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Voice of the Village
Aging is a special stage of life that deserves respect and appreciation. 


Carquinez Village has a weekly column, Voice of the Village, that appears each Friday in the Benicia Herald. 
Click on any of the titles to read the column.

We’re all aging, so what do we do with the rest of our time on earth?
published 8.16.19
Yes, from the day we are born, we are getting older. We’ve seen that described sometimes in a bell curve where our early years are the upside and at some point, things tend to go downhill. I would discourage you from taking that model seriously. Life is way more complicated than that. …Read more


Don’t ask me about a bucket list
published 8.2.19
By Lois Requist
Please don’t ask me about my bucket list or say, “Been there, done that.” I dislike these dismissive checklists. I’ll tell you what made me think of that... read more


Making our way through life’s losses
published 7.26.19
By Judie Donaldson
Have you ever had an occasion when an everyday routine experience turned out to be knock-your-socks-off significant? …read more


Summer happenings in and around the village
published 7.19.19
By Lois Requist
Traffic patterns change when school closes. Vegetables, fruits, and flowers grow and bloom! Neighbors offer apricots, avocadoes, tomatoes, and, of course, the proverbial zucchini... read more 


Paths to a Meaningful Life
published 7.12.2019

by Judie Donaldson
Everywhere you turn today someone is conducting research on aging. It’s not a surprise considering the fact that, along with the sweeping demographic change taking place today, we older folks are living longer… read more


What is it like to be old? 
published 7.5.2019
by Lois Requist
Last week’s column by Judie Donaldson made me pause and give some thought to our culture’s attitude about older people… read more


Let’s not let those turkeys get us down! 
published 6.28.2019
by Judie Donaldson
There is a professor at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) who begins his class of first-year medical students each fall with an interesting exercise…read more


Do you have any photos and memories hanging around? What will you do with them? 
published 6.21.2019
By Lois Requist
Do you have a closet of old photographs in boxes, in no order, that you plan to get to someday? When my mother died, in 1998, we sorted through her things…read more


I’d like to be outrageous, too! 
published 6.14.2019
by Judie Donaldson
A year or so ago, I wrote a column about the “Singing Seniors,” a heart-warming choral group in England that captures crowds with their repertoire and can barely keep up with their concert requests…read more


Is 80 the New 60? 
published 6.7.2019

by Lois Requist
By the time you read this, I will have done that—turned 80, that is. I used to think when people turned eighty, they were old… read more


Let's All Become Fall Prevention Experts published 5.31.2019

The Courage To Be published 5.13.2019

Can You Climb Another Mountain? published 5.10.2019

My Mother, My Teacher published 5.1.2019

It's a Good Time To Be Old published 4.19.2019

What is a Community published 4.12.2019

What Do You Want To Leave To Your Children? published 4.3.2019

A Community Where Everyone Has Dementia published 3.22.2019

Becoming a Senior published 3.15.2019

Celebrating Life published 3.2.2019

Turning 80 published 3.1.2019

The Gift of Friendship published 2.6.2019

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