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The Central Ohio Chapter encompasses the Columbus Metro area
and surrounding suburbs.



May 31, 2019
June Event - Members Only "Girls Night Out"
A Girl’s Night - Members Only  – TTN Signature Program:  Transition Peer Groups

Over libations and catching up we’ll take time to reflect on how the establishment of Peer Groups as a formal offering in central Ohio would contribute to the overall mission of connection and could support the engagement of new members.

Transition Peer Groups are identified as a TTN Signature Program – one of our organization’s unique offerings.  Peer Groups were distinguished from Special Interest Groups in 2016.  TPGs are defined as small groups of members, often geographically organized, providing comfortable and trusting environments.  Peer Groups have consistent membership and gather on a regular basis to discuss what is important to the members at this stage of life, to share ways to live with vitality and wisdom and to provide support for each other. 
Please plan to join us to catch up, celebrate and discuss the TPG as an option for Central Ohio TTN.

Date:  Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Location:  Bag of Nails Gahanna, second floor
                  63 Mill St, Gahanna, OH 43230
Cost:  Food and libations are on your own
Direction notes:  There is construction at I-670 & I-270.  Alternative route for those from the north, Dublin/Worthington/Westerville, exit Morse Road from the north and go to Cherrybottom into Gahanna.  For those from the south, exit at Hamilton Rd.
Additional notes: There is construction at I-270 and I-670. Coming from the north, you can exit on Morse Road, and go east to Cherrybottom Road. Turn right and go south to Johnstown Road, and into downtown Gahanna. The exit from I-270 south to Rt. 62 east also is open to downtown Gahanna.

If you are coming from the south, exit I-270 at Hamilton Road, and go north to Granville Street, left into downtown Gahanna.

Parking is free in the parking garage just a block north of the Bag of Nails. There is also free parking across from the Sanctuary one block east of the restaurant.

If you do arrive early - around 5 pm - we can take a nice walk around the Creekside area, and work up an appetite!
Please register for this event so we have an accurate count for the restaurant.
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May 30, 2019
June Letter from the Chair -- Who Will I Have Lunch With?

How often do you have lunch alone these days?   Especially if you no longer have a spouse, significant other or roommate.

I remember working in an office and somewhat regular lunches with co-workers were easy to arrange and something to look forward to.  When I worked as a contractor and working from home, one change I recognized was the lack of ease in finding lunch companions.

Lunch with others could still be arranged with a fair amount of ease, however, it took a phone call or e-mail to set things up and typically a ride in the car to meet someone.

As I look forward to the next 30 years, I sometimes wonder if I’ll become one of those lonely seniors you read about, anxiously waiting for the “Meals on Wheels” driver for my daily human contact.  

Do you have a regular lunch bunch now?  I’m suggesting lunch because no matter how old we are it’s usually daylight for lunch.  (It could just as easily be a regular dinner group.)  If so great!  If not, why not?  

If you’re planning to be in an institution in 30 years, you won’t have to worry, you’ll have regular lunch companions in the dining room. 

For those of us who plan to “age in place,” incorporating the practice of having lunch with friends at least once a week, and talking, ideally face-to-face, to people who aren’t part of our family is key.

It used to be we’d call a neighbor or see them across the fence and chat.  In today’s world filled with busy-ness that extends into retirement, we just text or send an e-mail because we’re afraid or embarrassed to interrupt them with a call.  

Have you ever wrestled with whether to send a text or make a call?  Especially if you’re just wanting to chat and catch up?  I’ll admit, I have occasionally.  

TTN recognizes cultivating and nurturing connections as a key to a healthy long life.  I invite you to reach out to the members of our chapter in your area of the city and have lunch or breakfast or dinner regularly.  

When you regularly share a meal you’re caught up on their lives and you can share your thoughts on deeper topics, topics like a good death, and your answer to “how will I get an ice cream cone when I’m 90?” And who will change the lightbulbs?

Make a plan to share a meal and a conversation soon!

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May 29, 2019
Special Interest and Transition Peer Groups – June and Future Events

Wellness Group:
(1) Breast Cancer Awareness Events:  Alison Forche, one of our newest members, and her husband Rob, are inviting the community to partake in a variety of special events designed to promote breast cancer awareness, treatment, preventive care, health and wellness.. As an incentive, they will be drawing one name from a pool of entries to win two tickets to see John Mayer at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Saturday, August 3rd. You do not need to be a patient to participate in this contest! Go to to read more and enter.
(2) Save the Date for our June Event!  NAMI WALKS - Our TTN Team is:  TTN: The Wanderers!  
Barbara Blair-Karr is chairing a TTN team for the Annual NAMIWalks Franklin County. NAMIWalks is a mental health awareness and fundraising event-- the largest in the nation!
What:         NAMIWalks Franklin County
Location:   Wolfe Park, Columbus
Date:          6/08/2019 at 8:30 a.m.
One in Five Americans lives with mental illness. Are you or someone that you know one of them? How has it affected your life? Register and share your reason for participating in NAMIWalks. Your story could inspire others to take action too. Every person who joins the movement helps NAMI reach more people who are affected by mental illness.  Contact Barbara Blair-Karr at for more info or
Click Here To Register
(3) Women's Self Defense Classes - Wellness Event Series:
Westerville Police is sponsoring five free Women's Self Defense Classes. Class locations depend on the date. The March class will be held at the Westerville Community Center on Cleveland Ave. Classes are scheduled for 6-15, 8-17, and 10-19. You don't have to be a Westerville resident to sign up. The sign-up website is here
For information on the Wellness Group, please contact Roberta Kayne at or Maureen Severns at  And if you would like to plan an event or have an idea for a wellness event, please contact Roberta or Maureen.
Sleuthin’ Genies Genealogy Group
Contact Karen Linnenkohl for more about the "Sleuthin' Genies" Genealogy Group at Good luck Virginia Brizendine to you and your family in our new adventures! We will miss you!

Movie and Theatre Group
Movie Group 4-29-19Our next movie night is Monday, June 24th. We saw Breakthrough in April. June movie suggestions are welcome! In June, it might be your choice if you let Mary know, so contact Mary Hiland at

Mary Hiland is inviting all musical comedy lovers to go see Guys and Dolls at Otterbein. If you’ve ever been to a musical performance there, you know it’s top notch. The show runs from July 11—20, and the tickets are $33. If you are interested in going, please contact Mary at And while you’re at it, tell her which date is your preference.
Writers Group
The Writers Group is very proud that our number has grown to ten! We met on May 17th and wrote to the prompt “What Do You Want Out of a Writers Group?”  The general consensus from our prompt led us to a decision to stay together as one group, but put a cap on the number at ten. Since ten is still rather a large number for a writers group, if we lose members due to attrition, etc., our cap will decrease. At the same time, we encourage other interested TTN members who would like to join or lead another writers group to start a second group. One of our members would be happy to attend a meeting to help you get started.  Please contact Anna Crooks at
Through the years, the Writers Group has transitioned literally to a Transition Peer Group (TPG). As TTN so aptly states in their definition of a TPG, we “explore life-stage related issues”. We intend our group to be a “comfortable and trusting environment where the same members gather on a regular basis to discuss what’s important…, share in ways to live with vitality and wisdom, and provide support to each other”. And we do the latter in the form of writing.
Our next meeting is on June 21st, Friday at 1:00 p.m. 
Fact Gatherers Group
This group has reached its limit of 10 members. The next meeting is June 11th, Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Mary Greenlee at
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May 28, 2019
Summary of May Meeting on Mindful Eating

At our May 20, 2019 meeting, speaker Veronica Petta, patient advocate with Blair Communications, spoke to our group about mindful eating. Her email is

Veronica calls herself a Healthy Entrepreneur.  She gave us at least eleven ways to become a mindful eater. 

One way is to imagine you've never eaten chocolate.  Then, use your senses: look at the chocolate,  feel it in your dominant hand,  then in your other hand,  smell it, then taste it, but don't eat it. Let it sit in your mouth and feel it on your tongue.

What does it feel like? What does it taste like? Then chew it and allow it to stay in your mouth for as long af you can.  At our meeting,  we did this exercise with organic strawberries.  

Other ways to eat mindfully are: 

1) Is it Craving or Hunger?

2) Give thanks - food as your gift - gratitude and contentment 

3) Take a mindful moment - breathe - be present  - slow down 

4) Eat food that takes work

5) Turn off distraction devices - unplug 

6) Eat more meals that pack a power punch (nuts, seeds, fruit, avocado, artichoke) 

7) Healthier mindful drinks (e.g., fruit and vegetable smoothie) can replace snacks 

8) Use mindful techniques. 

Additional ways are:

9) chew 30 times

10) do a 5-minute meditation before eating 

We saw a short video on the marshmallow test. You can watch this video on line at:

In a [1960's] study they put one marshmallow in front of a child and said. "You can either eat this now, or wait until I come back, and I'll give you another."  Supposedly,  the children who were able to delay their gratification had better outcomes in life. 

You can read more about that study at:

In order to make this life style change of eating mindfully,  Veronica recommends starting slowly and making small changes. She has a brownie recipe that she says is really good, which is included below.

Finally, Veronica  Petta recommends: "Don't take your health for granted."

Donna Kayne Owen 


Black Bean Brownies (Allergy-Friendly)

Makes 16 2-inch brownies.

1 1/2 cups black beans (15oz can), rinsed and drained

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 cup quick oats

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup honey   

1 egg (substitute with 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil those with egg allergies)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 Cup Pecans, chopped (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease an 8 x 8 inch pan.

2. Combine all ingredients except chips in a food processor, and blend until totally smooth.  I use the food processor attachment on my Bosch mixer. I have also used a big bowl and an immersion blender. Whatever tool you choose, just make sure the mixture is VERY well-blended.

3. Use a spatula to fold the chocolate chips into the batter and pour into the greased pan. 

4. Sprinkle pecans over the top, if desired.

5. Cook the brownies 15 to 18 minutes. Let them cool before serving.


Nutrition Facts Comparison for one 2” Brownie

Black Bean Brownies

·         Calories: 71

·         Fat: 1g

·         Carbs: 14g

·         Fiber: 3g

·         Protein: 4g

Betty Crocker Brownie

·         Calories: 180

·         Fat: 9

·         Carbs: 25g

·         Fiber: 0


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