recent from 46 A TRIP IN SEARCH OF JOYCE’S IRELAND
By Mark Damon Puckett— For four months in 2012, I was living in London with an old British friend, Matthew, whom I knew from a boarding school we had attended together in Taunton, England, in the late 1980s.  I was commuting up to Oxford twice a week to take a course in James Joyce, with the main desire to... Read More
recent from 92 SHARING DIGITAL PHOTOS
By Eric Wing— A recent weekend journey into the attic of my home brought me face to face with a trip down memory lane.  My son looked on in amazement as I blew the dust off a stack of photo albums located deep in an old family hope chest.  As I flipped through the years of my youth, my son was swelling with... Read More
recent from 90 TRAVELING BOOMERS
More than 500 baby boomers (ages 49-67) were surveyed about their upcoming travel plans.  Would they bring a smartphone on vacation?  Digital camera?  Laptop?  Would they travel with family?  Friends?  Solo?  How much were they willing to pay for exceptional accomodations?  And what was their first concern... Read More
recent from 48 LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE (LTCI)
By Chris Neubert— Long term care insurance (LTCI) is a contractual arrangement that pays a selected dollar amount per day for a selected period of time for skilled, intermediate, or custodial care in nursing homes and other settings (such as home health care).  Because Medicare and other forms of health... Read More
Act Two Bloggers
Donna Giachetti blogs for Act Two
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One of parenthood’s most precious rituals. I miss those nights when my toddler grew sleepy and I let my mind happily wander into worlds I thought I'd outgrown.

Anne Ambuhl blogs about beauty and style
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What does it mean to be petite? I don’t feel I’m “short” on anything. I am quite capable, very strong and tall enough.

John Schwab's movie reviews
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A chronicle of Tim Jenison’s painstaking efforts to prove Vermeer’s use of optical tools by attempting to recreate one of his paintings.

Rosy Prose from the perspective of the second half of life
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There's something so beautiful about the innocence of childhood. But what happened to yesterday's child?

 
recent from 43 GOODBYE WRINKLES AND AGE SPOTS
By Jason McBean, MD— Have you ever lied about your age?  Have you turned a certain age multiple times?  Many men and women in the U.S. are afraid of getting older.  Numerous over-the-counter anti-aging products promise smoother tone and texture, fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin.  And many products... Read More
recent from 24 FARMS, FACTORIES, AND FAMILIES
by Anthony V. Riccio,  Excelsior Editions/SUNY Press, 2014— We forget sometimes how physically beautiful a large hardback book can be, yet the orally based Farms, Factories, and Families:  Italian American Woman of Connecticut reminds us that a lovely coffee table book can be richly historical as well—and... Read More
recent from 81 FIT & BALANCED
By Bonnie Marson— You work out at the gym and stay active to keep in shape and look your best. These are excellent ways to stay fit, energized and confident, so keep it up! Just don’t forget about the less obvious muscles and fitness skills you’ll need to stay strong, coordinated and flexible as you age.... Read More
recent from 57 RORY MCILROY RULES THE WORLD OF GOLF
By John Torsiello— Is Rory McIlroy the best golfer on the planet?  Well, in my humble option, yes, he is. I mean, what more do we need to see for us to believe that this 25-year-old wunderkind from Northern Ireland has all the stuff to be one of the top players to EVER play the game?  After ridding himself... Read More
recent from 91 HELPING GRANDCHILDREN GO TO COLLEGE
By Chris Neubert— As the cost of a college education continues to climb, many grandparents are stepping in to help.  This trend is expected to accelerate as baby boomers, many of whom went to college, become grandparents and start gifting what’s predicted to be trillions of dollars over the coming... Read More
recent from 82 DATING AFTER 50
By Sherri Daley— By the time we are all 83, women will outnumber men their age two to one. I sense a quickening of the heart among single men reading this, but men of a certain age shouldn’t get too excited.  First of all, it’s bad for their hearts;  second, woman are too smart (according to US Census... Read More
recent from 34 TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE…
By Len Gulino— A common question posed by wine consumers is, “How long should I age this bottle of wine?”  The question implies that every bottle of wine will improve with age.  However, in most cases, the answer is, “Drink it now!” According to the Wine Institute, more than 26 billion liters of wine were... Read More
recent from 89 DESIGNERS, WE’RE STILL HERE & WE SPEND!
By Sherri Daley— Fashion is being kind to us…because the Baby Boomer generation has been a sizable bump in their demographics. One of the nice things about being a woman of a certain age (I’ve always  liked that phrase, primarily because I have no idea how old such a woman would be) is that we are no longer... Read More