Sun Senior News
By Sandi Dolbee
During this pandemic, Kate McCarthy documented a day in the life of being shuttered in place for a photography class she was taking. One of her photos was a poignant portrait of her dog, Hannah, looking out through the front door at the smoke-filled air on a day that there would be no walk because the air quality was unhealthy.
Hannah gazes out at the smoke-filled air. There would be walk today. Photo by Kate McCarthy.
Kate, a longtime member of Lavender Friends and former club president, is a retired special education teacher and life-long learner. Rarely a semester goes by when she’s not taking a class at Sierra College. She’s also an avid photographer and active in the photography club here (a couple years ago, she took holiday pictures of Lavender Friends and their pets as a present for each of them).
She is a prime example of the diverse and dedicated men and women who make up our club, which represents LGBT residents and their allies.
Since this is the month of Thanksgiving, when our thoughts turn to gratitude, she weighed in on what she is grateful for — despite the COVID-19 shutdowns and cancellations, along with the other turmoil during a year that we will not soon forget.
“I am grateful that I am less likely to take things for granted during this time of quarantine and political disarray,” Kate said. “Quarantine brings a deeper appreciation of the value of close friendships. The political disarray makes me realize that we can’t take democracy and civil rights for granted and need to stand up and fight the eroding movements toward fascism.”
When we are able to get back together, the club’s activities committee is thinking about hosting an event showcasing our members’ many talents and hobbies. We have painters and quilters, collectors and crafters, among others. Hopefully, Kate’s photo work also will be on display. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
The Lavender Friends Club is a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and those in friendship who reside in beautiful Sun City Lincoln Hills, California.
Our primary goal is to create, and sponsor social gatherings and events that will appeal to the broad base of our members who enjoy getting together with others and sharing quality time and their experiences. Equally important is our goal of supporting one another and offering service to our community.
We believe that strong communities begin with solid relationships and our primary purpose is to build a greater sense of community through social interaction, open communication and shared information.