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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Still in love but farklempt department It's been said that senior citizens are living out their "Golden" years. WHAT A CROCK! They should be called the "Rusty" years. I no longer recognize the names of so-called A-listers in the movies, on television, in the music industry the names are not familiar to me. Where have I been? Am I THAT old? And speaking of the music industry there are no words. Really! The music being written and performed these days is (in my opinion) awful. Where are the likes of George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harold Aden, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter? Their songs, part of the Great American Songbook, will live forever. (At least I hope so.) They are the only songs worth performing as far as I'm concerned and they are the only songs I do perform. I actually grew up in the Rock and Roll era, but could not enjoy the music because of the noise and the repetition of the beat. Also, the so-called "talent" that performed the songs were not what I consider talent. And these days, with the crap they call rap, and grunge, and heavy metal, etc the noise has gotten louder. The sounds are NOT melodic. The lyrics are not thoughtful. I shudder to think what tomorrow will bring. (Though, as a senior citizen, I may not be around to- morrow to hear it!) But let's get back to why I am feeling farklempt: Last night, while watching television, a wonderful old movie came on. It starred Fred Astaire (whose paternal grandparents, incidentally, were Jewish), and Ginger Rog- ers. The movie was titled "Swing Time." The story line is simple but entertaining, and the danc- ing well I don't have to rave. All I have to do is repeat the names Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Fred plays Lucky, a dancer and a gambler who must earn $25,000 to marry his fiancg. He and Victor Moore move to New York to find high stakes gambling, where Fred meets dance instructor Penny, played by Ginger Rogers. They form a successful dance team and have NO romance until the end of the film (hence the delightful song "A Fine Romance.") All's well that ends well, of course. What really made me emotional (farklempt) was Fred Astaire's singing of my very favorite song of all time, "The Way You Look Tonight." Incidentally, all the songs for the movie were written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields who were both Jewish. "The Way You Look Tonight" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936. I couldn't bring myself to sing it for many years because of the lyrics of the Bridge "with each word your tenderness grows, tearing my fear apart " (For very private reasons, the word "tenderness" caused me to break down in tears.) Now though, I sing it and even have recorded it on one of my CDs. (You can hear it online if you go to and type in my name. It is on my "I Have Dreamed" CD. Or you can go to my website, and click on it from there.) Of course, being married so many years to my spouse (more than 52), the movie's other hit song, "A Fine Ro- mance" really fits the bill. "A fine romance with no kisses. A fine romance, my friend, this is!" If you're married more than a half century like we are, those lyrics unfortunately ring true! (OK, OK Irv and I are old and tired, still in love, but farklempt.) Speaking of caring and hearts Why not open your hearts and homes and host a foreign exchange student? People who have done so have found the experience to be very rewarding as they became close friends for life and also learned much about other cultures. I recently heard back from BARBARA LOFTON, Ph.D in an email: "We thank everyone in advance for considering hosting a foreign exchange student. We were successful with placing one student and we are highly appreciative of that family. ICES, International Cultural Exchange Services, would like you to open your home as well as your hearts and host a student either as an emergency 90-day placement or as a permanent 10-month high school placement. "I am located in Maitland/Winter Park area and I am very visible to the families that place students. If you have any questions, please contact me at 321-439-2102. Remember there is no financial outlay to the family except room and board. All students come with monies enough to cover all of their personal expenses. Please consider hosting a student." And in an earlier email, Barbara wrote: "I need to place a Jewish girl from Damascus. She has been rejected by several school zones out of state, She is in need of a placement ASAP. We can also recruit families that are called an arrival family, the placement is 90 days only as an emergency, then we may have to transfer, but usually not." (I know my readers are big hearted, caring folks. They will come through!) Still on the subject of caring people I also received an email from NANCY LUDIN, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion, informing us of their upcom- ing annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. She writes: "Everyone is invited to the Jewish Pavilion's annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. at Maison and Jardin. "Special thanks to BUNNY ROSEN who has chaired this event since its inception. Bunny makes all the arrange- ments for the meal and handles the daunting task of seating arrangements. Participants will have the opportunity to socialize, shop and take home a goody bag and raffle prize. "For the first time ever, the Jewish Pavilion is honoring two incredible couples who have devoted countless hours to the Jewish Pavilion and truly fulfilled the mission 'to enhance the lives of our elders in long-term care.' "JOE and BERNICE DA- VIDS volunteer several hours aweek for the Jewish Pavilion. They participate in a weekly Ice Cream Social and two monthly Shabbat services at Savannah Court. They also help out with mailings and projects in the Jewish Pavilion office. "HANK and SUZANNE LANDERS have led monthly Shabbat services for five Joe and Bernice Davids years. They invite their fellow congregants at Bet Chaim to join in the fes- tivities. Currently, they lead Shabbat services at Savannah Court where one of their favorite families (the Schotts) reside. Hank donated and installed the Jewish Pavilion's phone system and continued to SuzanneandHankLanders enhance it over the years. "These four people are mensches in every sense of the word. They are also role models for service and compassion and marital love in our Jewish community." (The Davids and the Landers are two couples who are truly devoted "Volunteers of the Year" and deserve this great honor. Mazel tovl) If you love animals as ! do And I think you do than why not go to www.theani- Just one click per day will help feed needy animals. The animals will thank you. I thank you! One for the road Here are the five rules for men to follow for a happy life that Russell J. Larsen had inscribed on his headstone in Logan, Utah. He died not knowing that he would win the "Coolest Headstone" contest. (Who knew there was such a contest? What did he win? Why would he care he's dead!) Here are the five rules: 1. It's important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks from time to time, cleans up, and has a job. 2. It's important to have a woman who can make you laugh. 3. It's important to have a woman who you can trust, and doesn't lie to you. 4. It's important to have a woman who is good in bed, and likes to be with you. 5. It's very, very important that these four women do not know each other or you could end up dead like me. 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