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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

Just Another Saturday …

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… at Sunrise of Gilbert.

It was our Western Extravaganza with hayrides for the kids (of all ages), petting zoo, trail-rider chuck- wagon dining, line dancing, saloon shootout, fantastic weather, family visits, and favorite-tunes-for-old-farts band among the features that kept a few hundred people entertained for the afternoon.

Everyone reported sleeping well that night.

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October 11, 2021 at 11:02 am

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When You’re Faced With …

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… finding a way to do something,

it’s a heckuva lot easier to find an excuse.

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October 8, 2021 at 10:15 pm

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Our Remodeled Bistro Opened Tuesday …

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… and the complaints are legion, of course.

The sole point of agreement with the majority of the inmates is that it looks nice. The hangout it replaced had the comfortable look and feel of corner bar with a brass foot-rail that everyone appreciated because the consensus was that it looked like a hangout should.

The most succinct comment that says it all about the new look is: “A waste of money.”

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October 5, 2021 at 10:14 pm

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Talking with Cris on her birthday yesterday …

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… burst a balloon of memories like the hole left in our home when she went off to graduate school, toddler tumbling on the living-room floor with her two younger brothers, a fun and proud Detroit Vanguard Theater afternoon ruined by an officiousCanadiancustomsofficer (all one word), and abruptly stopping laughing and giggling when she realized she’d taken her first steps on her own in a small apartment we rented in another galaxy.

There were more but that’s how they started.

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October 4, 2021 at 5:30 am

Urban Sprawl May be Harmful to Your Health

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By Cecil Scaglione

Walking, which has been called the best exercise investment, can be helped or hampered by where you live.

While it costs nothing, can be done anywhere at any time, and requires no special equipment – except, perhaps, for a good pair of sturdy shoes – your environs could be less than walking-friendly.

If you live in a sprawling community, you’re more likely to weigh more, have higher blood pressure, and walk less than residents of more congested counties, according to an American Journal of Health Promotion report.

A research team from the National Center for Smart Growth indicated there is a strong association between your health and urban environment, which is of serious concern to older residents.

After accounting for such personal variables as age and education, they found residents of the most compact counties weighed more than five pounds less and walked almost 1 ½ hour more a month than people living in sprawling counties.

The team gathered information from more than 200,000 people living in almost 450 counties in more than 80 metropolitan regions. The areas were graded on their levels of sprawl based on factors such as the density of its residential neighborhoods, connections between roads, and the physical separation of homes, shops and workplaces.

Poor accessibility was the common denominator of urban sprawl — nothing within easy walking distance of anything else.

Those who say they have safe, convenient places to walk or to get other forms or exercise are most likely to be physically active, said a team of Georgia Department of Human Resources researchers.

Increasing the number of desirable location destinations within a 20-minute-walk radius might encourage older women — the least active population segment – to exercise, according to a University of Pittsburgh study.

Older women in the Pittsburgh region who lived within walking distance of a biking or walking trail, park, or department, discount or hardware store logged significantly more walking time than those who did not have similar facilities nearby.

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October 2, 2021 at 9:48 am

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Came Up With a Good Way …

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. . . to stretch your budget.

Just write rubber checks.

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October 1, 2021 at 10:21 pm

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Politicians are Like Diapers …

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… they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

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September 30, 2021 at 8:53 pm

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Train Ticket to Luxury

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By Cecil Scaglione

The tongue-in-cheek survey taken by the couple from Texas to determine “which railroad yard had the best graffiti” went off-track as the quarter-mile-long train skirted the base of oooh-inspiring Mount Shasta.

It took most of the morning to get by California’s highest peak while the American Orient Express occupants collected “AOE souvenirs” – small bruises collected on both arms while bouncing from wall to wall in the clattering cars.

Mount Shasta

Nobody complained. They were too distracted on this week-long land cruise that encompassed wineries and waterfalls as they trundled through the West Coast’s major cities. It began with a quick tour of starting-point Seattle followed by plenty of free time in Portland to, among other pastimes, browse through the renowned Powell City of Books after a morning clambering around Multnomah Falls, which overlooks the Columbia River gorge and claims to be the second tallest waterfall in the country.

The scenery was a major improvement over the wake-up view of the warehouse in Klamath Falls where the train rested overnight. Which prompted the unofficial survey mentioned earlier.

There was plenty of train time for talk and the adventures and advantages of the train trip was a recurring topic. And, like taking an ocean cruise, “There’s nothing to worry about,” like protecting your valuables or how to get to attractions.

This AOE experience is no longer available but was aimed at travelers seeking the sumptuousness of the luxurious legendary train that began carrying countesses and courtesans, philosophers and philanderers between London and Istanbul about a century ago.

After the train snaked south along the Sacramento River, which gushes out of the foot of Mount Shasta, passengers were bused through the grape-glutted Napa Valley for a wine-tasting session at a French-like chateau overlooking the rolling vine-covered hills before crossing the Golden Gate bridge to overnight in San Francisco.  After lunch the next day on Fisherman’s Wharf, everyone re-trained in Oakland’s Jack London Square to compare notes on their vistas from Twin Peaks and Presidio Park.

The hilltop view from Hearst’s San Simeon, the next stop, was equally impressive for those who took a moment to stray from the overabundant opulence of the late newspaper magnate’s Medieval memorial of amassed art.

The slide alongside the Pacific into Los Angeles was a restful respite at the end of a relaxing trip.  Rather than stop to sample some of attractions on their own in this megalopolis – Disneyland, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, for example – a couple of fellow travelers chose to cover the rest of the U.S. Pacific shore. They picked up tickets in Union Station for the two-hour coastal leg to San Diego.

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September 29, 2021 at 1:30 pm

We Were Talking …

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… about how stupid the average person is.

Then it dawned on us that half the people are stupider than that.

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September 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

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This Blog Began …

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… as an adjunct to the Mature Life Features syndicate that, back in the ’80s and ’90s, had almost 100 monthly subscribers around the country.

We never hit 100 but had 97 for several months and more than ninety at the turn of this century. It settled down into the 60s until 2008, when the subscription list toppled to less than three dozen and slipped slowly until torn to tatters by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Word has just been received that a subscriber who’s been with us for three decades has decided to shut down, joining the list of daily, weekly and monthly publications that have withered away because of a lack of readers and revenue with the rise of the Internet.

For that reason, we’re working on this blog — maturelifefeatures.com — to serve as a reminder of what small local newspapers used to be like since I spent more than six decades as a reporter and editor in that business. There won’t be any crossword puzzle or comics but we’ll try to pepper our features on various topics, such as health and finance and travel, with a funny line now and then.

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September 26, 2021 at 5:58 am

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