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The following appeared in the local paper "The Oregonian". I've read of these on this Forum in the oast but this is the most detailed account of their history etc I've seen.
Hope it opens.

http://portlandoregonian.or.newsmemo...7&mtime=093327
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Sorry about the bad copy. Try this one.
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Another try at posting the article.
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Jon - that's a great article and a terrific concept. While I was still working in law enforcement, I found that some retired members would stop by the office just to have someone to talk to - they had nothing else to do. I retired from my second career, 4 years ago, and have no shortage of hobbies - I golf at least 4 times a week, and do some woodworking and help out a cabinet maker. In addition to that, I've got my photography that I still enjoy, although I now find I have little time for it.

I've found that retired folks who have no hobbies age quickly. Although I'm relatively young (soon to be 67) I have a lot of friends at my golf course who are in their late 70s and early to mid-80s who are still very active. Most of them don't look their age. The key, upon retirement, is to have a hobby and friends to talk to, and to keep one's mind active. No one should spend their "later" years in isolation.

Thanks for posting the link to the article.
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My brother recently retired and is at a loss for human connections and friends. They moved away from all their friends and found an "ideal" spot in the woods on 10 acres with a river running through it. He can't stand it. He was a teacher of computer technology, programming and was an engineer at Jet Propulsion Labs working on unmanned missions. We spent a few days together and I suggested he really needed to get a group together. So I sent him the article and will bug him about it. Thanks for posting this.
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That's a great concept, Jon. I think I use the forum as my "Men's Shed."
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That's a great concept, Jon. I think I use the forum as my "Men's Shed."
lol, you beat me it Oliver ,as in many ways itís simular.


That menís shed is a fantastic idea , and I can see it helping in many ways .In my case I just need you guys and a cold case of beer once in a while
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The presence of other people in your life really helps you deal with being alone. Hearing aids also help! My late brother left his great new hearing aids to me and I'm going to give them to the Olive Osmond hearing project. They refurbish them and give them to someone who needs, but can't afford them.

If you wear aids, when you check out, ask that your hearing instruments go here:

Olive Osmond Hearing Fund
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Gentlemen:

I thought the article would find a good reception and your points about friends and hobbies are very well made.

A number of the newer "retirement" communities in the Portland area now include wood shops as a major feature.

The old "use it or loose it" principle holds well.

Enjoy.
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@JFPNCM I used it, but still lost it, either broke it or wore it out or used it up.
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