Alejandra Owens

"Rules. A life without rules is exhausting and emotionally fraught."
2012-09-20 11.12.11
"What do you do to get the kids to like stuff like kale? Or radishes?" I asked. Ms. Denise immediately begins shaking her head in protest, with a huge grin on her face. "If they take the seed and plant it. If they grow it. If they see it every day while they're out on the playground. If they walk by and smell it. They will love eating it," she said.
This is a guest post by California-based writer Betsy Towner is a regular contributor to AARP Bulletin.
Cooling PPI
This is a guest post from Deb Whitman, AARP's Executive Vice President of Policy
Dana Jackson, 100, on her wedding day
This is a guest post from Mary C. Hickey from the AARP Media Content Team.
Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on, a Washington, DC news site that covers several popular neighborhoods in the city. Full disclosure, I contribute to Borderstan myself as a food writer and editor. When I saw this post from fellow contributor Scott Thompson, 29, it warmed my heart and just had to share it with you. I hope you love it as much as we did here! Thanks to Matt Rhoades and Luis Gomez, co-founders of the site, for granting us permission to republish excerpts. 
Mike Wallace was an institution in the news industry. He interviewed presidents, singers, mobsters and civil rights heroes. He needled them with a sophisticated coolness that only Wallace could. He infuriated some, charmed others and educated us all when we watched his interviews. CBS News' eulogy for Wallace points out that "when Wallace was born in 1918 there wasn't even a radio in most American homes, much less a TV." For 65 years of being in front of the camera, 40 with 60 Minutes, Wallace helped create what the evening news looked like. Some could call him a pioneer, while others may say he simply did the job he was born to do - with extraordinary passion and tenacity. Either way, we'll miss you on TV, Mike Wallace. It simply won't be the same. Photo Credit: Yahoo Images
This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act.
If you watched the news, or tried to Google something yesterday, you inevitably come across something about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). There was a black out - a form of protest that was started by, the social news website where users share links to interesting stories and content, and supported by Wikipedia. Websites quite literally shut down, they turned off the internet!! Not really, but the black out was a way of protesting Congress' proposed legislation to deal with copyright violations, an effort that has been largely driven by the entertainment industry.
This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act.
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