by Dan Seagren
Posted: July 3, 2016
Thoughts about writing this column…
I have been writing these Senior Moments for many years now. At times I have tried to explain that it is a senior writing to seniors in part, that not all columns have to do with seniors, that they can be read by all ages. What I haven't done is check out a thesaurus to see what it says. Here is a sample, non-alphabetically listed for senior:
Elder, Junior, Old, Major, Ranking, Last, Superior, Fourth-year (high-school, college), Undergraduate, Elderly, Adult, Grown up . .
And there are more. They seem to be complimentary and contradictory (like undergrad vs. senior). I suppose those who put together dictionaries and thesauri must have a ball in their serious moments.
I suppose that multiple definitions could justify the title I'm using although it is not what I originally had in mind. My initial thought more likely was a senior writing to seniors until I ran out of ideas. I'll have to admit it not only has been a challenge but an enjoyment, especially when I look back at some things I have written.
When I began I penned anywhere from 300 to 700 words. Then I was advised to keep them at 400 words which for the most part has been my goal in latter years. Now I'm just over 224 words so far. Frankly, it is not a bad idea because it is easier to read 400 words than 4,000, it takes more discipline which reminds me of that ol' adage: If you want me to speak for 15 minutes, give me a month's notice; if for an hour, I'm ready right now. Or something like that. Politicians and Preachers, Newscasters and Novices, take notice.
Then I enlarged the print from size 12 to 13 which makes it easier for seniors and trifocalists (my dictionary didn't include that word) and looks better on a 8x11 sheet of paper with wider margins. And believe me, the computer for writers was a marvelous invention in many ways but we dare not say anything derogatory about those who pen their words. Which reminds me: have you seen some of those handwritten signatures lately? Really more artistic or scribbling than communication unless the motive is to make it unintelligible. Then there is the hidden value of handwriting so often overlooked. Sent a handwritten note lately?
There! Just under 400 words.
Dan Seagren is an active retiree whose writings reflect his life as a Pastor, author of several books, and service as a Chaplain in a Covenant Retirement Community.• E-mail the author (su.nergaesnad@brabnad*) • Author's website (personal or primary**)
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