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 88 MY BASEBALL CAREER
By Steven Rubin— Some memories stay with you forever.  Or more precisely, something happens to spark a memory, and the recollection suddenly appears as vividly as if it happened yesterday. I work at a small college in the northeast with a lovely, leafy campus.  It so happens that the baseball field is right... 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 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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Story time: 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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Boyhood is a remarkable nostalgic coming of age film about childhood (and parenthood) by Richard Linklater.

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 44 A DOG FOR THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR LIFE
By Steve Rubin— In an ideal world every dog would have a home, And every home would have a dog.   The old saying—that life begins when the kids go off to college and the dog dies—always made sense to me.  Why would one commit to taking care of a living creature at a time when most of us are just... Read More
recent from 47 OUR CONSTANT QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE
By Steven J. Rubin— In December 2012 Erud Barak, Israel’s former Prime Minister and present Minister of Defense, announced that he would be leaving public life so that he would have time, in his words, “to learn, to write, to enjoy, to live.”  He was seventy years old.  I was both surprised and delighted to... Read More
recent from 59 FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD? IT’S COMPLICATED
By Cornelia Fortier— “Food, glorious food! We’re anxious to try it. Three banquets a day, Our favourite diet!” — From the musical “Oliver!” Here’s a self quiz you probably don’t need to take—because you know these answers by heart.  (And, most likely, hate being... 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 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
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