The Rhythm of Community & Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2013-10-15T12:20:14+00:00">October 15, 2013</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-01-23T09:47:23+00:00">January 23, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/illinois/">Illinois</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/iowa/">Iowa</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/minnesota/">Minnesota</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/nebraska/">Nebraska</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/wisconsin/">Wisconsin</a></span></div></section> </div>

It’s Sunday afternoon and I was twerked off because I needed to travel for work. Again. I just returned home Thursday and here I was, just two days later, headed for Atlanta and the AARP Annual Life@50 event. I have been to Atlanta in the past, but hadn’t really experienced much of the city. Once there, despite my reticence, I decided to use the opportunity to explore. I’ve taken to using motorized scooters to make it easier for me to …

I Have Always Believed In Dreams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2013-09-18T21:49:38+00:00">September 18, 2013</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-01-23T09:46:04+00:00">January 23, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/illinois/">Illinois</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/iowa/">Iowa</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/minnesota/">Minnesota</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/nebraska/">Nebraska</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/wisconsin/">Wisconsin</a></span></div></section> </div>

Watching coverage of the 50th Anniversary  Dr. King’s, “I have a dream speech” brought a flood of memories and reflection.  I was 6 years old when Dr. King gave that speech. I was a long way from DC and a long way from understanding the significance of Dr. King’s speech. In 1963 I think I knew two African Americans and one Hispanic boy in school, my world was pretty homogenized. I did have some grasp of diversity because my folks …

If Only We Think We Can!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2013-09-12T14:41:04+00:00">September 12, 2013</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-01-23T09:45:39+00:00">January 23, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>4 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/illinois/">Illinois</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/iowa/">Iowa</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/minnesota/">Minnesota</a></span><span class="region"><a href="http://states.aarp.org/region/wisconsin/">Wisconsin</a></span></div></section> </div>

In mid-August I celebrated 20 years working at AARP. Twenty years?! Really? On September 11th I turned 56 years old. Wow.  As I reflect on these milestones I realize I’m right smack dab in the middle of two groups that AARP is focused on. Age-wise I’m part of the Boomer generation. My generation has changed every American institution it has touched and now as a group we are changing how we age. As a worker, I have begun to feel the tugs of …