Today’s (R)age


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This morning my husband and I went to IHOP for breakfast. We’ve both had birthdays in the past few weeks and he pointed out we’re now eligible to order from the “Seniors' Menu,” which we did. But here’s where I got perturbed. They didn’t ask for proof of age. You have to prove you’re 21 to buy cigarettes or alcohol…surely you should have to prove you’re old enough to be a “senior.” I suppose I expected the waitress to say, “I’m sorry, you have to be 55 to order from this menu,” but she just grunted and wrote down our choices. Even after I gave her a second chance by pointing out my order was from the senior menu, she didn’t blink an eye. When I turned 50, I loved…
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Technology Challenges for an “Over 50” Writer


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When I learned to type (not keyboard) I learned on a manual typewriter.  A manual typewriter was one with an "arm" or carriage return lever on the top left side. The carriage was a cylindrical roller also known as a platen.  It looked a lot like a rolling pin.  Paper was put behind it and rolled up either by using a knob on the end or by “hitting” the return arm. When at the end of the line, the typist had to manually reach up and drag the arm from left to right to start a new line of type.  Each letter was on the end of a little spring-loaded bar-key in the middle of the typewriter and when the corresponding key for that letter was pressed, the arm would…
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