recent from 1 Grandparents’ Guide to Great Gift-Giving
  OUR BEST GIFTS FOR GRANDKIDS If you’re a grandparent, chances are you already know what toys will delight the toddlers on your list.   But what about those in the 6-12 year-old range?  They can be tricky to please.  (And let’s face it, once they hit the teen years,...
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recent from 257 Sylvester Stallone Interview
  SLY STALLONE STILL HAS IT.   It’s a surreal moment in the elevator at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Two young men with yappy dogs are speaking with each other.  In the corner stands a man.  He’s in the shadows.  When the reporter looks up, he...
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recent from 16 The Way We Were
OH, THOSE MUSICAL MEMORIES!  Sitting here on a bright November morning, I just finished up an article on how music can bring up old emotions.  Boy, do I ever agree!  Musical memories have such power.  In fact, I have an LP (yes, on a turntable) of The Beatles playing as I...
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recent from 197 Top 10 Tech Gifts for Silver Surfers
  BABY BOOMER TECHNOLOGY MUST-HAVES Everyone can use a little help with their holiday shopping. I’ve put together my top 10 favorite tech gadgets for those over 50—including 5 ideas for under $25. Which will you choose for your favorite silver surfer (or yourself)? Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480...
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Act Two Blogs
Donna Giachetti blogs for Act Two

Lately I’ve started to worry about some of my hyper-digital-multi-tasking habits. read more

Anne Ambuhl blogs about beauty and style

At my age, I need something to flatten my "menopot," I guess the time has come... read more

John Schwab's movie reviews

The vibrant performances of the children even as they fight for their freedom make "Mustang" a joy to watch... read more

Rosy Prose from the perspective of the second half of life

Am I the only one with table setting nostalgia? I recall Aunt Millie's... read more

recent from 117 Email Phishing Is So Very Fishy
  SOMETHING’S FISHY A week doesn’t go by now that I don’t receive a fishy e-mail.  An e-mail that appears to be from my e-mail service or bank that carries an anxiety-inducing message.  At tax time, I even got an e-mail that looked like it came from the IRS,...
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recent from 81 In Praise of Walking
  WHITHER WALKING? Compared with all the “flash” exercises of late that are so trendy (quick workouts that are all the rage), walking may seem like the shy family member nobody notices. It’s true: walking by yourself can be utterly boring.  But in reality it is probably one of the...
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recent from 79 National Family Caregivers Month
According to the Caregivers’ Action Network, the theme for National Family Caregivers Month (November 2015) is: “Respite: Care for Caregivers” Respite – the chance to take a breather, the opportunity to re-energize – is as important as any other item on your caregiver’s to-do list. People think of respite as...
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recent from 87 AT HOME: Ring for the Butler!
  IN PRAISE OF BUTLERS (AND THEIR PANTRIES)… Last week the members of my exercise class held our annual get-together to honor our leader in “age proofing.”  He calls our class, “Mike’s Kids,” a most flattering description by any stretch of the imagination.  We gather at the home of...
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recent from 34 When It Comes to Cocktails, Everything Old Is New Again
CONTEMPORARY COCKTAILS FUELED BY A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE.   It’s a fabulous trend. Fashion has become retro chic, architecture and design combine the old with the new, restaurants are back to basics, and now bigger is better—phone and computer screens that is. In the start of 2015 the...
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recent from 89 100 Years of Male Beauty
  IT’S THE GUYS’ TURN! Nearly a year ago we shared the original 100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute video, which showed how women’s makeup and hairstyles have changed over the years.   In the months since then, the viral video has been imitated by dozens of YouTubers....
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recent from 22 Mustang Film Review
  A POWERFUL, IMPERATIVE FILM: Young, wild and free-spirited teen girls just want to enjoy life playing on the beach, going out with boys, cheering at soccer games and dancing to music.  It all seems so natural and innocent, unless you happen to live in a small town in...
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recent from 213 Retiring Abroad – Can You Afford It?
AMERICANS RETIRING ABROAD: The decision to retire abroad requires you to take several unique factors into consideration.  The Social Security Administration allows eligible individuals living outside of the United States to collect Social Security retirement payments. There are exceptions to the rule, however. In addition, the IRS expects Americans...
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