Deacon George Szalony, the Director of Chaplaincy at Charlotte – Douglas International Airport was my guest co-host for the show today. George is a Roman Catholic Deacon, and a very caring individual who is one of 18 chaplains at the airport providing words of comfort to travelers in need. Christine, George’s spouse and a good friend of mine, is involved in the senior care industry in and around Charlotte. Christine’s specialty is in the field of dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.
I also talk about a wonderfully relaxing day trip that my lady and I took last week. We ended up in Bishopville, SC, dined at Watsford’s B-B-Q, and spent a couple of hours in wonder at the Earl Fryar Topiary Garden. Earl Fryar was at work in the garden, and at 73, looks to be in great shape still. Earl was kind enough to spend some time sharing his life’s philosophy with a small group of visitors, and his passion for his work is evident in the beauty he has created and his inspiring words. And he’s a perfect example of my mission with Radio 4 the Ages, encouraging all of our senior adults to stay informed, involved, active and listened to.
We closed up the show with a piece that Heather Hammond recorded at Brighton Gardens in Charlotte. They had a fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte. Heather was on site earlier in the week to interview Nick Odle of Brighton Gardens and Mona Johnson-Gibson, the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House.