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NO MORE OBLIGATORY GRATUITIES, AKA THE ‘NO TOMATO RULE’

Posted by | Culture, Random/Rants | 3 Comments

You explicitly requested “No Tomato” when you ordered the restaurant’s specialty cheeseburger. So there’s not much more aggravating than when it arrives with a huge, juicy tomato in the middle. Adding insult to injury, you call it to your server’s attention and he or she feigns confusion, wondering aloud “How could this happen, the cook must’ve missed my note.” But…

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My Very Good Friends, Satchmo and Satchel

Posted by | Longevity | 2 Comments

LONGEVITY RULES! (#2 in a series of fictional essays based in reality) INTERVIEWER: Hello Mr. Glover and happy 100th birthday! As we discussed, I’m here to interview you for our resident newsletter at Gramercy Manor. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started. Can you share some of your favorite personal experiences from the past century? MR. GLOVER: Most definitely. And…

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‘GRACE AND FRANKIE’ TRY TO BE GERIATRIC ‘FRIENDS’

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The characters in “Grace and Frankie” are not supposed to be the geriatric odd couple, but rather and simply, “very real people.” This is the goal, according to Marta Kauffman, co-creator of “Friends” and the new Netflix show starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, along with Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. In developing the show, “We had hundreds and hundreds…

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On the Down Gigolo

Posted by | Longevity | 5 Comments

LONGEVITY RULES! (#1 in a series of fictional essays based in reality) “Welcome to Rochester Assisted Living.” Yes indeed, with open arms. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. Who would’ve thought after reluctantly making the move here I’ve become the cool kid I always dreamed of being back in high school. All the popular girls want to be…

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X AMBASSADORS MUSIC, LIVE SHOW COVER ALL BASES

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Alternative rockers X Ambassadors hit a grand slam, touching all the bases at their show August 5 at San Francisco’s The Independent. A sold out, standing room only crowd showed their approval by singing along to the band’s rousing versions of the popular “Renegades” (currently featured on a Jeep Cherokee TV commercial), “Giants,” “Unsteady, “Litost” and the encore, “Unconsolable.” The…

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THIS TECH IS SO DUMB, IT REEKS

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And the award for the dumbest invention in years goes to Reef Fanning Sandals, with its built-in bottle openers on the bottom. On the surface, Reef’s “TQT — Thirst Quenching Technology” may seem like a rad idea. No more searching for an elusive bottle opener, simply flip over your flip-flop and there, embedded in the rubber sole, is a metal…

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REPURPOSE AN ECONOMIC BOON

Posted by | Culture, Longevity | 2 Comments

The problem with older adults is not that their percentage of the population is increasing rapidly. The problem is society does not understand this demographic shift is really an opportunity. This longevity dividend means more people with more time, resources and experience – in pursuit of new purpose. The new generation of older adults is less about retirement and more…

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BIG NUMBERS HIT AND MISS THE MARK

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A big number without context is like Donald Trump — all show and no substance. Not only is context a reality check for political grandstanding, it also ascribes value and perspective to cosmology, economics, archeology and other grand disciplines ruled by big numbers. In business parlance, percentages place accomplishments in proper context and validate “outcomes versus output.” Context makes sense…

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HUMBLE WARRIORS PUT NEW SPIN ON GAME

Posted by | Humility | 2 Comments

Taking a hard charge, making the extra pass or accepting a bench role — unselfish play builds team chemistry and wins games. The Golden State Warriors, led by coach and now six-time NBA champion Steve Kerr, put an exclamation point on this approach. Among the many outstanding articles in the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Golden Season” commemorative edition (6-21-15) was one…

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