It’s a Fact: We Watch Too Much TV

Posted on 07/9/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayRemember how, when we were kids, older people warned us about spending too much time in front of the television? As it turns out, now that we’re the older people, maybe our children ought to be urging us to turn off the TV and go outside to play. A bunch of recent studies show that, at a time when younger Americans increasingly turn away from the boob tube and spend more time online, those of us 50 and older are …

Are You Giving Up on the News?

Posted on 03/19/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThey were our heroes. Woodward and Bernstein brought down a president. The New York Times published “The Pentagon Papers” in the face of government resistance to revealing damaging truths. “Uncle” Walter Cronkite spoke for many Americans when he concluded that the Vietnam War was not winnable. Many in our generation saw the news media as a positive force in society, driving out secrecy and corruption with the “disinfecting” light of information. Today, as a recent AARP poll shows, journalists have …

Looking For Reasons to Like ‘Girls’

Posted on 01/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

RelationshipsGirls, girls, girls.  I so want to like you. I really do. And there are moments when I think maybe I could form a long-term attachment. But upon reflection I usually decide, “Why bother?” As with that bad boyfriend of my own roiling 20s, I realize there is no there there and I just can’t make the commitment. Lena Dunham’s serial vignettes of millennial life in New York City — however  exaggerated  they may be — are sometimes insightful and …

Five Reasons to Watch Girls, Season Two

Posted on 01/9/2013 by | General News | Comments

Your LifeAs a fifty-something baby boomer, I probably don’t fall within the target demographic for the critically acclaimed, endlessly discussed, highly controversial and wildly popular television series, Girls. But I certainly count myself among producer Lena Dunham’s biggest fans.  I loved the YouTube videos she made when she was still in college, and thought her first feature film, Tiny Furniture, was awesome. Last season, I couldn’t wait for Sunday nights so I could watch the half-hour episodes, which chronicle the post-college …

Mel Shaw: The Disney Artist Who Remade Howdy Doody

Posted on 12/1/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn a remarkable career that spanned more than a half-century, Disney design artist Mel Shaw earned a spot in animation’s pantheon for his work on a slew of classic films, ranging from Fantasia and Bambi in the early 1940s to The Lion King in the 1990s. The Brooklyn-born artist, who earned his first accolades at age 12 when a mule and rider that he carved from a bar of soap won second prize in a Procter & Gamble contest, had …

New YouTube Series Shows Drama, Humor in Dealing With Aging Parents

Posted on 09/25/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn Ruth & Erica, Maura Tierney and Lois Smith show the drama and humor that can come from caregiving. The pilot episode of the new YouTube series premiered yesterday — check it out.