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      City Of Boca Raton Recognizes Veterans With Events

      On Thursday, November 11 From 11 A.M. To 2 P.M.

      By Hillary Reynolds                                feature a dozen veteran resource organizations providing      For more information, visit
                                                         veterans and their families with information to both assist   specialevents. 
      Highlights Include Ceremony, Free Lunch for Veterans,   with and alleviate common challenges often encountered
      Tribute Concert and Veteran Resource Fair          after military service.
         In commemoration of Veterans Day and in recognition of      A free lunch from 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. is also being
      all military personnel who have served this country, the City   offered for veterans in uniform or presenting military ID.
      of Boca Raton will host a FREE Veterans Day Observance   There is a $5 suggested donation for all others wishing to
      “Honoring All Who Served,” open to the public, on Thursday,   dine.
      November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mizner Park      Krescendo Brass, with two trumpets, French horn,
      Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real.                      trombone, tuba and percussion, will perform American and
         The official ceremony, set for 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.,   patriotic music from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
      will include a musical processional performed by the Ft      Seating and chairs will be available for attendees at no
      Lauderdale Highlanders, the Boca Raton Community High   charge. There is limited, free parking for Veterans in the lot
      School NJROTC, and the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor   adjacent to the amphitheater. Food and beverages will be
      Guards, with a musical performance by the Boca Raton   available for purchase inside the venue. No coolers or outside
      Community High School Band.                        alcoholic beverages permitted. The event is rain or shine.
         From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Veteran Resource Fair will
      Are You Listening?

      By Judith Levy

         So many sounds in nature
      are worth listening to, birds
      trilling, leaves fluttering,
      soft winds embracing you,
      so much to hear if you stop
      to listen. But, when people
      go on and on, that’s when
      listening burdens you and
      you wish you could close
      your ears and turn off the intruding sound.
         Don’t ever ask anyone how they feel because they will
      tell you, and I mean tell you, on and on. Not just about their
      knee, you have to hear about their hip as well and if you don’t
      escape at this point, here comes a mouthful of their bridge
      that will cost a small fortune to replace. My advice to you is
      just to say, “So nice to see you” as a greeting, anything but
      “How do you feel?
         If the unending diatribe is on the phone, you can escape
      by saying, “Forgive me, I just got another call I have to take.”
      But if you’re face to face with this wordsmith, you’re stuck.
         I’ve been told that anything past twelve words given as a
      reply and you can bet the other person has stopped listening.
      So, for goodness sake, be brief.
         You know the person, the pain in the neck who could
      answer in one word or two but chooses to bombard you
      with fifty words, that’s the one you try to avoid, especially
      when they’re retelling a story for the umpteenth time. You
      feel it’s impolite to say, “You’ve told me that story before.”
      So, you listen again, and again. Some folks always get stuck
      because their heart is in the right place and they feel chances
      are these people who prattle on never getting to the point
      are lonely, especially in this pandemic time and they need
      someone to talk to, and lucky you, they’ve gotten you in their
      grasp. If you are a kindhearted person who doesn’t want to
      hurt someone’s feelings this scenario will happen to you, but
      soon you will start to give this person who goes on and on
      a wide berth and you’ll hurry off in another direction.
         If you are the talker who speaks endlessly, stop it, you
      know they’re not listening anyway, they’re just hoping for you
      to take a breath and then they’ll jump in because they were
      waiting impatiently to speak so they can tell you their tale.
         Don’t be a wind bag, brevity in a speaker, a neighbor,   AFFORDABLE & RELIABLE IN-HOME CARE
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         Judith Levy is the New York Times best-selling author of
                                                                                                                Reba Cole, RN
      GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS, which has sold over four                        Your Local Representative:
      million copies and has been translated into five languages
      and the mega best-seller GRANDFATHER REMEMBERS,
      published by HarperCollins. 

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