Art in late life – a fountain of youth?

Art in late life - a fountain of youth?
My New Old Self is intrigued with the notion of old age as a second childhood. Not a baby-like return in one’s dotage to being fed, dressed, bathed and having diapers changed. I mean In A Good Way. Throughout Western history scholars and writers have characterized old age as a period of a second childhood and ...

Enough already with the mother-in-law jokes

Enough already with the mother-in-law jokes
My New Old Self was not amused by the story of the “mother-in-law from hell going free” that was recently in the news. Presented as a light-hearted feature, it was about a man o­ffering his mother-in-law in the Adopt a Pet section of a classified ad website. In a twist on the usual in-law dynamic, ...

Rest in Peace, Singer for Peace

Rest in Peace, Singer for Peace
In tribute to a very long, well-lived life, here are some words about and by the late American and internationalist singer Pete Seeger: He’s gonna look a lot like your granddad that wears flannel shirts and funny hats. He’s gonna look like your granddad if your granddad can kick your ass. At 90, he remains ...

Madiba on aging well – plus Free Mandela memorabilia 2

Madiba on aging well - plus Free Mandela memorabilia
Most of us old enough to have known of Nelson Mandela from his early days in prison did not learn about him in history class. We had heard of this political activist and underground leader, but what we knew was distorted by South Africa’s state-controlled newspapers and radio. (Only in 1976 did the apartheid regime ...

Mourning Madiba: Antidotes to Media Overload

Mourning Madiba: Antidotes to Media Overload
This isn’t a list of Top 10 Antidotes to Mourning Madiba Media Overload, but just a few tips to help you cope during this remarkable period of history. Because it’s only going to get more intense during this week of memorials, culminating with the funeral of Nelson Mandela at his rural home on Sunday. The ...

Madiba’s plea not to wander at night looking for the kitchen

Madiba’s plea not to wander at night looking for the kitchen
  Nelson Mandela certainly proved wrong the old saying about the good dying young.* We have had the privilege of watching one of the world’s most impressive human beings grow old and reach a ripe age. It’s not often that a leader inspires the world as Mandela did in his prime. That he continued to ...

Viva Old People Who Dance Like Teenagers!

Viva Old People Who Dance Like Teenagers!
My New Old Self would like to go on record as endorsing old people who dance like teenagers – whether they’re jiving at home or on a public platform. This is in response to a comment from ex-African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema. The 32-year-old South African launched his new political party with ...

Da Granny Who Rocked Da Show (for her age) 3

Da Granny Who Rocked Da Show (for her age)
That granny was da best she rocked da show for her age lol That’s a Facebook comment from a fan of Ann Wilson, who despite – or perhaps because of – her advanced age, stole the SA’s Got Talent show. The Got Talent reality TV show bills itself as the “World’s Biggest Talent Show… Any Act, ...

A Triumph of Aging 1

A Triumph of Aging
If a triumph of aging is to finally do what you really want, without regard for what others may think, then Louisa Jo Killen went to her grave triumphant. Born Louis Killen in 1934, he spent 76 years as a male, most as a respected British folk singer with a notable period as a Clancy ...

Posers Beware

Posers Beware
  Here’s a tip for when you next find yourself facing a camera: think before you strike a pose. This advice popped into My New Old Head when I saw the last white president of South Africa, aged 77, posing for a media campaign called 21 Icons. Barefoot and wearing a suit and tie, he ...