General Interest

Creating Lively Family Memoirs

Pretend that you are dead and gone.Who were you besides what is found on your birth and death certificates? Besides snapshots and scrapbook mementos, what will you leave behind? What will your friends and family know about you besides your name and where you lived and worked? In my case, you don’t know that I tried to tattoo my little brother...Read More


If you’re After Fifty, then you have already, or are about to experience one of the realities of our generation: memory slips. If you’re brave enough to raise the issue with some well-intentioned people, they’ll pat you on the back and mutter something like, “Oh, you’re just too busy. That’s why you can’t r...Read More

Choices, Tolerance, and Andy

I don’t really care if you believe in God, or not. And if you do, it doesn’t matter to me which faith it is you choose to practice. What does matter to me, though, is that we have choices – not only about religion, but also about our politics, our work, our loves, and more. What also matters to me is that we respect the choices ma...Read More

Tax Prep – Throw Caution To The Wind?

They’re baaaaack!� All those forms.� You know what I mean.� It’s January, so all the forms necessary to file our taxes are filling our mailboxes.� They serve as a grim reminder of the nasty task that lies ahead.� What I mean by “nasty task” is the prep work that needs to be done to file the taxes. So, last night I ...Read More

Aging – with Humor and Grace!

Every day that passes, each and every one of us gets a little bit older. Our approach to this “inevitability” tends to fall into one of two groups. In this first group, we welcome this transition to aging and valiantly celebrate our increasing wisdom. In the second group,we fight this natural phenomenon tooth and nail. (Note sometime th...Read More

Women Over 50 – with Thanks to Andy Rooney

Happy New Year! Someone sent me this wonderful piece by Andy Rooney and I can’t think of a better way to start off 2011! Both women AND men will recognize the wisdom in this piece. Thanks, Andy… and enjoy! “As I grow in age, I value women over 50 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over 50 will never wake you in ...Read More

Family – And Holiday Traditions

For the first time ever in my memory, we had four generations sitting around our holiday table this year. In the picture to the left, you see the star of the show, our first (and only) grandchild, Daisy. Her dad, (my son) and his wife are pictured there along with me and my mother, who has the exalted role as a first-time great-grandmother. Missing...Read More

After Fifty Health Insurance and Retiree Benefits

Back on December 1, 2010, an article was posted on the AFL Your Money | Insurance page, entitled: Painful Measures: Losing Retirement Health Insurance.� Once again we’re bringing the topic front and center. It simply cannot be overstated.� The promise that many employers�made, the promise of a health benefit being provided to you when y...Read More

The Status of Women’s Health

Roni Caryn Rabin writes in the NY Times this week about the most recently released study about the status of women’s health in this country – with an article entitled “Study Finds Setbacks in Women’s Health.” More women are binge drinking, downing “five or more drinks at a single occasion in the past month;”...Read More

WikiLeaks – and “Getting It Right”

It’s the holiday season – and I want to spread as much good cheer as the next guy. Yet this WikiLeaks stuff is casting a pall over potential goodwill that is spreading like a metastasized cancer way beyond the US borders. According to Wikipedia, “WikiLeaks is an international new media non-profit organization that publishes submis...Read More

Thanksgiving Draws To A Close….

The Thanksgiving weekend is drawing to a close. Yes, there’ll be more football games – but none that seem quite as intense as the games fueled by turkey gravy and chestnut stuffing. The last of the guests are on their way home (or soon will be) – so please bear with me and let me share with you a few of the things that I have been...Read More

The Tie Between Ovarian Cancer and Hormone Therapy

The New York Times has done women a great favor by recently publishing an article by Roni Caryn Rabin, “Study Ties Ovarian Cancer and Hormone Therapy.” Rabin writes that study authors found that, even after controlling for a variety of expected factors, “women taking post-menopausal hormone therapy had a 29 percent greater risk of...Read More

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