Winter Session 2019
It’s already 2019!  Join us for our next session of Lifespan Academy!

We will be at Peachtree Rd United Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Classes are from 10:15 am to 3:00 pm
Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 and is an additional $10

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10:00 am to 11:00 am

Great Decisions 2019 – Ray Nixon

Ray has graciously agreed to lead our Great Decisions class this winter and we appreciate his commitment to Lifespan.  Here are the topics that the Foreign Service Association says are on tap for Great Decisions 2019:   Refugees and Immigration, The Middle East, Nuclear Negotiations, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding US-China trade, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico, State of the State Department and Diplomacy.   The book is $25.  More information is available on our website.  Please add the cost of the book on your registration form under payment.


Spirituality WorkshopRev Julie Wright

Julie, an Associate Minister at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, is a friend of Lifespan and has joined us at other academy sessions for our spirituality series.   We are thrilled to have her back with us and look forward to her musings about faith in our lives.  


Tai Chi – Tina Rasheed

Our own Tina Rasheed will again be leading us in Tai Chi.  Tina has a 26-year career as a public health researcher at the Morehouse School of Medicine and has applied her mission as a martial artist to bridge the health disparity gap by teaching self-applied health enhancement techniques such as Qigong and Tai Chi as a strategy to promote health and prevent disease.   Tai Chi is a gentle exercise program that is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Derived from the martial arts, Tai Chi is composed of slow, deliberate movements composed of mental focus, deep breathing, and stretching which enhance physical health and emotional well-being.


11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Tell me a Story – Steve Walton 

Come and tell a story…about nearly anything!   Steve Walton will help us to tell a story about ourselves …our best day (or night) ever, a peak experience either interesting or enlightening or both, a personal victory, the most favorite outfit we ever wore!  The possibilities are endless.  No need to rehearse, or to write anything down.  Just drop by and join in.

Brandt Ross – Game Changers

We are thrilled to have Brandt Ross returning Winter 2019.  He is one of the favorite speakers at Lifespan  Academy.  Brandt shares “Stories (and the folk music) of people/events that changed our history.”   We all enjoy his stories immensely and look forward to having him with us again.  See below for the list of people and songs he will share with us.

Tell me a Story Schedule

January 10th – 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, 11/11/1918 – stories of WWI, WWII and honoring all those who served:  “All gave some…some gave All.”

January 17th, January 24th and January 31st – Steve Walton will lead the Lifespan storytellers as they share their experiences.

February 7th –  Honoring Black History Month – “Three Ladies” – Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells.

February 14th – Game-Changers of Baseball – “Jackie Robinson and Moe Berg”

February 21st – The Lifespan Story Tellers are back on.

February 28th  “the Dust Bowl” – “When the sky turned black……and the land failed…”

Words that Moved a Nation – Richard Botters  

Richard is going to continue his journey through the wisdom of our presidents.  This session he will take a look at the documents, speeches, literature and music that inspired the American people during the presidential terms of Warren G. Harding to John F. Kennedy. 

Line Dancing – Rose Haven 

Our own Rose Haven will be bringing us line dancing again this fall.   Rose Haven has been a line dance instructor since 1992. Rose is the founder and director of two award winning competition dance teams.  Rose brings all that line dancing expertise to her Lifespan low-impact, low-risk line dancing class.  Enjoy the music and the moves. 


1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Learn the Ukulele




The Ukulele Group is still playing along!!  Last session was our first try and we have the beginnings of a wonderful group.  Come and join us this session.  NO MUSICAL TRAINING REQUIRED, BUT LOTS OF FUN TO BE HAD!  Just get yourself a soprano ukulele and  a gig bag and bring it on in.  You will also want to pick up an electronic tuner to keep it in tune. If you want some information, you can go to, or just google ukuleles and find lots of options for the whole kit!  Finally, get The Daily Ukulele Book, by Liz and Jim Beloff – also called the “Yellow Book.”

It is seriously a lot of fun and we would love to have you join us.  You can jump on in any time and see how easy it is to join in.  Mary Crook Moran, our leader,  is an Atlanta native recently returned from Florida, where she spent most of her life (Naples).    She is a music lover who held a ukulele group for the last three years in Florida, meeting weekly, performing at all local libraries and other venues.  Come and join the fun.

iPhone and iPad Class is Back!

Our own Peggy Palmiter will be teaching about both the iPhone and the iPad.  Bring your device and learn how to tame the beast.  Several of our students from this session want to return and we welcome any additional folks who want to join in.

This class is organized based on the things you really want to know about your device.  We take questions and topics from the students and then we integrate those questions into the various skills that you learn.  There are also online resources that are made available for you during and after the class.


I Remember – Rosemary Glenn 

The I Remember group has decided to meet in the afternoon for two or  three times this Fall Session. It keeps all of the members working on their writing, helping each other and talking about their stories.  But it also allows them to attend some of the morning sessions that they find interesting.  They will be meeting at 1:30 pm on January 10th,  February 7th and 28th. 



Come and join the group and play along. By the Way, this group does play the Japanese version of Mahjong.  They think it’s a lot of fun.  Don’t know how?  Want to learn?  Folks are more than willing to teach.