Communications Project with Cal State LA
One Villager's Story
Pasadena Area Literary Arts Center
Pasadena Village Responds to Rainbow Flag Burning at Pasadena Buddhist Temple
Plan Ahead - And Be Prepared
Tuesday, May 23 Pasadena Celebrated Older Americans
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Reparations, Social Justice Activity
Rumor of Humor #14
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Science Monday - Review of Meeting on April 10, 2023
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Beyond the Village – Suzi and Phil Hoge
Congratulations Wayne April! Honored at UNH
Volunteer Appreciation at the Village
“ACCIDENTAL HOST—The Story of Rat Lungworm Disease”
Pasadenans Recent Experience With Racism
Recent Events Reflecting Racism
Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Photography for Social Justice
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Catherine Deely
Creative Writing in Older Adults
Gifts of Love
Great Decisions update
Dominion Lawsuit, South Africa and 710 Stub
2023 DEI Progress
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Doug Colliflower
CONVERSATIONS WITH ART
OLDER ADULTS RESOURCE FAIR
The Important, Influential Books in our Lives - Revisited
History, Resolution of the 710 Freeway
Eminent Domain, 710 Highway
Bernard Garrett, 710 Freeway
Men's Times Gatherings
Pasadena's Senior Commission
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - JIM HENDRICK
GRATITUDE - IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!
JEFF GUTSTADT - FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST
Bernard Garrett, Incredible Black Entrepreneur
What is the "Spirit Talk" Group About?
Same Ol’ New Year, Brand New Me
Review of 2022, Consideration of 2023
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - PATTI LA MARR
FROM THE CHAIR
WALK WITH EASE
Alphabet, a poem about experiencing vision lossBy Meanderings BLOG
I wrote the poem after the second surgery on my right eye, first to reattach a torn retina and second to try to save some of the retina after the development of a very fast growing epiretinal membrane or puckered macula.
The second surgery was 9 hours and I had to spend 24 hours a day on my stomach or with my head down for a month so that the gas bubble would hold the retina in place while it healed. All the while not knowing if I would have any vision in that eye. The first detachment was in February 1999 while I was working full time and also in the second year of a masters program.
I was able to complete the degree, a M.A in Mytholgical Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. I was never able to return to work and was on disability until I reached retirement age in 2005. I continued to have visual hallucinations of flashing lights in both eyes for about three years and double vision for close to 10 years. Both reading and using the computer could only be done for about 15 minutes at a time.
I wore a black contact lens if I hiked or drove for most of that time. I am grateful that my vision is now stable and I haven’t yet developed some of the issues which would decrease my vision further. I have learned to live with compromised vision and it does not limit me at this point. That’s the main reason that I haven’t participated in the VIP group.
- Sally Asmundson –
A Apprehend with aplomb, apples, arches, aches even agony.
B Basic billows, beautiful blue, now black with no
C crackle of cacophonous crystal clarity.
D Instead dark, not dank but deep with despair; or dwindling delight?
E Euphonious elephant, eecking, elegant or elephantine
F fracturous, fraught and frazzled;
G gray, gargantuan, grungy with grime. Or grim
H helpings of hellish heaven huddled under
I the unseen iridescence of icicle illusions.
J Jabberwocky of jewels jealously
K kept klose even though not klear.
L A lovely lens looms almost luscious
M marred, marked and murky but not murdered yet.
N No, nothing, not, nada, nondescript. Noble
O old oak outgrowth oppresses and also opens;
P peeps, peering at precious, priceless, pupil with its
Q quintessential quest for the quotidian quantity;
R restless, resolute, resolved, red, roiled and rotated. Don’t ridicule the retina.
S See, saw, seen, sight, soulful, surreptitious
T Two, top, tallow, twist, and trouble
U Up, but under, uxorious, undulate
V Vac, vacuous, victorious, not vicious or viscous, but vital. Virtual vision not a version.
W White, all color, no black none, white with whorls and whirls and whoops.
X Xena, with xcellent, xcess
Y Yellow macula, yells at me to be to see
Z Zot and zap; I want to sea — to zee — to see