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Dr. Noelle C. Nelson
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Meet an “Amazing” Who Swings That Racquet With The Best Of Them

Gordon Burdfield, at 93 is the world’s oldest tennis player. Let’s rephrase that – he’s the world’s oldest tennis player still actively playing tennis three days a week and who even competed at Wimbledon at age 81 in the 80s and over category! Just in case that wasn’t quite enough exercise, Gordon works out in aerobic classes and takes long walks in the park. He is living proof of his belief in the importance of physical activity to enjoy a happy healthy life as long as possible. A retired office worker, Gordon has played tennis since he was 13, coming back to the game after his time in the Navy (he enlisted at 17) during WWII, to play in many tournaments. Gordon is the proud father of four children, grandfather of twelve, and great-grandfather to six!

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Meet an “Amazing” Who Believes In Living Her Dream

Quin Bommelje, at 71, has one message for all of us: that age is irrelevant to living your dream. At 60, Quin discovered her passion, her dream, when she took ballroom lessons with her husband. Since then, she has devoted herself to the art. With her dancing partner, Misha, she won the "America’s Got Talent" Golden Buzzer award a mere 11 years later! Originally from Thailand, Quin credits her parents with instilling a strong work ethic in her that has helped her in life and certainly in ballroom--a very demanding activity. Quin is deeply grateful both to her husband (her biggest cheerleader) and to America for the life they have enjoyed here for the past 47 years. Her message is priceless.

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Meet an "Amazing" Who Loves to Serve

Edward Kydd, at 102, still heads out every week to distribute “Meals on Wheels” to his assigned routes. He began volunteering to deliver meals a few years after he and his wife retired to Florida in 1989. Edward has logged 13,332 miles in 1,742 hours of service to the organization! In the past 6 years since his wife passed, he’s done so with the help of his daughter, 73-year-old Janet von Berg. Edward attributes his long life to staying active – he exercises regularly at Planet Fitness. Plus, Edward says he loves hearing the fascinating stories from those on his stops. Whatever the reason people are in need of his “meals,” he is gratified to be there to serve.

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Learning how to go to parties on your own is a skill like any other. All you need are a few “how tos”--when you arrive, look around for someone who’s standing alone or who looks friendly, and introduce yourself. Ask them how they know the hostess and share how you know her. Or give a genuine compliment, starting with the word “you” as in “Your dress is lovely.” If all you see are clumps of people talking to each other, join a clump of 3 or more, and smile at whoever notices you. People want to meet and mingle at a party – that’s the point .Practice your party skills and you’ll have fun in no time.

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Meet an “Amazing” With a Passion for Acting and Public Service

Glenda Jackson, at 82, garnered yet another Tony award, this time for her role in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” What is remarkable about her Tony, is that Glenda returned to acting at 80, having spent the previous 23 years as a Member of Parliament for two districts in the House of Commons in the UK. Clearly, the intervening years did nothing to diminish her talent or passion for acting, which she began professionally in the 1950s, spending four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company before adding movie and television work to her long list of theatrical credits. And somewhere in her mix of roles, Glenda appeared in The Muppet Show as a pirate captain who hijacks the Muppet Theatre and turns it into her ship to look for buried treasure! Meanwhile, in 2019 she’s set to play King Lear on Broadway. Gotta love it. . .

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Meet an “Amazing” Who Bodybuilds Out of Passion And to Inspire

Calvyn Fortuin, at 78, not only is currently the oldest competitive bodybuilder in South Africa, he is an invaluable mentor to 30 young men and women he has invited into his elaborate home gym to help them achieve healthy bodies and healthy minds. He does this both in response to their stated desire to have fulfilling and thriving lives “off the streets,” and due to his firm belief that young people are our future and we have a responsibility to them. His father started him off at 14 with homemade concrete and cement weights. Since then Calvyn’s won many awards and sees no reason to stop competing. To him, age is simply irrelevant. Yay!

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Why does it seem a penny earned is a penny spent? Why is putting your money aside such a drag?

It is. But savings is something best appreciated over the long haul. If you look at your savings all the time to see how they’re coming along – you’re like the kid who pulls up his radishes every week to look at the roots. For quite a while, those roots are gonna look pretty pathetic. Instead, open a number of savings accounts – one for emergencies, one for retirement (even if you’re just 20), and one for fun stuff. Have goals for each – take pride in meeting those goals. And every so often, spend your entire “fun” account – having fun. It’ll make your long term savings much easier to accomplish.

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Aretha Franklin, who passed recently at 76, was an artist who claimed the respect she made so wonderfully famous in her song “Respect,” which empowers women of all ages, all ethnicities and all walks of life to this day. Her long musical career, which began with her singing solos in Church at the tender age of 10, exploded into fame when she was a mere 19, at which time she was named as a "new-star female vocalist" in Down Beat magazine. Then came many hit recordings, live performances and worldwide recognition, including Aretha being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

When she was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012, Aretha was described as "the voice of the civil rights movement, the voice of black America" and a "symbol of black equality." But the one thing you may not know about Aretha, and that I find totally amazing, is that an asteroid was named in her honor in 2014; would you believe 249516 Aretha! A star for a star, how fitting.

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They'll be lots of kids (and adults) dressed as superheros this Halloween. There is a hero among us who chooses to actually BE the superhero – and that’s Austin, a four year old boy in Alabama.

Austin has a mission. Almost every day, Austin puts on his cape, and uses his allowance to buy chicken sandwiches for the homeless in Mobile. Austin goes among them with his dad close by, and distributes the food. His mission? To show love.

Will you be inspired to take on some mission, some purpose, some kindness you might otherwise not think of? If a four-year-old can be inspired to show love to strangers, in a decidedly respectful and meaningful way, why can’t we?

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A Pulitzer Prize winning author and foremost expert on nuclear energy, Richard lectures both nationally and internationally. But what is truly amazing about Richard, is that his personal story is as compelling as his accomplishments. He and his brother suffered terrible starvation and abuse at the hands of their stepmother, which led Richard to walk into a police station and report her when he was only 10 years old! Which led to his and his brother’s being raised in an institution for orphaned or indigent boys, until he received a full scholarship from Yale University, from which he graduated with honors. It’s been full steam ahead for Richard ever since. What an inspiring example for us all!

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