Ebola’s Here. Should You Be Worried?

The country’s first Ebola patient—Thomas Eric Duncan, who was visiting Dallas from West Africa—has died. But the fact that he was mistakenly sent home when he first showed up at a Texas hospital complaining of symptoms, does not exactly inspire confidence in our healthcare system. Especially considering that CDC director Thomas Frieden said in a Tuesday news conference that “we’re stopping [Ebola] in its tracks in this country.” I mean, you gotta wonder: Can we be sure? After all, Duncan told a hospital nurse that …

This Week in Boomer History: John and Yoko … AZT … Who Shot J.R.?

Notable events from our shared experience Bob Dylan‘s self-titled debut album is released March 19, 1962. The album contains only two original Dylan tunes. In response to Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter announces on March 21, 1980, a U.S. boycott of that summer’s Olympics in Moscow. On March 19, 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approves the antiretroviral drug AZT to treat AIDS. It’s the first drug to slow the development of the disease and opens the way to new therapies. Who shot …

Texas Is Becoming More Walkable

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Only so much can be done to turn Texas – or, for that matter, any state, town or community with vast distances and open expanses of land – into a walkable place. But with the help of AARP Texas and community leaders, several Texas cities have been taking big steps toward making their neighborhoods more walkable and age-friendly. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter “Texans take great pride in being independent spirits, …

‘Dallas’ Gives J.R., and Hagman, a Proper Sendoff

They’re giving the devil his due Monday night – J.R. Ewing, played to perfection since 1978 by Larry Hagman, will be buried. The episode airing at 9 p.m. ET on TNT, will not disappoint. Not only have new Dallas creator Cynthia Cidre and her writing team given the iconic character  a memorable farewell for the actor who died last November (it will make you cry), they’ve used the occasion to break out a batch of new storylines. Foremost among them, as you …

‘Dallas’ J.R. Farewell ‘Bittersweet’ Says Linda Gray

“Yes, he’s physically gone. But I know he’s pulling strings wherever he is, keeping us all on our toes.” That’s the word from Linda Gray, speaking of Larry Hagman, who departed this world in November but is still the center of attention.  TNT’s Dallas launches its second season tomorrow night (1/28), and even though the actor only filmed five episodes before his death, his influence is all-pervasive. Show runner Cynthia Cidre has let it be known that his dastardly J.R. Ewing …

JR Will Never Die…

A shameless rogue with a conscience that must have been surgically removed at birth, “Dallas” character JR Ewing was envied, loved, despised, almost killed, and yet he was impossible to resist. No one could have played him with such magnificent relish – an irresistible villain – like Larry Hagman.  This was a man who embraced life with a joyous sense of abandon: he rode a Harley-Davidson wearing a chicken suit, made love flying a plane, put bourbon on his cornflakes. …