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The Value of Stuff

The Value of Stuff

Strange times for our relationship with stuff. Hurricane Irma storms through the Caribbean, while soaked Houston is slowly drying out. We have to think about what we value most. Anyone who has faced evacuation or lived through a natural disaster will tell you that there comes a bone chilling moment when just have to walk away. My moment came when my children were young and we were given one hour to evacuate our home before a hurricane. This was in the 1980’s. I gathered up the kids, our pets, the essentials for my infant son and toddler daughter and threw...

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Question Mark - Retirement ?

Question Mark - Retirement ?

rəˈtī(ə)rmənt/ noun: retirement; plural noun: retirements 
the action or fact of leaving one's job and ceasing to work.  Ceasing to work, completely, is happening for fewer and fewer people. Lots of us will continue to work purely out of financial necessity, whether our work is satisfying or not. For others, those lucky enough to be heathy and energetic at the age when retirement is expected. retirement is being reimagined as reinvention. And what is that age now? What should it be?  Is this retirement or reinvention? Is this by choice or the demands of one’s personal finances, ambitions, passions or...

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Insight Into the Accidental Icon

Insight Into the Accidental Icon

Today, I bring your attention to Fordham University professor Lyn Slater. For any of our fashion-industry savvy readers, Lyn maybe a name you’ve heard of, but for many of you this maybe the first time you have come across this unexpected fashion icon. Lyn Slater first entered the public eye during New York Fashion week in 2014. Lyn, wearing a Yohji Yamamoto suit and carrying a Channel purse, was meeting a friend for lunch outside the Lincoln Center in New York when she was suddenly surrounded by a cohort of foreign journalists and spectators who mistook her for a fashion...

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5 Tips for Home Safety at any Age

5 Tips for Home Safety at any Age

12 million The number of Americans over age 65 who live alone, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.  69 percent The percentage of those who are women. And the number rises to 80 percent after age 75. In 1990, women made up a greater share of older adults living alone (79 percent). The vast majority of people polled  (87 percent) want to stay in their own home and community as they age. And that means that lots of older people are choosing to stay home and live alone. There are lots of great new tech gadgets and services...

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Today Is National Senior Citizen Day

Today Is National Senior Citizen Day

August 18, 1988 the President Ronald Regan proclaimed:  For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.  He was 77 years old.  In 1930, when Regan was only 19 years...

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