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Voice of the Village 2020
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.

Continuing to Serve During the Pandemic
By Lois Requist
Published 09.25.2020
When we all got the messages to stay home, wear masks, and so forth, way back in March, Carquinez Village had to quickly rethink what they were doing and how would they continue to do it. I know everyone had to do that—schools, businesses, churches, and individuals. This is how we did it.

Fighting the Fear of Alzheimer’s Disease
By Judie Donaldson
Published 09.18.2020
Not long ago, I found that whenever I forgot someone’s name or the name of the movie I had seen the previous week, I grimaced in fear that I was falling into the dark hole of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s more than a presidential election: what does “down-ballot” mean?
By Lois Requist
Published 09.11.2020
Perhaps the presidential election is sucking all the air out of the room. 

The Most Creative Act of All
By Judie Donaldson
Published 09.04.2020
Most of us think of creativity as a gift that some people––artists, musicians, composers and others––are born with.

Do plants have personality? Do you talk to your plants? Do they talk back?
By Lois Requist
Published 8.28.2020
I just of sort of wonder. I’m paying more attention to my plants than I ever have. I need someone to talk to! Do they hear me?

Guess what!  I’m aging! 
by Judie Donaldson
Published 8.21.2020
I had a birthday last week. I turned 82. 

Do you have any boxes of family photos?
By Lois Requist
published 8.14.2020

I wrote about family stories and memorabilia in my last column. Since talking to some friends, I’ve begun to think that everyone has some albums or dusty boxes of family memories around somewhere. 

Humor, creativity and other stuff
by Judie Donaldson
published 8.7.2020
Some days, at the end of the day, I confess that I go to YouTube and click on an episode of Stephen Colbert’s late-night show so that I can infuse my life with a little humor. 

Oh, the stories they’ll tell
By Lois Requist
Published 7.31.2020
I’ve been using some of my time at home going through family pictures and memorabilia, tossing out a good deal and scanning or classifying the rest. 

The Saga of the Lost Column
by Judie Donaldson

Published 7.24.2020
I have a confession to make. Well, maybe it’s not really a confession. 

Culture Trumps Everything
by Lois Requist
published 7.17.2020
Carquinez Village invited Benicia Police Chief Erik Upson to speak to the community via Zoom last Monday. I’m using today’s column to report on that meeting.

We deserve a break today

by Judie Donaldson
Published 7.10.2020

As I started to write this morning, don’t ask me why, but my mind drifted to the McDonald’s advertising slogan of a few years ago that went, “You deserve a break today!”

A few things to do before you die
By Lois Requist
Published on 7.3.2020
Clean out the garage? Make amends with someone in your life that you’ve somehow gotten sideways with? Those things may be important.

Sense and Sensitivity
By Beth Grimm
Published 6.26.2020
In this season of discontent, we are bombarded by events that dig deep down into our souls and cause unrest which spreads as quickly as Covid-19 droplets. 

We each have our own marshmallow test
By Judie Donaldson
Published June 19, 2020
As I sat down to write today, I asked myself, “Where to begin?”  

What do we do, as white people, with today’s reality?
By Lois Requist
Published 6.12.2020
Though Carquinez Village isn’t a white organization, it’s mostly white. That’s not what we prefer, but it is what it is. 

Memoir of the here and now
By Molly Barr
Published 6.5.2020

A taboo and tender subject
By Judie Donaldson
Published 5.29.2020

Kevin Bacon never forgets
By Carolyn Plath
published 5.22.2020

Where we are now
By Lois Requist
Published 5.15.2020

I tried to cut my hair today
by Judie Donaldson
Published 5.8.2020

Is this the best or the worst of times?
By Lois Requist
Published 5.1.2020

By Beth Grimm
Published 4.24.2020

An ethical will for the pandemic
by Judie Donaldson
Published 4.17.2020

Being Elderly in the Time of the Corona Virus
By Carolyn Plath
Published 4.10.2020

Coping Skills in a Time of Corona Virus
By Kathy Monroe
Published 4.3.2020

Bloom in Your Own Garden
By Beth Grimm
Published 3.27.2020

Living in a Changed and Changing World
By Judie Donaldson
Published 3.20.2020

Don't Panic–get the best information possible
By Lois Requist
Published 3.13.2020

Living Life According to Our Values
By Judie Donaldson
published 3.6.2020

Balancing My Life
By Lois Requist
published 2.28.2020

The final chapter, my father myself
By guest columnist, Beth Grimm
published 2.21.2020

They Call it an Epidemic
By Judie Donaldson
published 2.14.2020

What is an Age-Friendly City?
By Lois Requist
published 2.7.2020

A Day In My Life
By guest columnist, Beth Grimm
published 1.31.2020

Let’s All Be Smart Older Adults
By Judie Donaldson
published 1.24.2020

Points to ponder: closure, forgiveness, and redemption
By Lois Requist
published 1.17.2020

Celebrate Yourself! Come on!
by Judie Donaldson
published 1.10.2020

Are we ready to become an older society?
By Lois Requist
published 1.3.2020

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