WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE SEVENTIES. I have a birthday coming, and I’m thinking I am not the person I was at 65, for sure, for sure. Then, a pedicure was a treat, now it is a necessity–parts have rusted, bunions are bigger–plus doctor trips and tests are a way of life, and I think I’m getting another hammer toe. I really don’t intend to put anyone off, but we’re all in this together, and we can take comfort in the fact we are not alone–another little “blessing.” Now when I write a phone number, I also have to add a name and subject. Ah well, and here’s another happy thought for you to ponder: I honestly believe aging gracefully is a matter of accepting the inevitable without the whine. But, boy, do I enjoy commiserating with friends.
THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW. I have a tip for you. Cross out the old stories of “back then when I…” It’s a trap, and I often find myself going backwards. No one really wants to hear that stuff. It doesn’t wash. I do find my grandkids love embarrassing stories about their parents. Try it. They’ll like it. In an effort to stay current, I’m texting…very slowly. I have a Lu rule: I never text when I’m with other folks.
RADIO PBS. While listening to the Public Broadcasting System the other day, I heard a panel talking about the technological changes (there are those words again). In the last year, our cyber world has changed more than it has in the last ten years. Goodbye newspapers and magazines, and welcome to “Virtual Reality.” When I first heard that expression, I thought it was an oxymoron. I just cannot predict what is going to be next. What is your vision for the next ten years?
MY AUTHOR OF THE MONTH. If you like mystery, I recommend Tana French’s books. She’s fairly new on the scene, but her main character, Frank Mackey, is a tough one-of-a-kind homicide detective who just blows me away. Be warned, it is a bit dark.
MOVIES (my friends) FOR US. Two movies about older adults that are fun are: Hope Springs and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The popularity of these films proves there is a definite audience for “adults only” films.
MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS, AND ME, AND MAYBE YOU. I seriously am investigating this topic for my next column, but I want to research the topic more fully. Perhaps you would prefer THE BELLY FAT BLUES.
Enjoy the cool.