Meridian Star


September 8, 2013

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MERIDIAN — What about you? Do you manage your life like a drill sergeant? A place for everything and everything in its place?

    These people can be difficult to live with. My father had an idea that all road trips began at 4 in the morning. So while he was revving up the engine, waking the neighbors, my mother, sister and I raced around the house getting our bags in order. It is no small wonder that he had a heart condition. Imagine living with three women!

    Our local RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has a class in writing wills and advanced directives —and they can notarize your document. We’ll see if they will come to the Center and help us manage at least that part of our life. We all think our family members know exactly how we feel about things, being tube fed, donating our organs – this is very tough talk, I believe, that few want to discuss but surely we all want to be treated the way we want to be treated – and who knows for sure unless we put it in writing?

    They say that the older we get the more we begin to revert back to our childlike ways. I was always especially good at making mudpies and eating peanut butter sandwiches. Guess what I had to eat late last night?

    My shoes and socks are in good order, in matching pairs at least ... but my checkbook? And my bills? I can’t seem to keep it all balanced and on time. I give myself grief about it all the time my worsening skills at self-management, but it doesn’t seem to make me do it any better, I’m just writing it off to returning to my childhood ways.

At the Center

    Meridian Activity Center invites you to a seven-week program on Self Management for People with Chronic Health Conditions led by the Greater Meridian Health Clinic. This is a free workshop beginning Monday, from 10 a.m.-noon.

     If you have arthritis, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure or a heart condition, this will be a class you’ll want to attend. It’s free – you have nothing to lose, and you need to begin managing your condition yourself instead of depending on others. Come to the first class anyway, to hear what will be covered.

    On Thursday, Charlynn King will begin the first of a three-part workshop on “T-Shirt Quilting.” I wish we had coordinated this in time for the Thunder Run Motorcycle Group that drove through Meridian last week— if anyone had plenty of T-shirts, I’ll bet they did.  

    Charlynn’s T-shirt quilt is more of a light weight throw than something draped over a bed. She does not glue the shirts down to an interfacing as others do. This makes it softer and useful to wrap up in on a chilly night. College kids especially love them.

    So, gather all those T-shirts together and bring them in — you’ll have the best Christmas present ever.

    If you have not taken a painting workshop before, or if it has been a long time, you might want to try Pat Dean’s class on Sept. 14 in the ceramic studio. All you need to bring is your lunch and a roll of paper towels. Pat will furnish canvas, paint and brushes. The cost is $55

     Call 601-774-8354 to reserve a space or send your check to the Center at 3300 32nd Ave.. (Make your check out to Pat Dean.) The painting is called “Times Past” – it is a Model T automobile going into a covered bridge.

    Coming in October is Steve Owen’s class in Life Writing. This has been a very popular four-week class. Steve is an energetic, thoughtful teacher with good ideas about how to start the process. It is a perfect class if you want to write your memoirs or write down family stories for your loved ones who will be interested in folk lore, tall tales your grandpa told you, etc. The class will begin Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., and will continue for three more Wednesdays. Call to reserve a spot in the class; it fills up quickly.

    Meridian Activity Center is open to adults 21 years and older. The fee for an eight-week class for a Meridian citizen is $20; if you live in the county, it is $25. Seniors over the age of 55 pay half price.

    Our classes are listed on our website under     We are located in the heart of Meridian, off 29th Avenue and 36th Street – 3300-32nd Avenue – in the former Lamar Elementary School building. Phone (601) 485-1812 for information.

    • Barbara Wells is director of Meridian Activity Center. You may e-mail her at

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