Life & Culture

I finally got my Coronavirus vaccination. The card indicating that has a place of honor on the fridge, plus several pix in my phone.  And a Xerox copy in my files. And in my wallet. Considering how much trouble I went through to get it, it’s worth making sure it’s not going astray. I spent
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The online world can be a wonderful place to meet people….but many find it a frustrating place where people brag about hundreds of “friends” they’ve never met. Connectivity online may not mean connections online. Forming true connections First, find people who share your interests on an online platform. This can be cooking, knitting, owning a
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The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering is….. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros For week one of our Book Club, please read chapters 1-11 by Tuesday, February 23rd. Then come back to https://seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we will open a conversation in the comments so
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With the end of the pandemic possibly in sight, and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, maybe you’ve taken a longer-than-usual look in the mirror and thought: “Oh no! I’m not ready for dinner parties/eating out/dating/seeing friends.” We get it. And we consulted two respected doctors—with no ties to companies or devices—to ask them about some
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To date, there are many poems and songs written to document the mistreatment of Black and Brown people and people among marginalized communities; many works that were created solely for the purpose of amplifying the looming shadow of America’s past (and present), that people of color might one day be truly liberated and validated. These
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During the worst of 2020, I had a playlist that reflected my mood.  Most of the time it was (and remains) smooth jazz because sometimes I just don’t want any words of any kind in my head…especially if the song became an earworm.  Besides that, I kept playing “The Waiting” by Tom Petty (“Every day
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 Data Privacy Day, marked annually on January 28, is the cyber world’s call to arms about protecting the privacy of personal information online (learn more here).  Here’s some information from the Federal Trade Commission on a popular solution to data privacy.  You probably know by now that using your mobile device on the public Wi-Fi
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Happy new…closet. We will all be happy to bid 2020 goodbye. A great way to have a fresh start is to take a look at what we’ve accumulated over the year   –  or years. Decluttering our spaces is incredibly freeing. Even better, it can be a way to do some good for those of us
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The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering is….. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende For week one of our Book Club, please read chapters 1- 5 by Tuesday, January 19th.  Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open a conversation in the comments so
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Learning how our interviewees think about “aging with attitude” is a gift that keeps on giving at year-end. Here’s a quick summary about ‘Aging with Attitude” from all our profiles throughout 2020 – all the more compelling given our ongoing challenges. Celebrity actor and profile subject Franco Nero (at left) mentioned his 55 year history working
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Marking New Years this year will be especially celebratory. Who wouldn’t want to pop the champagne and make a toast (socially distanced, of course) to the end of 2020?  No celebration would be complete without fireworks, so here’s a repeat from out archives that’s a  cheat sheet of some popular ones. Brocade: (at left) A spider
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Here’s another favorite from the Senior Planet archives. Enjoy!    Hanukkah, Christmas… time to think outside the cookie jar. For the holidays, baker Norma Saulino created some brand-new treats by mixing elements from well-worn recipe cards with her own take on new favorites from the web. Gingerbread + Rugelach = Gingerugelach This idea came about while I
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The GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) is an image file made of several related pictures (the branch image below is made of 23 pictures) layered in an endless loop.  However you pronounce it (like the peanut butter or with a hard ‘g” – the debate still rages!) they can be a magical addition to an
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The holidays seem to get the creative juices working for ad agencies in the U.S. and around the world. This short selection from the past few years will make you smile, make you laugh….or make you think. (New to YouTube? Click here for best viewing tips.) “Aw…” Inspiring  From the U.K. hails “Mog’s Christmas Calamity,” courtesy of British supermarket
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The Adoption, a graphic novel by written Zidrou (learn about him here) and illustrated by Arno Monin is a different sort of ‘coming of age” tale. Here, Gabriel, a 75 year old retired butcher in France, must feel his way though the changes when his son Alain, and daughter-in-law Lynette adopt Quinaya, a tour-year-old from
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