Marjorie and Gavin prove love can take a lifetime to find


TRUE love can last a lifetime -- but sometimes it takes a lifetime to find it.

Marjorie Hemmerde, 106, and Gavin Crawford, 73, are the doting pair who've proved it's never too late to fall head over heels for that special someone.

They met in a nursing home three years ago where both expected to quietly enjoy their twilight years.

Neither had ever been married and never expected such a lovely twist like this.

Now they are inseparable.

They're the kind of sweethearts who exchange glances and cheeky pecks like teenagers on a train.

"We just sort of melted into each other," Ms Hemmerde said. "We get along like old friends, the age gap doesn't seem to matter."

The relationship was the cherry on top for the former librarian who, at 96, decided to take her first overseas trip and became the oldest person to ever kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland.

But it's the stolen kisses since that have really made this lady sparkle.

Mr Crawford said he'd found his princess.

"Marjorie is very outgoing and has good outlook in life," he said.

"She is always very cheerful and appreciative and we laugh together all the time.

"I think we both have learned that life is far too short not to enjoy it."

But the thought of making the union official is a fickle thought for the elderly duo, who learned long ago that marriage wasn't the only ingredient for a great life.

"I'm too irresponsible," Ms Hemmerde said. "I quite like living in sin."

Kew Gardens Aged Care social life manager Vicki Fraser said watching the relationship blossom had been heartening.

"That they found each other is beautiful," Ms Fraser said. "It's so positive for them both and so genuine. It proves it's never too late."



New German research finds that the more often a person uses first person pronouns, the more likely they are to be depressed compared to those who use plural pronouns. To find this, researchers interviewed 15 men and 103 women, most of who were being treated for conditions such as depression and anxiety disorder. Participants were asked about their past, their relationships and their self-perception. They found that people who say "me" and "I" tend to be more depressed and have difficulties with interpersonal behavior, while those who used "we" often were better at maintaining appropriate social boundaries in their relationships while still having a healthy social life. (Daily Mail)


Goodwill Shopper Finds WWII Bomber Jacket, Returns It To Veteran

The military newspaper Stars and Stripes reports that Pentagon employee and military history enthusiast John Dodds was browsing the racks at a Washington Goodwill when his daughter called him over. Her find: an authentic WWII leather bomber jacket.

From Stars and Stripes:

The leather was a little stiff, but the jacket was still in good shape. On the back was a bearded, red-headed man with a winged helmet, along with the words 'Red Raiders' and '22nd Bomb Group.' The label inside had the model and order number. The lieutenant bars were in place on the shoulders.

The jacket even had a leather name tag sewed on the front: Robert G. Arand.

Dodds bought the jacket for $17 and then made some calls. A day later, he had 90-year-old veteran Robert Arand on the phone. Dodds told Stars and Stripes that once he spoke with Arand, he knew he wanted to return it to the veteran instead of keeping it for himself.

Arand told the paper that the jacket was most likely given away by his wife, who he thinks donated it to a Cincinnati charity sometime around 1950. The Red Raiders, Arand said, were named after a commander with red hair, Col. Richard Robinson.

Via Stars and Stripes:

Arand had flown B-25s in the United States, but flew more than 40 missions in B-24s overseas—from New Guinea, the Philippines and Okinawa. He flew the 22nd Bomb Group’s final bombing attack, a strike on the Kiangwan Airdrome in China. His last mission was a reconnaissance flight from Okinawa to Tokyo and back on Sept. 2, 1945, the day the Japanese signed the surrender in Tokyo Bay.

Arand retired from the Air Force in 1982 as a major. He has five children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He told Stars and Stripes that he's looking forward to showing the jacket to his family.