How to Live to 100 and Have Fun Doing It!

Reading Dan Buettner’s New York Times story, “The Island Where People Forget to Die” made me want to move to Ikaria, Greece, immediately. This is an island where an unusually large percentage of people live past 100 because they get ample amounts of sleep, sex, socializing, spirituality, spinach, and sourdough bread. And they drink several glasses of red wine each day. Basically, party animals who don’t sit still much, but pray and take a lot of naps. To be honest, this …

The Day Walt Disney Warned Ray Bradbury: “We’d kill each other!”

For writers, the value of a compliment lies not in the effusion of words, but in the source of them. Even the most modest statement of encouragement for the most minor effort, from the right person, can make your day and sometimes your decade. And that explains why I still treasure a letter I received on September 5, 2001, from Ray Bradbury. “Dear Bill Newcott,”  it begins, “Thank you for your good letter.” Good letter. Good letter! One of the …

The Great Battleship Calamity of ’76

I love the story AARP The Magazine did on vintage games. It made me think fondly about my childhood and family. Growing up I was all about games. Love ’em. Inside or outside, I loved them all. There’s a story my family likes to tell about a game of Battleship I played with my dad when I was 5 years old. Let’s just call it “The Great Battleship Calamity of ’76.”

Happy Birthday, Jamie Lee Curtis!

That’s right, today the savvy and beautiful American actress turns 52 today. Also check out AARP Magazine’s interview with Jamie Lee a couple of years ago where she divulges her thoughts on turning 50 and being comfortable in her own skin. But would we expect any less from her? One highlighted quote: “I want to be older. I actually think there’s an incredible amount of self-knowledge that comes with getting older. I feel way better now than I did when …

AARP Interviews George W.

George W. Bush, that is. Yep, the former U.S. president sat down with AARP Magazine to talk about his new memoir, what he’s up to these days, and retrospectives on his days in office. The magazine with the full interview hits stands on November 15th, but we have a sneak peek with some highlights of the interview here. Here’s some of his thoughts on his controversial reputation and the media: “In terms of what people think about me, the truth …

AARP Debuts Four Apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

AARP has a big announcement today! It is AARP’s first foray into mobile content with the debut of FOUR new digital apps. The new AARP app for iPhone and iPod touch lets AARP members: – carry a digital version of their membership card – allows them easier access to member benefits – access to member activities – and member programs! AARP is also introducing three separate apps for AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin and AARP VIVA that will be available …