The number of bloggers in their ninth decade of life has recently been increased with the addition of 83-year-old Lucy, blogging at Golden Lucy’s Spiral Journal. "...this blogging thing has opened a world that has already taken me places I've never imagined,” she told me in an email. “I doubt anything more exciting to do will come up before I die." Please stop by and give her a big elder blogosphere welcome.
In Valentine’s Day anti-war protests in Oakland and New York (and perhaps some other cities), grandmothers offered up themselves to replace young soldiers as cannon fodder in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We grandmothers have had long, full lives. Our young men and women deserve the same. We are prepared to take their place…” Lots more good photos of elder women taking a stand against war from Jan at Happening-Here?
Dana Wilkie of the Copley New Service does an excellent job of pulling together in one place a lot of hard facts about how lobbyists for the big pharmas, with the cooperation of a majority of Congress, helped enrich those pharmas at the expense of elders with the Medicare Part D legislation. “It's a perfect example for lobbying reform, because pharmac[eutical companies] got everything and the customers got nothing,” said Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego.
Governments everywhere have long mastered the art of Newspeak. In England, which is facing record high unemployment, people without jobs are no longer unemployed, they are “economically inactive” - the better to hide the real hardships of losing one's means to a livelihood. Who makes up this stuff? (Hat tip to Sophy Merrick)
Critic Beth Mcarthur notes an encouraging phenomenon in 63-year-old Harrison Ford’s new film, Firewall: “…a thug who is about to pillage a wine cellar asks his companion how to recognize a good bottle of vino. ‘It’ll be dusty,’ comes the response. The exchange is no sop to sommeliers. This ‘older is better’ proclamation is the filmmakers’ clear attempt to filter out the insidious social virus, ageism," writes Macarthur, "from their movie early on.” And, she says, they do it well.
Steve Sherlock alerted me recently to a new service called cocomments.com. By adding a small bit of code to your blog, you can show readers what you’ve been saying on other people’s blogs, or just track your comments on the cocomment site. I haven’t decided about its usefulness for TGB yet, but you can see it in action at Steve’s blog, Steve’s 2 Cents.
It is surprising how many elder poets there are among bloggers. I’m sure there are more, but just from the ElderBloggers list:
The Joy of Six
Dick Jones Patteran Pages
Old Gray Poet
Have I missed anyone?
As an advocate of show-and-tell in regard to our life stories, I was pleased to find, this week, Doc Searls extensive photo remembrance of his mother’s life which, necessarily, includes grandparents, cousins, a sister, father, aunts, uncles and assorted friends of each of those people. It’s a beautiful tribute. Take a look and think about doing it for you and your family. (Hint: blog readers would like to see it too.)
A minor milestone was reached at TGB this week when the ElderBloggers blogroll count reached 99. In the interests of symmetry, it would be nice to have an even 100 in time for the TGB two-year anniversary next month. You are welcome to submit suggestions of good blogs by people 50 and older who update at least once a week, design their sites to be easy on old eyes (no dark backgrounds) and allow comments.
[EDITORIAL NOTE: You are also welcome to submit suggestions for items to include in this weekly Silver Threads column posted each Sunday. They may be blogs or blog posts, news stories, cultural and political happenings, a personal experience, photos - anything notable that relates to elders and what it's really like to get older. Please email them to ronni AT timegoesby DOT net.]