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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY. JANUARY 4 - MONDAY. JANUARY 7, 2013 51 Too much togetherness? Join a book dub with me hank you, Debby, for emailing your thoughts on retire- ment to me. "I worked at a large stock brokerage farm for over 37 years with a lot of people who had big paychecks and big egos, so when I retired, I knew I wanted to help those who were less fortunate. When we moved to Rehoboth, I read an article in the Cape Gazette about an organization called Sussex County Newcomers. I learned about places to volun- teer, but also about a newcomer book club. We have been through the death of children, a husband, the loss of a book club member and many serious ill- nesses together, but seven years later our book club is still to- gether. It is one of the best things that happened to me, and I have read and enjoyed books I never would have chosen on my own." Is there still a Sussex County newcomers group, I asked? Alas, Debby says it disbanded several years ago, but plenty of book clubs abound! Writer Geneva would like some quiet reading time - alone. "Who knew that retirement would involve so dam much to- gether time? When my beloved husband, who won't admit to be- ing bored, looks over my shoul- der and breathes down my neck, I feel like strangling him. Instead I scream silently, run off to need- less errands or take long walks, anything for alone time. I had no idea about the stuck-like-glue to- getherness retirement would en- tail." My dearest new friend Gene- va, it is 33 degrees with gale- force winds as I pen this letter to you from a bench on the board- walk. I bought 21 birthday cards, but I can't go home right now because I might accidentally hurl my Kindle into the big- screen T. I know he needs to get away from me too, because last week he signed up to play golf in 40-degree weather, and when he came home, his chin was molded to his neck and the little hairs on his scalp stood frozen at attention. His blue lips lied and said he had a really great time. There must be golf packages in Florida in February, and I am willing to make a finan- cial sacrifice if he is. I am work- ing on a proposal now where we each take turns being alone in the house for a minimum of four-hour blocks. I will let you know if this helps. Your letter meant so much to me because I thought I was the only one who wanted to be unglued." Karl wrote to say that she en- joys reading my column even though she is still working. Karl works with many retirees who need some support with eating balanced meals and getting more exercise. She has complet- ed her studies to become a li- censed nutritionist and invites you to attend two free lectures on "Eating Healthy in the New Year." One is held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. at the Good Earth Market and Organic Farm in Clarksville, and another will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at The Yoga Studio on 24 near Rehoboth. Karl also recom- mends more cardio exercise for seniors. Does running away qualify? I don my hat, gloves and scarf and ask my husband if he wants to take a lovely, winter walk with me. He smiles and says yes, and I put my hand in his and remind myself that some of my friend's, husbands are too ill at this time to walk with them, and I need to count my blessings. While the challenges of retirement are many, the rewards outweigh all other scenarios. Have a happy, healthy new year, everyone - and give your self a gift this year by taking care of yourselves. Please email me at so I can share in your joy, adjust- ments, embarrassments or sor- rows as well. What will be new in your new year? Lisa Graft's essays have appeared in Woman's World Magazine and the Washington Post. She resides in Lewes. Contact her at, Briefly )) New book study group now forming A new book study group will start up in January. The first book is "Discover the Power Within" by Eric Butterworth, a prominent New Thought writer. Times, dates and places have been proposed: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan.8 to Feb. 12 at the CHEER Senior Center in Long Neck; and 10"30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 at the Rehoboth Public Library. There might also be a 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday group starting Jan. 9, the place TBD. Email sansmag- for information. Recent Reads Book Club meets Jan. 10 The Recent Reads Book Club meets at 4 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Lewes Public Library. The next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 10. Unlike a traditional book club, participants in the Recent Reads Book Club each get a chance to talk about a book they've read and enjoyed recently, Books of all genres - fiction and nonfiction - are up for dis- cussion. This is an opportunity to meet people, explore ideas and lear6 something new. For more infor- mation about this and other li- brary programs, visit fun workshops at Wilmington University in Rehoboth Beadn American Sign Language This course will focus on vocabulary specific to every aay communcatdon Students will learn finger spelling, numbers, and s gned hand shapes. They will also gain knowledge of the deaf culture in a fun and relaxed learmng environment. Tuesdays, January 8-February 12 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Getting to Know Your iPad This one day worKsnop will cover getting started with an iPad and using standard applications, ncluding Safari, the camera, mail, and the App Store. Saturday, January 12 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, February28 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Ghost Stories of Lewes Lewes has been proclaimed as one of the most haunted towns n Delaware. Ghost hunting techniques and many of the stories that persist in Lewes will be.discussed, Friday, February 15 1:00 p.m.-3:O0 p.m, Cooking at Big Fish lhis class, held at Big Fish Grill, will feature menu items from the Big Esh Restaurant Group. Hands-on participation is encouraged. This class will include a tour of the seafood market, a whole fish cutting demonstration. ano tPS about purchasing seafood, Must be 21, Saturday, March 16 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p,m. Taking and Editing Photos with Your iPhone Learn how to use your iPhone camera to take good photos. Using a few aDDS, creatively combine mages that express your own uMoue wsion through editing dn{] pnoro manipulation. A suggested application list wil be available when you register Saturdays, May 11 and May 18 1:00 p.m.-3:O0 p.m. Making Great Art with ArtRage on Your iPad lhis series of workshons will allow you to harness the power of iPad and ArtRage to let out that creative genius inside you! Join us for one session or atleno as many as you like, Thursdays, January 10-February 21 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m, To register for workshops or to learn more, visit W00LMINGTON 1-877-456-7003 [ Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit msHutlon and member of the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies IDANA). I