February, 2011Archive

AARP Cheat Sheet: Friday, February 17

Posted on 02/18/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWeekend! And a taste of spring for us, and a lot more of you, we hear, with the Weather Channel whispering in our ears about spring flooding coming up. We’re in sunny Daytona Beach this weekend for a very special event, as Jeff Gordon races the Drive to End Hunger car in its very first Sprint Cup race. The race is Sunday – if you want to watch live, go here; if you want to follow along on Twitter, go …

Drive to End Hunger Makes First Donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Posted on 02/17/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Volunteering  As race fans everywhere prepare for this weekend’s Daytona 500, Drive to End Hunger kicked off the race season Thursday morning with a major donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.  Working with Feeding America and Winn-Dixie, DTEH presented the food bank with $10,000 to help feed hungry seniors in central Florida.  Additional donations are being collected at the “Winn-Dixie Winner’s Circle,” a food drive at central Florida Winn-Dixie stores that continues through Sunday.

Black Gives Back: Inspiring A Community

Posted on 02/17/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringAs part of our ongoing recognition of Black History Month, I thought it would be nice to highlight a black volunteering and philanthropic blog called Black Gives Back. Created in 2007 by Washington, D.C., philanthropist Tracey Webb, the blog is a hub for African Americans to help dispel the misperception that they, as a demographic, reside only on the receiving end of charity and volunteer efforts. Webb previously founded – and still runs – the Black Benefactors, a giving circle …

No, I’m Not Steve Martin. But Meet My Son, Josh Groban.

Posted on 02/17/2011 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s not really a problem; more of a curiosity, really. But for the past few years people all over the place have been mistaking me for Steve Martin. It usually goes something like this: A few months ago I was at the Dallas airport renting a car, and the rep was walking me to the Compact (Cheapest) Car Aisle. From the corner of my eye I saw him staring, and I knew what was coming next. “Do people tell you …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Wednesday, February 16

Posted on 02/16/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today  Good morning. We’re very cold, gray, and bundled up here in the nation’s capital.  But this is a nice spot of good news: “For the first time in 10 years, the US health insurance industry is expected to report a decline in medical expenses.” Woohoo! Now get my premiums down, ya hear? Budget, budget, budget: “Over the last two years since  President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. If some of those jobs are lost in this, …

Your Life Calling: Reinventing after Broadway

Posted on 02/15/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis morning Jane Pauley swung by the Today Show to premiere the new Your Life Calling segment. It profiles Tripp Hanson, who left his career as a singer/dancer on Broadway to pursue acupuncture, and is now treating some of his former co-stars. Hanson joined Pauley and AARP’s Director of Workforce Issues Deborah Russell in a live chat this afternoon to give advice about reinventing your career. You can read the whole transcript here, but here are some highlights: Maggie : …