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The publication for exceptional living for people 50 and better.


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    Be Kinder To Yourself10 Start. Do. Now12


    Someday is Now8

    T H E P U B L I C AT I O N O F E XC E PT I O N A L L I V I N G F O R P E O P L E 5 0 A N D B E TT E R W I L L A M E TT E VA L L E Y

    An Interview With Matchlight Films Director, Rick Lord

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    C O N T E N T S

    PUBLISHERRandy Hill


    ART DIRECTIONHill Design Studios

    CONTRIBUTORSBrenda Dineen, Katherine Dunn,

    Ron Lewis, Steve Prager, Diana Reeck

    ADVERTISING SALESL. Andrew Brown/Concept Marketing

    Randy Hill



    Salem, Oregon 97305

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    4 - Down In The Valley

    5 - Flashback

    6 - Interview: Matchlight Films Director, Rick Lord

    8 - Someday Is Now

    10 - Be Kinder to Yourself

    11 - Musings From Apifera Farm Perspective on My Sagging Neck:

    Help From the Barnyard

    12 - Start. Do. Now

    13 - In The Garden Thinking Ahead: Planning for next years garden

    14 - Time Capsule: OAC/ROTC Bridge Building


    P U B L I S H E R S L E T T E R

    The common thread running through this issue is living life to the fullest and following your dreams. The good news is that no matter what your age, you can get o the sidelines and make the most of your passions and talents. You cant do everything, but you can do something! When I was a kid, going to town for a movie was a huge treat. I was especially fond of science ction movies like 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and First Men In The Moon. In this issue, writer Steve Prager gets to live the dream, visiting with Willamette Valley director and lmmaker Rick Lord of Matchlight Films. I hear they occasionally look for extras for their lms; maybe Ill put that on my bucket list! We also have an article by guest writer Ross Lewis. Rosss passion for photography was recently reignited as he decided to hit the road and fulll some dreams that had faded with the years. With this issue, weve added two new columns that I think you are going to enjoy. Steve Pragers column, Start. Do. Now., continues the theme of ending procrastination when it comes to following your dreams. Weve also added Musings From Apifera Farm by artist and writer Katherine Dunn. Besides being a wonderful place to write and create art, Apifera Farm is also home to special needs goats, donkeys, ducks and more. Diana Reeck is back with some great tips for planning next years garden, and Brenda Dineen has written an excellent piece on being kinder to yourself. I hope that you enjoy and are inspired by this issue. Its a pleasure bringing it to you.

    My Best,

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    19: Craft Brew Smackdown Downtown Albany. The Greater Albany Rotary Club, Historic Carousel and the Albany Downtown Association cordially invite you to join us for the Craft Brew Smackdown taking place from 3 to 8 p.m. The Craft Brew Smackdown brings local breweries into downtown Albany storefronts so that the public can taste beer and cider, and visit with local business owners. 20: Linn County Flea Market Linn Countys largest flea market. Next show dates are Sept. 20 and Nov. 16. 27: Lebanon Antique Appraisal Show Lebanon. Come find out what your special treasures are worth at the Lebanon Antique Appraisal Clinic. Radio station KSHO-AM 920 will be broadcasting live as Gary GermerPortlands most respected antique, fine art and personal property appraiserevaluates your treasures and collectibles. Dont miss this fun event! 27: NW Natural Get Ready Event North Albany. For the third year in a row, NW Natural will be hosting a series of Get Ready events in our region to help you prepare for an emergency. Were partnering with the American Red Cross Cascades Region and local first responders to host events during September, National Preparedness Month. .No need to register, just show up at Gibson Hill Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.! 28: Walk to End Alzheimers Linn/Benton. The Alzheimers Association Walk to End Alzheimers is the worlds largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers care, support and research. This years walk will begin at 11 a.m. at Timber-Linn Memorial Park. Register online or at 10 a.m. on the day of the

    D O W N I N T H E V A L L E Y

    The Alzheimers Association Walk to End Alzheimers is the worlds largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimers disease, the nations sixth-leading cause of death. Date: Sunday September 28, 2014 Location: Timber-Linn Memorial Park, 900 Price Road SE, Albany, OR 97322 Route Length: 1.8 Miles More Information: Coordinator: Lucy Gantman, 503-416-0213

    Walk to End Alzheimers: Linn-Benton

    At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.George Orwell

    Come nd out what your special treasures are worth at the Lebanon Antique Appraisal Clinic. KSHO-AM 920 Radio will be broadcasting live as Gary Germer, Portlands most respected antique, ne art and personal property appraiser evaluates your treasures and collectibles. Dont miss this fun event! When: Saturday, September 27th, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p,m. Where: The Samaritan Center. 605 Mullins Dr in Lebanon Information:

    The Lebanon Chamber Antique Appraisal Show


    A.C. Gilberts Discovery Village Annual Fund-raiser

    Celebrate 25 years of discovery and toast the future of Salems childrens museum with our annual fundraiser! This will be a night for friends of the museum to come together, mingle, and look forward to the next 25 years. Live music and delicious hors doeuvres will accompany the evening. Date: September 25, 2014 Time: 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Information:

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    Remember those really cool ads in the back of comic books you used to read as a kid? Who didnt dream of sailing around the world in a Polaris Nuclear Sub or using X-Ray Specs to see the bones in your hand (among other things)? What on earth was a Sea Monkey? More importantly, what chores would I have to do to get my hands on these treasures? Once the products arrived, hope faded as the reality of most gimmicks proved less impressive than the hype. Still, it was fun to dream, wasnt it?

    The Polaris Nuclear Sub was a cool-looking cardboard box. Just dont add waterit wouldve fallen apart.

    See the bones in your hand! See through clothes! The ever popular X-Ray Specs had lenses made out of cardboard with a feather embedded behind a small hole in the lens. What you really saw was two slightly offset images, an illusion caused by refracted light.

    In 1957, Harold von Braunhut invented a brine-shrimp-based product in 1957 that he initially called Instant Life, changing the name to Sea Monkeys in 1962. Von Braunhut is quoted as saying, I think I bought something like 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising a year. It worked beautifully.

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