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When writer’s block strikes and the well runs dry

As the day unfolded, I continually reminded myself that I had an article to write.

I’ve processed the thought many times now without much success.

I watered the plants in the lounge with a great big imaginary question mark over my head following me around the room.

I reflected on the day, hoping the different tasks I completed would spark a thought.

Well, there were lots of thoughts, but no sparks.

I could write about the call I received asking me to assist someone with a scooter repair through Medicaid/Medicare and what that would entail. Maybe the reallocation of some state and federal funding, or how we determine in-kind?

Perhaps it would be the referral I received for a potential home-delivered meal client from the health department, or the bouncing of ideas back and forth with Raymond, our Veteran’s Service Officer.

The day went on with ASI membership questions, prep for a meeting, an hour and a half statewide webinar/training, answering many e-mails and numerous phone calls. I checked in with my Medicare/SHIP counselors, coded out bills, completed some billing, put together a meal survey and, then, back to the article again.


As the day came to a close and I found myself once again working late, I still had not come up with a topic and was facing a fast-approaching deadline.

I decided my topic is ... I don’t have one. It is just my day, on paper.

Special events

Dr. Kurz. Wednesday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. The importance of a good night’s sleep. Are you irritable, have memory problems or are forgetful? Feel depressed, have more falls or accidents, feel very sleepy during the day? Learn the possible causes and how to get a good night’s sleep.

Free movie and popcorn. Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m. “Cowboys and Aliens” (PG-13). A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. Starring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wild.


Come on in to The Den and check out our library. We have quite the collection of books, including some large print, as well as books on tape/CD, videos, DVDs and audio tapes for you to borrow.

At your service

Not driving anymore?

Car in the shop?

Get to where you need to go; door to door bus service available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Delivered to your door

Are you homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness?

Let us do the cooking.

Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal home-delivery program is available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, March 16 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, March 19 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, March 20 — 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, March 21 — 12:30 p.m. Dr. Kurz, A Good Night’s Sleep.

Thursday, March 22 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, March 23 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, guests $6, kids 12 and under $3. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $11.51. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, March 16 — Senior Choice Menu: Grilled corned beef and Swiss on rye bread, chunky tomato soup, carrot-raisin salad, peanuts, orange.

Monday, March 19 — Chicken Alfredo, Harvard beets, cranberry sauce, whole wheat bread, tossed salad, winter fruit salad.

Tuesday, March 20 — Pork and green chile stew, tortilla, tossed salad, fiesta corn, pineapple tidbits, oatmeal-raisin cookie.

Wednesday, March 21 — Meatloaf with beef gravy, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, whole wheat roll, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit.

Thursday, March 22 —?Closed for administrative day.

Friday, March 23 — Senior Choice Menu: Lemon-baked fish, oven-browned potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, vanilla ice cream with bananas and strawberries, whole wheat roll.

Arboles meal program

Lunches are served in Arboles on the first and third Thursdays of each month, weather permitting, in the basement of the Catholic Church. Reservations are required the Monday preceding. The suggested donation is $3 for age 60-plus. Call 264-2167 for more information or to make a reservation.

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