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2012 Endings and 2013 Beginnings –
Posted By Steve Mencher On December 31, 2012 @ 12:58 pm In Entertainment,Legacy | Comments Disabled
We’ve looked back at the year’s departures to remind us about our own mortality and consider how notable personalities have shaped our lives and the wider culture.
From Neil Armstrong  to Whitney Houston , spend some time with old friends, while you also consider the complex and unsettling legacy of Joe Paterno , who we thought we knew, but didn’t really. It’s our first People to Remember  special on the web.
What will you remember of your life from the past year? There’s a theory that life speeds up as we get older . Is it because we are slowing down, or could it be that anything connected with our daily routines slips by in time not fully lived?
If you make one resolution this year, let it be to inhabit each moment and day fully. Perhaps we do have the power to slow time down.
Noting the passing of memorable people is a great tradition and, if you have a macabre sense of humor, there’s a smile to be had from it as well. We were “finished,” after all, with our work, when we heard of the passings of the fine actors Charles Durning  and Jack Klugman . We thought we were done with astronauts and politicians and other newsmakers when the grim reaper decided to take Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf . And an aide to ailing former president George H.W Bush  noted all the good wishes coming his way, but cautioned friends and obituary writers alike to “put the harps back in the closet.”
So, as we put those harps away, perhaps we can help you begin your year by connecting with our Life Reimagined  project. It’s never too late for a new start.
Photo courtesy NASA
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URLs in this post:
 Neil Armstrong: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-12-2012/newsmakers-2012-obits-photos.html#slide1
 Whitney Houston: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-12-2012/musicians-2012-obits-photos.html#slide1
 Joe Paterno: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-12-2012/sports-stars-2012-obits-photos.html#slide1
 People to Remember: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-12-2012/2012-obits-people-to-remember.html
 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/armstrong.jpg
 life speeds up as we get older: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120709-does-life-speed-up-as-you-age
 Charles Durning: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-12-2012/TV-movie-stars-2012-obits-photos.html#slide21
 Jack Klugman: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-12-2012/TV-movie-stars-2012-obits-photos.html#slide22
 Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-12-2012/newsmakers-2012-obits-photos.html#slide20
 former president George H.W Bush: http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/
 Life Reimagined: http://lifereimagined.aarp.org/
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