March 1st: Today I started inviting friends - to a brunch on Friday morning, March 6th. This is a ladies' gathering, and I am providing all the food and beverages. One guest asked: what is the occasion? There IS a "purpose" for this brunch. For years -- I have been thinking/researching ways -- that people can "help each other" during the aging process. This brunch is "to introduce an idea -- and I want to get reactions and get a free-flowing discussion going. The idea is "as simple as I can make it". It will be a "sort-of message board" -- for local friends who are interested -- in "sharing opportunities/needs for help". For example: a person falls, has injuries, goes to the hospital, goes to rehab -- and then goes home - for a couple of months recovery at home. (Not much strength yet). IF that person so chose -- I would list the information that they wanted posted. "Betty Lou had an accident… etc. Betty Lou will be recovering at home for the next two months. She can't drive during this period. She would welcome having dinners dropped off; someone to walk her dog; someone to drive her to the physical therapist". Whatever message Betty Lou wanted -- would be posted. The other members of the group would read the message. Perhaps they do not care for Betty Lou - and would chose to do nothing. Perhaps they do like Betty Lou. If so - perhaps they would double a tasty dinner that they were cooking - and take half of the meal to Betty Lou's home, in disposable packaging. First - they might call to check on food allergies - and see if the dinner should be delivered ready to eat - or frozen for later use. Perhaps they would telephone to see if they could pick up things for Betty Lou - at the grocery store, drug store, library, wherever they were going. Perhaps they would bring their dog along - and pick up Betty Lou's dog - to go for a walk. I do not know "how things will develop". I am hosting a get-together -- a nice brunch -- so people can talk about their ideas of how things should develop. I will keep you posted.