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  • A ritual to honor wisdom

    July 17, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    For many women, the transition from actively engaged 50-year-old to septuagenarian retiree is daunting. Not only are there the unpleasant physical changes of menopause, but there is the emotional challenge of watching children move away and begin their own families, while being...

  • Tackling the Job Search

    October 24, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    After some 40 years in the business world, Gordon Steen never thought his morning would start outdoors with hyenas, elephants and monkeys.

    But that was more than six years ago, before he had closed his 17-year-old shipping-and-packing business. While contemplating his next career...

  • Why the Wait?

    August 29, 2012 | 5:44 pm

    As bombs dropped over Germany, aerial photographer Arthur Oxenberg would lean out of a B-17 Flying Fortress with his camera to snap a photograph. His photos were a way the U.S. Army Air Forces could tell whether bombs hit their targets.

    Based in Italy, Oxenberg flew 62 combat...

  • At 60 for Zikna

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 29, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    The High Holy Day liturgy includes the poignant plea: “Do not cast me off b’eyt zikna,” which is usually translated as “when I get old.” It is a fear many of us have, but are often afraid to articulate. We live in a youth-intoxicated culture where older people are sometimes...

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  • A Celebration of Dad

    By Ellie Kahn

    August 29, 2012 | 5:29 pm

    I called my 94-year-old father in Ohio on July 9. I told him how much I loved him, that he was the most wonderful father ever, that I would miss him, and that it was OK for him to let go.

    All I could hear was his heavy breathing as the hospice nurse held the phone to his ear.

    ...
  • Controlling who shall live and who shall die … and when

    By Ellie Kahn

    October 25, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    My 93-year-old father and I have little left to say to each other.

    He sleeps while I sit by his side. Every so often, Dad wakes up, and looks with some confusion around his small room, at the hospital bed, the TV and the whiteboard where someone has printed in large letters:...

  • Centenarian celebrates fourth bar mitzvah

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 13, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    "If my mother was here, she'd probably be saying, 'Dayenu, enough already,'" said Dr. Eugene Gettelman, who turned 100 in June. "She'd think I was meshugge for having a fourth bar mitzvah."

    Last Saturday, Gettelman was called to the Torah, along with a group of seven women, at...

  • Financial mistakes can haunt estate executors

    October 16, 2008 | 7:19 pm

    Two chores that most people will gladly put off are writing a will and keeping it up to date to reflect changed circumstances. However, when you do get around to writing and revising your will, consider carefully when you select or replace an executor—the legal term for the person...

  • All pink, all the time

    July 31, 2008 | 12:35 am

    The doors, roof and the mailbox of the Pink Lady's Woodland Hills home are painted in a shade that might best be described as cotton candy, and pink accents adorn her white picket fence. The interior is decorated in varying shades of pink, from the appliances in the kitchen to the...
  • Keiko Ibi’s “Personal” Journey

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years," an 82-year-old man rinses out his dentures in his solitary apartment and longs for love and sex. Another elderly man laments that he has been impotent since receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

    Selma, 73,...

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