A Great Way to Meet My Cloister Neighbors

Almost every morning I roll out of the garage in my electric scooter

Me getting my electric scooter serviced....

Me getting my electric scooter serviced….

and ride down Cana. Sienna, Mt Carmel, Miles Court, Emma Neuhoff, and Marquette. Most mornings I wish a “Good Morning” to the regulars in the neighborhood. I can almost feel a wind as the gang of four speedy women rush by on their morning walk. Dogwalkers with one, two, and sometimes three dogs. Most times I will go up St Lukes and get a cup of coffee at West Meade Place on the hill, I have heard it called “Heavens Waiting Room. But my favorite place is the walkway through the small field between Cana and the Jewish Community Center…..

Walkway on Open Field Behind Cana

Walkway on Open Field Behind Cana

This walkway visits three bird sanctuaries, courtesy of the nearby neighbors, and a rickety wood bridgeIMG_0553IMG_0554IMG_0555

Visit there neighbors, you’ll enjoy it.


College Level Courses Free or Low Cost for Cloister Seniors


Fee Discounts and Waivers

Senior Adult Discount
Rules & Procedures

Senior Adult Fee Discount/Waiver rules and forms are available at the university or college Admissions Office. Senior Adult students should register and submit these forms to the Bursar’s Office as outlined below.

T.C.A. 49-7-113. Disabled and Elderly Persons–Auditing or Enrollment.

(a)(1) Disabled persons suffering from a permanent total disability which totally incapacitates such person from working at an occupation which brings him an income, and persons who have retired from state service with thirty (30) or more years of service, regardless of age, or persons who will become sixty (60) years of age or older during the academic quarter or semester, whichever is applicable, in which such persons begin classes and, who are domiciled in Tennessee, may audit courses at any state-supported college or university without paying tuition charges, maintenance fees, student activity fees or registration fees; however, this privilege may be limited or denied by the college or university on an individual classroom basis according to space availability.
(a)(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply at medical schools, dental or pharmacy schools, and no institution of higher education shall be required to make physical alterations of its buildings or other facilities to comply with this section.
(a)(3) Prior to admittance, the university or college involved may require an affidavit or certificate from a physician or an agency charged with compensating the disabled person or adjudicating the permanent total disability of the person who is requesting admittance to classes, that such person is permanently totally disabled as set forth herein.
(a)(4)A student who is receiving services under federal or state vocational rehabilitation programs is not eligible for a waiver of tuition and fee benefits under this section. (b) Subject to the same terms and conditions as provided in subsection (a), disabled persons, as defined in subsection (a), and persons who will become sixty-five (65) years of age or older during the academic quarter or semester, whichever is applicable, in which such persons begin classes and, who are domiciled in Tennessee, may be enrolled in courses, for credit at state-supported colleges and universities without payment of tuition charges, maintenance fees, student activity fees or registration fees, except that the board of trustees of the University of Tennessee and the board of regents of the state university and community college system may provide for a service fee which may be charged by the institutions under their respective jurisdictions, the fee to be for the purpose of helping to defray the cost of keeping the records of such students and not to exceed seventy dollars ($70) a semester.

About OLLI at Vanderbilt…..

Who can participate?

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 50. We have no restrictions based on educational background.

How much do courses cost?

$80 for three courses in a specific term with $10 for each additional course.

How much do “special class offerings” cost?

Special classes vary depending on the number of sessions and number of students accepted in the class. Basically, we determine how much each session cost OLLI and charge accordingly.

How do I register for courses and special events?

We have created a tutorial with instructions to help navigate the registration process.

How do I retrieve my user name and password to register online once I create an account if I’ve forgotten that information?

Please view the attached instructions on retrieving your account username and password information.

Is there homework or exams?

For regular classes, there is no homework or exams. Occasionally, there will be recommended reading which is optional. The exception to this would be our writing seminar which does have assignments but no exams.

How much do Lunch and Learn sessions cost?

Our “Lunch and Learn” sessions provide a lecture on a specific topic and are free to all members. An optional lunch is provided prior to the lecture for a $10 fee. Reservations are required for both the lecture and the box lunch.

                   Who teaches OLLI at Vanderbilt courses?

Our courses are taught by a wide variety of qualified personnel. The majority are current or retired Vanderbilt professors, but there are also many who come from other educational institutions, government and business. Our curriculum committee reviews each proposed course and confirms that the instructor’s background is appropriate.

                                      Where do I park for the OLLI classes?

When classes are held at area churches, complimentary parking is provided at the church. When classes are held on campus, complimentary parking is provided at the Centennial Sportsplex as well as a shuttle to pick you up and take you to campus. The shuttles run the entire morning during class time in case you come late or need to leave early.

Do you hold class in inclement weather?

It is rare that we cancel class, but if a class (or event) is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be posted on the OLLI at Vanderbilt website by 8:00a.m. the morning of the event.

About Lifelong Learning at Lipscomb…..

Session I – January 28 – March 7

Wilder and Wilder: A Film Sampler from Billy Wilder
February 3, 10, 17, 24 (Please note the longer class time and 4 weeks only) 3:00-5:15 p.m. Ezell Center, Room 136 Cost $60 Instructor: Dr. Matthew Hearn, Lipscomb University Professor, Department of English

As the “dark genius” of American comedy, Billy Wilder wrote and/or directed a remarkably diverse series of Oscar-winning films in Hollywood after emigrating to the U.S. to escape the rise of Nazism in his native Austria.  Join us as we sample and discuss some of his classics: Ball of Fire (with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper, 1941), The Lost Weekend (with Ray Milland and Jane Wyman, 1945), Stalag 17 (with William Holden, 1953), and The Apartment (with Jack Lemmon and Shirley McClaine, 1960).

Presidents You Wish You Knew More About
February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4 3:00-4:30 p.m. Ezell Center, Room 136 Cost $60 Instructors: Libby Lacock, Hank Davis, and Dr. Tim Johnson. Libby and Hank are both members of the Lipscomb University Lifelong Learning Advisory Board and Dr. Tim Johnson is a Lipscomb University Research Professor in the Department of History

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States but is only the 43rd man to serve. If you come to this class you might find out why. Each week we will deal with one or two Presidents that are less familiar to most people. It is interesting that most of these men were elected Vice President and succeeded a President who died in office. This term will deal with:

  • Both Johnsons – Andrew and Lyndon succeeded Lincoln and Kennedy. There were some similarities as well as great differences.
  • Ulysses S Grant – did you know that was not his real name? He was a close friend of Lincoln’s and was devastated by his assassination.
  • Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce – 13th President who succeeded Taylor and the 14th President who was elected in his own right.
  • Warren G. Harding – 29th President, elected in his own right but died in office and was succeeded by Coolidge.
  • John Tyler – 10th President and the first man to succeed a President.
Ancient China, Global China: Understanding China’s History, Government, Culture and Economy
February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5 3:00-4:30 p.m. Swang Center, Room 108 Cost $60 Facilitator: Turney Stevens, Dean, College of Business and Professor of Management

In this study of ancient China as a global economy we will study issues that deal with the country’s history, government, culture and economy. Each week will deal with the following:

  • Week 1: From Yao to Mao: 4000 Years of Chinese History in 90 Minutes
  • Week 2: Communist or Capitalist? China’s Inscrutable Government
  • Week 3: Which Mattered Most? Western Culture or Eastern Culture?
  • Week 4: Today’s Global Economy: China as Titan
  • Week 5: China’s Masses: Warmhearted or Warriors?

Suggested Reading for Individual Purchase:

  1. Henry Kissinger: On China (New York: Penguin Books, 2011) At Amazon, Paperback $14
  2. Jung Chang: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (New York: Touchstone Books, 2003) At Amazon, Paperback $12.78
  3. Nien Cheng: Life and Death in Shanghai (New York; Penguin Books, 1986) At Amazon, Paperback $13.11
  4. Simon Winchester: The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom (New York: Harper Perrenial , 2008) At Amazon, Paperback $11.73
Great Decisions: An Analysis of Eight Issues of Concern to U.S. Policymakers Today
February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6 3:00-4:30 p.m. Ezell Center, 3rd Floor, Andrews Institute Cost $60 or more depending on course length Facilitators: Linda Peek Schacht, Lipscomb University, Executive Director of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership and Mary Pat Silveira, retired 30 year veteran of the United Nations

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book and television series administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association.  The Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Defense Technology
  • Israel and the U.S.
  • Turkey’s challenges
  • Islamic awakening
  • Energy Independence
  • Food And Climate
  • China’s foreign policy
  • U.S. trade policy

You can order your Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book at: www.fpa.org

“As the Page Turns” Book Club
February 7, 21, March 7, 28 and April 11, 25 (Note: Special Meeting Dates) 10:00-11:30 a.m. Meeting at the Avalon Home Cost $60 for both sessions Instructor: Kay Wyatt, Lipscomb University graduate, M.A.T. English from MTSU, and retired Lipscomb Academy English faculty.

Join our first ever Lifelong Learning Book Club as we read and discuss the following books of fiction and nonfiction, every other week for six meetings spanning both sessions (No class March 21st due to Spring Break):

  • (2/7) The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede
  • (2/21) The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • (3/7) Outliers: The Study of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • (3/28) Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • (4/11) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • (4/25) The End of your Life Book Club by Will Schwalb

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..

Cloister Condo YTD Sales thru July 2013

HappyMoneyCloister units were built as either two or three bedroom units with options which included an extra den room, one or two car garage, fireplace, and bay windows. Naturally these show up in the appraised and selling values. County records show fourteen units sold this year where a selling price was recorded. Below is a chart with selling prices and appraised values for these units. Selling prices for Cloister Living Units have increased this year compared to recent previous years and units are now usually selling above their appraised values.

Cloister Units Sold thry July 2013

What is Warner Park and The Cloister Neighborhood Group?


Nextdoor1What is this “Nextdoor.com Neighborhood Group”

I am registered with Nextdoor.com. I noticed that 11 homeowners from the local neighborhood have connected through Nextdoor. This is what The Tennessean has to say…..

Tennessean 6/29/13 by Fisk

A California firm has added Nashville to its online social network based on the city’s neighborhoods.

Nextdoor, a service designed to connect neighbors through social media, said Friday Nashville had been added to service that ties users’ home addresses to an online social network. The service also is available as an iPhone app.

Mayor Karl Dean announced the partnership last week as part of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge.

“On Nextdoor neighbors can easily connect with their neighbors about the things that matter,” such as finding lost dogs and keys, organizing neighborhood cleanups and alerting neighbors to suspicious activity, the company said in a statement.

“Having easy, immediate access to those people that live nearby is extremely useful and often crucial.”

More than 50 other cities have signed up for the service, the company says. Those include San Diego, Dallas and Buckhead, Ga.

Nashvillians can sign up at Nextdoor.com

It looks like the Nextdoor App could be interesting and valuable. One neighbor told fellow neighbors about a speed trap on Post Road. I’m watching to see if enough neighbors get involved to make it useful. It resembles a up-featured private text messaging and message board. Cloister residents may want to visit Nextdoor.com.Nextdoor2

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.

The 2013 Pool Season at The Cloister

covered dish supperWe had another enjoyable event at Tuesday’s Covered Dish Supper. Dixie and the gang did a great job setting up. They even put aside an appetizer area before the individual tables were called up for the main dishes and deserts. Dr. Matthew Kennedy, former Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, played piano for us as we met and chatted with our friends prior to dinner.

The monthly Covered Dish Supper is another benefit of Cloister Living. Where else in Nashville could anyone find these great features.

  1. A small community environment inside a large city
  2. Not a high-rise but  single level home usually with no steps
  3. Safe streets and walkways, even a sidewalk leading to the entrance to the neighborhood church.
  4. Dog Walks at several locations on The Cloister property
  5. The Home Owner’s Association takes care of grass cutting and outside building maintenance.
  6. Very close to shopping and healthcare
  7. Private swimming pool for exercise and to spend quality time with family.

swimming pool side viewAnd in several weeks our private clubhouse pool will open for the new season and the pool usually remains open until early October.

Click here for Pool Rules… I hope to see you there