News

Minnesota is at the forefront of the “de-carbonization” of power, the result of both public policy and private sector leadership. 

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Apr 5 2018

For those who like historical fiction and a “light” read with a happy ending, the UMRA Book Club recommends A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

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Apr 5 2018

Tech support available to retirees from the U’s Office of Information Technology and a demonstration of UMRA’s website were highlights of the workshop following UMRA’s March luncheon. 

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Apr 5 2018

Thinking that meditation can only be learned by sitting with a personal guide? That personal guide can come to you via your smartphone. 

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Apr 5 2018

Volunteer to change lives; help seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and continue living in their homes. Help at Your Door volunteers assist with transportation, home support, groceries, and in many other ways. 

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Apr 5 2018

Committee will recommend candidates for officers and members for the Board of Directors to lead UMRA in 2018−19.

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Apr 5 2018

Nine grants totaling nearly $36,000 have been awarded to individuals who applied for 2018–19 funding from the Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.

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Apr 5 2018

Are you looking for somewhere to donate your extra books? Here are some resources to consider. 

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Apr 5 2018

2018 Awards. In February, 2018 a subcommittee of the UMRA Grants Committee reviewed 10 applications for the Professional Development Grants for Retirees and recommended that 9 be approved. In March, Allen Levine, Vice President for Research announced the recipients of the 2018 Professional Development Grants for Retirees . The recipients represented the fields of Medicine, Art History, Indian Studies, Education, Design, Indian Studies, Information Studies, Graphic Arts, History, and Psychology. 

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Mar 19 2018

Chances are, most of us will experience falling in our later years, but despite many commonly held myths about falling, it should not be considered a normal part of aging. Falls can be prevented. 

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Mar 5 2018

Reflecting on their impressions of The Homeplace by J. Drew Lanham, Book Club members select the quote: “I am as much a scientist as I am a black man; my skin defines me no more than my heart does. …I’ve yet to have a wild creature question my identity.”

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Mar 5 2018

Whether eager to learn or skeptical of the practice of meditation, you will find the book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics offers a beneficial experience.

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Mar 5 2018

The Book Club will meet Friday, March 16, at 2 p.m. to discuss A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor.

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Mar 5 2018

Serve as a history judge for school kids. Or as a juror for budding lawyers at a mock traffic trial. Everyone will learn something, and the students will thank you!

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Mar 5 2018

Membership Committee reaches out to prospective retirees with Retirement Kit and invitation to sample what UMRA has to offer. 

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Mar 5 2018

Keep UMRA invigorated! Nominate strong candidates for next year’s board and officers.

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Mar 5 2018

What if you were always introduced by the worst thing you have ever done? UMRA’s February luncheon speaker, criminal justice advocate Emily Baxter, posed this provocative question to inspire us to think deeply about the “empathy and opportunity chasm” that exists between those who are caught and convicted of criminal offenses and the rest of us. 

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Mar 5 2018

From the Cares Committee bookshelf: The Industry of Souls

The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth, published by Picador Macmillan, 1998. Available through Amazon (both print and Kindle) and in a Nook book at Barnes and Noble. There also is one copy at the University library.

The book has a beautiful structure with the story taking place in one day. Alexander Baylis is celebrating his 80th birthday by taking a leisurely walk through the Russian village he’s lived in for the past 30 years. All seems quiet and ordinary at first. Then we learn that Alex is a British citizen who was arrested by the Soviets for spying and placed in a Siberian labor camp for 20 years. 

As he wends his way through the town, he talks to different people and is revealed as a wise, kind man, beloved by the villagers in his adopted home. Gradually, through flashbacks, we learn about his life in the gulag and the indomitable spirit that carried him through those dark years. 

For instance, we learn of the moral dilemma that confronts him when his friend asks Alexander to kill him to end his suffering. On a lighter note, we are treated to a memorable scene where he and his fellow prisoners dig up the perfectly preserved ancient body of a mammoth and then eat it after cooking it over an open fire.

At the end of his birthday walk, Alexander returns home to find a surprise visitor from England. He has received an inheritance, but he must return to England to claim it.

Skillfully written, it is a perfect story of a simple life well lived. A wonderful reading experience, it was short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker prize in 1998.

— Review by Pat Tollefson, UMRA Cares Committee

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:45pm
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