Fiorello LaGuardia Stamp, Mayor LaGuardia
Senior Stories

Fiorello LaGuardia (The Compassion of New York’s Famous Mayor)

The Little Flower: Fiorello LaGuardia Here’s a story about Fiorello LaGuardia who was mayor of New York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of WWII. Many New Yorkers adored him.  They took to calling him the “Little Flower”. All because he was so short and always wore a carnation in his…

Senior Fired at 63
Career Senior Stories

Fired at 63: Should I Retire Now? What Would You Do?

Last week, without warning and for no apparent reason, I was fired. Dollar General has employed me as a cashier for the past 13 months. Thirteen months during which I was never late, never absent. As do most seniors, I took my job seriously working weekends and nights, often filling in for younger workers with…

growing old is mandatory growing up is optional
Senior Stories

Growing Old is Mandatory, Growing Up is Optional

This a lovely story about a senior citizen college student. Her message “Growing Old is Mandatory, Growing Up is Optional” is a special one. If we’re lucky, we’ll reach a ripe old age like her. On the first day of school, our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t…

Enjoying Age
Senior Stories

Enjoying One’s Age in the Later Stage (Aging Euphemisms)

Countless euphemisms have been penned about geezerdom, such as “strolling into the sunset of life,” but anyone who regards aging as the most fun you can have without giggling with glee needs a brain scan (to prove that they still have one). I saw the great actor Hume Cronyn, then in his eighties, interviewed on…

Fender Skirts
Nostalgia

Fender Skirts, Curb Feelers, and Necker Knobs (Words That Disappeared)

I haven’t thought about fender skirts in years. When I was a kid, I considered it such a funny term. Made me think of a car in a dress.  More Words That Disappeared Thinking about fender skirts started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice.   Like…

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