04/15/18 3:00pm
Many seniors choose to live alone on Shelter Island. (Stock photo).

Many seniors choose to live alone on Shelter Island. (Stock photo).

There was a culture here on this Island that goes way back to the beginning of the last century and the end of the one before that. It still exists to a certain extent — second homeowners who love the Island and all it has to offer for their families in the summer months. (more…)

04/04/18 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Tom Charls changes batteries in Gert Bourne’s smoke detector so she won’t have to climb the ladder.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Tom Charls changes batteries in Gert Bourne’s smoke detector so she won’t have to climb the ladder.

As we move through our senior years we come to realize that there are some activities that we cannot perform with the same success as we could when we were younger.

We must come to accept these limitations. During the years over 65 we know that there are some activities that we just can’t do without consequences. And some of us have to learn this the hard way. (more…)

03/30/18 2:00pm
STOCK PHOTO

STOCK PHOTO

The news on the Island last week about the elderly retired Episcopal priest who was critically injured as the result of what was described as a “possible home invasion,” was unnerving to many Islanders.

Various news reports said that he was alone and bound for an unspecified amount of time and was not discovered until Monday, after he did not show up for an obligation. (more…)

03/23/18 2:00pm
A lunch at The Islander. (Photo courtesy of The Islander's Facebook page).

A lunch at The Islander. (Photo courtesy of The Islander’s Facebook page).

I mentioned in a column a few weeks ago that March is National Nutrition Month and gave some tips on how we seniors can get meals that are really beneficial for our aging selves.

Senior Center director Laurie Fanelli passed on some interesting and enlightening comments on Island places to eat during the winter months. (more…)

03/18/18 3:00pm
The odoriferous stink bug. (Stock image).

Ode to the odoriferous stink bug. (Stock image).

When I mention this to people, everyone seems to have a stink bug story but not really a solution for getting rid of them. Maybe we need professional help with these armored creatures.

I first heard of them when I was supervising a study hall  on a warm May evening some 15 years ago. A student squished one with his foot and a very offensive acrid odor filled the room. A good way to disrupt a study hall — which was his intent.  (more…)