recent from 93 BIG DREAMS PROFILE: COLONEL SANDERS
By Sandra Humphrey— Happy Birthday, Colonel! What would you do if, at age sixty-five, people tell you that you’re too old to start a new business? You have a recipe for fried chicken, and for two years you travel across the country trying to sell franchises for your recipe. But no one wants to buy it, and... Read More
recent from 72 STARDUST: Shirley MacLaine, Undaunted
By Cindy Pearlman— Shirley MacLaine and I are having a spiritual moment. “Tell me when you were born.  I know exactly what you should do on your next birthday,” says the woman who made new age cool when it was really new. MacLaine was out on a limb before others were even out on a branch.  The great news is... Read More
recent from 57 SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Clean up the NFL
By John Torsiello— Are you ready for some football?!  And that means, ummmm, more black eyes for the National Football League, the richest and most successful sport in existence. Flash to the Ray Rice story. You know, the Baltimore Ravens’ running back who likes to beat up women in hotel elevators seemingly... Read More
recent from 58 ISABEL ALLENDE’S TED TALK ON AGING
Chilean author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. Don’t miss this candid, inspiring TED talk by the author of The House of the Spirits.  Charming and disarmingly honest, Allende talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to... Read More
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Donna Giachetti blogs for Act Two
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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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As the school bus rolls by, there's a primitive urge to buy new clothes, notebooks, lunchboxes and more.

John Schwab's movie reviews
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A chronicle of Tim Jenison’s 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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Nothing compares to the pleasure of writing with a newly-sharpened pencil. Am I a lone voice in the wilderness?

 
recent from 84 CAN LOVE BE LEGISLATED?
By Donna Giachetti— Caring for an aging parent is not new.  For centuries,  the rule has been to honor our elders and ensure their well-being in their last years. It’s a worthy goal but for many of us, it is complicated by the demands of juggling our own lives, especially if our parents live in... 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 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 43 YOGA AFTER 50
By Mark Damon Puckett— You want to take a local yoga class, but you see names like Hatha, Vinyāsa, Ashtanga, Svaroopa, Jivamukti, Bikram and countless others and ask,  Where do I start? One of the best meditative yet physical activities you can do for yourself after 50 is yoga, but you need to explore the... Read More
recent from 89 STYLE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT
By Cornelia Fortier— Audrey Hepburn once said, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”  It’s true.   Style never really goes out of style, as we know from the clothes we hang onto through the years, in our own closets.   Deep in mine is a many-decades-old dark green velvet evening coat with silk... 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 59 IT’S ALL MY PARENTS’ FAULT
By Joe Pisani— “After the age of 30, it’s unseemly to blame one’s parents for one’s life.” When I reached my 50th birthday, something strange and wonderful happened.  I stopped blaming my parents for everything that went wrong in my life. I admit that’s a pretty long time to hold Mom and Dad... Read More
recent from 79 WEIGHT CHALLENGES & HOW TO BEAT THEM
By Andrew J. Rodican, PA-C— Overcome the barriers that stand in the way of a healthier you. Today, more than 129 million Americans are either overweight or obese.  The U.S. ranks as the number one, most overweight country in the world with 34% of our total population being obese.  By 2030, these numbers are... Read More