Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
Hello out there in Wisdo world! I'm here to chat with you about any retirement issues you've got going on. What's up for YOU today?
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
I can't believe how I've become so "fragile" now that I've turned 65! Just the other day I was changing the linens on the bed, and when I lifted the bottom corner to make a hospital corner with the sheet/blanket, a ligament in my shoulder decided to change places with another -- IMPINGEMENT!! This had happened about 5 weeks earlier in a different situation, but the same pain was back. Surprisingly, later that day (Sunday), we met our daughter and family at a child's amusement park nearby. When they were on the train ride, I took a video of them leaving and did the "Queen's Wave" -- a sort of upraised arm bent at the elbow with a turning of the hand back and forth. To my amazement, the ligaments crossed back into proper position. So now I've got the Queen Wave as a technique to get back to "normal" from my abnormal self!! Do you have a story like that?
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
My grandson just celebrated his third birthday on Sunday. I'm amazed at how fast they grow and learn -- even when seeing them weekly or every other week. We had a great time visiting with his other grandmother and bonus grandpa, too. They live in Southern California and only come up a few times a year. The kids go south once or twice because there's a great-grandfather there, too, but he's not a good traveler anymore at age 100! What fun things have you been up to lately?
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
I've shared before that I'm Treasurer of the Storytelling Association of California. If you want to see some live storytellers sharing spooky and scary stories, please visit our website's Genre Series page for the link to register. There's no cost to attend, but a small donation will be graciously accepted, as we do compensate the tellers. http://www.storysaac.org/genre-storytelling-series.html
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
If you want to see our past Genre Series storytelling "concerts", all of our recorded Story Swap group events, and a FANTASTIC series dealing with living as a person of color called Stories in Living Color, visit our YourTube Channel. We have over 120 videos posted since Covid pushed us to Zooming instead of in-person. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEqfz1Jgy5deH-UtUnUsgCA
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
Another important event in my life this past week was that my little dog, Truffle, turned 10 years old! Here's a picture of him when he was 7 days old, and on his birthday at 10.
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
Rather, "Above's a picture of him..."
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
He's a silver-dapple short-haired miniature dachshund. Full of attitude and stubbornness and a lover of squeaky toys!
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
When I'm holding these sessions, he's usually right at my side in his "home-office dog bed", snuggled under the comforter. Dachshunds bury themselves under anything they can find! The best is when he's sleeping right next to you and you've got a "personal heater"!
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
Have you ever been to a Dachshund Race? Often called Wiener Dog Races, they are short-track (90 feet or so) runs with a release person at one end and a receiving person at the other (often with a treat). But once the dogs are released, you never know what's going to happen! Some are trained for the races and know what to do, bolting straight for the finish line. Others make new friends and trot off to play. Truffle has run in several held at our local racetrack, Golden Gate Fields. He took first in his heat the second time racing, but lost in the finals. The heats are by weight class, so larger doxies often beat the minis at the end. He loves watching other animals race, too. When the horses took off (the dog heats were between regular races), he barked like crazy and wanted to join them. Same thing when he was in the stands at a country fair watching pig racing -- "Let me get into the race, Dad!"
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Steven "Shags" Shagrin
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19 Oct
We've run out of time for today. If you would like to chat privately about what's up for you and how I might be of service, make a no cost or obligation appointment for a Get Acquainted session: https://calendly.com/dr_retirement/get-acquainted I'll end with a link to a short video of a wiener dog race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFh8AIA5DX0
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