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jeri-dangle1Earrings dangle. Cliff hangers dangle. A sword has been dangling by a thread over Damocles head ever since he pandered to King Dionysius in 4th Century BC – just like politicians these days.

Rocky Horror lyrics wail, “I’ve got the feeling someone’s gonna be cutting the thread.”

Dangles are a big part of our lives. Dangling teabags come in hundreds of different flavors. Smart mobiles dangle over baby cribs. Dangling modifiers haunt our words. A dangling modifier is a word or phrase that fails to use the word it was intended to describe. Like 70 is the new 40 and Trump tweets truth.

The English language is unpredictable. You can dangle, be a dangler, or collect dangles. There are dangles in hockey (also known as sick moves), a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow song for kids, and Deputy Dangle video games.

All of these dangles impact AFLers when we’re reading and writing – which is more than ever.  Think email, texts, blogs, books, internet, and Christmas updates. We devour written words like Fido and his chew stick made in China.

Clearly, our words of wisdom shine best in print. Who knew that better than William D. Kaufman who published his first book at age 95 or James Michener who published his last book at age 90?

drjeri-dangle2The facts are indisputable. AFLers love to read, write, and dangle stuff. Pew Research Center found that 77% of over-fifty readers devour books. Women read more books than men; people over 65 read an average of 23 books a year. Perhaps our President-Elect can take the hint?
That doesn’t include readers of news, newspapers, magazines, and journals dangling breaking stories. A whopping 88% of people over-50 go on the internet; 65% on social media.

Now change those numbers to 20 is the new 70.

Online readers and writers over-50 are everywhere. Websites cover every topic from nanahood to naked at our age, dangling enticing content. There are dating sites, roommate advice, and adventure travel for boomer chicks . . . the stuff of dreams.

That doesn’t include with everything from sex to Sunday Dinner.

drjeri-dangle3Life today couldn’t be better for dangles, words, writers, readers, and us. Consider the new book genre called Boomer Lit, Golden Age, or Senior Fiction. It was lovingly created by the Baby Boomers who gave us the Young Adult Literature genre a lifetime ago. But it can get confusing. That’s why I called my new fiction series Broken. Eight books where psychopaths are 70-years old and innocent young things clock in at 60.

Why should serial killers be a privilege of the young?

Then there’s what Publishing Trends call “The Audiobook Revolution.” You can read with your ears. The Audio Publishers Association reports sales at over $1.77 billion. A nice haul for stories that come to life when we commute to work, drive in traffic, wait at the airport, or sit in a beach chair with our eyes closed.

So many choices – so many technologies – so many dangles. What’s an AFLer to do? Our favorite juggernaut is ready and waiting to help.

Amazon has over $107 billion in sales, employs almost 300,000 people, and is considered one of the most valuable brands worldwide. When it comes to books there are millions of titles in print, ebook, audio, and enhanced. The number grows every day. You can do searches in all “over-fifty” genres or any key words you can conjure.

Our books, words, movies, earrings, websites, and modifiers are here to stay. They dangle a tasty (and healthy) carrot we can’t resist. Have fun and indulge!


Dr. Jeri Fink, author, photographer, traveler, and family therapist, challenges the creaky myths of aging. She believes that now is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, people, and places. Visit Dr. Jeri at,,   or to enter her world of discovery, fun, and insights. Her fiction project, Broken, is a series of seven thrillers that defy tradition. She is presently working on Book Web Minis – a series of fun, fast and positive mini books (50-70 pages long) where readers partner with the experts. Check it out at

She tells us: “I challenge the art of writing by merging fact, fictional elements, interactivity, and photography into nonfiction mini books. I draw from my training in social work, experience in individual and family therapy, professional research, and passion for exploring positive psychology. My 32 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements, and active online presence all reflect who I am today.”

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