Every time you turn on the television news, read a magazine or newspaper, the hairs on the back of your neck rise with fear. I saw a ‘Paradise Paw Prints’ poster with a donkey illustration and the message: “Life is short, so Live it. Love is Rare, so Grab it. Fear Controls You, so Face it. M… Read more

In Jim Croce’s brief career — he died at age 30 in a 1973 Louisiana plane crash — he released five Top 10 singles, the first of which was one of the best story songs of modern times. “You Don’…

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Who’s looking out for us as seniors? After a visit to the recent Senior Life Boomer Expo, I was amazed at all the organizations, vendors and activists concerned about us. The challenge we face…

Sammy Davis Jr. didn’t like the lyrics. “It’s horrible. It’s white bread; it’s cute-ums,’’ Davis said. He couldn’t imagine singing lyrics that included such cloying phrases as “groovy lemon pies.”

How many steps do you take each day? Are you moving? How’s your mind? What’s your connection with God?

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By the early 1970s, Motown’s teenage brother group The Jackson 5 was regularly burning up the Billboard singles and album charts. Lead singer Michael Jackson later recalled, “It was (Motown fo…

We’ve all been through this before. You hear a new tune on the radio, and it grabs you by the collar, demanding your attention. Soon, it’s burrowing deeply inside your brain to reside there forever.

Thriving as a senior involves exploring new areas of interest, traveling and adventure. When the Senior Adventures In Learning (S.A.I.L.) Winter schedule arrived, I was drawn to the topic of S…

The first time the world heard of Brooklyn-born Robert John was in 1958, when he was 12 years old. Back then, the singing youngster was going by his real name: Bobby Pedrick Jr.

“Alexa, play our favorite song again” are the words used as a senior couple dances very slowly to “I Only Have Eyes for You” by the Flamingos (1959). In this current television commercial for …

At a London party in 1760, a Belgian violinist made a surprise entrance on a new invention called roller skates as he played his music. In doing so, he smashed into a mirror worth $1,000 and d…

What are you thinking about right now? Stores are decorated for the holidays, television commercials are focusing on Christmas gift purchases, family gatherings are being organized and special…

The comfort and friendliness of Thanksgiving has passed and now we are approaching the warmth of Christmas. Many religions hold this season with a higher meaning, and the Brevard Commission on…

Remember Cat Stevens? He came to prominence here in the early 1970s as a singer-songwriter responsible for such ethereal ballads as “Peace Train,” “Wild World,” “Moon Shadow” and “Morning Has …

This summer, it’s not the bugs that are bugging me. Oh, there’s still a lot of the little flying and crawling critters around, but what’s bugging me this summer is the thing that’s two separat…

He is a first-time participant in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink, but Steve Vitani’s enthusiasm and drive to raise awareness and funds for the cause is evident.

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Throughout the ages, people have been challenged by the rituals at the end of summer. Linked to pre-Christian practices, people throughout the world have celebrated in various ways. Christians…

One has to wonder. Somewhere in England in 1971, was there a woman in her mid-40s — and possibly wearing a Mona Lisa smile — who heard “Maggie May” and realized that she might have been the in…

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Who’s looking out for us as seniors? After a visit to the recent Senior Life Boomer Expo, I was amazed at all the organizations, vendors and activists concerned about us. The challenge we face…

Sammy Davis Jr. didn’t like the lyrics. “It’s horrible. It’s white bread; it’s cute-ums,’’ Davis said. He couldn’t imagine singing lyrics that included such cloying phrases as “groovy lemon pies.”

How many steps do you take each day? Are you moving? How’s your mind? What’s your connection with God?

  • Updated

By the early 1970s, Motown’s teenage brother group The Jackson 5 was regularly burning up the Billboard singles and album charts. Lead singer Michael Jackson later recalled, “It was (Motown fo…

We’ve all been through this before. You hear a new tune on the radio, and it grabs you by the collar, demanding your attention. Soon, it’s burrowing deeply inside your brain to reside there forever.

Thriving as a senior involves exploring new areas of interest, traveling and adventure. When the Senior Adventures In Learning (S.A.I.L.) Winter schedule arrived, I was drawn to the topic of S…

The first time the world heard of Brooklyn-born Robert John was in 1958, when he was 12 years old. Back then, the singing youngster was going by his real name: Bobby Pedrick Jr.

“Alexa, play our favorite song again” are the words used as a senior couple dances very slowly to “I Only Have Eyes for You” by the Flamingos (1959). In this current television commercial for …

At a London party in 1760, a Belgian violinist made a surprise entrance on a new invention called roller skates as he played his music. In doing so, he smashed into a mirror worth $1,000 and d…

What are you thinking about right now? Stores are decorated for the holidays, television commercials are focusing on Christmas gift purchases, family gatherings are being organized and special…

The comfort and friendliness of Thanksgiving has passed and now we are approaching the warmth of Christmas. Many religions hold this season with a higher meaning, and the Brevard Commission on…

Remember Cat Stevens? He came to prominence here in the early 1970s as a singer-songwriter responsible for such ethereal ballads as “Peace Train,” “Wild World,” “Moon Shadow” and “Morning Has …

This summer, it’s not the bugs that are bugging me. Oh, there’s still a lot of the little flying and crawling critters around, but what’s bugging me this summer is the thing that’s two separat…

He is a first-time participant in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink, but Steve Vitani’s enthusiasm and drive to raise awareness and funds for the cause is evident.

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Throughout the ages, people have been challenged by the rituals at the end of summer. Linked to pre-Christian practices, people throughout the world have celebrated in various ways. Christians…

One has to wonder. Somewhere in England in 1971, was there a woman in her mid-40s — and possibly wearing a Mona Lisa smile — who heard “Maggie May” and realized that she might have been the in…

Dave Marsh is a well-respected rock-music critic and historian. He’s normally quite sparing in his praise, but Marsh could barely contain his enthusiasm when he reviewed a Marvin Gaye single a…

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Nearby Fort Christmas Historical Park in Christmas offers another one-day educational, inexpensive and family friendly mini-vacation from the Greater Melbourne area for you and your family to enjoy.