• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

  • Discounts for Fifty-Five +

    Golden Griddle Restaurant - 10% discount (excluding alcohol)
    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

    fabulous, fanciful, fancy-free, fantastic, far-out, fashionable, fearless, feisty, fiery, fine, flamboyant, flashy, flattering, flirtatious, folksy, forthright, fortunate, foxy, frank, free, fresh, friendly, frivolous, fulsome, fun, funky, funny

Dinner And The Meaning Of Life

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

~ Albert Einstein

I am insatiably curious. About life, myself, others. As a child, I drove my mother wild pestering her with questions about everything. “But why, Mom?” She did her best to satisfy my curiosity but each answer seemed to lead to more questions and finally she’d just tell me to wait until Dad came home. My Dad was a walking encyclopedia of information as far as I was concerned. Even though he’d hadn’t been able to go on to university or college (he had to go to work right after high school – it was during the Depression), he read a lot, listened to the radio and was almost as curious as I was about life itself.

We’d have long discussions after dinner each night, reveling in the pleasure of trying to stump each other with the next question, the next idea, the next possible outcome. I look back on those days with fond memories.

And now, as I look ahead to the next half of my life, I’m equally curious. I notice that my questions have changed though. I’m no longer asking “Why?” when unexpected events happen. I’ve discovered that’s a question that rarely has an answer.

Instead, I’m asking questions like “What opportunity does this hold for me?”, or “What is trying to happen here?” I love those questions because they push my mind to explore a bigger picture. Suddenly I’m a kid again, discovering the meaning of life with my Dad at the dinner table.

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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