Love The Blog


 Love The Blog

submitted by Mary Randolph (ret 2009 speech and language)

I love the idea of the REF Blog, congratulate you on your effort and hope the site really takes off!   It’s great to hear and see what fellow retirees are doing, and their continued accomplishments are amazing!

 I reluctantly retired from my Speech-Language Pathologist position in January, 2009, after twenty years of service, feeling very fortunate to have a CTRB income that would allow me to help care for my elderly mother.  The opportunity to “turn the tables” and assume the parenting role for THE BEST MOM in the world was truly a blessing.  Unfortunately, as she moved further into her nineties, Alzheimer’s disease took hold and produced major changes. After a lifetime of helping children communicate, I was suddenly faced with watching a loved one unable to retrieve words, remember names and gradually forget even the faces of her children.  It quickly became apparent, however, that many of the word games and activities I’d done with school-aged children to improve their language were now very engaging and stimulating to Mom.  I naturally wondered whether others might appreciate them as well and began writing a series of books called Joggin’ Your Noggin.


With the arrival of our first grandchild, I once again couldn’t help but be the “SLP.” Poor Jack, hardly ever gets a break from Grandma’s “language stimulation.” We’re eagerly anticipating a second … poor dear, doesn’t know what he/she is in for!


My husband enjoys being involved in town committees here in Easton … you might find it amusing that he was forced to retire as substitute teacher at our Helen Keller Middle School, at $85/day, in order to be appointed as an alternate to our town Board of Finance … obviously, substituting would be a “conflict of interest!”

In addition to our babysitting/caregiver routines, Paul and I have been fortunate to travel to several countries in Europe and to many of our incredible National Parks. We still enjoy camping, motorcycling (I’m only a passenger), kayaking, and trying to improve our bridge game.  I reiterate what many of you have already said … “Life is good.”

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02.05 | 13:19

Mr Rudolph .the Sky Lab Blue Van down to the beach 1975. Was in Miss delisos class. I saw you years later at main auto parking FFLd 1984 last hope all is well

02.05 | 13:13

Hello Miss Raymond. You were the musical driving force in my life of music 75-77. Played along side you with drums. I own RCI Starlite Drum MFG. owe it all to U

26.04 | 10:04

Dan was memorable in so many ways. As a colleague and friend he will be missed, but it's good to know he is enjoying eternity.

05.02 | 15:53

So sorry to hear that Ann has passed. She was a dear and loyal friend and colleague. I will miss her and her beloved Charley. Condolences to her family.

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