Armchair travel to Israel at “Making the Most of Retirement” on Jan. 17

Guest speaker Daryl Nord will discuss his tour of Israel, including a stop in the old city of Jaffa where he is pictured, at the Jan. 17 "Making the Most of Retirement." Jaffa, just South of Tel Aviv, was formerly considered the gateway to Israel,

Attendees to the “Making the Most of Retirement” session on Jan. 17 will be taking an armchair tour through Israel with retired OSU professor Daryl Nord. The monthly series for local retirees meets from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library.

Nord’s March 2017 trip was the fulfillment of a long-time dream.

“I had wanted to travel to Israel for quite a while,” said Nord. “I consider myself an adventurous person, so I joined a tour group on my own to make the trip.”

Nord traveled to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Sea of Galilee, and several other sites such as Masada, the focal point of a siege during the first century Jewish-Roman War, and Caesarea, a town built by Herod the Great.

Guest speaker Daryl Nord will discuss his tour of Israel at the Jan. 17 “Making the Most of Retirement.” Nord is pictured in front of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, commonly referred to as the “Wailing Wall.”

“My favorite stop during the trip was the visit to Jerusalem,” said Nord. “I enjoyed seeing all of the sites in the area and getting to visit the Old City.”

This one kilometer Old City is home to three significant religious sites, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Sepulcher.

Besides the amazing sites, it was the ease of the trip that most surprised Nord.

“Making the Most of Retirement” guest speaker, Daryl Nord, will discuss his tour of Israel on Jan. 17, including his visit to the Jordan River baptismal site just South of the Sea of Galilee, pictured here.

“I had worried about traveling to Israel,” said Nord. “But I didn’t have any issues with safety or security. Traveling to Israel was on my bucket list. It met my expectations. A lot of places don’t.”

“Making the Most of Retirement” is coordinated by the OSU Emeriti Association and addresses topics pertaining to retirement for local retirees and those considering retirement.

The spring 2018 schedule includes:

  • Feb. 21 – Doug and Kathryn Castle Aichele:  “Sled Dawgs and Their Tales—It’s All About the Dawgs!”
  • Mar. 21 – Larry Jones:  “A Tour of Japan”
  • Apr. 18 – Stephanie Hesser and Jennifer Muret:  “Volunteering for Stillwater Habitat for Humanity and the Habitat’s ReStore”
  • May 16 – Louise Schroeder:  “Planning for Senior Living”

For more information on “Making the Most of Retirement,” visit or contact the library Help Desk at 405.372.3633 x8106 or

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at