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Hula Hoop - Hop, Skip, and Tap

by Sydelle Pomi

This summer term Debbie Obarski will teach a new-to-OLLI? Hula Hoop fitness class at the LifeFit Center.?Yes, you read that?right!? I asked Debbie about the use of a hula hoop for exercise.?She explained that circular movement is an important aspect in developing and maintaining fitness as we age. In a workout she designed, a weighted hula?hoop helps you move in a circle without?going?anywhere.?The aim of her workout is to get both sides of the?brain working at the same time, thereby promoting body and mind balance.
Debbie explains that her workout employs the hula hoop to hop, skip, and tap for a cardio workout. That strengthens core muscles, and increases total body flexibility by using yoga-style stretching in a fun way.?
Her objectives in A Hoop Skip and a Tap are to teach you how to use your natural body mechanics to stay balanced and keep beautiful posture, to lose weight, and to have fun while working out with like-minded people.?

Upon my meeting Debbie, her energy and charm were quite palpable.?Debbie, who lives in Long Beach with two cats, is a certified massage therapist and a Reiki Master in fitness and dance.? She also possesses an entrepreneurial spirit. For the last five years she has owned and operated her own business in Long Beach called Body Philosophy Spa.?Its clientele is made up of people of?all ages from twenty-five to “well aged”?in the sense of a good wine.
Warning: The class limit is ten,?so?hurry and sign?up.

Word Power with Latin Roots

by Ina Levin

We use thousands of English words each day. What are their derivations? English is a mongrel language with words from many places introduced at different points in history. They were influenced by who was ruling over the country of England at that time, for example, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, or the French. More than 90 percent of our words over three syllables come from Latin. A preponderance of scientific and philosophical ones come from Greek. Conrad Barrett’s interest in various aspects of our cultural heritage from ancient Rome and Greece led him to major in their languages and cultures. His B.A., M.A., and PhD degrees are in Classics from Stanford, UCLA, and USC, respectively. As part of the CSULB
faculty, he added two popular courses, Greek Myths and Pagan Culture, and set up a Latin teacher-training program. His course at OLLI, Increase Word Power with Latin Roots will be a great way to expand your vocabulary.
Dr. Barrett points out that the Latin words amo, amare meaning to love, generate such English words as amicable, amenities, amenable, amiable, the Spanish word amigo, and such proper names as Amy, Amanda, and Amadeus. Class members will examine Latin derivatives used in sentences by authors such as Emerson, Poe, and Twain. Time permitting, students will also consider synonyms and antonyms.
The recommended text helpfully has separate indices of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. In each class, students will go over a short list of actual Latin words and phrases used often in English such as carpe diem, which translates as “enjoy the day”; in loco parentis, which translates as “in the place of a parent,” and a perennial favorite of students, illigitimis carburundum non est, which translates as “don’t let the bastards get you down.”