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FROM THE EDITOR œ ALBERT ISAAC

Happy February, the

month of Romance!

I have an old black and white

photograph of Mom and Dad on their

honeymoon, posing in my grandparent’s

century-old cabin in front of a large

handmade banner created by my Aunt.

It makes me chuckle every time I see

it. The banner, a salute to poet Alfred

Tennyson, reads: “In the spring a young

man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of

love — and sometimes in July.”

My siblings and I were fortunate;

our parents stuck it out through thick

and thin. Sure, they didn’t always agree.

Sure they argued. Sure there were times

I was afraid they wouldn’t make it. But

they truly loved one another and stayed

together until my dad passed away at the

ripe young age of 62. There’s no doubt

in my mind that had he lived they would

still be together to this day.

In these crazy times, it seems unlikely

that a couple would stay married fi ve

years, let alone 50, 60 or 70. Granted,

there are times when two people are not

meant to be together; divorce is the best

thing for them — and for their children.

But perhaps it’s because we live in a

disposable society, which in many cases

includes tossing out the marriage vows.

Now I’m no expert, and I’m not

going to try to theorize why a couple

would get divorced within days of

their wedding, but I’m often amazed

at how quickly some couples call it

quits. I don’t know how common this

phenomenon is in the “real” world, but

among celebrities – wow! Look at these

numbers: Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn

Lozada - 41 days; Kim Kardashian and

Kris Humphries - 72 days; Britney

Spears and Jason Alexander - 55 hours.

Talk about living in a disposable society.

In this edition, we bring you stories

on love and marriage — and loss, for

there are those among us who will be

facing the holidays without their loved

one for the very fi rst time. So we offer an

article with a few tips on Senior dating

and some advice on how to deal with

being alone, perhaps for the fi rst time in

decades.

We also tracked down fi ve longmarried

couples and chatted with

them about their relationships. One

couple has celebrated their Platinum

Anniversary.

Additionally, Gainesville writer

Marjorie Abrams (author of “Murder

on Hogtown Creek” part of her mystery

series) offers us her thoughts on being

75 and “more than quite alive.”

Lastly, Cinema Verde is returning

to Gainesville, offering a severalday

festival of environmental fi lms

concerning our water, chemical

contamination, waste, social justice,

sustainability and more. s

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STAFF œ CONTRIBUTORS

clockwise from top left

CASSIE GANTER

is a freelance writer and a senior at UF majoring in

journalism. A South Florida girl at heart, she enjoys

relaxing days spent on the beach when she is not busy

writing feature stories. clganter@ufl .edu

SARAH BRAND

is a junior studying journalism at UF. A lover of travel and

adventure, she one day hopes to be a freelance journalist

living in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys listening

to classic rock, reading and sleeping. sbrand6@ufl .edu

JENNIFER RIEK

is a freelance writer and a student at UF’s College of

Journalism. She was born and raised in Seattle, and

delights in all things classy or humorous. Needless to say,

she would die in the wild. screaminnocence@gmail.com

COURTNEY LINDWALL

is a Florida native, now studying journalism at UF. She

loves telling and hearing good stories. In her little bit of free

time, she enjoys hiking, camping and eating delicious food.

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TAPAS œ FEBRUARY

BRITISH INVASION

On February 7, 1964, four

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New York. The foursome,

made up of John Lennon,

Paul McCartney, George

Harrison and Ringo Starr,

came to the United States

six days after their song “I

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TWO DAYS AFTER

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made their fi rst public concert appearance at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C. and 20,000

fans attended the show. The next day they gave two back-to-back performances at New York’s

Carnegie Hall, where the police were forced to close off the streets due to fan hysteria.

— HISTORY.COM

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The tradition grew from an earlier event beginning

in 1926, “Negro History Week,” which was chosen to

coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and

Frederick Douglass. This celebration was created

by the Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson, a son

of slaves, to push African American history into the

public consciousness.

Throughout the next century,

“Negro History Week” eventually

expanded into the month-long

celebration of African-American

heritage and has been recognized

by every U.S. president since 1976.

Can C You Dig g It? ?

Whether you want to buy

local produce at the farmers

market or you’re working

on a garden of your own,

knowing what season certain

fruits and vegetables grow

can be helpful. For the

months of February and

March, these are just a few of

the many seasonal options:

• MUSTARD GREENS

• PEAS

• LETTUCE

• SPINACH

• ARUGULA

• BEETS

Space Rock

On February 15, a 150-footwide

asteroid by the name

2012 DA14 will fl y by Earth,

coming close enough

to be inside the orbit of

our satellites and moon.

Although astronomers have

confi rmed the asteroid

poses no threat, it will

be visible briefl y with a

telescope or binoculars for

interested stargazers to

catch a glimpse.

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“I don’t remember

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BORN FEBRUARY 11, 1936

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“All Dogs Go to Heaven.” Hailing from Lansing, Mich., Reynolds moved

to Florida after his father returned from overseas deployment and

became the police chief in Riviera Beach. After graduating from Palm

Beach High School, Reynolds attended FSU on a football scholarship

though he only played two seasons before a knee injury ended his

career – causing him to lose his football scholarship. Reynolds started

attending Palm Beach Junior College, where he took a class taught by

Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed Reynolds into acting because he

thought Reynolds would be perfect his play, “Outward Bound.” Reynolds

played the lead and won the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his

performance, which included a scholarship to Hyde Park Playhouse in

New York that launched Reynolds’ prosperous acting career.

A FEW OTHER NOTABLE

Birthdays this Month

Leontyne Price

February 10, 1927 (86)

Michael Bloomberg

February 14, 1942 (71)

Garret Morris

February 1, 1937 (76)

Don Everly

February 1, 1937 (76)

Roger Mudd

February 9, 1928 (85)

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READER SUBMITTED œ MARJORIE ABRAMS

Community Voice

Seventy-Five and More Than Quite Alive

I ’ve

always thought of myself as a very healthy person. I eat

well, exercise and meditate on a regular basis and have a

good social and spiritual life. Oh yes, I had a couple of normal

childhood medical procedures and three surgeries in mid-life.

In all I had speedy recoveries and no chronic symptoms or

impairment as a result. And then, I turned 75.

I didn’t grasp the extent to which my body had begun to

disable until one day recently, as I walked out of the ENT’s

offi ce. I had just been told my hearing was impaired and I

needed hearing aids.

In a fl ash of insight, I realized I now had a physician relationship

for almost every separate part of my body. Until that

moment, I never thought of myself as a collection of body parts.

But with that realization, I did an inventory of my parts

and their caretakers. To wit: From the bottom up: I require

regular visits to the Podiatrist for a couple of foot issues.

Having recently been diagnosed with Peripheral Arterial

Disease in one leg, I have scheduled visits to a Cardiologist

who also monitors my Atrial Fib. There is an annual visit to

the Dermatologist since I’ve had pre-cancerous eruptions

on my legs. Working up from there, I get a semi-annual

assessment from my Geriatrician who checks the parts of

my body not assigned to others and watches my blood count

including thyroid and cholesterol for both of which I am now

taking pills. Every two years, I have a Radiologist examine my

mammogram. I’m confused about whether to have this done

annually or not. I think the jury is still out on it. I visit a Dentist

and Periodontist for routine cleanings and to monitor gum

disease. Until last week, I saw the Ophthalmologist only once a

year to check my eyes. I worried about macular degeneration,

which was on both sides of my family. He reported my macula

looked fi ne, but I have borderline glaucoma. So now I’ll be

consulting a Glaucoma Specialist.

Ten different doctors are now

in my life! No wonder Medicare

costs skyrocket — even though I

spend more than $400 a month

on insurance. Oh, there are some

benefi ts to these doctor visits.

I get to read good magazines in

their waiting areas, and I have

lively conversations with friends

as we do, what my Uncle used to

call, “the organ recital.”

With the care I’m getting,

I’ll probably live into my 90s —

like it or not. If I were a betting

woman, I would take bets

on which of the 10 M.D.s will

pronounce me DOA. My dad

used to wonder about that and

conclude: “you’ll never get out

of this life alive.” Of course, he

was right but, in the meantime,

I still consider myself a healthy

person. s

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Come and experience the Joy of

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break is behind us, Dance for Lifelong

Health has returned to the Senior

Recreation Center.

This community program of weekly

dance workshops is designed to promote

health for mature adults through joyful

motion that focuses on fun, fi tness and

creativity. Sponsored by Shands Arts

in Medicine and the Senior Center of

Alachua County, these JoyMo classes

are organized around themes and use

dance techniques from jazz, modern and

various national styles that contribute to

experiencing the joy of rhythmic motion.

Each week, organizers fl ex physical,

mental and imaginative muscles to

create a new dance. Rusti Brandman, UF

dance professor emeritus and Shands

Arts in Medicine dancer in residence,

teaches the workshops. Participants

have fun with others while benefi ting

from the “side effects” of retaining

independence, as well as the ability

to maintain activities of daily life,

physically, mentally and emotionally,

through socializing and developing and

maintaining a sense of accomplishment.

Workshops meet from 11:30 a.m. -

12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Senior

Recreation Center.

Rusti Brandman has been a

professional performer, choreographer

and teacher for many years. Recently

she has been a presenter for the National

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in dance programs designed for

maintaining and enhancing health in

later years.

These free weekly dance workshops

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MOVIE MAGIC

Green on

the Screen

The Fourth Annual Cinema Verde, a Six-day Film

Festival and Environmental Awareness Celebration

by Jennifer Riek

The Cinema Verde Film Festival

was no more than a seed in

Trish Riley’s mind when she

moved from South Florida fi ve years

ago. It had not yet even begun to sprout

when she selected Gainesville as her

next place to call home, for reasons

surely all local environmentalists share.

“Gainesville is a treasure,” Riley said.

“The city has taken a lot of steps to be

at the forefront of sustainability and

to protect our nature corridor, the tree

canopy, the creeks. When people think

Florida, they think of the beaches. They

don’t come to this part, and this is a

different kind.”

In Riley’s words, Gainesville has

been identifi ed as the most progressive

city in the state.

The title has not been given offhandedly.

Gainesville contains a chapter

of an association called Green Drinks, a

monthly gathering of non-government

organizations, business owners and

environmentally active citizens. Riley

founded the resident group.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” said

Penny Nieman, Riley’s self-proclaimed

right-hand woman. “You don’t have to

be an expert. You can join the conversation

and talk and learn about sustainability

issues.”

It was a Green Drinks gathering in

2009 that introduced Riley to Shirley

Lasseter, cinema director of the Hippodrome.

Together they decided that

Gainesville needed an environmental

fi lm festival to spread the word about

issues beyond its own community.

Through their dedication and persistence,

the Cinema Verde Film Festival

began to take shape and grow.

“It’s easy to live here and know the

issues,” Nieman said. “[At the festival]

you see fi lms about other horrifi c

environmental things going on, and you

feel fortunate of what we have and work

harder to be more green... a lot of people

feel comfortable not knowing. It’s easy

to have blinders on.”

To remove blinders is Riley’s goal. For

the last three years, she has made it her

business to educate people about the

crimes against nature and their effect

on the earth. Collaborating with other

organizations, such as Art Walk, and directors

from all over the world, Cinema

Verde reaches out to people from a variety

of angles to spread the message as far

as possible throughout the community.

“It’s a mission of bringing environmental

awareness through an artistic

medium,” said Ed La Combe, a member

on the board of directors for Cinema

“I’m not just presenting the problems. I’m

presenting what we can do. Don’t just watch

the fi lms and walk away... get involved.”

Verde. “If people realized how much

money is going towards things they’re

against, they would spend their money

more wisely.”

The 2013 Cinema Verde Festival will

begin on Feb. 9 and last until Feb. 14.

Approximately 25 movies can be seen

throughout the festival, including but

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PHOTOS PROVIDED

ABOVE: Trish Riley with

Peter Brown, director and

star of “Confessions of an

Eco-Terroist,” the winner

of the Audience Choice

Award at Cinema Verde

2012. Brown, the star of the

popular TV show “Whale

Wars,” stands with his marketing

director Lon Haber.

RIGHT: Cinema Verde

founder and director Trish

Riley (left) stands with

Shelley Rogers, director of

the Little Bean Productions

and Marty Mesh, executive

director of Florida Organic

Growers, a Gainesvillebased

nonprofi t dedicated

to providing independent

certifi cation of organically

grown foods. Mesh was

featured in “What’s Organic.”

Little Bean produced

the fi lms “What’s Organic

About Organic” (screened

at Cinema Verde, 2009), as

well as the fi lm “Cash Mob

@ Alachua County,” which

was awarded Best Local Issue

at Cinema Verde 2012.

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PHOTO PROVIDED

Members of Cinema Verde

2012’s intern crew: front row -

Laura Caicedo, Matt Gorstein,

Lissette Portocarrero; back row

- Michelle Murphy, Neal Patel,

Lindsay Sugarman, Erin Roach.

BELOW: Intern Mackensie Gibson,

along with other volunteers,

planted 1,200 longleaf pine trees

at the Prairie Creek Preserve.

(photo Courtesy of Trish Riley)

not limited to fi lms concern-

ing water, waste, chemical

contamination, social justice,

sustainability, animals, green

building and sustainable

business. Energy issues are a

particular focus, Riley said.

Film categories available

this year are Full-Length

Feature, Documentary,

Florida High School Student

PSA, National High School

Short Film, International

College Student Short Film, and Florida

Local Film. The theme of “Celebrate

Nature” tinges every story. Attendants

will be able to vote for their favorites,

and the winners will be presented a

prize at the end of the event.

More than 3,000 attendants turned

out in 2012 to learn more about the

dangers threatening the world. Since

the festival’s inception, each year’s

attendance has grown, overwhelming

venues like the Hippodrome with

environmentally conscious citizens.

This year, Cinema Verde will plant its

eco-friendly soapbox at Jolie on 6 West

University Ave.

“In the middle of our third year, it

just hit me,” Riley said. “‘This is going to

work. We can keep going.’”

With the festival’s sustainability no

longer a concern, Riley and her team are

now forging ahead into what has proved

to be a great success in the community.

“We’ve passed the learning curve at

this point,” she said. “People get it; we

have serious problems. Now it’s about

The 2013 Cinema

Verde Festival will

begin on Feb. 9 and

last until Feb. 14.

‘what can we do? How can we fi x these

problems?’”

Riley’s current plans for the

celebration include the recruitment of

at least six directors, one special person

for each day of the festival. An awards

ceremony will take place on the fi nal

day to honor these guests for their visual

calls for activism. Several of the fi lms

this year will be world premieres, while

others have already won prestigious

awards. The ceremony will thank all for

their efforts.

Cinema Verde will also have a

Valentine’s Day party on the fi nal

day, “the whole love the planet/your

neighbors/animals thing,” Riley said.

She encourages people from Gainesville

and the surrounding cities to come

and expand their knowledge of the

challenges pressing upon the world.

“I’m not just presenting the problems,”

Riley said. “I’m presenting what we can

do. Don’t just watch the fi lms and walk

away. Hang around and get involved.” s

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QUALITY TIME

Love and

Relationships

Dating in Your Golden Years

by Cassie Ganter

After being divorced for 15

years, 60-year-old Dave

O’Brien struggled with his

relationship status. As statistics prove,

he was not alone in feeling this way.

He was dealing with the reality that

there was a chance he would remain

single for the rest of his life. As someone

who enjoys the company of a female,

O’Brien chose to get back into the dating

scene and document his experiences in

doing so with a blog and an e-book.

“One day I just woke up and realized

that I was not living the lifestyle that I

wanted to live,” he said. “I don’t have a lot

of years left and I would like to make the

most of those years, which included allowing

myself to open up again and date.”

O’Brien’s e-book, “Over 50 Dating

Secrets From stone Age to New Age

Dating: How Mature Singles Age 50 Plus

Can Find a Date or a Mate,” takes Senior

men and women through the dating advantages

and disadvantages in an effort

to help them understand the changes in

the Senior dating environment.

Almost everyone is aware of this common

statistic: 50 percent of today’s mar-

riages end in divorce. Single adults and

Seniors are becoming more common and,

as they do, the number of single Seniors

in the dating scene continues to rise.

Furthermore, for people aged 55 and

older, 26.6 percent of them are widowed,

10.9 percent of them are divorced, 1.4

percent are separated and 4.9 percent

have never married.

But the suggestion of dating that follows

after the divorce is at times a scary

proposition for some Seniors.

“Because Seniors have often been in

such long term relationships, a growing

number of people go into their shell

and don’t know how to date again,”

O’Brien said.

While Senior dating and relationships

can develop into a fun and fulfi lling experience,

someone who has recently lost

a spouse or a signifi cant other has more

to overcome prior to getting back into

the dating scene. The loss is typically

more diffi cult to deal with during the

fi rst Valentine’s Day spent alone.

This month, for those facing their

fi rst Valentine’s Day alone, licensed

psychologist Jacqueline Orlando suggests

doing several things to keep busy,

depending on the situation.

Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity

“Because Seniors have often been in such long term

relationships, a growing number of people go into

their shell and don’t know how to date again.”

to connect with friends and family you

enjoy relaxing with, but it is also an

excuse to try to meet new friends and

to get out and do something you are

interested in doing, she said in a recent

telephone interview.

Firstly, Orlando emphasized the importance

of starting out Senior relationships

by forming a mutually benefi cial

friendship, in which both Seniors are

getting something in return. Secondly,

the suggestion to do something of interest

— like joining a club, sport, reading

18 February 2013 seniortimesmagazine.com


group, etc., — is key to forming meaningful

bonds with others. Lastly, Orlando

recommends that if a Senior does meet

someone he or she is interested in

pursuing they should focus on learning

more about the other person.

“I suggest to clients that they imagine

themselves as a newspaper reporter

when it comes to getting to know another

person you may be interested in,” she

said. “It helps to inquire of other people

fi rst because it helps to compare your

own interest with theirs and set you

apart from others just interested in talking

about themselves. Also, the better

you know someone the less vulnerable

you will be when you choose whether to

take it to the relationship level.”

Just as in any age group, Seniors experience

a sense of vulnerability when it

comes to getting back into dating — sometimes,

with less time in their favor, they

tend to rush things. According to O’Brien,

one of the problems with rushing into a

relationship is that eventually the couple

realizes they are not a good fi t together.

“No one should be afraid to say

‘you’re not for me’ and move on to fi nd

a new person,” O’Brien said. “No matter

what your interests, needs or standards

February 2013 19


are, sticking to your guns is more important

in your Senior years than ever.”

However, a successful Senior relationship

can be both a different, more

fulfi lling experience than it was in

younger years, Orlando and O’Brien

both assert.

“In some ways, I think Senior marriages

and relationships can be more fun,”

Orlando said. “In your older age, you don’t

have the same pressures or responsibilities

that you did earlier in life. Relationships

become more fulfi lling individually

and you appreciate them more.”

In O’Brien’s experiences, the little details

such as holding a girlfriend’s hand

for the fi rst time and having fun dates

are more exciting and rewarding. He as-

serted that, with less time ahead of him,

he has embraced the small moments

that compile larger milestones.

Furthermore, what sets Senior

dating apart is the self-awareness and

experience that was not present in

earlier life stages.

“Feeling loved and protected is a survival need,

no matter what age your are, and Seniors

deserve it just as much as anyone else.”

For men, this means understanding

women better and becoming more

tactful and sensitive toward their needs.

As men become more sensitive, women

become more assertive and less compromising

about their needs and desires. In

O’Brien’s experience, women have been

the ones to ask him out. He said women

have initiated approximately one out of

fi ve of his dates.

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O’Brien said. “We know who we are and

what we like. Now dating is just about

fi nding someone who matches these

values and interests and who is not

going to try to change us but is willing

to try new things with us and have new

adventures.”

Finding the right companion and

partner to spend the rest of a life with

also benefi ts other aspects of Senior

lifestyle. In both O’Brien’s and Orlando’s

opinions, a fulfi lling relationship eliminates

the stress derived from the fear of

being alone in life. Having a companion

to share life experiences with is something

most everyone desires.

“It is very important even for introverted

people to feel connected to others,”

Orlando said. “We are biologically

constructed to live in groups and have

relationships. Feeling loved and protected

is a survival need, no matter what

age your are, and Seniors deserve it just

as much as anyone else.” s

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COLUMN œ ELLIS AMBURN

Cotten, Welles

I

Enjoying

Act Three

got to know Joseph Cotten when we

worked for a while on a book idea of

his in the early 1980s.

He wanted to tell his life story, and

since I, as editorial director of G.P

Putnam’s Sons, had built a reputation as

“the movie stars’ editor,” he came to me.

I’d been an afi cionado of his classics

— from “Citizen Kane” to “The Third

Man” — ever since I was a star-struck

kid growing up in Fort Worth, Texas. In

1946, when he and Gregory

Peck came to Fort Worth

for the premiere of “Duel

in the Sun,” a David O.

Selznick saga set in Texas,

I got their autographs.

Peck signed my dime-store

book graciously, Cotten reluctantly and

haughtily.

Forty years later, hoping for a publisher’s

advance, he treated me to a tedious

account of growing up well-to-do in

Virginia. Having sprung from a hardscrabble

farm, I just couldn’t warm to it.

His agent, Dorris Halsey, told me,

“You just need to get to know Jo better.

Everybody loves Jo. He’s married to my

best friend, Patricia Medina. They’re

one of the most popular couples in Hollywood.

I’ll tell him to call you again.”

“I gather you weren’t impressed with

my Southern childhood,” Jo said, icily,

the next time we spoke.

I tried to steer our discussion toward

his classic performances in “Citizen

Kane,” “The Magnifi cent Ambersons,”

“Since You Went Away,” and “The

Third Man.”

“Tell me about Orson Welles,” I said,

referring to his storied “Kane” co-star.

One story I remember had to do with Jo

making a fi lm with Joan Fontaine in Italy

when Orson was in Venice, trying to shoot

“Othello” and running out of money.

One evening they met at Harry’s Bar,

where Orson was dining with one of Hol-

The next day Orson saw Winston

Churchill swimming in the Lido,

and hit him up for money.

lywood ravishing beauties, Maria Montez,

star of “Cobra Woman” and “Sudan.”

She was electrifying and gorgeous,

according to Jo, and also smart,

spontaneous, and a lusty eater,

consuming her delicious dinner with

gusto. She was in good company. Second

only to beautiful women like ex-wife

Rita Hayworth, Orson loved food —

great quantities of it.

Afterward the men escorted Montez to

the Excelsior, her hotel on the Lido, and

the concierge informed Jo that the Venice

Film Festival had held their awards

ceremony there earlier in the evening

and voted him best actor of the year for

his performance in “Portrait of Jenny.”

Maria insisted they improvise a

ceremony on the spot, and she and

Orson presented Jo his award, which

the jury had left with the concierge.

“You can’t simply pick it up from the

porter’s desk,” she told Jo, and he went

along with the joke, bowing to whatever

tourists and janitors happened to be in

the lobby.

Maria kissed Orson and Jo goodnight,

and Orson returned to the island where

he’d been fi lming “Othello” before going

broke. Jo went back to his suite at the

Grande Hotel, still wondering why no

one from the Film Festival had alerted

him that he was to win.

The next day Orson saw Winston

Churchill swimming in the Lido, and hit

him up for money. To impress some rich

backers nearby, Sir Winston showily

bowed before Orson like a medieval

knight — and the moneymen gave Orson

enough funds to fi nish “Othello.”

Jo went down to Rome and

completed “September Affair,”

which was released in 1950.

“Othello” came out the following

year, which also, sadly, marked

the death of Maria Montez. She

was in Suresnes, France, when

she evidently had a heart attack,

drowning in her bathtub at 39.

After Jo’s death in 1994, his lovely

widow, Patricia Medina, a star of the

‘40s and ‘50s, became my regular

Sunday night date for screenings at the

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and

Sciences in Beverly Hills. Later we’d

dine at Kate Mantellini’s restaurant on

Wilshire Boulevard. She was great fun.

I still don’t know why Jo Cotten and I

never clicked. Maybe the gulf between

hardscrabble farms and Virginia

aristocracy is too hard to cross. s

Involved daily in volunteer community

service, Ellis Amburn, a High Springs

resident, is the author of biographies of Roy

Orbison, Elizabeth Taylor, and others. He

can be reached at ellis.amburn@gmail.com.

February 2013 21


SACRED UNION

Everlasting Love

Five Local Couples Whose Relationships

Have Endured for Decades

“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths.

No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until

they have been married a quarter of a century.” –Mark Twain

by Sarah Brand

According to the United States

Census Bureau, 63 out of 1,000

men and 77 out of 1,000 women

were divorced in 2012. Today, most

marriages do not last for a quarter of a

century, or even a decade. In fact, these

days some couples cannot stay married

for 71 days, let alone 71 years.

These fi ve couples, however, have

beaten the odds and have been married

for at least half a century — and some

much longer.

Tom & Martha Brenneman

Married May 12, 1962 – 50 YEARS

Tom Brenneman and Martha Sampson

had a connection before they ever met.

Martha, a voice major, belonged

to a church choir in Miami. The only

teenager who sang in the adult choir,

she decided to go to her church’s private

college in Pennsylvania.

The school was a stretch for her

fi nancially.

“Because I had been in the adult choir

as a teenager — and the only person there

that was a teenager — they were disap-

pointed that the church didn’t have a

scholarship to give me,” she said. “And so

what they did was they took collections,

and they sent me spending money.”

That same year, Tom moved to Miami

from California. He joined the church choir

Martha had belonged to and participated in

the donations that were sent to Martha.

“And so he gives to this person in

Pennsylvania,” Martha said. “It was me!

He started supporting me before he had

even saw me.”

“And I’ve been supporting her ever

since!” Tom said.

Only four months apart in age, they

offi cially met when they were both 18.

After dating for two years, the couple

married at age 20. Last May they celebrated

their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Brennemans have three children:

Sue, Paul and Tom, and a grandson, Mark.

The couple said their marriage has

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PHOTO BY SARAH BRAND


had its set of ups and downs, but divorce

was never an option. Instead, they said

the secret to their lasting marriage is

God and the power of giving.

“The only reason that we had stayed

married was because God had been faithful

to us,” Martha said. “Not necessarily that

we had been faithful to God, but we have

learned through hard knocks that God

knows the right way to go. Period, the end.”

Herbert and Peggie Greuling

Married March 29, 1958 – 54 YEARS

The Greulings are not only a family —

they are a family band.

“I knew about Peggie from a friend

of the band that I was in. And he said

to me, ‘You gotta meet this lady. She’s a

musician.’ And I said ‘Well that’s good

because I’m not interested in any non-

musicians,’” Herbert said.

Herbert, at the time a bachelor and

bass clarinet player in the Air Force

band, met Peggie Goodman, the woman

who would become his wife, through a

mutual friend.

Peggie was a high school band, orchestra

and chorus teacher with three

children from a previous marriage.

“Everybody thought I was crazy to

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PHOTO BY TJ MORRISSEY


PHOTO BY SARAH BRAND

marry a woman who already had three

kids, but it was the best thing I ever did,”

Herbert said.

Herbert, originally from Illinois, traveled

to Minnesota to see Peggie at a state

fair, where he also met the children for

the fi rst time.

“I hadn’t been married before; I was

a bachelor. So it was a big move for me.

And even more for them because I was a

strange guy. But we got along just fi ne,”

he said.

The couple married in Minnesota

when they were both 36 years old and

have been together for 55 years.

Herbert, Peggie and her three children

— Shelley, Shannon and Sherry —

formed what they described as a family

band. Herbert played his bass clarinet

while Peggie played the saxophone;

Shelley played the clarinet; Shannon the

trombone and Sherry the piano. They

recorded the songs they performed and

were even featured on the local news.

Because of Herbert’s service

in the Air Force band, the family

moved around the world, living

in Minnesota, Illinois, Germany,

Florida and Oregon. A few years

ago the couple retired to the

Atrium, an independent Senior

living community, where they

live with their dog Lucky.

“It’s very fortunate for me,

that I was lucky enough to be

alive to take care of her for 55

years. And have a great fi vepiece

combo,” Herbert said

with a laugh.

Joe and Elena Delatorre

Married March 12, 1961

51 YEARS

Joe and Elena came to

Miami from Cuba with a gold

watch, 10 pesos and the clothes

on their backs.

“I had to leave everything,”

Elena said. “My rings, my wedding ring,

everything.”

Joe had met Elena Gutierrez when he

was 28 at a party in Cuba. He was back

in Cuba from medical school in Spain.

He had originally attended the party

for a potential business connection.

But when he met 20-year-old Elena at

that party, even their friends knew the

couple was perfect for each other.

“They said at the party we were at,

‘Oh, we’ll save the sweets and the cake

and all that for the wedding.’ And I said,

‘What in the world are they talking

about?’ And I thought they were crazy,”

she said.

The couple married on March 12, and

by September of that year, the Bay of

Pigs invasion occurred.

Joe’s nephew was arrested, and

the government asked the doctors and

psychiatrists for their medical records.

Joe, however, could not do that to

his patients.

They left Cuba with expired single

and student passports in November of

that year while Elena was eight months

pregnant with their son, Joe.

Joe was born in December and their

second son, Luis, 18 months later. They had

their third son, Charlie, nine years later.

The family lived in Miami, Virginia,

South Carolina and Gainesville. Joe

worked as a psychiatrist and physician

at universities and private practices,

while Elena stayed home and raised

their three boys.

Elena’s biggest hope for the boys was

to fi t in with others their age and to be

successful in America. When the boys

were older, Elena ran an antique shop in

Gainesville.

Joe and Elena have six grandchildren

and one great-grandson. The couple

lives in Gainesville with their dog

Diamond, and they speak lovingly

about each other and their roles in their

52-year marriage.

“My job is to worry,” Joe said.

“Her job is to be happy and spread

the happiness.”

Bob and Marian Mullen

Married November 15, 1941 – 71 YEARS

Bob Mullen and Marian Smith met at

a dance and have been together for the

past 71 years. They married when Bob

was 20 and Marian was 18.

“I’m sure he asked me to dance,” Marian

said. “I had a date, however, but the

date seemed to like him too, so that was

alright.”

“Oh, that was a bad dance at that

time,” Bob said “Because I got into it

with a guy and he knocked me down a

fl ight of steps. Said ‘I hope I never see

you again.’ I told her that. But anyway we

got back together.”

“I didn’t know we were ever apart,”

she said with a laugh.

They met in Indiana, and after marrying

stayed in the state, settling in

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PHOTOS BY SARAH BRAND

Connersville. They stayed there together

until 1943, when Bob left to the Atlantic

and Pacifi c to serve in World War II.

Marian moved back to live with her

parents in Hagerstown, Ind. and worked

in the same factory that had employed

her after she graduated from high school.

“I got letters from him all the time,

pretty much,” Marian said. She sent him

letters as well, but they were much fuller

than the ones she was receiving.

“Any letter that goes out that would

come to me, some words would be cut

out of it. And if he was telling me where

he thought he might be going, they cut it

out of the letter,” she said.

Bob returned home in 1946, and the

couple moved back to Connersville. They

said they bought several homes, and

fi xed up quite a few.

They lived in Ohio before coming

to Florida and the couple now has two

children and two grandchildren.

When asked how their marriage has

survived so many years, Bob said it was

because most couples do not live as long

as they have. Marian had a different

answer.

“Everything I wanted to do you

needed two people for,” she said with a

laugh. “Divorce was a word never

even brought up, ever.”

The two now live at the Atrium

with their Teacup Chihuahua and cat.

Dick and Irene Hamel

Marrie August 17, 1946 – 66 YEARS

Dick Hamel, 25, was in the

Pacifi c serving in the Navy during

World War II on the vessel LST 447.

The ship was hit by a kamikaze and

sank to the bottom of the ocean.

Dick survived the sinking.

He returned home, and one

night decided to go out to a dance

hall. The hall was an old mansion,

with the bottom fl oor converted

into the hall.

There, he met 21-year-old Irene

Butterworth.

They have been together since

that night and for 66 years of

marriage.

“We never fooled around with

the word divorce. It was almost

unknown,” Dick said. “It was never

a part of our discussions.”

Both natives of Rhode Island

where they married, they moved to

Florida in 1948. Their two children,

Steve and Susan, were both born in

Florida.

Lovers of traveling and seeing

new places, Dick and Irene said their

marriage has worked because they like

much of the same things.

Leading with the motto, “If at fi rst

you don’t agree, work on it,” the couple

said they hardly argue.

“We discuss things. We never

argue. That doesn’t mean we agree on

everything, but we don’t argue about it,”

Dick said. “She’s the CFO, and I’m the

CEO. She had two roles; I only got one.

She always wins.”

The couple has four grandchildren

and six great-grandchildren. They

currently live at the Atrium. s

February 2013 25


Marilyn before, age 68

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well known for ‘always having a smile’.

It seemed to make the people around

me smile too.

“I don’t remember exactly when

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I’m sure it came gradually, almost unnoticeably.

I was in my mid sixties

and I was going through some photographs

when I realized that I didn’t

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smile. But the photos didn’t lie. It was

plain to see that over a decade’s time,

I had learned not to smile for the camera.

Apparently I was embarrassed…

and for good reason.

“Avoiding the dentist and time

had taken its toll,” she continues.

“By the time I got up the nerve to

do something about it I had gum

disease, some chips, cracks and even

a few missing teeth. I could see for

myself that it was affecting my personality.

As someone who is very

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Anyway, I decided to see if it was too

late for him to save my smile.

“The good news was ‘it wasn’t too

late’, and the better news was…he now

offers I.V. Sedation! Yes!

“There was even more good news;

he now does Implant Dentistry! It’s

amazing how much more a doctor

can learn when you avoid them for ten

years. I didn’t want to be fooling with

dentures the rest of my life. I scheduled

the very next available appointment.

“If you haven’t figured it out by now

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Marilyn Mims Smile Makeover

photo by LINDSEY TROPF

Like many of us, Marilyn Mims grew up with a great smile,

“I don’t remember

exactly when I lost

that smile, but I

know I did. I’m sure

it came gradually,

almost unnoticeably.”

mess overnight. It took a little while

because he had to cure some gum

disease, do some bone grafting, place

a few implants and polish it off with

some gorgeous porcelain crowns and

veneers. He’s really good and he’s

really gentle, but I opted for the

sedation every time. What can I say?

I’m still a first rate chicken when it

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“I think the best part happened

well after Dr. Art did his magic,”

Marilyn concludes. “After telling

my story to the writer I went back to

look at some of my old photos again

and noticed something amazing. Dr.

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And now I have it again. Thank

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Clients of Drs. Art and Kim

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COLUMN œ KENDRA SILER-MARSIGLIO

T ransitioning

to shorter days leaves

some people feeling down, lethargic

and scattered.

Many of us undergo subtle changes

in our eating and sleeping habits when

fall and winter creep up on us. Yet, for

one to two Floridians out of every 100,

it’s more obvious and serious. For them,

fall and winter trigger seasonal affective

disorder (SAD) — a subtype of clinical

depression in which major depressive

episodes coincide cyclically with decreased

daylight.

As classifi ed in the “Diagnostic and

Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,”

the onset of SAD episodes may be gradual

or sudden. An episode occurs when

fi ve of the nine following symptoms are

sustained for over two weeks:

• Down mood

• Disinterest in loved activities

• Weight changes (SAD often causes

carbohydrate and starch binges)

• Sleep disturbances (SAD usually leads

to excessive sleeping)

• Restlessness or psychomotor retardation

• Fatigue

• Feeling worthless or guilty

• Loss of focus

• Suicidal thinking/behavior (yes, some

severe SAD sufferers have a high

suicide risk)

Up to 35 percent of those with SAD

require at least one SAD-related hos-

Healthy

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Is it the ‘Winter Blues?’

pitalization. This condition can also

adversely affect daily living.

What places you at most risk for SAD?

According to Mayo Clinic, SAD is

most likely to affect those who are:

• Women

• Living far from the equator

• Affected by clinical depression or

bipolar disorder

• Part of a family that has a history of

this condition

People with subsyndromal SAD (over

14 percent of Americans) or mild SAD

may have diffi culty getting diagnosed.

Still, it’s important for Seniors to visit

their doctors if they have SAD symptoms.

Whether mild or severe, SAD symptoms

can be managed with a variety of

therapies.

If you feel mildly affected by SAD, the

APA suggests that you fi rst try pumping

up your outdoor activities during daylight

hours — at least 30 minutes daily. If

you can’t do that, hang out by a window.

If you have a more serious condition,

your doctor can direct you to other more

intensive therapies — most of which

have virtually no side effects — to get

you back to your sunny self. Some of the

more common clinically proven SAD

treatments are:

• Bright light therapy. This can start

working in two days. With your eyes

open, you sit in front of a full-spectrum

light lamp at doses of 2,500-10,000 lux

for 30-90 minutes per day during the

winter months. When you talk to your

doctor about this option, know that

certain meds can make you light sensitive.

Let your doctor know what you

take… and don’t forget to tell him or her

about your dietary supplements as well!

Also, late night bright light therapy may

reduce your ability to fall asleep.

• Dawn simulation and negative air ionization.

These two therapies require

less work on your part than bright

light therapy, and studies show that

they are as effective. While you are

fast asleep, the dawn simulator and

the air ionizer turn on automatically

in the early morning.

• Antidepressants. There are several

pharmaceutical options for those with

SAD. For instance, Wellbutrin XL is effective

against more severe SAD. It was

the fi rst FDA-approved medication

for preventing SAD in patients with a

history of the illness. Other antidepressants

your doctor may recommend are

sertraline (e.g., Zoloft), fl uoxetine (e.g.,

Prozac), and paroxetine (e.g., Paxil).

Your doctor may suggest that you don’t

need to take these meds year-round,

just start before your symptoms begin

and then end slightly past the time

they dissipate. However, please note

that these therapies are sometimes accompanied

by side effects.

• Psychotherapy. Working on negative

thoughts and behaviors can improve

SAD symptoms. Psychotherapy can

also help SAD sufferers better cope

with SAD and manage stress. s

Kendra Siler-Marsiglio, Ph.D. is the

Director of the Rural Health Partnership

at WellFlorida Council. For more information

about SAD, you can visit the Seasonal

Affective Disorder Association website at

www.sada.org.uk.

February 2013 29


VOLUNTEERING

Conversations

with Friends

Library’s Language Program Wins

Community Outreach Award

by Courtney Lindwall

They began as strangers:

Darlene Hiller and the young

Chinese doctor looking to

brush up on her English. As a volunteer

at the Tower Road Branch library, Hiller

was fi rst merely her language coach —

shaping her pronunciation, correcting

her tenses.

But now a year and a half later,

Hiller is also a friend.

Hiller is one of 45 volunteers working

with the Conversational English Language

Program, which has now won the

2012 Carol Combs Hole award for successful

community outreach, given out

by Tower Road Branch library annually.

The program matches people looking to

improve their English with volunteers

offering informal practice.

“Match up a couple of women in their

40s, and it’s interesting,” said Al Martin,

founder of the program alongside

Jin Lyons, who initially matched up

partners. “They fi nd out how much they

have in common. Next thing you know

their kids are playing soccer together

and they’re embracing when they meet.

Friendships form.”

The program began roughly two years

ago, when Martin came back from a long

trip to Mexico. He was inspired by a

program at an English language library

called “Conversations with Friends” in

which Spanish and English speakers

could come learn informally.

When Martin headed back home he

brought the idea with him. Lyons was

onboard to help.

More than two years later the program

has blossomed. There are currently

65 learning partners. In fact, the

community need for the program is so

great that the library is busy recruiting

more volunteers to keep up.

“The supply of students is endless,”

Martin said.

Carol Combs Hole was an Alachua

County community services coordinator

for the libraries for 32 years who provided

exemplary leadership on behalf of

libraries; specifi cally her commitment to

community outreach services.

Each year, the Alachua County Library

District honors the memory of Carol

Combs Hole by recognizing an employee

“You think you’re just in it to help them, but

what I have found is that by giving my service,

I have met two of the most wonderful people.

I’ve met their families. We’ve become close.”

or group. Martin was up against seven

other nominees for this year’s award.

Martin said that most of the current

students are Asian and affi liated with

the University of Florida in some way.

The number of Chinese visitors to Tower

Road Branch even inspired Lyons’ pet

project: a new Chinese book collection at

the library, which is now heavily circulated.

Many are “visiting scholars looking

to be challenged,” he said.

“In most cases, this is not their second

language. It’s their third or fourth,”

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PHOTO BY COURTNEY LINDWALL

Jin Lyons (left) and Al Martin stand in front of the Chinese collection at Tower Road Branch library, which has been a success so far. Lyons began

working on the new collection after realizing the high-demand within the community.

Martin said. “I’m constantly in awe of

the students.”

For many students, the goal is to learn

English and become more marketable

when they look for jobs back in their

home country, Martin said. While other

language programs can be expensive,

this one provides that opportunity without

the cost. Some even have plans to go

home and teach English, he said, which

can be fairly lucrative.

The students typically meet once a

week for an hour-long, one-on-one session.

Some students want to go over their

resumés to practice for job interviews.

February 2013 31


Some want to learn about the cultural

norms and laws of America. One of

Darlene Hiller’s students wanted the sessions

to mimic a patient-doctor conversation,

for practice in the medical fi eld.

Some, of course, just want to chat.

Martin said that he discourages the

coaches from talking about themselves

too much. Instead, he suggests asking

the students lots of questions.

“It puts them on the spot, but they

like that,” he said. “Some even say, ‘I

want a tough teacher.’”

Martin has seen the program fl ourish

particularly with retired volunteers.

Some of the most committed volunteers

are those who have the free time to work

consistently with the same students,

Martin said.

“They get into it,” he said. “One guy

comes in here and does fi ve sessions.

Another commits an entire day.”

Loretta Shively is another long-time

volunteer, who has now committed more

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than a year and a half to the program. The

two students she has worked with have

both been South Korean — the fi rst a law

professor and the second a UF graduate.

“You think you’re just in it to help

them, but what I have found is that by giving

my service, I have met two of the most

wonderful people. I’ve met their families.

We’ve become close,” Shively said.

Although some would expect challenges

teaching a foreign language,

Shively has not found that to be the case.

If anything, she said that it feels like she

is chatting with a friend. Shively’s partner

was very timid when the sessions

began, she said, “but it’s amazing how

her self-confi dence has raised.”

“We now have a free-fl owing conversation,”

she said.

For Shively, the fulfi llment of giving

back has made the process as rewarding

for her as for her students — if not more.

Shively even encouraged one of her

bridge buddies to become a volunteer.

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“To whom much is given, much is

expected,” she said. “It’s very necessary

to give back to the community.”

Darlene Hiller said she hopes to see

the program expand but knows more volunteers

need to come forward for that to

happen. Even now, the program’s success

in bringing interested students to the library

has caused a shortage of volunteers.

For now, Hiller said she is happy

meeting with only one student. She has

learned about life back in China — what

her partner eats, what her family is like,

how life is different.

She has shared some of herself, as well.

When Hiller’s elderly father had health

problems awhile back, the hour-long conversations

provided advice and support.

“I feel like I have gained a

friendship.” s

For more information about this program

at Tower Road Branch library, contact Al

Martin: 352-333-2840. amartin@aclib.us

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COLUMN œ DONNA BONNELL

Awake in Peace

Embracing

Life

Requiescat in pace et in amore.

Latin for, “may she rest in peace

and love.”

The theme for “Embracing Life” this

month began as a Valentine’s prayer for

our loved ones who are deceased, yet

never forgotten. My initial goal was to

send those souls heartfelt wishes, as

they peacefully rest and await our arrival.

In the process of writing my fi rst

draft, a new message emerged. It came

in a roundabout way from

a revered and respected

teacher. On her recent

journey to Heaven, she

sent her fi nal assignment.

Glenda Kelly taught at

Newberry High School and

touched the lives of many

students. One of her pupils was Jason E.

Hodges. Hodges and I are colleagues at

Tower Publications, friends on Facebook

and neighbors. Today, Hodges is a brilliant

poet and writer. However, he may

have never graduated from high school

had he not befriended Kelly.

When I began composing my story,

I experienced the proverbial writer’s

block. My message was missing something

signifi cant. Therefore, I did what

many of us do when procrastinating,

I checked Facebook. Miraculously

(maybe), the fi rst post I saw was from

Hodges regarding a recent addition to

his blog, “The Dirt Workers’ Journal.”

In his chronicle, he wrote a beauti-

ful tribute to his extraordinary mentor.

Hodges’ words triggered tears and dug

up treasured memories. His eulogy held

the key for unlocking the missing link

needed to complete my column. Even

though I felt an uncanny connection,

my mission remained ambiguous. Since

another mental break was necessary, I

went grocery shopping.

Can you predict whom I (perhaps

coincidentally) saw in Publix? If you

Our contributions to humanity are an

essential component of our purpose on

the planet. So how can we be-in-theworld-but-not-of-the-world?

believe, as I do, that everything happens

for a reason, you already know the

answer. Yes, it was my writer comrade.

We hugged, discussed the latest edition

of “Our Town Magazine” and went about

our business. A few minutes later, we (accidentally)

met again in the dairy section.

Our second conversation was much more

meaningful — the legacy of Glenda Kelly.

After unloading my groceries, I reread

his blog. Hodges beautifully illustrated

one of Kelly’s legacies. He wrote, “For

years, I’ve pondered the saying rest in

peace. As I write this and think of Glenda

passing, I think these words are not fi tting

for her. They should be awake in peace.”

Awake in peace can be interpreted in

many ways. Hodges and I did not discuss

meaning, for which I am grateful. While

pondering his quote, my mental block

broke and the purpose for this column

was clear. Explore how to rest in peace

while still alive. This does not mean we

should avoid reality. Our contributions to

humanity are an essential component of

our purpose on the planet. So how can we

be-in-the-world-but-not-of-the-world?

We can begin by literally waking

up to positive thoughts — listening to

music or uplifting messages. By doing

so, we take conscious control of the

direction of our day.

Next, we should give, receive and

circulate gifts (goods, love, time or

money). The old adage what goes

around comes around is absolute truth.

The circulation fl ow can begin with

random acts of kindness.

Not too long ago I ordered an extra

ice cream cone and gave it to an unhappy

toddler. His parents were grateful and

amazed. The next day, while

waiting in a restaurant,

another customer handed

me a coupon to discount the

cost of my meal. A warm

powerful positive inner

peace ensued. I was awake

enough to recognize the

connection between the two events.

Have you ever practiced paying it forward?

This is a third-party benefi ciary

concept that involves doing something

supportive for someone in response to

a good deed done on your behalf. When

you pay it forward, you do not repay

your benefactor. Instead, you do a kind

gesture for another person. This is an

amazing way to spread righteousness.

When we embrace life awake in peace

and love, every day is Valentine’s Day. s

Donna Bonnell is a freelance writer who

moved to Newberry in 1983. She enjoys living

and working in the town she now calls

home. dbnewberry@aol.com

34 February 2013 seniortimesmagazine.com


In 2005, Janet Larson had been a member of SunState

Federal Credit Union for more than 20 years when a

SunState loan offi cer suggested that she run for a spot on

the Board of Directors.

“I just wanted to do something to give back to the

community,” she said. “Credit union boards of directors are

volunteers, so the money [made from members] goes back

to the members in low interest loans [instead of paying

board members]. Serving the credit union members is the

same as serving my community.”

She was elected to the board that year, and in 2006 she

became Chairman of the Board, a post she held until the

end of 2012. She enjoyed the work so much that in 2010, she

applied to serve with the National Association of Federal

Credit Unions (NAFCU) in Washington, D.C.

The president and CEO of the organization, Fred Becker, was

so impressed with her paperwork that he off ered her a spot

on any number of NAFCU committees. Larson, being a state

health inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture &

Consumer Services, chose to join the regulatory committee.

“Janet is a volunteer, but a lot of the people who serve on

this committee are CEOs,” said SunState president and CEO

Jim Woodward. “The technical information is part of our

job. We read it, and we have to understand it, and we have

staff in charge of it. But she’s taken it on and spends many

late nights making sure she’s prepared when they have their

monthly meeting. Fred Becker personally contacted her and

said that he wanted her on the committee again because

she does such a good job.”

Larson was a Gainesville Police Department offi cer for

22 years; she was the fi rst woman to serve on patrol for

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Her next goal: a spot on NAFCU’s Board of Directors to

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“NAFCU is the nuts and bolts of the credit union

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ethics, and they work for federal credit unions throughout

the world. The knowledge and professionalism that NAFCU

brings to the credit union community is absolutely terrifi c.”

It is an aspiration that came as no surprise to Woodward.

“She’s very forward-thinking, and she’s always on the

move,” he said. “She’s not one to take something halfheartedly.

She does her homework, she’s prepared and

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“We are very, very blessed to have her at SunState, and

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CALENDAR

UPCOMING EVENTS IN ALACHUA & MARION

DANCE FOR LIFELONG HEALTH

Every Tuesday

11:30am - 12:30am

GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center,

5701 NW 34th St. A program of free weekly

dance workshops for participants age 60 and

above. The aim is to promote health for mature

adults through joyful motion that focuses on

fun, fitness and creativity. To register, call

352-265-9040. eldercare.ufandshands.org.

AARP TAX AIDE

Every Wednesday

9:30am - 2:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center,

5701 NW 34th St. Providing free, quality tax

assistance to low- and moderate-income

taxpayers by certified tax specialist, with

special attention to those aged 60 and over.

352-378-2524. eldercare.ufandshands.org.

SCRABBLE CLUB

Every Thursday

1:00pm - 4:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center,

5701 NW 34th St. Bring a Scrabble board.

352-339-3926. eldercare.ufandshands.org.

ART EXHIBIT

Through March 23

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GAINESVILLE - The Thomas Center, 302 NE

Sixth Ave. Gainesville’s Historic Evergreen

Cemetery: This Wondrous Place. Rare

photographs, documents, multi-media exhibits

and the work of Gainesville’s leading artists

will tell the story of the 156-year-old, 53-acre

Evergreen Cemetery, one of Gainesville’s most

historic and beautiful sites. Sponsored by

LocalEdge, a Hearst Media Services Company.

352-334-ARTS. www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

FIRST FRIDAY: MARDI GRAS

Friday, February 1

5:00pm - 10:00pm

GAINESVILLE - The Opera House, 110 SE First

St. Laissez les bon temps rouler! This event

will feature live jazz with local musicians,

New Orleans-themed live street art, king

cake with lots of fun prizes, street stations,

featuring Cajun bites from Harry’s, and balcony

parties at Union Street Station, complete

with beads for the crowds below. Cost is

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GUITAR TRIOS

Friday, February 1

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, UF. Two

world-renowned guitar trios, California Guitar

Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio, combine for this

unique experience featuring virtuosi from four

countries — Japan, Canada, Belgium and the

U.S. Between them, the trios have released

16 CDs and explored nearly every style of

guitar playing imaginable. Cost is $10 - $35.

352-392-2346. performingarts.ufl.edu.

DOCENT ART EXHIBITION

Friday, February 1

11:00am

GAINESVILLE - Harn Museum, Hull Road

and Southwest 34th Street. The talented

and dedicated docents at the Harn Museum

of Art showcase their own artwork in the

Chandler Auditorium during this annual

event until March 3. A number of works in a

variety of media are presented by the people

who are inspired to share the museum’s

collections through guided tours. 352-392-

9826, ext. 2116. www.harn.ufl.edu.

PLOW DAYS

Feb. 1 - Feb. 2

10:00am - 2:00pm

NEWBERRY - Dudley Farm Historic State

Park, 18730 W. Newberry Road. Plow teams

demonstrate farming life post Civil War prior

to the invention of tractors. Observe draft

horse teams pulling old-time plows, discs and

harrows as they work the land getting it ready

for the spring planting in April. Musicians will

also be playing old-time music. $5 per vehicle.

352-472-1142. www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org.

HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL

FAIRE

Feb. 1 - Feb. 3

10:00am - 6:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Fairgrounds,

3100 NE 39th Ave. Cheer for jousting knights

as they battle for their ladies’ honor, and enjoy

eight stages of entertainment, including gypsy

dancing, human chess games and unbelievable

magic acts. Wander the streets of Hoggetowne

where a medieval marketplace awaits with

hundreds of talented artisans selling medieval

wares. 352-334-ARTS. www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

GOOD LOVELIES

Feb. 2 - Feb. 3

Times Vary

GAINESVILLE - Squitieri Studio Theatre, UF. Part

folk-roots, part western swing, the Toronto-based

trio offers three-part vocal harmonies, clever

songs and witty banter that is drawn from their

adventures on the road. Since their first show

in December 2006, Good Lovelies — Caroline

Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore — has

toured coast-to-coast, played countless concerts

and released three albums. Performance on

Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 3 at 2:00 p.m.

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART 5K

Saturday, February 2

8:00am

GAINESVILLE - Northeast Park, 400 NE 16th Ave.

The Gainesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma

Theta Sorority Inc., in affiliation with the Delta

Research and Education Foundation, will host

the second Listen to Your Heart 5K. Proceeds

will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go

Red for Women Program. $25. Chip timing will

be provided by Start 2 Finish Race Management.

gacdst@gmail.com. www.dstgac.com.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

MUSICALE

Sunday, February 3

3:00pm

OCALA - First Congregational United Church of

Christ, 7171 SW Highway 200. Church members

and friends of the church will sing, dance

and play their way through an afternoon of

music and fun. Admission is free, however,

an offering will be taken to help support the

music program. This year’s theme is “Love Is In

The Air.” 352-237-3035. www.uccocala.org.

SERVICES FOR SENIORS

Sunday, February 3

2:00 - 3:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Tower Road Branch Library, 3020

SW 75th St. How much money? Determine where

to start. How much is necessary to sustain a

lifestyle? Free. 352-333-2840. www.aclib.us.

AARP FOUNDATION TAX AIDE

Monday, February 4

10:00am

GAINESVILLE - Headquarters Library,

401 E. University Ave. Members of AARP

assist Seniors with tax preparation.

352-334-3939. www.aclib.us.

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PRINTMAKING IN THE

AGE OF REMBRANDT

Feb. 5 - April 28

Times Vary

GAINESVILLE - Harn Museum, Southwest

34th Street and Hull Road. Exhibit features

more than 70 prints by Dutch master

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) and 20 of

his contemporaries created between the

16th and 17th centuries. Selected works on

view depict landscape, genre and maritime

subjects, and a refashioning of portraiture and

biblical and mythological narratives. Among

the highlights of the exhibition are etchings by

Rembrandt. 352-392-9826. www.harn.ufl.edu.

COMPUTER SECURITY

ESSENTIALS

Wednesday, February 6

6:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Headquarters Library, 401 E.

University Ave. The Internet is an increasingly

dangerous place; risks to privacy and information

security abound. This introductory presentation

will address some of the most common threats

and ways that users can protect themselves.

Computer expert offers easy explanations

of the dangers, and steps to take to reduce

the threats. 352-334-3939. www.aclib.us.

JEFF BIANCHI

Thursday, February 7

7:30pm

OCALA - Brick City Center for The Arts. Classical

guitarist Jeff Bianchi will perform “Live at the

Brick” in a rare appearance during his 2013

concert series, which will take him across the

United States. The concert will include music

by Fernando Sor, Issac Albeniz and Jose Luis

Merlin. Tickets $10 for non MCA members

and $8 for MCA members and students.

CDs available after the performance. Doors

open at 7:00pm. www.velvetguitar.com.

COX OSCEOLA

SPRING POW WOW

Thursday, February 7

9:00am - 10:00pm

ORANGE SPRINGS - Cox-Osceola Indian

Reservation, 21449 NE 130th Court Road.

Family-oriented children’s games and Native

American story telling, handmade Native

American craftwork, traditional native dancing,

native drumming, Native American food,

vendors and more! Boy/girl scout friendly event

— school field trips welcome. 352-546-1386,

352-546-3363. scentsofpeace.com/powwow.

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE

Thursday, February 7

6:30pm - 8:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Millhopper Branch Library, 3145

NW 43rd St. To promote interest in learning

Cinema Verde Festival

February 9-14

Times Vary

GAINESVILLE - Zuzu Jolie Restaurant and Banquet, 6 W. University Ave. The 2013

Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival will present a series of films,

activities and events focused on the environment. 352-327-3560. cinemaverde.org.

about the American Civil War. General discussion

of any and all Civil War topics. Free. 352-474-

1995 or jp1walsh@gmail.com. www.aclib.us.

FINANCING SENIOR

RETIREMENT

Thursday, February 7

2:30pm - 4:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center,

5701 NW 34th St. Annuity and mortgage

strategies for securing lifetime income for

retirees and those planning to retire will be

presented. Topics included will be types of

annuities, annuity riders, maximization of income

planning, the use of reverse mortgages, and

downsizing or remaining in the current home.

352-265-9040. eldercare.ufandshands.org.

THE KING’S SINGERS AND

SEÁN CURRAN COMPANY

Friday, February 8

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. The King’s

Singers and Seán Curran Company combine

talents for a project that will include music from

acclaimed composer Joby Talbot. Six members

of The King’s Singers will provide vocals, while

six dancers articulate Curran’s physical and

conceptual exploration of landscape, horizon and

time. 352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

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Merle

Haggard

Saturday,

February 9

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips

Center, UF. Widely

regarded as country

music’s greatest living

recording artist, Merle

Haggard has 40 No.

1 country hits to his

credit and has won

Grammy, CMA and ACM

awards. He remains

the only California-born

artist inducted into the

Country Music Hall of

Fame. 352-392-ARTS.

performingarts.ufl.edu.

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Feb. 8 - Feb. 10

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475. Horses, owners, trainers, competitors,

judges and other officials from the North

American continent will be arriving in Ocala for

the next Ocala Horse Properties Event Series.

These triathlon events include dressage, show

jumping and cross country jumping. 352-

307-6699, ext. 6. www.equiventures.com.

VIVA FLORIDA KICKOFF

Saturday, February 9

1:00pm

REDDICK - Reddick Public Library, 15150

NW Gainesville Road. Love My Library, Love

My State. Celebrate libraries and 500 years

of Florida’s history with a bit of cake and

light refreshments. It’s a great way to say,

“I love my library and I love my Florida!“

352-438-2566. www.marioncountyfl.org.

RACE FOR THE KIDS

Saturday, February 9

7:00am - Noon

DUNNELLON - Spruce Creek Preserve

Community, 11376 SW 136th Place. 5K run/

walk/1-mile walk/kids fun run to benefit the

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Covenant Children’s Home. Race starts at 8

a.m., registration at 7 a.m. Tech shirts and a

stylus pen for all who pre-register. Special

Awards to overall masters and overall individual.

Registration and information @DRCSPORTS.

COM and/or CCHFL.ORG. 352-861-4502.

BINGO BATTLE TO

END DUCHENNE

Saturday, February 9

1:00pm - 4:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Celebration United Methodist

Church, 9505 SW Archer Road. A fun twist

on bingo, a silent auction, dessert and coffee

bar and children’s activities. Benefits Parent

Project Muscular Dystrophy. Leading the fight

to end Duchenne. Cost is $15 online, $20 at

the door. www.parentprojectmd.org/BINGO.

UF OPERA THEATER AND

OCALA SYMPHONY

Saturday, February 9

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium,

UF. Opera Noir Mozart’s “Impresario”

and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” 352-

392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

GATORSAVERS

Saturday, February 9

9:00am - 5:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Reitz Union, UF. GatorSavers

in a one-day event whereby Gators — both

UF students and the surrounding community

— come together for one day to saves lives.

CPR with AED certification for only $5, a

blood drive, and an opportunity to sign up for

bone marrow, organ and tissue registries.

NATIONAL AFRICAN-

AMERICAN READ-IN

Saturday, February 9

2:00pm

HAWTHORNE - Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640

SE 221 St. Join more than a million readers

nationally in this 24th annual National event

celebrating African American authors and African

American literature. Featured readers include

local community members and leaders in the

fields of religion, government, education and the

arts. Refreshments provided by the Hawthorne

Woman’s Club.352-481-1920. www.aclib.us.

FAMILY DAY

Saturday, February 9

1:00pm - 4:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Harn Museum of Art, Hull Road

and Southwest 34th Street. Chinese New

Year Celebration. The annual lunar new year

provides the chance to learn about Chinese

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Horses for

Hospice Trail

Ride

Saturday, Feb 16

8:00am

OCALA - Florida Horse Park, Highway

475. In memory of Wayne Vaught.

The first ride leaves at 9:15 a.m.

Riders spend two to three hours on

the trail. After the ride, participants

enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live

entertainment by Bordertown,

and door prizes. Proceeds benefit

Patient Care Programs. Horse lovers

may purchase a $10 ticket to enjoy

lunch and entertainment. Minimum

donation $30. 352-854-5218. www.

hospiceofmarion.com.

culture and make art related to this auspicious

celebration. This drop-in program is for all

ages and includes a family-friendly docent

tour. A donation of $5 per family or $2 per

child is requested for the art project. 352-

392-9826, ext. 2116. www.harn.ufl.edu.

THE CHIEFTAINS WITH PADDY

MOLONEY

Sunday, February 10

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. Formed in

1962 by Paddy Moloney from the ranks of the

top folk musicians in Ireland, The Chieftains are

celebrating their 50th anniversary in the music

industry. The six-time Grammy winners have

been honored in their own country by officially

being named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors.

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

RUNWAYS AND RESCUES

Sunday, February 10

3:00pm - 7:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Haile Plantation Golf & Country

Club, 9905 SW 44th Ave. Jacquelyn Brooks

Designs offers an evening of fashion benefiting

a wonderfully unique animal organization:

The Gainesville Rabbit Rescue. Third Annual

Fashion Show and Dinner with silent auction,

raffles, best dressed pet contest, and

“Runways and Rescues” 2011 and 2012 gallery.

jbdrunwaysandrescues.eventbrite.com.

SPIRIT DANCERS OF JORDAN

GLEN

Sunday, February 10

3:00pm

ARCHER - Archer Branch Library, 13266 State

Route 45. Celebrating Black History with Spirit

Dancers of Jordan Glen School. Jordan Glen

Spirit Dancers directed by Michelle Harris will

perform dances, songs and music representing

the African Diaspora that will inspire and heal

the spirit. 352-495-3367. www.aclib.us.

BLACK HISTORY: OUTSIDE THE

BOOK

Sunday, February 10

2:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Headquarters Library, 401 E.

University Ave. A celebration of the cultural

heritage of Black America. This year’s program

will showcase some of the most diverse and

accomplished dance groups in the community.

Free. 352-334-3931. www.aclib.us.

GALLERY TALK

Sunday, February 10

3:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Harn Museum, Southwest

34th Street and Hull Road. Dr. Elizabeth Ross,

UF assistant professor of art history, will

discuss “Death, Darkness, and a Little Bit of

Adultery” through prints that feature a range

of themes and moods including war and death,

nighttime and the transgressive passions of

the gods. 352-392-9826. www.harn.ufl.edu.

SHINE HEALTHCARE

INFORMATION WORKSHOP

Tuesday, February 12

9:00am - Noon

GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW

34th St. SHINE provides free, unbiased and

confidential health insurance counseling through

a network of volunteer counselors. SHINE

counselors empower Florida Seniors and the

disabled to make informed healthcare choices.

1-800-96-ELDER. eldercare.ufandshands.org.

BIRDS OF ECUADOR

Tuesday, February 12

7:00pm

MILLHOPPER - Millhopper Branch Library, 3145

NW 43rd St. The Hummingbird and Other Birds

of Ecuador. Share a recent trip with Alachua

County Audubon members Brenda Springfield

and John Sivinski to Ecuador where they

photographed startlingly beautiful hummingbirds,

tanagers, barbets, potoo, cock of the rock,

and many other birds in the cloud forest of the

Andean foothills. 352-334-1272. www.aclib.us.

SOME LIKE IT HOT!

Tuesday, February 12

3:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Cone Park Library Branch, 2841

E. University Ave. Morningside Nature Center’s

fire ecology program. Participants will get

fired up seeing equipment and instruments

used during prescribed burns. Discussion

of the benefits of prescribed fire and how

plants and animals react to it will also be

presented. 352-334-0720. www.aclib.us.

DAR MEETING

Wednesday, February 13

11:00am - 1:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Wesley United Methodist Church,

826 NW 23rd Ave. Price of the lunch is $12.

The Daughters of the American Revolution’s

program will be Historic Preservation —

”Gainesville’s Pleasant Street Neighborhood

and the Historic Smith-Griffin House” presented

by Melanie Barr, corresponding secretary for

the Pleasant Street Historic Society. For more

information please contact Regent Dot Hope

at dothope@ufl.edu. Please RSVP to Judith

DelBuco at search.gene@yahoo.com.’s

GUIDED CANOE/KAYAK TRIP

Wednesday, February 13

10:00am

DUNNELLON - Rainbow Springs State Park,

19158 SW 81st Place Road. Meet a park ranger

at the canoe dock at the headsprings day-use

section of the park. The trip is approximately

one mile downriver and back. Round trip takes

about 2.5 hours. Visitors may bring their own

equipment but it must be hand carried to the

launch area. RSVP is required. 352-465-8555.

www.floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings.

JULIA CHILD’S PARIS

Wednesday, February 13

7:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Headquarters Library, 401 E.

University Ave. Julia Child is most famous

for bringing France and French food to

Americans. French historian and UF Professor

Sheryl Kroen will discuss the phenomenon

of Julia Child and introduce the audience to

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the Paris Julia Child discovered when she

went to France for the first time just after

WWII. 352-334-3939. www.aclib.us.

RELIGION AND AMERICAN

POLITICS

Wednesday, February 13

6:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Pugh Hall — Bob Graham

Center, UF. David Campbell brings his insight

to discuss how religion influences and plays

a role in American politics, discussing the

influence of the Christian right, the changing

demographics of the US, and what the political

future is more likely to look like. 352-846-

1575. www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

Wednesday, February 13

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. With roots

dating back to the 15th century, the Vienna

Boys Choir sang exclusively for the imperial

court, at mass, private concerts and on state

occasions until 1918. Today, roughly 100

choir members between the ages of 10 and

14 make up four choirs that perform around

300 concerts per year worldwide, splitting

time between performances and school.

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

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AFRICAN ART, CULTURE

AND LOVE

Thursday, February 14

6:00pm - 9:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Harn Museum, Hull Road and

34th St. An evening celebration of love and

Africa with poetry, music, dance and food.

Come for fun, insight and romance. 352-

392-9826, X 2116. www.harn.ufl.edu.

INDIAN INK THEATRE COMPANY

Feb. 14 - Feb. 16

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Squitieri Studio Theatre, UF. The

production tells the tale of a poor chaiwallah

(tea seller) whose life is changed forever when

a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway

station and brings the place to a standstill with

the beauty of her singing. The contradictions

of modern India with its iPhones and ancient

gods form the backdrop to this story about

the dangers of keeping the soul locked in a

cage. 352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD

Friday, February 15

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. A cast of 14

singers and dancers, a six-piece band and more

than 300 costumes. Enjoy film clips from classic

movies, including “Singing in the Rain,” “The

Glenn Miller Story,” “Grease,” “Dirty Dancing” and

“Titanic.” 352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

WINTER FINE ART FAIR

Feb. 15 - Feb. 17

Times Vary

NEWBERRY - Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128th

St., Suite 200. This is a great opportunity for

the artists who participate, and fun for all those

who visit. Only nighttime art fair on Feb. 15,

from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Regular hours are Feb.

16-17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. helenwheels0506@

yahoo.com. tiogawinterartfair.org.

MOVIE SCREENING

Saturday, February 16

2:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Headquarters Library, 401 E.

University Ave. “That Movie About Julia Child

and Julie Powell.” A screening of the popular

movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams,

based on the best-selling book by Julie

Powell. Free. 352-334-3939. www.aclib.us.

SWEETHEART WADDLE

Saturday, February 16

9:00am

OCALA - Suncoast Basset Rescue Waddle Greater

Ocala Dog Club Grounds, 10205 NW Gainesville

Road. Adoptions, hound games, money and

basket raffles, belly rubs, silent auction,

February 2013 41


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, February 24 7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. For more than 115 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony

Orchestra (PSO) has been a key component of the city’s cultural landscape. The PSO,

known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest

conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its

citizens. Cost is $10-$50. 352-392-1900. performingarts.ufl.edu

concessions, vendors, king and crowning. Dress

up your hound for the costume contest. This

year’s categories are science fiction, sports and

food. $10 per dog registration plus parking.

352-371-8082. www.suncoastbassetrescue.org.

LIVE AT BIRDLAND

Saturday, February 16

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, UF. Under

the direction of world-renowned drummer Tommy

Igoe, this show recreates the ambience and

experience of a night at Birdland Jazz Club. The

Birdland Big Band — a dynamic new ensemble

featuring some of New York City’s finest

musicians — provides an unforgettable musical

event. 352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

AARP TAX-AIDE ASSISTANCE

Saturday, February 16

Noon to 4:00pm

ALACHUA - Archer Branch Library, 14913

NW 140th St. IRS-certified volunteers from

AARP will provide tax counseling and tax

return preparation services free of charge

Walk-ins only. Be sure to bring all tax

documents. 386-462-2592. www.aclib.us.

INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE

PROGRAM

Saturday, February 16

Noon

ALACHUA - Archer Branch Library, 14913 NW

140th St. The VITA Program offers free tax

help to low- to moderate-income people

who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

Certified volunteers sponsored by various

organizations receive training to help prepare

basic tax returns. Call 211 to schedule an

appointment. 386-462-2592. www.aclib.us.

SPRINGS SAVER LANDSCAPING

WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 16

9:00am - 4:00pm

HIGH SPRINGS - Poe Springs Park, CR 340.

Space is limited, so sign up right away. This is

a free workshop that includes hands-on activity

and presentations about springs, rain gardens,

low impact design and development, water

conservation and springs, landscape planting for

dry areas, and water conservation. Lunch will be

provided. 352-264-6827. tinyurl.com/agz9gx8.

JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Sunday, February 17

2:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Squitieri Studio Theatre, UF.

Renowned folk singer John McCutcheon

is a master of a dozen different traditional

instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful

hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been

hailed by critics and singers worldwide.

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

SPECTICAST: GIUSEPPE VERDI’S

ATTILA

Sunday, February 17

3:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. Filmed at the

famed Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the

Kirov Opera performance features Grammywinning

Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the

title role. This forceful and evocative production

breathes operatic life into the fearsome

conqueror. Celebrated conductor Valery Gergiev

brings forth a richly realized performance from

the outstanding ensemble. English subtitles.

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

WOMEN AND MONEY: UNIQUE

ISSUES

Monday, February 18

11:00am - 12:30pm

OCALA - On Top of the World, 8415 SW 80th St.

This four-part series covers money management

issues from a women’s perspective. Topics

include money communication, goal setting,

budgeting, credit, protecting assets, retirement

and estate planning. Free. Register by Feb. 11

to receive take-home materials. 352-861-9751.

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Monday, February 18

6:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Pugh Hall-Bob Graham Center, UF.

A panel of medical professionals will be providing

a unique and insider perspective in discussing

the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

352-846-1575. www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.

DANCE THEATER

Tuesday, February 19

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. Let Alvin Ailey

American Dance Theater’s gorgeous dancers

lift spirits as they perform thrilling premieres

and new productions plus beloved classics

such as Revelations. The New York Times

called Ailey, “possibly the most successful

modern dance company on the planet.”

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

FIELD TRIP

Tuesday, February 19

2:30pm - 4:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center,

5701 NW 34th St. Field Trip to Gainesville’s

Traffic Management System to see how traffic

is managed by the engineers in Public Works.

Limit of 30 for this field trip, so must sign up at

a previous PTI program. Flyers will be available.

352-265-9040. eldercare.ufandshands.org.

EXERCISE TO REDUCE SIGNS

OF DISABILITY

Thursday, February 21

2:30pm - 4:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center,

5701 NW 34th St. The University of Florida,

Institute on Aging, provides programs about

their research findings of interest to Seniors.

352-265-9040. eldercare.ufandshands.org.

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WEEDS: THE UNWANTED

PLANTS

Thursday, February 21

10:30am - 11:30am

OCALA - Marion County Public Library, 294 Marion

Oaks Lane. It’s all about Florida! Learn gardening

techniques from the masters. Presented by UF/

IFAS Marion County Master Gardeners; UF/

IFAS Marion County Extension Service. Free.

352-438-2570. www.marioncountyfl.org.

PALATKA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Feb. 21 - Feb. 23

Times Vary

PALATKA - Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, 380 Boys

Ranch Road. Three-day event features top names

in bluegrass entertainment. 1,500 attendees

expected. 386-325-5646. festivalnet.com.

SCRAMBLE FOR KIDS

Feb. 21 - Feb. 23

Times Vary

GAINESVILLE - Mark Bostick Golf Course at The

University of Florida, 2800 SW Second Ave. Will

Muschamp Scramble for Kids is a hole-in-one

for area charities. Event benefits Children’s

Home Society of Florida, Boys and Girls Club of

Alachua County and Girls Place. 352-384-3205.

BUNCO BABES OCALA

TOURNAMENT

Friday, February 22

5:00pm

OCALA - Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave.

Bunco Babes Ocala have gone country for a

cure and giving cancer the Boot! Raise money

to support Michelle-O-gram Foundation. Raffles

and silent auction, cash bar. Dice Diva prize is a

gold and diamond necklace valued more than

$2,000! Game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $40.

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Friday, February 22

7:00pm

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Community Plaza. Free monthly self-guided

tour combining exciting visual arts, live

performances and events. Held every last

Friday of each month with typically a dozen

galleries and venues. artwalk.ning.com.

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA

Friday, February 22

7:30pm - 10:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. Dark Star

Orchestra performs Grateful Dead classics in

the same way that an orchestra interprets music

of classical composers. Touring nationwide for

12 years to the tune of nearly 2,000 shows,

the band’s determined commitment to “raising

the Dead” has drawn national media attention.

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

YOGA WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 23

Times Vary

GAINESVILLE – The United Church of Gainesville,

1624 NW 5th Ave. Awakening Wisdom, the

Betsey Downing Yoga Workshop. Morning

session (some yoga experience), 9:30am

– Noon: $40; Afternoon (beginning and

intermediate), 2:30pm – 5:00pm: $40. Both

sessions for $75. Register: 352-424-0705

OSO IN ROME

Saturday, February 23

7:30pm

OCALA - Ocala Breeders Sales Complex, 1701 SW

60th Ave. Enjoy the winners of the 22nd annual

Young Artist Competition and one of the most

uplifting and powerful pieces in the symphonic

repertoire: Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Also

included in this Italian sojourn is some of film’s

Heart Ball

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February 16

6:30pm

GAINESVILLE - UF Hilton, 1715

SW 34th St. The American Heart

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research and awareness to

prevent heart disease and stroke.

The gala will feature live music,

a silent auction, a cocktail hour,

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Living the Gospel

in Downtown

Gainesville!

The Rev. Louanne Loch,

Rector

Dr. John T. Lowe,

Dir. of Music

Sunday Services

8:00am

10:30am

6:00pm

Wednesday Service

12:15pm

100 NE 1st Street

Downtown Gainesville

(352) 372-4721

www.HolyTrinityGNV.org

The Episcopal Church

welcomes you

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most memorable music from Gangster movies

like The Godfather and The Untouchables.

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FAIRYTALE WEDDING SHOW

Sunday, February 24

2:00pm

GAINESVILLE - University Air Center, North Side

of Gainesville Regional Airport. Introducing a

casual evening soiree where modern Cinderellas

and their Prince Charmings can mingle with

the best of the best in the wedding industry.

The Fairytale Wedding Show will bring together

venues, photographers, florists, cake designers,

DJs and more from all over the region. www.

eventbrite.com/event/4807462249.

CREOLE CHOIR OF CUBA

Tuesday, February 26

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. This

10-member choir from Camagüey was founded

in 1994, when the Cuban economy was in peril,

food was short, and homes and workplaces

often lacked electricity. Led by their director

Emilia Díaz Chávez, the Creole Choir of Cuba

nurtured the music passed down in their families

since the early 19th century, gradually adding

modern Haitian sounds and reviving old songs.

352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

MIXT

Wednesday, February 27

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Squitieri Studio Theatre, UF.

Clarinetist José Franch-Ballester, violinist Bella

Hristova and pianist Ran Dank form MiXt, a

King of the Wing

Competition

Thursday, Feb28

5:00pm - 7:30pm

OCALA - ARC Marion, 2800 SE Maricamp

Road. Annually, the community determines

who has the best wings in Marion County,

featuring local restaurants and amateur

wing-making wannabes. Tickets $20 (in

advance) for adults, $15 for children for

all-you-can-eat wings and pizza. VIP seating

is available for $250 for a table of eight.

Music, beverages, free giveaways and more!

Proceeds benefit ARC Marion Foundation’s

Scholarships for Hope and other programs.

352-351-2479. arcmarionfoundation.com.

chamber group created in 2011 comprised of the

brightest talent on the Young Concert Artists’

roster. 352-392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

KODO

Thursday, February 28

7:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, UF. Derived

from the Japanese word meaning “heartbeat,”

Kodo explores the limitless possibilities

of the taiko (Japanese drum). The group

strives to both preserve and reinterpret

traditional Japanese performing arts. 352-

392-ARTS. performingarts.ufl.edu.

MEMBER PARTY

Thursday, February 28

6:00pm - 8:30pm

GAINESVILLE - Harn Museum, Southwest 34th

Street and Hull Road. Become a member and

enjoy a pARTy celebrating the opening. There

will be an opportunity to join at the door.

Visit the membership section of the Harn’s

website at www.harn.ufl.edu/membership

for a list of benefits and information about

joining. 352-392-9826. www.harn.ufl.edu.

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send information by the 13th day of the month prior.

All submissions will be reviewed and

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submissions if page space is available.

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editor@towerpublications.com

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THEATRE

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre .....................619 S. Main Street, Gainesville 352-371-1234

Curtis M. Phillips Center ...........................................315 Hull Road, Gainesville 352-392-ARTS

Fine Arts Hall Theatre - SFC ...........................3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville 352-395-4181

Gainesville Community Playhouse .......4039 N.W. 16th Blvd., Gainesville 352-376-4949

Hippodrome State Theatre .................................25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville 352-375-4477

UF Constans Theatre .................................................Museum Road, Gainesville 352-273-0526

Nadine McGuire Blackbox Theatre ...................Museum Road, Gainesville 352-392-1653

Insomniac Theatre Company ............................E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352-897-0477

Ocala Civic Theatre ..................................4337 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352-236-2274

High Springs Community Theater ..........130 NE 1st Avenue, High Springs 386-454-3525

ACROSSTOWN

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The Star Spangled Girl

Through Feb. 3

A comedy in which two young men publish

a radical newspaper, encounter and

fall madly and ridiculously in love with a

fl ag-waving super patriot Olympic swimmer

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PLAYHOUSE

Chasing Manet

Through Feb. 10

Inside the confi ning walls of Mount Airy

Nursing Home, a rebellious painter from

a distinguished family and an ebullient

Jewish woman with a huge adoring family

form an unlikely bond as the two plot an

escape to Paris aboard the QE2. But can

they possibly pull it off amidst the chaos

of their surroundings?

UF CONSTANS THEATRE

A Servant to Two Masters

Through Feb. 3

This timeless comedy is a farcical masterpiece

with its roots in the slapstick

commedia dell’ arte. The plight of poor

Truff aldino, who is determined that he can

serve two demanding masters and yet

woo lovely Smeraldina, still manages to

delight audiences today.

HIPPODROME STATE THEATRE

Venus in Fur

Through Feb. 3

Meet Vanda, an unusually talented young

actress determined to land the lead in

a new play based on the classic erotic

novel, Venus in Furs. Vanda’s emotionally

charged audition for the gifted but

demanding playwright Thomas becomes

an electrifying game of cat and mouse that

blurs the lines between fantasy and reality,

seduction and power, and love and sex.

King O’ The Moon

Feb. 20 - March 17

It’s 1968 in Buff alo, N.Y., and the Pazinski

family gathers to honor their late father’s

memory. They quickly become entangled

in each others’ problems — Rudy is rethinking

the priesthood, Eddie is preparing

for fatherhood and Vietnam, Annie is contemplating

divorce, and their mother Ellen

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V-Day (www.vday.org) is a global activist

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Feb. 15 - Feb. 24

Phat Girls is a fast-paced account of the

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is transported from childhood to

adulthood, witnessing the development

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A Funny Thing Happened on

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Feb. 7 - March 3

In ancient Rome, crafty but lovable Pseudolus

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freedom — whether he has to buy, win or

steal it. When his master and mistress go

away on a trip, they leave Pseudolus in

charge of their son, Hero (Sam Dugger).

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony

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works of the 20th century. Through a series

of tragic soul-searching revelations of

the life he has lived with his wife, his sons,

and his business associates, the audience

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BOOK REVIEW BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

know that they’re not

telling us.

Secrets are nothing

new in politics, and

neither are scandals.

And in the book “Affairs

of State” by Robert P.

Watson, you’ll see that

that’s been going on for

decades.

Let’s start at the

beginning with George

Washington.

It’s hard to imagine

America without his infl

uence, but Washington

himself was infl uenced

not by politics, but by

women.

His fi rst attempts at

courtship were rebuffed,

mostly because Washington

set his sights on

women who were socially

above him. Later,

when he met the Widow

Affairs of State

Custis, he saw an opportunity

to raise his status

ROBERT P. WATSON

and proposed to her

at their third meeting.

c.2012, Rowman & Littlefi eld; $49.00; 489 pages

Still, by all accounts, he

and Martha had a happy

When it comes to our elected marriage — despite that our fi rst presi-

offi cials, nothing surprises you dent may have also had two mistresses.

anymore.

Our third president was quite the la-

Sent to do a job, they look like adults dies’ man, too. Watson says that Thomas

but they often act like children with Jefferson enjoyed dancing and fl irting

plenty of time to get into mischief. They and fell in love at least once before he

profess to have your best interests in married his dear wife, Martha. After her

mind and about that, you sometimes death, he remained unmarried but not

wonder. You also wonder what they unloved. Historians and family members

still argue about his fi nal romance, one

with a slave woman who may have bore

Jefferson four children.

America’s only bachelor president,

James Buchanan, was engaged to be married,

but his heart wasn’t in it; he let the situation

dwindle. When his spurned fi ancé

committed suicide, he used her death as an

excuse for never marrying. Still, historians

believe that Buchanan experienced deep

romance – with another man.

We like to think of Abraham Lincoln

as taciturn and reserved, but though

many thought him “homely,” he was

charming and popular with women — so

popular, says Watson, that a prostitute

once offered to extend him credit.

John Tyler married a woman his

children hated. Andrew Jackson’s wife

was, briefl y and accidentally, a bigamist.

James Garfi eld was consumed with

“sexual urges and biblical notions of sin.”

And Grover Cleveland robbed the cradle.

Of the 44 presidents we’ve had in

offi ce, says author Robert P. Watson, a

mere fi ve are above reproach when it

comes to a sex scandal. A few of the rest

are in this book.

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about presidents from 1789 to 1900,

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is put into perspective compared

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today. Conversely, it’s interesting to see

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Historians and Washington pundits

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politically fun (for once!) will like it, too.

If that’s you, then you’ll fi nd “Affairs of

State” to be a nice surprise. s

Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading

since she was 3 years old and she never goes

anywhere without a book. She lives with her

two dogs and 11,000 books.

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