Saddle up for some lessons from the trail

I ran across one of my few attempts at cowboy poetry and thought you might find it to possess a certain rustic charm. Who knows? Perhaps it’s even a useful comment on those lessons from life that are often learned the hard way.

Senior discount days

One of the advantages of being age 55 or older is the availability of senior discounts. Following are some of the local offerings. Contact the business for the latest details, and don’t forget to bring ID.

Communication is key to successful relationships

What is a relationship? The dictionary defines it as “the mutual dealings, connections, or feelings that exist between two parties, countries, people, etc.” The word “countries” in that definition is redundant. If the leaders or people of different countries don’t have a relationship, then the countries won’t have a relationship.

BridgePoint resident pursues musical passion post-retirement


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BridgePoint at Los Altos resident Bob Hodson’s plectrum banjo was made in 1930 – the same era as much of the music he plays.

For Bob Hodson, a resident of BridgePoint at Los Altos, retirement meant finally finding time to pursue a lifelong interest. After playing piano and clarinet in his youth, the banjo resonated with him in college, but learning to play it would have to wait several decades.

Original vs. Advantage: Two ways to get your Medicare

There are two ways to receive your Medicare benefits.

The more popular way is Original Medicare. With Original Medicare, you can choose any doctor, hospital or other health-care provider you wish, as long as they accept Medicare. When you receive medical services or goods, Medicare pays the provider directly.

Resident celebrates 100 years of 'la dolce vita'


Courtesy of Patti Rose
Frank Mike Mazzola, above with his wife, Kay, commemorates a century of life.

Los Altos resident Frank Mike Mazzola turned 100 Oct. 1. While he did not get his picture on a Smucker’s Jam Jar for his 100th birthday, he celebrated locally at three special parties.

It all started with his family on his birthday. Then his neighborhood, Woodland Acres, marked the occasion with a house party. The festivities ended Oct. 12 with his friends gathering at St. Simon Catholic Parish for a party and Mazzola singing his favorite Italian song – in Italian, of course.


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