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Hi there,                                                

Now I live in Texas, yes, I am a refugee from the country’s East Coast and came to Texas to be warmer, to meet new people and to tell them about the wonders I have discovered over the last many years traveling, lecturing, writing and meeting new people.  Yes, this is a new chapter in my life, help me enjoy it, and share it with you.


Texas is quite different from Washington, DC.  For example, there is no rush to get things done, politics exist but are not the primary issue. And everyone says “It is a pleasure” for whatever you say to them.  People know how to relax and let go, are very friendly and it is very easy to make friends, or better said, acquaintances first. I love the lilting accent of the Texas native, it sounds as if they are loving you with words. There are no large malls, just strip malls, usually on a corner.  Between the corners are lovely laid back communities with comfortable homes, well-kept lawns that during Christmas time were adorned with gorgeous holiday lights. I was truly enthralled and enjoyed every moment of it. 

Here, I live in a lovely and elegant senior independent living campus. And the holiday ornaments are incomparable  The manager of the facility loves to decorate and her talent shows.  The warm fall colors with multi-colored mums and huge haystacks with pitchforks and scarecrows looking on were on show during October and November. The different colored corn ears some with and others without their husks came falling down from windows with lots of red, gold and yellow leaves. A truly wonderful Fall sight.  Then for Xmas, several enormous fully-decorated trees with lights, bulbs and other hanging decor to lighten up a dancehall were placed throughout the lobby, the reception area and upstairs in the library. No matter where you looked there were exquisite red poinsettias in profusion to make the spirit glow.  Outside were huge colored light bulbs and a snow scene with reindeer running along - Truly breathtaking as you came up to the main entrance.- A wonderful appetizing dish for the eyes.  Now I await Valentine’s day to see what surprises shall be brought forth.

Even though it is winter, already I can enjoy my little patio and sit to read with the sun shining upon me.  I should have a tan even before the summer.  I truly love it here, it is so relaxing, pacific and calm that one can enjoy growing old without a problem.  No wonder it was so highly recommended, now I know why.

Love ya!  From deep in the heart of Texas!

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DoritaDelemos 300x400In 2014, Dorita DeLemos Down established “The P.A.C.E. Group, LLC”, under which she writes a blog and continues to lecture and write articles on brain injuries and stroke.  Recent information has proven that “The more you work with the brain, the healthier it becomes”.  She is a good example of that statement. From 2005 to 2008 she was engaged as Spanish language Consultant to NIH/NINDS and participated in lectures, conferences, and conventions nationwide.

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