02/24/14 Life Times
Not feeling as old as your chronological age says you should be feeling? Join the crowd. The same baby-booming generation that blazed the trail for civil rights issues decades ago is now blazing the trail for what old age should feel like.
It wasn't that long ago that a dream retirement meant buying a home in a 55+ community, tooting around the neighborhood in a golf court, hanging with people your own age, relaxing, playing cards and shuffleboard until the end comes....
02/24/14 Life Times
Eddie Mae Givens came to the door accompanied by a teeny barking dog. She was stooped so far over — her back has hurt, she said, since she ruptured a disc working as a laundress during World War II — that the first thing to appear was the top of her head, which was covered with a blue knit stocking cap with a snowflake pattern.
"Come in. Come in," Givens, who had just turned 93, said to Gina Shields as she tried to keep the yapping chihuahua — Frankie — from biting or fleeing or both....
02/13/14 Home and Garden
There's a neighborhood called Whispering Oaks Estates way down in the southeast corner of Hernando County, a hop, skip and 3-mile jump from the Pasco County line. It sits in the middle of nowhere, a nirvana shielding its residents from the troubles of the world.
They tool around the streets on the same golf carts that other times carry them from hole to hole on the adjacent Ridge Manor Golf and Country Club course, waving to neighbors as they putter in their yards or slowing to a crawl to chat with others who shout cheerful greetings from doorways or screened lanais or from the windows of passing cars....
01/20/14 Life Times
Well, it's another January. Another start of a new year fatter than I want to be. Another where-there's-a-will-there's-a-way determination to change.
But, this time, I mean it. Yeah, yeah, I know I've said that before. But, this time is different because I'm finally ready to shed my puffy shell — the handy excuse I've always kept around to use when things don't go my way.
I didn't need Dr. Phil to help me figure this out: Keeping on extra weight has always given me something to blame for my failings....
1 Punta Gorda by land & sea Take a day trip and explore Punta Gorda, the "fat point" jutting into Charlotte Harbor an hour and a half south of St. Petersburg. The Chamber of Commerce wants you to see its city so it's offering trolley and boat tours on Fridays. You can tour land (1 hour) and sea (1 1/2 hours) for $40 or just take a trolley tour for $25. Details, schedules and tickets at puntagordachamber.com or (941) 639-3720....
12/16/13 Life Times
Seems it wasn't that long ago that people called St. Petersburg "God's waiting room," conjuring thoughts of frail seniors heading to park benches to feed the pigeons.
Today, the city is on Money magazine's list of Best Places to Retire, conjuring thoughts of active older people going to concerts, riding bikes at the beach or taking classes.
Retirees are looking for things to do, places to go, people to meet....
12/13/13 Life Times
I was planning to spend Thanksgiving day alone.
The prospect of it didn't bother me. Everyone I worried about had someplace to go.
My two sons — one in Chicago, the other in Southern California — were having Thanksgiving dinner with their in-laws; my dad in Ohio had all my siblings to cook turkey and pumpkin pie for him.
I'd catch up on some writing and cook a turkey breast for me and the cats to nibble on (for weeks) and watch football....
12/13/13 Life Times
Times Staff Writer
Hard as it is to imagine, people with common interests managed to find each other long before we all carried mobile links to the world in our pockets and pocketbooks.
Sometimes it was by sheer luck, as it was 19 years ago when a dozen people — but no instructor — showed up at an adult learning center for a class on international travel. Meanwhile, down the hall, a class on travel and culture had an instructor but no students. You can probably guess where this story is going. They found each other and the "Uncommon Travelers" club was born....
11/27/13 Life Times
BY PATTI EWALD | Times Staff Writer
Holiday gift-giving is supposed to be a joy — at least that's what retailers want us to believe — and, for the most part, it is.
We all, however, have at least one person on our list for whom it is nearly impossible to find the right gift. You know who it is on your list, right?
Aunt Martha is too picky. Uncle Brian always has been insatiable. Grandpa already has it. Diane would have bought it already if she had wanted it....
11/27/13 Life Times
Have you enrolled in a Medicare plan? The clock is ticking. And, we found out from Susan Samson from the SHINE Program Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, people continue to be confused between Medicare and the Affordable Care Act Marketplace (Obamacare).
She wrote this letter to us, worth sharing since the Dec. 7 deadline for enrolling in Medicare is a little more than a week away. Read carefully, as she offers useful tips on how to navigate enrollment....
A Nevada cook's recipe for Loaded Potato Pinwheels won the $1 million grand prize in this year's Pillsbury Bake-Off. The contest, held in Las Vegas Nov. 11, drew 100 cooks and bakers from across the United States. The grand prize went to Glori Spriggs. Winning second was Sheila Suhan of Pennsylvania for her Easy Caprese Pizza Bake. Antoinette Leal of Connecticut won third for her Cherry Almond Brunch Tart. Bake-Off finalists from the Tampa Bay area were Bethany Perry, 39, of Largo; Debbie Reid, 50, of Clearwater; Marie Valdes, 55, of Brandon; and mother-daughter Anna Zovko, 80, and JoAnne Tucker, 61, both of Tampa....
11/14/13 Home and Garden
When you think of Seminole, you might think of the rather congested gateway out to the beach, but there are neighborhoods — older, treed neighborhoods — tucked away in places only the residents who live there know about.
Harbor View, a neighborhood of about 500 homes sandwiched between Boca Ciega Bay and Park Boulevard, is one of those.
It's an extremely desirable area, Rich Rippetoe, real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Sun Vista Realty, said....
Just like everyone who goes to Las Vegas hoping to hit it big, five Pillsbury Bake-Off finalists from the Tampa Bay area took their recipes to the city of big dreams hoping to win the contest's $1 million grand prize.
And, just like (nearly) everyone else, the gamble didn't pay off.
The million-dollar prize in the contest that drew 100 cooks and bakers from across the country went Monday night to Glori Spriggs of Henderson, Nev., for her Loaded Potato Pinwheels recipe....
The Tampa Bay area, long known for its sunshine and beaches, has a new claim to fame: land of good cooks. • Five of the 100 Pillsbury Bake-Off 2013 finalists — including a Tampa mother and daughter — live here. • Most states don't even have five finalists combined (Florida has seven: our five plus one in Miami and one in the Panhandle). • We asked area finalists about their recipes as they got ready to head to Las Vegas for the three-day competition that begins Sunday. New rules this year called for online voting for entries, which were limited to seven ingredients and had to take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Patti Ewald, Times staff writer...
As the smallest of three opera companies in a 40-mile radius, St. Petersburg Opera has worked hard to grow and survive.
On Friday, it was time to show off its success.
The 8-year-old company unveiled its first-ever permanent home, Opera Central, in a packed open house Friday. The 10,000 square-foot building in the heart of the Grand Central and Warehouse Arts districts at 2145 First Ave. S will serve as a rehearsal hall, office space, costume shop and home base....