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Third Age: The Age of Rage

A few weeks ago I excoriated someone on Facebook who laughed at the aged. It is true that the cause of the aged is hampered when people find our frailties, of t…

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Third Age: Buck Up Virginia

Ever since I read No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses, Virginia Ironside’s sprightly book about growing old defiantly, I’ve been waiting for her Krakatoa moment. I…

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Third Age: A Fit of the Giggles

Should any young parents have wandered into this column of the Third Age, I beg you to listen to me this once. Do not punish or even reprove your children when …

Third Age: Resolute, not resolutions

I’m starting the New Year by blocking everyone on my Facebook stream (is that what you call it? It certainly seems like “an ever rolling stream”) whose idea of …

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Third Age: Be Old, Stay Young

Old people and change. Yes, there is often some resistance there. But is it worse than young people who cannot imagine a world without their mobile phones, the …

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Lost: Our Bright Shiny Courage

We are more likely to send troops to a war than adapt the constitution, or even simple things like the flag, the national song. Australia’s leaders seem to thi…

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