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“Presenteeism” and Caregivers

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?   You’re sitting in your cubicle or your corner office, but you’re not really there.  Emails are pouring in, you have unanswered voice messages, there’s a crisis in IT, the system is going down, and the coffee-maker just died—but you don’t care.  At 9:01 in the morning, you have more important things to worry about. Your mother fell and broke her hip.  You have to call her doctor.  You have to arrange home care.  You have...

Coloring Books for Adults – Really?

REMEMBER TO COLOR INSIDE THE LINES! If you’re working at keeping your brain sharp with word puzzles and Lumosity brain games, take it to another level because life’s not all about words and numbers; it’s also about color, balance, symmetry and design. So put away your crossword puzzles and Sudoku and pick up your crayons.  Or if you’re a grown-up, your colored pencils. There’s a whole new mind-challenging playground out there for you: coloring books. You might want to...

We Still Love Muscle Cars

OUR ROMANCE WITH MUSCLE CARS— Okay, I admit it.  Rather than a muscle car, I drove a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle when I was in college and through the first several years of my working career.  But I did have buddies who were fully wrapped up in the “muscle car” craze that swept America in the 1960s and 1970s.  And, yes, I was jealous when they revved their high-powered GTOs and Mustangs at a stop sign to attract the girls,...

Happy Birthday, Gemini!

HEY GEMINI, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU! The sign of the twins is shared by notables across continents and centuries.  Famous Geminis?  How about Marilyn Monroe?  Or Frank Lloyd Wright…  Che Guevara…  Rachel Carson…   Lou Gehrig…  Walt Whitman…  Queen Victoria… This month we salute those who are celebrating their 50+ birthdays.  Let us know if we forgot your favorite Gemini!   Donald Trump (b. 1946) The 70 year-old real estate developer, television personality and now… front-runner for the Republican nominee...

Tag Sale Tips

GOING, GOING, GONE Ever notice that tag sales tend to be run by folks in their 50s, 60s and beyond?  There’s a reason for this:  we are the ones with the most “stuff.”  Holding a tag sale is a tried-and-true method of getting rid of things you haven’t used in years and likely will never need again.  Your mantra should be:  the less you keep, the less you’ll have to pack up when it’s time to downsize. Where to...

The Benefits of Volunteering

SECOND ACT CAREERS AFTER 50 DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE PAYING ONES. Creative volunteerism is a wonderful way to not only be connected to your community but also to stay actively involved in the well-being of others.  As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”   Becoming sedentary after you retire can lead to isolation and even poor physical health at times. Why not offer...

Happy Birthday, Taurus!

STARSTRUCK FOR TAURUS! As the month of the Taurus rolls around, it’s interesting to discover who shares a birthday between April 20th and May 20th.  Famous Taureans can count these names among their ranks: Napoleon…Vladimir Lenin…Karl Marx… Emperor Hirohito… Malcolm X… Harper Lee… Robert Oppenheimer… Tchaikovsky… even Shakespeare, for goodness’ sake!  Act Two Magazine decided to dig a little deeper and bring you a comprehensive list of some famous Taurus men and women born in the 20th century.   ...

Baby Boomers and the Digital Era

Did you know that adults 50+ are the fastest growing demographic on the internet?  Or that adults 65+ make up over 50% of all internet users?  This infographic from Koeppel Direct examines how older generations have adopted the social media, mobile phones, email, and the web.  Double-click on the visual to enlarge.    ...

Confessions of a Non-Gardener

  I DON’T HAVE A GREEN THUMB. Moreover, my plants know it: they lie down and die right in front of my eyes.  I once had a potted palm that thrived on humidity.  I placed it in the bathroom and gave it plenty of light.  When I showered, it peered down at my naked body like a voyeur.  I became self-conscious, and finally gave it away. My dental hygienist said that plants enjoy poetry and need to be tended...

Smart Phone Slavery

    SMART PHONES, NOT-SO-SMART PEOPLE. My daughter went to a Taylor Swift concert recently, and she was texting all night long instead of listening to Taylor whine about her old boyfriends.  Something’s wrong with that picture.  A multi-Grammy Award winner deserves more respect. Shortly thereafter, I was at a performance by Patti Lupone.  She grabbed the cell phone from a woman who was texting during a song, and she didn’t give it back until the end of the...

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