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starwomyn 65F
3917 posts
4/15/2019 6:31 pm

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4/17/2019 7:36 pm

The Joys of Being A Senior Activist!!!!

My activism started when I was about 10 . I wrote a letter to President Johnson because my hearing impaired brother was being denied a public education. Agencies were contacted, the school caught hades and the letter was published in the newspaper. The civil rights era was in force. I was asking my grandparents difficult questions. Letters to the Editor followed. So several decades later when I connected with the Religious Society of Friends, I knew it was a good fit for my spiritual journey.

So now I a senior activist with a problematic hip and a temperamental heart beat. I have slept on church floors and had to climb on top bunks during a lobbying events.

Our Quaker meeting is so small being a bench warmer is not an option so I was thrown into service quickly.

Last week was plans to travel to Philadelphia for an American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) gathering. I knew I would be travelling to Washington D.C. with plans to hike to Capital Hill to educate congress.

It seems like since I entered my 60's - my body is falling apart and medicine doesn't make it better. I was not looking forward to hiking all over Philly and D.C. in pain. I tend to procrastinate going to doctors. Nevertheless, I did a prayer " I really want to be your servant and do your work. I the energy and resources to do it. I can't be hobbling around Capitol Hill huffing and puffing. HELP! I drove over to Med Express, still having a conversation with my Higher Power. Whatever the doc did worked. A shot in the butt and some pills. It's not perfect but it sure could be a lot worse. I prefer lifestyle changes but sometimes we to get more aggressive action. Life on life's terms.




MrsJoe 72F
10910 posts
4/15/2019 6:46 pm

Glad to see you are still on the move. Yes, we can always see things could be worse. Sometimes, that is just the pick me up we need.

If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


Rocketship 75F
15422 posts
4/15/2019 8:09 pm

Soooo glad that you're doing well and on the road again!!!


hiramhankwilliam 95M
4115 posts
4/15/2019 8:29 pm

dear you are a sight for sore and old eyes.

so glad to read your word.

keep doing what you are doing.

I know the aches and pains of ageing but im determined to show these youngsters our generation , we aremade of good stuff.

many blessing to you and your friend

DEATH IS A CERTAIN, ETERNITY IS A CHOICE


GavinLS2 64M
1495 posts
4/16/2019 12:34 am

Nice blog entry! Congratulations to you!

GBU,

Gavin


Archer62 78F
4399 posts
4/16/2019 8:00 am

I PROBABLY DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR REASONS FOR GOING TO PHILADELPHIA AND D.C. BUT CONGRATULATIONS ON HAVING THE GUTS TO DO IT.


deborahsu2 79F  
3235 posts
4/16/2019 8:47 am

You have a very interesting life Star. I have never been involved in things like you are and feel that I kinda missed out. lol Have been missing you in the blogs.