11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, wrote about the same characters in an earlier book, which will be published in 2015. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Some common medications might be connected with a higher risk of dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. “Light” jogging helps you live longer, while running strenuously might not be better than no exercise at all. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. People over 65 might need a little less sleep than …

Harper Lee to Publish ‘New’ Novel in July

Oh happy day! On July 14, Harper Lee will release a second, newly discovered novel titled Go Set a Watchman. Now 88, the author is world-famous for her first — and, until now, only — book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Published in 1960, it won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The new novel will be published in North America by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. Said Lee in a statement …

This Week in Boomer History: Miranda Warning … Live Aid … NYC Blackout

Notable events from our shared experience Gloria Steinem delivers an “Address to the Women of America,” considered by many one of the century’s great speeches, on July 10, 1971. In it, she says: “Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles …

Favorite Flicks for Father’s Day

  Last year at this time, I invited you to sit down with your Dad for a great Father’s Day movie.  Folks seemed to enjoy my list of suggestions (below), but as they say on cable TV, “Wait! There’s More!” In the past year there have been some more-than-worthy additions to your Father’s Day Lineup (click on each title for our Movies for Grownups review): Trouble With the Curve Clint Eastwood seems to get grumpier with each successive movie-but that …

William Windom: An Actor’s Role Model

For every actor who achieves fame for a single, signature role in television or the movies, countless others ply their trade in relative anonymity for decades – those skilled, protean thespians who show up continually on the screen (big and/or small), prompting us to scratch our heads and try to remember where we’ve seen them before. And then there’s another, even rarer, category: actors such William Windom, who somehow managed to be both a major star and a character actor. …