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Measuring a Hospital’s Quality

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

We all want to be treated in the best hospitals by the best doctors, but this is not possible so long as any difference in quality between them exists. The best hospitals and the best doctors cannot treat everybody. Moreover, it is much harder to tell which hospital and which doctor is the best than […]

Five Times Twelve — Reflections on My 60th Birthday

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Charlie Martin

In the West, we tend to give birthdays divisible by 10 – 40, 50, 60 – extra significance. The East, at least anywhere that’s been influenced by China in the last 2000 years, tends to pay attention to the twelve years of the Shengxiao 十二生肖, the “Chinese Zodiac” of Rat, Ox, Tiger, and so on; […]

How Times Change, and Time Changes, the Longer You Live

Monday, August 17th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

  A single trip into rural Pennsylvania to visit my grandmother in her retirement home, situated in the middle of Amish country between shops, diners, and churches with names like Dutch-Way, Kum Esse (“Come Eat”), and Friedens (“Peace”) Lutheran, may take 84 hours round trip. If Grandma, a 93-year-old paragon of elegance, is feeling well […]

Would You Want to Know Your Risk of Having a Heart Attack in the Next Five Years?

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Being mortal, we are all under sentence of death, but the execution of the sentence is more imminent in some of us than in others. People who suffer from angina, for example, are aware that they could suffer a fatal heart attack at any time; and even if human beings can accommodate themselves to most […]

9 Reasons You Deserve to Wear a Bikini This Summer

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Megan Fox

Ah, bathing suit shopping season is here! I can hear the groans of moms all over America agonizing over dimply thighs, loose belly skin, and stretch marks. I hear it all the time from friends: “I could never wear a bikini,” or “No one needs to see that,” and it makes me sad. It’s true […]

Is 40 Too Old To Be a First-Time Mom?

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

At my age, when friends announce that they are pregnant with twins, my surprise has been replaced the reaction, “Oh, they did IVF.” #40 — Miss JMV (@MonsoonPuma) June 15, 2015 I can’t think of one friend who willingly had kids in their twenties. They say the average age of a first-time mom is 26. […]

Live Like an Immortal

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” That’s what the Apostle Paul suggested we should say if there is no resurrection. If our lives truly flame out after a few short years on Earth, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy the time we have. To this day, the world echoes that sentiment. We […]

Hey Kiddo, Your Joke Wasn’t Funny but You Are and We Love You

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

I began telling people my kids were funny as early as my son’s first birthday. “How’s Jonah?” “Oh, he’s funny—and he knows it!” Wink. Folks would smile and nod, their thoughts probably ranging from What a proud young father, to That dad has no idea what he’s talking about, to What a shock, pompous Hamilton […]

Tomorrow, Say Hello to a Stranger

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

I was in California recently, at a dockside restaurant overlooking a serene collection of small yachts, when I saw what is now a banality: a young couple, likely urban professionals in their early thirties, took the table across from mine, cell phones in hand, and sat down silently. They said nothing to each other. They […]

Where’s my Village? The Growing Concern about Elder Care

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Leslie Loftis

From The Atlantic on how the elderly want to continue to stay in their homes as they age: But shifting seniors to aging at home is going to require a much bigger commitment on the part of everyday Americans—like the Domino’s woman—to pitch in and help their aging neighbors thrive. It’s going to require neighbors […]

What Has Made Adulthood So Damned Scary?

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

First it was adult preschool. Now it’s adult summer camp: Now you’re an adult and your life is all work and emails and commuting. And booze, which is a good addition. But Camp No Counselors wants to get that summer camp feeling back in your life. You and your friends can take a long weekend to the woods of […]

The Latest 20-Something Feminist Fashion Trend: Fifty Shades of Gray…Hair?

Monday, April 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

It really is as strange as it sounds. While pop artists like Katy Perry and Selena Gomez tween themselves down to look like hypersexual pre-pubescents, models in their twenties are dying their locks gray in an embrace of the “granny hair” trend sweeping the runway. Being inspired by older models strutting the catwalk with natural […]

Woman Trades Baby Wishes for Open Marriage

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Robin Rinaldi wanted children more than anything. Instead of pursuing the journey of motherhood, she wound up experiencing what is being dubbed “feminist enlightenment” through sexual exploration, chronicled in her new book The Wild Oats Project: When she was in her mid-30s and engaged to be married to a man several years older, Rinaldi, the author […]

VIDEO: Would You Enroll in Preschool for Adults?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

The Wall Street Journal is covering the latest trend in rejuveniling among the Millennial set: preschool for adults, where “play is serious business.” Six adults pay anywhere from $300 to $1000 to crowd into a Brooklyn duplex on Tuesday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. and participate in everything from nap time to envisioning themselves […]

Who Needs Michelle Obama’s Healthy Diet? 104-Year-Old Woman Drinks 3 Dr. Peppers a Day

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

A woman in Fort Worth, Texas, is celebrating her 104th birthday and she proudly told reporters this week that despite her doctors’ admonitions, she has been drinking three Dr. Pepper sodas a day for 30 years. “People try to give me a coffee for breakfast,” Elizabeth Sullivan said, “but I’d rather have a Dr. Pepper.” […]

Would Christians Object to Living Indefinitely Through Technology?

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

We want to live forever. We seek immortality through a variety of means, living vicariously through our children, leaving a legacy in our community, and embracing the claims of religion. But what if we could actually live indefinitely here on Earth? What if we could elect to live for centuries or even millennia? Would we […]

What 2 Retired Whores Can Teach Slut-Walk Feminists

Monday, October 20th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A story about two old Jewish ladies is making the rounds in the Jewish press, but not for the reasons you may think. Sure, they’re bubbes. They’re children of a Holocaust survivor to boot. But the real reason they’re attracting so much attention is that they happen to be retired professional whores. Dutch twins Louise […]

Heterochronic Parabiosis: Reversing Aging With Young Blood?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

The dream of rejuvenating the aged by the infusion of young blood is much older than anyone living. It is said that the Scythians thought to make themselves strong by drinking the blood of their enemies killed in battle. And Dracula kept himself youthful by drinking the blood first of young maidens visiting Transylvania and […]

Paul McCartney’s New Video Aims at #GenerationHashtag

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

You don’t normally think “cultural commentary” when you watch a Paul McCartney video. But, with his latest video release for the song Appreciate, the septuagenarian King of Rock continues to pull new tricks from up his sleeve. This time, a catchy song and dance number transcends the usual McCartney fantasyland, providing some smart commentary on human […]

9 Fascinating Facts about Senior Citizens and Technology

Friday, May 16th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Recent surveys highlight the fact that seniors lag behind the younger generation in the adoption and usage of technology. Based on interviews with more than 1500 adults age 65 and over, Pew researchers found they could roughly divide senior citizens into two groups. The first group is “younger, more highly educated, or more affluent.” They […]

Getting Healthy In 13 Weeks

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 - by Sarah Hoyt

In Which The Writer Takes A Curtain Bow. You’ve probably noticed a marked lack of updates on the getting healthy in thirteen weeks post.  At least I hope you did, because otherwise I’m going to go in the backyard and eat worms. Okay, let’s suppose you did notice I was gone (“How can we miss […]

As More People Live Longer Why Are Rates of Dementia Falling?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - by Theodore Dalrymple

There is nothing quite as difficult to predict as the future. In my lifetime I have already lived through an “inevitable” ice age that never materialized and “inevitable” mass starvation (through overpopulation) that also never happened. When I was in Central America I remember reading a book called Inevitable Revolutions by the historian Walter LaFeber, […]

The Most Controversial Voice Ever in in the History of Recorded Music, Steve Taylor, is Back. And He’d Better Behave. (UPDATE)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

Since I gave up hope of ever expecting to hear from Steve Taylor again, I felt a lot better. Because I blame Steve Taylor for pretty much everything. Sure, I could blame myself for picking up his Meltdown record back in 1984. That was a fateful choice. But I was a kid. How was I […]

Blockbuster’s a Dud

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - by Stephen Green

I have not set foot inside a Blockbuster during this century — and apparently the same was true for just a lot of former customers: Blockbuster, the video rental chain that’s been pummeled by the rise of digital and on-demand entertainment, said it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January. The Blockbuster […]