Ready for a riddle?

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on January 01, 2019

I’m not generally a riddle lover. But I’m listening to a book on tape that my wife enjoyed, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change, by Leonard Mlodinow (m-lod’-nov). The book is about the human brain and the multiple methods by which we think — something science has only recently come to understand. The book addresses what he calls our brain’s elasticity: an ability... READ MORE

Let’s be more critical

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on November 30, 2018

No one likes a critic. Criticism is often shared in harsh ways, in which case it can be destructive rather than constructive. And let’s face it, even constructive criticism is seldom appreciated at the time! On the other hand, perhaps we should all be a bit more critical in how we read and understand things. Reading (and thinking) critically are more important today than ever, living... READ MORE

Congrats all around

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on November 01, 2018

First, I want to congratulate the winners of our Celebration of the Arts amateur art competition. You may have seen the special insert we ran in our September issue, describing the contest and giving brief bios of our first, second and third place winners in each of the four categories. It was only days ago, however, that we held the Awards Ceremony for all the winners, including... READ MORE

Lack of trust — Part II

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on October 01, 2018

Last month, I wrote about the disturbing state of Social Security and Medicare. I noted that an additional, unbudgeted-for $416 billion must be paid out of this year’s federal budget in order to meet the needs of Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries this year. Those programs are supposed to be funded each year out of the payroll taxes paid by every working American. Indeed,... READ MORE

A lack of trust (fund)

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on August 24, 2018

Two questions arise from a recent article from the Associated Press that begins: “An unexpected weakening in the finances of Social Security and Medicare...” First, what’s unexpected about it? (Answer: it’s only unexpected if you haven’t been paying attention.) And second, has this reported “weakening” become such a common alarm from the annual report of the Social... READ MORE

A complex subject

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on July 23, 2018

For most Americans, recent headlines concerning unfair trade and retaliatory tariffs seem far removed from daily life. But for papers like the Beacon, a trade dispute with Canada — which has led to U.S. tariffs that have caused multiple and continuing increases in the price of newsprint since last fall — could be a life-and-death matter. So I have chosen to write about this,... READ MORE

Would you want to know?

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on June 29, 2018

While we don’t currently have any medications or other approaches that effectively prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, it is heartening to know that research is being funded and that important discoveries are being made. At a recent event of the BrightFocus Foundation, which funds research into glaucoma, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s, I met some of those ... READ MORE

Feeling vulnerable

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on May 31, 2018

Every year — in fact, almost every day — we gain more and more power over nature and over our lives through technology. This is true not only for individuals, but also for societies and governments throughout the world. On the one hand, it seems as though this is progress that solves real problems (as well as problems we didn’t even know we had), and that it enhances peace and... READ MORE

Calling all artists!

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on March 30, 2018

You may have noticed that we’ve been highlighting the arts for a number of months in our pages, featuring in nearly every issue older adults who have either returned to an art or craft they enjoyed in their youth, or taken up something completely new in retirement. We have also recently published lists of the many arts and craft classes offered in the local area. All of this has... READ MORE

This one is on us

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on March 06, 2018

My column last month, about my experience with an outrageously and unnecessarily overpriced prescription, generated a great deal of reader comment. In case you missed it, in brief: I was repeatedly encouraged by a doctor, despite my protests, to try out a “new” anti-inflammatory (which turned out to simply combine two readily available over-the-counter drugs into a single... READ MORE