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ONE WONDERFUL ALBUM IS ENOUGH

By | Music | One Comment

Music charts have forever showcased the so-called one-hit wonders like Norman Greenbaum’s classic “Spirit in the Sky.” The more noteworthy feat, however, is the one-album wonder. This is a remarkable, albeit curious accomplishment: an artist makes an entire album full of great songs, with little or nothing of note before or following. Taking nothing away from anyone who makes great…

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RETHINK ‘THE ART OF WAR’

By | Culture, Philosophy | 4 Comments

More than two thousand years ago the Chinese general and philosopher Sun Tzu wrote a guide to military strategies, translated as The Art of War. Although nowadays the classic text is more commonly referenced as a business and public relations tool, Sun Tzu’s advice on how to persuade people and resolve conflict remains remarkably relevant in combative as well as…

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FILM ‘YOUTH’ DOES NOT AGE WELL

By | Film & TV, Longevity | 3 Comments

The film “Youth,” currently in theatrical release, is a hiccup in the otherwise promising trend in filmmaking of authentic depiction of older adults and the aging process. To make this miscue more disappointing, the film’s previews showed such potential: two great veteran actors in Michael Caine, 82, and Harvey Keitel, 76; set at a beautiful hotel/spa in the Swiss countryside;…

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DON’T ‘VICTIMIZE’ OLDER ADULTS

By | Longevity | 6 Comments

For almost every problem, concern or cause directed toward older adults there is a more inclusive, ageless perspective that could engender broader support for their resolution. First, though, we must stop representing older adults as a special-needs or special-interest group, who are disadvantaged, helpless, burdens to themselves and society. This “victim” role, a sort of unintended character assassination or arrested…

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Blue Opossum

By | Culture, Longevity | 5 Comments

A Short Story by Stuart Greenbaum   Danny figured he was prepared for death, lots of it actually. It would be the nature of his new job – as a care provider at Fillmore Park Nursing Home. But, damn, why so soon — a full-on encounter on just his second day at work? “Come on!” was Danny’s initial, thoughtless reaction….

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HEAR, HERE IS MY FAVORITE MUSIC FROM A-Z

By | Music | 3 Comments

This list gets updated almost daily, but as of December 29, 2015, here is an A-Z list of my all-time favorite musical artists. Ryan Adams, Arctic Monkeys, Joseph Arthur The Beatles, Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Buffalo Springfield, The Beta Band, Blind Pilot, Boxer Rebellion, Black Keys, Balthazar* Joe Cocker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Creedence Clearwater Revival,…

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HIGH SCHOOL SHOULD’VE BEEN BETTER

By | Culture, Humility, Philosophy | 5 Comments

Monday morning quarterbacking is plain foolish. Because, there’s no way you can take into account everything that influences a decision unless you’re experiencing it from within. Be it a choice to run or pass; argue or apologize; say this instead of that; buy or sell; fight or flee; or whatever it may be, time and distance do not so much…

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MAKE THIS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION HISTORIC

By | Culture, Random/Rants | 3 Comments

Since the turn of the century, we’ve botched the date. Fortunately we’ve got yet another annual opportunity to correct this awkward situation. Let’s make this year’s New Year’s resolution precedent setting, even historic. And simple, too: Let’s all agree to call it “twenty-sixteen” instead of “two thousand sixteen.” Not a big deal, when you think about. The problem is, most…

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A RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS

By | Longevity | 2 Comments

The population of concern for “aging” is everyone. Healthy, purposeful longevity has universal appeal, because everyone has a personal interest. Everyone wants to grow old rather than die young; even those individuals who embrace “anti-aging” products and schemes. Why, then, is it so challenging to gain support for aging-related issues among policymakers and taxpayers? It could be the representation of…

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WALMART VETS DAY PROMOTION BACKFIRES

By | Random/Rants | 3 Comments

Unfortunately, Walmart’s Veterans Day initiative — “GreenLight A Vet” — appeared to be better than it was. The TV commercial in heavy rotation this November encouraged viewers, “Let’s shine a light on our veterans by changing one light to green, the color of hope and wellbeing and keep it glowing every day.” However honorable the cause, the promotion’s intent was…

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