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IT’S THE GOLDEN AGE OF IRONY

Posted by | Culture, Longevity | 2 Comments

Growing older is confounded by misapprehensions, contradictions, ironies and age-inappropriateness. The sooner we can correct these bad attitudes and actions and get back to when longevity rules, the sooner we can slap a cease-and-desist order on manufacturers and marketers of “anti-aging” products. To get started, here are some topics for discussion and possible reconciliation: No one wants to grow old….

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DOES CAR WASHING SHOW CLASS?

Posted by | Philosophy | 5 Comments

Armed with a bucket, sponge, soap, hose and time. I washed my car today. Using as little water as possible. And watching out the entire time for the patrolling water police. Not that washing your car is a criminal act, as far as I know, but it felt like it. Then I waxed it. Hardly rocket science, but the process…

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KEEP THE MONKEY OFF YOUR BACK

Posted by | Culture, Philosophy, Random/Rants | 3 Comments

Slaving away in your executive suite, are you frustrated with not having time to join the hallway conversation about the finale of “Breaking Bad” and what will become of Jesse and Saul? Instead you’re thinking how much work there is to do, and why you’re the only one who’s busy, who cares. Breaking free of this frustrating predicament calls for…

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DON’T BE DUPED BY HOLLYWOOD’S DOPPELGANGERS

Posted by | Culture, Film & TV | 2 Comments

“Hey, isn’t that … oh crap, you know from that old show … damn, what’s his name … Alan Thicke?” “Nope,” your friend declares, and thinks, “Welcome to Hollywood, you rube.” There is a phenomenon that occurs with remarkable regularity when walking the streets of Hollywood (and to a lesser extent New York City.) You see celebrities – or at…

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WALKING THE TALK

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“Walk the talk.” Car dealers routinely feature this pitch in their repertoire. “I drive the same car.” So do sales reps for cable and wireless companies. “This is my provider; they’re much more reliable and faster.” Insurance agents, of course, always claim to have the same plan they’re selling. In fact, in almost all lines of business the personal endorsement…

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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’?

Posted by | Longevity | One Comment

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 …)

Posted by | Culture, Humility | 2 Comments

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

Posted by | Film & TV, Longevity | One Comment

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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