From the monthly archives: October 2016

 

“The deepest and most affecting experiences visitors have in art museums are those in which they share in the unfolding, unraveling, and translation of the meaning of artworks”.—Rika Burnham and Elliot Kai-Kee

What makes a meaningful museum experience? The objects on view? The stories that emerge? The coffee in the cafe? Everyone […]

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In the beginning, there was no retirement. There were few old people. Most people were fully employed in their teens and worked until they died in their mid-30s. In those days, it was customary to carry on until you dropped, regardless of your age group — no golf, no Airstream travel trailer, no retirement. When […]

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IT’S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE

One of the key steps in building your best life is to build a better attitude. This can seem difficult to achieve when we feel dragged down by the stress of everyday living. There’s work stress, family stress, bills, managing your household, getting the kids to their activities on time – juggling it […]

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“Big Daddy… What is it that makes him so big? His big heart, his big belly, or his big money?”

– Brick Pollitt, character in the play
Last week my husband and I saw Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Fulton Theatre. The theme of truth vs. mendacity runs […]

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Dog Gone Aging

On October 18, 2016 By

I overheard a conversation. “How are your parents doing?” one asked.
“Oh, you know, they’re deteriorating,” said the other.

“That’s it?” I thought. “That’s how she sums up her parents… They’re deteriorating? What about, “They’re facing some challenges but they’re coping ” or “They’re declining and struggling to maintain their independence” or “All things […]

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Fueling up after your last rep is arguably the most important part of your day. Here’s why.

I wasn’t always into working out. As a kid, I was actually very heavy. But the more I learned about it, the more fascinated I became with the process. That is, until one day when it finally kicked […]

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum boasts more than two thousand works of art in its collection by more than two-hundred African American artists. Covering centuries of creative expression, the artworks explore themes that reflect the African American experience in paintings, sculpture, prints, textiles and photographs. From an important grouping of recently acquired works […]

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Where Should I Unpack?

On October 6, 2016 By

Unpack.  Repack.  Repeat.

What will make you happy in the next phase of your life?  “Unpacking” means asking the right questions, rather than offering the wrong answers.  As simple, yet powerful, as “what is the good life?” Am I living in the place I love?” can present a new passport to the next phase of […]

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Research repeatedly tells us that how we think about aging affects our health outcomes. If we view aging as being mostly about decline and disability, our health is more likely to suffer. However, if we see aging as a time of growth and potential, we experience better health. We’ve also come to understand that […]

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