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Cuba! (Un) Friendly Neighbor

by Sydelle Pomi

Cuba, called the Pearl of the Antilles, has a written history that began in 1492, a most familiar date for America as well. What I learned from Ron Redman, who will be teaching this new course titled Cuba (Un)Friendly Neighbor, is that Columbus believed his “discovery” was offshore China and that on a subsequent visit believed it to be the Garden of Eden. Dear Me! With those navigational skills, we are lucky he made it back to Spain to put us on the map.

A recent instructor at OLLI, enchanting us with his history of the Bixby Rancho, Ron taught for 40 years at Cypress College as a professor of Latin American Studies, the field of his Ph.D. Ron is a native Californian. His great-great grandfather came from Ireland to the east coast of the U.S. Ultimately the family made their way west. Married with three children, Ron resides in Long Beach.
I asked how and why Cuba is the way it is? He said his class will help us understand this, as he will present both sides of the issue. That tight little island has a most interesting history. It has been affected by Colonialism, Imperialism, Communism, Queen Isabella, Queen Elizabeth I, Columbus, Taino-Arawak, and revolution. Cuba is a big subject for an eight-week class. It is as vital today as it ever was, as evidenced by President Obama’s recent visit.
This class will cover U.S./Cuban relations from 1823 to the present. At our visit Ron outlined 21 different issues to discuss. A most interesting man and subject.

A Magic Pill to Health?

According to a 2015 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 60% percent of adults take at least one prescription medication and 15% take five or more. And as we know, prescription drugs can come with a whole host of unpleasant side effects. lfc
What if there was a pill that simultaneously decreased our risk and symptoms of most chronic diseases, our risk of falling, and all-cause mortality and increased or improved our mood, cognitive function, energy, self-confidence, physical appearance, and physical independence? Would you take it?
Now, there are some side
effects including light-to-heavy sweating, slight body odor, changes in jean size, and feelings of euphoria and accomplishment. Although you have to take this “pill” regularly to see its long-term benefits, you can take it anywhere and its cost is little to none.
What is this magical pill? Exercise! Exercise has continuously shown to be an effective form of medicine. At the LifeFit Center, we’ve seen our members improve their health and mood, make lasting friendships, decrease their use of prescription medication, and more. As a Gold-Level “Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMOC)” Institution, the LifeFit Center is delighted to offer exercise opportunities to OLLI members. If you’re interested in exercising, check with your physician to see if it is safe for you. Then, ask us about beginning a workout program! It’s never too late to start, and your body will thank you for it!
To learn more about the LifeFit Center, stop by for a tour or contact Assistant Director
Emily Sopo at (562) 985-2087 or
Move More. Live Longer!

Bring a friend to OLLI and share our motto:
Learn More ~ Age Less