memories

Pack Thank You Notes

Posted on 04/18/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelOnce when I was in Switzerland, I met a local woman who went out of her way to show me around the resort town of St. Moritz. She refused payment — and even my attempt to pay for lunch. When I finally had time to pick up a gift for her, it was Sunday, and all the shops were closed. Except, of course, the touristy one. So I bought her a box of chocolates. I gave a Swiss woman a …

Put Your Smart Phone Away For Once

Posted on 03/19/2014 by |Travel | Comments

Technology | TravelHere’s some good news for the tech-challenged! No matter how many travel apps you have on your smartphone, they can’t replace the kind of serendipity you’ll find when you follow your gut. I’m not saying that a good app doesn’t come in handy, especially for navigating through those last-minute travel disruptions that seem so commonplace these days. For example, I always download the app of the airline I’m traveling with so I can easily rebook cancelled or delayed flights. HotelTonight …

Losing a Partner — and Finding It Hard to Let Go

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeBy Joan Marans Dim My husband, Stuart, died last June after a decade-long struggle with cancer. He was 77 years old, a former journalist and public relations executive, a marathon runner, and a man beloved and respected by family and friends. In going through his belongings, I often find things that I have forgotten about, small things that taken together are not small. In the back of a drawer, I discover a poem that he wrote when we were students …

Your 2000+ Memories of JFK, His Life and Death

Posted on 12/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWe started this summer, asking our readers what they remember about the day in November when our president was shot in Dallas. More than 2,000 of you responded in ways that were always meaningful and often moving. We have collected some of the posts in categories: Here are some that are related to one of President Kennedy’s signature achievements, the Peace Corps; These posts were written by people who, in one way or another, were eyewitnesses to events; And it …

Meeting Older Adults Where They Are

Posted on 12/23/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThe other day, one of Arthur’s former students commented on an interview we did months ago with Eileen Fuentes, founder of The SPEACH: I was lucky enough to be one of Arthur’s students at Hofstra in 72-73. In addition to basic Freshman English he taught a lecture course in the history of American Musical Theatre. I didn’t always agree with him but admired his passion for the subject… Please send him my warmest regards and thanks. I called Arthur immediately. “A …

This JFK Weekend, 50 Years Later

Posted on 11/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayTo commemorate President John F. Kennedy, this blog will update in more or less “real time” as events unfolded on TV and radio 50 years ago, starting with the arrival of Jack and Jackie in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 22, and ending with the president’s funeral on Monday, Nov. 25. At  JFK Memories recount in your own words where you were on Nov. 22, 1963. Find more to read and do at Remembering John F. Kennedy. As the nation watched the …