MY "BEFORE I DIE" LIST
Did I tell you that I am taking ice-skating lessons? "Why ice-skating lessons?" you ask in amazment. Well, about two months ago I ran into a friend, Kathy, who was taking ice-skating lessons and she talked me into joining her class.
Actually, at first I did it because taking ice skating lessons was one of the things on my "Before I Die" list (see below.) But after five classes (and 7 more to come!) I am appreciating how much it is helping my balance, coordination, and flexibility. In addition to all these good things, it is good exercise AND I feel about 20 years younger! Well, to be honest, my SPIRIT feels 20 years younger. My knees and artificial hip feel closer to my real age. I admit, though, that it is a lot of fun.
When I was a teenager, my family and friends used to ice skate on Graham's Pond. Dad was one of the only adults who would go with us. He'd build a wonderful fire so we could warm our feet. Then, we would play tag - for some reason we called the game "Release the Belgian" and I have not idea where that name came from. We set up an area on the ice that was like a "jail." Whoever was caught, would have to go to this jail area. Then the other players who weren't "it" could release the detainees (Belgians?) If anyone knows the origin of this game, please let me know.
Now, you may be wondering just what is a "Before I Die" List? When I was in my twenties, I made a long list of things that I didn't want to regret not doing when I was in my eighties. Since making that list, I have accomplished almost everything on it. (I am still working on becoming a Philanthropist!)
Now, I ask YOU - When was the last time you did something that you always wanted to do but never took the leap? Go for it! Do it now while you still can. I bet you will be glad you did.
As for me, I think it is time to make a new list!
I have said before that I am always surprised that people actually read my newsletters. Someone must like something about them - we have over 900 subscribers now!!! Wow!
Here are a couple of emails I received after last month's newsletter went out:
Thanks Marilyn - you amaze me with your time management - how do you do it? Great job as always! ~ Jen
MOTHERS' AND FATHERS' DAYS
OK - here's an idea. For the next two months YOU will be the writers of Local Color. For May and June, I will run tributes to Moms and Dads. In May, it will be a tribute to Moms (for Mother's Day) and in June, a tribute to Dads (for Father's Day.)
I will include as many tributes as I can. If you send a digital photo, I will do my best to include those too.
If you would like to honor your Mom and/or Dad, send a short tribute (75 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you want your full name used or not.
Thanks in advance.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Megan Wetzel (one of NewHopePennsylvania.com's writers) will be contacting local non-profts to gather a more detailed list of local events.
If you work for or volunteer with a local non-profit organization, please send in your calendar of 2006/2007 events, which we will list for FREE!!!! Send to email@example.com.
This is only a partial listing:
Partial list ONLY
Apr 22 - Sculpture New Hope - Indoor & Outdoor Sculpture Show opening - tickets still available
Apr 29 - 30 - Shad Fest, Lambertville
Through April -The New Hope Solebury Free Library is running a series of lectures.
May 15 Annual New Hope Golf Classic
May 19-21 Somewhere Over the Rainbow. GLBT townwide celebration
If you have any other events to be posted, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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So) Local Color - the seventh installment of Life
outside the United States by former New Hope resident Kristin
Color - Guess who? Scott Edwards! Our local New
Hope Gazette editor
Art & Artists -Val
Savilli - a wonderful eclectic artist who was trained in New York,
lives in Frenchtown, and sells and promotes her art in Bucks and Hunterdon
Counties and beyond.
Sculpture New Hope is back for the fourth time. Once again, sculptors
from all over the U.S. will be featured throughout New Hope and
at the New Hope Arts Gallery.
of the Month- A recipe from me - my version of
a wonderful Fruit Salad that I had in Florida years ago.
FREE MONTHLY DRAWING!
This month's Free Monthly Drawing is a hair cut and paraffin manicure at Marc Elliot Salon in New Hope. The retail value is $75.
The March Winner of a $20 gift certificate to a New Hope or Lambertville store of your choice - sponsored by Bullock Marketing & Design - is Ann Schadler.
you are signing up for the Free Monthly Drawing, make sure you bypass
your spam filter and allow email to come through from email@example.com -
otherwise you may miss receiving the notice that you have won.
Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Spring!
Your friendly editor,