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Jim Klobuchar: Aging Toward Old Age – Another Way to Look at Old Folks

November 1, 2017

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By Jim Klobuchar   It is again with pleasure and delight that I introduce you to a man of many talents: Jim Klobuchar – the daily columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for over 30 years (and probably the best-known name in the whole upper Midwest), named the nation’s top columnist in 1984, finalist in NASA’s Journalist […]

Joan Larsen Reflects: The Third Chapter of Our Lives

September 27, 2017

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By Joan Larsen Happiness is like a butterfly:  the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and softly sit on your shoulder.  Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)   Writing a heartfelt, personal letter to a friend — so dear that I […]

Keeping the Elderly Relevant

November 21, 2016

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Every holiday season, and in some other seasons too, we will make the traditional pilgrimages to our relatives’ homes, and within a couple of days, we are reminded of why we moved out in the first place.  You know what they say:  fish and house guests stink after three days. On this year’s Thanksgiving odyssey […]

Joan Larsen Presents Katrina Kenison: Four Lessons I Learned From Surgery

November 2, 2016

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Once again, we welcome a rare and wonderful writer, Katrina Kenison.  Each of us can identify with Katrina today and in all our days, as we learn to embrace rather than deny the wealth of experience an ordinary life can hold.  We find her open and honest as she shares her experiences in the bewildering, bewitching journey […]

Joan Larsen Presents Katrina Kenison: This is 55

October 5, 2016

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“To really value life is to know this:  the best moments are often the ones we might miss altogether if we weren’t paying attention.” Katrina Kenison As we too become immersed in the latest chapters in our lives, there is something so reassuring to know that we are not alone.  And so it is as […]

Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders: The Joy of Having Older Friends

July 27, 2016

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By Joan Larsen     Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. –          Eleanor Roosevelt   I am often known for my good taste in people.  And so, for years, the friends I hold the most dear are the beautiful older people that are presently living the […]

Joan Larsen Introduces Katrina Kenison: Expectations

April 20, 2016

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It gives us so much pleasure to once again introduce the well-known author Katrina Kenison – who has set the bar so high with her latest book Magical Journey . . . in reflecting what others – well into their 50s as she is- are also experiencing.  We often keep these new thoughts to ourselves, wondering if we […]

Joan Larsen on Getting Older… and Becoming the President of Our Country

February 29, 2016

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By Joan Larsen   You know . . . while we don’t like to admit it, I think we all – well, once we are 55 or so – think about age more than a little.  There is so much emphasis on youth now  (way too much if truth be told) and most of us […]

On Identity, Looks, and Impressions

January 5, 2015

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We’re told from an early age not to judge a book by its cover, but we do anyway.  Oh, how we do. I read with interest Phoebe Baker Hyde’s article, “My Year Without Makeup.”  In it, she starts out by detailing “This is who I am,” followed by a long list of roles she has […]

Why Are Our 30s the Best Years of Our Lives?

May 9, 2014

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I think it all comes down to the assumption that at that age, you are assumed to be worthy of respect. Catherine Rampell, 29 years old and writing for the Washington Post, ponders a somewhat non-scientific survey of centenarians and 65-year-olds. Both groups were asked which stage of their lives they recalled most fondly; the […]

“Eh, Who Cares? I’m Gonna Die Soon Anyway!” So… Go Play!

February 7, 2014

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When my Cajun grandmother got up around 80 years old, she started hitting her bucket list – hard.  First it was a cruise, harmless enough.  But then she ramped it up, going whitewater rafting and even skydiving.  “Now, now, ma’am,” the well-meaning would say, in that tone that made “ma’am” sound not like a form […]

Joan Larsen: The Chapters of Our Lives

September 4, 2013

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A close friend — a bit younger than I — suggested that I might share my own private letter to her with a larger audience who, too, have been reflecting on the chapters of our lives.  We often need that wisdom within from one who is further along the road of life, she said.  The words […]

Diana Nyad: Portrait of Perseverance

September 3, 2013

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At age 64, Diana Nyad became the first swimmer ever to conquer the Florida Strait*. Swimming 112 nautical miles from Cuba to Florida through jellyfish- and shark-infested waters.  Oh, come on.  You’ve tried this four times already and failed every time.  Storms, jellyfish stings, dehydration, exhaustion.  If you couldn’t do this on your first attempt […]

The Hunt for Immortality: Just Stop

August 19, 2013

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Achieving actual, biological immortality – or even just a relatively modest increase in average human lifespans – would be an unmitigated disaster. Once again in the news, we see stories of scientists studying the genetic makeup of strangely afflicted children who never seem to age.  Not only do they appear not to age, they never […]

Joan Larsen on The Good Life: the Secret Ingredient

August 7, 2013

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By Joan Larsen     Let us rather run the risk of wearing out rather than rusting out. -Theodore Roosevelt   Few people still alive remember World War II as more than just a horrific war at a certain time in history.  But to those who served in that war, the terrible memories of those […]

Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders: The Joy of Having Older Friends

July 31, 2013

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By Joan Larsen     Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. –          Eleanor Roosevelt   I am often known for my good taste in people.  And so, for years, the friends I hold the most dear are the beautiful older people that are presently living the […]

Joan Larsen Reflects: The Third Chapter of Our Lives

May 22, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Happiness is like a butterfly:  the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and softly sit on your shoulder.  Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)   Writing a heartfelt, personal letter to a friend — so dear that I […]

On Identity, Looks, and Impressions

January 18, 2013

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We’re told from an early age not to judge a book by its cover, but we do anyway.  Oh, how we do. I read with interest Phoebe Baker Hyde’s article, “My Year Without Makeup.”  In it, she starts out by detailing “This is who I am,” followed by a long list of roles she has […]

Cosmetic Surgery Happy Hour! (Really!)

December 28, 2012

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Here come the after-Christmas sales!  The flyers are stuffing our mailboxes, announcing great deals on bathroom remodeling, haircuts, pizzas and… Botox injections?  Why yes, the Radiance Medspa of Fairfax is offering Botox happy hours!  Happy hours, seriously?!  Yes. I knew that cosmetic surgery was booming in this country, but I just had no idea that […]

Keeping the Elderly Relevant

November 26, 2012

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Every holiday season, and in some other seasons too, we will make the traditional pilgrimages to our relatives’ homes, and within a couple of days, we are reminded of why we moved out in the first place.  You know what they say:  fish and house guests stink after three days. On this year’s Thanksgiving odyssey […]

Mike Firesmith: Someone to Talk To

November 2, 2012

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By Mike Firesmith The creepy guy never so much as spoke to me until he saw me with Legs. There aren’t that many women who even women say have great legs but Legs is mostly legs. She’s friendly, she’s intelligent, and she doesn’t like guys hitting on her. I never have which is why she […]