The Gift

Creatively produced and directed by Grant Bagley,The Gift was written as a radio play by Virginia De Wyze and consists of five monologs. Superbly performed by our Collington Drama Committee players Marilyn Haskell, Joyce Garrison, Marilu Sherer, Vena Darling and Maja Keech we are taken through time and the country when a jewel box that one might think is ordinary takes a road trip. A simple set allows us to focus on the words and actions of our players. We hope that you enjoy this first Drama Committee play of 2021. 

You can watch the entire production using the link:

Digital Divide at Collington 2020

By Dennis Evans

This is an analysis of email addresses at Collington and email traffic on the Collington-Discussion Google Group. 

Email Addresses:  There are 379 entries in the August 2020 Telephone Directory that have contact email addresses.  The Photo Directory of the same group of residents has 463 individual photographs.  Overall, 76% of the units have email contact addresses and 24% have no email contact address.  In the Apartments about 40% have email addresses.  In the Creighton Center about 30% have email addresses.

 

 

The Collington-Discussion group was formed May 19, 2016.  The number of conversations (common topic, many with multiple email responses) posted per year were: 2016=453; 2017=1381; 2018=1591; 2019=1676; 2020=4230.  During the Covid-19 visiting restrictions the number of post more than doubled. 

Of the 463 (100%) residents listed in the August 2020 Telephone Directory, 283 (61%) were members of the discussion group.  From April 27-August 2, 2020, 167 residents (59% of members of the discussion group) posted 3705 emails to the discussion group.  The distribution of emails is shown in the graph.  The top 25% of the discussion group emails are sent by 4 individuals.  The bottom 25% of the emails are sent by 225 individuals.  There are 125 individuals who sent no emails during the report period.  There is no way to tell how many of the individuals read the emails that are sent.

Cybersecurity for Older Adults

“Cybersecurity for Older Adults”
is a video presentation By Dennis Evans,
Technology-Communications Chair, discussing:

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Older Adults
Quiz: Can You Spot an Online Scam?
Top 5 Hottest Senior Cyber Scams
Cyber Attacks: What Makes Me Vulnerable?
References / Free Software

Contact Dennis if you have any questions.

Introducing –

“CollingtonPresents”

Logo by Clarita Ricketts

The first in this 7 part series was broadcast on our local TV Channel 972, on Saturday, October 10th.  Dr. Bud Gardiner presented a psychological backdrop to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as offering personal insights.

The second introduced us to Women’s history professor and scholar, Dr. Nancy Hewitt  spoke about the effort to grant women’s suffrage including the complexity of African-American women’s efforts. 

This entire series will be shown on select Saturdays at 3 pm. 

The next event is November 7th.  Lyle Denniston retired last year after 72 years in the news business including 62 years covering the United States Supreme Court for various newspapers, magazines and online news organizations.  Although not trained as a lawyer, he taught for eight years at the Georgetown University Law Center and various colleges and universities, and lectured and published widely.  His book, The Reporter and the Law: Techniques of Covering the Courts remains used in newsrooms and in journalism education. 

Future Presentations include: 

  • 11/7 Lyle Denniston – “Is the Constitution Out of Date?” 
  • 11/21 Natalie Groom – “Whistling Hens”
  • 12/5 Phyllis Marsh – “Women’s Rights Worldwide: Finding Ways to Make A Difference”
  • 12/19 Peter Basquin – “Peter Basquin Plays! Piano Masters in Three-Quarter Time”
  • 1/9/21 Katie Basquin & Co. – “Snippets from Samantha Rastles the Woman Question.”

So please join us, as we highlight just a few of us who make Collington our special place.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Huyck, Lois Brown, or Bonnie Cronin, the “CollingtonPresents” team.

Staying Active

Contributed by Marian Fuchs and Mike Burke

Last month the RA Marketing Committee asked resident Mike Burke to write a piece on how Collington was coping with the coronavirus, and his delightful piece, “Care in an Unsettled Time” was posted on the website, after being used by the Marketing Office in the virtual marketing newsletter and website.  This month the Committee asked Mike to write a second piece, on what we residents were doing during the corona shutdown.  He wrote another winner, which has already appeared in Collington’s digital marketing places, and which you can read right here.