• Paramount Pictures Promotional Spread in Motion Picture Herald, 1936Paramount Pictures Promotional Spread in Motion Picture Herald, 1936

    The Motion Picture Herald was an American film industry trade paper published from 1931 to December 1972. It was replaced by the QP Herald, which only lasted until May 1973.The paper's origins go further back two decades. In 1915, a Chicago printing company launched a film publication as a regional trade paper for exhibitors in the Midwest and known as Exhibitors Herald. Publisher Martin Quigley bought the paper and over the following two decades developed the Exhibitors Herald into an important American national trade paper for the US film industry.In 1917, Quigley acquired and merged another publication MOTOGRAPHY into his magazine. In 1927, he further acquired and merged the magazine The Moving Picture World and began publishing it as Exhibitors' Herald and Moving Picture World, which was later shortened to the more manageable title, Exhibitors' Herald World.After acquiring Motion Picture News in 1930, he merged these publications into the Motion Picture Herald.See more »

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  • ‘Grease’ What The Rydell High Students Are Up To Today‘Grease’ What The Rydell High Students Are Up To Today

    It has almost been 40 years since one of the greatest movie musicals, Grease, hit theaters. Let’s take a look back to when the film first released in 1978 and see what those Rydell High students have gotten up to these last few decades! JOHN TRAVOLTA  – DANNY Paramount Pictures/Getty Images Time has been kind to John Travolta’s career, but not his personal life or looks. Since Grease came out in 1978, Travolta has been insanely busy, some of his most notable works being Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, Sean Archer/Caster Troy in Face/Off, and when he donned a fat suit to play Edna Turnblad in Hairspray!. Most recently, he’s known for an epic mix-up of Idina Menzel‘s name at the 2014 Oscars and a lot of public speculation into his sexuality. His personal life aside, he’s currently on the new hit show American Crime Story and will voice Gummy Bear in Gummy Bear the Movie. OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN – SANDY Paramount Pictures/Facebook By the time Grease came out, Olivia Newton-John was already a well-known name. Since then, besides playing the most notable goody-goody, her music career blossomed, even more, having released 15 albums post-Grease, the most recent being the 2012This Christmas, which she sang on with John Travolta. In 2014 she had a residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas and in 2015 she was a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. LATEST UPDATE: Olivia Newton-John Battling Breast Cancer STOCKARD CHANNING – RIZZO Paramount Pictures/Getty Images Stockard has been putting in work since her days as Queen of the Pink Ladies, Rizzo. She was the First Lady on The West Wing, Aunt Frances in Practical Magic, and Ouisa Kittredge in Six Degrees of Separation (which earned her an Oscar nod). More recently she’s been Veronica Loy on The Good Wife. You can currently find her on the Broadway stage in It’s Only A Play, which opened in the fall of 2014 with her, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, and Matthew Broderick. BARRY PEARL – DOODY Paramount Pictures/Getty Images Unlike some of his co-stars, Barry Pearl’s career did not really take off after Grease. However, he did find some success in children’s theater and as a television actor, playing Professor Tinkerputt in Barney’s Imagination Island. He’s had guest spots on Even Stevens, Baywatch, Criminal Minds, and House, M.D. Most recently, he was part of the series Summer with Cimorelli. MICHAEL TUCCI – SONNY Paramount Pictures/Getty Images Tucci found a lot of work on TV after Grease. He was on Trapper John M.D.,  The Paper Chase, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Flying Blind, and had a long stint on Diagnosis Murder as Norman Briggs.  He played Dr. Bay in the 2001 film Blow with Johnny Depp. We saw him recently in The Heat and he will appear on the new show The Comedians, starring Josh Gad and Billy Crystal. KELLY WARD – PUTZIE Paramount Pictures/Getty Images Until 2015, Kelly Ward hadn’t been in front of a camera since 1986. But he been busy, working behind the scenes, beginning as a story editor and working his way up to dialogue director on several different productions over the years, such as: Back to the Future the TV series, The Pink Panther the TV series, All Dogs Go To Heaven, and more recently Jake and the Neverland Pirates. This year he was on the show 7D. Click “NEXT” to see what the “Beauty School Dropout” looks like and the members that are sadly, no longer here (RIP) The post ‘Grease’ What The Rydell High Students Are Up To Today appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • This Photographer Shoots Pictures Of Animal Brothers From Other Mothers And It’s Too Cute!This Photographer Shoots Pictures Of Animal Brothers From Other Mothers And It’s Too Cute!

    Warren Photographic, a UK based image library, is well known in England for its spectacular work on pet photography. This time, however, they have stepped it up to another notch. Warren Photographic have recently released a photo album featuring animal brothers from other mothers! Be it cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, or dogs, they all seem related to each other in this adorable image gallery. The man who made this album for Warren Photographic, Mark Taylor, says that the idea for this particular photo album came from his mother. She was the inspiration for finding and photographing matching animals, he says. A friend of Mark’s even tried it with her dwarf bunny and seal-point Birman kitten. Mark says that he has just continued her work. And while training the animals to stay in one place for the shoot has been rather difficult, Mark says he receives great help from his assistant, who according to him is great around animals. The assistant trains the animals and stops them from walking off the sets. She is incredibly good with animals, Mark says. These photos have a very powerful message too. It’s the things that unite us that matter, that should matter. Not the things that divide us. 1. A Guinea For Your Thoughts warrenphotographic 2. My Brother From Another Mother warrenphotographic 3. Sleeping On Bun warrenphotographic  4. Perfectly Paired Pals   warrenphotographic 5. Hammy Back Pack warrenphotographic 6. Sleeping In Black And White warrenphotographic 7. Bambi And Thumper warrenphotographic 8. Yorkshire Fluff warrenphotographic  9. Bunny Love   warrenphotographic 10. Squirrel Kiss warrenphotographic The post This Photographer Shoots Pictures Of Animal Brothers From Other Mothers And It’s Too Cute! appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • What ‘The Cosby Show’ Kids Look Like TodayWhat ‘The Cosby Show’ Kids Look Like Today

    At the height of its popularity, The Cosby Show proved to be a cultural touchstone — a series of characters so relatable that their likability was practically universal. For eight years, fans watched as the Huxtable kids (and a few of their friends) grew up before our eyes. It was impossible not to feel like part of the family, and therefore impossible now not to wonder where the not-so-young-anymore cast is today. While they didn’t all go on to recapture the glory of their Huxtable days, the stars have enjoyed an impressive measure of success. From talk show gigs to HBO cameos, here’s what the Cosby kids have been up to lately. Sabrina Le Beauf (Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux) Sabrina Le Beauf took a step out of the Hollywood spotlight following her years playing eldest daughter Sondra on The Cosby Show. Le Beauf has focused her energy instead on the stage, appearing in productions on and off Broadway, such as Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore. She didn’t entirely extricate herself from The Cosby Show fanfare, though. From 2004 to 2005, she voiced the character of Norma Bindlebeep on Fatherhood, an animated series loosely based on the Cosby family. Her last credited screen acting role was in the 2009 thriller The Stalker Within. These days, Le Beauf lives in Maui, Hawaii and documents her easy, breezy days on the island via her Twitter feed. imgur.com Lisa Bonet (Denise Huxtable) Was there any teenager in America who wasn’t enamored with Lisa Bonet during her Cosby Show tenure? As Denise, Bonet secured her spot as the free-spirited, wild child of the family. And she’s still giving off that vibe in real life. At the tender age of 20, she eloped with rocker Lenny Kravitz and had daughter Zoe (who currently stars in the HBO series Big Little Lies). The couple later split but remained friends. In 2007, Bonet married fellow actor Jason Momoa and went on to have two children with him. She has since starred alongside her similarly free-spirited husband in the 2014 TV series The Red Road and 2014 film Road to Paloma. “I always wanted to work with her. She is my dream woman, so… me and Robert [Homer Mollohan, co-writer] wrote it for her,” Momoa told Huff Post Live of casting Bonet in Road to Paloma, adding, “That’s why I became a movie star… so I could meet her.” Bonet has enjoyed other occasional roles over the years. Most notably, Bonet enjoyed a recurring role on the hit series Ray Donovan with Liev Schrieber. Bonet told Indiewire she was honored to have the experience, even if she doesn’t really watch the show. “Raising two wild beautiful rascals, we limit our intake of media,” she explained. “I know that Ray Donovan has a loyal following, and it was a real privilege to take the words of talented writers and bring them to life.” imgur.com Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo Huxtable) As Theo Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner deeply endeared himself to audiences and even earned a Primetime Emmy nod. Fun fact? While still playing Theo, Warner began dabbling in directing. “I started out directing, early on, on Cosby,” Warner said on The Rich Eisen Show, revealing, “I was 18. At the time, I was the youngest director in the DGA [Director’s Guild of America].” Today, Warner has ten directing credits under his belt. He isn’t doing too shabby in the acting department either, currently enjoying a recurring role on The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce as Barbara’s love interest, an interior design guru by the name of Darrell. “I think anybody who works with Malcolm, the first thing they go, ‘Holy cow! I’m working with Theo!’ because that was part of my childhood,” Warner’s co-star Retta, who plays Barbara, shared with The Daily Dish. Warner is additionally starring in the Kyra Sedgwick-fronted mini-series Ten Days in the Valley, on Suits as Julius Rowe, and has a comedy pilot called Olive Forever in the pipeline. Outside of acting and directing, Warner is also a talented musician. Recently, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by performing alongside jazz legend Herbie Hancock to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. In his personal life, Warner became a dad in 2017 and often gushes over his daughter on social media. imgur.com Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa Huxtable) Tempestt Bledsoe played the third Huxtable daughter, Vanessa: a young girl full of fashion, dramatic flair, and — let’s face it — a bit of mischief. That playful personality certainly seems to carry over into real life, showing through in the roles Bledsoe has accepted since her time on The Cosby Show. Like, for example, the 2012 animated film ParaNorman, in which she voiced Sheriff Hooper. “The movie is so emotionally connective. I mean, it just makes you feel… like you can do anything, you can accomplish anything, that it’s okay to be a little bit different. So I’m in love,” she told SuperPopVIP during an interview. That same year also brought the role of a regular on the NBC series Guys with Kids. Bledsoe has dabbled in reality TV too, hosting the organization-oriented reality series Clean House for a year as well as appearing alongside longtime partner Darryl M. Bell on Househusbands of Hollywood. Impressively, Bledsoe managed to squeeze higher education into her busy schedule, graduating with a degree in finance from NYU’s highly respected Stern School of Business. She did this while filming The Cosby Show, no less. “I never intended to stop [acting],” she told Access Hollywood of attending college. “I really wanted to just experience something different that was going to be of real use to me and take me into a whole other realm.” imgur.com Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy Huxtable) Oh, Rudy, who could forget you? Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam was the plucky child star that brought this precocious Cosby kid to life — arguably so well that fans have trouble seeing her as anyone else, as her acting roles have been limited since her time as Rudy. Her career was composed mostly of bit parts and straight-to-video movies until she scored the role of Miranda Payne in House of Payne from 2007 until 2012. She continues to act but also devotes a good portion of her time to outside endeavors such as her podcast, Kandidly Keshia, and her non-profit group for empowering young girls, Kamp Kizzy. Sadly, Pulliam is still trying to work her way through her difficult 2016 divorce from former NFL player Ed Hartwell. The couple has one child together, a daughter named Ella Grace born in January of 2017. Of the messy split, Pulliam told Entertainment Tonight, “I am sad that one day my daughter will have to live and experience this. One thing I am not and never will be is anyone’s victim. It’s hard because this is the priority, and especially having a little girl, and the work that I do with women, and I know that I’m teaching her not by what I say, but what I do right now. This is her first lesson in womanhood. I want her to look back and always be proud. I need to give her the right lessons now.” The post What ‘The Cosby Show’ Kids Look Like Today appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • Guess The Movie Anagram: Christmas EditionGuess The Movie Anagram: Christmas Edition

    The holidays are upon us once again. What better way to celebrate than with a brain teaser? Trim the tree, fill the stockings, and play our movie game! What’s this movie? HINT The post Guess The Movie Anagram: Christmas Edition appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • Guess The Movie: AnagramGuess The Movie: Anagram

    Take a second and read over the anagram. This film was a huge success and is still popular today..it shouldn’t be too difficult right? HINT The post Guess The Movie: Anagram appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • Guess the Word?Guess the Word?

    Can you guess what’s the only word in English ending in the letters ‘MT’? Game: Guess the Word? GET HINT The post Guess the Word? appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • 24 Fun Food Facts That’ll Make You Hungry24 Fun Food Facts That’ll Make You Hungry

    You gotta be forkin’ kidding me. 1. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi all come from the same plant! Karaidel / Getty Images 2. Scientists can turn peanut butter into diamonds. Buzzfeed 3. When you eat figs, technically, you’re also eating wasps. Figs are pollinated by female wasps, who lose their wings in the process of pollination. The wasp has no way to get out of the fig and so they die inside, and then the fig’s enzymes break down and dissolve the wasp. Medical Daily 4. Pringles once had a lawsuit trying to prove that they weren’t really potato chips. giphy.com 5. Mountain Dew is mainly just orange juice. pepsicobeveragefacts.com 6. Potatoes are actually 80% water and 20% solid. Heikerau / Getty Images 7. Chimichanga literally means “thingamajig” in Spanish. Gmnicholas / Getty Images 8. The bananas we eat today are clones. Glasslanguage / Getty Images The post 24 Fun Food Facts That’ll Make You Hungry appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • Stunned Cops Pull Over Car With Enormous Christmas Tree Strapped To The RoofStunned Cops Pull Over Car With Enormous Christmas Tree Strapped To The Roof

    Police in a Massachusetts town is showing residents how not to transport their Christmas trees. Sudbury police posted a picture Friday of a vehicle with a large tree on top of it. Almost the entire car appears to be hidden. Police say an officer stopped the vehicle on Route 20 in the town, located about 25 miles (40 km) west of Boston. Sudbury, Massachusetts police posted a picture Friday of a vehicle with a large tree on top of it, covering almost the entire vehicle. (Daily Mail) Police on Facebook reminded people to transport holiday trees ‘responsibly.’ ‘Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly,’ police said on the Facebook post. ‘One of our Officer’s stopped this vehicle on Route 20 today!’ The post has over 600 reactions and more than 1,080 shares. Many commented that the scene looked similar to that from the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Daily Mail) Many commented that the scene looked similar to that from the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s unclear if the driver was cited. The department did not immediately respond to a request for additional details on Monday. It is also unknown just how big the tree was. (Source: Daily Mail) The post Stunned Cops Pull Over Car With Enormous Christmas Tree Strapped To The Roof appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • What to Do With Photos of a Late Loved One?What to Do With Photos of a Late Loved One?

    After the death of a loved one, the bereaved face painful “What do I do with …” decisions. What do I do with my spouse’s clothes? (Give them to friends? Relatives? Goodwill?) What do I do with my parents’ wedding china? (Store it for my kids? Sell it on eBay?)  What do I do with… The post What to Do With Photos of a Late Loved One? appeared first on Next Avenue.

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  • How to Celebrate the Holidays When a Parent Is in Senior HousingHow to Celebrate the Holidays When a Parent Is in Senior Housing

    (This article appeared previously on the website of A Place for Mom.) When you recall past holiday gatherings, maybe you can still see Mom stirring pots in the kitchen and baking cookies, or kids bounding out of bed and running into the living room at dawn. Perhaps you cherish memories of decorating the Christmas tree… The post How to Celebrate the Holidays When a Parent Is in Senior Housing appeared first on Next Avenue.

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  • 5 Ways to Give Better Holiday Gifts, According to Science5 Ways to Give Better Holiday Gifts, According to Science

    Spending money on other people makes us feel better than buying things for ourselves, according to studies in the burgeoning field of money and happiness. That ought to make the holiday season, in all its gift-giving glory, truly the most wonderful time of the year. But research shows that gift givers often get it wrong,… The post 5 Ways to Give Better Holiday Gifts, According to Science appeared first on Next Avenue.

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  • Why Big Medicare and Medicaid Cuts Are LikelyWhy Big Medicare and Medicaid Cuts Are Likely

    The widely expected passage of the tax reform bill will almost undoubtedly cause significant harm to Medicare. And provocative statements by President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declaring that “entitlement reform” will be next threatens Medicaid. Put these two together and, I think, one thing is clear: big Medicare and Medicaid cuts are coming.… The post Why Big Medicare and Medicaid Cuts Are Likely appeared first on Next Avenue.

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  • Veronica Lake: The Peek-a-Boo Girl of the 1940sVeronica Lake: The Peek-a-Boo Girl of the 1940s

    Born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman in the New York City borough of Brooklyn in 1922, American film, stage, and television actress Veronica Lake was well known for her peek-a-boo hairstyle. She won both popular and critical acclaim for her role in Sullivan's Travels and for femme fatale roles in film noirs with Alan Ladd during the 1940s.Lake's career had begun to decline by the late 1940s, in part due to her alcoholism. She made only one film in the 1950s but appeared in several guest-starring roles on television. She returned to the screen in 1966 with a role in the film Footsteps In the Snow, but the role failed to revitalize her career.Lake released her memoirs, Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake, in 1970. She used the money she made from the book to finance a low-budget horror film Flesh Feast. It was her final onscreen role.Lake died in July 1973 from hepatitis and acute kidney injury at the age of 50.These glamorous pictures that captured portrait of Veronica Lake in the 1940s.See more »

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  • Paula Spencer Scott is an Expert at the Caregiver Smile SummitPaula Spencer Scott is an Expert at the Caregiver Smile Summit

    Register now and have instant access to 53 interviews by 51 experts on all aspects of caregiving.  Paula Spencer Scott Promo from Anthony Cirillo on Vimeo. The post Paula Spencer Scott is an Expert at the Caregiver Smile Summit appeared first on The Aging Experience.

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  • How to get the most out of retirementHow to get the most out of retirement

    BoomerCafe.com How to get the most out of retirement How to get the most out of retirement! That is the goal of every baby boomer who’s retiring or retired. As many find out though, it’s more easily said than done. But author Sally Balch Hurme has written a piece for our friends at NextAvenue.org about doing just that: getting the most out of it. It is longer than BoomerCafé’s typical stories but what we figure is, it’s worth a long read since retirement lasts even longer. Some people approaching retirement may be asking with trepidation: What’s it going to be like? Others slide into retirement with the view that they’ll take a couple of months to relax and then see what happens. Somewhere between trepidation and lethargy may be your sweet spot, as I explain in my new book, Get the Most Out of Retirement: Checklist for Happiness, Health, Purpose, and Financial Security. The Best Thing About Retirement The best thing about retirement, I have found, is that for the first time in my life I’m in charge of my time. From kindergarten through college, from that first to that last job, my time and tasks have been governed by others. Now that I’m a couple of years into retirement, I decide what I’ll do and when I’ll do it. As liberating as this may sound, you still should be strategic in planning how you are going to spend the next couple of decades. Think about all the changes you made between ages 20 and 40: You probably got married (once or twice), moved several times and saw your children grow from infants to young adults. You had some exciting vacations and moments of heartbreak when things didn’t work out as planned. Through those early years, you set goals, made plans, had to readjust and most likely changed your mind about where you were headed. The years between ages 60 and 80 aren’t going to be that much different. You need goals, plans and the flexibility to adjust when circumstances change. Setting Retirement Goals and Staying Flexible Some of the key goals I set for myself: stay healthy, pursue my passions, be connected, keep talking, get organized and give back. Yours may be different. In planning for how you will spend your time, think strategically about how you want to spend each day. Choose to do fewer things you don’t like and more things that make your heart sing. Whenever you can, don’t say “Yes” when you want to say “No.” Keep in mind that you don’t have to accomplish everything you set out to do in that first year of retirement. Think of retirement as an adventure when you can try new things, meet new people and have a different schedule. Deliberately taking small steps down multiple paths is a way to try out something that’s new to you. It’s OK to take detours or explore byways that seem attractive as you transition through retirement. You can always come back to the familiar path if you want. Be flexible so you can adjust your sights when needed. The 5 P’s of Retirement One of the biggest mistakes people make when approaching retirement is not taking a close look at all their options. Preconceived notions of what retirement looks like — whether that might be “it’s going to be boring” or “it’s a rest-of-my-life vacation” — are roadblocks to creativity. The adventure called retirement is full of options regarding the 5 Ps: place, people, possibilities, purpose and passion. Choosing Where to Live in Retirement Retirement is one of those life events that many people use to think about whether they want to move. You might be considering relocating closer to your family (or farther away), to a senior community, to an age-in-place village, out to the mountains or near the water, away from the city or into an urban center, or just downsizing to a smaller home near where you now live. The options are limitless, but each takes planning to achieve and a reality check about what will meet the needs of everyone in your household. In the case of my husband and me, the old stone farmhouse in the county was charming when we bought it as a retirement place 15 years ago, but as the house aged and needed more maintenance, the two of us aged and needed maintenance, too. It eventually became apparent that fixing up the farmhouse was too much work, too far from services and too distant from family. Plan B is working great: We are now living close to family and health services in a little house that’s easy to care for. Planning Things Out With Your Spouse or Partner Another mistake some retirees make is failing to share retirement expectations with those around them. Remember: What you do in retirement affects everyone in your family and social circle. Is your spouse or partner on board with your plans? How will what you want to do change his or her life? New schedules, lifestyles and finances come into play that can alter each partner’s roles and responsibilities. My experience with expectations is probably typical. My husband was ready to retire 10 years before I was. I figured that was fine with me because I had a long “honey-do” list of things I wanted him to accomplish in his retirement. I put job slips in a bowl with the expectation that he would pick one out each morning and have it done by the time I came home. You can guess how that worked out! To my husband, retirement meant not having to do what others wanted him to do on a fixed schedule. My expectations and his plans did not mesh. When your priorities and your spouse or partner’s don’t mesh, negotiate. Compromise is a key way to avoid driving each other crazy. It’s also healthy for the relationship to make space in your days for “alone time” and “doing my own thing;” too much togetherness can be smothering. Coming Up With a New Identity in Retirement One of the biggest shocks about retirement is the loss of your work identity. Once that work paycheck stops, you have to come up with a new description of who you are. I’m still not sure what to say about who I am now. “Former employee” has no pizzazz. For me, “retired” says more about what I’m not doing, rather than who I am and what I am doing in my new life. In planning for, and living in, retirement, take stock of who you are and who you want to be. Many identities won’t change: spouse, parent, grandparent, friend, volunteer, person of faith. But now’s the chance to add to that identity with the changes in your new lifestyle: student, gardener, chef, golfer, traveler, caregiver or whatever your passion is. Preparing for Finances in Retirement As for finances, I can tell you that switching from saving for retirement to spending in retirement was a big adjustment for me. Not getting a regular paycheck means adjusting to new ways of paying for everyday expenses. Commuting and other work-related expenses may be behind you, but health insurance costs may go up. So, before you retire, it’s strategic to have a clear idea of which expenses you’ll need to cover and the cash flow you’ll have coming in. In my book, I have tips and checklists that I found helpful getting organized at the start of my retirement. They sure cut down on sleepless nights. Many people fear not having enough money for their desired retirement lifestyle. My advice: Pay down as much debt as possible before moving to a fixed retirement income. The more interest you accumulate on debt the more burdensome your debt becomes. Working in Retirement: Not an Oxymoron Going back to work part-time can be an option, too. Work in retirement is not an oxymoron. According to a 2013 Merrill Lynch retirement study, 71 percent of pre-retirees said they expect to work during their retirement years. Part-time employment, freelancing or consulting work may meet your needs. I scanned a website that lists local part-time job opportunities and found dozens of positions for bookkeepers, receptionists, library assistants, chain store associates and after-school counselors. My favorite: wine hospitality specialist at a local vineyard. You may be surprised at the options where you’ll live. The key to finding work you’ll enjoy in retirement seeking a fit between your gifts and interests and the world of opportunities out there. AARP has many books to help you find and get a job at the bookstore area of its website: AARP.org/bookstore. Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Retirement is one of those forks in the road of your life. When you come to this point, you’ll want to be prepared for whatever path lies ahead. © Twin Cities Public Television – 2017. 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  • Guess The Movie In 3 WordsGuess The Movie In 3 Words

    This movie is an American classic and reminded us to avoid “spaghetti arms” on the dance floor. Know what the movie is? HINT The post Guess The Movie In 3 Words appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • Lovely Pictures of a Family That Photographed Together on Christmas Days Every Year for Nearly Four DecadesLovely Pictures of a Family That Photographed Together on Christmas Days Every Year for Nearly Four Decades

    These pictures from LichtsinnFamily that captured lovely moments of the Lichtsinns' members who photographed together every year from 1955 to 1990.19551958195919601961See more »

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  • Photos of Vintage Bullet Bras Will Make You Question Fashion From The 40’s and 50’sPhotos of Vintage Bullet Bras Will Make You Question Fashion From The 40’s and 50’s

    If you’re familiar with fashion from the 1940s and 50s then you may already be familiar with the bullet bra. If not, you may be thinking that it’s some sort of weaponized fashion piece. While it is quite sharp looking, the bullet bra is not a weapon, it is actually a popular fashion trend from the ‘50s. It involved wearing a cone shaped bra, usually with a sweater over top and they were made famous by ‘the sweater girls’ which were various Hollywood actresses who adopted this style into their fashion. Madonna even took part in this trend wearing one designed by Jean Paul Gaultier during her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990. It certainly was a look, and these 8 photos of celebs rocking the bullet bra will make you think again about fashion from the 1950s.   1. You definitely don’t see many girls rocking this style anymore. Do you think it deserves to make a come back? gettyimage 2. It would be a good option for ladies who are looking for a natural boost. Several girls opt for push up bras and other methods, why not a bullet bra? gettyimage 3. These were revisited by modern day stars such as Katy Perry. She once wore a bra that sprayed whip cream and it was probably inspired by these guys. providr 4. These vintage photos are like a glimpse into a different world. Bullet bras were designed for ‘maximum projection’ and this was the time that underwire was starting to be used in the construction of bras. vintag.es Click on the ‘Next Page’ to see more bullet bras. The post Photos of Vintage Bullet Bras Will Make You Question Fashion From The 40’s and 50’s appeared first on Do You Remember?.

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  • Top Christmas Gifts: See How Popular These 1948 Best-Selling Christmas Gifts WereTop Christmas Gifts: See How Popular These 1948 Best-Selling Christmas Gifts Were

    Take a look at Macy’s best-selling holiday gifts of 1948—which LIFE compiled, along with the number of each item sold and at what price—and it's immediately apparent that things have changed since then.For starters, the gifts then skewed more toward the practical. Such everyday items as a pair of nylons or a ballpoint pen, the department store’s third- and fourth-highest-selling items that season, may ignite little excitement in today’s gift receiver, who has been conditioned to want little more than the latest Apple product. Second, there is a conspicuous absence of anything technological, whereas nearly seven decades later, more than two thirds of holiday shoppers plan to purchase electronics for their loved ones.Then again, the rise of personal technology was still decades away, as these were the days when fewer than 10% of households even had a TV set. Rather than instruments of entertainment, gift-givers wrapped up objects that were wearable or edible, and immediately usable: a pair of pajamas, a bottle of scotch or that perennial favorite, some sturdy slippers. Basic, to be sure—but sure to be put to frequent use.Handkerchief, 300,000, 33 cents apiece.Christmas card sets, 100,000, 47 cents a set.Nylons, 15 Denier, 77,000, $1.38 a pair.Ball-point pen, 60,000, 92 cents a pen.Men's blue shorts, 50,000, 69 cents a pair.See more »

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  • 6 Ways to Play With Your Grandchildren6 Ways to Play With Your Grandchildren

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  • How I Dress Up Now That I Am Over 50 (Actually 60)How I Dress Up Now That I Am Over 50 (Actually 60)

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  • A boomer’s warning: the climate change calamityA boomer’s warning: the climate change calamity

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  • The biggest baby boomer mistake I’m glad I didn’t makeThe biggest baby boomer mistake I’m glad I didn’t make

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Or looking into the dishwasher? Much easier to have the perfect colorful, polypropylene gadget. It’s just that with so many of them, you need more storage space. Kitchen cabinets! So many to choose from. Time to get online and go SHOPPING before Black Friday month is over. Then again, maybe not. Because it never really ends. Travel writer Nancy Petralia and her husband John are co-authors of Not In A Tuscan Villa. The post Boomers and Endless Holiday Sales appeared first on BoomerCafe.com.

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  • Will You Be A Distance Caregiver For Your Aging Parent?Will You Be A Distance Caregiver For Your Aging Parent?

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  • Op Art Collage BroochesOp Art Collage Brooches

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  • Boomers have seen war bring a lot of lossBoomers have seen war bring a lot of loss

    BoomerCafe.com Boomers have seen war bring a lot of loss Has it occurred to you that all four of our most recent presidents, including the current occupant of the Oval Office, are baby boomers? Remarkably in fact, all but Barack Obama are leading-edge baby boomers, now 71 years old. So is BoomerCafé co-founder and executive editor Greg Dobbs, who writes from Denver that in all our years on this earth, baby boomers have seen a lot of war, but we haven’t always learned from it. From one leading-edge baby boomer to another: President Trump, you’re wrong. You told our troops on Thanksgiving Day that we’re winning. But while I wish we were, we’re not. Not in Afghanistan, not against ISIS. At best we’re just not losing, but we are bleeding, and that’s hardly a winning formula. All your ebullient optimism and empty assertions won’t change that. War in Afghanistan And there’s a valid reason why we’re not winning. It’s a lesson I learned covering wars around the world and first saw covering the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In fact it’s a lesson we should have absorbed even earlier in Vietnam: if you take a fight to someone else’s neighborhood, the odds are stacked against you. Especially when the people you’re fighting have tolerated pain and privation all their lives. When I saw Afghan men playing polo with the head of an enemy, I began to learn that lesson. When I saw Afghan mujahideen on mule trains dodging Soviet helicopter gunships, I knew it was true. We might sometimes knock them down, but they have the perseverance to bounce back up and hurt us again. President Trump, born as you and I both were right after the end of World War II, we’ve each seen what I’m talking about, from a distance if not firsthand. And you ought to remember a thing or two about our nation’s leaders telling us we’re winning. And about the toll it takes when it’s a lie. The Vietnam War During the eight years we fought in Vietnam, from the mid-1960s to the mid-70s, first President Johnson, then President Nixon, told us we were winning … except we weren’t. We spent a treasure trove of American lives and a treasure chest of America’s fortune but Vietnam still went to the Communists. After we invaded Iraq in 2003 we were told we were winning … except we weren’t. Remember President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished?” Trouble is, it wasn’t, and we went on to throw more American money and more American lives into a mess of a democracy, a “winner-take-all” system that left the losers to be manipulated into the mortal menace called ISIS. Thumbs up but not all accomplished: President Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003. And still, we’re in Afghanistan. It’s Year 17 now, our nation’s longest war — twice as long as Vietnam, nearly three times as long as WW2, four times as long as the Civil War. You told our troops, “We’re really winning.” Except we aren’t. Unless this is what “winning” looks like: according to our own government’s most recent report, the Afghan regime that we support controls only 57% of the country’s geography. If that doesn’t sound bad enough, it’s down from 72% a year earlier. By all accounts that aren’t biased toward White House policy, Afghanistan is a stalemate. Why? Because fighting us on their turf, the Taliban are unremittingly resurgent. And they’re no longer the only terrorist threat roaming Afghan real estate. Al Qaeda has taken territory; ISIS has moved in. All of which is ironic because, if you remember the reasoning behind our invasion of Afghanistan in the first place, it was to rout the terrorists who attacked us on September 11th. It was to deprive them of that safe haven. Greg Dobbs Big deal. These days, those terrorist groups, and their affiliates and their wannabes, have safe havens in more than two dozen nations. Safe havens in which they live and train and plot against us and our allies. You also told the troops in your Thanksgiving calls, Mr. President, “They say we’ve made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration.” Sorry, but more than 300 innocent Egyptians, slaughtered in the Sinai the day after Thanksgiving by barbarians with ISIS banners, might put the lie to that. In a way though, it’s not your fault. You’re merely following in the footsteps of presidents before you. Like them, you fail to heed the well worn adage that says, Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. And the ever-present threats from terrorists. We cannot and should not put our heads in the sand. But we cannot and should not say we’re winning when we’re not. The post Boomers have seen war bring a lot of loss appeared first on BoomerCafe.com.

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It’s the Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard. The paper was founded in 1846. And, despite the paper’s relatively small size — a staff of 30 and weekly circulation of 12,000 — it has a reputation that’s both legendary and respected in the newspaper industry. The house, now owned by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, was built in the 1760s by Benjamin Smith, a militia captain in the Revolutionary War. Home to the Gazette since 1938, the building still retains eight original fireplace mantels and brick hearths, wide pine flooring, and wainscoting trim on the walls. The Vineyard Gazette In 2010, Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg, longtime seasonal island residents and quiet philanthropists, bought the newspaper with the stated goal of preserving its high standards of community journalism into the future. The Kohlbergs hired Jane Seagrave, an Associated Press executive in New York, as its publisher in 2011. Jane Seagrave, publisher of the Vineyard Gazette. Seagrave — who was born right in the middle of the boomer generation — told me she had been looking at what the next step in her career would be. She was thinking long term— beyond her demanding responsibilities at the AP. She had a tough commute from her home in Philadelphia where her husband was a university journalism professor. “In newspaper circles it’s (the Gazette) legendary. The idea of joining it was a fantasy, a dream come true,” Seagrave told me. Besides, she had grown up in New England, a region that is “part of my soul.” Everything about the job at the Gazette appealed to her. She and her husband visited Edgartown in the cold of January … walked down a quiet street with its historic houses, gas lights, snow on the ground … and, they had the same reaction. It was a perfect place for the next chapter in their lives. “What’s happened to the news media in America and what news outlets can be trusted?” I asked. Seagrave’s response was clear, incisive, and reflected a veteran in journalism. “It’s kind of a terrifying time in media. The democratization of distribution channels though the internet has allowed anyone to say anything and for it to be spread around without regard to its factual basis … and that’s a huge problem. “You are in a better situation at a local newspaper where you are probably running into the people you report on at the grocery store. I would like to say I would never have come here if it were not on an island, off the mainland, and with a tradition of respect for the media, a lot of people who care very deeply about quality, literature, and writing. Our (Martha’s Vineyard) audience is unusual that way. “I think community newspapers will endure because they have to be responsive to the community. And you hear about it if what you are reporting is wrong or unfair or selective. You hear about it instantly. “It is a challenge … some of the things happening at other newspapers is happening to us. Advertising is moving out of newspapers. People seem to be getting their information on Facebook. There are a number of trends that affect us. We’ve held on because we do have a community of readers and advertisers to support us, partly because we’ve been here for many years but we also spend a lot of time giving back to the community in other ways. Sponsoring events, having open forums, things that are important to the community,” Seagrave said. Jane Seagrave holding a rolled newspaper and accompanied by some of the Gazette staff during a holiday parade. The Gazette is a weekly newspaper. The 45-year-old Goss newspaper press, located in a garage structure connected to the 250-year-old house, rumbles into action every Thursday night. And Jane Seagrave is there with her staff to see another edition of the Vineyard Gazette come to life. “Few newspapers still have a press on site, and I feel so lucky that the entire production of the paper begins and ends here, because you can really see the product of everyone’s work.” “It’s part of what we do — we are employing people to print the paper, to deliver the paper, to report the news … we are an integral part of the community. So, watching the paper come off the press is sort of a coup de grâce of doing good work … sort of an exclamation point that I didn’t have at the AP.” Seagrave has found that publishing the Vineyard Gazette is her ideal career-capper. It’s like being the conductor of a small orchestra with two of every instrument with every personality type doing many things, she told me. I came away admiring Seagrave’s good fortune at this stage of her life … to depart from the rat race of the big city and take over the helm of a famed journalistic enterprise located on one of America’s most beautiful islands. That’s called baby boomer good fortune in my book. [Editor’s note: The Vineyard Gazette’s website is updated several times each day, and a terrific read.] The post Journalism that’s still alive and well appeared first on BoomerCafe.com.

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  • A boomer’s recollection as a polio pioneerA boomer’s recollection as a polio pioneer

    BoomerCafe.com A boomer’s recollection as a polio pioneer We were intrigued here at BoomerCafé the other day when we got a note from baby boomer Lucy Iscaro of White Plains, New York. She wrote, “No one likes getting jabbed by needles but back in the second grade I had scores of companions, all of us quaking together.” What she was talking about was her experience of being one of the hapless kids the press at the time called Polio Pioneers. Well, she wasn’t alone. Some of us were right there with her. As Lucy says, it was another time, another vaccine. As I rolled up my sleeve for the annual flu innoculation last week, the child inside me started to sweat. I was sweating because I remembered another time, another dreaded disease, and another vaccine. It was an ordinary day at P.S. 162 in Queens, New York. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and were guided through our typical round of round-robin reading. We ate graham crackers and drank warm milk at snack time. What turned ordinary into extraordinary was that at the end of the day we were handed important-looking envelopes to bring home to our parents. After dinner my father read the mimeographed letter aloud. I didn’t understand it all but I overheard the words “Salk” and “polio” as he reassured my mother, “They wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t safe.” It was a consent form to allow me to be part of a medical trial. Dr. Jonas Salk’s new anti-polio vaccine was to be administered in my school. Dr. Jonas Salk I knew all about polio. There were often warnings in the news for children to stay out of crowds and avoid getting chilled or over-tired. I had seen photos of brave little children, their faces just visible through the opening of a metal cylinder. My breath caught up short, just thinking of being trapped in that iron prison. I wanted to be spared polio. Yet as much as I didn’t want polio, I was petrified of getting a shot. Against my wishes, my pleas, my tearful begging, my parents enlisted my arm in the battle against the dreaded disease. Then, soon after I was involuntarily volunteered, I was called out of class to join a shaky line going up two floors to the gym. We snaked past the principal’s office and climbed the stairs. The gym had been transformed into a medical clinic. Nurses in their stiff white uniforms and origami caps stood at long tables. A few doctors wearing long white coats walked around with clipboards. They wore friendly grins that fooled no one. Helpless terror moved down the line as we looked towards the children whose arms were already being prepped. The smell of the alcohol swabs, or was it just the smell of fear, was dizzying. We looked at each other while whispered rumors drifted down the line. The needle is as big as a ruler and when they put it in you, blood comes out. Bobby fainted, his Mom had to come. Judy wet her pants. Lucy Iscaro with her father back in the days of the polio scare. But there was no escape. I was propelled forward and my arm was gripped firmly. I remember the stab of the needle and my immense relief as I marched away on rubbery legs. Despite the tears running down my face I was victorious. I hadn’t screamed … nor wet my pants. As an adult I’ve read that 1.3 million children were innoculated with the Salk vaccine in the double-blind test in 1954. Back then I had no understanding of the fact that I was part of a large-scale test of a new vaccine. The only test I understood was the test of my newborn courage. The post A boomer’s recollection as a polio pioneer appeared first on BoomerCafe.com.

    BoomerCafe / 16 d. 16 h. 35 min. ago more
  • Leave The Leaves Alone, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:46amLeave The Leaves Alone, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:46am

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  • Best wishes on ThanksgivingBest wishes on Thanksgiving

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  • 12 Tips For Holiday Family Harmony12 Tips For Holiday Family Harmony

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    Carolyn Rosenblatt - Aging Parents / 21 d. 16 h. 31 min. ago
  • A Good Week Of Retirement, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:50amA Good Week Of Retirement, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:50am

    Prepare to have the socks bored right off your feet. Lately I’ve been considering the idea of a Good Week. As someone who is wired by goals and plans and achievement, as I’ve said before, retirement poses a conundrum. Very little of what I do is big enough to need my full machine. Revving up just to, say, take used hangers to the dry cleaners/return library books/get to a yoga class generates enough adrenaline to negate the yoga. Seems dumb. Retirement is a privilege. I want to organize my time so that at the end of a week I can look back and say, “That was a Good Week.” I need that sense of pride in accomplishment. I mean, I work on the zen and all that but the neural paths of 61 years do not surrender overnight. So here’s what constitutes a Good Week, for me. It’s too hard to cram my scale of need to accomplish into one day but a week I can do. A Good Week Of Retirement First I had to understand my priorities. Old habits just don’t die. Anything important that my kids need (note, requests for new skin cream or Danko clogs fun though they are qualify as recreation and therefore cannot be allowed to bump other stuff further down the list) Taking care of my husband – dinners, errands, driving, life Time-critical administrative stuff like our bills, house repairs, Mom’s bills, Mom’s income, etc. Saturday blog post Amusing myself with social media, television and books, staring out the windows  (I wish I needed this less but if I’m honest, and ranking things by the role they play in my life, this is the truth) My own health Weight management (decades of practice, ingrained) Saturated fat minimization (new, wow I miss carnitas) Sugar moderation (fine, fine, fine) Alcohol moderation (ongoing project, lifelong, I imagine) Vegetable and fruit maximization (all the crunching, so tiring!) Exercise/movement, yoga, walking, gardening, or very active house cleaning, 5-6 days/week (trying to increase this by putting a treadmill in the garage) Physical therapy for an old twisted hip, sustained while giving birth to my son (new effort, quite revealing, amazing what we store in our hips) Trying not to exit this world without having completed a substantive creative effort, AKA long form writing (crosses fingers, pleads with the evil eye to move on, promises to be good) Contributing to social welfare (school volunteering) Keeping house and home from falling through the cracks –  gardening, cleaning, clearing out closets, painting bookcases (yes, I finally finished the bookcase and will eventually tell the story which is a good one about laughing when things turn out kind of ugly and maybe also about creating, not sure yet) You smart people will notice I am pretty far down on my own list. That is OK. To a point, I nurture myself by caring for others, I am not in the least selfless. I do have to watch I don’t take it too far. To keep track of these earth-shattering thoughts, I use yellow lined pads – listing the week’s to-do candidates in categories at the top, a plan to implement day-by-day below. At the moment, categories are as follows. I will spare you my day-to-day – suffice it to say I crossed off  ‘get in touch with the roofer” last week. Home (currently needing a new rubber thingie for the drain in the kitchen sink the name of which I do not know) Mom Treadmill (I find I hate neighborhood walks these days before I get so bored, if this is to happen I have to elevate a task to the level of a category, because, next I have to CLEAN BOXES OUT OF THE GARAGE AAAARGH) Garden (currently coveting a coffeeberry for the back yard and scarlet penstemon for the front) Blog (hello!, waves at you guys) Long Form (oh man the outlining! The research!) School (this is my volunteering, cut back to one day a week to try and make space for above Long Form) Yoga (Ha! The only to-do is to remind myself to go twice a week. But I think the irony of yoga on a to-do list pretty much says it all) Health (To-dos here have been doctor appointments, catching up on all I let slip while focused on Mom’s health, catching up to being 61. And yes, I am losing some hearing in my left ear. On the other hand, eating less meat does lower cholesterol. You lose some, you win some.) So inelegant, but every time I aim for elegance I throw it out. All well and good. And then, recently, I had two epiphanies. One must always number list one’s epiphanies, ain’t that right? From a phone call with my best friend who lives in New Jersey, I need to plan an entire day each week without a single to-do. Not to say I will in fact do nothing, but for my adrenaline levels, I need essentially to fake a weekend experience, to allow myself to absolutely as I please for 12 hours. I suppose I am faking a workweek the rest of the time. This, while making the bed, some days will be bad no matter how well I have conceptualized and implemented my week’s plan. The world is in a tough spot right now. I am not able to go about my privileged life without fear for those at risk. Also, being alive is vast and body chemistry is what it is. When I cross off all the things on my list I get the Good Week thrill. I love it. Then I tear off that piece of paper and rewrite. Seems picayune, but we are who we are and best to just get on with it. There. I am sorry for having bored you, I hope you can retrieve your socks from wherever they have flown to, fuzzy sock ears covered. Materfamilias has a much lovelier version of taking stock, here. I tend to use the feeling in my gut as my stock-taker, and right now it’s good. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Life is a gift. A sense of humor on the other hand, the secret weapon.    

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