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Getting Older, Getting Better with AARP’s Life Reimagined

Aug 1, 2016

I’d like to say that today, the woman who runs this site, The Other Side of Sixty, is calmer, more controlled, and surer of where she’s going. But that would be a lie.

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Consciousness and Health
Is Racism Contagious?

Is Racism Contagious?

By Eric Nelson


“I’ve heard some people that I know and like saying quite offensive things,” said Carol Lindsay, a white, 80-year-old Londoner speaking with a reporter from NPR about the increase in racially motivated hostility she’s witnessed since the recent Brexit vote. “You know, just nastiness. I think it's like a contagion.”
 
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A newspaper ought to separate fact from fiction

Aug 1, 2016

When a small-business owner closes up shop, dumps six employees and blames the misfortune on minimum-wage increases, a newspaper ought to check out the story, especially this year. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will … Continue reading

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Wimpy City Council pits Sacramento pedestrians against bicyclists

Jul 27, 2016

Street-by-street urban warfare has begun in Sacramento, and it promises to be a long, nasty battle marked by an upsurge in pedestrian casualties. Don’t think for a minute that the City Council Tuesday night voted to ban bikes on some … Continue reading

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Sacramento’s sidewalks are no place for bicyclists

Jul 26, 2016

The fellow at my athletic club was outraged. He had been involved in a bike accident on a sidewalk adjacent to the state Capitol in downtown Sacramento. A stupid pedestrian, he said, was yakking away on his cellphone, not watching … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
Praying for Miracles in Baseball and in Health

Praying for Miracles in Baseball and in Health

By Eric Nelson


Last week marked the halfway point of the 2016 Major League Baseball season and, once again, my favorite team has me praying for a miracle. Although I consider myself an optimist, I just can’t see my boys making it anywhere close to the World Series this year. Or next.
 
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On the wisdom of leaving old love letters alone

Jul 21, 2016
On the wisdom of leaving old love letters alone

I can’t get myself to throw away some old love letters I have stored in the garage, even though I have no interest in rereading them. The oldest go back 50 years to my college days. They reflect several long-term … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
Handling Homelessness with Prayer

Handling Homelessness with Prayer

By Eric Nelson


The San Francisco Chronicle, along with more than 70 other Bay Area news outlets, joined forces recently to draw attention to the problem of homelessness. “We see the misery around us,” they wrote in an open letter, addressed to the city and people of San Francisco, “and we sense it...

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Seeing America through different eyes

Jul 18, 2016

Here’s a tale of two Americas that may shed some light on why so many folks think our social system just ain’t fair. First, we have a big bank suspected of laundering nearly $900 million for drug traffickers and processing … Continue reading

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Aunt May would be rolling in her grave if she knew the old brownstone’s price

Jul 14, 2016
Aunt May would be rolling in her grave if she knew the old brownstone’s price

“Merciful heavens!” That’s what I imagine my Aunt May would exclaim if she were alive and told her old family home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was valued at $1.27 million. I learned that  price because I checked out … Continue reading

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