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For many years you may have received a paper or digital Retiree Newsletter, in which Conference retirees of all ages shared life updates and wisdom in a bi-annual publication. Like many things in 2020, the Retiree Newsletter went virtual! We're excited to provide a digital space for you to share longer updates and even photos of what you're up to, wherever you may be.

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If you have trouble with the form, don't hesitate to email Lauren Miers at lmiers@moumethodist.org

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Karen Blank-Ewell: Moving and Getting Outside

By Karen Blank-Ewell, Revksbe@yahoo.com, Illinois I’m in the final stages of moving from Lake Sara in Effingham, Illinois, down to Lake of Egypt, south of Marion, Illinois. Shawnee National Forest had several groups that I associate with including, hiking group for seniors and a kayaking club. I’ve spent COVID hiking, biking, kayaking, reading and painting. I spend time with friends and my doggies RV-ing. I’ve been very active in politics and found that my witness is most effective in writings...

Roger Jespersen: Staying Active and Moving to Ballwin

By Roger Jespersen, rjespersen13@sbcglobal.net, Ballwin, Missouri Hello, fellow retirees, Susan and I are back in our old home in Ballwin after 17 years in Southeast Missouri. We have done quite a lot of updating so we are ready to "age in place". I said to Susan one day, "I wonder where I will live next?" Reply: "The nursing home." I was hoping for a more reassuring answer like maybe "heaven." I guess she knows me too well.  Two of our kids live nearby and the other two in California and ...

Janet Petty Kohler: Getting Settled in Georgia

By Janet Kohler, kohler_janet@yahoo.com, Villa Rica, Georgia I have spent almost two years getting accustomed to living in Georgia. I am active in a small United Methodist Church here. I spend a significant amount of time with my grandson Dallas, age two, and his sister Hannah, age five months. I enjoy reading the books that I want to read: Fiction by authors Jodi Picoult, Lisa Jackson and James Patterson. And I have read some of Sample's work. My two little dogs and I walk at least a mile ...

Larry Linville: Recovering and Writing Poems

By Larry Linville, llinville2@kc.rr.com, Pleasant Valley, Missouri Thelma had a stroke in January of 2020, and we have dealt with that and the complications of COVID-19 for over a year. She has improved slowly but still uses a walker or cane. We have not gone out much except to doctors appointments. We watch worship from our home church, and I watch a couple other churches. We have both had our shots and are relieved about that. I have kept myself busy writing poetry. I began writing poems ...

Clayton L. Smith: Celebrating Vaccination and Digital Connection

By Clayton L. Smith, claytonlsmith@icloud.com, Stilwell, Kansas I am feeling more freedom over COVID isolation now that I have had my two vaccinations! We hope to be back in church on Easter Sunday! I even got a haircut and cut my facial hair! I continue to read and write a lot which brings me information and inspiration. I am very active in our digital webinar wonderland. I can recommend Will Willimon's new book, Aging: Growing Old in the Church (Pastoring for Life: Theological Wisdom for ...

Don Slover: Teaching for CMU and Staying Connected

By Don Slover in Farmington, Missouri Don Slover here happily sharing life with Sally Ann in a condo in Farmington, Missouri. We are distantly in touch with all four of our children and their families and venturing outside daily to walk in nearby St. Joe Park. At home we stay busy with our online classes. Both of us are Adjunct Professors for Central Methodist University. Sally Ann teaches Education and Psychology, and I play with Philosophy and Religion. The 25 years of my retirement have seen...

Drs. David and Marsha Kerr: Traveling the U.S. in an RV

By David and Marsha Kerr, dr.david.kerr@hotmail.com, St. Louis, Missouri RV travel permits us to limit our outside contacts thus we have made several '20 excursions. This summer we hosted a family reunion in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. At the peak of autumn colors, we wound our way up the shoreline of Lake Michigan to the northern tip and Lake Otsego for a gathering with our youngest son and family. We brought home several pecks of Honeycrisp apples that crunch when you bit into one...

Hubert Neth: Writing and Reading Poems in Lee's Summit

By Hubert Neth, hneth@kc.rr.com, Lee's Summit, Missouri "Hello" from our cave in Lee's Summit where we hide most of the time. Still, read one of my poems on video almost weekly through Link2Lee'sSummit. It is a local news, views, arts and entertainment venue started by a young man here. I want to encourage him. Barbara paints regularly. Our daughters and grandchildren keep in contact. One daughter was appointed and then elected to fill an unexpired term as Johnson County, Missouri, Collector. ...

Stan & Jennie Lowrey: Working with NOMADS and Building a Woodworking Barn

By Stan & Jennie Lowrey, raylynne8888@yahoo.com, Pattonsburg, Missouri WOW, what a year! It began with Jennie's mother's death just after we arrived in southern Florida for our winter of NOMADS service. She returned to Missouri for 10 days of freezing weather and ice storms. Stan spent his birthday in the doctor's office but was happy to learn his terrible cold wasn't Covid-19. NOMADS were allowed to leave their projects early because of the virus, but at that time we were in a VERY rural area...

Cleo Kottwitz: Enjoying Fall and Learning New Things

By Cleo Kottwitz, cdk13@socket.net, Columbia, Missouri   COVID-19 has cancelled various travels we had planned for 2020, but we are doing O.K. and keeping busy. A couple of years ago we registered as "future residents" at the Lenoir Woods Retirement Community here in Columbia. We did an overnight in a guest house in August to check it out and enjoyed it. The best part was Carolyn Steinhaus contacting other residents, and they met with us in the small park shelter for conversation, including Mel ...

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