Posts on: July 2015

The Minority Anyone Can Join

0 comments / July 31, 2015

For the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, lots of news coverage focused on what the legislation has meant to people with disabilities. Basically: Not enough. But MPR took a different approach. Their reporter looked at the ways in which the ADA improved access for us all. The report included a field tripRead more

Baby Boomers at the Digital Divide

0 comments / July 29, 2015

The New York Times featured an interesting bit of technology last week. The Lively safety watch is a real (although outsized) watch that has an orange button to push when help is needed. It also operates any number of sensors that can do any number of things: Send reminders to take medications, send records toRead more

Maggie’s Farm Turns 50

0 comments / July 24, 2015

Fifty years ago this weekend, Bob Dylan rocked the world. The darling of the folk scene did the electrified version of “Maggie’s Farm” at the Newport Folk Festival, and the crowd went wild. NPR commemorated the event with a thoughtful story that put the event in context. According to Elijah Wald, author of Dylan GoesRead more

Moving and Grooving and Living Longer

0 comments / July 20, 2015

In my youth, I read all the works of Robert Benchley—“The Menace of Buttered Toast” is one of the most finely crafted pieces of fluff ever written. Benchley was widely misquoted as having said, “Whenever I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” Whoever originally said it, that aphorism summarizedRead more

The Class of 1967–Minus 33

0 comments / July 13, 2015

Just in time for my birthday, I received a notice that the planning for the 50th class reunion is already underway. I guess that’s good news, since our class didn’t quite get it together for a 20th or 25th. The notice came with an unsettling attachment: A list of our deceased classmates. There are 33Read more

I Was a Soldier in Elvis’s Army

0 comments / July 9, 2015

In mid-July sixty years ago, Frank Sinatra’s “Learnin’ the Blues” was the most-played single on AM radio (which was the only kind of radio there was.) But the most-purchased record for that week was “Rock Around the Clock.” It was, the Wall Street Journal noted early this year, the song that changed music forever. MyRead more

Estate Planning for Your Pets

0 comments / July 1, 2015

Let’s say you wrestle with the ethical dilemma of owning a pet in old age. Let’s say that, in the end, you decide either a) giving a shelter pet a chance at a happy life is worth the risk that you will outlive it or b) it probably isn’t fair to the pet, but youRead more