Hurray for Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich who, in writing of the retirement of Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, had this to say: “We need more wrinkled, jowly, white-haired women in power.” She continues:
“Pop culture's idea of a powerful older woman is Madonna. Or Oprah, who looks younger with every monthly magazine cover…Looking at that recent photo of O'Connor unaided by stylists or lighting specialists, I saw something I hadn't seen until then: She not only served the cause of women by becoming a justice, she served it by aging realistically in the job.”
Leonard Nimoy’s commercial got a lot better press this past week following the Super Bowl than the Rolling Stones did for the half-time show. It concerns an aging Nimoy overcoming arthritis pain, with the use of Aleve, to be able to make the Vulcan salute at a Star Trek Conference. You can see it here.
Insurance behemoth, Humana, has been accused of violating federal guidelines by paying its sales force higher commissions for selling elders managed care plans than it does for the less expensive Medicare Part D drug-only coverage. I’ll soon be choosing a Part D provider and a supplemental health coverage plan. It won’t be from Humana.
You can now wear your blog keywords or “word cloud” on your chest. Snapshirts will do it with just a click of your mouse and then print it on a teeshirt for $18 or $21. Check it out here. (Via Colleen at Loose Leaf Notes)
Cosmetics are a bigger blog topic that I would have guessed. Following up the Radiant Older Women post on TGB this week, Koan Bremner of multidimensional.me added her own thoughts on the Blogher blog with a collection of links to other who’ve pondered the use of makeup. Jill Fallon of Legacy Matters follows up too on her Estate Legacy Vaults blog noting the advantages of word-of-mouth marketing to older women.
My old friend Yaakov Kirschen swept the Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards in four categories for his Dry Bones Blog: Best New Blog of 2005, Best Political and Current Affairs Blog, Best Jewish Humor Blog and Best Blog Overall.
Fat Old Artist has discovered that reading large-print books while she’s on the treadmill is easier and a lot more compelling that watching television, but she also laments that there aren’t more books published in large print that she wants to read.
On Monday and Tuesday, you might want to check out the luge competition from Turino. 52-year-old Anne Abernathy - also known as Grandma Luge - is competing in her sixth winter Olympics in this event. She’s the oldest woman to ever compete in the Olympics and is up against competitors less than half her age.
Doc Searls was writing about subverting hierarchies but makes an important point in passing that is disbelieved by too many - that creativity can increase with age: “Nearly all of what I'm known for I've done since I was fifty. And without the Net, there would hardly be any of it.”