Letter from the Editor:

Wow. This summer was tremendous.  (Thankfully, the word tremendous took an etymological detour (apparently in 1812 - from the War of?) and now, no longer meaning dreaded or terrible, means only that which is immense or extraordinarily great!) On the personal level, it was mind-expanding due to travel to two key European cities - London and Amsterdam - but on the professional level, it was truly life-changing:  

Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism offers a final program for grad students called the Innovation Incubator - a summer capstone project (their final, definitive effort before graduating.) 20 students choose 4 projects to focus upon and Realize was one of them. For 10 weeks, we had 5 dedicated journalism students hitting every nerve and priming us for the next level.  What will emerge is a relaunch of sorts, that we’ll roll out over the next few months.

And now, instead of my previous Oz-like operation behind an emerald curtain, Realize will be hiring a Managing Editor (to be paid out of my own shrinking pocket) and will be run like a real company. We’ll have a production schedule and a steady stream of content to prove it!

But first we've got some catch up to do with some of our favorite contributors:  Haig Hovaness on Kerouac's Original Scroll of 'On the Road', Pat Hitchens on coming out of the closet as a storyteller, and Susanne Houfek on the wild intellectual peregrinations of her '21st Century Salon.'  Yours truly explores the deeper meanings of Home and the fascinating new film 'Calvary.' And our food editor Peggy Wolff reveals an Amish secret...

And before you finalize your bucket list, check out our video doc on a New York artist who gets her kicks on the flying trapeze - and she's over 50! 

Please stay tuned and spread the word that Realize, the un-AARP, is on a tear into the hearts and minds of that generation that I would like to see renamed Generation B.  Aren’t you tired of that Boomer title, as well? Anyone with a better moniker, please send it along.

Become part of a new cadre of steely-eyed 'elders' and let's rock the joint!!!

'Gone Girl' casts a dark shadow over marriage and the American society
 
The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must
—Athenian ambassador to Melos, 415 B.C

Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, Gone Girl, now adapted for the screen, holds up a very dark mirror to modern America. This is an intricately structured suspense tale with wicked twists;...

Hilarious, Profound, Phenomenal

At the molten core of Alehandro Iñárritu's magisterial comedy, Keaton is an erupting, centripetal force. He is volcanic, spewing genius and madness across the screen, over the course of a two day period in the dank heart of Broadway. The dreams, pretensions, and delusions of the desperate thespian rise as a symphonic echoing of the madness and yearning of us all. Bringing to life...

How painter Joni Wehrli conquers acrophobia swinging high in the air

When I learned a good friend of a good friend of mine, who happens to be well over 50, had been flying on a trapeze, weekly, over the past decade, I knew I had to witness it and then show the good readers of Realize that things you never thought possible at our age can be done with agility and grace.  Joni Wehrli gives us a voyeuristic thrill and talks about how the...

Rage Against the Machine

Why am I compelled to write about this movie?

First of all: Brendan Gleeson as Father James. 
Second of all: the rest of the cast.
Thirdly: the meatiness of it all. Irish, yes, but no potatoes. All meat.
...

Happy Hour Enlightenment in Berkeley California

A mathematician, an artist, a lawyer and an MBA walk into a bar…

The Unexpurgated Story from the Original Scroll Manuscript

In 1951, in a three-week, Benzedrine-fueled frenzy of typing, Jack Kerouac wrote the original manuscript of “On the Road,” a novel/memoir that is considered a seminal work of the post-WWII beat movement and the ancestor of many counter-culture descendants. Although the book is regarded as a literary landmark today, it took Kerouac six years to get it published, in a heavily revised...

A rambling meditation on the meaning of Home

Home. What is it? Refuge, padded cell, Architectural Digest theme park? The word home has multiple vectors, but I’ll take the Old English word ham - “dwelling, house, estate, village” - as a starting point because the duality of the term is at the core of my perambulations.  Home as residence. Home as locale.  Home is where the...

The Amish know their Daily Bread

The Amish love their wheat. Their lives are rooted to the grain’s cycle: the color of the emerald-green grass pushing up then staying dormant while every other grass has turned brown. In rural communities, the journey from wheat field to grain elevator to mill can be a quick turnaround—a good thing for those whose dinner table revolve around homemade bread.  

Consider this: Is What They See What They Get?

The number of people in the Realize demographic who are willing to sit on a barstool or wait for friends to dig up date possibilities, is shrinking as fast as the potential to meet new people online, from the comfort of your own home, swells. 

50 years on, a first kiss fumble morphs into storytelling touchdown.

A lone speaker walks up to a mike.  A spotlight glaring in her eyes, she faces the audience and opens her mouth. She may have note cards in her hands, or even a script of sorts, or she may have nothing at all.  Then, out comes a story.  Her story, personal, warts-and-all.  Shared with a roomful of strangers.

A Light-hearted Documentary about an Outrageous Gathering in the Desert

From the shaggy front lines of hipster culture, we bring you a light-hearted documentary on BEquinox, a regional Burning Man event held in Joshua Tree, CA.  Though smaller in scale, it has the same wild mix of people and shenanigans, and the same blissed-out vibe as Burning Man. More than a few Boomers.

Vintage + Modern Mash-up

Tired of not seeing models your age in fashion shoots?  Well, Realize took matters into our own hands to prove that women in fact get more stylish the older they get. We don’t have the keys to the showrooms that Vogue does, so Beatrice Novoa and I just rifled through our own closets and unleashed our restless imaginations.  

Recognized as a top innovator in the field of aging, Bill Thomas is a live wire!

Dr. Bill Thomas first appeared in my life as a Twitter follower of Realize Magazine. Following him back, I was surprised to find that the man had a book tour coming to LA in a few days. Before even knowing what exactly I was diving into, I managed to arrange an interview. I then hustled to download his book, devoured it in a few days, and realized that this man held...

Charles Mingus wrote Goodbye Porkpie Hat as a tribute to Lester Young, sax player and 'hep cat'

 

Realize sat down with the relationship therapist in Manhattan to talk about the virality of online dating

Herein lies a 30 minute interview (in three parts) conducted off the cuff, in Brenda's offices in Manhattan.  Brenda Lewis, if you don't already know, is Realize's very own relationship coach and has loads of experience helping clients over the age of 50 finesse the game of online dating. Whether you're already playing or not so happy with your current results, there's plenty to learn in the...