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


Why I Don’t Attend Cloister HOA Board Meetings

Cloister residents have asked why I don’t attend HOA Board meetings. There are three reasons….

  1. The Board does not tell us in advance what will be covered during the upcoming HOA board meeting.
  2. As the result  residents don’t have the opportunity to comment on the agenda items.
  3. Residents don’t have the opportunity to comment on an issue prior to a vote by the board.

What should be done

Board to Provide a Published Agenda Several Days Prior to HOA Board Meeting

Board to allow an Open Forum at Beginning of Each HOA Board Meeting

Although the law may not require the board to provide an open forum for the unit owners to speak about their concerns, it is the custom and practice of most associations.

Strict time limitations should be imposed by the board (subject to the requirements of applicable law) and these limitations must be enforced. Each unit owner should address the Chair and must speak courteously and to the point.

Board members may question the unit owner about the problem or concern. Other unit owners are not entitled to be recognized or to comment or question the speaker, except with the permission of the board..

Once the open forum period is closed, the unit owners are not allowed to participate and may not seek to be recognized unless the board specifically requests input or information from a particular unit owner. This restriction must be strictly enforced because the purpose of the board meeting is for the board members to conduct business and this cannot be done if there is interference from the unit owners. All disruptions by unit owners must be addressed by the Chair and repeated violators must be removed from the meeting.

Allow Opportunity for Resident Comment Immediately Prior to a Vote on an Issue

A unit owner or a guest may be recognized to speak only if a board member wishes to obtain input from a unit owner and the board agrees. When possible, allowing a unit owner to participate in the deliberations should be done by acquiescence of all board members. Formal voting on the question is only necessary where it appears to the Chair that there is a disagreement.

About Cloister HOA Board Member Elections

Each year for the years I have lived here, “The Cloister News” would give residents a list of persons running for seats on The Cloister HOA Board of Directors. vote UndecidedEach candidate would tell us such information like where they were born and raised, what schools they went to, and where they worked and what they did at work. But they seldom told us how they  would vote on such matters like HOA fee increases, what they would do to get more resident participation at board meetings, how they would make meetings more open. This does not allow us the opportunity to determine what they stand for before they get on the Board. Perhaps we ought to ask each candidate to offer a detailed platform as part of their statement concerning why he/she wants to be on the Board. Vague statements  do not allow us the opportunity to take an informed decision.

'We're a democracy here, as long as everyone votes in favour of what I want!'

Absentee Voting in Nashville

.Bonney and I vote by absentee ballot


To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:

  1. The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day;
  2. The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration;
  3. The voter’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician’s judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury;
  4. The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter’s county of residence;
  5. The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court;
  6. The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older;
  7. The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place;
  8. The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;
  9. The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
  10. The voter is a candidate for office in the election;
  11. The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission;
  12. The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day;
  13. The voter or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day, and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
  14. The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen.
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How Do Cloister Residents Feel About Speed Bump Additions and Extensions?

Most Cloister Residents are against additional speed bumps or extending speed bumps across the entire street….

Tear Out Speed Bumps at The Cloister

Tear Out Speed Bumps at The Cloister

Comments to Cloister Living Blog on Speed Bump Extensions and Additions

  • Additional speed bumps are NOT needed and is a total waste of money. Please spend our money more wisely.
  • Additional speed bumps is a huge waste of money. They are not needed. Please don’t spend our money this way.
  • More speed bumps are NOT needed!! Why is this even an issue, when David Floyd tells me “they have to be more stingy” with OUR monies!! I absolutely, think residents should be able vote on such matters!! I am not so sure that some board members have the best interest of “ALL” residents in mine! I hope the board will get their priorities’ in order!!
  • In the year and a half we have lived here, we have never observed any high speed traffic in our neighborhood. We do not think that additional speed bumps is a wise use of the limited Cloister funds.
  • I agree

Results of Recent Poll….

Poll Results About Speed Bump Additions

Poll Results About Speed Bump Additions  ….. 73% of those polled are against speed bump additions or extensions.

Cloister HOA Fee Increases and Comcast Payments

Here is what the increased HOA Monthly Fees look like over the next three years….

Year Monthly HOA Fee Monthly Fee Increase Annual Total Per Resident Annual Total All Cloister Residents
2015  $        287.50  $     37.50  $  450.00  $  108,000.00
2016  $        330.63  $     43.13  $  517.50  $  124,200.00
2017  $        380.22  $     49.59  $  595.12  $  142,830.00

Times have changed since 1984 when The Cloister first contracted for Cable TV Service. The 2015 Budget indicates the largest single expense item is Cable TV at a whopping $120,000 for the year which is $500 per home per year. We even pay $500 when a home remains vacant for whatever reason. I was recently charged $69 for a serviceman to reconnect a cable that was disconnected by a serviceman on the previous call.

Some neighbors told me that they don’t use Comcast Cable service since they get a better total package from AT&T. A former HOA Board voted for a 15% per year HOA monthly fee increase for three years running. We are already paying the first 15% increase in 2015.

Fee increases exceed $350,000 for the three year period! Perhaps if we eliminated the HOA Comcast Cable payment some of the HOA fee increases could be eliminated. And we residents even might  be able to negotiate better package deals for Cable, Phone, and Internet individually for ourselves.