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Voice of the Village
Aging is a special stage of life that deserves respect and appreciation. 


Carquinez Village has a weekly column, Voice of the Village, that appears each Friday in the Benicia Herald. Click on any of the titles to read the column.

My sister’s gifts
Published 12.27.19
By Judie Donaldson
Merry Christmas, everyone. I suspect that I’m one of the few eighty-year olds who continues to put up a full-size Christmas tree.  

Read any good books lately?
Published 12.20.19
By Lois Requist
Reading has been one of my favorite pastimes since I was about ten years old...

Don't let your memories get away
Published 12.13.19
by Judie Donaldson

A few years ago, Maddie, my oldest granddaughter, called to ask if she could interview me about our family history…

Help us get the message out
Published 12.06.19
By Lois Requist
Collectively, we are growing older and living longer. Many are aging better, but certainly not all. As a society, we’re only beginning to feel the impacts of an aging population. 

Oh no,! I've been seduced!
published 11.29.19
by Judie Donaldson
I have to admit that I have been repeatedly annoyed with my niece because she doesn’t answer her phone on weekends.

Thoughts on Friends and Acquaintances Passing
Published 11.22.19

By Lois Requist
Memorial services often cause me to reflect on the person who died, while some thoughts may be on my own mortality, especially when the people who die are about my age.

It takes a village, that's for sure
published 11.13.19
by Judie Donaldson
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty obnoxious when my daughter tries to help me cross the street or tells me to be careful where I'm walking…

Who me? Old and Invisible? Never!
Published 11.08.19
By Lois Requist
My colleague and friend, Judie Donaldson’s column of last week stayed with me and put me to thinking about the various ways I deal with getting older and how others deal with it.…

Am I a new–paradigm or old–paradigm woman?
published 11.01.19
by Judie Donaldson
I can imagine that you might wonder about me when I say that on most days I don't feel comfortable in my own skin…

A note of melancholy grows in October
published 10.25.19
By Lois Requist
About fifty years ago, I moved from Idaho to California as a young married mother. We lived in an apartment in Moraga…

Been to the emergency-room recently?
published 10.18.19
by Judie Donaldson
I had never been to an emergency room, for myself that is. …

What will they think of next?
published 10.11.19
By Lois Requist
At coffee, my friend with a Tesla said a new “app” or application for his car would allow him to press a button and the car would drive to meet him! … 

A bucket list. To be or not to be. That is the question.
published 10.4.19
by Judie Donaldson
Are you familiar with a bucket list? Do you have one?  I don’t. I have danced around the idea for years   …

You may not be old enough, but those who are, enjoy the Over 80’s Club published 9.27.19

California's Plan for it's Older Adults published 9.20.19

What a place Benicia is to live published 9.13.19

Be the Best Listener in Town! published 9.6.19

There’s no such thing as a single story about aging published 8.30.19 

Our habits are running our life! published 8.23.19 

We’re all aging, so what do we do with the rest of our time on earth? published 8.16.19 

Don’t ask me about a bucket list published 8.2.19 

Making our way through life’s losses published 7.26.19 

Summer happenings in and around the village published 7.19.19 

Paths to a Meaningful Life  published 7.12.2019

What is it like to be old?  published 7.5.2019

Let’s not let those turkeys get us down! published 6.28.2019

Do you have any photos and memories hanging around? What will you do with them? published 6.21.2019

I’d like to be outrageous, too!  published 6.14.2019

Is 80 the New 60? published 6.7.2019

Let's All Become Fall Prevention Experts published 5.31.2019

The Courage To Be published 5.13.2019

Can You Climb Another Mountain? published 5.10.2019

My Mother, My Teacher published 5.1.2019

It's a Good Time To Be Old published 4.19.2019

What is a Community published 4.12.2019

What Do You Want To Leave To Your Children? published 4.3.2019

A Community Where Everyone Has Dementia published 3.22.2019

Becoming a Senior published 3.15.2019

Celebrating Life published 3.2.2019

Turning 80 published 3.1.2019

The Gift of Friendship published 2.6.2019