Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Remembering the wisdom of Mr. Micawber

When it’s too cold to be outside for longer than it takes to fill the birdfeeders and scatter cracked corn for the partridges, I bake a batch of cookies, perk a pot of coffee, and turn to Britbox, an online channel I subscribe to. It would probably make more sense if I started working on ...

Trump coming up on checkup

WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam on Friday as questions swirl about the health and fitness of the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. In advance, the 71-year-old president has pushed ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Lion’s Room, Clubhouse Aerobics, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10-10:30 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 ...

24 hours of anything is 24 hours too many

Regardless of the cable news channels I listen to, they all say the same thing. “24 hours of nonstop news” is the mantra I hear daily. What the announcers fail to mention is that within such a timeframe, the same news is repeated at least 24 times. There’s only so much stuff cable ...

Michigan retirement home orders European bike for residents

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (AP) — It’s been two decades since Jeanne Brown hopped on a bike. The retired Michigan State University child development professor said she has loved bikes since she was a kid. Now, she’s rolling again and declaring it fun. The return to her childhood joy is courtesy ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Lion’s Room, Clubhouse Aerobics, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10-10:30 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 ...

A jumble of thoughts as 2017 slips away

Melancholy is as much a part of me as my right arm. What would I do without my constant companion? Who would I turn to for comfort? Sometimes I stand in my yard and feel the wind upon my face. Regardless of the season it doesn’t take long before a few tears trickle down my cheeks. Salty ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: No Senior Dining GWINN: Senior Center closed ISHPEMING: Senior Center closed LOST CREEK: No Senior Dining MARQUETTE: Senior Center closed MUNISING: No Senior Dining NEGAUNEE: Senior Center closed SKANDIA: No Senior Dining TUESDAY GWINN: Senior Center closed HARVEY: ...

Nonprofit assisting low-income retirees in Washington’s King County

SEATTLE — Their first stop was Paul Alexander's place. He is 68, a retired bank-loan processor. By the federal poverty marker, Alexander is doing pretty well His monthly retirement math breaks down like this: Social Security, $1,800. Citibank pension, $359. That totals $2,159. His ...

Tale of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

The perfect Christmas tree is elusive. Does it really exist or is it only something we imagine? Something magical remembered from a book or a childhood corner of our mind where myth and reality merge and blur until we cannot tell one from the other? One thing is for sure. Our Christmas tree ...

The life of an olympian

HELSINKI — Torsten Liljeberg's handshake is solid, and he's fit as only a former Olympian can be. For those who don't know him, he could pass for someone in his 80s enjoying his retirement at his seaside home in Helsinki. Liljeberg is in fact 101 years old — a year older than his homeland ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: No Senior Dining GWINN: Senior Center closed ISHPEMING: Senior Center closed LOST CREEK: No Senior Dining MARQUETTE: Senior Center closed MUNISING: No Senior Dining NEGAUNEE: Senior Center closed SKANDIA: No Senior Dining TUESDAY GWINN: Senior Center ...

Just don’t ever give me a flaky pie crust

An old acquaintance from high school called me last week to say he was bored and wanted to chat with someone other than his dog. I wasn’t sure how to take his comment, but I laughed and said I knew what he meant. I get tired of talking to my empty rooms. At least Larry has a dog, but since ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Organization seeks volunteers

MARQUETTE — Since the creation of Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, the non-profit volunteer-based organization has helped thousands of isolated and lonely elders worldwide by providing life-long friendships, even reaching those in secluded areas like the Upper Peninsula of ...

Tragedy of Pearl Harbor continues with us

According to a variety of articles I’ve read, Pearl Harbor was just the catalyst President Roosevelt needed to enter World War II. Since that Dec. 7 “day of infamy” all those years ago, books, movies, and documentaries have flourished. In many cases, the focus has shifted from Pearl ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Bringing a gift to life

MARQUETTE — The love of a father was resurrected this holiday season through the creative efforts of his widow in the form of a children’s book. The book, “Flitterbick’s Gift,” is self-published through Lulu.com. Fae Stuart Presley lost her first husband Edward Stuart to cancer in ...

Looking beyond measuring tape, digital sales

Thanksgiving is only a memory but if you’re still feeling as stuffed as the bird, it’s time to talk turkey. Most women in our age bracket gain weight whether we eat a carrot or a seven course meal. It’s just an unalterable fact of growing older. Sure I know there are some lucky gals who ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...