Archive for June 2019

Detention Centers for Children: America's Shame

Detention Centers for Children: America's Shame
Seventy-two years ago today, Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl was published. I remember reading it when I was thirteen, around the age she started writing her thoughts while in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. And then I asked my parents why. Why didn’t anyone do anything to stop the... Read more »

Noisy Restaurants for Seniors: I Can’t Hear You

Noisy Restaurants for Seniors: I Can’t Hear You
Restaurant owners, if seniors who have the money to spend buying pricey meals are avoiding your establishment, it’s most likely because your place is too noisy for them to carry on a conversation with their dining companions. Not only have you sacrificed sound proofing for a design that is more industrial-looking. You also have background... Read more »

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney
Today Sir Paul turns 77. Yikes! I still remember, as if it were yesterday (pardon the pun) the first time I heard Paul McCartney’s angelic voice. It was 1963, when I was just seventeen. I walked into a freshman mixer at the University of Michigan. That was my introduction to The Beatles, who had just... Read more »
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Jeopardy for Seniors

Jeopardy for Seniors
My father was a huge fan of Jeopardy. He had an extraordinary memory for certain categories: history, sports, art, classical literature, and music and entertainment from the 1940s. I remember him shouting out the answers he knew and grumbling about categories like popular culture that were out of his wheelhouse. Much like his obsession with... Read more »

Why There are Fewer School Volunteers and Why it Matters

Why There are Fewer School Volunteers and Why it Matters
The early childhood program I founded, Cherry Preschool,  relied on an army of volunteers. We thought of ourselves as the Amish barn raisers from the 1985 movie Witness, sadly minus Harrison Ford. Volunteers painted every room in the school, scrounged yard sales for toys, drove a borrowed pickup truck to bring donated furniture and appliances, built... Read more »