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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 6- MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 9. 2013 57 Out of our comfort zones r henever a new school year begins, I take stock of my life. Like a new notebook or shoes purchased to begin school, it is a time for a new feeling of hope, change and accomplishment. In retirement we have an opportunity to break out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves a bit. The most challenging thing I did recently was travel alone to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, an island off the coast of Spain where my daughter and her partner live. I was a bundle of anxiety for about three months prior to the trip just thinking about changing planes in Madrid with no Rayquest to interpret the signs or help me navigate the luggage. Twenty hours later I saw my Lena waving to me in a crowded terminal, and I began to relax my neck and shoulders for the first time in months. Her sweet face made it all worth it. Then I drove a rental car with a stick shift out of the parking garage and I.began to doubt myself again. It had been about 15 years since I drove a stick, and I had had about four hours of sleep in the past 24 hours. I could do it, I vowed. I was OK until we got to her neighborhood and there was no street parking and she sid to pull into the garage. There was a straight incline up with hairpin turns and I panicked, stalled the car and tried again. My knees were knocking together and smoke was billowing out of the exhaust as I tried to give the car gas, turn the wheel and see my way upthe spiral corridor in the dark garage. The tires squealed louder than my heart. A lady came running to my rescue and offered to park it for me. My daughter could speak Spanish well enough to explain our problema. Turns out the stranger owns the garage and it was obvious she needed to rescue me from the other cars. I was a tourista! In summary, I had a wonderful week with my girls. I conquered my fears and like Blanche DuBois, I could depend upon the kindness of strangers. Helen from Pinewater Farm wrote me a letter about stepping out of her comfort zone. Her new challenge is a new computer! "My old computer was a dinosaur, but I loved it. The new computer gal recommended I get a new, updated computer. It was promised to be easy to learn. As she explained, I wondered if she thought of me as an old dinosaur." Helen says she still loves to write cursive. "I like holding the pen. I like attaching things with paper clips and putting things into folders and filing in a cabinet, not a virtual one. I don't even have a smartphone, just a plain old little cellphone which comes in handy when you lock your keys in the car or have a fiat tire." Dear Helen, I think when it comes to technology it's OK to hold onto whatever makes you feel comfortable, even if other people think you should change. If a smartphone makes you feel dumber, then who needs it? Sounds like you have embraced a huge change with a new com- puter, and you should feel proud that you made that leap. My typing is so poor that if the computer had not been invented I would not have become a writer! But I love to journal too. Write to me and tell me about your comfort zone or other stories to share at lagraff1979@capegazette.com. My email is working again thanks to Chris Foster and Rayquest! Briefly )) Community quilting bee to take place Sept. 7 Quilts of Love is sponsoring, a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. George's Chapel in Harbeson. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All are invited for a day of fun and creativity. All materials are provided. Those who don't know how to sew will be shown, Those with sewing machines are asked to bring them, At- tendees should bring a covered dish to share at lunch.Due to hot irons and extension cords, small children cannot attend the quilt- making. For more information call Jan at 302-703-2107. Milton Public Library offers genealogy class starting Sept. 10 The Milton Public Library will offer a free eight-week genealogy class from 10:15 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, from Sept. 10 through Oct. 29. Instructor Shirley Hern- don, BA, MEd, DAR, will cover topics like census records, vital statistics, military records, wills and probates, land records, im- migration and naturalization. Participants will need a note- book. paper and No. 2 pencils. All classes will take place at the library, 121 Union St., Milton. Call 302-684-8856 or visit www. milton.lib.de.us. WALK-IN CARE AND OUTPATII !N00T SERVICES TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN DELAWARE MILLSBORO RT. 113 (28538 DUPONT BLVD) (302) 934-5052 WALK-IN CARE* OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. BEEBE OUTPATIENT SERVICES Beebe Imaging Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.. Saturday, 6 a.m.-Noon Walk-in X-ray [ Mammography Beebe Lab Express Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-S p.m.. Saturday, 6 a.m.-Noon Beebe Rehab (302) 934-1500 232 Mitchell Street,.Millsboro Monday-Friday8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Physical Therapy I Occupational Therapy I Speech and Language Pathology MILLVlLLE RT. 26 (203 ATLANTIC AVE) WALK-IN CARE* Friday-Monday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (302) 541-4t75 BEEBE OUTPATIENT SERVICES Beebe Imaging (302) 539-8749 Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.. Saturday, 6 a.m.-Noon CT Scan [ MRll Ultrasound [ X-ray I Digital Mamm0graphy I Bone Densitometry Beebe Lab Express (302) 539-1620 Monday-Friday, 6. a.m.-5 p.m.. Saturday, 6 a.m.-Noon Beebe Rehab (302) 539-6404 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. PhysicaITherapy I Occupational Therapy [ Speech and Language Pathology *Beebe Physician Network BEEBE--MILLSBORO BEEBE--MILLVILLE 28538 Dupont Blvd. 203 Atlantic Ave. Beebe Medical Center BEEBEMED.ORG (Rt. 113), Millsboro (Rt. 26), Millville