Author: Carol Ann Heath, Ed.D.

Formally retired as Assistant State Superintendent, Special Education and Early Intervention but still involved in many activities, especially travel, consulting, graduate teaching in special education, volunteer activites in community.

Holidays Remembered

The most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the reminiscences flow from the corners of our hearts. Our accumulated memories and treasured ornaments followed through many moves and lives. Each year we would gently unwrap each ornament, remembering what it symbolized, who made the family treasures, and the years of traditions, family, and friends. My…

Appreciating the End of the Day

Employment brings a treasured and well-earned end of a long day!  Retirement requires a re-look at all routines and new way to value many aspects of life.  Living at the beach has provided a much-appreciated beauty with changing sunsets, nearly every day and every season.  It is a double entendre for our lives…as our life will be sun-setting…

Looking Back on Cherished Holiday Traditions

Always one to appreciate the many traditions of the season, decorating remains my most cozy memory with my family.  As traditionalists we did not display or light the decorations until the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Of course, we started with the outdoor lights, decorating the front bushes, and hanging lights along the gutters.  Waiting until dark to adjust the…

Exercising When Older

The media frequently reminds those of us who are older to get sufficient physical activity and exercise, at least 30 minutes a day.  This is an easier task when we are in our 60s but progressively becomes more difficult.  It is never simple to maintain a consistent schedule and keep up with both aerobic and strength exercises.  As…

Safety Packaging

There is very little that is more aggravating on a day to day basis as the frustration of opening packages of food, bottles of medicine, liquid bottles, and purchased over the counter drugs. Millennials take these inconveniences for granted, never really questioning the origin and implications for older Americans. In 1982, in the Chicago suburb…