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        Where’s A Friend?                                Resiliency

        By Judith Levy                                   Is The Name Of The Survival Game

           Years ago, it seemed                          By Steve Handwerker                                  The foundations of our nation, our democracy are
        to be no problem at all to                                                                         embedded in the laws of the land and for the land that
        make a friend. It might be a                        I believe it is common                         protect our natural heritage and the voice of the people
        neighbor, someone in your                        knowledge that coping, in                         and your voice are an ongoing and integral part of that
        class, a person you met in                       mind body and emotion is                          reality. We need to work together, for a united front, and
        summer camp, a distant                           crucial to survival and even                      prevail on all elected officials to support and promote
        relative, or a friend of a                       thriving. Environments                            safeguards and measures to protect our environment and
        friend who became your                           also are challenged and                           its ability to be resilient in the face of any challenges,
        friend. But, today, now                          need to be ‘resilient’ which                      human and otherwise. CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN
        that I’m not a youngster anymore, friendships seem harder   is called maintaining eco              WATER MUST BE THE COMMITMENT OF EACH
        to come by, if not entirely impossible and out of reach.  system balance!  We as human beings are the most   ONE OF US AND ALL PUBLIC OFFICIALS. Please
           Oh, yes, today we have neighbors, people we meet at   influential creatures on our environments and eco systems   let us create this united force for good! Thank you!!
        the club, or in the pool, or at a charity event, a current events   and therefore are responsible as well as challenged to
        class or on a cruise, and they seem so nice. Can this turn into   find ways and to engage processes that will maintain and      Dr. Steven E. Handwerker is a Board Certified
        a friendship? Probably not. They might be nice to have a meal   create balance. We are the ones responsible to preserve   Licensed Psychologist in four states (NY, FL, SD, VT)
        with, perhaps share a movie, but will you open your heart to   whatever we have left in resources on this precious planet.  still in practice after 40 years counseling individuals,
        them as you used to do with your best friend or good buddy?      To accomplish eco system balance and the preservation   families and groups worldwide. He is a Supreme Court
        No. Because today we are careful with our innermost feelings,   of resources in the process of supporting environmental   Family Mediator and is a member of the Professional
        concerned about sharing other than happy tidings, so we just   resilience we need to utilize and care for our parks,   and Scientific Board of the National Center for Crisis
        smile and laugh a little but reveal nothing. We certainly don’t   forests oceans and all bodies of water as they are all being   Management a part of Homeland Security. He has
        talk politics because we may find out that this person is short   challenged. Now more than ever our ongoing support,   lectured at the  American Psychological  Association
        of a moron believing what they do, and that’s exactly how they   action and advocacy for laws that will protect these precious   International Conventions for over 20 years sharing
        will feel about you, so it’s best to be still. Is there something   resources and natural surrounds is crucial. In countless   his experience to students and colleagues across 150
        about one of your children you would rather not share, you   studies across decades and populations the voices of the vast   programs. Dr. Handwerker is committed to the protection
        might have unburdened yourself to a dear friend, but not to   majority of Americans demand vital conservation measures   of our environment and the conservation of the precious
        this new to your life dinner companion, so you’ll keep still.   and safeguards be in place. Our core values as Americans   and limited resources of the ecosystems that comprise
        A wise move.                                     embrace the natural environmental good.           our living planet, our home. 
           Sometimes you meet a couple and you like her, but
        him, no. She wanted to marry Mr. Right, but this is Mr.
        Always Right who bullies on and on, so forget them. Or
        you might find the guy is really nice, but she chatters on                     Board Of Directors
        incessantly and it soon gets to feel like a drill in your head,
        so away with them.                                           April 2019 – April 2020 Officers/Executive Committee
           I think friendship is based on sharing, letting your friend                                     District 5 Dan Gabrielle (La Corniche)
        know if something is troubling you, and listening to them as   Chairman and President  Barry J. Haberman     Esplanada, Caravelle, Palomar, La Corniche,
                                                           Vice Chair
                                                                               Steve Retzer
        well. But today we keep our own council so that slams the   Vice President  Gail Ehrlich              and El Dorado
        door on friendship and it’s one of the advancing age prices   2nd Vice President      Jim Collins  District 6 Marvin Lazarowitz (Villa Stel)
        we pay. I must admit though, I miss having a close friend.  Secretary  Steve  King                    Villa Flora, Montego Bay, Villa Stel, and Palladium
           If you’re fortunate enough to still have longtime good   Treasurer   Harvey  Kaplan             District 7 Joyce Britt (Villa Sonrisa)
        friends, give them the time and attention the relationship                                            The Plum/Cortina, Villa Sonrisa and Pointe 100
        calls for, especially in this difficult time. So, make that call,   District Directors             District 8 Len Kagan (Costa del Sol)
        write that note, because good friends are a rare commodity,   District 1 Alvaro Fernandez Caballero (Encantada)     Costa del Sol and Costa Brava
        no longer available, and to be treasured.             Encantada, Valencia and The Palms            District 9 Robin Gliboff (Edgewater)
                                                           District 2 Steve King (Imperial Royale)            Edgewater Pointe Estates and Stratford Court
           Judith Levy is the New York Times best-selling      Promenade, Imperial Royale, Imperial, Regency   At Large Directors  At Large Directors
                                                              and Panaché
        author of  GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS, which              District 3 Steve Retzer (La Mirada)           Through 2020          Through 2021
        has sold over four million copies, and the mega best-     La Mirada and Meridiana                  Carsten Bethge (Valencia)  Howard Davis (La Corniche)
        seller GRANDFATHER REMEMBERS, published by         District 4 Bob Greenstein (La Paz)              Jim Collins (Caravelle)  Gail Ehrlich (Villa Flora)
        HarperCollins.                                       El Viento, La Paz, and Southwinds            Harvey Kaplan (Meridiana) Barry J. Haberman  (Encantada)

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