More from Elmer Dickson
As my meditation indicates, I have given up some activities at the age of 86. Nevertheless, I still lead an active life at the retirement home where I live in Bradenton, Florida. Once a week I go to play at a nine-hole putting green. I host the monthly birthday dinner the home provides for residents' birthday celebrations each month. The Resident Council has given me the responsibility to create cards for hospitalized residents—an anniversary card on the date of each couple's wedding, a birthday card for each residents during their birth month, and special cards for all residents on events such as Christmas, Easter, Independence Day, etc. We have a small writers group that I attend and other activities for which I volunteer.
I have considerable involvement beyond the campus of the retirement home. In June I visited California, where I toured three National Parks. In August I will fly to Europe to participate in a one-week course at Oxford University, then go on to Wittenberg, Germany, where throughout this year they are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's efforts to reform the Church. A brief visit to Lisbon, Portugal will be my last stop before returning to the United States.
If you would like to communicate with me and share what God has done in your life and how you work at being a person of Christian faith and service, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and The Upper Room will put you in touch with me. God's grace and peace be yours!
- Rev. Elmer A. Dickson
Pictured above: Elmer at sign for Sequoia National Park in California (top), Elmer and his son Paul riding Segways in San Francisco (below)