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Featured Essay: At Fifty by Allison Green

OuterVoicesAMAZONThe following is among the 16 essays, personal reflections and short stories from the recent collection, Outer Voices Inner Lives.

By Allison Green

We have entered the last half of our lives. Our friends are old enough to die of old diseases. We grew up with little knowledge of death. Our mother died young. Our first lover died of epilepsy. The only ones we knew who died were relatives in dark, curtain-drawn places with pretty teacups we weren’t allowed to touch and plates of cookies we weren’t allowed to plunder. There was a boy in high school who died drag-racing, but we had to look him up in the yearbook to see who he was.

We spent our youth trying things on. We were singers in the high school musical, poets in cafes, street musicians on the Ave. We were girlfriends, best friends, spurned friends, untrusted, and trustworthy friends. We feathered, shagged, and wedged our hair. We drew green eye shadow above our eyebrows, wore bubble-gum flavored lip gloss, refused to wear lipstick, wore too much lipstick. We wore togas to Latin club, memorized lines, mostly won at chess. We marched against the draft. We had sex, didn’t have sex, had everything but sex. We went to our first concert; it was at the Kingdome with 16,000 people. We went to an all-ages disco. We were asked to sit down after dancing with a girl. This isn’t that kind of place, they said.

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Author and Activist Sue Katz Joins the Aged to Perfection Podcast

Lillians Last Affair and other stories cover jpgJoin me as I welcome author, activist, wordsmith and rebel Sue Katz back to the podcast. Her new short story collection, Lillian’s Last Affair, is available now and it’s one of the things we talk about. We also chat about her recent essay here, From Baby Butch to Curmudgeon, which garnered a lot of reactions and circulation, becoming one of the most widely discussed posts at lgbtSr. I’m excited to have Sue on again and talk about her book, issues dear to her, and her thought-provoking perspectives.

Sue is a wordsmith and rebel who has lived and worked on three continents: first as a martial arts master, then promoting transnational volunteering, and currently teaching fitness and dance to seniors and elders. Katz is an experienced and popular public speaker and event M.C. – as well as a lifelong activist who was in on the ground floor of both the women’s and gay liberation movements. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in anthologies, magazines, and online. She writes on a range of topics, not the least aging and sexualities. Lillian’s Last Affair was a three-year labor of love. She now lives in Arlington, MA. You can reach her at: sue.katz AT yahoo.com.

100 Things You Can Do After You Retire

Dave HughesBy Dave Hughes, RetireFabulously.com

After you retire, what will you do with all of your new-found time?

Are you concerned that you’ll be bored?

I’ve heard many people say they don’t want to retire and they would rather keep working, because they have no idea what they would do with all that leisure time.

This is totally foreign to me. I never seem to find enough time to do everything I want to do.

This list can help you visualize everything that your retirement can be, and convince you to look forward to your retirement more positively, which should motivate you to plan and save more. If you’re already retired, this should re-energize you. It is by no means a complete list, but it should provide some good starting points for brainstorming and possibility thinking.

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The Savvy Senior: Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

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By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I’m wondering if he should be checked out.
Concerned Spouse

Dear Concerned,
According to recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force – an independent panel of medical experts that advises the government on health policies – if your husband is between the ages of 55 and 80, is a current smoker or quit within the last 15 years, and has a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years, he’s at high risk for lung cancer and should talk to his doctor about getting screened.

Pack years are determined by multiplying the number of packs he smoked daily by the number of years he smoked.

You’ll also be happy to know that lung cancer screenings – which are recommended annually to those at risk – will be covered by all private health insurance plans starting in 2015, and Medicare is expected to begin coverage this February or March. The Medicare screening, however, will only cover high-risk beneficiaries through age 74.

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6 Days Left Till the Kindle Fire Giveaway!

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Only 6 days left till the Kindle Fire HD7 Giveaway! Also known as Christmas …. Here’s the original post:

Big plans for lgbtSr in the new year! You can help us grow and have a chance at winning a Kindle Fire HD7 for Christmas (or, if you prefer, the holidays) by simply email subscribing to the site.

Yes, this is for email subscribers only. Growth is important. Growth keeps me getting up before the rooster crows to bring you all the things you find here. We’ve hit our 200 email subscriber mark and I’d love to end 2015 with twice that.

On December 25th I’ll randomly select an email subscriber from our list, make sure they’re aware they’ve won, and very quickly send them a new Kindle Fire HD7. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is only to grow our subscriber list. Nothing else. No data mining, no advertising, nothing nefarious with your email addresses that remain strictly confidential. Just growing our community.

So … simply email subscribe with the Subscription widget in the right hand column. You’ll immediately receive an email from Feedburner, the service that puts out our content to subscribers. Be sure to verify your email with the link they send! Then enjoy one email on any day we have new content. That’s 3 emails a week. And of course you can visit the site any time you’d like, we’re not going away.

Happy holidays to all, and thanks for another great year for lgbtSr!

Read All About It: A News Sampler from Around the Web

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CNN
When Life Hands You Anti-Gay Lemons…
Huffington Post
Gay group to march in Boston’s St Patrick’s Day parade for first time in 2015
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Officials: Stealing money from elderly a common abuse
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Martina Navratilova Marries Long-term Partner Julia Lemigov (video)

The couple wed on December 15. 

From the Daily Mail:

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has married her long-term partner Julia Lemigova in New York City.

The couple had a small private ceremony at the Peninsula hotel on Monday with Brooke Shields and Navratilova’s former tennis rival Chris Evert as their maids of honor.

The 58-year-old International Tennis Hall of Famer wore a white turtleneck top, white pants and a sparkling silver jacket, while former Russian beauty queen Lemigova, 42, wore a dark red dress and a black pinstripe jacket.

Library of Congress Selects ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘The Big Lebowski’ for Preservation

229-rosemarys-babyFrom the New York Times:

 You don’t have to pray for “Rosemary’s Baby,” or fear that your reverence for “The Big Lebowski” is just, like, your opinion man: the 1968 Roman Polanski thriller and Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 shaggy-dog comedy noir are two of the 25 movies that have been added to the National Film Registry this year, along with Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” Howard Hawks’s “Rio Bravo” and Arthur Penn’s “Little Big Man.”

The Library of Congress is to announce on Wednesday that it has selected these films for preservation to “protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history,” according to a statement from James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress. Other movies that were added to the registry this year include “House of Wax,” the 3-D horror film starring Vincent Price; the fantasy “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” with Gene Wilder; John Hughes’s comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” starring Matthew Broderick as the truant teenager of its title; and “The Power and the Glory,” which was the first produced screenplay of Preston Sturges.

 

New ‘Super-Earth’ Found by Kepler Spacecraft 180 Light-Years Away

keplerFrom the New York Times:

A year and a half after a pointing failure threatened to derail its epochal search for worlds beyond our solar system, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has bagged another planet, astronomers announced on Thursday.

The new planet is 20,000 miles in diameter, about two and a half times the size of Earth, and 12 times as massive, putting it into a category of planets called super-Earths that do not exist in our solar system. It is unlivable, circling a star slightly smaller than the Sun about 180 light-years from here in the constellation Pisces at the roasting distance of only 8.4 million miles, less than a tenth of the distance between us and our star.