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    What have you done since Donald Trump became President? Participated in protests? Protested against the protestors? Lobbied lawmakers to oppose the President’s agenda? […]

  • “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.”   

    Now is not the time to bemoan our political fate. It is time for action!

    But where to start?  What should a progressive citizen do when the people elected to represent you don’t represent you […]

    A doctor friend of ours, full of ideas with the energy to carry them out, proposed changing in her family’s gift-giving routine this year. Instead of exchanging Christmas and Chanukah gifts, she as […]

    You started early. You were organized. And here you are days—hours—before Christmas with names left on your to-buy gift list. Never mind how it happened. You need help. That’s why we’re here […]

  • We love places like the Container Store and Bed, Bath and Beyond because they are full of gadgets and gizmos to make us think our clutter has vanished or been vanquished. Sometimes, though, we are rankled by […]

  • The French do it so well, and the rest of us, well, let’s just say, when it comes to roast chicken, we Americans are still works-in-progress. The reality that so many otherwise accomplished cooks won’t even […]

  • What a great technique!We think we will  try other vegetables, too — celery root, squash, rutabagas.And for desert, maybe spiralled apples drizzled with butter and brown sugar.

    “Spiral Potato – Chip on a […]

  • DEAR CA & AC —
    Spring has long been regarded as a time of renewal and cleansing. The ancient Greeks, the earliest Chinese dynasties, virtually all of the world’s religious and cultural groups have marked the seas […]

  • Seriously, Folks, we know you have oodles of animal photos and are dying to share them. You know, the ones you snatched from friends, guffawed over online, or took of your favorite housemates when they were doing […]


    who doesn’t love balloons pic.twitter.com/KItjx3lE1k
    — People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) March 18, 2016

  • “I hear someone complain about aging and I just feel almost violent, you know? I don’t want to spend my life in my 40s feeling bad about being in my 40s, and then all of a sudden I’m 50, and I will have missed a […]

  • “Living has yet to be generally recognized as one of the arts.”                                  
                                                                                      – Karl de Schweinitz  

  • editor wrote a new post, SEND QUESTIONS 3 years ago

    Ask us anything. No topic is off-limits: inept bosses, demanding in-laws, ungrateful children, faltering libidos, bad dye jobs.

    Don’t hold back for fear of embarrassing yourself. To encourage […]

  • “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”   

                                                                                      – Erica Jong    

  • “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”
     – Satchel Paige    

  • DEAR CA & AC —  
    I feel I have failed as a mother because I seem to have ended up with rude adult children. They were brought up to be well-behaved, but now that they are in their 30’s and 40’s with childre […]

  • DEAR CA & AC —
    I think I have a case of social insecurity. I have been invited to spend a week at a house on Block Island with a group of friends. Unfortunately, they aren’t my friends. They are my old college r […]

  • DEAR CA & AC  —  
    Brain exercises for memory loss, do they work? I know I’m losing my mind. Not dementia yet. But definitely the age-related thing. Misplacing keys. Forgetting names.  Re-watching TV episode […]

  • DEAR CA & AC  —  
    I simply cannot understand Facebook.  What’s wrong with email, or texting, or (g-d forbid), the TELEPHONE?  (Don’t get me started on Snapchat, Instagram, or the one that just made those boys […]

20 Comments on editor

  1. Sheri Nagel // March, 2017 at 6:43 am //

    I bought Arendt’s book The Origins of Totalitarianism after the election and have been reading a chapter a day. It is heavy going but I feel I must understand history so as not to repeat our mistakes!!

  2. Image Credit – photo of water color drawking by C Gilson.

  3. And the arts?
    This “topic”seems to be missing from your list. Some kind of participation in the arts- either as an observer or as a creator is a huge part of staying involved and leading an enriched life as we age.
    Recipes? Style? Much as I love to look hip while I cook I think there are numerous magazines out there that fill that slot.

  4. Henry Weinstein // August, 2016 at 8:05 pm //

    There is a lot of entertaining and illuminating material on this blog. I just subscribed for updates.

  5. Marshall Goldberg // June, 2016 at 11:19 am //

    I of course lack the wisdom of both CA and AC — who doesn’t? — but I would like to venture an opinion nonetheless. PP should not judge her daughter as a peer. PP is, shall we posit, 30 years older than her child. When PP’s child was ten, did she expect her to make dinner for four? Or shop for holiday gifts for the extended family? PP’s daughter — shall we call her pp? — is no doubt overwhelmed by grandchildren, bills, insensitive bosses, cranky spouses and possibly even a losing sports team. Understand that she just lacks the capacity to have PP’s more experienced perspective. My advice to PP would be to take whatever kindnesses you get and not expect too much from pp. She’ll get there someday, just as 10 year-old pp did. PP may be using a walker by then, but pp will get there!

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  11. Nancy Miller // June, 2014 at 10:12 pm //

    Loved the questions posed by both “mamas.” We “Nana’s” walk a fine line between love and perceived “duty.” Sometimes, the kindest thing to do for yourself and the family, is to just say no. Naturally, words do make a difference, and a thank you can open your heart. But in the course of a long term relationship, sometimes the gratitude gets buried in the day to day responsibilities of getting through the day for your daughter and family. Give yourself and your daughter a break and know you are loved and trusted.

  12. As someone new to parenting an adult (my son is 22 and starting his first adult job), I love having two answers to this conundrum. CA is so satisfying — YES, tell them to say thank you! Thank you makes the world go ’round. But then, AC weighs in with some wise observations. Many of my own parenting frustrations have had at least as much to do with me and my state of mind than with my son. So, what to do? Personally, I like the idea of exotic dancing — but perhaps a little closer to Boston than AC would advise.

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  14. In response to Marshall Goldberg, that is actually something I’ve tried; and a dead fiance, or any tragedy of the like, tends to be a bit of a conversation stopper. Do you have a pet, such as a dog or a tortoise? If you aren’t interesting, maybe they are. Nothing like a well-placed dog to distract other people from a personal flaw, such as being completely uninteresting.

  15. Did you ever see the “King and I”? The teacher sings a song about “thinking a happy thought whenever I’m (she’s) afraid”.

    You can do that. Just pretend you are happy and witty and…think of all the crazy stories re third grade kids that drove you nuts in class, but make for REALLY good stories

    I do a number of things with my spouse/sisters/kids/friends. But the stories always seem to sound better when someone hasn’t heard them for the 100th time…

  16. Thanks for the info/commentary. I will google “how to use Facebook” when I want to do more than just snoop on my friends. As my youngest daughter has pointed out (to make me feel better), no one ever posts bad news, or even NEUTRAL news…it’s all about the super good stuff ONLY.

  17. Marshall Goldberg // May, 2014 at 11:35 pm //

    I went to Block Island and a hurricane landed the next day. No kidding — Hurricane Bob, in 1991. One suggestion for MD, if people look at her like she’s a dullard, is to say it was difficult for her to travel to Block Island because her fiancé died trying to save schoolchildren in Hurricane Bob. She can make up anything she wants about him, since no one will ever know the truth. Just a thought.

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