At age 66, Andrea Martin’s Tony-winning performance in Pippin is an inspiration for all boomers. The highlight of this circus-inspired Broadway revival is her rendition of “No Time At All,” a feel-good motivational song about living every moment of your life before it’s too late.
When I was younger, I bought a third-floor walk-up condo in Boston. That was 16 years ago. The wooden three-unit building was constructed in 1885 by German and Irish laborers. It’s heavy like a ship. The stairs, located inside the building, are made of oak. They had never gotten the better of me over my years of living there. I’d easily bound up and down them all day long, often carrying bags of groceries.
If I took the back stairs, it was four flights up and down.
My parents had very different ways of retiring. My father stayed physically active. My mother didn’t. He stayed healthy, she got Alzheimer’s.
A few years ago I moved to Minneapolis for a job. When I revisited Boston, where I had lived for 15 years, I knew I had to return. There’s no Florida in my future.
When I heard that St. Clare’s Hospital in New York was in desperate need of volunteers to help AIDS patients, I decided to sign up. I went to the hospital, which was then located in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, one evening after work. I met with a thin, silver-haired woman who was in charge of the volunteer program. She looked very Upper East Side. Proper, but also flustered and overworked.
When, for the heck of it, I typed in “What makes a person sexy?” on my browser the other day, I was directed to a “Yahoo! Answers” discussion site. All of the replies were from young men and women whose predictable insights included: “A pretty face, not too chubby,” “Hot body,” “Voluptuous figure” and “Beautiful eyes and a nice body.”