Older People Feel Isolated, Alone, and Lonely. Me Included.

Many people in the late adulthood stage of their life (aka senior citizens, old age, 65+, etc.) suffer from feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
Read 20 Facts about Senior Isolation That Will Stun You.

Indeed, the feeling of loneliness is very common among people in late adulthood.
You might find some interesting reading in the article, Aging, Isolation and the Value of Connectedness.

If the topic of senior citizen isolation is of interest to you, please go on over to read about its causes and impacts. I refer you to:
Snedeker, Lauren LMSW, Aging & Isolation — Causes and ImpactsSocial Work Today, January/February 2017 Issue, Vol. 17 No. 1 P. 24.

Truth be told, I myself, often feel isolated, alone, and lonely. That is just a fact of life; I am not that much different than are many other people my age.

Read the following quotaton I found on the Facebook page of a person with whom I am acquainted and who is of my age cohort:

My children each year ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give them my real answer: What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don’t care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how, and I’m not bragging, but I did a pretty darn good job. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work, I’m pretty proud of it.
Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don’t mind. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Christmas, I say “nothing” because you’ve already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.

There are exceptions to a generalization that I have concerning inter-generational relationships, of course, but I still have a question:
When will our adult children and grandchildren truly understand how we older people truly need to be included in their lives?

I have always tried my best to “be there” for others.
And yet, as I previously stated, “I myself, often feel isolated, alone, and lonely.”
I find the quotation in the followimg meme to be very poignant and all too true too often.

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Colony House – “You & I” – Courtesy of Z104.5 THE EDGE

Video courtesy of Z104.5 THE EDGE via YouTube.

“You & I”

Lately, what’s the problem? What’s the headline this time?
Somehow, we’re okay with all these differences leaving us blind, blind, blind

I’m not scared of fighting; I’m just a little bit over this conversation
I’m not trying to hide it; I’m just thinking slowly
Maybe you and I can live together if we ever learn to ease the tension
Maybe the world isn’t crazy; maybe it’s you and I, I, I

I found the truth in the distance; I heard the words in the wind
And on it goes like wildfire, it’s spreading, from past lives to the living
Who’s changing, the people or times, times, times?

I’m not scared of fighting; I’m just a little bit over this conversation
I’m not trying to hide it; I’m just thinking slowly
Maybe you and I can live together if we ever learn to ease the tension
Maybe the world isn’t crazy; maybe it’s you and I, I, I

Lost with a cause someone wrote down on a paper
That defines all the lines that we draw
But, we don’t understand what’s unstable
Maybe we’re all lonely and afraid
Maybe we’re all trying to find the words to say
Maybe we just need love, love, love, love…

I’m not scared of fighting; I’m just a little bit over this conversation
I’m not trying to hide it; I’m just thinking slowly
Maybe you and I can live together if we ever learn to ease the tension
Maybe the world isn’t crazy; maybe the world isn’t crazy
Maybe the world isn’t crazy, maybe it’s you and I, I, I

COLONY HOUSE LYRICS “You & I” courtesy of AZLyrics.com Copyright © 2000-2017

COLONY HOUSE lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “You & I” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

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Happy Birthday, George Washington!


My Best Buddy, Boo, says, “Happy Presidents’ Day to all Americans everywhere.”

It is Presidents’ Day, isn’t it? Or is it?

The third Monday in February is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States of America. The name of this holiday is officially designated as Washington’s Birthday, not Presidents’ Day.

I hope you opened and read the embedded links I placed in the preceding paragraph. They make for some interesting reading. Tell you what, the following embedded links provide some more interesting reading:

While there were seven Presidents of the United States of America who preceded George Washington, the first of whom was John Hanson, it was George Washington who was the first President under the Constitution of the United States of America.

And while the February holiday has long celebrated the birthday of George Washingon, honoring him on the anniversary of his birth has had to move over to make room for all the other American Presidents, even though the federal holiday is still officially his, but in name only.

May I be so bold as to suggest you go on over to read The Daily Signal article “Why We Should Celebrate Washington’s Birthday, Not Presidents Day” by Arthur Milikh published on February 17, 2017.

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Website for The Buckeye Institute

Source: The Buckeye Institute

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Roland Louis Hansen Memories of Days Gone By.

I remember the very first time that I was a candidate for elective office. It was back in 1978 when I sought to be elected to the Ohio State Senate from District 1, a portion of Northwest Ohio that included all or parts of 7 counties.

Browse the “Meet the candidates” article from the November 2, 1978 edition of The Bryan Times.
Now, take a look at the November 5, 1978 Toledo Blade “Who Will be State Legislators?” article,
the November 5, 1978 Toledo Blade “Thumbnail Biographies Of Candidates In Tuesday’s Election” article.

Well, I lost that election back in 1978, but, five years later, in 1983, I sought and won election to a four-year term on the Lucas County Board of Education.

If you so desire, you may go on over to the Toledo Blade Thumbnail Biographical Sketch on me for that position which was published on November 6, 1983.

I won re-election to another four-year term on the Lucas County Board of Education in 1987.  I ran for re-election to another term in 1991, but lost. Not to be undaunted, however, I ran for another new four-year term in 1993 and won. In 1997, I made a decision not to seek re-election to the Lucas County Board of Education in which the meetings of the Board had become very acrimonious as the result of the other four Members of the Board playing political games that have absolutely no place on a school board and that I felt were unworthy of my service.

Despite future attempts at seeking elective office, my days of being an elected official came to an end as of 1998.

I continued to dabble in the political realm in a variety of ways, however.
As an example of my continued involvement in political matters other than being a candidate myself, I would like to point your attention over to the “Toledo Talk” message thread of August 28, 2015 entitled “10-year anniversary of the Aug 28, 2005 Toledo Mayoral Candidates Forum” for which I was the facilitator/moderator. That message thread along with its accompanying embedded links to some other message threads makes for an interesting read.
I enjoy reading about history, don’t you? — LOL.

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The United States of America is not a Christian nation. 

{PLEASE NOTE: This blog entry is being placed on Roland’s Ramblings via the “Press This” widget. You will need to follow the embedded link contained within the ‘Source’ citation in order to read the entire entry that I placed originally on Google+.}

The United States of America is not a Christian nation. America is a country composed of people of many religions and of no religion. In the early colon… – Roland Hansen – Google+

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Cold and Flu. Go Away Coughs and Sneezes.

Sniffle, sniffle.
It is cold and flu season here in Northwest Ohio.
So, what are we going to do about it?
Well, let us look around the internet.

An opening short paragraph from one of the web pages of WebMD, reads:
“Do you know what to do when you catch a cold, or when a cold becomes something more serious? Here, you’ll find the latest information on the common cold — symptoms, prevention, treatment, and even home remedies.”
Go on over to review the rest of the WebMD Cold Guide pages.

From the Mayo Clinic, I suggest you read:
Cold remedies: What works, what doesn’t, what can’t hurt

And from Everyday Roots, you may read:
16 Remedies to Kick the Common Cold

Another suggestion of web pages for you is from Healthline where you may read:
11 Cold and Flu Home Remedies

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