Barack Obama in Ann Arbor
President Obama flew to Ann Arbor this week to promote raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour. I never had a hope of squeezing into his speech at the University of Michigan, but I did catch it later online. He veered off his prepared text to speak to the mostly student crowd in relaxed, conversational manner.
Part way through he said, “The Republicans in Congress…don’t want to vote to raise it (the minimum wage) at all.” … More
Barack Obama in Ann Arbor
I met Laura Hickman in January 1991. It was the first night of my Masters degree program in Organizational Development at American University. The program was designed for working professionals to attend three-day weekend sessions every month for two years. That day Laura had tripped over something and sprained her ankle, so she was in a wheel chair being pushed by another attendee, Cynthia Malachi White. Between the two of them, these ladies made… More
Americans With Alzheimer’s: Two Thirds Are Women
Once she reaches her sixties, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease is one in six, nearly twice her risk of developing breast cancer according to the latest 2014 Facts and Figures released by the Alzheimer’s Association. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women, which puts them at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic–a disease that is… More
Art and Love
My girlfriends, Deborah and Cindy, are both gifted quilt makers. David and I have admired their individual work since before we moved to Michigan fifteen months ago.
They showed up together last weekend at our lakeside cottage and immediately disappeared into the back of the house closing doors behind them. Cindy soon summoned us into the bedroom where she had laid out the most glorious king size quilt I have ever seen. Oh, my!
It was like walking into Ali Baba’s… More
The Grateful Dead
The American band, The Grateful Dead, is synonymous with a musical movement so unique that it is still celebrated today. The Grateful Dead’s commitment to that sound and fan base spreads over three decades. Loyal fans who followed the Grateful Dead were uniquely dubbed dead heads.
The children of these adults continued the tradition following the Grateful Dead tours during the 1990′s. Fans would flock to hear the Grateful Dead play and… More
Winter and the Wish for Spring
Yup. It snowed again today. Gorgeous, but it is time for something besides cold winds and icy sidewalks. We are all tired of it.
I am snug indoors catching up on email and Facebook. One post from friend Ming Tien, chemistry professor at Penn State University, really got me thinking about the cycle of life and death. Ming wrote about Li Gugu (Lena Fu), who passed away last week. Gugu means “aunt” in Chinese, but Li Gugu was not… More
Be Afraid. Very Afraid.
Please pay attention to this article. There is a lot going on right now in the evolution of internet software and technology. All of it is incredibly complex, so most of us have little chance of really understanding what is going on and where it is taking us.
“Making the Most of Maturity” is the tagline of ElderAuthority. For those of you who are seeking the best quality of life possible as you get older, please take steps now to safeguard… More
Hunkering Down Through Winter
This has been the coldest and snowiest winter many of us have experienced–me included. The unrelenting cold with unwelcoming roads and sidewalks inspire many of us to just hunker down and wait for this time to pass.
One of my goals of the week was to wrangle my taxes into some sort of manageable form. To do this kind of work I lock myself away for days until I emerge with the beast vanquished. I turn into a zombie, forgetting to brush my hair,… More