Aging with Distinction-Diana Nyad

Ocean-SwimmerFor as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the concept of motivation. What drives people to push beyond all normal expectations? Why do some people achieve great success, while others, equally talented, flounder?

At age 64, on her 5th try, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Of course, I have to wander what would possess someone to make that a goal in the first place. Within the human spirit is a drive to go and do what no one has accomplished before. [Read more...]

Aging with Distinction-Betty White

Betty_White_2010For baby boomers, Betty White was always the spunky, funny, wiser older woman. I first remember her on Password with beloved husband, Allen Ludden. Not only was she a sharp player, rarely missing a word, but had an outstanding comedic wit that everyone fell in love with.

Baby boomers next saw Betty play the man hungry Sue Ann Nivens. While Mary Tyler Moore led the emerging women’s movement as a career woman, her comic counterpart was sexual, witty and rather rough around the edges. In many ways, her character was more forward thinking the Mary Richards. [Read more...]

Aging with Distinction – Bill Cosby

If you are a retirement age baby boomer, you probably grew up listening to Bill Cosby on vinyl. We had quite a few of his albums. “Chicken Heart” was one of my favorites as parents wanting a night out leave a child alone with a radio and a vivid imagination. [Read more...]

Aging with Distinction – Jane Fonda

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At seventy-five, Fonda has embraced aging and become a role model to many. We all walk a fine line between clinging to youth and succumbing to the ravages of growing older. Jane Fonda isn’t any different, but she is trying to forge an attitude that approaches aging with dignity and strength. [Read more...]

Aging with Distinction: The Tale of a Navajo Matriarch

0B EffieWe had wanted to join our photographer friend, Bruce Roscoe on a trip to Monument Valley for a couple of years, but something always got in the way. Not only does Bruce lead a group to photograph the wonderful rock formations, but also a family of Navajo women. When 95 year old Susie Yazzie died last year, I knew we had missed an opportunity that could never recaptured. When the invitation went out this year, we made the decision to go.

As we left our home in Prescott for the five hour drive to Monument Valley, the first winter storm of the season rolled in. While raining in Prescott, it quickly turned to snow as we approached Flagstaff. The weather radar indicated clear skies over the Monument Valley and the Four Corners region, but we had snow during the rest of the drive. [Read more...]