Confessions of an Eavesdropper

Confessions of an Eavesdropper
In the way that gays have reclaimed the word “queer” and black rappers the N-word, “eavesdropping” should be reclaimed by those of us who listen in on others’ conversations. Reappropriation is the cultural process by which a group reclaims—re-appropriates—terms or artifacts that were previously used in a way disparaging of that group. For example, since the early ...

No spying – then and now

No spying - then and now
Our generation has a proud tradition of fighting and exposing unacceptable surveillance, e.g. exposing Cointelpro, the covert FBI spy campaign against “subversives” like Martin Luther King. And in resisting apartheid security police oppression – the list goes on. We who are not of the Facebook generation should consider carefully how we “share” our identities, how ...

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 ...

Song honoring Gramps and Grannies wins Grammys

Song honoring Gramps and Grannies wins Grammys
You heard it here first! When this blog was launched in mid-2013 its first post featured a song called Thrift Shop. My New Old Self had noticed that rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were singing about “granddad’s clothes” and confessed to dressing in “old women’s fur jackets”. Six months later this song snagged two ...

Anger management as you age

Anger management as you age
“Get angry about ageism – and take action to combat it.” That’s a resolution for 2014 from one of the world’s most powerful lobbies for older people.* Of course My New Old Self decries age-based discrimination. Older people everywhere have been hard hit in this troubled economy and have less hope than younger people of ...

Wow, you look good for your age! 1

Wow, you look good for your age!
Surely one of the benefits of getting older is no longer worrying about being bust by the Style Police. Wrong. Age seems to be no excuse for Fashion Faux Pas (French for wearing baggy tracksuit pants beyond the front door). Fashion advice to those over 50 emphasizes how not to dress, with warnings about Top ...

Stop multitasking, go outside and sleep more – already on it!

Stop multitasking, go outside and sleep more - already on it!
Best wishes for the new year and here’s a compliment of the season for older people. Judging from the latest advice on making the most effective new year’s resolutions for 2014, it seems that we of a certain age are doing a lot of things right. Which means that we can happily ignore all the ...