1964 World’s Fair, I was there

1964 World’s Fair, I was there
I am one of more than 50-million people from all over the world who went to the New York World’s Fair in 1964. That was the year that the US passed the Civil Rights Act banning racial discrimination, and when a South Africa court sentenced Nelson Mandela to life in prison. This week marks the ...

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s nude magazine cover a victory for older women? 1

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's nude magazine cover a victory for older women?
You know the old rule about what’s news and what’s not: Dog bites man, no. Man bites dog, yes. So according to this journalistic guideline about the unusual and unexpected trumping the expected and predictable, a sexy young woman is too common to be news. But an older women who is still hot, that’s news. ...

Eat your vegetables (like we told you)

Eat your vegetables (like we told you)
So Mom was right. And Granny. And all our elders who urged us to eat our vegetables. Spinach makes you strong like Popeye, they said. Carrots help you see in the dark. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Turns out it was all basically true. A British study in a respected medical journal ...

Benchmarked for eternity

Benchmarked for eternity
Do you ever think about what you want to survive you? Not who. Not spouses, partners, progeny or pals. What. Erecting a large stone over your decomposing mortal remains is the most popular way of leaving something behind after death. Even if the ashes-to-ashes process is expedited through incineration, people often want a physical remembrance. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Holiday cards – a parent’s version of Facebook?

Holiday cards – a parent’s version of Facebook?
‘Tis the Season of Giving, and in Christmases past ‘twas the season to do this by sending Christmas cards. Sending a holiday greeting card was not something that could be done instantly. It required planning. You had to decide who you wanted to send the cards to and get their postal addresses. You had to ...