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Aging, General

 2 records found

An Ode to Being Old by Brad Stulllberg / Outside

(December 4, 2021)
On the harder-to-measure benefits of age and experience…
Topics: Change Learning Optimal Aging Wellness Wisdom

'It is what it is' by Ken Potts

(September 15, 2019)
The truth behind the phrase…
Topics: Change Communication Language, Meaning Metaphors, Life Lessons Relationships


 1 record found

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? by Matt Soniak / Pocket

(December 11, 2021)
The absence of audio recording technology makes 'when' a tough question to answer. But there are some theories as to 'why'…
Topics: Change History Language, Meaning Trends


 2 records found

You Make Me Happy When Skies are Gray by Garrison Keillor

(January 1, 2022)
Welcome progress observed at my last visit to the dentist…
Topics: Change Contemplation, Insight COVID-19 Holidays Holiday Season Hopes & Dreams Humor New Year's

It's Time for Americans to Buy Less Stuff by Terry Nguyen / Vox

(October 29, 2021)
Thanks to the supply chain crisis, holiday shopping won't be easy this year—even if you buy early…
Topics: Advertising Change Cost of Living COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Ethics & Morality Financial Holidays Holiday Season Lifestyle, General Opportunity Social Issues Technology

Health & Wellness

 1 record found

Normal? by Leona Bergstrom

(September 3, 2021)
Anything but…
Topics: Change Coping COVID-19 Hopes & Dreams Learning Opportunity Optimal Aging Social Issues Stress Wellness


 2 records found

An Idea, Probably Wrong, but It is an Idea by Garrison Keillor

(November 10, 2022)
I’m not nostalgic for those days long passed, I simply feel that you young people need to know some history…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Change Contemplation, Insight Contentment, Satsifaction History Memories Social Movements Values

World War Eleven submitted by Charlie Matthews

(October 22, 2021)
A history lesson…
Topics: Change History Knowledge Social Issues Veterans War


 2 records found

United States of Diversity by Michael Barnone / Washington Examiner

(July 4, 2022)
The Founders and Dobbs…
Topics: Change Character, Integrity Diversity & Pluralism Government History Holidays July 4 (U.S. Independence Day) Racism and Inequality Social Issues

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Ten Commandments for Cultural Change by James N. Watkins

(January 18, 2016)
Celebrating the hope for cultural change that Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in word and deed…
Topics: Change Civility Faith History Holidays Hopes & Dreams Social Movements

Life Events

 13 records found

Burying Your One Great Life by Leona Bergstrom

(February 11, 2023)
A scene in the December 2022 movie "Puss in Boots: Last Wish" captures how many Boomers feel as they transition into retirement. Many feel they are burying their identity—their essence—their purpose…
Topics: Change Choices and Decision Making Lifestyle, General Media Movies Optimal Aging Planning Retirement

Even Old People Need to Explore New Realams by Garrison Keillor

(February 10, 2023)
I do not have a single friend who was looking forward to hearing Taylor Swift and who was furious at Ticketmaster for messing up her tour and watched carefully the congressional hearings into the whole Swiftian crisis. Nobody.…
Topics: Attitudes Change Choices and Decision Making Learning Optimal Aging Relationships

A Word to the Wise as Winter Approaches by Garrison Keillor

(October 20, 2022)
Cold weather stimulates the brain because survival is involved and the body wants to survive and when challenged it will do what is necessary, even think clearly…
Topics: Advice, Guidance & Mentoring Attitudes Change Optimal Aging Seasons

What if It Does and They Don't? by Garrison Keillor

(September 15, 2022)
Thoughts of rising sea levels, politics, and an ode to the pig whose mitral valve saved my life…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Change Health Care Nature Politics Science & Technology Social Issues

Listen to the Lonesome Whistle Blow, etc. by Garrison Keillor

(July 29, 2022)
I am in the process of packing up and leaving Minnesota where I’ve lived for most of eighty years, because…
Topics: Change Friends & Neighbnors Humor Memories

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News & Current Events

 3 records found

Where Are Those Christmas Presents? by Rebecca Heilweil / Vox

(December 18, 2021)
The history of the metal box that's wrecking the supply chain…
Topics: Business Change Christmas COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News History Holidays Holiday Season News Trends

No Revision Needed by George Garrison

(May 15, 2020)
Finding reliable information in the age of COVID-19…
Topics: Bible Change COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Media News Trust

Coronavirus: Revival or Revolution? by James N. Watkins

(May 8, 2020)
What will the crisis bring?…
Topics: Change COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Faith Future News Social Issues


 2 records found

So Much is Known but Mystery Remains by Garrison Keillor

(February 23, 2023)
We've learned something about privacy lately, namely that it doesn't exactly exist…
Topics: Change Computers (and other Digital devices) Social Issues Technology Trends

New Storm Rising by Richard Bergstrom

(October 2, 2021)
When the cold front of demographics meets the warm front of unrealized dreams…
Topics: Change Coping Demographics Trends