Volume III Issue 2  May 2016

About Lifespring


Now that spring has sprung and we’re all feeling the special uplift that comes from this season of renewal, there’s no better time than now to consider how much Lifespring means to all of us. The opportunity to participate in two semesters each year, plus the monthly winter presentations, plus the other special events that delight and surprise us throughout the year – all are reasons to value and cherish this lifetime learning community of which we are all a part.

You’ll notice an announcement in the following pages about the very important emergency meeting that’s been scheduled for Thursday, May 26th, the day after our Lifespring semester concludes. This meeting represents a turning point in the life of our organization. At this meeting, you’ll learn about some changes that are happening at Lifespring and about the many volunteer opportunities that must be filled if Lifespring is to continue to offer a robust roster of courses and events! If you are a current volunteer, consider expanding your efforts and contributing a bit more. If you have not yet volunteered, think about how your skills and experience might help Lifespring to continue into the future. At the meeting on May 26th, there will be broad discussions about all of the various volunteer options that are available. Mark your calendars, rsvp for the event, if you haven’t done so already, and bring all your enthusiasm and regard for Lifespring with you.

This issue of News & Views highlights some of the creative talents among the Lifespring membership – Poetry Place editor, Esther Rosenfeld, has selected the poetry of Ernst Schoen-René for this issue; in the Themed Photo feature, images of Triad are explored; and in The Third Age article, Arzi McKeown introduces us to this concept and invites us all to contribute our thoughts on this topic.

Look for the 5-Minute Interview with the absolutely amazing Harold Lieberman and check out some really interesting demographic statistics about our Lifespring membership in an article by Susan Puretz. Also of interest are the Library Corner and the Mystery/History feature by Susan Davis, as well as Susan Puretz’s President’s Message, a suggestion about an easy Nature Walk, and a request for Guest Writer submissions. The Newsletter Team hopes that you enjoy this issue, and we look forward to hearing your feedback as this spring semester draws to a close.
Susan Greenstein
A Message from the

Meet the Presenters

Library Corner

Photo Op      

Article - The Third Age

Poetry Place  

Guest Writers Wanted

Easy Walks

Did You Know?

Looking Forward

  Susan Greenstein

  Susan Puretz
  Susan Davis
  Esther Rosenfeld
  Arzi McKeown

Newsletter Design
  Arzi McKeown

 845 246 2800 ext. 452

Banner photo from website of
the Saugerties Lighthouse

Seems like I just sat down to write my message to you for the January newsletter and now I am composing something for the May issue!  The rapid passage of time seems to be a hallmark of being in the “older generation.”  Another hallmark that makes us different from our children or grandchildren is an attitude towards what we want to do with our lives now that we are post retirement. By becoming a member of Lifespring, you have indicated that you want to continue your lifetime learning. This semester’s courseofferings (organized by the VOLUNTEER members of the Curriculum Committee) are varied enough so that you can nourish your artistic, humanistic, or academic side. That same Curriculum Committee is working now on the course offerings for 2016-2017 and they look to be just as exciting and informative.

The Future of Lifespring
By now you know that we are having a Special Emergency Meeting on Thursday, May 26th starting at 10:00 am at the Saugerties Library. It is an important meeting because it will determine the FUTURE course of Lifespring. We are at a crossroads and YOU have to be involved in which route we take. WE ARE ALL LIFESPRING and we need your involvement now to chart which road to travel.

Upcoming Annual Meeting
An always-anticipated event is our upcoming Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 8th. It’s the last opportunity of the semester
to meet and mingle with old friends and new and partake of the delicious refreshments prepared by the VOLUNTEER members of
the Hospitality Committee. Also there will be reports from the Board of Directors and voting for President, Secretary, and two members-at-large.

But it doesn’t end there (as you have come to expect with anything Lifespring does). This year we have a special treat with our guest presenter, Brenda Bufalino, regarded as a tap legend for several decades. Known for her “low to the ground, slippery style,”
Brenda has been largely responsible for taps revival and current popularity. I’ve known Brenda from back in the “old days of the
‘70s in New Paltz” when she was first beginning her mission to rescue tap dancing as a performance art with the help of her mentor,
the famous Charles “Honi” Coles and friend Gregory Hines. Be sure to mark your calendar for this annual meeting, which is certain
to be a memorable one.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you in the halls of the WJC as we finish this spring 2016 semester.
Susan Puretz


This issue features Harold Lieberman, who has taught several super-popular Lifespring music courses during the past several semesters. A musician since childhood, Harold was never at a loss for what to do when he grew up. It was a delight to interview Harold
for this 5-Minute Interview feature, although of course it’s impossible to condense an
amazing life and musical career, spanning seven decades, down to the answers to nine questions. However, we hope you enjoy reading about Harold, and if you have a chance
and love music, make sure to sign up for one of his classes in the future.


Hartford, Connecticut

Alma Mater(s)          
Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut, the U.S. Air Force, Juilliard School of Music for a bachelor’s degree, and Columbia University for a Masters in Music degree.

Favorite kind of music and favorite pieces to play
I love Jazz, all kinds of jazz. Right now I’m teaching the swing era, 1945-1946.
My next favorite type of music is Baroque; I love Baroque music.

Musical guilty pleasure
I have no guilt about any kind of music. I enjoy playing everything. However, a guilty pleasure I do have is eating ice cream, especially vanilla with chocolate and butterscotch.

Careers you’ve had or have or jobs you’ve done
At the age of 17, I became the principal trumpet player with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. I was something of a child prodigy, I guess. I played the piccolo trumpet. In 1967 I became the staff trumpeter at CBS; I played for so many shows – Carol Burnett, Ed Sullivan, Arthur Godfrey. Over the years I played with so many of the greats: Benny Goodman, Doc Severinsen, Gerry Mulligan, even Pink Floyd – I loved it all!

Also, I taught as a full professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey, and as a visiting professor at the Manhattan School of Music, and also at the Mannes School of Music in New York. I loved teaching too!

 Favorite book read in the last year (or ever)
A book that had a tremendous impact on me was The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. He was a psychoanalyst and a social philosopher. The book had a profound effect on my life.

Favorite movie
I loved the 1950 movie, Young Man with a Horn, which was based on the life of the jazz cornetist, Bix Beiderbecke.

 Favorite painting or artist (includes photography)
I’d say that two of my favorite artists are Picasso and Miro.

Time travel destination – If you could travel either back or forward in time, where would you go and why
I’d return to 1958, Sanibel Island in Florida. My wife and I rented down there and then bought a place. We lived there for eight years and I loved it. I was a music critic for the local paper. It was really terrific and a terrific time for me!
Susan Greenstein
As members of Lifespring, we continue to be grateful for the use of the Library Community Room for our Winter Presentations, Film Classes, and other special events. One of the ways the greater community can support the Library is through participation in the Annual Saugerties Library Fair. This year the Fair will take place on
Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Kiwanis Ice Arena located at 6 Small World Avenue in the Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex.

Elaine White, President of the Friends of the Library and a Lifespring member had this to say about the Library Fair:

“Each year we strive to make the FAIR bigger and better with books, books, and more books, children's activities, music, plants, demonstrations, the Fair Cafe, homemade baked goods, vendors, and a master of ceremony to announce activities. Meet your
friends and neighbors at the FAIR, have a good time, and share in the fun.”

The Friends of the Library uses some of the profits from the Fair to support activities that benefit the Library and to provide scholarship funds to college-bound Saugerties high school seniors. You can learn more about the Friends of the Library including how to become a member at:

Susan Davis


Each edition of News & Views offers Lifespring members an opportunity to participate in the Themed Photography feature. This issue’s theme is TRIAD. We received many photos representing a wide variety of inter-pretations. Some photographers found that nature and the environment produced many examples of triads.  Other photo-graphs were poignant statements about the absence of people and the quality of aloneness, while one warmly depicted joy in the company of people. All of the images capture expressiveness and feeling or creatively interpret a metaphor, and we hope that you enjoy them all. Thanks to all those who participated!

Gayle Schumacher, Nora Adelman, Harvey Greenstein, Nathan Brenowitz, Susan Kahl, Alan Carey, Susan Puretz, Arzi McKeown, Teri Reynolds, Steve Zwickler, Juliette Eisenson, Bob Saturn.

The theme for the October 2016 issue is Brief Encounter. If you’d like to participate, here are the Guidelines:
  • Please submit no more than 2 photos to be considered. (Please do not send more than 2; select your favorites)
  • Each photo should be titled as follows: the title, your last name.jpg
  • The photo may be black and white or color. 
  • Please send all submissions to Arzi at:
If you’re interested in taking thoughtful photographs, here’s your chance to show and share your work with other Lifespring members. Don’t be shy; this is a great opportunity to get your photos “published” to a receptive and friendly audience.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
                                Ansel Adams                              




      Where is this central Saugerties building and what business is it today?


The former Ellen Russell Finger Home for Aged and Indigent Women is located on the corner of Market Street and Ulster Avenue. At her death in 1912, the house and some money were willed by Ellen Russell Finger, a prominent Saugerties resident, for the purpose of sheltering women in need.  The Home was incorporated and in later years a group
of five trustees was appointed to manage it. In 1995 the facility closed.
The house was sold to the Polaski Dental Group, PLLC in 2000 and,
after extensive renovations, opened as a dental practice in 2001.

The proceeds of the building sale went to the Finger Emergency Fund,
which is currently managed through the Saugerties Area Council of

 Susan Davis



Everyday more than 10,000 Americans will turn 65. We are living longer, healthier lives. Medical and technological breakthroughs
have given most of us the equivalent of a thirty-year life bonus. According to Jean Shinoda Bolen, “To age creatively means to adapt
to the challenges of aging in ways that allow for continued growth... to face the challenges of physical, medical, economic, and social issues… age creatively means to continue to strive to make one’s life meaningful and enjoyable at any age.”  In other words, how
do we maintain optimal well-being in the face of age-associated losses?

Work and family do not necessarily continue to provide meaning in life any longer. Instead, we have the freedom and the need to find new activities that we can instill with meaning. We are challenged to change the way we live and transform the way we age by nurturing and creating mid-life renewal.

The Third Age Concept

The Third Age concept, which originated in France and is popular in Europe, refers to that expanding period in the human life cycle after middle age and before old age. It is generally defined as the span of time between retirement and the beginning of age-imposed physical, emotional, and cognitive limitations, and today would roughly fall between the ages of 65 and 80 plus. This is a period of adulthood when typically there are fewer responsibilities (e.g., work and family-rearing) than before and, when coupled with adequate financial resources and good physical and psychological health, offers rich possibilities for self-fulfillment and purposeful engagement. This can be a time of profound inner growth, liberation, and ripening insights.
The first age is a time for growing up; it is preparation, and learning for the future. This is when children learn the skills and independence that is necessary to survive in the adult world. In the first age, we begin to explore interests, identify skills and form our value systems. We begin to determine who we are and how we fit into the world.

The second age is a time of achievement. Focus is usually on the external world. The second age is usually defined by our roles, e.g., spouse, parent, caregiver, worker. During this time adults come together to establish homes and families, find their places in society, and make their contributions to the world.
The third age, which used to be seen as a time of decline, is now viewed as one of renewal. It is a time of developing and establishing new identities, tapping into creativity, finding ways to reinvent oneself – a time of reflection, and an opportunity to change course. Marc Freedman (Freedman, 1999) wrote, “The Third Age is a season in search of a purpose. It used to be an era for retirement; through our research we have come to see it as an era for extended self-realization.”
New Options Lie Ahead
Age and genes are not necessarily a determination of what the rest of our lives will be like. New life options are before us, which include an opportunity for second growth if we plan for it with mindfulness. With the right balance of reflection, risk-taking, positive identity, optimistic realism, meaningful work and play, and self-care, we can gracefully and skillfully navigate this important time of transition.

Jean Houston, director of the Foundation for Mind Research in Pomona, New York, and author of Life Force, reminds us that we can still recover lost abilities and expand our capacities. For many, the energy that is released after age 65 is not really new at all, but simply exists within the body-mind system, dormant and awaiting a release. She states, “When we are not fulfilling social obligations and meeting other people’s expectations, we can unleash these energies and focus them for self-awareness, spiritual development and creativity.”
We all have the potential to harvest the energies within us. What is lying dormant within you?  What is waiting to blossom or take root?  Is there a plan or purpose you think about pursuing?  People make all kinds of changes in their later years in the areas of personal growth, making contributions, acquiring knowledge or skills, creating new areas of work, or exploring old and new relationships.

Send Your Stories to the Newsletter
We are looking for your stories for the next edition of News & Views. What would you like to expand or pursue or develop in this, your third age?  Write to us and tell us what you are thinking about creating or doing that energizes you and the background that is behind your wish. ( Share your thoughts and ideas and perhaps inspire and spark others.  Don’t worry about writing the perfect response; we’re just looking for your thoughts and ideas as we all move along in this mutually-shared Third Age.
     Arzi McKeown








The first round of News & Views poetry, submitted by members, is concluded in this issue with two poems by Ernst Schoen-René. Kudos to all the poets from this and the previous issues: Faith Fury, Richard Phillips, Juliette Eisenson, Valerie Da Silva, Marlin Klinger, and Ernest Schoen-René, for sharing their poetry with us.

At this time we are asking members for more poetry submissions! Even if yours have been highlighted in Poetry Place during the last year, please feel free to submit additional poems now. We encourage everyone who may be shy; be bold and send us your poetry so that we can share with all Lifespring members.

Please email your poetry submissions to Esther Rosenfeld, Poetry Place editor, at Each issue will highlight one or two featured poets along with a brief biographical sketch.

Esther Rosenfeld

Featured Poet – Ernst Schoen-René
Ernst says he started out writing what he terms, “silly poems.” He taught English and Humanities at Chico State College in California, and also taught English and writing to kids from fifth to ninth grades in private schools. Fittingly, given his interest in writing poems with a comedic twist, he even created a course based on researching the history of comedic poems.

As he grew older, and within the last five years, he began to write more serious poetry, such as the two poems that we feature here in Poetry Place, Schubert’s Quintet in C, and Faith, which has a comedic twist at the end.



“Earth’s the right place for love:

I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.”

--Robert Frost


I tell my students that Keats’ great ability

Is to freeze “almost there-ness,”

So that we can enter its realm again and again.

So it is when, in John Ford’s Stagecoach,

The coach leaves town, gallops up a rise,

And looks down upon Monument Valley,

That western Forest of Arden,

Where all will change and be made well.


And so it is, when, at the start of Schubert’s Cello Quintet in C,

One cello drops away from the other

In absolutely seductive half-steps

And that most beautiful melody-in-thirds

Is about to begin.


Life has been too kind to me, swaddling me with moments like these,

And I’m not sure how any afterlife could improve on them-

Mortality always being a necessary component of their utterances.


The beauty of the dying Schubert,

The over-bled Byron, the tubercular Keats,

And the Archetypal West-

All going so vitally down to dust.


I know this, while, at the same time,

I live on hope-

Of whose promise I have no notion.





I stand next to my bed, a 76-year-old, naked, skinny man.

My all-warming wife is not yet out of her evening shower.


I know the shock of the sheets will be cold,

But I also have faith-faith that,

After only ten seconds of lying between them,

They will pick up heat from my body

And bounce it back to me.


It’s a good thing I’ve a warm body to serve me so well.

If it were a dead body,

The whole process would be a lot more difficult.

If you enjoy writing articles about interesting topics or if you are passionate about a particular topic and would like to share information with others, please consider submitting an article to our News & Views newsletter. Our next issue will be out in mid October so perhaps articles with an autumn or upcoming winter theme would be appropriate, as well as those discussing any of a broad range of topics that may be of interest to the Lifespring members.
Or perhaps you’ve been so inspired by one of the courses you’re taking this spring semester that you’ve gone on to do some research
on the topic and would like to share the information with other Lifespring members. Or perhaps you’ve just taught a course this semester and would like to follow-up with additional information, ideas, concepts, or views.
Expository Writing
The type of writing that we’re seeking for inclusion in News & Views is known as expository. It’s not memoir, it’s not fiction; it is more journalistic and informative on a particular theme or topic. A good example of expository writing in this issue is Arzi McKeown’s article on The Third Age. Here’s some information on expository writing:

Expository writing is writing that seeks to explain, illuminate or 'expose' (which is where the word 'expository' comes from). This type of writing can include essays, newspaper and magazine articles, instruction manuals, textbooks, encyclopedia articles, and other forms of writing, so long as they seek to explain. Expository writing differs from other forms of writing, such as fiction and poetry. In fact, this explanation itself is an example of expository writing.

The expository essay is a tool that is often used in the academic world. If you've attended school, it's highly likely you've written one. Most expository essays have an introductory paragraph in which a thesis or objective is stated, several main body paragraphs that
prove or explain what is in the introduction, and a concluding paragraph in which everything is summed up.

When writing an expository essay, it's important to write with the assumption that your audience has little to no background knowledge about the main topic. Your duty as the writer is to provide the reader with as much information as you can. The reader should feel as if he or she has learned something after reading your essay.

Another definition: In composition, expository writing is a pedagogical term for any form of writing that conveys information and explains ideas. Expository writing is also called
exposition, informational writing, and informative writing.
The only guidelines for submission are that your article be original material (something you have written yourself) and that it not exceed 800 words. Of course, it may be substantially shorter. This article is 470 words. Submit articles to the editor, Susan Greenstein, at




                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Harvey Greenstein
This new feature, Easy Walks, will showcase places where you can take a walk, vigorous or strolling, in a safe environment surrounded by beautiful scenery. This issue features The Thorn Preserve, located at 55 John Joy Road, just off the intersection of Zena and Sawkill Roads. There is marked and ample parking on the grass, after you pull into the driveway.

Owned by the Catskill Center for Conservation and managed by the Woodstock Land Conservancy, the Thorn Preserve is 60 beautiful acres and boasts one of the most painted views of Overlook Mountain.
Instead of trails, there are mowed walking paths crisscrossing sweeping grasslands that provide a home for numerous birds and butterflies, and loop around through riparian forest and wetlands. This beautiful and peaceful undeveloped landscape is a relatively new preserve and, at this point, does not yet attract many visitors. Discover it for yourself if you’re seeking a place for pleasant walking. An added bonus is that dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed.

Susan Greenstein

              DID YOU KNOW?                      

Membership Survey Results
If you were a Lifespring member back in November of 2014, you may remember being asked to take part in a 35-question survey conducted by Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel, of which Lifespring is a Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) network member. (For those of you wanting a detailed definition of Lifelong Learning Institutes, please check out the article in the October 2014 News & Views newsletter, Page 10, available on the Lifespring website.)

The results of the Road Scholar survey are very interesting both in their specificity to our own membership and to other LLIs in the United States and Canada.

Top Line Survey Results
First, 108 of our members (65.5%) completed the survey – an extremely impressive response rate. Some profile information included something you already knew by just looking at the members in your classes, i.e., the skewed ratio of female to male was confirmed in the overall ratio of respondents.

Past occupations of respondents included those involved in: Education (41.5%), the Medical Field (6.4%), and Social Worker or Psychologist (6.4%).

Responses to the question, “In general, would you say the past year of your life has been…” ranged from: the best (5.2%), better than normal (43.8%) normal (39.6%), worse than normal (9.4%), and the worst (2.1%).

82% indicated that they would, on a scale of 1-10, recommend Lifespring to others.

While 34% of respondents became Lifespring members anywhere from 3 to 6 years ago, 67% of the respondents took ONLY classes but were not involved in any volunteer role. (Paid advertisement: Remember YOU are Lifespring and we are only as good as our Volunteer members.)
I will provide more information in subsequent Newsletters, but one thing I found very interesting was that back in 2014 almost the same percentage of members used Facebook more than once a week (35.9%) as never used Facebook (38.0%). I wonder if those percentages would be the same today, two years later?
Susan Puretz





June 8, 2016

July 1, 2016

October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30 (no classes November 23)


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