Giving Back to our Military

Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr, grilling out, PFC Adriana Alvarez, going to the lake, Specialist Jamel A. Bryant, going to the beach, Pat Tillman, a family reunion. You ask yourself, what in the world does this list of names and activities have in common? Those amazing individuals are all part of a great and powerful force called the U.S. Military. Those individuals all lost their lives in active duty and their service to this nation allows us to have …

Prepare for Zombies! (And Other Emergencies) Courtesy of the CDC

Who says the federal government doesn’t have a sense of humor? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted on their website a clever, attention-getting preparedness guide for a possible zombie invasion (as well as for other serious, more reality-based emergencies). The CDC, better known for its advice on dangerous health threats like E. coli poisoning or flu pandemics, wants Americans to be prepared for all kinds of disasters, whether it’s flesh-eating zombies, killer tornadoes or mass power outages. Their …

On Filming Heroes: Memorial Day Reflections

Kim Sedmak produced the Gracie Award-winning special “Picking Up the Pieces” which debuted on Maryland Public Television in 2008. Below, she reflects on making this piece. As this Memorial Day Weekend draws near, I can’t help but remember how hard we were all working three years ago to put the finishing touches on “Picking Up the Pieces” with Jane Pauley. This AARP documentary aired on Maryland Public TV and was an outgrowth of the superb investigative reporting Barry Yeoman did …

The Takeaway: Is it Summer Already?

For many parts of the country, it seems like summer arrived today. Don’t panic, there’s still time to lose weight and get in shape. (Get started here.) To folks attempting to start a fad diet this Memorial Day weekend – good luck with that. We’ll be parked right next to the barbecue grill, thankyouverymuch. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user adwriter.) ——————————————— Wow, talk about getting it in early. President Obama doesn’t turn 50 until August 4  – but he’s revealing …

One Perfect Summer Day: Glen Arbor, Michigan

The following is a guest post by David and Carol Porter, also known as the “Roaming Boomers.” For thousands of folks living in mid-Michigan, Memorial Day Weekend generally means one thing: going “up-north”. Back in the mid-90′s, my wife and I owned a condominium in the small summer tourist-town of Glen Arbor, Michigan. Our condo association was named Hawk’s Nest, as our condominium was perched upon a 300 ft. bluff looking down over Lake Michigan and the neighboring Manitou Islands. …

End Senior Hunger: Nominate Your Hero

At AARP we are always on the lookout for creative ideas to address issues and inspiring stories of people who are helping others. Often, the best ideas and stories come from you, our extended community. That’s why AARP Foundation launched the Hunger Hero Contest. We are looking for outstanding individuals 50 and older whose innovative work has made a difference in the fight to end senior hunger. No one of any age should go hungry in the United States. Yet …