On Grandparents Day, Let’s Get Connected Through Technology!

Many of us still fondly remember talking on the old-fashioned rotary dial phone with the curly cord. At one time, just about every home had one. But when it comes to the new forms of communications and technology, there is a digital divide between old and young that needs swift action. And AARP is seeking to close the gap with online training in digital technology especially suited for people who are age 50-plus. With Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 7, …

Catching Up With Sophia Loren, Who Turns 79 Today

By Marlene Fanta Shyer Happy Birthday to the world’s most beloved Virgo, Sophia Loren Ponti. As she celebrates her 79th birthday today, she treats the passing of time as she does her personal and professional life: By not letting it touch her renowned grace and dignity. Born Sofia Villani Scicolone in Rome, she is the same Sophia we all remember, both global star and three-dimensional “real” and unaffected woman, with exactly the same focus as many women her age, her …

Say Happy Birthday to Two ‘Nonagenarian’ Chimps

As a kid growing up in Indianapolis, nothing excited me more than the thought of piling into the family station wagon for a trip to the big city: Chicago. Our favorite destination in the Windy City, hands down, was the Lincoln Park Zoo. There I would gaze in absolute wonderment at Bushman, the world-famous, fierce-visaged gorilla, who stood 6 foot 2 and weighed in at 550 pounds. Before his sudden death in 1951 at the tender age of 22, Bushman …

Karma from an App? That’s Right.

About a month ago, I was having dinner with a friend and prodding him about his favorite mobile apps.  After a few minutes of talking about some that he liked the most, he suggested an app developed by kids from our neighborhood. “You remember Lee Linden,” he said.  “He went to high school with our kids.  He played soccer with your son.” “Oh right,” I responded, recalling his Dad cheering beside me in the stands. Excitedly, my friend began to …

Happy Birthday, Hulk Hogan!

  The big guy turns 58 today, and is actually a pretty good example of one dude who has dominated the ring of his career, and hasn’t let his age get in the way of it. In fact, it seems that he’s only gotten more successful through the years. Plus, specifically working in a field that values only the strongest, Mr. Hogan is living proof that being over 50 doesn’t have anything on brawn. So Happy Birthday Hulk Hogan — …

Birthdays: A Time to Reflect and Reset

As I was plotting & planning my week, I realized that July was quickly coming to an end and August was upon us. You ask, why does that matter? August always comes after July. Well, August is the month that the good Lord brought me into this world and each year it gives me pause to stop and reflect on what I’ve done, where I am now and what is down the road. Sometimes we cannot see the forest for …