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Is this the end of retirement as we know it? – BBC Worklife

By Sophia Epstein, 30th May 2022

from article…

The ‘retirement ideal’ has been changing for years. Older people are increasingly unretiring, changing the shape of this life stage.

Picture retirement in your head. It’s a laughing, grey-haired couple sipping piña coladas on a white sand beach; perhaps they’re getting some liquid courage for their sky dive later. Not a care in the world, their only responsibility is getting their grandchildren good gifts for their birthdays.

It’s a beautiful fantasy – and for many retirees, present and future, it’s just that: a fantasy. The concept of retirement as we know it is changing, and has been for a long time.

The number of people working past retirement age has grown consistently since the 1990s. In the US, 32% of people aged 65 to 69 were in work in 2017, far more than the 22% who were working in 1994. In the UK, employment rates for people older than 65 doubled between 1993 and 2018.

Source: Is this the end of retirement as we know it? – BBC Worklife

The Census shows that vast stretches of America are Shrinking. Almost all of them voted for Donald Trump | slate

Ninety percent of counties that lost population in the last decade backed the ex-president.

By Jordan Weissmann, Aug 14, 20215:40 AM

A barn for Trump. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Donald Trump and the Republican Party he shaped represent the fading face of the United States, winning over an older, more rural, and overwhelmingly caucasian bloc of voters that reflected the country’s past more than its more urban and diverse future.

The latest data from the 2020 Census, which the government released on Thursday to kick off the congressional redistricting process, illustrate that fact in incredibly stark terms.

It shows that the white population fell for the first time in history during the last decade, and that Americans continued to cluster in growing cities and suburbs, whether in Texas, Georgia, Virginia, or New York.

Source: The Census shows that vast stretches of America are Shrinking. Almost all of them voted for Donald Trump.

Times They Are A-Changing, February 23, 2020


February 23rd, 2020


Quote of the Day.. “To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships..” -W.E.B. DuBois (born this date)  Quote source


This Isn’t an Election: It’s a Civil War, and Our Side Isn’t Necessarily Winning.” 2020. Salon. February 22, 2020.. A really telling article, you have to realize upon reading that Democracy is in serious danger from Trump, he must be stopped in November. #VoteBlue.. https://www.salon.com/2020/02/22/this-isnt-an-election-its-a-civil-war-and-our-side-isnt-necessarily-winning/



Crime Notes, A Very Bizarre Tale..  “I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family” “Scott Catt seemed like an ordinary dad—hardworking, responsible, devoted to his son and daughter—but he had a very strange secret. And so did his children” .. from 2014, in “Texas Monthly,” but worth a read.. https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/i-would-only-rob-banks-for-my-family/


Corporations Talk Funny.. “Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?” n.d. Accessed February 22, 2020. Yes, they are very different from you and me.. lingo, Tech Speak, strange words indeed.. it’s like another country 🌏.. https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/spread-of-corporate-speak.html

Streaming/TV Notes.. One of the shows we’ve enjoyed recently at home is “The Outsider.” Based on the 2012 book by master of suspense and horror, Stephen King, this version takes some time unfolding, bizarre camera angles, jumps around a lot, characters you don’t know who they are (until maybe later), etc. Still, intriguing mystery and some good acting overall.. I’ve started the book, too.. read more about it here.. https://www.hbo.com/the-outsider

Health Update.. We are keeping track of the Coronavirus news, as I’m sure you are.. Be sure and keep watch on WHO and CDC Web sites for factual updates.. here’s a recent overview of travel advice from February 21, “The Mercury News”..“Coronavirus: Everything Travelers Need to Know.” n.d. Accessed February 21, 2020.. https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/02/21/coronavirus-everything-travelers-need-to-know/

Entertainment Update.. Elaine Low. 2020. “‘Friends’ Cast to Reunite for Exclusive HBO Max Special.” Variety (blog). February 21, 2020. ..should be fun, although I admit I haven’t seen *all* the episodes of “Friends” myself.. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/friends-cast-reunion-hbo-max-1203510743/

Cinema News.. and the Book.. “The Call Of The Wild: 8 Big Differences Between The Book And The Harrison Ford Movie.” 2020. CINEMABLEND. February 22, 2020.. Note that one has spoilers for the film and also the book; don’t go there if you don’t want spoilers.. https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2490481/the-call-of-the-wild-big-differences-between-the-book-and-the-harrison-ford-movie

Library Notes.. a dedicated librarian can almost always find a way to make things a bit better, says a retired librarian of course.. here’s a good news item.. Whitaker, Denise. 2020. “Federal Way Librarian Builds Library for Kids by Scouring Goodwill Shelves.” KOMO. February 21, 2020. https://komonews.com/news/local/federal-way-librarian-builds-library-for-kids-by-scouring-goodwill-shelves

Star Gazing.. one of my favorite hobbies, watching the skies.. I’ve been subscribed to the newsletter and updates from “Sky & Telescope” for a long time.. check it out.. here’s a recent post to enjoy.. “This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 21 – 29.” 2020. Sky & Telescope (blog). February 21, 2020. https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-february-21-29/


Oh, No.. Not Another Generation Name? Yikes.. “What Is ‘Generation Alpha’? – The Atlantic.” n.d. Accessed February 21, 2020.. https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/02/generation-after-gen-z-named-alpha/606862/

That’s all for today, folks.. enjoy your day!

Times They Are A-Changing, February 20, 2020


February 20th, 2020

Quote of the Day.. “The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” -Robert M. Pirsig
Quote source


Biographer and Friend of Hemingway Dies.. “Remembering Ernest Hemingway Biographer A. E. Hotchner.” n.d. NPR.Org. Accessed February 18, 2020.. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/18/806991677/remembering-ernest-hemingway-biographer-a-e-hotchner

Library Notes.. “Lawyer-librarian answers questions on book displays, video recording, and animals in the library”.. how about those service dogs, huh? Nice article from “American Libraries”.. https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2020/02/18/must-my-library-accommodate-service-and-support-animals/


Netflix Notes.. One of the shows I enjoyed was “Altered Carbon,” which had season 1 earlier.. they’ve announced season 2 is available as of February 27th.. here’s a nice review (some minor spoilers), and the season 2 trailer from YouTube.. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/02/a-cyberpunk-mercenary-searches-for-his-lost-love-in-altered-carbon-s2-trailer/


Blows Against the Empire.. We watched on my TiVo the Nevada Democratic Debate, tough to see such arguing and yelling and finger pointing.. We need to be more united, attacking the policies and actions of our so-called President, instead of going after each other.. I made the infographic on the left after watching.. Read more about it via Google News..  Read on Google News

Spring Training, Play Ball.. wasn’t the World Series just over? LOL, well, MLB has started up spring training in Florida and Arizona, and games are being held.. check out the listing for your favorite team, and check when the games might be on TV near you.. Spring Training info from MLB

What’s On My Audiobook Player.. I use the app on my Android phone called Smart Audiobook Player and it works on my phone and Android Auto in my Honda.. I borrowed from my library a copy of “The Last Lion,” the last of the trilogy, covering the war years and after.. it’s a wonderful biography of Winston Churchill and I’m enjoying listening to it.. a real statesman and leader.. here’s the Amazon information on the book.. The Last Lion Book 3


Daytona 500 Injury Update.. The driver, Ryan Newman, miraculously has left the hospital and seems okay, amazing.. See more via For the Win

That’s all for today, folks.. enjoy your day!

Times They Are A-Changing, February 18, 2020


February 18th, 2020

High Times for Marijuana Votes Coming.. 11 States Where You Might Be Voting on Major Marijuana Reforms This November. 2020. Salon. February 17, 2020..


Cooking? Need a Cookbook? Looks like this restaurant in South Carolina has a solution for you.. free cookbooks.. https://www.southernliving.com/travel/south-carolina/greenville-south-carolina-table-301-catering-kitchen-cookbook-library


Movie Insights.. One of the favorite films I worked on (and met Wes Craven) was “Swamp Thing,” shot in Charleston, SC area.. wonderful introduction to film-making.. here’s some thoughts on the film from CrimeReads.com.. See the story at CrimeReads

Blows Against the Empire.. We are well into early caucus voting here in Las Vegas, NV.. We have to find the best nominee who can beat 45 in November.. Read more about it via Google News..  Read on Google News

Coronavirus Update.. “USA Today” has a nice summary about the spread of the coronavirus.. Read on “USA Today”

Movies and Writing.. BuzzFeed put together a nice article with scenes that are paired with the movie’s scripts.. words matter, take a peek.. See at BuzzFeed

Shopping for Stuff.. We enjoy going to Trader’s Joe’s, and here’s a nice listing of 10 things to buy on your next visit.. See the article via MSN

A Saint Comes Back.. Drew Brees will be coming back to the New Orleans Saints for at least one more season.. holds a ton of NFL records, good for him.. Read the story from ESPN

What’s On My Playlist.. We’ve started listening more to some country music, and we got a DVD set of Ken Burns’ documentary on Country Music from our local library.. give it a listen.. See more via PBS

Daytona 500.. really tough accident at end of the race on Monday.. hope the driver is okay, in hospital, serious condition.. See more via CBS News

That’s all for today.. enjoy your day!

Times They Are A-Changing, February 17, 2020


February 17th, 2020

Library News.. Looks like there will be a new East Valley library in Escondido, CA.. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/escondido/story/2020-02-17/long-overdue-escondido-partners-with-college-for-an-east-valley-library

Coronavirus Update.. That cruise ship with the Americans on board is having more issues, very tough events for those travelers.. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/16/806470340/americans-evacuate-diamond-princess-cruise-ship-amid-spread-of-infection

Democratic Nomination 2020.. There’s worries that Bernie Sanders might be the Democratic nominee, and it has leaders in the party worried that might be wrong to defeat Trump.. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/02/17/bernie-sanders-success-2020-primary-worrying-some-democrats/4752572002/

Brands in Business.. I always enjoyed Pier 1 stores, didn’t always buy a lot, but good products, maybe priced too high for many.. they have filed for bankruptcy.. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/17/pier-1-files-for-ch-11-bankruptcy-as-talks-with-potential-buyers-continue.html

Space News.. Starlink satellites launched fine by SpaceX, but had some problems sticking the landing.. https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/17/21140965/spacex-falcon-9-failure-sea-drone-ship-starlink-success

High Speed Trains.. proposed high speed train from California to Las Vegas is suggesting a location for a station in Las Vegas.. https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/tourism/virgin-trains-plans-big-station-south-of-las-vegas-strip-1959236/

Internet Update.. No link, but our Internet was up and down and mostly down for 2 days.. pretty rough, thank goodness for the Sprint phones had mobile available..

Daytona 500.. rained out yesterday, will continue today on Fox, at 4pm ET, 1pm PT.. https://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/28718419/rain-postpones-daytona-500-monday-afternoon

That’s all for today.. enjoy your day!