Classes on How to Age

 "At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgments." Here a few major milestones of life: marriage, parenthood, empty nest, retirement. Early on, we get courses on these transitions. For example, in high school, we had a home ec class which taught us things like cooking, sewing, and balancing a checkbook. The teacher would even pair students to have them care for a "newborn" baby doll to hone their future parenting skills. (By the way, dolls are nothing like real … [Read more...]

Calendar Girls in America

"Many admire your social and physical appearance." That's right. Seniors in America are raising money using provocative calendars. An Ohio assisted living center is trying to help kids in need of shoes. Read more about the effort from Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living here. Let me tell you, I absolutely loved Calendar Girls when it first came out. (As an aside, Helen Mirren is an amazing actress in all of her films.) Anyway, I'm really glad that the movie and the recent calendar effort … [Read more...]


A person without a smiling face should not open a shop. -Chinese proverb My neighbor turned 100 years old! Her advice to a long life? Smiling. Actually, laughing. She says that she weathered life's ups and downs with a dose of good humor. Also, I was recently nominated for a blog award by Brittney (thanks!). The name of the award makes me smile: Sunshine Award. The rule is I have to answer eleven questions: 1.       What is your favorite vacation place? I really enjoyed visiting Italy … [Read more...]