Someday will never come, until it does!  The birthdays are adding up, and you begin to wonder what those final chapters are going to look like. Enter AgeBetter, Inc,, the parent organization of SAIL (Sharing Active Independent Lives). SAIL’s mission is to enable members over 55 to live secure, engaged lives on their own terms. SAIL strongly adheres to the philosophy that “It takes a village” and is designed to help people stay independent by staying connected – and definitely enjoying the journey. SAIL is a members-driven organization that offers a full range of connections to people, resources, fun, support and healthy relationships.

On this program, Ann Albert, founding Executive Director of AgeBetter, Inc., and SAIL, describes how SAIL has evolved since its beginning days in the early 2000s and how it is embracing the village model to counter the effects of loneliness on health and independence and to enhance opportunities to live a purposeful life. Joining Ann is Dana Warren, a SAIL member volunteer. She is a former city Realtor, a master gardener and passionate about universal design. In her retirement years, she focuses her time on using her skills to give back to the community, having her voice heard, and building diversity within the SAIL membership.

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Guest: Peggy Trojan

Peggy Trojan published her first poem in 2010. She was seventy-seven years old. Her inspiration came from a class on poetry writing she decided to take in her mid-seventies. After reading one of her poems, her instructor encouraged her to submit it for publication. That was the beginning. Since then she has been published in a wide variety of journals and anthologies and has written several books of poetry.

Peggy Trojan grew up in the north woods of Wisconsin where she enjoyed her life as an educator, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. It is from this history that she has drawn the content of her poems. Her latest book of poetry, ALL THAT MATTERS: Collected Poems 2010-2018, depicts, in the gracefulness of the words she’s chosen, stories of real life and the tender, sensitive moments she experienced.

Peggy shares her personal story and how she has woven her observations of life into the poetry she has written. Enjoy also some of the poignant poems included in her latest collection, ALL THAT MATTERS.


Guests:  Jane Earl and Tony Earl

No one knows better than Jane Earl how important it is to create an environment that makes it easy for everyone to live in, regardless of age, size or ability. Jane has muscular dystrophy and uses a scooter to maneuver herself through rooms and spaces. She and her husband, former Wisconsin Governor Tony Earl, want to stay in their own home, to age in place, like so many of us do. Already a Certified International Color Consultant, Jane expanded her environmental expertise to include how spaces can be designed to be convenient, flexible and exude great style – not just for her and her husband but for all living environments as we move forward.

On this program, Jane asks us to ponder such questions as, “Have you ever returned home from grocery shopping with both hands full and unable to open the front door? Have you ever struggled to reach something in the back of the top shelf in your kitchen cupboard? Have you searched to find a convenient place to plug in your device charger? Do you have difficulty getting into your bathtub or shower? Do you have trouble hanging up or reaching your clothes hung in your closet?” These are barriers to “aging in place,” and Universal Design offers the solutions.

Tune in as Jane Earl and her husband describe how they have designed their own living environment to be “universal,” and how Jane is working with architects and builders to incorporate the guidelines of Universal Design into projects currently on the drawing board.



Guests: Jim Kramer, Executive Director; Taylor Kilgore, Managing Editor; Josepha Da Costa, LaFollette H.S. freshman and Teen Editor, Simpson Street Free Press

When it comes to developing professional journalistic skills – researching the facts and verifying them, learning to write clearly and concisely, and editing and revising for increased clarity and accuracy, the Simpson Street Free Press is exemplary – living by the standard, “Never hand in a first draft.”

The Simpson Street Free Press began over 25 years ago as a neighborhood non-profit focused on engaging kids in learning through writing and literacy. SSFP currently produces seven publications. Students begin as early as third grade, and SSFP graduates serve as editors. High school students take on leadership roles. Middle school writer focus on science, history, geography and books.

On this program, Jim Kramer, one of the SSFP founders, Taylor Kilgore and Josepha Da Costa, a LaFollette H.S. freshman and a Teen Editor share the story of SSFP’s remarkable journalistic journey and their current concern, the achievement gap in reading skills in the Madison schools.

Hear what Madison students are focused on and reporting through the Simpson Street Free Press.


Guest:  Rose Deneen, pastry chef and author

“Eat your vegetables,” takes on a whole new flavor if you follow the recipes contained in Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef, Rose Deneen’s, new cookbook, Baking with Vegetables. Of course, she includes some of our favorites like Carrot Cake. But have you ever indulged in Parsnip Spice Cake, Caramelized Cauliflower Chocolate Brownies, Rutabaga Bread Pudding or Beet Walnut Ginger Bread? Probably not – as these are recipes uniquely created by Rose Deneen and featured in her cookbook.

On this program, Rose Deneen shares some of her 50 recipes and describes how, through trial and error, she meticulously mixed together just the right combination of vegetables and other ingredients to introduce a new and delicious way to incorporate more vegetables into our daily diet. She also shares baking tips, her preferred ingredients and favorite baking tools that make the baking process so much easier and the results a gourmet delight.

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