Readers help write my column. I’m always in search of ideas and information that will be useful to them, and a totally new topic recently came my way.

It’s not the usual list of problems and difficulties. A new resident at Mary’s Woods told me about the benefits — not the problems — of change:

“Here at Mary’s Woods, I really miss: sweeping the curb, clearing dog poop, repairing the sidewalk, pressure washing the driveway, picking up leaves, mowing the lawn, repairing the sprinkler system, pruning bushes, checking crawl space vents, repairing the fence, inspecting the attic, checking the furnace, cleaning the gutters, repairing the downspouts, ants and yellow jackets, weeds and moss, frozen hose bibs” — enough already!

This message added that this is only half the story — the male perspective. I should get the other half from his wife. And when I asked her she pointed out that he never did any of those things but it’s a good story — so do send it to the newspaper. I welcome your comments. What other good things are happening?

Stories for Positive Aging is a semi-monthly column on senior issues written by Lake Oswego resident Ardis Stevenson, author of “Facing Age, Finding Answers” and “Dusty’s War.” She can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by regular mail at 17440 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

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