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WINTER WARMTH

Old Man Winter has officially arrived. In many parts of the country, the winter landscape is full of snow, ice, and sleet. (Remember that "big" snow from your childhood?) Many people are thinking about ways to stay warm and toasty during the season. Warm up the winter - and rekindle a few cold-weather memories - [...]

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HOLIDAY MUSIC MEMORIES

"Jingle Bells," "White Christmas," "Silent Night." Listen carefully, and you'll soon hear the sounds of the season. Many families have a tradition of listening to holiday music. Music enriches the meaning of the holiday in many ways. What traditional songs do you enjoy? What special memories do they evoke? Here are some suggestions to rekindle [...]

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FALL COLORS

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of autumn? Color, of course. The leaves of trees burst into an array of vibrant colors - from green to hues of red, orange, and yellow. And that's not all. There are red apples, orange pumpkins, purple grapes, golden wheat stalks, brown nuts and [...]

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DOWN MEMORY LANE ANNIVERSARY – 2010

ElderSong Publications celebrated its 25th anniversary year in 2010. The company was started with the publication of the original first edition of Down Memory Lane in September 1985. The popular resource was revised and updated in 2005. In keeping with the book's theme, we have included some highlights from the year 1985, followed by some [...]

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SUMMER GOOD-BYES

Kids seem to relish summer as a time to explore, read, play, or just daydream. What comes to mind when you recall summers as a carefree youngster? Some of summer's simple pleasures (through kids' eyes) are highlighted below. Share them with your group to evoke memories of the season about to come to an end. [...]

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CIRCUS MEMORIES: UNDER THE BIG TOP

Clowns, trained animals, the man on the flying trapeze - what kind of circus memories do you hold? Going to the circus has always been a favorite form of summer entertainment. Your group will enjoy some old-fashioned circus fun, as they reminisce about seeing a performance under the big top. Here are a few activities [...]

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FISHING

Men's ActivitiesSummer is the perfect time for picnics, fireworks, baseball, ice cream, and a trip to a favorite fishing hole. Fishing is a favorite pastime of lots of people. Many older adults learned to fish as young kids, so they have fun-filled memories of trying to catch the big one. Grab your rod and bait [...]

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FLAG DAY CELEBRATION

On June 14, Americans across the nation see the Stars and Stripes flying across the blue sky, as the United States celebrates the birthday of its flag. President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress in 1949, designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. Encourage your group to join in a salute [...]

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MOTHER’S FLOWER GARDEN

Remember the sight and scent of the blooming lilac bush outside your grandmother's back door? Such memories often tug on our hearts and bring smiles to our faces. After all, many of us grew up watching our mother or grandmother tend her flower garden. This month's activities are designed to evoke memories of mother's flower [...]

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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Have you ever built a birdhouse, planted a tree, recycled old newspapers, or rode a bike to work? Join the chorus of Americans - young and old - who have learned ways to protect and care for our planet. Your group of older adults can show appreciation for the Earth and its natural resources by [...]

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