Targeting In On a Tough-to-Get Christmas Gift

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It’s a Christmas-season problem that families all over America have probably experienced at one time or another. But this year it involved our niece Tara, which, of course, meant it also involved her favorite Aunt Judy, who just happens to be my wife of 43 years. Ergo, I also got sucked in.

Tara’s two youngest daughters wanted what is this year’s most difficult holiday item to find (which, because of Santa involvement and the possibility of lawsuits, I will only identify here as Match-ibles).

Apparently, according to Money magazine, these are interactive stuffed animals that a child gets to help hatch from an egg and then teach to walk, talk, and play.

They cost between $60 and $70 in stores. But that is where the problem comes in. You see this season’s must-have toy is virtually sold out in stores and on major retailer websites.

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Should You Hang Up Your Jeans at 53? The Jean Jeanie Says ‘No Way’

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

It’s a good thing I’m not a dedicated follower of fashion advice or I would probably be feeling really badly about wasting $40 last week.

Realizing that a new season was here and not having bought any jeans for more than two years, I decided to pick up two pairs at Target last week.

Only hours after I got home, I found out from a Facebook post that I had engaged in a new fashion faux pas.

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For Baby Boomers, the Stairways to Heaven Are Changing

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

When it comes to funerals, many Baby Boomers are literally thinking outside the box.

Of course, that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Those born between 1946 and 1964 have been constantly reinventing most life stages as they have been passing through them. So why should death be any different?

Over the next few years, you should be prepared to encounter a whole different array of extremely personalized funerals.

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Make Sure You READ with Your Grandkids

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Almost all grandparents realize that their grandchildren benefit when they read to them.

However, if you want to really maximize the educational benefit of such an activity, you should READ when you read.

And just what is READ?

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Helping Kids Deal with Natural and Unnatural Violence

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Recently a violent summer storm swept through the Atlanta-area community where we live near our grandchildren. My seven-year-old grandson Owen, who only a few weeks before had finally become comfortable with July 4th holiday fireworks, rushed from his bed to his parents’ room.

Earlier in the evening, there had been reports of expected high winds or even tornadoes. As the thunder pealed and the lightning flashed, the possibility of a tornado seemed paramount in Owen’s mind. For the next 15 minutes or so, he besieged his Dad with questions. “What’s a tornado again, Daddy?” “What do we do if a tornado does come? Do we hide in the basement?”

Finally, after receiving patiently delivered answers and a series of hugs, Owen fell asleep again.

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The Monkees Make Daydream Believers 50 Years Ago with TV Debut

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Fifty years ago this month Monkee mania began sweeping America and then England as The Monkees, a TV show based on the success of The Beatles and the madcap antics they had displayed in their first movie A Hard Day’s Night, debuted on the NBC Network.

The new made-for-TV band consisted of Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork, each chosen to display characteristics demonstrated by John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

In fact, the original short description for The Monkees said the show would be about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but was never that successful.

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When It Comes to Aging, Don’t Drop the Soap

 

They told me one day I would feel old, but I just refused to believe them.

Age 30. Then 40 – 50 – 60, now 64. Nope, not old.

Grey hair. White hair. Thinning hair. Definitely more hair in my ears and my nose than on the growing bald spot on the back of my head. Still didn’t feel old. Besides, that’s what small scissors are for.

An expanding stomach. Creaking bones. Getting up at night to pee. Still no significant difference.

Hey, I thought, maybe I’m impervious to aging and its supposed ravagings.

But then today all that changed.

I had to face the fact that maybe I really am old.

What happened, you ask?

Well, I still use bar soap.

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