Dr. Wayne Benjamin speaks about HOMEPORTS

On March 8, 2018, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas


For many of our aging population there is a desire to age at home.  Many don’t have much alternative financially and still others truly choose to go it alone in spite of many possible benefits of more community based retirement housing.  We tend to want to be free until the very end of our lives, but many folks simply live well beyond their ability to care decently for themselves. They make bad errors, they become ill, they get injured and have no one to assist them, etc. The list of aging problems is long and well understood by all of us.

Homeports is here to assist us many services offered by volunteers and by vetted professionals.  The reasonable annual cost of $350 is mostly affordable and several memberships are awarded annually for full or partial discounts based on need and income.  Even if you don’t yet need any Homeport service, you can contribute the $350 membership and take it off as a charitable deduction.  That would be an excellent first step and be very welcomed.  You can volunteer to drive or assist someone even if you are not a member.  You can help someone who will appreciate your assistance.  That’s a big reward all by itself.

Thank you Dr. Benjamin for the time you spent with us to explain Homeports and for the time you spend yourself in volunteering to serve in those who need you as members of Homeports.




Janet Christensen-Lewis and Elizabeth Watson were outstanding speakers who have the interests of all the citizens of Kent County in mind.  They are professional, compassionate and experienced.  I don’t think we hit on any part of this topic that they were not well versed in.  Someday, there may be an additional bridge across the Bay, but with good preparation and strong citizen cooperation, this bridge has a good chance of being built further South where some counties have voiced a desire for the kind of economic development it will undoubtedly bring.  If you want urbanization and loss of the rural lifestyle, highways as busy as the Western Shore and all the services those require, then a bridge fits your style.  If you love it here because you were simply born here, or if you chose this place above all others because you like it as it is, then NO BRIDGE in Kent County may be a theme you better get used to hearing and working with.  Change will come, but slow change and smart change can be handled.  This is not an issue where you ought to make up your mind until you understand the consequences.

Kent CBG hosted this large gathering of concerned citizens in a peaceful and thoughtful discussion of where we stand in the planning stages of where and when a new bridge might be built from the Western Shore to the Eastern Shore.  It might be right on top of Kent County, but may be built much further South or possibly, not built at all.  It is too soon to say, but it is definitely the right time to become engaged and informed.  There is room for discussion and room for varied opinions.  One must say that change is pretty much inevitable, but with diligent and smart efforts, the changes that come to Kent County will have desirable effects and not bad outcomes.

We can have growth of opportunities for working people while keeping the rural and peaceful nature of the area preserved.  Such preservation may impact some folks in a way that is not as beneficial as possible, so we need to listen and do the right things to mitigate such negative effects.  Many folks emigrate here for the rural character of the region and not for the rapid growth nearby Delaware provides.  Those people may reap benefits from the status quo and not from major growth.  We seek decisions made in the reasonable, middle ground.  We don’t want to destroy our small paradise for the sake of mass congestion by cars travelling to Atlantic Ocean resorts.  We don’t want to destroy good and smart growth of jobs and affordable housing for those still in the workforce that such a bridge might help with speedier commuting to work and for many other reasons that were mentioned at the meeting.



millerIt is a big topic about big money and about huge regulations and rule making.  No CPA or Tax Attorney will be put out of business by the IRS due to lack of consumer need for their services.  We absolutely have a behemoth government and a large IRS busy making rules and regulations which can’t possibly be fully understood.  Bob spoke about how experts don’t memorize new rules, but must constantly look them up since they are bound to change.  We see the future of the current not solving any debt problem we have in the USA.  Taxing less is not going to cure our shortfall.  Spending less may not be an option that anyone wants to know about.  What’s left?  Printing money and inflation. 

What can you do about it?  We didn’t dare open that one up.  The choices look unappetizing, at best.  Hold onto your hat and put on your seat belt.  It may be a bumpy ride in the future.


OldhamSanta Oldham has a long history of working with people and various business entities in ways that foster progress, agreements and mutual working relations.  She brings this experience to Life Coaching work by assisting people to find their passion, follow their dreams, and to become and feel more successful.  Everyone has a different outlook on what will fulfill us.  She hunts for that often elusive element that many people can’t seem to locate reassuring them that it is there and can be found.  For direct contact email: assistanceinaction@gmail.com

Our other speaker was Rebecca Rice, the program coordinator for the Kent County Health Department.  She is especially interested in making residents aware of those things which reduce the risks of becoming diabetic.  Kent County Health sponsors no cost group sessions which encourage and support lifestyle change, weight loss, reasonable exercise, better eating habits, understanding food labeling, and a long list of other things, which not everyone fully understands, that have definite impact on our overall well-being, as well as reducing the many risks of type 2 diabetes.  A new group is forming in April 2018.  Contact her for more info:  rebecca.rice@Maryland.gov



Img-1101 tom tTom gave us some history of China compared to the USA.  No doubt, China has a far longer history that the USA and is a powerhouse not only in its region, but in the world.  The USA is like a blue chip stock, not so very interesting and rather mature in terms of future growth potential, while China is more an up and coming powerhouse with far more room to expand and grow than the USA.  We covered some of the reasons and then we looked at some of the areas which surround China to see how they and their neighbors are interacting.

Surprisingly, though completely logically, our topic drifted to world-wide politics and affairs between nations.  The world is so different that what it was 60 years ago when we could have one policy for the East and another for the West.  Everyone is aware of what is going on and living diplomatically with one another is a real challenge.  The USA suffers from some lack of confidence in the fair and level application of our foreign policies and China is quick to take up any slack they are handed which may increase their local and global influence. 

If you weren’t there, you missed a very good lecture and some far ranging questions.  The experience and depth of knowledge shown at our Kent CBG is often amazing.  This was just one of those excellent presentations that highlighted what can be done in an hour in the early morning.



Steve met with CBG today as our speaker rather than as a usual meeting attendee.  He has a multi-faceted web based set of services and calendars which deserve our attention.  He explained how Local in Kent, ChesaDelCrier, DelmarvaCrier, and ShoreToBeFun all share some common threads, but how diverse they can be with focus on different elements of the local and regional happenings of our County, State and DelMarVa region.

We know that there are lots of events going on that we only hear of after the fact.  Steve wants us to know ahead of time to allow better and larger participation.  We couldn’t agree more with that goal.

In the coming weeks we will display the various calendars of events at our morning meetings from time to time so that we can help share the good news of what is happening around here BEFORE it happens.  Sounds like a plan to us.  Please attend.


If you want to have your events publicized, contact Steve at one of his websites and give him the news.

Events@shoretobefun.com email will go directly to his desktop.





Leslie Raimond and John Schratwieser, Co-Directors in 2017 of the Kent County Arts Council met with the members of Kent CBG today and discussed the way they have intertwined the Kent Arts Council into the heart of the vibrant artistic community of Kent County and in Chestertown.  The engaging of artists to bring their artistic statements and point of view into focus by having art events which are timely and emotionally involving for viewers is a great key marketing concept and key to their success.  There are some good events coming in the Spring of 2018 and we will post a link to the calendar once we get their notification.

The budget for the KCAC is initially funded by the State of Maryland each year, but far more funds are needed to do a good job.  Keeping the arts in a making money for the area situation greatly eases the funding burden.  It appears that the arts really are paying their own way in the area and we are a better place because of the arts being such a strong local force.



12-14-2017CBGThe world keeps changing.  We cannot stop it.  We can put it into statistics.  We can hope to learn something about it, but we must understand that we have only a rather small and sporadic effect on altering the course of events.  There are things we can do and things we cannot control.  We have biblical commands to treat our fellow men well and to increase and develop our talents.  While some are fortunate enough to be able to accept such duties many others may have little time other than to seek survival each day.  Rodney pointed out some disturbing trends in the economy of the USA which are pretty well mirrored in Kent County, MD.

In the end, to make real progress and to grow the economy, one must take on the personal initiative to get the most and best level of education possible.  Dropping out of school or only getting a High School diploma is not the most likely course of action to your personal economic development and success.  There are certain jobs which you can knowingly select that will be among the best paid ones in the near future.  Getting the right education for those jobs is a key element to your personal economic development and also to the economic betterment of wherever you live, including Kent County.

The topic is a deep one, mathematically complex, full of graphs and charts, and subject to the whims of every presenter who makes up such a lecture.  I think Mr. Lester gave us a great short course on where we were 60 years ago and how we have altered and changed as a society and as an economy until now as well as letting us glimpse into the prediction of our future.  As in generations past, the future may not seem inviting to the viewers of today, but most of us will not be there when it comes to pass.  What will our children and grandchildren actually become a part of?  How will the economy of the US, the world and even Kent County stack up 20 years from now?  The best advice was, “Get the best education level you can and you will be at the top of the statistical charts in the future”.  Good or bad, those with the most education have proven over many generations that they will be among those who live the best and do the best.  If you want this for your family, you need to encourage success through educational opportunities.  It is a great message to better understand.



Tim Dove and Annette Duckery came to speak with us along with two additional members of the team in Kent County that are doing everything imaginable to alleviate and help eliminate drug problems in Kent County.  They are not only using the standard tools of the anti-drug approach, but are trying very hard to think outside the box to really help those members of our community that need help that the standard plan does not provide.  We all thought they are on the right track.  It makes good sense to try some new and fresh approaches toward fixing a huge societal problem that just is not being managed well throughout the entire country.  Why not try some new efforts to support folks who need help and connections to further assistance?   Tim is obviously a highly trained, motivated and concerned leader who is up to the task.  And, the task is a large one.

The questions remains: Can we stop drug abuse?  Can we stop drug addiction?  Can we show better examples to our youth so they don’t go down the wrong pathways?  Can we help people who are hurting and want to be helped?  What can government do and what does society need to do?  Many big questions and very few real solutions.  The main thing is to keep trying until the correct solutions come into focus.


Larry Samuels has spoken to Kent CBG numerous times.  This is the first time he really came prepared to tell us about himself and how he arrived at becoming a frequent substitute teacher both in Queen Anne and Kent.  He has a passion for the kids and cares about them.  He has great experience and is a sharing individual.  It sounded to us like he is just the right kind of person to mentor our children, especially the many here who need extra help, encouragement, stability and compassion often missing in their home environments.  Education is a major key to success in later life.  If you do not have the basics from home and school, you will be short handed in all that comes afterwards.  The basic education found in the lower school grades is essential to master, and after hearing Larry talk, we felt it even more surely than before.

Larry recounted several of his kid friendly and engaging stories.  We can see better why he takes the huge amount of time he spends with so many good volunteer efforts along with his very frequent teaching role.  Thank you Larry.  We need many more guys and gals with your spirit and energy all over the country and we are fortunate to have you here as an example.


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