Hanging up the keys

Tracey Ask Tracey, Columns

Dear Tracey, It’s finally happened. My mother, who is 84 and mentally quite sharp, had her driver’s license taken away. Between my mother’s poor vision, slow reaction time, and inability to fully turn her head, her doctor said she needed to put the safety of herself and others first. I’m relieved. But my mother is sad and irritated. She says …

Paper Crane Ornament

Wabi-Sabi … it works!

Tracey Columns

Over the last twenty-five years I’ve had the pleasure, the FUN, of performing in a number of different musicals. It’s an activity that nourishes me on many different levels. It also exhausts me. So, having wrapped up our Boomer Troupe’s performance of The Music in Our Lives  last weekend, I am all about taking it easy this week. It’s a …

Exercise your brain!

Tracey Columns

What are you doing for your brain health? I have to admit that pondering this topic makes me want to crawl under a rock. One more thing I have to do to keep healthy? Maybe it’s this wet, gray, winter day but it sounds exhausting … until I consider exactly how important it to keep my brain engaged, challenged and …

But how do we move forward?

Tracey Columns

Since last week’s election, my column’s mailbox has been flooded with reader’s reactions. Many are devastated, “How can this have happened in America?” Others are elated, “Finally, it’s our turn. We didn’t take to the streets after we lost. People need to get over it and move on.” But how do we move forward? Perhaps my personal situation might help …

Happy 90th Birthday, Mom!

Tracey Columns

Today is my incredible mother’s 90th birthday! While some physical issues could be easier for her, she is mentally quite sharp. She pays close attention to the current political circus, loves to stay up to date on world events, and has maintained a wonderful sense of humor. She is beloved by friends and family and holds a very special place …

It’s showtime!

Tracey Columns

It’s showtime! Those Fascinating Fifties, a lively musical review that explores and celebrates the 1950s, is happening this weekend, Feb. 12 and 13 at the Eureka Woman’s Center. Through captivating stories (performed by the likes of Jeff DeMark, among others,) familiar rock ‘n roll, and nostalgic memories, this show promises to entertain and transport you to days gone by. Best …

2016 Off and running!

Tracey Columns

It’s a new year and I seem to have hit the deck running. (As long as my back holds out, right?) While I am a little overwhelmed at times, I’m enjoying myself immensely. With two big projects in the works (more on those in a minute) I’m engaged, challenged, excited, and okay … a little bit tired. (I took a …

Not too old to take a risk!

Tracey Columns

When was the last time you did something that kind of knocked your socks off? I had that experience recently and not just once but twice. Lucky me, right? And it wasn’t even something I saw coming, which made me appreciate it even more. Last week we held two audition sessions for Humboldt Light Opera Company’s new Boomer+ Troupe. I …

Home alone … at night

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, My husband died six months ago. It’s been awful. I hate living alone but at least I have our dog. She is great company. I can get through the days. It’s the nights that are bad, mostly because I am so frightened to be living alone. For fifty years I had my husband by my side. Now, every …

Take a risk!

Tracey Columns

The last couple of weeks, the subjects of this column seemed to hit a nerve for many of you. While some readers let me know they’d had positive experiences with the topics I was addressing, others had quite different reactions. After I responded to a woman who was interested in, but leery of computers, I heard from the ‘you’ll never …