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Responses to Ricardo's Plight
by: Gordon Kinghorn

There is little I can meaningfully add to Ricardo's comments - must say however, I simply adored the responses to this article from fellow ROL subscribers – superb one and all – crammed with wonderful advice too!

Comments On Comments
by: Ricardo

It was with great interest and amusement that I read, and "pondered" the comments that my "pondering piece" elicited from all that cared to review and respond.....

I guess that I am slowly entering the "twilight zone".....but I will not go quietly into the nite....gotta keep kickin....maybe just at a slower pace than I have been used to....after all life is about not WHAT OCCURS in it....but how we respond TO IT!

The writer within
by: Irwin Lengel


You are an inspiration as well as proof that there may be hope for me yet. I know there is a writer in me and although I am not getting any younger, I am finding or shall I say making more time to write the older I get.

Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom with us.

Hopefully I will be able to develop a plan geared towards what it is I truly want to write about and then set said plan into action.


List of things we find harder to do as we get older
by: Irwin Lengel

I would have to go with number 4 - while I have the start of a cataract in one eye, the older I get, the harder it seems to be to locate the cursor and move it around the screen amongst all the other characters found there.

In addition, one of my own pet peeves is remembering where I placed my glasses when I go from one room to another. Depending on what I am doing, I tend to take them off and nine times out of ten, I forget where it was that I took them off.

I need to install a little beeper or GPS tracking system within the frames so that I can find them easier.

Wendy Irwin, I always tell my husband that I'm going to install GPS to his keys, his glasses, his cell phone... I swear, DAILY, he loses one of them. We search and search... too funny!

My glasses stay on my face, my keys in my hand bag, and its only the cell phone that is allowed to move about... grin!

On the cursor, I can change mine (and you can too) but this exact method may differ a bit for you (different windows, different computer set up), but basically:
-- Top Right - search for CURSOR
-- Read the options available to you...
(change speed, blink rate, what it looks like)
-- In Windows 7 (my notebook), under MOUSE, then CHANGE HOW THE MOUSE LOOKS, I have a "scheme" drop down box with large arrows, extra large arrows, inverted arrows, etc. Lots of options!

Under the CONTROL PANEL, there is also an EASE OF ACCESS CENTER, where you can use larger icons on your desktop and all sorts of helpers!

If you are able to make your pointer larger, please post directions, if they differ from mine, to help someone else!! Thanks!

Always Willing and Ready to Take a Nap ....
by: Retd. Prof. Mr. Durgesh Kumar Srivastava, New Delhi, India

I fully agree with Wendy's highlighting the nap part in the extremely well written blog Pondering The Aging Process by Ricardo.

To the list of things that he now finds not easy to do, I add five of my own ....

1. Finding the small slot in the steering lock of the car in which to insert the key in the first attempt;

2. Quickly strapping on the car seat belt;

3. Finding an old newspaper of a particular date from the pile of old newspapers stored in a dimly lit place (Why do newspaper page-makers and layout designers use such small and faint fonts to print the date and such large and dark fonts to print the name of the newspaper?)

4. Locating the small stars, ticks or crosses on my jumbled up computer screen full of advertisements, and aiming to fix the cursor on the illusive icon, and

5. Finding my cell phone from below the pile of papers and other things on my desk or bed, when I hear the bell ring and successfully pressing the "ANSWER" button before the caller signs off.

This list seems to be growing with each passing year post retirement.

Wendy Number 5 is me! Only I have to find where I left it last... next to the big chair, at the desk, in my hand bag... finally find it and I hit the "cancel" right next to the "answer". Darn! Now I have to return the missed call... grin!

Glad to meet you
by: Lynne Gessner

Hi Ricardo. Your negative comments made me laugh, because there isn't a day that I don't have at least 3 or 4 of those feelings.

I'm 93, live in Scottsdale, Arizona, have to use a walker to get around after a stroke many years ago, and I'm wobbly on my feet sometimes, despite the walker.

I have been a writer most of my life, but lost the ability to write fiction when I had a stroke that hit me about 15 years ago, and that just about broke my heart. But I wouldn't give up writing, so I tried writing the family genealogy.

I didn't have to create any characters or figure out a plot. So I worked on it for five years. I'm really not stupid, but the stroke wiped out the creative part of my mind.

I finally finished the genealogy, then decided to write a book about how to write a book. Now that sounds dumb, doesn't it? But I had taught writing for 20 years, so it wasn't too hard to put down the rules. I didn't really put down rules, as much as I told how I did things to create characters, how I worked on a plot idea, how to put in emotion, excitement and other things. I finished it months ago, then proof read it, then gave it to a very busy friend to read it and criticize it. Because she is so busy she can't work steadily on it, so I'm pacing the floor like a wild tiger waiting for her to finished. Then a man my daughter knows will set up the book for printing.

If you want me as a pen pal, please write and tell me a little about yourself. Your age, what kind of work you do, or used to do, married or divorced or widowed?, any kids, and anything you feel like writing, as long as it is not porno.

Been there and done that.
by: Irwin


While I never thought the time would come that I too looked forward to a nap, sad to say, I am now at that age as well. Although, truth be told, the nap sort of sneaks up on me and isn't planned. i just fall asleep when least expected.

Unfortunately, it is usually during one of my favorite shows. Thank goodness for being able to record it (also great to watch the show without all those commercials).

Have no fear, Ricardo, you are in good company with all that is happening in your life at this particular stage of it. Enjoy.

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