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review 2019-02-04 19:56
You Could Live a Long Time, Are You Ready?
You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? - Lyndsay Green

Are you ready to live a long time, or do you dread it? Recent medical advances mean we could live longer, but doesn’t guarantee the quality of that life. In the words of one senior, "We’re not living longer, we’re dying longer."

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Getting older doesn’t have to mean living a limited life. Author Lyndsay Green has interviewed forty successful seniors to talk not just about the problems of old age but its strength and benefits.

 

If you are of an age to be starting to think of retirement, you could probably benefit from Ms. Green’s little volume. As she points out, we all tend to obsess over the financial details and we don’t spend much time pondering what we will actually DO when we are retired.

Although some of the details are a bit dated (web sites which I’m not sure will still work, that kind of thing), the advice is still outstanding. Green reminds us that we will still need to fill our days with meaningful things to do and maintain links with people to avoid isolation. If you retire at 60 and live until your late 80s, that’s another 30 years of life. That’s a long chunk of time to experience without any structure!

The vast majority of us are going to face some health challenges as we move through our senior years. I’m already struggling with knee and balance problems, so I know what she’s talking about! So, make your plans, but be ready to be flexible because things will change.

Also, be aware that we do better if we start doing some of our retirement activities before we retire. If you’re planning to volunteer, maybe get a foot in the door while you still have a job. (Employed people are apparently more appealing to some volunteer agencies.) We are also much more likely to continue an activity than to seek out new ones—just human nature, I guess. Many people have invested so much of their personal identity in their paid work-role, that they feel like they are experiencing a major loss when they leave the workplace—avoid this happening to you by getting other sources of satisfaction arranged before you pull the plug at work.

I think the best advice she gives is twofold: one, keep in touch with your current friends, by whatever means necessary (phone, text, email, skype, even cards & letters) because you will value your contemporaries when you are older. Number two, MAKE YOUNGER FRIENDS! I can’t tell you how many of my friends and relatives in their 80s tell me that their contemporaries are dwindling and they rely on younger friends for stimulation and a connection to the current world. One of my beloved aunts has just passed away—she was a devoted teacher and after retirement, she tutored children to stay in touch. I think she was 86 before she gave up that activity. She was the last of her siblings and I know that she missed them a great deal.

I’m planning to phase out of work gradually over the next few years, so this book really spoke to me. I also took a course on being ready to retire and I think I’m on the right track. I have practice, having given up a volunteer role that used to be central to my life. I didn’t think I’d have friends or a social life once I left that position, but thankfully I was very wrong. Be ready to take some risks, to make as many new friends as you can, and to find a reason to get up & get dressed every morning! Retirement is looking very appealing.

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review 2018-11-19 20:00
SuperMutant Magic Academy / Jillian Tamaki
SuperMutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki

The New York Times and New Yorker illustrator Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer—moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which she has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor and irreverence. Tamaki deftly plays superhero and high-school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.

 

My first thought on this is that I am wayyyy too old to truly appreciate this graphic novel! I liked the idea of a school for mutants and witches and I’m pretty sure that this would have totally been my jam when I was in junior high school. Because, let’s face it, we all feel like mutants when we’re in junior high.

It was definitely a creative way to illustrate all the problems that we have at that age: where do we fit in? What are our talents? What will be do after graduation? Or even today after school? Do our marks matter? Does that cute boy/girl know that we exist?

I can still relate to some of it—don’t we all still feel like mutants some days? But those days are fewer and farther between the older that I get. I know that I can support myself and run my life successfully on the majority of days. If I could talk to my teenage self that would be my message: you’re going to be okay. Loosen up and enjoy things more. Too bad that wisdom only comes to us once we’re short on the energy to appreciate it fully.

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review 2018-11-11 19:35
Uncertain Justice: Canadian Women and Capital Punishment, 1754-1953 - F. Murray Greenwood,Beverley Boissery

This is a quite interesting book. In general, the book is in chronological order though it does start with a modern case. The authors are looking at how Canadian justice treated women for about two hundred years. Various cases are studied in depth. The particular reason I brought this book was that I was looking at the story of La Corriveau, and this presents a very good historical context on that case.

It does help to have some basic historical knowledge of Canada, but outside of that, it is an easy enough read for the non-criminal justice major.

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text 2018-10-04 05:19
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text 2018-09-28 14:45
Reading progress update: I've listened to 172 out of 943 minutes.
A Desperate Fortune - Susanna Kearsley,Katherine Kellgren

23 squares down, 2 to go.

 

So far it's mostly enjoyable -- let's hope it's going to stay that way.  Turns out I could also have included that in my "Summer of Spies" reading ...

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