Essays & Commentary

The Cure for Toxic Positivity

The Cure for Toxic Positivity is an article by Rebecca Renner, a journalist and fiction writer who's bylines include the Washington Post, Paris Review, and Tin House. I've wondered if I am just naturally contrary partly because my mind leaps to "evaluate" words, sentences & thoughts for their energy content. And because I had not seen/heard anyone talking about too much positivity. This article, then, was encouraging. Many commenters felt... Read more →


Identity Politics - Opinions and links

Identity Politics is the current buzz phrase for Labels. Like we need MORE of those. And yet, we use them all the time. They can help us find our tribe, I suppose; they can help define a search if you're looking for a forum online - say, RV travel, as an example. Or Gay, if you're on a dating site and want to limit the responses. But more and more,... Read more →


"How Contemporary American Medicine is Testing Us to Death"

This is the subtitle of an article by Barbara Ehrenreich, published on April 9, 2019. I like her theory a little more every day... (Reprinting here in its entirety; no copyright infringement intended. This is solely the work of the author.) Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care In the last few years I have given up on the many medical measures—cancer screenings, annual exams, Pap smears, for... Read more →


HBO's "Alternate Endings" explores 6 the of the new ways to die in America.

This article/review is relatively short and quite interesting. The documentary follows Dick Shannon, his wife and family, and 5 other families of people making preparations for their approaching deaths. Do you know what you want your death to look like? Do you know what's possible? Care to? Read more →


"I'm Old Enough to Die"

This article is subtitled: "The Market for Wellness is more about Capitalism Than Prolonging Life" The material comes from a book called Natural Causes, by Barbara Ehrenreich. The article, itself, was written by Derek Beres. He's a fan of fat-shaming, though, so if you want to know more about him, you'll have to dig it out yourself. Won't be hard! :) A summary of the book from her website says,... Read more →


The Lessons of Asymmetry

A TGB Reader Story. (housekeeping note: this is 2 links; one to the TGB Home page, and one to the story specifically.) Ronni Bennett's readers are invited to submit their own stories to her blog for publication. This one is by Adele Frances. This was the quote that began her story: “There is little meaning in making a fuss. There is nothing else to do but say good-bye to the... Read more →


Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust

"Delivering cremated remains to the stratosphere joins a new list of ways to memorialize the dead." This is a light, slightly humorous, article about the new options to have your (or "your loved ones") cremains blasted into space. Well, not really space; just 100,000 ft. up into the stratosphere. Sooner or later, you'll fall back to earth. ..in little rain drops or ice crystals according to the article. Not much... Read more →


Write Your Way to Emotional Resilience

Want to Be Emotionally Resilient? Science says do this From the article: "Do you worry a lot? Sometimes over things you absolutely can't control, so that worrying about them serves no practical purpose? Do you think you worry too much? Do you worry that all this worrying may not be good for you?" This article is about writing your worries. Maybe not daily, with no real rules, and with no... Read more →


September 13, 2019 ~ reading what we wrote - newbies

In old business we continued the discussion on how to assimilate new members. We do agree that we would like to grow a bit more, but we also have taken note of the increasing level of intimacy that exists in the group as it is now. We think that a social event outside of a Salon meeting might be a good way to accomplish this purpose, by letting newbies and... Read more →


Memoir ~ an article by Kate H.

Writing MEMOIR I don’t want to write memoir to defend myself. After 25 years I shouldn’t need to. Like the saying goes Don’t explain; your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it. But maybe I do need to. Not because I’m sorry or because I want to change minds or even because I need to convince myself. I know to my core it was the most amazing... Read more →


Morning Routines; Do you have one?

I just came across this article from Insight Timer, an app I use and recommend. The app is available from both Google Play and in Apple's App Store. We have mentioned ritual or Practice or routines a time or two. This article explains some of the reasons that Morning Routines might be very useful and what is going on in our bodies when we first wake. Think cortisol and Circadian... Read more →


Can Digital Games Enhance Mobility and Social Interaction?

So it would seem. Check out Sophia's story. (reprinted here; the linked version includes photos and links to a few other stories you may find interesting.) "Over the first weeks of July 2016, a strange phenomenon started to unfold in many parts of the world. A mobile game went viral. Streets in Barcelona, Melbourne, Singapore and New York began to fill with hordes digital wayfaring as part of the augmented... Read more →


NPR and Elderhood, a new book.

A Clearer Map For Aging: 'Elderhood' Shows How Geriatricians Help Seniors Thrive June 17, 20191:50 PM ET Heard on Fresh Air (link to podcast of interview) "Dr. Louise Aronson says the U.S. doesn't have nearly enough geriatricians — physicians devoted to the health and care of older people: "There may be maybe six or seven thousand geriatricians," she says. "Compare that to the membership of the pediatric society, which is... Read more →


"The Pinnacle of Adaptation"

Excerpts: "Keeping a human body upright and moving is a spectacular feat of coordination and reaction under any circumstances. Doing so in the ninth decade of life magnifies rather than diminishes the beauty of this achievement." "It is true that the second half of life includes experiences related to loss, but it is also true that elderhood is not limited to these things. As we age, we encounter an unexpected... Read more →


Time Goes By and Ronni Bennett

Time Goes By and Ronni Bennett For so many of the reasons that we started our Salon, you might want to consider reading this blog. Time Goes By is subtitled "What it's really like to get old", and Ronni tells it like it is. I went there today because I wanted to let you know about her. What I found there caught me up short. Ronnie is going thru her... Read more →


Death Cafe - a resource

Death Cafe is an organization started in England by Jon Underwood, a thoughtful man who has died. They have a strong presence on Facebook, but I don't spend much time there anymore, so I am linking it here. The website is designed to introduce you to Death Cafe, to teach one how to hold such meetings in their local areas, and to present articles and resources on this subject. There... Read more →


Lines on the Face: an Essay

Wrinkles Lines on the face, tattoos of aging Life is proved upon the body Like needle-jabs from a blind machine The older one gets, the more one is conscious of aging. We can barely remember childhood innocence and exuberance. We are surprised by the youthful vitality and unmarked face when we see earlier photos of ourselves. When we look in the mirror, we reluctantly acknowledge the aging mask. It seems... Read more →