July 24, 2016 |
Lutheran Pastor Violet Little held her cup up, as part of the Mass, to her congregants on the streets. Little's outdoor ministry at Logan Square is attended by the homeless and society's neglected. The twice-a-month church service is followed by coffee hour in the park, hosted by visiting congregations. She left behind her traditional congregation of 14 years to create this "church without walls," also called the Welcome Church. Retiring from her old congregation to found the new one "happened because of everything in my life leading up to it," says Little, 64. "It was exactly the right time.
May 16, 2016 |
We're taught early on to respect our elders. Well, retailers do the same with promotions mostly geared to those 55 and up. Let's call it retail reverence . Arleen Daidone, 73, of Center City, said she wished she had started earlier than age 62 taking advantage of senior discounts for shopping, dining, travel, and entertainment. "Now I ask for them wherever I go," she said. "By the end of the year, the savings add up. " Companies from IHOP and Hertz to Kohl's, Rite Aid, and Walgreens make buying easier for retirees such as Daidone on a fixed income.
March 13, 2016 |
New Jersey has become one of the first states in the nation to establish a state-run marketplace for small businesses to set up retirement accounts. The New Jersey Small Business Retirement Marketplace Act, signed Jan. 19, loosely follows the "Work and Save" program pushed by the AARP, the lobbying group for retirees. AARP's main program would have required businesses with 25 or more employees to provide a retirement plan or enroll employees in a state-administered marketplace offering individual retirement account (IRA)
December 7, 2015 |
It's no secret that I'm getting older, and so are my pets. But only one of us is able to retire, and it ain't me. At my house, it's AARP, or the American Association of Retired Pets. By way of background, I've always had dogs and cats, as well as the usual menagerie of pets that populated Francesca's childhood, like guinea pigs, gerbils, and even a pygmy bunny named Peewee, who lived to be 12 years old and had one tooth that actually grew outside of his mouth and up his nose.
December 20, 2013 |
GLAAD slams 'Duck Dynasty' Duck Dynasty 's Phil Robertson doesn't hold back when it comes to his beliefs. "We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television," he tells GQ. Phil, 67, gets fired up when it comes to the subject of sin. "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman," he says. GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz isn't happy. "Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors," he said Wednesday.
July 2, 2013 |
The AARP meets "Glee" in "Unfinished Song," a ruthless tearjerker about a cranky pensioner prodded to sing for his dying wife. You could quickly dismiss the whole thing if it weren't for the formidable cast - impassive Terence Stamp is the gruff-but-not-loveable Arthur, a stoic mystery to everyone but his loving wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), who is fighting a losing battle with cancer. Stamp, who hasn't moved a facial muscle in 20 years, retains in "Unfinished Song" his mysterious ability to communicate thoughts and emotions through his granite visage, and he sketches Arthur efficiently - a loner who'd be lost to the world if it weren't for the humanizing influence of his wife.
February 3, 2013 |
You may have heard that AARP started a dating site. Now we're talking. Get my walker. And my blood pressure meds. Mommy's going shopping. The site is called "How About We . . . " But I'm not sure what they mean by that name. "How About We . . . Compare Our Cholesterol?" Or "How About We . . . Have a Cup of Decaf?" Or "How About We . . . Take a Nice Nap?" So I went on the AARP website to cruise for menfolk, er, I mean, to learn more about the organization.
September 22, 2012 |
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Turning up the heat on Republican Mitt Romney's campaign stumble, President Obama on Friday accused his rival of writing off half the country while defending his own remark that "you can't change Washington from the inside. " "We don't want an inside job in Washington, we want change in Washington," Obama told a rally in Virginia, one of a handful of tightly contested states where the election is being fought heading into its final six weeks. "It can't happen if you write off half the nation before you even took office.
September 19, 2012 |
IF THE REPUBLICANS are too socially regressive and the Democrats are enablers, has Tattle got a presidential candidate for you. Captain America . One of Marvel's best-known heroes since he socked Adolf Hitler in the jaw in 1941, Cap will move into the White House in the pages of Marvel Comics' The Ultimates , a series set in the Ultimate Comics universe where the U.S. has been torn apart by factionalism, out-of-control anti-mutant hysteria and...
September 6, 2012
By Lise Funderburg AARP and the Ad Council recently released a new series of public service announcements about caregiving. My favorite is a television spot featuring a man and his elderly mother sitting in a doctor's office. As a calm voice speaks over a soundtrack of tinkling piano keys, the man opens his mouth and screams. We can't hear it, but his expression speaks volumes. That silent scream stopped me in my tracks, taking me back to the spring day in 2004 when my two sisters and I crowded into an oncologist's office with our father to hear his test results: stage IV metastasized prostate cancer, already perforating the bones of his skeleton on its way to his brain.