Help! – a tough ask

Help! – a tough ask
A group of scuba divers and snorkelers were observing manta rays deep in the sea off Hawaii one night last year when one of them got an unusual request – from a bottlenose dolphin entangled in fishing line. “The way he came right up and pushed himself into me there was no question this dolphin ...

This is not a list of 10 or 100 or 1,000 Things To Do Before You Die 1

This is not a list of 10 or 100 or 1,000 Things To Do Before You Die
  It’s become fashionable to make a Bucket List – what you aim to do before you “kick the bucket”. There’s even a Bucket List movie featuring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as terminally ill old codgers who go on a road trip to check things off their list. Which the late film critic Roger Ebert ...

We get by with a little help from – our kids 2

We get by with a little help from – our kids
Meet Family Tech Support Guy. He’s the star of an internet meme that’s popular with “those who understand the torture of being birthed in a modern generation by parents who weren’t”. In keeping with My New Old Self’s commitment to leaving no older person behind, I’ll pause to make sure that everyone’s on the same page, ...

Misleading reports on “senile dementia” as inevitable cause of writer Marquez’s death 1

Misleading reports on “senile dementia” as inevitable cause of writer Marquez’s death
Reports on the cause of the death of Latin American literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez have been greatly distorted – to paraphrase Mark Twain’s famous quote about “greatly exaggerated” reports of his own death. Misleading statements have appeared in many obituaries of the author of 100 Years of Solitude and many other acclaimed works, stating ...

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. ...

My Personalized Web? No Thanks 1

My Personalized Web? No Thanks
“What’s it like?“ you ask (about anything). After a pause comes the answer: “It’s different.” Then you’ll want to know “Good different or bad different?” As you get older, even if the answer is “Good” you may not want to go there. Simply because Different isn’t The Same. The Same is safe. It’s what you ...

Goodbye Dear, we’ll miss you

Goodbye Dear, we’ll miss you
If there is one little word whose use dates us, it’s “Dear”. dear di(ə)r/ 1. regarded with deep affection; cherished by someone. ▪ used in speech as a way of addressing a person in a polite way. ‘Martin, my dear fellow’ ▪ used as part of the polite introduction to a letter, esp. in a ...