A Boomer’s Journal

Being an ‘Elder’ Has

Advantages

Over Those Both

Younger and Older

By Tom AnselmTom Amsel. pg 2jpg

I am the oldest person in our immediate family, both sides. The Senior Member, so to speak. You may recall that Medicare and I became fast friends about ten months ago. And for the most part, it has been an amicable relationship. I don’t really need any supplemental plans, thank the Good Lord Above. Things are generally going well. One can only take it one day at a time, however, especially since my last birthday put me square into the ranks of “Elderly”, according to US Government parlance.

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Cards Finding Magic With Upcoming Stars

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

It’s difficult to write an up to date column when the deadline is before the big game but is published after the game is over, but that’s where I stand on Tuesday. By the time you read this the Cards have either wrapped it up at home or facing a Game 5 in Los Angeles.

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F-F District Host Public Health Fair on Oct. 10

The Ferguson-Florissant School District will host a health fair, open to the public and employees, on Friday, Oct. 10. The fair will take place at the District’s Administration Center, Building B, located at 1005 Waterford Drive in Florissant from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Little Creek Nature Area Holds Open House

The Little Creek Nature Area, located at 2295 Dunn Road, will host a fun, free family event on Sat., Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.  The event is open to the public.

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‘Gone Girl’ is Deliciously Suspenseful

By Sandra Olmsted

(While fans of the book know what happens, I have done my best not to spoil the plot for those unfamiliar with the novel.)

The old joke about the first suspect being the murder victim’s husband or wife and that’s all you need to know about marriage forms the basic premise of director David Fincher adaptation of the novel by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay. The film opens on the morning of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) Dunne’s fifth anniversary, and Nick leave early for his lackluster job as a bar owner and chews the fat and his wife over coffee with his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon). When Nick returns home, Amy is missing, and the house looks as though a crime has been staged there — at least to Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens). Meanwhile, Officer Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) knows that Nick did it.

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The Good Lie: A Real Coming to America

By Sandra Olmsted

What Americans know about Africa is limited and skewed by films like Coming to America and now news reports of the ebola epidemic. Africa consists of 50 plus nations and spans climates of arid desert, tropical, rain forest, and subarctic on its highest peaks. Most of the continent’s population lives far below the first world standards and even farther below the imaginary Prince Akeem Eddie Murphy embodied in Coming to America. Ravaged by AIDS and other diseases the first world can cure or could cure and riddled with political strife and unrest — all orphan makers, Africa has only potential, and that is what director Philippe Falardeau shows in the world in The Good Lie. While not the story of real people, Margaret Nagle’s screenplay draws on and is “inspired by” the experiences of thousands of “Lost Boys of Sudan,” refugees of both genders who emigrated to the United States between the mid 80s and the post-911 terrorism fears, which halted the program.

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