Surviving Sandy: ’10 Years of Hard Work and Sacrifice … Gone’

This is the third in a series of profiles of New Yorker area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. When Sue Saunders opened the door to her waterfront shop in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, she burst into tears. New York Printing and Graphics, the business Sue (above) had built from a kitchen-table operation into a thriving venture, had been reduced to a heap of muddy, overturned presses and soggy piles of what was once her inventory. “I celebrated …

Hope Among Devastation

News reports have captured the magnitude of the devastation left by “superstorm” Sandy.  The impact continues to increase as word begins to spread of personal loss and tragedy.  A dire tale that I fear will grow worse in the coming days and weeks: 109 fatalities Public transportation systems severely damaged A lack of power has prevented those impacted from being able to access gasoline, food and other necessities Much is needed and less is available What inspires me are the …

The View From 14 Inches

Earlier this month I began my Experience Corps work with Washington, D.C. elementary school kids to build their reading skills.  It has been both exhilarating and exhausting.  And although I’m having a tremendous amount of fun, I am already developing calluses on my back side getting used to sitting in a chair that’s only 14 inches off the ground! H. L. Mencken once famously said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”  My Experience Corps corollary …

50 Life Lessons My Pop Pop Taught Me – Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the last installment of a two-part series. Did you miss Part 1? Don’t fret, you can view it here.  It’s been a little over a month since we lost my Pop Pop, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie. He was 96, so it’s hard to say it came as a shock, but somehow, it did. The road through grief is a bumpy one. To help, I put together a list of important lessons I …

50 Life Lessons My Pop Pop Taught Me – Part 1

Editor’s note: This is first in a two part series. It’s been one month since I lost my Pop Pop, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie. He was 96, so it’s hard to say it came as a shock, but somehow, it did. He is finally at peace after months of struggle, and for that, I am thankful. It’s difficult, though, moving on with life as usual, when I’ve never known it without him. For 30 years, Pop …

The Sun (and Multi-Generational Housing) Continues to Rise in Charlottesville, Va.

This is a guest blog post by Kelly Persons, a member of the AARP Foundation Housing Impact team.  A beautiful, sunny September Saturday afternoon played host to a neighborhood celebration and ribbon-cutting in Charlottesville, a tribute to the vision and hard work of so many who collaborated to create the new community of Sunrise Park. Where 16 aging trailer homes in need of repair once stood, now stands a multi-generational, mixed-income, green neighborhood comprised of a condominium building and 16 …