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  • There is a lot of talk now about elders being able to stay in their homes alone connected by technology that will tell us when to eat, sleep, and take our pills. This is somehow a substitute for having friends and family, having folks to talk with, play with and eat with. And yet sitting here just shy of 70 years all I want is a place to be with interesting and friendly people, a community. What I do not want is to be plugged in alone at home especially during a long New England winter.

    The woman lounging on the boat with my grandmother is my great great aunt. She had her own small house on a spit of land on the Eastern Shore of Virginia but it sat in the middle of a rural community with church events and visiting daily. She was not alone.

    My family line has come to an end. My brother and I were the last of our branch and he is gone. My two third cousins are 500 miles away and I see them only every couple of years. I don't even know their children. My husband's family is splintered, not close. We see them once or twice a year.

    This a beautiful place I now call home. I love this place but long silent New England winters still undo me. So I am imagining how to create a senior place. I am not sure I can manage it. It might be too late to create community but I need to try.
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