Spirituality of An Elder Through Duck Feeding – by Marie Pollnow


One of the ladies I worked with as a Caregiver, I’ll call her Ida, loved to feed the ducks.  We would visit one of the local parks, park the car and arm in arm we would walk closer to the pond.  At the pond were many adult ducks looking for bread and treats.  We would throw out little crumbs for the hardy little birds.  (I later learned bread is harmful to birds yet at the time I didn’t know this.  So don’t do this.)

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Love of Clocks Inherited From My Mother – by Marie Pollnow


I love clocks.  I take after my mother that way.  She was absolutely obsessed with clocks.  She was very mechanical and could take apart a wind up clock and put it back together.  It was cool.  She had more mechanical ability than my Dad.  Who said women can’t fix things?  Hickory, Dickory, Dock. The mouse went up the clock.  There are so many stories revolving around clocks in fact we have revered clocks for centuries.  They have been at the center of movie plots and built anticipation on many occasions.  As a young person my home was full of clocks.  I still love them.

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Spirituality of an Elder Through Lake Michigan – by Marie Pollnow


I am a huge fan of Lake Michigan.  There are several places I love to visit here in Milwaukee and now Sheboygan.  I always meet a wide array of people at the local parks who are there to see Lake Michigan.  I’ve seen many white haired lovelies and gentlemen at my beloved Lake Michigan, How I love her.  I’ve seen couples who’ve been married for thirty, forty and fifty years hand in hand walking along the path near the lake.  Elders loving each other and Lake Michigan.

I once met a young-old Elder on the park bench.  He was a successful business man and had moved him and his family to a beautiful area in mid-Wisconsin.  He and his wife had come to Milwaukee to visit their daughter, successful as well.  He and I had a little chat while we enjoyed the nurturing Spirit of Lake Michigan.

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Choosing Natural Over Unnatural – by Marie Pollnow


When I first think of natural I think of “nature from the earth, in the flow.”  I think of the natural order of things.  How things happen in the country.  How the birds fly, the trees grow, and the animals hunt for food.  If mankind would stop interfering with it the ecosystem would balance itself out.  People should not interfere with God’s creation, in my opinion.

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Health Is The Greatest Gift- by Marie Pollnow


Having known what it is like to not have good health, I know what a great gift it is.  It is the greatest gift.  It may be somewhat cliché to say, yet health means so much.  A person can be rolling in money without having good health.  It doesn’t mean much.  I’ve had challenges for a long time now, whatever that is.  Yet being a kid was fairly carefree, yay!

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Spirituality of An Elder Through The Library – by Marie Pollnow


Another form of Spirituality of An Elder, is through the library.  There are other physical, dimensional or spiritual places, yet the library is special.  I have noticed a real trend in people of all ages, Elders included, going to the library.  I love seeing a petite lady with tight permed hair and a polyester suit enjoying a book or conversation at the library.  (Their) faces light up as a smile takes over.

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Dancing With Simon – by Marie Pollnow


Dance or dancing.  I love dancing from what I understand I was dancing in the crib.  I had my days and nights mixed up.  I supposed some of my first memories of dance were from seeing my parents dance.  They would play their depression era slow songs and have a dance or two.  It was a pleasant experience.

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Fire Burns The Old – by Marie Pollnow


When I think of fire, I think of renewal.  A fire cannot start without a thought and it requires several actions to make one.  If you look at a flame, not only does it have many different colors but it easily puts you in a trance.  Different metal elements change the appearance of the flames.  Yellow, orange, red, blue and violet.  All colors of the rainbow.

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Walk, What did you say? – by Marie Pollnow


Immediately when I thought of the subject “walk” I think of the Pantera song.  I can’t help it.  This song has always fired me up whether chilling at the end of the day, driving or teaching an exercise class.  I mean, “What did you say?”  [Pantera Walk Song].

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The Spirituality of An Elder Through Comedy – by Marie Pollnow


Spirituality comes through in many ways.  One of my clients Donna, found her spirituality through comedy.  Like me she was a relapsed Catholic and truly we were like sisters in some ways.  She was the only person I ever met that was just like me, that rarely happens.  She had stage four ovarian cancer.  Chemo really did a number on her, it was disconcerting.  She introduced me to “Paul” the movie and Eddie Izzard, the Comedian.  Paul was about an alien who escaped a military base and hopped onto an RV manned by two British Sci Fi nerds.  Throughout the movie Paul was partying with the two men.  It was quite funny, in my eyes.  Especially when Paul danced to Marvin Gaye’s, “Give It Up.”  I thought I would bust a gut.  Eddie Izzard has a foul mouth, like me and Donna, and I somewhat enjoyed his humor.  Donna’s Spirituality worked for me too.

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I Am The Mask – by Marie Pollnow


I’ve been used as a mask on numerous occasions.  It’s been cathartic and stifling on different occasions.  I was not my true me or higher self.  Other human beings projected their needs and wants onto me.  I was their mask.
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As a young girl Marie created a “Silent Mask”whether used at school or home.  She quickly learned if a teacher or her father was angry with her to be quiet.  She got to be a real expert at being silent which further strengthened her “Green Mask.”  Her “Silent Mask” was light grey with a closed mouth.  It was in this state Marie gained tremendous solace through communication with animals.  Animals understood her.

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Sleep Is A Vital Part of Life – by Marie Pollnow


Sleep is a vital part of life.  Without it we suffer and when we get good sleep we feel great.  My most far reaching memories of sleep are fond.  I remember my mother tucking me in before I went to sleep.  I remember sleep being renewing and serene.

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Copy That – by Marie Pollnow


The Merriam Webster Dictionary states a copy is an imitation.  When I think about the word copy I think about it as a verb.  I think of when I have copied, how I have copied and what I’ve wanted to copy.  What do I like?  What have I liked?  and what have I copied?  Before I copy something it catches my eye, stirs my soul, or is something I want in my life.  It’s someone I want to be like.  I feel to be the best person I can be my greatest improvement can be in copying the greats.  One of my favorite things to copy are home decoration, storage solutions and good fashion.  I usually find ideas on the internet, in nature, through interactions with people and what else books or magazines.  For example, I always loved copying the style of Hollywood 40s (what was I thinking?)  Marlene Dietrich, or David Bowie.

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Spirituality of An Elder In A Walk – by Marie Pollnow


Most of my clients as well as people I know further on their journey on the age scale enjoy walking.  There are a few exceptions.  More specifically people who have lost their ability to walk or have big challenges tend to be more grateful, giddy, or full of cheer when given an opportunity to walk; whether with or without assistance.  There was a short and dark time in my life where I lost the ability to walk strongly, lively and with vigor as I had  before.  It was immensely shaky and scary time in my life.  After this, my empathy and compassion sense grew even bigger than before.  On the other hand I’ve seen what has happened when individuals refused to walk when they had the ability.  Everyone is on their own path…literally.

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Pivotal Moments – by Marie Pollnow


To me what pivotal means is that a huge important event happens in your life.  It changes everything.  The Merriam Webster Dictionary concurs with me.  So, there have been many pivotal moments in my life.  Rather than focusing on so many of the tragedies and deaths, I chose to focus on other events that shaped my life in a positive way.

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Forward and Moving Forward – by Marie Pollnow


There are so many ways to interpret or see this word: forward.  As I’ve gone through this journey called life my focus has been to enjoy the moment yet there are so many times one must move forward.  It can be used as a verb or noun, our choice.  Yet I think the best lesson I have learned is WHEN to move forward.  If one does not know when to move forward he or she can stay stuck.  This is not beneficial for anyone.  Now this doesn’t mean the sky is rainbows and to just “think positive” I think that kind of advice is detrimental.  We must allow ourselves to feel what we feel.  From feeling lower vibration thoughts we may strive for better feeling thoughts as Abraham Hicks states.  In addition to noting our feelings we must learn from the situation.  I, personally, do not believe in mistakes yet only lessons.  The best we can do is to not repeat the things over and over.  The not so great experiences equate to less than desired patterns.  As above, so below.  When I’m mindful of patterns oftentimes I know when its time to move forward.  While in the military I loved to march to one command which was, “Forward March!!”  As a young person I used to stay in one place too long.  What I mean by this is I would stew, get upset, or angry and stay there.  This is before I had the knowledge about the Law of Attraction.  When you focus your energy on something it grows and you bring more of it to you.

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The Spirituality of An Elder – by Marie Pollnow


This came to me the other day while I was waiting for an idea from God Source or Universe.  I wanted to change my approach to how I wrote this column.  So in essence I turned the tables as well as me pondering my new projects to include a book and interviewing Seniors.  When you wish upon a star…. So there’s so much more than a material world.

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My Life Is My Masterpiece – by Marie Pollnow


My masterpiece is my life.  It is something I am familiar with and create day by day.  Now mindset is not always peaches and cream, rosy, flowers or chocolate pancakes.  Yet since learning about “The Secret” my life has taken a dramatic upward swing.  Once my momentum built it was crazy.  Crazy in a good way.  The biggest thing, most important aspects I had to learn about my masterpiece is that I create it.  Now this does not mean I’m on my own.  We live in a co-creating Universe.  Nothing is made in a vacuum.  I would use a job as an example.  Simply by having an intention to work at a job could potentially land you a job at “Cotton Candy and Trees.”  It may not be a match in heaven as you are immersed in a co-creative environment.  All the thought vibrations of coworkers are here as well as past and future.  You may sage yet those vibrations keep coming and they may not be good like the Beach Boys.

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