Ageism hits a new low in South Africa

Ageism hits a new low in South Africa
  A billboard on a Johannesburg highway has been condemned for dissing the elderly. Part of a campaign for the country’s newest all-news channel, it proclaims “We aren’t old farts”. Then in brackets: “(Nah, not even our presenters)”. Next to these words is a photo of a white-haired gentleman. It is not clear who he ...

Memoir, Autobiography or Life Review 1

Memoir, Autobiography or Life Review
  The Sankofa bird of Ghanaian myth flies forward to the future while looking back at the past. “We look back to move forward.” – West African proverb Many cultures encourage an effort to understand how the past shapes our lives. In the Akan language of Ghana this process is known as Sankofa, symbolized by ...

Retire now? Worst ever timing!

I had only just begun to savour my new status as an empty-nester no longer funding offspring – AKA a DIKE, Double Income Kids Employed – when the recession changed the D to Diminished. My New Old Self no longer had a full-time job, and less free-lance work was bringing in less pay. Ditto for My New Old ...