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Ah, but I was so much older then, I”'m younger than that now!

Ah, but I was so much older then, I”'m younger than that now!

By Robert Albee Our good friend Carl Peterson turned 100 years old this year on January 6th! Happy 100th Birthday, Carl! It got me to thinking”¦ If my father were still alive, he would be 101 now. He suddenly departed at age 66. And his father passed even earlier, yet to my eyes, he seemed much older than my father ever did or than myself now. At age 68, I”'ve outlived my father by two years despite the fact that I smoked heavily for 40 of them. With diabetes and having a heart attack some years ago, I count every day as a blessing! Yet when I think of Carl, I”'m still a pup! I don”'t think of myself as an old person, a senior citizen, or an elderly person. In fact, I hate those terms, because they seem to pigeon-hole us into frail, helpless beings just “fixin”' to die. Far from it! Look at Carl, our Phillips role model! Look around at elders not rocking in a chair, but rocking the boat! Or engaging the younger ones in the community. And not just dusty old stories of past victories. I realize there”'s a sunset sometime ahead for each of us; yet I want to do as many things as we can before that time comes. If I can tell you one thing, it”'s about the distinction of becoming an elder: It”'s about our responsibilities and obligations to those following our pathways. It”'s not about time to put our feet up and sighing about the “good old days.” As a gift for living our lives, we must give back everything we know and discover that could help you with your journeys. But only when we are asked or invited to do so. (more…)

Happy Birthday: Wendell Phillips @ 199 & Phillips Community”'s Carl @ 99

Happy Birthday: Wendell Phillips @ 199 & Phillips Community”'s Carl @ 99

by Harvey Winje Wendell Phillips”' 199th Birthday is November 29, 2010.  Phillips Community proudly uses his name and legacy advocating for peace and justice for all.  The Alley Newspaper celebrates Wendell”'s 199th Birthday with the exclusive, Special Edition, Spirit of Phillips cartoon collage below by Dave Moore and Linnea Hadaway and with birthday cake on Dec. 3rd at the Alley”'s Annual Gathering (see page 5). The Alley Newspaper will celebrate  Wendell”'s 200th Birthday with a special event in 2011. Carl Peterson looks forward to completing and celebrating 99 years on January 6th 2011.  Carl is the consummate Elder of Phillips Community with sustained, gentle leadership for 70 years.   Carl is an extraordinary Phillips Community metal artisan and keeper of history.   He has garnered ornate artifacts in his own “Rube Goldberg” museum and with boxes of photographs and papers supplemented by his hundreds of stories.  At 99, he continues to lead as he says, “I”'ll take the stairs.”

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