ReFirement at Any Age: Pay attention

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times We live in a world where, now more than ever, we need to be alert and pay close attention to what we are doing, what we are saying, who we interact with and who we speak with. We must be aware of the activity around us and of the people around us who are not paying attention. It could be a dangerous combination if we all were unaware of our surroundings!...

Inner Nature: Matter matters

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times In this article, I will extend the topic begun last month on the constitution of the universe as we currently understand it and simplify (or at least try!) the simply overwhelming vocabulary that attends this topic. And just to be clear about what the universe’s composition has to do with biology or bees…it has everything to do with biology and bees. Living...

Becoming the Best U: Lessons cancer taught me

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times I am one of the lone survivors of ovarian cancer stage 4 and metastatic brain cancer. As we all just celebrated World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day and Brain Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it best to bring more attention to it and do what I could to help others learn more about this deadly disease. I recognize that ovarian cancer is hard to diagnose since its...

Inner Nature: The current understanding of the nature of our universe

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times The Big Bang was an explosion of immense power at a point in space about 13.7 billion years ago; the singularity from which everything in this universe – energy, space, time, matter – originated. Consensus on the universe’s origins from a fiery explosion emerged because of one incontrovertible signature that it left behind: a little bit of the heat from the...

ReFirement at Any Age: Turn the Lights Back On

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times The title of this article is from a song that Billy Joel wrote after not having written an original song in seventeen years! After years of writing amazing songs that spoke to the world in so many ways, he just wasn’t able to honestly and humbly express something real and authentic. When I heard that and then listened to the song, it brought tears to my...

Inner Nature: Cooperation versus Competition

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times Nobel Laureate William Golding’s book, Lord of the Flies, tells of a group of young boys accidentally marooned on an island, who lost every smidgin of “civilization” and reverted to clannism, competition, and eventually to savagery: they kill the boys who show thoughtfulness. The book’s title became shorthand for the beast inside us all which needs to be...

Inner Nature: Time — reality or illusion?

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times When his dear friend Michele Besso passed away, Einstein wrote a condolence letter: “Michele has left this strange world a little before me. This means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction made between past, present and future is nothing more than a persistent, stubborn illusion.” Whether time is real, or whether it is “nothing...

Smart ways to use your tax refund

By Joe Oliver, Columnist, The Times It’s almost that time of year when many people start receiving their tax refunds. If you get one, what will you do with it? Of course, the answer will depend somewhat on how big your refund is. Last year, the average refund amount was about $2,750, according to the Internal Revenue Service’s Filing Season Statistics report. Whatever the size of your refund,...

Inner Nature: Merde!

By Vidya Rajan. Columnist, The Times Merde. In other words, s**t, p**p, d**g, number 2, BMs, excreta, droppings, stools, feces. This is not a really pleasant subject of conversation, or even a polite one (unless you lived back in the eighteenth century when everyone was apparently fascinated by it as an indicator of health). But it’s an important part of life. If you’ve ever been constipated or...

Advice on love, life and surviving Valentine’s Day

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Dear Nancy, I’m a widow of five years and finally feel ready to date. My friends put me on a dating app and I realized quickly it’s not for me. Last weekend a few friends and I went skiing nearby and I met this really nice man. We talked in the ski lodge for over two hours and bought me a drink. He wasn’t wearing a ring and my friends felt he was really...