Parkland Press

Monday, December 17, 2018

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS: In-home care can keep seniors independent

Thursday, November 22, 2018 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Sometimes others’ bad experiences scare us so much we become afraid to try similar endeavors ourselves.

Such was the case with me.

I had heard so many horror stories over the years from friends, neighbors and relatives about hiring home-care aides, when I recently was faced with that task, I was paralyzed with fear.

Reports of stolen watches and jewelry, cash and other valuable belongings filled my thoughts, making any meaningful action impossible.

It seemed every person I talked to gave me dire warnings.

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS: What on earth are we doing?

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Every April millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day.

I celebrate it every day. One day a year to pay attention to the environment and our surroundings certainly is not enough.

Earth matters to us every day. We drink its water. We breathe its air. We eat its plants.

Focusing attention on our earth each April is a wonderful start, and participating in Earth Day activities often whets the appetite for doing more year-round to preserve our natural home.

Locally, many groups don gloves and spend Earth Day picking up litter.

Angels abound this season, even in public restrooms

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

’Tis the season for warnings.

We can’t open our bank statements or bills or newspapers and magazines without seeing bold-print messages about being scammed or robbed while we are out and about shopping and celebrating.

We are told to guard our credit cards. Hang on to wallets and purses. Beware of street-corner mailboxes. Watch out for the gas pump, too.

I concede some “bad guys” are out to get us as we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of festivities, but I also think the good guys outnumber the bad.

And not just because Santa is watching.

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS The world is our classroom

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

I am a lifelong student. I try to learn something new every day.

No, I don’t sit in a classroom semester after semester, year after year, or take courses on the Internet, although I would enjoy both of those pursuits, too.

I always loved school, from first grade through grad school.

To me, the whole world is a gigantic classroom, full of fascinating free lessons for all of us.

Some folks partake of this wonderful opportunity to gain more knowledge, while others pass up the chance.

VINTAGE YEARS Life’s burdens need not defeat us

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Whenever I see an ad or a label proclaiming, “One size fits all,” I know the item will fit almost nobody. At least it won’t fit very well.

I get the same feeling when I hear cliché phrases meant to encourage or sympathize.

Recently, I heard a woman tell an acquaintance who had just lost her 11-year-old son, “God never gives us more burdens than we can bear.”

The bereaved mother became irate.

“I disagree. This is much more than I can handle,” she retorted.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Achieve immortality

When I looked at the calendar this morning, I realized today is my late husband’s birthday.

It’s hard to believe he is dead for more years than we were married, because in many ways he influenced my life and thus continues to live in me.

Because of him, I stopped biting my nails. For the first 22 years of my life I was a consummate fingernail chewer.

Erasers and rubber dolls were not safe in my presence, either.


Thursday, March 23, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

March into spring

The old gray sweatshirt now has a hole.

Given to me more than 50 years ago, it looks like something I should be using to scrub the kitchen floor.

Yet I still wear it around the house and have no plans to banish the shirt to the rag bag.

Why? Because in faded letters it proclaims across the front, “I act different because I am different.”

The friend who gave me that sweatshirt really knew me. Truer words would be hard, if not impossible, to find.

Living the Vintage Years For well-being, make the right move

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

I am a person who doesn’t like change.

In our fast-changing world, that’s not a good way to be, I guess, but it’s the way I am.

Usually I don’t think about the subject much, but this past weekend three things happened that put the focus on change and got my attention.

A friend in New Jersey told me she is selling her home and car and moving to a continuing care retirement community.

Another friend, who, for financial reasons, had moved to a senior high-rise apartment and hated his new living arrangements, died.

LIVING THE VINTAGE YEARS Check out a charity before writing a check

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

It seems everyone wants our money.

As the holiday season approached, my husband and I were inundated with mailings and telephone calls requesting donations for a multitude of charities, including quite a few unfamiliar to us.

I am sure some organizations we supported in the past sold their donor lists to similar organizations, and soon the pleas for help (along with calendars, address labels and greeting cards) began stacking up on my desk.

Even my late husband, gone over 25 years, received some appeals for money. Good luck with that!

Words have consequences

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK in Opinion

Words are powerful.

Think about it. Those distinct elements of speech or writing have caused war, divorce, murder and other atrocities.

All that mayhem because of words, which are nothing more than sounds that come out of our mouths or squiggly lines and circles and loops and dots connected in different patterns.

Different sequences of words can lead to healing and peace and love.

Sometimes our brains and tongues don’t consult with each other before words come spilling out of our mouths.