Sauk County’s 50’s Club
Save the Date!
October 17, 2019
Fall Harvest Fest
SENIOR OF THE MONTH
Nancy Peidelstein grew up in the Chicago area. What follows is her sharing some important aspects of her life:
It was a happy day, as my mother put double runner ice skates over the shoes of my 4 year-old feet. She used a park bench that my siblings also hung onto, or sat on, while I was pulled around the rink, holding onto the bench. After we moved next to the rink, being on it became part of the daily winter routine, continuing through much of high school.
In general, I don’t look at age (young or old) as an advantage or disadvantage. As we aged, so did my loving grandparents, all of whom I knew. I am also fortunate to have parents with a fresh outlook on life.
My career traditionally expands into older years; public perception sometimes doesn’t even allow for the idea that an artist like me can enjoy a healthy career while living. Death is not a reasonable prerequisite to career advancement, and I maintain that perspective, as I take on new painting commissions and sell existing work through studio appointments and events.
Early this year, when the streets and sidewalks sported a thick and lasting layer of ice, I had a commitment downtown, related to my work as an artist. While I ice-skated to town, a video was taken of my slow and careful trek, and posted online. By the time I knew anything about the video, 34,000 people had seen it. Friends of mine told me that day, and the next, that they had seen it online or on TV. My mother, having taught me to skate, found the humor in it ultimately reaching over half a million people. The man posting the video, whose work is in the service of tender care for others, respectfully used the term “elderly” when sharing, which sparked an online debate over whether I am elderly, providing an additional chuckle. I am, indeed, aging.
Yes, indeed, besides having a great sense of humor, Nancy is a talented artist. She has recently been spending a great deal of time painting at Devil’s Lake. She has a small but awesome painting studio (Ragamuffin Studio). If you would like to see some of her paintings, check out her web site: www.nancypeidelstein.com . I feel very fortunate to have been invited to spend a little time with her. --Linda Baumeister
SEPTEMBER BOOKCLUB SELECTION
“Night” by Elie Wiesel
The Holocaust is and forever will be haunting, reminding us of those who suffered. “Night” is a true and powerful story about the author’s experiences in a concentration camp. This book is brilliant because it has so much to teach readers about a reality that was swept under the rug so many years ago, giving a jot of fright and grief and a bitter taste of inhumanity. This book pulls you in, urging you to turn the page while also making you want to turn away from it. It is both terrifying and intriguing when you start thinking about how the Nazis could ever have thought that what they did was justified. It is a book that should be read by everyone, our club all agreed it was a real eye opener. It hurts to read it at times with all the suffering. I don’t think I could have done it. Elie had his father to look out for and father had Elie to look out for, that was what gave them strength. -Judy Curtin
Upcoming Book Selections
October: “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson
November: “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
December: “Little Fires Everywhere” Celeste Ng
Book Club will meet on Monday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 21