Just like most things 2020, Thanksgiving is going to require a “pivot”: a different way of connecting with family and friends, preserving traditions while honoring health and safety, and honoring traditions in ways that may look and feel a little different than in years past.
For most of us, the reason we gather and celebrate in certain ways has to do with traditions, and with stories of holidays passed down from generation to generation. Just like ourselves, Thanksgiving meals look different, depending on who you are, where you were brought up, and personal preferences.
Thanks to turning back the clocks on November 1, along with the traditional change of season that accompanies Autumn, November is the month when outdoor activities are hit-or-miss, nighttime arrives earlier each day, and we begin to look for things we can enjoy doing inside our homes.
Perhaps that is why November celebrations include National Author’s Day (November 1), National Book Lover’s Day (November 7), and Young Readers Day (the second Tuesday in November).
A 23-year veteran land development and acquisition executive, Henry Massie has joined 55+ builder Windsong Properties to help meet the region’s growing demand for active senior lifestyle communities.
The news comes amid an ongoing strong real estate market and with officials anticipating the over sixty adult population to grow to 1.2 million by 2030 -- about one in four residents of the greater Atlanta region.
With the holiday season upon us, Active Adults often set aside the healthy habits they’ve worked so hard to achieve or maintain throughout the year. A tightening of once-comfortable clothes is just one of the side effects of neglecting your health: many adults find that their arthritis surfaces or increases this time of year, without realizing that their habits are contributors
A Boomer Poem, inspired by “To Autumn,” by John Keats
Our season of crisp air and apple festivals,
Nature changes from hues of green to gold;
Leaf-peeping to fully enjoy the season that is Fall,
Trees embrace the last hurrah, and prepare for cold.
While making a difference every day is important, it’s vital to our society to designate a time to focus on what really matters, as a way to motivate those who have been looking for “something to do,” and to introduce everyone to opportunities about which they were not previously aware.
In 1992, USA Weekend Magazine started a national challenge known as “Make A Difference Day.” For nearly three decades, the fourth Saturday in October is the official day in which individuals, groups, and organizations come together to volunteer for a worthy cause that benefits another person, a community, or the environment.
Fall is a time of change: cooler weather invites us to change the clothes we wear, we find it more enjoyable to spend time pursuing outdoor activities, and we look at the insides of our homes with an eye toward the forthcoming winter of cozy nooks and comfort food.
“Oh, the Humanities!”
October is “Arts & Humanities Month,” a time to learn about and celebrate art and art history, enjoy the “classics” (in many forms including visual arts, music, performing arts, and literature), and study philosophy, theology, anthropology, and all areas that provide insight and enrichment of what makes us human.
“Everything is accessible online, and their schedule is interactive so it’s easy to see who is doing what and when. That flexibility helps us work as a team, something that not all builders we work with do.” - Todd Baughan, Fleming Carpet Distributors
(inspired by “Our Little Town,” by Simon & Garfunkel, 1970)
In our neighborhood
We find comfort in knowing
We have so much life in common
And we can lean on each other
In joy and pain and through it all
We chose each other, after all.