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Senior news: Laughter really can be the best medicine

It is said laughter is the best medicine.

Although it is not a cure for major depression, according to the Mayo Clinic website, laughter can improve your mood, relieve stress and pain, and increase personal satisfaction while stimulating your heart, lungs and muscles — and improving your immune system. Not bad for a couple of knock-knock jokes!

Here is a joke that will ,hopefully, at least make you smile. It plays on a common stereotype but turns it upside down showing how clever an old codger can be.

A police car pulls up in front of grandma Bessie's house, and grandpa Morris gets out.

The polite policeman explains that this elderly gentleman said that he was lost in the park and couldn't find his way home.

"Oh Morris,” said grandma, "You've been going to that park for over 30 years! How could you get lost?"

Leaning close to grandma, so that the policeman couldn't hear, Morris whispered, "I wasn't lost. I was just too tired to walk home."

For the second in the series of 90-minute Creative Arts classes, Debra Jones recruited "Master Gardener” Lynn Jones, the lawn and garden manager from True Value, to teach the class on Nov. 4th about spring bulbs.

You will have fun using your imagination to make a one-of-a-kind gift you can take home. All the supplies will be provided for a cost of only $2 per person, but the class is limited to only 10 people. Call the center to sign up.

And if you don’t visit the center for lunch before the 11th, you should drop in on Veterans’ Day for a free dinner provided by Meals-on-Wheels for everyone over 60 in honor of our veterans.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that long ago, which could be the reason why so many still remember the Shamrock Lounge — an Irish named restaurant, serving Chinese food and where country musicians performed. (And from all the entries the winner of a free Saturday breakfast is Larry Thompson. But he’ll have to wait until the next Saturday breakfast on Dec. 20).

This week’s “Remember When” question is not about a place in The Dalles, but a time. During what year, and month if you can remember, was the lowest recorded temperature in The Dalles?

And for bonus points include any memories from that record cold winter. E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or drop it off with a hooded thermal mountain jacket.

Well, it’s been another week learning to skate on thin ice with a 50 pound backpack. Until we meet again, as the famous sage “anonymous” once said, "Falling short of perfection is a process that just never stops."

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble." - Rudyard Kipling


Wednesday (29) Pub Battered Fish

Thursday (30) Pork Roast

Friday (31) Chicken Stir Fried

Monday (3) Meatloaf

Tuesday (4) Chicken Parmesan


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