August is the Sunday of the Months

If you are confused by this blog’s title, it is a phrase I heard recently from my niece. We were talking about vacation and she said, “Yep, August is the Sunday of the months as it is the time to relax.” What do I do to relax? I like to go to movies just like 58% of the 50+ (see our fact sheet below) and Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine is a must see Movie for Grownups. I love Broadway …

Michael Ansara: He Was Cochise and Star Trek Villain ‘Kang’

When Syrian immigrant Michael Ansara enrolled at Los Angeles City College in the early 1940s, his ambition was to become a doctor. But instead he found his true calling as an actor. Ansara, who died on July 31 at age 91 in Calabasas, Calif., may have been best known as Klingon commander Kang, the towering, intimidatingly deep-voiced leader of a band of swarthy, warlike extraterrestrials who confronted Capt. James Kirk (William Shatner) and the Starship Enterprise crew in “Day of …

It’s a Fact: We Watch Too Much TV

Remember 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?

They 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’

Girls, 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

As 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 …