Posts by: Life Lived Forward

Passion for the Rails

On December 19, 2012 By

Do your warm memories of the holidays include a model train circling the base of a tree? Did you visit hobby shops as a child and watch in awe as model trains endlessly looped a tremendous model town? If so, you are not alone. Model trains have a long and storied past. They continue to […]

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Optimistic About Aging

On September 4, 2012 By

More than 75% of older Americans feel a strong sense of optimism that life will get better as they age, according to a poll by Reuters released Tuesday, August 7.

And why shouldn’t we be optimistic? Contrary to what we’re so often told, life does get better with age. These days, […]

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Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Worried about  insomnia or sleep apnea and what they could mean for your […]

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Why We Give

On August 10, 2012 By

A Lifelong Contribution to Literature, Women’s Issues & Public Service

Dr. Kay E. Vandergrift ’62 is a Rutgers University professor emerita and a leading scholar in children’s literature.

Dr. Jane A. Hannigan is a professor emeritus from Columbia University.  Both have spent their entire careers in academia and are making a difference a Millersville […]

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CBS’ Sunday Morning ran a fascinating piece about the study of aging that is so strange you’ve got to see it to bee-lieve it.

The study of aging is one of the foremost concerns in medical science today. Scientists hoping to extend our lives look to a variety of factors, including genetics, our lifestyle choices, […]

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Compiled by Kay E. Vandergrift and Jane A. Hannigan
With Contributions by Eric Gehman

In the current political climate in this country, when thoughtless acceptance of highly polarized positions unsupported by facts or reason seem to be the norm, it is critical that we know some of the sources that […]

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We consulted some of the foremost “experts” on retirement and asked them how they were preparing for life after their career.  Here’s what they had to say:

Special thanks to all of our Camp Willow kids and their families!

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Last week, I was privileged to have lunch with several Residents at Willow Valley Retirement Communities in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.   I asked them what they liked most about living in a retirement community.   The most satisfying pleasure, they all agreed,  is meeting friends at meals and having close contact with others involved in similar life […]

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On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia.  Juliette imagined that Girl Scouting could be “the magic thread” connecting girls everywhere and for 50 million women, the ties have never been stronger.  Girl Scouting inspires girls to explore new interests, discover hidden talents, develop healthy and constructive […]

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Quilting Matters

On March 13, 2012 By

Amish Quilts from Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Amish women of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country have been creating exquisite quilts since the 1800’s.  They not only serve a practical, functional purpose, but serve as a form of entertainment as well.  When groups of Amish women gather for a quilting bee it is a time of socialization and […]

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