At age 85, Lee competes in close to a dozen sports and games from basketball to dominoes

By Deborah Storey  | Living 50 Plus Earnest Lee of Morgan County enjoys participating in a few — well, really most — of the activities in the Masters Games of Alabama, a sports competition for seniors.   “I play dominoes. I play checkers. I play three-on-three basketball when they have it. Sometimes I can’t find a team to play on,” said

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Behind the Curtain: Retired teachers restarted community theater company, which reaches thousands

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus Two months before Susan Thompson retired as the drama teacher at Austin High School in 2017, she began making plans for a project to fill her time. She called her good friend and fellow theater lover Deanna Knox. “I answered the phone and Susan said, ‘Hey, do you want to restart Dream Weavers

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Wooden Wonders: Carving birds becomes passion for Danny Rodgers

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus In 1980, wooden bird sculptures at Calhoun Community College’s Wildfowl Festival captivated the imagination of a then 20-year-old Danny Rodgers. “They were amazing. I thought one done by Dirk Sibrans (of Decatur) was a stuffed bird. I came home and that’s all I could talk about,” Rodgers said. That Christmas, Rodgers’ older sister,

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Passing down knowledge: Guides at local museums teach guests and stay busy in retirement

By Deborah Storey | Living 50 Plus Stay active. Make new friends. Inspire young people. Stay sharp. For seniors and retirees, these are great reasons to volunteer. Another is that volunteering in the community just makes people feel good about themselves. Lacy Slaten, volunteer coordinator at the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, said the museum has roughly 100

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Walk Through Time: Easy, self-guided walking tours provide glimpses into Decatur’s history

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus Stories of a church founded by slaves, a bank that served as a hospital during the Civil War and a riverboat captain and his girlfriend, a brothel madam, await participants in Decatur’s self-guided walking tours. With flat streets and at a pace set by each participant, the self-guided walking tours offer seniors an

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