Archive for March, 2019
I didn’t pay much attention when I heard that Nelson Mandela and then George H W Bush were being treated for it, for they were in their 90s and, well, old. But, recently, when Whoopi Goldberg, at age 63, announced that she had just survived a harrowing bout of pneumonia and had almost died, I took note. By any account, Whoopi is not an old person—isn’t 63 the new 43?—and nor were Jim Henson at age 53 and Kim Porter at age 47 when they died from pneumonia. What happened?
Not knowing about pneumonia could mean not knowing what is happening to you, until it is t…
Truly, it should be on the list of words that do not translate between generations. Mention joint to a young person and his face might light up; his grandparent, on the other hand, likely would grimace in pain and grab his knee or shoulder. For the young generation, joint suggests pleasure, but for older adults it too often means pain. Does it have to be this way?
Perhaps you’ve heard the joke about the man who walks into his doctor’s office. The doctor asks, “What’s wrong?”
“It’s my left knee,” the patient answers. “It hurts when I walk.”
You will surely enjoy viewing this video as you hear Rosita Johnson tell about her decades of service to help South Africans and their struggle of apartheid– all while juggling full-time work as a Philadelphia teacher, serving as a delegate to the American Federation of Teachers and raising a family.
Learn how she co-founded Friends of SOMAFCO. After that, hear how she led and worked alongside groups of volunteers as they rolled up their sleeves to make a difference. For example, the 1995-1996 “Booking it from Philadelphia to Soweto” project resulted in the organizati…