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Dear Lexis, I recently lost my job and I find myself feeling overwhelmed by uncertainty. I used to feel like things were going to work out and that my life was on track, but I don’t know … more
I don’t know about you but after the recent rain and snowstorms, I am ready for spring. Now I know it won’t arrive for a while but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about it … more
Dear Lexis, You mentioned a belief that you consider important for people to hold, that things are always working out for the best.  I suppose you would call this belief “hope.” … more
Seniors are very generous people. They have been giving all through their lives and are very open to sharing what they have. So, it should come as no surprise that one of the main things they share … more
Dear Lexis, My daughter has really been struggling this year. She missed out on most of the traditional events during her senior year and had to begin her first year of college online. I recently … more
In another life, I was the director of programs for 20 active senior communities across the great state of Texas. My role, in a nutshell, was to offer programs and activities that would keep the … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts throughout my life, and while I’ve gotten some help from a therapist, I wondered if you have some suggestions that could … more
Retirement is not what it used to be. Fewer and few retirees are going home and staying there. The fact is after retirement from one career, thousands are beginning new ones. Decades ago, Del Webb … more
The JOLT is pleased to welcome Olympia-based cartoonist Chelsea Baker, whose dull wit and sharp pen (or is it the other way around?) brings to a point issues and events relevant to us here in … more
Dear Lexis, People call me naïve.  They tell me that I don’t understand how the world works and that I should basically keep my mouth shut. I don’t understand why they say … more
I am a noodler. For those who may not be familiar with this term, it simply means “one who noodles”. Noodling is also another name for daydreaming or spacing cadet, and it can be … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been working on improving my emotional landscape, but no matter what I do I don’t seem to see any progress. I find myself losing faith. I feel like I’ve changed … more
Did you know that the only low-vision clinic on the west coast that offers free vision-aid equipment and referrals is right here in Thurston County? It's the Corbin Low Vision Resource Clinic, … more
Dear Lexis, I am having a problem with motivation. I know that I should focus and get to work but every time I start I find myself feeling depressed, sad, or entirely without motivation. I … more
I have no sense of direction. None. Zippo. I consider this lack a birth defect and have come to terms with it over the years. When I lived in the Dallas, Texas area, I nearly lost my mind a number … more
Dear Lexis, I find myself feeling a bit stuck lately. Life seems to be going okay, but I don't feel particularly hopeful or happy on a daily basis. I'm not really sure why I feel this way, but I … more
One of the hardest things’ seniors have to give up in life is our car keys. With the loss of these, goes our freedom, independence and life as we know it. Either we now have to budget for … more
Dear Lexis, I am really struggling now with the weight of life and want to know how to find hope in it. With the constant struggle to make rent, so much time and energy spent away from those I … more
Bored? Not feeling the holiday spirit this year? If so, you are not alone. Christmas is just a few days away and we are not supposed to gather with family and friends this year. Too many of us are … more
Dear Alexis, My life is going pretty well, but something that has been bugging me is the lack of help I get from my husband around the house. Do you have any suggestions as to what I might do to … more
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