How to Age Gracefully (Maybe)

(This morning maybe because I am Getting Older I got two emails from Experts Explaining how to age gracefully.  They did NOT say what follows here:)


Eat as much ice cream as possible.  Remember Klondike bars?

They still sell them in the supermarket.   As good as you remember.

Read books. There are  infinite options.  Even books with unfortunate titles like

Online Marketing for Busy Authors by Fauzia Burke can be interesting

though not as good as a Real Book.  (I am reading Three Women by Lisa Todaro

about sex lives of three women. ) Listen to podcasts.  Good ones are like

old fashioned radio plays.  Meet your friends for lunch or dinner.  Breakfast

isn’t as good a time to meet.   You don’t have to cook

if you don’t feel like it.  You can just make salad or soup.  The whole world

likes soup.  Most people  like salad.  Listen to as much music as humanly

possible.  Aretha Klezmer Dylan Bach Lyle Lovett’s Closing Time.  All music

qualifies.  Dance if you feel like it.  Even if your knees hurt.  Buy a big bag

of pistachio nuts and eat as many as you want.  Call someone  on the telephone and

talk for hours the way you once did.  Or just listen.  She’ll want to talk I’m sure.

Volunteer somewhere:  library hospital homeless shelter.  Don’t think about

body parts.  They’re just parts after all.  Go to the movies in an actual

movie theater with a friend. Listen to Mel Brooks 2000 Year Old Man.  Buy some fruit.

Look up when you’re outside.  Wear at least one bracelet.  Don’t forget to sing.



Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Love this one! I read your posts every day and once in a while I can’t resist thanking you for getting it exactly right.

  2. Yes. To hell with excerize.
    Podcasts: The China history podcast by Lazlo Montgomery. Super.

  3. I almost always read your poems. Some like today nailed it. I even thought I’d call you to talk but I couldn’t find your number. I’ve got it somewhere.

  4. I saw Lyle Lovett in concert last night. He didn’t do Closing Time (wish he had). It’s one of my favorite songs.

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