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Retired Lutheran Educators Network
Register for free participation in LEA's EncourAGEnet.

EncourAGEnet's purpose is linking, equipping, encouraging, and celebrating post-retirement service.


LEA EncourAGEnet was established in 2008. Among the Network's goals are to

  • prepare LEA members for post-retirement service

  • showcase examples of post-retirement service options

  • disseminate information about opportunities for service and resource people and  materials

  • encourage LEA connection to non-members by offering access to an e-mail distribution list and Web site

  • promote LEA membership by offering access to specific member benefits, e.g., resources, books, discounted registrations, etc.

Attention retired educators:

Register to participate on LEA EncourAGEnet's listserv.


The  EncourAGEnet Leadership Team:

Dick Blatt, Naperville, IL
David Ebeling, Bloomington, IN
Lois Giordano, Cedarburg, WI
Tom Giordano, Cedarburg, WI
Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
Roger Walker, Winter Haven, FL

EncourAGEnet Bulletin

About you and technology: See the Pew Internet report “Older Adults and Technology Use.” One interesting quote from the report: “Once seniors join the online world, digital technology often becomes an integral part of their daily lives.” True for you?

Nobody likes to hear that they can’t hear. But take a look at “Hearing Problems Make Senior Citizens More Introverted, Withdrawn” from SeniorJournal. Includes a link to a guide to hearing aids and other hearing loss information. (Browse around SeniorJournal while you’re there.)

Where do you stand? See “How Doctors Rate Patients” from The Wall Street Journal. (Senior Newswire)

EncourAGEnet Bulletin will not be published next week. See you after Easter! (And have a glorious one!) By the way, you’re invited to download the Easter Bonus Devotions from LEA.

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April 10, 2014



And from last week...


The latest issue of Rich and Charlie Resources is now available. Kick off your morning with Rich’s “AH-Ha Moments.”

“Where there is no vision, the people parish” (Prov. 29:18). To read a devotion on this passage plus see lots of other good resources, go to the latest version of Keep Me and Keep All.

Use caution! “7 Worst Things to Say to a Friend on a Diet.”

Next time you feel like browsing, take a look at

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April 3, 2014




Winter 2014 issue



EncourAGEnet Bulletin March 27, 2014 by ed.grube
Math book, vocations, atheists, Older Americans Month, driving aids, and more...
EncourAGEnet Bulletin 3/20/14 by ed.grube
Outreach ministry, dementia, LeadaChild, intergenerational lock in, and more...
EncourAGEnet Bulletin March 13, 2014 by ed.grube
Gratitude, sleep, participation...
EncourAGEnet Bulletin March 6, 2014 by ed.grube
Lenten hymns, discounts, feeling ill, and more...
Media Review

A media review by Dr. Charles Laabs for LEA EncourAGEnet

A recent best-seller book has dazzled many readers. As a world-wide sensation in 2008, The Last Lecture has brought the thoughts as well as the next-to-last experiences and adventures of the life of Randy Pausch, a 40+ year old university professor before his expected rather sudden death due to pancreatic cancer.

His themes include: the emphasis of quality of life rather than the efforts to extend life duration, showing of gratitude for life by one’s behavior, and the development of positive relationships.

In addition to reading this volume, one has easy access to the popular video of Randy Pausch’s actual last lecture. The viewer can be mesmerized by his noteworthy, positive delivery, which truly reflects his strategies when facing death. Whether the viewer is in a similar predicament as Randy Pausch, or not, he can profit with the identification of his last-days life styles and behaviors through humor, courage, and charm.

JUST PUBLISHED . . . Only a few years after Randy Pausch’s pancreatic cancer and death, his widow, Jai, authored a follow-up volume Dream New Dreams memoir about caring for her dying husband and three young children, and rebuilding their lives. This volume is also invaluable for any middle-aged or senior citizen regarding possible challenges one might face as one ages..

        The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch, Crown Archetype

        Dream New Dreams, Reimagining My Life after Loss, Jai Pausch, Crown Archetype

       Video, The Last Lecture


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