11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. A common food additive comes from scent glands located near a beaver’s butt. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The coldest known place in the universe (at 458 degrees below zero) is Boomerang Nebula, in the constellation Centaurus. (Learn more at Discovery) 3. Men really do look at women’s bodies more than their faces. But so do women. (Learn more at Fox News) 4. An Alabama man has been fighting to fulfill his late wife’s …

Ideas to Help in Your Community on 9/11 and Every Day

On Sept. 11, 2013, nearly two-thirds of AARP employees will not show up for work. Instead, they will be gardening, painting, reading to children, sorting and cleaning eyeglass donations, making toys and blankets for shelter animals, offering hygiene kits and friendly conversation to the local homeless, creating cards for sick children; visiting nursing home residents, removing toxic plants from the pastures of a therapeutic horseback riding program, and preparing and serving breakfast at a soup kitchen.  All of this “giving …

Ready for Retirement?

The following is a guest post by Sam Wilson – AARP Wisconsin State Director ARE YOU READY FOR RETIREMENT? AARP CAN HELP! WATCH AARP LIVE JULY 18, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV In my role as state director for AARP Wisconsin, I’ve learned that retirement means many things to many people, from volunteering to pursuing that dream career, traveling or just spending time gardening. At some point in our working lives, we will probably ask ourselves, “What’s next for me? …

Older Workers in Afghanistan

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Random Snacks of Kindness – Volunteering for Big Themes in Life

Hypothetical question: If a random stranger on the street approached you and offered a free cupcake – just because – would you take it? Greg Gano and Sarah Sellman from AmericanBearFilm.com, along with myself undertook that exact experiment in the beautiful city of Scranton, PA. The idea was to pass out “random snacks of kindness” while promoting a simple message — “be kind”. Of course, Greg and Sarah were no strangers to this type of experiment as they had already …

Building a Story – The Roles of Authors and Illustrators

Every story has a beginning, middle and end.  And in the details of that telling, we can be transported to times and places that fill us with a range of emotions – from wonder, hope and, mirth – to fear, sadness and dread.  And the best stories usually have a blend of both! My Experience Corps kids are currently engaged in “author studies.”  What you and I – if you’re a Gen Xer, boomer or older – used to call storytime!  …