Joan Baez at home in California. (Photograph: Patrick Fraser/Patrick Fraser for the Observer)
Joan Baez: Singer, activist, peacenik, lover, legend | Music | The Guardian
“For more than 50 years, Baez has been a central figure in the cultural and political life of the United States. A singer, an activist, a peacenik, a beauty, a lover (of some iconic men, it must be said). She is far too self-aware to utter the phrase ‘been there, done that’, but if she ever did, no one would take issue. Name a significant date in American politics since the early 1960s and she will either know the characters involved or have been involved in some way herself.”
Baez,73, plays the Royal Festival Hall, London, from 17-21 September (joanbaez.com)
Are you a participant from one of our EngAGE communities? A volunteer? A donor? Would you like to know more about our exciting annual event? Watch the brief video to see how the games unfolded last year. Read more and see photos on our website. Learn how you can become a part of this, our 14th annual games!
Saturday, September 14th, from 8 AM to 3 PM at Cerritos Park East in Cerritos, CA. Athletic and creative events, good food, good music, great fun!
“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 9/11/13:
It was thirty years ago on August 30th that Guion “Guy” Bluford, now 70, became the first African-America in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. “Bluford was part of NASA’s barrier-breaking 1978 class of astronauts. Of the 35 spaceflyers selected, three were African-Americans, and six were women, including Sally Ride. . . . ‘Guy was the first person of color to fly and that was absolutely incredible, but it was would have been empty had he been the first and only,’ added [NASA chief Charles] Bolden, who became the space agency’s first black administrator in 2009 and is also a veteran of four space shuttle flights.” Read more and see a video on the NASA website.
We’ve been posting about the amazing Tao Porchon Lynch for the past two years when, in 2012, she made the Guinness Book of World Records, and in 2013, when she became a sponsored athlete for Athleta clothing.
Once again, we’re delighted to post about her latest accomplishment: a new video for Barcroft TV. Read, watch, and be inspired! You can check out her website, too. [Hat tip to EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter for this link.]
Tune 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, 9/13 at 8 AM PT: DR. AZITA NAHAI and LAUREN WALKER with Host Dr. Connie Corley
Dr. Azita Nahai is a Kundalini yogi, scholar, speaker, and therapist. Her professional and doctoral research over the past fifteen years has uncovered and supported the use of Kundalini yoga and meditation as a valuable therapeutic modality in trauma recovery, and a life toolset for personal growth and transformation. As a wholehearted change agent and spirit-based trauma specialist, Dr. Nahai’s mission is to guide you back to your own wisdom and to teach you to harness every challenge as a catalyst for growth~ in order to live a life in harmony with your soul. She practices privately in Los Angeles. Learn more about her upcoming TRAUMA TO DHARMA™ THE JOURNEY HOME program at Yoga West LA, beginning September 21st. You can also visit Dr. Nahai’s website.
Lauren Walker has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997. She is also a writer who has published in the New York Times and Salon.com, and she has been featured in YOGA JOURNAL. She has lived and traveled all over the world, and for several years taught yoga at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the United States. Lauren has written a book published by Sounds True called ENERGY MEDICINE YOGA: AMPLIFY THE HEALING POWER OF YOUR YOGA PRACTICE. Learn more about Lauren on her website.
Challenges ahead include rethinking city design and facing a housing shortfall:
America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young – The Washington Post
“Although we seldom think about them this way, most American communities as they exist today were built for the spry and mobile. We’ve constructed millions of multi-story, single-family homes where the master bedroom is on the second floor, where the lawn outside requires weekly upkeep, where the mailbox is a stroll away. We’ve designed neighborhoods where everyday errands require a driver’s license. We’ve planned whole cities where, if you don’t have a car, it’s not particularly easy to walk anywhere — especially not if you move gingerly.”
Harvard study flags housing shortfalls for nation’s elderly and disabled – Boston Business Journal
The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation report that “the number of adults in the U.S. aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 132 million by 2030, an increase of more than 70 percent since 2000. But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located and coordinated with supports and services is in too short supply.” (Many other significant issues are also addressed in this article.)
And the simple cost of housing is out of reach for many, not only seniors. The Los Angeles Times published this useful interactive link that allows you to determine where in the metropolitan area you can afford to rent an average two-bedroom apartment or buy a median-priced house. Spoiler alert: An income of $100,000 is not enough!
Susan Cary Price (left) and host Rochelle LeBlanc
Former EngAGE Business Manager Susan Cary Price is also a fine artist. She was interviewed recently by Rochelle LeBlanc on “Let’s Talk” for City TV16 in Santa Monica, CA.
“Selfie on Paper”
See more of Susan’s art here. Nicely done, Susan!
(Photo Credit: Angelos Tzortzinis for The New York Times)
Manolis Glezos, 92, is a celebrated Greek freedom fighter. “For more than 70 years, he has taken an activist’s role in the most critical moments of Greece’s modern history. For his trouble, Mr. Glezos has gotten three death sentences; 12 years in prison, where he was tortured; and four years in exile.” Read more here.
(Photo from Motley Family Collection)
Bob Motley, a 91-year-old from Kansas City, MO, is the last surviving umpire from Negro League baseball.
“Racial integration didn’t come to the major leagues until 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color line at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But it was another 19 years before a black man, Emmett Ashford, appeared behind home plate. In the interim, black umpires called balls and strikes in the Negro League.”
(Photo Credit: Byron Motley Photography)
Motley got his start as an umpire in the Marines — while on crutches, recovering from a gunshot wound.
Read and hear his unique story here on NPR. See a slide show and hear more related audio, too.
“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 9/3/13:
You probably know Tony Dow from his role as Wally on “Leave It to Beaver,” or perhaps you became a fan later when he was on “General Hospital.” After his successful acting career, Tony became a director and producer for over twenty years. As he neared retirement in the early 2000s, he decided to return to an early love: sculpting. He works in burl wood and some of his sculptures have been cast in bronze. Click here to get details on his website. Click here or see below to enjoy a video of him in his studio (3:01).