Enjoying Senior Adult Classes at Vanderbilt

Students at Class Session

Students at Class Session

Bonney and I attended an Osher Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt class yesterday. We have been active in this program for more than 10 years. This Fall session had a course we were interested in and at a Handicapped accessible location.

These courses are being offered this session….

.Classes are held at various locations with this session including….

St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road

The Temple,  5015 Harding Pike

The Commons Center, Vanderbilt campus

Lentz Public Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue

We attended this class………

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Instructors: Carl H. Johnson, Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University Beth Malow, Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University, and Director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center Douglas McMahon, Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University Terry Page, Professor of Biological Sciences, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University

In order to cope with the challenges of a rhythmically changing environment, plants, animals, and even microbes have evolved an internal biological clock. These endogenous, time-keeping systems orchestrate daily rhythms of behavior, physiology, and metabolism in harmony with the rising and setting of the sun. In this lecture series we will explore the properties of these clocks, how they are set to “local time,” and their utility in various aspects of physiology and behavior. Particular emphasis will be given to the sleep/wake cycle of humans with discussion about the ways sleep is regulated and the consequences of disruption of our daily sleep patterns.

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Osher Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt


GJCC Just a Mile Away


INDOOR-SWIMMING-POOLHidden, just two blocks from The Cloister, at the first traffic light past St Henry Catholic Church towards Bellevue is the Gordon Jewish Community Center. GJCC LogoThe GJCC complex includes a day care, an elementary school, and the Community Center building with meeting rooms, a large auditorium/theater, organized children, adult, and senior programs, a large group exercise room, a superbly equipped exercise/conditioning center, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The indoor pool has four swim lanes and a two lane area dedicated for aquatics exercise groups and individual water walking and water exercises.

Just as you don’t need to be a Catholic to own a home at The Cloister at Saint Henry, you don’t need to be Jewish to be a member at the GJCC.

INDOOR-SWIMMING-POOLThe senior rate is : $45 for a single and $63 for a couple.  Senior age starts at 70 but if you are eligible for Silver Sneakers, that is 65.  Silver Sneakers is a health facility subsidization program from Healthways that is covered by six different insurance companies.  Those companies include: AARP Medicare Complete/Secure Horizons, AARP  Supplement/Medicare Medigap, AmeriGroup, HealthSpring, Humana, and BCBS 65+.  Silver Sneakers members’ enrollment is paid for by their insurance companies.GJCC SilverSneakers

I have been a member for over 5 years. Besides aquatic exercise in the indoor pool my wife and I enjoyed the Bridge group and TGIT(Thank God It’s Thursday) Lunch and Learn programs featuring some interesting speakers.

The most welcoming group at the GJCC is The Prime Time Group for active senior adults. They host a huge variety of activities including monthly dinners with interesting programs, monthly meetings, day and overnight trips, parties, brunches and lunches, monthly casino day trips, overnight casino trips, holiday programs, varied classes, cultural events including plays and the TPAC Broadway series, concerts, pot luck dinners with original entertainment, and opportunities for group participation in community events. The Prime Time group also hosts a yearly retreat or trip.

The GJCC people welcome Cloister residents to drop by and use the facility with a free trial guest pass..

Two Beautiful Lakes Within Nashville City Limits….Just a Short Drive Away

I-440 was built on a railroad right-of-way leading to Radnor Lake….radnor-trail-guide

Radnor Lake is an 85 acre lake from which the state park was named. It has abundant wildlife and foliage. Radnor Lake State Natural Area is not a recreational park like others, this is a park where you come to hike, observe nature, or just relax.

    Radnor2The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company impounded Radnor Lake in 1914. It was to be used to provide water for steam engines and farm animals at railroad yards ; however, immediately following the construction of the lake several birds decided to call this place home and began to feed and rest here while in the process of migrating across the country. Hunting and fishing was no longer allowed by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad workers and their friends due to the influx of natural wildlife coming to the area. In 1923 the Tennessee Ornithological Society proposed that the area become a sanctuary for wild life hence, all hunting and fishing was eradicated. In 1962 the area was preserved as a park, this preservation was done with the help of many people who felt that it was already of good use and needed no further construction. Through out the 1960’s through early 70’s the Metro-Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation wanted to take the land but it was not able to do so. In 1973 Radnor Lake was purchased by the Tennessee Department of Conservation and is funded by many sincere citizens and the Federal Government, the purchase of this beautiful animal home has made Radnor Lake the first authentic Tennessee state natural area.

   Marrowbone Lake Marrowbone Lake (a tiny lake hidden in the northwest corner of Nashville) isn’t large, but its 60 acres are well-planned for fishing. People comfortably fish from the banks and the fishing dock on lawn chairs. TWRA regulations are strictly enforced.  Anglers over 13 must have the appropriate fishing license.You will also need to purchase a $5 lake pass for each day of fishing. You can a boat for $8 a day, including paddles.Gasoline powered motors are prohibited, but you can bring your own trolling motor or rent one there for about $40. Keep in mind that a jon boat is hard to steer alone without a trolling motor!. A handicapped accessible fishing dock is located just off the drive.A small tackle shop at the lake sells fishing licenses, day lake passes, bait, rods, reels, and basic refreshments.  Everything you might need, you can purchase there.Flush toilets are available near the tackle shop.Last year, TWRA stocked Marrowbone Lake with trout in December, January, and February.In addition to trout, Marrowbone Lake is stocked for channel catfish, crappie and bass.

Marrowbone Dock How To Get ThereMarrowbone Lake is in the country, but it’s an easy (and pretty) drive 20 miles from Nashville.We took Briley Parkway to the Whites Creek exit north.  Continue to Clarksville Highway.  Turn left on Eatons Creek Road, right on Gray’s Point Road, then right on Marrowbone Road.You can also take I-24 to Joelton exit 35.  Eaton’s Creek Road will approach Marrowbone Lake from the opposite direction.

Bonney and I have been to both, each is well worth a short drive.

A 2,000 Mile Round Trip From The Cloister

We’re back after a 2,000 mile drive to Austin, TX and return. At one time I could drive 2,000 miles and shrug it off, not anymore! Bonney and I discovered several things during this trip.

1. There is little benefit to driving 300 miles/day for three days over driving 450 miles/day for two days….it’s better to keep going for 450 miles since either distance is equally tiring.

2. StaybridgeSuiteWe discovered a very convenient place to stay if we are in one location for a number of days vs an overnight stay. For $90 a day we spent 5 days in a two bedroom, living room and  two bath suite at the Staybridge Suites near the Austin Airport (The standard price for a 2 BR Suite is $244.99/day) The daily fee included a full breakfast buffet and weekday evening receptions including a buffet dinner. StaybridgeDiningThis usually costs more but Staybridge caters to corporations who put new employee families up while they search for housing and since few new hires move during the Holiday Season Staybridge is willing to negotiate attractive prices rather than suffer vacancies.

3. I talked about Nashville’s Meat and Three meal tradition in a previous post. Austin calls theirs “Home Cooking”. Austin’s home cooking is more expensive than Nashville. Dalt’s on White Bridge Road in Nashville offers a Turkey and Dressing Meat and two for $9.49 while Threadgills in Austin charges $13.99 for the same offering.

4. brisketAnother thing I notice is that BBQ in Texas is beef while BBQ in Nashville is usually pork. Frankly I like beef BBQ better than pork. I notice that BBQ beef brisket is very popular.

It was a wonderful trip as we visited our son Michael but it sure is great to be home!

A Nashville Meat and Three Just 4 Miles Away

Hawaii gives us the Plate Lunch, the Trans-Contintenal Railroad gave us the Blue Plate Special, but nothing matches Nashville’s world famous Meat and Three.

DJ Plate LunchThe plate lunch is a  Hawaii/Japan fusion menu item that is a quintessential part of the cuisine of Hawaii, roughly equivalent to a meat-and-three plate. However, the inclusion of pan-Asian ingredients makes the plate lunch unique to Hawaii. Standard plate lunches consist of two scoops of white rice, a scoop of macaroni salad, and a main entrée. DJ Bento BoxIt is the Hawaiian version of the Japanese Bento Box.

As for the Blue Plate special, I remember that term when I was a kid in Jersey City, Daniel Rogov, in the online Culinary Corner, claims the first use of blue-plate special was on a menu of the Fred Harvey restaurants on 22 October 1892. These restaurants were built at stations to serve the travelling public on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad and it seems the blue-plate set meal was designed to rapidly serve passengers whose trains stopped only for a few minutes.DJ Blue Plate Special He went on to say, “As to why the term ‘blue plate’ — no mystery here. Fred Harvey bought nearly all his serving plates from a company in Illinois. Modelling their inexpensive but sturdy plates after those made famous by Josiah Wedgwood … these were, of course, blue in color. Thus, quite literally, the ‘blue plate’ special”.

DJ Meat and ThreeBut…..Nashville is famous for it’s “Meat and Three”.  Arnold’s(moved from the Fairgrounds area to The Gulch), Wendel Smith’s(on Charlotte Ave across from Bobbie’s Dairy Dip) , and Swett’s(on Clifton Ave and 28th Ave N.) are the most authentic altho Swett’s is considered more “Soul Food”.  Today I discovered a new “Meat and Three” on Annex Ave, across from Costco.

DJ’s Pub & Grub 3736 Annex Ave Nashville,TN has been opened for less than a year. Several years ago Bonney and I and several neighbors would enjoy Friday Catfish at the same location but run by different owners. That business closed down and we somehow got out of the habit. On Friday our good neighbor Diane invited Bonney and me to catfish and we decided to try DJ’s.DJ Pub and Grub

It was crowded, I know why, it’s one of the few smoking-allowed restaurant and bars around. Show me a smoker and I’ll show you someone who can handle his/her whiskey and beer. The 100 foot long bar was lined up elbow to elbow, from one end to another, and this was three hours before the live music. We enjoyed the best catfish meat and three I have eaten in years. Unfortunately the smoke-laden air in the room was almost too much, but we discovered that they do a carry-out meat and three for $7.99.

We think we have discovered a carry-out place that will deliver reasonable quality at reasonable prices. If you’re too lazy to cook some night you might call (915-0440) and order a carry-out. It’s a real “Meat and Three” experience just 4 miles and 10 minutes away.

About Not Breaking the Law in Tennessee

There are two activities that are illegal in Tennessee but can be practiced in Kentucky, across the state line, only 50 miles away

At various points during the 19th century, gentlemen from Tennessee would travel to the north – to property just across the Kentucky border­­­ – to settle their differences in a pistol duel.

During those times, dueling to resolve arguments or conflicts was illegal in Tennessee, but was a lawful activity in Kentucky. According to historical accounts, famous figures such as Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston were said to have visited the “dueling grounds” site as witnesses to such duels.

It is also illegal in Tennessee to operate bingo halls or any other form of gambling other than games sponsored by the Tennessee Lottery. According to the website Tennessee-Bingo.com, Tennessee bingo was very common in the past. A New York Times article from 1990 said that the state housed approximately 300 different bingo halls.

“They used to have it years ago, and there was a bunch of crooks running it, and maybe that’s the reason they don’t have it here,” Charles said. “They were playing for charitable organizations here. They were supposed to be giving a certain percentage to those organizations, but the bingo halls here were not doing that. That’s why I think they shut them down.”

In Kentucky, the most popular games are regular bingo, featuring multiple cards played; pull-tab bingo, which allows players to win instantly; and electronic bingo.

Most bingo halls play for schools, churches, athletic departments, county fairs, among other charitable organizations. With part of the money that is taken in, a certain percentage goes to those organizations.

But on the same Kentucky “Dueling Grounds”, today we find The Kentucky Downs. Today, Kentucky Downs conducts its live turf racing meet each September on the only “European-style” race course in North America. The meet is staged in an informal festival setting and features the annual running of the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup race. Additionally, Kentucky Downs offers year-round simulcasting, serves as the site for numerous special and entertainment events and hosts charity bingo for a number of community-based organizations in south central Kentucky.

Kentucky Downs added Instant Racing to its “menu” as the next step in the transformation of what was once the site of “pistols at dawn” to a year-round entertainment destination. http://www.kentuckydowns.com/

Churchill Downs in Louisville KY has just introduced an on-line instant horse race game called Luckity.com see http://www.luckity.com/how-it-works-online-lottery

Do you think we should hold a “Private Bingo Party” at The Cloister Clubhouse?

Harris Teeter Belle Meade Store Internet Shopping Program…An Example of the Value of Internet Use

Bonney and I have shopped at the Harris Teeter Store behind the Belle Meade Theater just past White Bridge Road a number of times recently. As we walk in we see a line of steel lockers on the left. Upon asking we were told that these lockers hold food ordered over the internet for later pick up at the store door. An empoyee shops the store and bags the food and stores it in one of the lockers waiting for customer pick-up. The customer drives up, purchases are loaded into the car and the customer pays by credit card or check.

Here are the details of the program…..


To introduce you to the Express Lane service, we will credit the $4.95 pick-up fee on your first order!Pickup ServiceGrocery pickup is available for a fee of $4.95. Please refer to our pickup schedule below.Pickup Schedule Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
* The earliest Sunday pickup time is not available until 12:00 p.m. in NC and TN and 12:30 p.m. in GA due to state and local alcohol restrictions.

Order Before Pickup Times
7:00 AM 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
7:30 AM 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
8:00 AM 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
8:30 AM 12:30 PM – 7:00 PM
9:00 AM 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
9:30 AM 1:30 PM – 7:00 PM
10:00 AM 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
10:30 AM 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM
11:00 AM 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
11:30 AM 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
12:00 PM 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
12:30 PM 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
1:00 PM 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1:30 PM 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
2:00 PM 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
2:30 PM 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
3:00 PM 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
3:00 PM 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM

For same day pick up, orders must be placed by 3:00pm.
Please Note: There is a limit to the number of orders that are allowed per time slot. Once a time slot is full, it will no longer be available for selection during checkout.

Pricing Policy Harris Teeter strives to ensure all prices reflected online are accurate and the same as if you were shopping inside the store. The prices you are charged are the prices as of the pickup or delivery day. This may be different from what you see online for orders placed in advance. Harris Teeter’s Express Lane prices change at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday of each week to reflect the weekly ad starting Wednesday and ending Tuesday. If you order on Tuesday before 3:00 p.m. for Wednesday or later, your prices and order will not accurately reflect the prices seen on Tuesday while shopping online.
Please note, the prices listed on our Express Lane online shopping website will not be reflective of our in-store prices after 3:00pm on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Weighed Items – The total on your order may vary slightly based on the true weight of the produce or meat items you have purchased. Be assured, however, that you will be charged only for the product you actually receive.
  • Estimated Totals – When you checkout online, you will receive an “estimated total.” The final order total will differ to accurately reflect items sold by weight, items requested that are not found online and to adjust for any substitutions that are made to your order.

Payment Options Payment for Express Lane orders is taken at the store upon pickup. Before finalizing your online order, you will be asked to indicate if you are paying by credit card or check. To make your pickup process as fast and convenient as possible, credit card and check are the methods of payment regularly accepted online. However, if you would like to pay a different way such as cash or EBT, please let the store know this in your notes when you check out and we can make this accommodation.
Substitutions – “What if an item I ordered is not available?”In the checkout process we will ask you if you would like to allow for substitutions. Our goal is to never be out of stock on any item. However, if an item is out of stock our substitution policy is:

  • To give you that same item in the closest size at the cost of the item you actually receive.
  • If a sale item is substituted, you will only be charged the sale price.
  • In most cases, we will substitute a national brand product for national brand and generic for generic.
  • On certain items, we have a policy of not substituting unless you specifically tell us to do so. These items include baby products, soft drinks and hygiene products to name a few.

If you do not wish to accept substituted product at the time of pick-up, simply tell us and we will issue a complete refund for that item.
Coupons – “Can I use coupons with my Express Lane Order?”

  • Coupons are accepted at the time of pickup and applied to your next online order. The actual coupon credit will not be shown online. However, the receipt you receive when you pickup up your groceries will reflect the discount. If you turn in a coupon for an item purchased on an order today, you don’t have to purchase that item on your next order. It’s simply a credit waiting for you. Anytime coupons are given during a Super Double or Triple coupon event, we make sure you get that credit on your next order as well.

100% Satisfaction- “What if I want to return an item?”Providing you with the freshest foods for your family is a primary goal.

  • Your groceries will be meticulously selected and stored in the appropriate conditions until pick-up.
  • If you have a question or are not 100% satisfied, please call us at 1-800-432-6111. A customer service representative is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

New Items – “What if I can’t find an item I am looking for?”

  • If you are unable to locate a product online and would like to have it included with your order, click on the ‘Can’t Find It?’ link. Enter as much information about the product as possible and it will be added to your shopping cart. We will make our best attempt to locate the item in the store and add it to your order.

Special Instructions- “Can I add special instructions to my order?”

  • You can add special instruction to items in your shopping cart by simply click the ‘Add Notes’ link below the product. During the checkout process you will also be given the opportunity, in the comments section, to add any other special instructions or comments for this order. For example, you can specify that you would like “Green Bananas” or “Extra Lean Turkey.” Also, if you want to allow for substitutions on all products except, for example, the milk you have selected, you can note that as well.

Pharmacy- “Can I add prescriptions to my order?”

  • On the final checkout page, you can indicate that you would like to include a prescription or prescriptions with your order by checking the corresponding box. This alerts our personal shoppers that you have a prescription ready for pickup that you would like to include with your order. However, the prescription or refill order needs to be placed directly with our Harris Teeter pharmacy by phone. Our personal shoppers will not have access or be made aware of the kind of medicine you are including with your order. Due to federal and state regulations that require photo id for purchase and pick up of control substance prescriptions and PSE products, these transactions must occur at the pharmacy counter and cannot be included with an Express Lane order.

Customer Communications Email addresses will be used to confirm we have received your order. We may also use your email address or mailing address to send you specific specials and promotions. If you prefer not to receive these special offers, just call us at 1-800-432-6111 to speak with a customer service representative.
Your password allows Harris Teeter to know you are a current shopper. It also prevents others from shopping under your account. Your password is very important, protect it and don’t share it with others.
Notification of Changes Should our Privacy Policy be edited, changed or amended, you will be notified online on our Express Lane Homepage. You will have the opportunity to opt out at anytime by clicking “contact us” via email or call 1-800-432-6111. By opting out you will not receive information on specific specials or promotions.
Personal Information Changes You can change your personal information at anytime by selecting ‘My Account’.
If you have questions about our commitment to privacy, call 1-800-432-6111 to speak with a customer service representative.
Alcohol and Tobacco- “Can I buy age restricted items on-line?” Orders containing alcoholic beverages and/or tobacco items are available for pick-up. Prior to handing you the order, the Harris Teeter employee will check identification to validate age. If an adult over the age of 21 for alcohol or 18 for tobacco is not present at the time of pickup, the alcohol products and/or tobacco items will be removed from the order.
Mother Nature It is our hope that ‘Mother Nature’ will never prevent us from fulfilling your order in a timely manner. If there are weather related incidences such as power outages or snow/ice storms that prevent product availability or employee access to the store, we will contact customers who have pending orders to make other suitable pickup arrangements.
Tipping It is our pleasure to provide this service to you, our valued customer. Providing this service is the primary responsibility of every Harris Teeter employee, therefore tips are not accepted. Your return business, recommendation to friends and family, and thanks are the best tip we can receive.
Your Privacy is our concern. At Harris Teeter, your privacy is our concern. We will not sell or give your name, address, email or personal information to anyone. We will occasionally use customer purchase records and other information to offer special promotions or coupons to our customers. We do not share personal information with anyone outside Harris Teeter.