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Senior Citizen Site Revised  ’19                            constructed by Mary DeFalco

Welcome all you who have deflected the slings and arrows of adversity, who have struggled, fought, and clawed your way into the liberating stage of your life- the Golden Age.

Union News

NYSUT Retiree Council 21

Senior Sites

  1. Family Caregiver Alliance

  2. Senior Web Pointer

  3. Senior Journal       

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way.
Unknown Author
              Sent in by Anita Diegnan from NJ

Made on a Mac

I Wish For You

Comfort on difficult days,

Smiles when sadness intrudes,

Rainbows to follow the clouds,

Laughter to kiss your lips,

Sunsets to warm your heart,

Gentle hugs when spirits sag,

Friendships to brighten your being,

Beauty for your eyes to see,

Confidence for when you doubt,

Faith so that you can believe,

Courage to know yourself,

Patience to accept the truth,

And love to complete your life.

And if you can't have all that


Then I wish you enough chocolate

to make it through the tough times....


sent in by Phyllis Singer, 5/11/08 SD

                        Garbage Truck Rule

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.

We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so... 'Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.' Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!


What a great philosophy!

   Sent by Phyllis Singer, 7/30/08, SD

    Killed in a car accident 11/08

  1. St. Valentine’s Day Around the World

Sent in by ReadGirl/Arlene2/13/08 LI

Battle Hymn of the Republic

This arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is performed by four high school choirs, plus a little kid’s choir of elementary school children. 

                              Sent by Dorothy/Wis./8/16/09

  1. My Beautiful America

Sent by Pat Herfurth LI  3/13/10 (R.I.P 2017)

  1. Bullet99 Year Old Woman Loves Her iPad

        sent in by Darian 4/23/10

  1. U.S. National Debt Clock: Real Time

        Sent in by Richard Charm/ Seattle/5/18/10

  1. Another Clock on many topics

  1. Dominick the Donkey

                           Sent by Joe DeFalco/NJ/12/12/09

Why I Stand 
                                sent in by Jeanne Schmidt 3/7/19

John Wayne and other actors sing God Bless America
Kate Smith introduces God Bless America

Crosses on Santa Monica Beach in memory of the fallen soldiers in Afghanistan Sent  in by Joe DeFalco/ NJ
Thank You Soldiers- Veteran’s Day / Memorial Day You Tube
The Patriot from Colorado Springs. Sent by Jeanne Schmidt, Crofton, Neb.
  1. If the Shoe Fits, Wear It

A moving Good Samaritan story-


  1. Mother’s Day/ U Tube  2012 sent in by Rusty Driscoll 5/2013

  1. The last words of Steve Jobs 2015

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth....

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love....

Feed back is most welcomed:

Holy Night by Celtic Women Beautiful!!!!
Sent in by Jeanne from Crofton Neb. 12/’10

 AULD LANG SYNE by Sissel - Happy New Year
  1. Can’t Believe this Was Done by a Teenager

                         Sent by Lorraine, LI, 7/12/10

Stay Balanced

Alicia Salazar, NYS Board Certified Health Coach

Web site:



  1.   Stay in touch with  your health Request an Appointment with Dr. Lynda Varlotta  in  Stony Brook call 631-689-2846

  2. Grand Slam: Cannabis & Holistic Healing- Holistic Cannabis Academy

Loren DeFalco

The Endocannabinoid Solution (ECS)-

the Easiest Solution to Optimize Your Health


 The  creator of the much loved Charlie Brown series was all of these and  more. In a way, he was the Shakespeare of his day who had wonderful  insights into the 'Human Spirit' and presented them to his readers for what they were worth. They  proved to be worth a lot and helped people make adjustments to their  lives and functions for the better. Here  are several thought provoking examples.


Subject: Wisdom of Charles Schul

Share This Wisdom...Lorraine  3/4/18


Child Prodigy Painter Inspired By God

sent in by Lorraine Moreland/Florida

Secret of Longevity and Happiness
Welcome to Stella’s World of 103 Years

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Explains Who Can Serve the Community Best

Dr. Ravitch 1/21/19 “... Dr. King knew that all of us have something to contribute. He understood the power of community action – of many small acts pushing a society closer to its ideals.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve,” he said. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. … You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”


Someone described retirement as  “Life is a beach…”  an endless summer of doing “what I want when I want to do it. It is an endless day at the beach”.  Instead of the metaphor of “life is a beach,”  I prefer the metaphor of “Rosie the Riverter.”

The objective in describing retirement was one of many positives for unions. Yes, we owe much to our union leaders fighting for worker’s rights and benefits - 24 I can readily think of.  Not one of those rights entitles one to be lazy and incentive after retirement. It is one thing if a person is suffering from some ailment that hinders one from getting involved but it is another issue for an able body person to be lazy and self-centered. In gratitude to those that forged our union rights and benefits it behooves us to “pay it forward”  help those who follow and the community that supported us.

I assume it was a figment of his imagination which might suggest that a care-free life would give you happiness-  a time in one’s life when you are no longer responsible for others or to others.  But we are not free to be indifferent to the needs of others “ free “ to do what I want when I want – endless days at the beach.”

I can’t phantom living such a life- such a lonely life, so much time lost for doing good. I realize that I am more productive when I adhere to a schedule otherwise too much time is lost in lollygagging.

My day begins at 6:45.  My morning routine includes 15 min. of exercises (It use to be a half hour on the tread mill until I started going to daily Mass.) After breakfast I start my “Bucket List” of things that need to be done or places to go- made out the day before in my head if not on paper. 

I have heard numerous people say that they are busier now than when they punched a clock. Many retirees I know volunteer their time helping out at school either tutoring or using their expertise working part time. Many volunteers help out at the food pantry, at the senior citizen’s center, at a nursing home, driving handicapped seniors to the doctor, delivering meals….  A 102 year old woman from our parish volunteered for 34 years at a nursing home.  Many of the retirees do all kinds of volunteering.

My calendar was always filled from the first day of retirement- helping family, community, and beyond.  Volunteers are needed in every field. Oh, so much can be done by our retirees to make better and happier communities, a better and happier world. People who think of helping others instead of catering to themselves are happier people. It is in giving that we receive. You can’t give away happiness; it keeps bouncing back.  Paul Todaro of Bohemia, LI.  said with a smile, Sometimes, we get more out of it more than they do.”

“Life is a roller coaster of highs, lows, hard lefts, hard rights, and even some loop-de-loops. But, know this participation is mandatory as your legacy is the accumulation of what you gave back not what you took out.”

― Donavan Nelson Butler, Master Sergeant US Army

 Senior citizens

are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary.

We take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others

 HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the

 senior citizens who took

 The melody out of music,

 The pride out of appearance,

 The courtesy out of driving,

 The romance out of love,

 The commitment out of marriage,

 The responsibility out of parenthood,

 The togetherness out of the family,

 The learning out of education,

 The service out of patriotism,

 The Golden Rule from rulers,

 The nativity scene out of cities,

 The civility out of behavior,

 The refinement out of language,

 The dedication out of employment

 The prudence out of spending,

 The ambition out of achievement or

 God out of government and school.

 And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others



 we understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country. 



 I'm the life of the party...... even if it lasts until 8 p.m.


 I'm very good at opening childproof caps.... with a hammer.


 I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up

 I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.


I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.


I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.


 Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life


Spread the laughter

Share the cheer 


 Let's be happy While we're here.   

    Sent in by Pat Herfurth 9/30/14 LI (R.I.P 2017)

Subject: to all of you..........


There comes a point in your life when you realize

who matters,

who never did,

who won't anymore...

and who always will.

So, don't worry about people from your past,

there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future.

'Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.'


      Sent in by Read Girl (Arlene) 12/22/’08  LI

The “Golden Years”


Perhaps we should rename them:


            The arthritic years

             I can’t hear you years

             Mind over matter years

             Can you see the eye chart years

             The  oiy vey years

              The wonder years

              Can you spell ancient years

               The golden years

               sent in by Harvey fom Michigan

On a special educational program Georgine Schottler from Wis. heard,