Open Thread

Despite my late husband’s insistence that Valentine’s Day was a “made up holiday,” (to which I replied, “So is Thanksgiving but you still take the day off”), he was smart – and kind – enough to make the gesture.  He gave me gifts I still use to this day, with fond remembrance. A website, a
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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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Well, it’s finally – almost – over.  The disaster that was 2020. Let’s review 2020 – that dumpster fire of a year – and consign it to the record books, by completing the phrase above with the word – or phrase – that best sums it up. That was the year that was…. …when toilet
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Apparently I’m not the only one who spent time in lockdown parked in front of the TV. Popcorn and binge watching seems to be the guilty pleasures of choice among the readers who commented so far.  And some of ’em get pretty darned fancy. “I love Popcorn. Sometimes it is my meal, others my dessert.
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Of course we’ve all, since the lockdown, been dutifully sticking to our routines, getting our daily exercise, watching our diets, taking our vitamins and engaging in wholesome activities to keep our minds engaged, right? Well…. I’ll come out and say it – as long as I don’t make a habit of it – I’ll let
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I went shopping for a few items this week.  I couldn’t read the fine print of product ingredients and directions because I left my electron microscope at home.  To the rest of the world, perhaps, the print is readable but to my 65 year old eyes, I needed a magnifying glass to supplement my readers.
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Amid all the political and electoral turmoil and strife, I look for solace and inner strength by focusing on getting through the next day or even the next eight hours.  Sometimes its just a matter of focusing on what makes me happy just for today. Sometimes it’s a walk by the dog run near my
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The usual traditions like Easter or Passover, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah are on hiatus this year and (we hope) they’ll return in 2021. Luckily, there are other traditions of mine that are not affected by the pandemic – and they are in my bookshelf.  There are some books that I re-read every year for the
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Bette Davis once famously said old age isn’t for the fainthearted.  She’s right about that, but she never said anything specific about getting older….and I sure could have used a heads-up.  For one thing, if anyone had told me my hearing would deteriorate with age, I would have danced a bit farther away from the
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As we slooooowly emerge from the pandemic, life is very gradually beginning to get back to normal.  Mostly.  Where I live, church services are curtailed,  and gatherings – like weddings – over 50 will bring the cops to break it up.  (Demonstrations are another matter.) Gyms are back with social distancing. Shopping IRL is coming
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A friend recently told me he was at the beach a few months ago, on a breezy day. He accidently strayed close to a small boy wearing a mask. The boy yelled “People!!” and ran, terrified, to his mom and dad’s blanket.  The parents gave my friend a small, sad smile of apology. The real
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We’re now in Week (cough cough) of the Lockdown. Every person I’ve spoken to in the past week has announced they are “over,” “so over” and “so incredibly over” the lockdown. People have disturbed sleep cycles, increased snack consumption, overspent on online shopping, and snapped at their spouses. I knew I was in trouble when
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If you Google “The 2030 Problem” you get some 203 million hits. What is this clearly compelling danger on the horizon? It’s us.  According to this abstract (one of many) the impact of aging Baby Boomers will be challenging because of the sheer size of our age cohort, the spiraling cost of health care, and
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The big identity crisis, which we all thought we sorted out in our teens, re-emerges when we hit 60. We can be called “Seniors,” but to some people, that’s only half a name.  (As Senior Planet editor, I still get many pitches from publicists about terrific gowns for Prom, or how to pick a college
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To all of our lifelong learners, online activists, fit fusion-ers and aging with attitude community members born in September: Happy Birthday! We are so glad that you are a part of our family. In the open thread below let us know how you’re celebrating, what you want out of next year or what ever else
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