Monthly musing from Rebecca Crichton

Welcome to 2020. It’s a new year, a new decade, with new opportunities to get engaged. As the days lengthen and we return to our ‘normal’ routines, it already feels clear that this New Year is different. There is more at stake for us as individuals, members of our communities, and as participants in our democratic institutions than ever before.

Our Featured Resource, written by a concerned member of our community, states the case for why the US Census matters so much. We all matter and can be part of making sure that the count is as accurate as possible.

There are many ways to get actively engaged with the big issues that face us this election year. The links below the Featured Resource Essay will give you some ideas of organizations and groups that will welcome involvement. There is so much to do and it is up to us to do it.

This year, we will be bringing presentations to Horizon House every other month, starting in February. As always, they provide information and inspiration to the residents and are open to the public. We continue to facilitate Wisdom Cafes for the King County Library System. We’ll share those dates and topics throughout the year.

As you can see from the many activities and events listed below, opportunities for learning and connecting continue to expand. There’s never been a better time to take a new class, join a group, or find a new passion than now. To paraphrase Elizabeth Gilbert, while following your passion might work for many of us, following our curiosity is always a way to discover your own creativity.

Happy 2020!
Rebecca

UW Do More, Feel Better Program for Depression
The UW is recruiting individuals aged 60 and older for a 9-week program based on research showing that increased participation in pleasurable and rewarding activities can lead to improvement in depression symptoms. If you are eligible to participate, you will receive $90 over the course of the program. Participation is limited. For more information, e-mail Mariah Corey, Graduate Research Assistant.

Letting Go & Moving Forward, A Writing Group for Women with Rebecca

From the things we own to the stories we keep telling, or the relationships that keep us trapped, explore what hinders us from having the lives we want. The group is open to new members. No writing experience is necessary to benefit from this opportunity. Meeting on fourth Wednesdays in January, February and March near Green Lake. Since space is limited to 6, registration is required to hold a space, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Rebecca to register or for more information.

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