February 8, 2016 |
Diane Rehm is at a crossroads in her life. Her husband, John, died in 2014 after years of living with Parkinson's disease. She plans to retire next year from her National Public Radio call-in program, The Diane Rehm Show , ending a 37-year career in radio. In September, she will turn 80. In her latest book, On My Own , Rehm walks readers through the most recent year of her life, struggling with living alone and figuring out a new identity. Some chapters focus on particular challenges of living alone.
April 19, 2014 |
The world paused to remember an undisputed cultural giant Thursday after Colombian-born Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez, a journalist, master of fiction, historian, screenwriter, and political advocate, died at his home in Mexico City at age 87. His most famous novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), were millions of people's first encounter with South American fiction. "Gabo," as he was known throughout South America, became one of the 20th century's most famous writers, and perhaps its most visible politically active writer.
July 15, 2013 |
If you and your boo are due for some time away together, you have a number of vacation experiences to choose from. Active itineraries, vineyard exploration, and remote stargazing venues are just a few of the options available. From Sonoma to South Carolina, here are some of my favorites. Sports. If moving and grooving suits your travel style, perhaps it's time to consider a few more golf getaways. Hilton Head Island has a number of such options available, including the numerous courses available at the Sea Pines Resort.
March 12, 2013 |
Rob Garfield is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who specializes in "men's issues. " He's writing a book, The Guy's Guide to Friendship , and is interested in how men communicate or, more often, don't communicate, and the effect that has on their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Garfield, 67, who practices in Bala Cynwyd and is a faculty member of the psychiatry department at the University of Pennsylvania, conducts "friendship labs" and men's retreats to induce men to open up and relate on a deeper level.
March 6, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are expecting our first child (a boy) later this year. How do I teach my son to enjoy solitude and his own company? Too many people today turn on the radio or TV because they can't appreciate the quiet. I want my little one to have loving friends, but also periods of quiet, reflective fun time by himself. What's the difference between solitude and loneliness? - Solitary woman in Ottawa, Canada DEAR SOLITARY WOMAN: The difference between solitude and loneliness depends on how an individual handles being alone.
June 22, 2011
Boomer Chick Adventures combine outings and excursions with some component of solitude - and some sharing and dialogue in the mix. "I like to think of these as experiences for Boomer Chicks With Attitude," says Patricia Osborne, who for her own 50th birthday took off to a cabin in Washington state and enjoyed a week of total solitude. (She is married and has children and grandchildren.) "Most of all," says Osborne, "I feel that just getting back to nature can be clarifying and calming.
November 19, 2010 |
Turns out that if you're alone in the wilderness and your arm is wedged under a rock, cutting it off with a dull knife isn't as easy as you'd think. No, indeed. As we see in "127 Hours," you must first break the bone in your forearm, because there's no way the pocketknife is going to . . . hack it. Only then can you begin stabbing away at the putrid flesh of your blood-starved arm (grow up, it was dead anyway). Then you drink your own urine for strength (you've been thoughtfully saving it)
August 15, 2010 |
For years, visitors at the Philadelphia Zoo have been walking right by the funny little house known as The Solitude. It's been locked up, easy to miss, especially when the boxwood hedges were six feet tall. But no more. After decades of being used by the zoo for everything from a snake exhibit in the parlor to executive offices in the library, The Solitude is well on its way to inviting company over. Come September, after $500,000 in renovations that include substantial hedge-trimming, the house will be open for group tours.
August 8, 2009 |
In the summer of 2003, with his marriage disintegrating, Ted Danforth decided to do something special with his teenage sons. So, through L.L. Bean, he booked a kayak camping trip in Maine. For three days, Danforth and his boys - Matt, then 19, and Ben, then 17 - paddled the pellucid waters of Casco Bay. They ventured out into the ocean, to Eagle Island, the summer home of arctic explorer Robert Peary. They saw seals sunning themselves on rocks. They reveled in absolute silence and were lulled to sleep at night by lapping waves under star-studded skies.