Blessings Near and Far: A Lesson in Honoring Elders

We arrived with jasmine garlands and two rosettes folded out of Thai baht. We slipped off our sandals and felt the cool, smooth tiles beneath us as we walked toward a woman sitting on her front porch. The woman was my friend Fon’s 90-year-old great grandmother, Chid. Fon had invited us – my friend Jess, my boyfriend Joe and me – to go to the beach, a few hours south of Bangkok. But first, she asked, could we stop to …

Susan Sarandon Is a Grandmother!

Actress Susan Sarandon, 67, has played grandmothers in motion pictures, including The Lovely Bones (2009) and, more recently, Tammy. Now her make-believe experience will be put to work in real life. The Oscar-winning actress and self-proclaimed “Ping-Pong propagandist” officially became a grandmother on Aug. 9, when daughter Eva Amurri Martino, 29, and her husband, Kyle Martino, 33, a sports analyst for NBC, welcomed their first child into the world: Marlowe Mae Martino, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. >> …

How to Be a Sexy Grandma at the Beach

My daughter was horrified and my grandsons hysterical when Glam-ma Lo (me) showed up for a swim at the pool in a bikini: “Mom! Are you kidding?” “Glam! You look like Miley Cyrus!” I thought Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Williams and Jessica Lange had sexed up grannyhood to the point where anything goes, but apparently France remains the only place on the planet where it’s OK for grandmothers to bare a little boob or tush. If you, too, have felt the …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …   1. Dr. Phil has a $65,000 “fountain of youth” pod – reportedly one of only 16 in the world - in his house. (Learn more at AARP) 2.Passengers and crew members on a flight diverted to Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001, have helped send to college more than 130 students from Lewisporte, the tiny Canadian town that took in the flight members. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have …

Justin Timberlake Video Honors Grandparents – How Do You Honor Yours?

Justin Timberlake’s video for the Mirrors track of his recently released new album, 20/20 Experience, is a moving tribute to his late grandfather, William, his grandmother, Sadie, and their 63-year marriage. William passed on just last December, and the video symbolizes his grandmother looking through a box of old belongings and remembering their six decades of life together. The video takes us from their meeting and dancing as teens to their wedding to what appear to be marital challenges (the woman …

With the Aid of Science! Human on Our Own Terms

Medical science routinely offers solutions to problems that our bodies or environment can not naturally fix. It’s great when these are cool re-imaginings and re-purposing of existing products and procedures. Other times its fine-tuning that leads to good results. This week had a bunch of cool and slightly weird stories about solving some health related issues. Wheelchair Car: There aren’t many options for driving for those in wheelchairs. Existing cars often need remodeling to accommodate the systems that allow those …