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Editor's Voice: The secret to a long life? It's no secret, really

Posted 8/6/13

How did you to live to be 100? Charles Selcher will be asked that question over and over now that he’s celebrated his 100th birthday this summer. We want to know if there’s a secret to living a long life, something we’re not doing. We seek …

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Editor's Voice: The secret to a long life? It's no secret, really


Selcher answers the question honestly: “I don’t think I know,’’ he told us in a story about his life in the July 31 edition of the Press And Journal.

Here’s what he can explain: He’s enjoyed life, and kept a positive attitude, even in tough times, such as his battle against cancer.

Selcher, of Lower Swatara Twp., has tended his garden, picked fruit in his orchard, gone fishing, driven himself to church and spent time with his family – he’s a great-great-grandfather.

On Saturdays, you can find him at Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown, eating a bowl of chicken corn soup.

Though he admits he’s slowed down, he hasn’t stopped living, hasn’t stopped enjoying the things he enjoys.

Perhaps we should worry less about the length of time we spend in life and more about how we spend the years. Maybe it’s the way we look at it that would provide the answer.

Perhaps it’s about the quality of the time lived that’s important.

For Selcher, that seems true.

Ask him how he lived to be 100, and he’ll tell you how he faced life with a positive attitude – and the years just rolled by.

We congratulate Charles Selcher on his 100th birthday. It’s quite a landmark.

We also congratulate him on living a wonderful life. The fullness of it is what moves us even more.{jcomments on}


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