Betty Rhodes writes about senior living in Napa Valley. "I enjoy being a senior, and I appreciate being able to continue championing the causes of seniors. It’s all good. We live in a very ‘senior friendly’ valley, with much for seniors to do in order to remain healthy in mind, spirit and body."

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I’d like to thank one of our readers, Karen Wyard, B.S. and M.A., for sending a very informative email regarding Mental Health, reminding us that May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Welcome back. We recently talked about temporarily jumping off our “track” and taking a good, hard look, before deciding whether or not we wanted to make some serious changes to our track before climbing back on.

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There’s a new member of the family. My daughter Judy and I spent a long afternoon recently picking out a sweet four-legged new member of the Rhodes’ family. Her name is Lizzy. She looks like a tiny version of a Doberman pinscher, and when she walks, she prances … too cute.

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I met the most extraordinary gentleman recently through an email, which began: “Hi, My name is Donald Bowling and I am 86 and have Alzheimer’s. I live at Aegis of Napa and have been doing research on Alzheimer’s. I think I would be a good guest on your TV program, ‘Senior’s Rule!’”

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Hi, friends. Let’s enjoy our cup of coffee this morning, and discuss what I believe is pretty wonderful about our generation, and that is our trust in people. We grew up in a time when all that was needed was a man’s word and a handshake to complete a business transaction.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently proposed a budget calling for $300 million cuts in state aid across the University of Wisconsin system. Louisiana Gov. Bobbie Jindal also proposed to meet his state’s budget shortfall by cutting the same $300 million in state support for higher education.

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