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The Joy Jar

By Bonnie McFarland

Savoring Your Sixties

December 18, 2014

Did anyone ever say growing older is easy? Yes, there can be great joy, satisfaction, fun, and all manner of wonderful feelings and experiences in our 60s and beyond. And there is also ample opportunity for losses, limitations, disappointments and other not so fun stuff. That’s why it’s so very crucial to notice and focus […] … Read More

Leadership 101

By Barbara Kellerman

barbarakellerman.com

December 18, 2014

You’re Barack Obama. You see yourself a leader who some […] … Read More

Pottersville Goes Online for 12/18/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

December 18, 2014

What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It’s a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It’s the relationships, but which ones? Not George Bailey’s warm and loving family. We have close families today. It’s not the far-off relationships, as with long-lost school friends. We have more of them than ever, thanks to Facebook and other digital communities. The relationships they had i ... Updated: Thu Dec 18, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Canceled baby shower requires personal calls to explain

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

December 17, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My daughter was 7.5 months pregnant when the ultrasound relayed that her baby had passed away. Her baby shower was around the corner, and we have many gifts here.I am wondering, what is the protocol? My husband and I would like to keep the gifts as an encouragement to our daughter for the future. Some have already told me to keep the gift. Do I ask each person, or does my daughter just send thank-you notes?Read full article >> … Read More

Charity Versus Panhandling for 12/16/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

December 16, 2014

I’m paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?" "Suppose I don’t" is the thought never uttered. Instead, I say, "No, thank you" or, less forthrightly, "Not today." This happens at upscale stores, as well. The scenario is the same. Your wallet is ... Updated: Tue Dec 16, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Exchanging shopping lists is not thoughtful giving

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

December 14, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it possible to discourage or redirect adult relatives away from the practice of making Christmas lists?I have tried and failed — so far. At the tender age of 53, I am embarrassed to write out a “Dear Santa” letter, especially since my husband and I are lucky enough to be able to buy everything we need and much of what we want.Read full article >> … Read More

Alonquin is Offering the E-Book Edition of "Last Child in the Woods" for $2.99 Until the End of December, 2014

December 14, 2014

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Craziness of age-segregated college

By Froma Harrop

fromaharrop.com

December 12, 2014

Finally, a brilliant argument against the insanity of pushing children through four expensive years of college, having them graduate at the ripe old age of 22. Mitchell L . Stevens of Stanford writes: Four-year residential colleges with selective admissions are a privileged elite in the academic world, but their undergraduate programs effectively discriminate on the basis of age. […] … Read More

You Want a Woman Leader? You Got a Woman Leader!

By Barbara Kellerman

barbarakellerman.com

December 11, 2014

Dianne Feinstein’s been serving as Senator from the sta […] … Read More

Cocktail party icebreaker: Do you vote what you drink?

By Froma Harrop

fromaharrop.com

December 11, 2014

Can’t vouch for the science behind this report linking voters with their alcoholic beverages of choice. According to National Media Research, Planning and Placement — a Republican consulting firm — Democrats prefer clear liquor (Absolute, Seagrams Gin) whereas Republicans go for darker ones (Jim Beam, Wild Turkey).  The highest-turnout voters in both parties, however, favor wine. […] … Read More

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