A couple weeks ago Bob and I went to a Greenville Newcomers program featuring K9 Dogs and their handlers. What an impressive pair each are! They initially train together for 600 hours. The dogs come from pure blood lines in Germany. The attentive behavior of the dogs is so impressive. I’m so glad I got to learn about this service. K9 Program is funded through drug money that is seized at crime scenes.
On Wednesday we made a drive up to Maggie Valley, about 1 1/2 hours away, but we were at least a week early for peak colors. We will explore Caesar Head and Hendersonville in the next couple weeks. Darn.
Our friends Kathy and Tom just returned from Vietnam where they visited their son and new grand daughter. We watched their house and so they took us out for dinner and we had a very nice visit and got to see some more photos of that beautiful baby girl. Tom’s brother was killed in Vietnam and he shared with me the stories and documentation of what that journey has been like and the book his sister in law wrote about that experience. Very moving things to read. The book is called “Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War” by Ruth W. Crocker.
Furman University is going to be doing Hair, the Rock Musical and so we went to an introductory program on why Hair was so important to the musical theater world along with Showboat and Oklahoma. All new information to us. I hadn’t realized how many musicals we have seen over the years both live theater and movies until we started discussing them.
Appalachian History class covered Dark Corner, which I knew quite a bit about, but great new details on how the moonshine delivery and the tax collectors led to NASCAR. Hint, it all has to do with making that old Ford car improved to outrun the tax collectors.
A second Appalachian History class covered the life of the Cherokee here in the Upstate. The story of the Trail of Tears/Indian Removal Act sounds even more horrible every time I hear it. How could we have done that?
Last but not least, my Senior Leadership program this month was on Advocacy. We heard from Senior Action, the main program here in Greenville, Silver Haired Legislators, AARP, SC Office on Aging, and city, county and state representatives. The good news is there are many, many services available to seniors in the Upstate and many are not based on financial need. The bad news is that we still need more. I feel like I am slowly becoming a resource for my friends as they age. Transportation, housing, medical and financial issues will be discussed in future months. To say that my brain was full at the end of the day is an understatement. I just had time for a short nap and then we were off to Greenville Newcomers Cocktails R Us gathering!
As always, a couple very busy weeks. That meant I didn’t get to do water aerobics very much but will be there today.