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Divorce, American Style

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayWe barely began the new year before celebrity divorces began making headlines. Last week the 1970s pop duo Captain & Tennille (“Love Will Keep Us Together”) announced the end of their 39-year marriage. That came a week after former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, filed for divorce. No surprise there. Gawking at celebrity divorces is nothing new, though there sure are more of them — especially for the headliners who have been around for …

What’s the Secret to a Happy, Long-Term Marriage?

Posted on 01/27/2014 by | Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsWhat does it take to keep a marriage happy, vibrant and enduring? I’m asked that question all the time. And while I think couples all have their own unique recipes for success, I’ve noticed that most include these five essential ingredients: 1. The ability to apologize  Every person in every marriage makes mistakes. Some big, some small, but always some you wish you could un-do. That’s only human, but happy couples admit to their mistakes — and apologize. Just as important is …

This Week in Boomer History: January 20 — 26

Posted on 01/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy facts from our shared experience: 1. Jan. 20, 1981 — 444 days after Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, 52 American hostages are released. Ted Koppel’s Nightline, born as The Iran Crisis — America Held Hostage: Day XXX, seeks fresh material. 2. Back to the future! The first gull-wing DeLorean sports car rolls off the assembly line on Jan. 21, 1981. 3. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members this week in 1986, including Chuck …

Boomers Downbeat Over Financial Future

Posted on 01/13/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWith her wavy long hair, bell-bottom jeans and a peace sign hanging from her neck, Rita Beck was much like other boomer women who came of age in the trippy, turbulent 1960s and 1970s. They attended college in record numbers, seized job opportunities their mothers never had and reveled in their independence. “Our parents scrimped for everything,” says Beck, 58, of Janesville, Wis.  “We boomers came on the scene and said, ‘Who needs to save for a house when you …

This Week in Boomer History: January 13 — 19

Posted on 01/10/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsFun facts from our shared experience: 1 — Wham-O, the hula-hoop people, manufactures its first “Pluto Platter” on Jan. 13, 1957. The company later changes the name to Frisbee. 2 — The U.S. Supreme Court rules in 1984 that taping on home VCRs does not violate copyright laws. Soon, videotape changes the way we consume entertainment, although we’ll never learn to set the clock on those damned machines. 3 — Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” tops the Billboard charts on Jan. 13, 1962. Later that year, …

Bipartisanship and Boomer Women

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Money & Savings | PoliticsMonths before the recent budget agreement was reached, a bipartisan exchange of ideas took place on a much smaller-scale when four legislators joined an AARP-sponsored forum on financial challenges facing boomer women. Topics ranged from trying to “have it all” in terms of balancing work and family, to the need for women to “lean in” and help each other, to the uncertain financial future many women face. Moderated by award-winning financial journalist and best-selling author Jean Chatzky, the panel of …