Biking for Books … All the Way Across the Country

Rich McKinless believes books are the way to open the windows of the world to children. So he spent the summer pedaling across America to raise awareness and money for literacy. McKinless, 57, of Arlington, Va., ended a 4,351-mile, “sea to shining sea” cycling journey on Sept. 28 and raised more than $45,000 for First Book, a nonprofit that provides access to new books for children from low-income families. He became acquainted with the organization while working at audit and …

Hispanic and African-Americans: Celebrating Partners for Social Justice

This is the third in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. When Janet Murguía, President/CEO of the National Council of La Raza (La Raza), aimed to strengthen the organization’s mission “to create opportunities and open the door to the American Dream for Latino and other families,” she knew exactly what to do. As leader of America’s largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, representing more than 50 million people, …

Being There to Say the Final Goodbye

Two years ago this month, I sat beside my Pop Pop as he died. I can’t help but cry as I type that, but this isn’t a sad story. Pop Pop was 96 years old. He was born in 1916. By Sept. 13, 2012, the day he passed, he’d been my mom’s dad for almost exactly 60 years. He’d been my grandfather for 30. Running the numbers didn’t comfort me that day, though. It didn’t compute. My friend was taking …

Hispanics and Blacks: Different Languages, Shared Economic Perspective

This is the second in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. Among the most powerful commonalities between Hispanic Americans and African Americans are the bonds that we have formed to ensure the economic futures of our families and communities. As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we find that while language differences and national origins sometimes cause cultures to appear worlds apart, the common bonds that are worth celebrating are …

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, …

Loving Long-Distance Grandparents Celebrate Grandparents Day

My grandparents were a big part of my life, even though they lived an eight-hour drive away. My parents have lived even farther away from most of their grandchildren. According to AARP’s 2012 grandparent study, we are not alone: 43 percent of grandparents have to travel 200-plus miles to see the grandchildren who live farthest from them. It was a challenge, but we spent most of our vacations with my grandparents. They also wrote us letters, and we talked regularly …