Cloister Clubhouse Parking

Great job on the newly painted parking space lines. They appear to allow more space between cars……but…..where are the Handicapped Parking space(s)?


Clubhouse parking spots
.The type of handicap space pictured below leaves enough room for the ramp to deploy from a Handicapped Van. Perhaps one space can be painted in the strip in the middle of the parking area.

Handicapped parking lines

A Morning Stroll Through The Cloister

Many mornings I ride my scooter through The Cloister thanks to the speed bumps that were removed and the pathway, along the curbside, through the existing speed bumps.

I am sometimes passed by the speedy walkers that flash by during their morning walk. There are always several dog walkers carrying their plastic doggy bags like all good neighbors should do.

And the morning coolness brings out the wonderful gardeners who treat us all with their beautiful flower gardens and well tended shrubbery.

A neighborhood priest living in The Cloister can sometimes be spotted as he walks down his driveway to pick up his morning newspaper.

Several mornings ago I greeted four nuns from the St Cecelia Convent, located in North Nashville, as they exited a car to visit a Cloister neighbor and mother of one of the nuns.

Beautiful Dominican Motherhouse Tour

I hope everyone is as grateful as I am that we live in such a beautiful community.


The Nearly Invisible Man at The Cloister

Upon our return from a shopping trip yesterday I had an opportunity to say hello again to someone who has been a fixture at The Cloister for almost 10 years.Normantruck

Norman Sullivan is the person who goes from building to building repairing and replacing whatever is necessary prior to the painters following him to paint the outside of the buildings at The Cloister. Norman shows up in early Spring and disappears again in late fall when it’s too cold to work outside. You can recognize him by his little table saw and a pickup truck with boards sticking out of the back.

You might want to wave at Norman when you drive by. Let him know if you are concerned he might miss something that needs fixing on the outside of your unit.

I am very fond of this pleasant person and it’s good to see him back at work this year.Normanatwork

More Thoughts About Comcast Contract

The most recent Comcast contract with The Cloister expires in June. At that time we will have continuous renewed contracts for cable service since 1984…nearly 32 years.

Is this a good deal? I think not!

My monthly Comcast bill does not even indicate the $40 payment made each month by the Cloister HOA. With an average of 10 units unoccupied and an additional 10 units using non-Comcast services our HOA association wastes $800 every month paying for unused services.

Does this make good business sense?

EnoughisEnoughThe Cloister HOA pays $120,000 every year for Comcast services. Of this,  $9,600 is wasted for vacant units and unused services.

I urge the Cloister Home Owner Board of Directors to cancel the Comcast contract expiring in June. Let’s stop the waste and allow us homeowners to negotiate our own prices.

Medical Advances for Us

Health1I have struggled with some slow healing wounds on my leg. One wound clinic could not help as I struggled for several months. Sooo…I followed a suggestion I heard a time ago;  “It makes no sense to repeat the same action over and over again and expect different results.”

I moved to a different wound care clinic at Tri Star Southern Hills on Nolensville Pike, they uncovered a MERSA infection, they cleared that up with antibiotics. Wounds were healing slowly, but not fast enough for Dr Sudberry. He decided to use a fairly new treatment using a stem cell matrix developed with amniotic stem cells.

Amniotic stem cells are the mixture of stem cells that can be obtained from the amniotic fluid as well as the amniotic membrane. They can develop into various tissue types including skin, cartilage, cardiac tissue, nerves, muscle, and bone.

The stem cells fooled my body into thinking the wounds were that of a small infant. My doctor told me that if an adult breaks a bone the ends have to be touching each other securely for good healing. If an infant breaks a bone healing will occur if the two ends of the bone are in the same room!

The stem cell matrix is working, two wounds are healed and one is almost completely healed. All this in a matter of weeks.health2

The message? We must take responsibility for our health care.

When Insults Had Class

Insults had class

These glorious insults are from an era when cleverness with words was still valued, before a great portion of the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words, not to mention waving middle fingers.

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison,” and he said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”

A member of Parliament  to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some  unspeakable disease.” “That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “on whether I  embrace your policies or your mistress.”

“He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” Winston Churchill

“A modest little person, with much to be modest about.” – Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”        Clarence Darrow

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to thedictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

“Poor Faulkner.Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”  – Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book;  I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas

“He can compress the most words into the  smallest idea of any man I know.”  – Abraham Lincoln

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…. if you haveone.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response.

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” –  Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made  man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

“He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson

“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.” Jack E. Leonard

“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.”   Robert Redford

“In order  to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” – Charles, Count Talleyrand

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” – Mark Twain

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West

“Some  cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

“He uses statistics asa drunken man uses lamp-posts.. . for support rather than illumination. ”        – Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder

“I’ve had a perfectly  wonderful evening but this wasn’t it.” – Groucho  Marx

Thanks to Cloister HOA Board members

Many thanks to Cloister HOA Board members on behalf of we many Cloister residents.  The dangerous and unnecessary speedbump additions have been removed and the streets cleared to allow safe passage through our community by handicapped, cyclers, walkers, joggers, and emergency vehicles. And we won’t need to replace brakes and shock absorbers on our cars as often. This morning I could ride my scooter wheelchair one block in each direction until the cold wind forced me home.

Thank God I’m free again!
I can feel the sun,
I can feel no pain…
And Experiencing life in the fast lane…
The past is really such a shame…
But thank God, I’m free once again!

from poem by Titus Kirega

cheering crowd