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DON’T ‘PUT A PILLOW OVER MY HEAD’

Posted by | Longevity | 3 Comments

Some people deliberately make provocative statements just to stir things up. Political talk show hosts do it all the time. Reality TV show “actors” do it. And so do writers, especially in this day when successful journalism is gauged by the number of comments, shares and reposts. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel generated as much…

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THIS MYSTERY IS GREAT BEYOND COMPREHENSION

Posted by | Humility, Philosophy, Space | 3 Comments

There are three types of mysteries, or at least things we refer to as mysterious. The most obvious to come to mind are architectural wonders – the pyramids, Stonehenge, the Lost City of Atlantis. How – or, in the case of Atlantis, whether – these magnificent structures exist is mysterious, for sure. Yet, their explanations are more improbable than impossible….

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HERE’S TWO BITS OF PRICELESS ADVICE

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Take it or leave it, here are two bits of advice that come by way of 35 years as a public relations counselor and business owner. Do not offer professional counsel for free. Because, this diminishes its value and consequently it is rarely acted upon. This cautionary note was given to me by Edward L. Bernays, the founding father of…

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LIFE AND DEATH CAN BE LAUGHABLE

Posted by | Humility, Longevity | 2 Comments

There’s nothing quite like observational humor to give perspective to life’s biggest challenges – health and aging. For example, Jim Gaffigan confided, “The problem is, I’d have to work out twice a day just to look out of shape.” Louis C.K. observed that a neighbor’s dog is so old he spends his life “fighting gravity” and “lives in two-second increments…

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INNOVATE OR DIE

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Renowned philosopher and visionary R. Buckminster Fuller started his classic Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth with this analogy: “I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this…

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FROM WHITE HOUSE’S VIEW, ‘EVERYONE IS AGING’

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Observations from a key White House representative suggest some refreshingly, out-of the-box approaches to aging-related concerns. Among them are the pursuit of creative solutions beyond government entitlements; opportunities to nurture intergenerational relations; and public-private collaborations with the tech and entertainment industries. They come from Nora Super, the recently appointed executive director of the upcoming White House Conference on Aging, the…

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NEW BICYCLE SAFETY LAW MAY SPAWN ‘BIKE FEELERS’

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California’s bicyclist safety law may spawn a new twist on an old automobile accessory. The bike feeler would literally be an extension of the springy wire curb feelers your grandparents’ Chris Craft-sized sedans featured along the wheel wells. Those foot-long indicators were used to alert drivers of their distance from the curb. Similarly, bike feelers attached to the side of…

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ANTI-AGING CLAIMS LACK ANY INDEPENDENT VALIDATION

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Who among us is pro “anti-aging” anyway? The past week’s Sunday newspaper featured two very curious advertisements. One, by SanMedica International in the Parade supplement, is formatted cleverly (some would say deceptively) as a feature story with the headline “SPECIAL REPORT: Turn Back Time With the ‘Anti-aging’ Breakthrough Everyone is Talking About.” Another, an 1/8th-page ad from the Life Extension…

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HEAR’S TO MELODIOUS LONGEVITY

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Whether or not Robert Plant’s new album, “lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar,” sells 500,000 copies, in my humble opinion it establishes a new gold standard for mature artists attempting to make relevant contributions to their legacy. Plant’s incomparable evolution from rockstar to shape-shifting roots-country-blues artist works on multiple levels. His singing is as confident as ever, certainly less grating…

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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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