Willie Nelson Profiled

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson in Austin, Texas. (Photo Credit: LeAnn Mueller)

“He is one of America’s greatest songwriters, a hero from Texas to San Francisco, a hippie’s hippie and a redneck’s redneck. But does anyone really know Willie Nelson?” Read more here in Rolling Stone’s “definitive profile of the country icon.” Nelson celebrated his 81st birthday last April.




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Artist Graciela Iturbide

Graciela IturbideGraciela Iturbide was born in 1942 in Mexico City. Her career as a photographer includes documenting the lives of the Seri Indians, a group of fisherman living a nomadic lifestyle in the Sonora desert in the north west of Mexico, along the border with Arizona, and photographing the Juchitán people who form part of the Zapotec culture native to Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Between 1980 and 2000, Iturbide was invited to work in Cuba, East Germany, India, Madagascar, Hungary, Paris and the US, producing a number of important bodies of work. Read more about her on her website. She’ll be featured in ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7 which premieres October 24th on your local PBS station. [The entire series is well worth watching!]




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Simple English Pleasures as Told through Winnie-the-Pooh

Winne the Pooh afternoon teaCurrently circulating online is a post from Buzzfeed: “These Are The 10 Best Simple English Pleasures As Told Through Winnie-The-Pooh,” featuring lovely drawings like the one here of Pooh and Piglet, “Indulging in afternoon tea, Devon.”

The drawings are taken from “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood,” the first authorized sequel to the A. A. Milne classic Winnie-the-Pooh books in more than 80 years. Published in 2009, the book contains ten stories by David Benedictus, 76, an English writer whose work includes several novels. Illustrations are by Mark Burgess, an English writer and illustrator of many children’s books, who retained the style of the originals by E. H. Shepard. ~ More here.


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Elmer Long’s Bottletree Ranch

Bottletree Ranch - Elmer Long

Elmer’s Bottletree Ranch is literally a forest of bottle trees (large metal pipes with bottles hanging from them), located along the Mother Road, Route 66, right in the heart of the California desert.

Click here for a photo album and a 2-minute video featuring Elmer himself.


And there’s more here.

Looks like more fun than recycling!





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Worth Repeating: B.B. King Rocks on at 88

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 9/24/13: 

BB King -2“The King of the Blues is still king of the road, playing 125 dates a year, including one at the White House last year where he performed his biggest hit The Thrill Is Gone.”

Click here to read more and see a very brief video of his White House appearance, with a cameo from President Obama.

[Update: B.B. King celebrated his 89th birthday on 9/16.]


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Photographer Bill Cunningham Gets Tribute at Fashion Week

Bill Cunningham

“It was an emotional start to Fashion Week for legendary street style photographer Bill Cunningham. Wednesday night (9/3) at his ‘Fashion Icons’ talk with NYFW creator Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y, the 85-year-old Cunningham choked up multiple times as he looked back on his personal life and career.”

Read more here and watch the trailer for “Bill Cunningham New York,” a film by Richard Press.


[Photo credit for Cunningham in the front row at this year's Ralph Lauren show: Scott Schuman at The Sartorialist.com]


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Experience Talks 9/27: Beth Baker



01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener.” Saturdays 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! You can also enjoy hearing all of our previous shows on the Listen Page of our Experience Talks website.


Saturday 9/27 @ 8 AM PT:

Author Beth Baker talks with Host Cynthia Friedlob

Beth Baker

BETH BAKER is a long-time freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Ms., Preservation, and Nature Conservancy. She has written extensively on medical research and aging issues for the AARP Bulletin and has been a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Health section. She is the Features Editor of BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, where she is also a frequent contributor.

Her nonfiction book on alternative nursing homes, Old Age in a New Age, was published in May, 2007, by Vanderbilt University Press. Her new book, With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older, explores how and where we might choose to age, and offers quite a variety of living arrangements to consider. Drawing on new research showing the importance of social support to healthy aging and the risks associated with loneliness and isolation, the author encourages the reader to plan for a future with strong connections. Beth explores whether those in declining health can really stay rooted in their communities through the end of life and concludes by examining the challenge of expanding the home-care workforce and the potential of new technologies like webcams and assistive robots. Visit Beth’s website for more information.

We interviewed Beth at a special live event and book signing at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony in North Hollywood, CA.


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“Cyber-Seniors” Is More Than A Film

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[Cartoon by Pirillo & Fitz.]

We’ve posted in the past about the Cyber-Seniors documentary, but we wanted to make sure you’ve seen the trailer and are aware of some opportunities. Cyber-Seniors wants you to get involved!

“Cyber-Seniors is more than a film, it’s a movement!  The ‘Cyber-Seniors – Connecting Generations’ campaign aims to promote intergenerational connections.  It’s goal is to engage youth mentors in bridging the technology gap by empowering older adults to use technology to expand their social and physical worlds.   Whether you are a student wanting to make a difference in your community and earn community service hours, or an older adult looking for some help in advancing your technology skills, or an organization who understands the value of bringing youth and seniors together to bridge the digital divide, we need your help. Together we can put technology to good use – building stronger communities and connecting generations.”

As they say in the documentary, the generation gap has never been wider. Get more information on the website, where you can also learn about an entertaining YouTube video tutorial contest with monthly prizes.

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Physicist Dr. Peter Higgs of the Higgs Boson Particle

Peter Higgs

(Image credit: BBC)

“It was in 1964 that Dr. Higgs, then a 35-year old assistant professor at the University of Edinburgh, predicted the existence of a new particle — now known as the Higgs boson, or the ‘God particle’ — that would explain how other particles get mass. Half a century later, on July 4, 2012, he pulled out a handkerchief and wiped away a tear as he sat in a lecture hall at CERN, the European Organization of Nuclear Research in Geneva, and heard that his particle had finally been found.” He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013. Read more about Dr. Higgs, now 84,  here and here.


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New York’s Senior Center Artists-in-Residence Program

SPARC-NYSeniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) is a residency administered by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with local arts councils in each borough and funded by the Department of the Aging. The initiative, which brings artists into New York City’s senior centers, is entering its fourth year, with a call for proposals due at the end of September. The six-month residency places 50 teaching and practicing artists in as many senior centers across the five boroughs, and last year attracted applications from 130 artists. If you’re an east coast friend of EngAGE and are interested in the program, you can get details here.



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