ECLECTIC RANT: Report on Our Annual Trip to the Big Apple

By Ralph E. Stone
Friday May 18, 2012 - 11:11:00 AM

My wife and I just returned from our annual, week-long visit to New York City. Long ago, we did the usual tourist stuff such as visits to the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, the Cloisters, and a ride on the Staten Island ferry. Now we concentrate on seeing as many shows as possible -- usually eight -- and visits to museums. This year, we saw eight plays and visited the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Act, and the Neue Gallery. -more-

SENIOR POWER: resolved to grow fat

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Friday May 18, 2012 - 11:11:00 AM

“I am resolved to grow fat, and look young till forty; And then slip out of the world with the first wrinkle and the reputation of five-and twenty.” Flormel, “a maid of honour” in The Maiden Queen (1667), a tragicomedy by John Dryden (1631–1700), said that. -more-


By Jack Bragen
Friday May 18, 2012 - 11:11:00 AM

In the past year and six months, I have covered mostly the subject of schizophrenia, and sometimes bipolar, and the ramifications of these conditions. Yet, I have also been diagnosed with a mood disorder. I experience chronic anxiety and depression on a daily basis, and they have become part of my more recent diagnosis: Schizoaffective Disorder. This diagnosis means that I have psychotic problems and also have a mood disorder. Consequently, I can take treatment for my psychotic problem and I become a sane but miserable person. -more-