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REMEMBERING YOU

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Guest essay by Tracy Huddleson, writer and editor on technology, government and health concerns Some of the most valuable legacies we leave behind at the end of our lives aren’t property or philanthropy or even children. Sometimes they’re simply our words — fragments of who we were, expressed in our own thoughts during our time on Earth. From the mid-19th…

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JUST WHAT IS (OR ISN’T) ‘COMMUNITY LIVING’?

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What’s in a name, anyway? The state legislature may establish a new California Department of Community Living. The proposed department, recommended by a coalition of legislators of a half-dozen senators and assemblymembers, would be housed within the Health and Human Services Agency and would, in collaboration with other agencies and departments with relevant responsibilities, “develop a state Long-term Care Plan…

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BEWARE OF THE BLISSFULLY IGNORANT (THEY KNOW NOT …)

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More often than not sociological research simply reinforces a suspicion we’ve had all along. Consequently, the findings don’t get much attention. But occasionally a conscientious journalist rescues a published study from the halls of academia, mines the data for something newsworthy and translates the scholarly results for public consumption. Then we take notice. If only to gloat, “I told you…

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‘DEREK’ PORTRAYS DEATH WITH REAL DIGNITY

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Season 2 of “Derek,” the extraordinary Netflix series created by and starring Ricky Gervais, reminds us again that comedy and compassion are not mutually exclusive. An especially poignant scene in the finale featuring Broad Hill Care Home manager Hannah, played by Kerry Godliman, confirms Gervais’s praise (in an Absolute Radio interview) for his co-star: “She’s honestly the best actor I’ve…

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MARIGOLD HOTEL AND WHITE HOUSE WELCOME OLDER ADULTS

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Guest essay by Matt Perry, freelance health writer and columnist, California Health Report    Before I get started, as a guest columnist here, I need to straighten one thing out. While this blog is called “Humble Sky” there’s nothing remotely humble about Stuart Greenbaum. Underneath that calm, modest and respectful exterior is a rebellious madman desperate to change the culture…

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LEAF-BLOWERS GO ROGUE

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In case you haven’t heard or noticed first-hand, gardeners no longer stand-down with their leaf-blowers when you drive or walk by? Somehow, simultaneously and unanimously urban gardeners determined to disregard this long-standing public courtesy. Hey! C’mon, we live in a society here! Leaf-blowers are obnoxiously loud, eco-unfriendly tools to begin with. And now their handlers have upped the annoyance factor…

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LONGEVITY RULES! (AND OTHER WORDS OF WISDOM)

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The trademark descriptor “Public relations is the science of artful communication” defines the philosophy of Greenbaum Public Relations. The intent then and now is to represent this firm as producing work that is based on substantive research and authoritative, independent validation. And further, that it is skilled at persuasive communication. WORDS CAN WORK WONDERS Words have the power to inform…

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HELP PUT ‘HUMBLEBRAGGERS’ IN CHECK

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February 19 was a sad day for comedy, and a humbling day for humanity. Comedy writer Harris Wittels, known for popularizing the term “humblebrag,” died at age 30 of an apparent drug overdose. Wittels’ hilarious book, Humblebrag: The Art of Fake Modesty, introduces readers to the noun/verb which he defines as “a specific type of brag that masks the boasting…

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VETERAN ‘AGE BEAT’ WRITER READY FOR ENCORE

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About once a week for the past six years, The Sacramento Bee published a feature story on aging, usually on the front page and center, accompanied by a color photograph. Senior writer Anita Creamer would take in-depth looks into the myriad personal aspects of growing old; and with her eloquent prose reward readers with a balance of heart-warming and heart-wrenching…

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STARBUCKS AND APPLE DEFINE ‘PROGRESSIVE’

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For the time being, it might be best to retire “progressive” from the aging services profession. The word’s use has outlived its welcome. It’s a good word, for sure, but its integrity has been compromised by overuse, mostly of the unsubstantiated sort. Professionals in the field of aging services or long-term services and supports (LTSS) proclaim that the public’s demand…

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