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JOAN RIVERS: A BRIDGE OVER FOIBLED WATERS

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Few celebrities relate well to people of all ages. Joan Rivers did, for six decades. Fortunately she left us with a legacy of shows and specials and books to remind us of how adroitly she skewered the deserving, including herself, with a brand of take-no-prisoners comedy that cut across cultures and generations. From the equal opportunity critiques of the young,…

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TWO-BIT TABLE SOCCER POPULARITY GROWS

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Wipe the playing field. Get ready for “Two-bit Table Soccer,” the always entertaining, sometimes inappropriate time killer. All that’s required to enjoy this distraction is a slow server at the restaurant of choice, two players, one quarter, and a flat, smooth table. The rules are few and straightforward: You get two pushes with your index finger per turn to move…

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INTUITIVE DRIVING SAVES TIME AND LIVES

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Driving for more than four decades on roads throughout California, from rural back roads to L.A. freeways, I’ve come to appreciate how important these years of experience are to being safe. Intuitive driving, which translates to anticipating others’ mistakes and bad behavior, generally being defensive, absolutely prevents accidents — every day in all sorts of ways. For example, here are…

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MAKE OLDER ADULTS A “GENERAL INTEREST GROUP”

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Deep concerns about the current status and future of services for older adults were reinforced at the joint committee hearing of the newly formed Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-term Care and the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-term Care, held at the State Capitol, August 12. The highly anticipated session lasted more than two hours, with a standing-room-only…

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9/11 MUSEUM CAPTURES HISTORY AND HUMANITY

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A visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a transformative experience, worthy of the time by all respectful Americans. The displays are informative and thoughtful, though some are especially disturbing and tough to view. Perhaps most poignant are the eyewitness accounts lining the walls throughout the exhibit. One in particular will most certainly be seared into the…

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GIVE ‘ENABLE’ A WORKING DEFINITION

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Enable is a very ambiguous word. It can mean to make able; to provide with capability and power. Contrastingly, it can also mean to support dysfunctional behavior. No wonder English is such a difficult language to learn. But it doesn’t have to be, at least in this case. Our streets are littered with a reason to emphasize the positive definition…

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FIGHTING GRAVITY: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

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There will come a time in our lives when fighting gravity becomes a continuous challenge if not a losing battle. We’ll be obliged to rely on one type of apparatus or another to keep ourselves upright and mobile: most likely a cane, walker or wheelchair. In spite of this inevitability, there has been comparatively little innovation in the field of…

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TALK RADIO CAUTION!

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To listen is almost always better than to speak. So talk show audiences do deserve some benefit of the doubt. Too many, though, tend to throw caution to the wind. Some words of warning: Be careful not to confuse amplification for accuracy, volume for expertise, excuse for reason, saying for doing or opinion for fact … and never Rush for…

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‘GENERATIVITY’ DEFINES A BETTER FUTURE

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“Generativity,” like all words, is made up. In this case, it is comparatively new, coined by psychoanalyst Erik Erikson in 1950. “A concern for establishing and guiding the next generation” is Erickson’s most often quoted definition. The principle of generativity is clearly more well-known than the obscure word. Common expressions of generativity apply to one generation establishing and guiding the…

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LONGEVITY RULES IN ‘THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY’

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Veteran actors Helen Mirren, 68, and Om Puri, 64, star in the new DreamWorks film “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” The story is not about age though. Food, family, ego, ambition and love are the ageless themes of this mini-masterpiece. With its confident “show, don’t tell” approach, Hollywood is, as often the case, subliminally influencing culture. In this positive example, the filmmakers…

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