Chill out!

Test for Seniors

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You may not have been one of the popular kids in high school or college. Popularity and being cool at that age was generally based on physical appearance, wealth, fashion, sports, the right friends, skills such as acting or singing or playing an instrument, or your family connections.

The standards for being popular once you pass the age of 70 are quite different. Slightly cool seniors can answer in the affirmative at least 10 of the following definitions of being cool. Somewhat cooler seniors can check off at least 15 of the following markers of being cool. …

My Advice: Take It or Leave It

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I’m not giving you advice because I think I know it all and want to tell you what to do. I am no authority, but I want to share with you three movies that I think will have an impact on you personally and on your worldview.

I must warn you that these movies are not the type of films you are most likely to watch or to perhaps have even heard of.

Each of these films, in part or in whole, are available free on You Tube, so I encourage you to…

Another Day Down the Drain

Time’s a wastin’

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To-day is thine to spend, but not to-morrow; Counting on morrows breedeth bankrupt sorrow: O squander not this breath that Heaven hath lent thee; Make not too sure another breath to borrow. Omar Khayyam

Another day wasted. Nothing accomplished toward your goals. Another day gone forever. We think we will do it when we have more time or when we are in the right situation or when we are inspired, but Omar Khayyam warns us not to count on tomorrow.

The fleeting passage of time is a major theme in the Rubaiyat.

Khayyam tells us:

Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring The Winter Garment of Repentance fling: The…

On Being Human

Our bodies, ourselves

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The body is a private thing. It belongs to us. We identify with our body and sense ourselves within it. Our body is us. We cannot separate who we are from our bodies. It is for this reason that humans are so concerned about their bodies. We want our bodies to appear attractive to others or, at least, to appear the way we want them to appear. We want control over our bodies.

We often fear the loss of our bodies in several ways: control over our own bodies, our physical privacy, our health and safety, even our very lives.

We want to be able to control how much of our bodies to reveal to others. Americans views the sight of the naked body…

Historical Evidence

Do not open until 2120

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How can we document this year and quite possibly The End of the World as We Know It?

In light of this momentous year, I propose that historians create a time capsule, sealed, and interred somewhere safe with a marker that says Do Not Open Until 2120. The trauma of 2020 needs time be distilled to be fully appreciated by humans in the future.

The events of this year will go down in history books, but history is the stories told most often by those in power and the occasional everyman who leaves behind some written documentation.

This year, with its many horrors, should be fully documented for posterity, supposing there is any…

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Women’s magazines influence women today much as they did in the 1950s and 1960s.

Women’s magazines today still offer advice on family, love, and relationships as much as they did in the past. Women’s roles in marital relationships is a long-standing favorite topic. The feature “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” survived for over fifty years in the Ladies Home Journal. Columns like this one prescribed the norms for women’s expectations for married life.

Editorial Assumptions

In the post-war era, editors of women’s magazines presumed their readers either were married or wished to be married. …

I think not

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When I think of the greatness of America, I think of World War II and America’s part in defeating the Germans. I think of the Space Race and America landing the first man on the moon.

I think of America’s contributions to the inventions of and improvements to modern necessities like the electric lightbulb, television, computers, and cell phones, medical advancements, and communications satellites.

I think of America in the 1930s when Social Security, a social insurance program, was established to pay retired workers a continuing income after retirement.

I think of America in the 1960s when…

Music with a Message

Soundtrack for a Revolution

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The images I have watched on the tv screen and computer screen in the past few months reminds me of the political atmosphere of the 1960s. The protests, violence against the protests, arrests of the protesters, calls for Civil Rights and the end of violence against Black Americans, the KKK, the government stepping in, suppression of Black voters, debates on tv for and against the protests.

In addition to the usual problems of the 60s is a new layer of danger from the Coronavirus and open carry and armed and dangerous white supremacists, amid calls for…

HUMOR

So I wrote this article

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I’ve been meaning to write this article ever since March 2014, but some things came up: things like Netflix, books I wanted to read, dumb video games I’ve played to help me space out, napping, shopping on Amazon and Chewy.com, and a million other priorities like rearranging things in my closet.

I made a to do list and writing this article was on it…way up at the top.

I intended to do it. I planned to do it, but it kept getting pushed out into the near future when my brain would be functional again, but that just hasn’t happened yet. …

Poe and The Black Cat

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If you’ve never read Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Black Cat,” I highly recommend it.

Although this story is not as well known as “The Tell Tale Heart” or “The Pit and the Pendulum,” it shows that Poe knew the dark heart of mankind intimately. He demonstrates how man is capable of great evil just as easily as he is capable of great good. This unsavory truth is something that most of us would prefer not to acknowledge.

Whether at work or in your personal life when you do something wrong, especially if it hurts others, do you admit…

Laura Mohsene

Reader, Writer, Critical Thinker. lalemoh04@gmail.com

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