Showing: 1-50 of 52

Search / Found (52)

60-Something: A Baby Boomer moment for skin care products

When all is said and done, it seems like nothing is ever finally said and done. Research continues at a maddening pace into the efficacy of the anti-aging products we put on our skin.

April 15, 2014 3:41 pm

60-Something: Ask a stupid question, get a complicated answer

Leaf through a magazine while you're in the grocery store check-out line; click around channels on your TV; write someone an email with the words “anti-aging;” in the subject line. Doubtless, you will be bombarded with more claims of miraculous wrinkle-removers than Lourdes sends out news st…

March 18, 2014 3:41 pm
60-Something: Life Raft in the Skin Desert

60-Something: Life Raft in the Skin Desert

Part of our family lore includes the story of my 90-year-old grandmother, who bought a skin cream promising to erase her wrinkles and rejuvenate her skin, making her look decades younger.

March 04, 2014 6:21 pm

60-Something: Walking The Dog

Chances are, when you see older folks walking a dog while wearing headphones, they’re not listening to Beyonce or Jay Z. They’re listening to a book or a magazine article, maybe a podcast that they borrowed from the local library. Many listeners don't even have to leave home to borrow the ma…

March 04, 2014 5:54 pm

60-Something: Life Raft in the Skin Desert

Part of our family lore includes the story of my 90-year-old grandmother, who bought a skin cream promising to erase her wrinkles and rejuvenate her skin, making her look decades younger. She followed directions on the lotion's package for about a week, examined her face closely in the mirro…

March 04, 2014 11:00 am

60-Something: A New Career in Skin Care?

Here's one of the problems with being retired, semi-retired, about-to-be retired, "redundant" as the Brits say, just plain old: Your skin starts feeling like cardboard and looks like one of those topographical maps we made out of starch in grade school. There are unexpected peaks, pores clog…

February 25, 2014 6:09 pm
60-Something: She's a Homewrecker

60-Something: She's a Homewrecker

Just so you get the picture, I am struggling through six or seven scientific papers about how our aging skin is helped--or not helped--by certain "miraculous" potions which are endlessly advertised these days. But what's my husband doing? He has a computer, too. While I have spent the last t…

February 17, 2014 5:46 pm

60-Something: I Was Blind, But Now I Hear

Years ago, when I was a college student, I had a part-time job reading for a blind guy. He was a law student and my job was to read him "constitutional law". He'd set up a recording device so he could re-listen to the documents I read and study them later. I read the U.S Constitution a coupl…

February 11, 2014 7:10 pm

Audio Books: Reading with Your Ears

Within the last month a friend of mine in Porter County read the new Donna Tartt book, “The Goldfinch,” “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton, “The Significance of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “The Secret Scripture” by Sebastian Barry, and “The Tennant of Wildfell Hall” by Anne Bronte. Mea…

January 28, 2014 4:57 pm
60-Something: Wintertime -  How the light gets in

60-Something: Wintertime - How the light gets in

As I'm writing this in early December, 2013, 78-year-old Leonard Cohen, poet/songwriter/singer is still getting raves about his “Old Ideas” tour that is finally winding down after three years. Reviewers note his wit, charm, heartfelt grace, and the moments when he knelt down (and got up agai…

January 20, 2014 5:46 pm
60-Something: Impressions of deaths in the family

60-Something: Impressions of deaths in the family

At the beginning of Jess Walter's best-selling "Citizen Vince" he writes: "One day you know more dead people than live ones...Start with grandparents. Two sets..."

January 14, 2014 12:16 pm
60-Something: Reflections on the benefits of friends and friendships

60-Something: Reflections on the benefits of friends and friendships

My best friend Sue died of a brain tumor in her early fifties. Her oldest son, Joe, was killed in a car accident when he was 15. I don't think she ever got over it. Valjean McLenighan worked with me at Follett Publishing. She died of cancer, after she got to swim with dolphins, also in her l…

January 06, 2014 5:46 pm
60 Something: Goats III—Cabrito, Capretto, Chevon or Kid?

60 Something: Goats III—Cabrito, Capretto, Chevon or Kid?

Last year my friend Barbara and her husband Wayne picked up stakes and headed west. They started a unique business at the Spokane, Washington, farmer market. "What's Cooking" sold Corsican Goat Stew, Moroccan Leg of Goat, and Goat Shank with White Beans.

December 31, 2013 5:46 pm
60 Something: THE FINAL FRONTIER?

60 Something: THE FINAL FRONTIER?

This is a shout-out to anybody out there who raises goats for meat. I'd love to hear anything you have to say. Recently Washington Post writers mused that goat meat might be the next big thing to hit the marketplace, following beef, chicken, and pork.

December 24, 2013 5:46 pm
60 Something: One Small Step for Goat

60 Something: One Small Step for Goat

I like goats. They seem kind of friendly but self-contained, even though their eyes are kind of creepy. They've been domesticated for eight or nine thousand years. There and are more than 300 breeds of goat, used around the world for meat, hair, skin, and milk.

December 17, 2013 5:46 pm
60-Something: Eat, Prey, Love

60-Something: Eat, Prey, Love

Spoiler Alert: Vegetarians might be upset by this story.

December 03, 2013 12:29 pm Photos

Photos

60-Something: The Perfect Palmer Method

60-Something: The Perfect Palmer Method

The other day Jim-the-Landlord asked me if I had any stationery. "Not the little thank-you-note kind," he said. "I need to write a letter."

November 26, 2013 9:43 pm
John Cain: Executive Director/Top Performer Building South Shore Arts for Two Decades

John Cain: Executive Director/Top Performer Building South Shore Arts for Two Decades

Today, hundreds of people will gather at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana, to hear a baldish twinkly-eyed, fifty-ish fellow with round wire glasses, read stories related one way or another, to Christmas. Over the years, he’s read a half dozen Truman Capote storie…

November 20, 2013 6:11 pm Photos

Photos

60 Something: The Bad Old Days, Part II

60 Something: The Bad Old Days, Part II

Around twenty years ago two tough little old ladies were having dinner and drinks in Crown Point, Indiana, talking about the good old days and the bad old days. "Think how much fun it would be," said one to the other. "You'd get your own director's chair, you'd have dinner every night with m…

November 18, 2013 5:21 pm
60-Something: GROWLING AROUND WITH TIGERS

60-Something: GROWLING AROUND WITH TIGERS

Over the years I forgot how to play.

November 11, 2013 5:21 pm
60 Something: The Bad Old Days, Part I

60 Something: The Bad Old Days, Part I

John Dillinger and I go way back.

November 05, 2013 5:21 pm
60-Something: CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP PART III: Far Away Places

60-Something: CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP PART III: Far Away Places

I just can't get it out of my mind: Sounds of the familiar Clip-Clop rounding the bend as the garbage folks approach in a wagon pulled by their friendly, elegant steeds. Just the sound of it makes my whole life seem timeless, part of the long wind of humanity that will continue to blow after…

October 29, 2013 5:30 pm
60-Something: CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP PART II: Vermont

60-Something: CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP PART II: Vermont

The South Shore Train shooshes past our lovely villagette with a bit of a click and a clack that settles our biorhythms. Like the Angeles Bells of the Middle Ages or the Call to Prayer in Muslim countries, the sound distracts us from the day-to-day and nudges us to consider far-away places w…

October 22, 2013 5:30 pm
60-Something: CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP PART I: What a Waste!

60-Something: CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP PART I: What a Waste!

How's your garbage lately? Gone, probably. Many of us separate the recyclables (most of them) into one bag and dump the food scraps, vacuum bag, (litter box?) and everything else in another bag. Then we move them outside into grotesque plastic bins. Voila! Garbage gone. Problem solved before…

October 15, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

Photos

60-Something: Whatever happened to jobs that kept you "looking busy?"

60-Something: Whatever happened to jobs that kept you "looking busy?"

I talked to a couple of folks the other day—self-employed self-starters. A realtor and a producer of trade shows agreed with me that they, too, sometimes wish they had go-to-work-in-an-office jobs.

October 08, 2013 3:01 pm
60-Something: Shadow Town

60-Something: Shadow Town

Grandparents worry about everything. Even when we're focused on Toys for Tots, by the dawn’s early light we fight dangers lining their paths to adulthood: giant trees might fall, lightning might strike, markets can crash, bandits, measles, bacteria, hormones, and, along with everything else:…

October 01, 2013 3:01 pm
60-Something: Unsolicited Forwards

60-Something: Unsolicited Forwards

Got a couple more this morning: Unsolicited Forwarded Emails. These rotten screeds, forwarded from I've-Found-The-Truth-Central, depress me. My problem is that I think I should read them. What if this family member is ill? What if someone sprained an ankle? What if a long-lost cousin got a g…

September 23, 2013 5:30 pm Related
60-Something: Unsolicited Forwards

60-Something: Unsolicited Forwards

September 19, 2013 10:10 am
60-Something: The Ranking of the Dolls (Part IV)

60-Something: The Ranking of the Dolls (Part IV)

After some diligent research I’ve found that I am not the only person invested in my granddaughter’s future based on the dolls she spends so much time fussing with. Writers on the websites, FanPop and Ranker explored the Disney Princesses as role models in some depth. Here's some of what they said:

September 17, 2013 5:30 pm
60-Something: To Be or Not to Be (A Princess) Part III

60-Something: To Be or Not to Be (A Princess) Part III

I was so much against the Princess thing in general that I was compelled to tell Perfect Granddaughter (while playing a game of Disney Princess Go Fish) that one of those princesses, Ariel or Belle or the beautiful Chinese one, didn't really love that charming prince who came a ‘calling.

September 10, 2013 4:41 pm
60-SOMETHING: Battle of the Dolls II: Princess Power

60-SOMETHING: Battle of the Dolls II: Princess Power

Little girls don't grow up to look like wasp-waisted, slim-hipped, bosomy Barbie or Monster High fright-sluts. Neither will they ever achieve the art-board flawless looks of the Disney Princesses. But little boys can't be princesses. Four-year-old Perfect Granddaughter loves the Disney Princ…

September 02, 2013 4:08 pm Related
60-SOMETHING: Battle of the Dolls: The Case Against Barbie

60-SOMETHING: Battle of the Dolls: The Case Against Barbie

Grandparent problem of the day: Who's a better role model for little girls? Barbie or the Disney Princesses?

August 26, 2013 4:08 pm Related
60-SOMETHING: About Another Night

60-SOMETHING: About Another Night

When Tim Kazurinsky and I, writers of the movie "About Last Night,” went to the Hollywood premier in 1986, it was kind of like the Academy Awards you see on TV.

August 20, 2013 2:30 am Photos

Photos

Related
60-Something: The Road to Unique Self-Expression of Industrial Kitchen Design

60-Something: The Road to Unique Self-Expression of Industrial Kitchen Design

The other day, Jim-The-Landlord announced the need for "a family conference." He wanted my husband and I to sign off on his new plan.

August 13, 2013 4:08 pm Related
60-Something: FAIRY DUST: Happening now, everywhere

60-Something: FAIRY DUST: Happening now, everywhere

Here's the question: Do you get tingles in your head? Little buzzies? Not so much like the prickly feeling when your foot goes to sleep—more like, say, a fairy tapped your head with a magic wand and you felt millions of tiny sprinkles of delight cascading down the back of your head and over …

August 06, 2013 1:18 pm Related
60-SOMETHING: I think I'm gonna have to get a job

60-SOMETHING: I think I'm gonna have to get a job

Recently the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a study: "Unemployed Older Workers: Many Face Long-Term Joblessness and Reduced Retirement Security." Other recent studies concurred. I am waiting for a more realistic title like, "You're Old, You're Fat, and You're Not As Gorgeous …

July 30, 2013 8:30 am Related
60-Something: SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

60-Something: SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

The pressing issue of the week is this fabulously elegant and coquettish, completely useless , 1930s (or '20s, or '40s) green stove in my kitchen.

July 22, 2013 5:40 pm Related
60-Something: THIS OLD (ANTIQUE? VINTAGE?) GREEN STOVE

60-Something: THIS OLD (ANTIQUE? VINTAGE?) GREEN STOVE

The pressing issue of the week is this fabulously elegant and coquettish, completely useless , 1930s (or '20s, or '40s) green stove in my kitchen.

July 16, 2013 5:40 pm Photos

Photos

Related
Vulpes, Vulpes: Did you ever think about taming a fox?

Vulpes, Vulpes: Did you ever think about taming a fox?

We have some vulpes vulpes around here. According to Bob Porch, wildlife biologist with the Indiana DNR.

July 08, 2013 5:54 pm Related

Related

60-Something: Bringing the Outside In

60-Something: Bringing the Outside In

The “peony man” was at the Farmer’s Market around the first of June and we bought everything that was left in his bucket. The peonies seem to get more beautiful every year: pink, white and now many shades of red, even apricot, and coral. Singles, doubles, semi-doubles, Japanese, anemones. Tu…

July 01, 2013 5:54 pm Related

Related

Fixing Stuff Chapter 1 - A Good Man is Hard to Find

This time it’s about the raccoons. Last time it was about the raccoons, too. Also the time before that.

June 26, 2013 5:29 pm

60-Something: Why I rejected “Recalled to Life”

At first I thought we should call this blog, “Recalled to Life.” It was kind of a high-blown notion, but I remembered those words from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.

June 25, 2013 5:24 pm
Bernie Sahlins R.I.P.

Bernie Sahlins R.I.P.

Note: Bernie Sahlins died June 16 at the age of 90.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

Photos

SNOWBIRDS in Florida, Where Everyday's a New Day

SNOWBIRDS in Florida, Where Everyday's a New Day

Well, like, kinda-sorta. We’re at Village on the Isle visiting my 89-year-old mother in Venice, Florida. “Everyday’s a new day” is their motto.

April 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Related
DeClue 5

DeClue 5

March 14, 2013 3:53 pm
DeClue4

DeClue4

March 14, 2013 3:51 pm
Family

Family

March 14, 2013 3:50 pm
MISSISSIPPI ROAD TRIP: The Ancestors Inside Us and the Precious Right to Vote

MISSISSIPPI ROAD TRIP: The Ancestors Inside Us and the Precious Right to Vote

“The past is never dead,” wrote Mississippi writer William Faulkner. "It’s not even past.”

November 04, 2012 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Related
Interview with Diana of the Dunes

Interview with Diana of the Dunes

Sitting on a grassy sand dune one evening last summer, I was gazing over Lake Michigan at a sunset that brought to mind a 19th century religious painting: fat pink-and-gray rays shooting out from a small, tight, fiery hot-pink, ball of sun. The kind of sun that absorbs someone’s soul up to, …

October 23, 2012 8:44 pm Photos

Photos

Interview with Diana of the Dunes

Interview with Diana of the Dunes

Sitting on a grassy sand dune one evening last summer, I was gazing over Lake Michigan at a sunset that brought to mind a 19th century religious painting: fat pink-and-gray rays shooting out from a small, tight, fiery hot-pink, ball of sun. The kind of sun that absorbs someone’s soul up to, …

October 23, 2012 8:44 pm Photos

Photos

Follow The Times

Featured Businesses

Poll

Loading…

Should school boards restrict public comment at meetings?

View Results

National Video