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Joan Gage
Since receiving her Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University (where she met her husband, author Nicholas Gage), Joan Gage has spent the past 48 years writing for a variety of publications including many women’s and shelter magazines and the New York Times. Upon turning 60, she returned to her original creative passions, painting and photography, and has exhibited in both media. She lives in Grafton, MA and has three adult children and a new granddaughter she often writes about in her blog, A Rolling Crone, which focuses on “travel, art, photography and life after sixty.”

Entries by Joan Gage

Grandma's Travel Emergency Kit

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Here we are in Miami on the third leg of my daughter Eleni's book tour for her new novel, Ladies of Managua, which she's launching while on maternity leave. From Manhattan to Boston, then New Orleans and Coral Gables, FL, her entourage consists of me, (Yiayia), her 3-year-old daughter, Amalia,...

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Could Lost Bird's Tragedy Inspire a Triumph for Native Americans?

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Brian George with Photographs of Lost Bird's Grave Site

Several years ago, I first posted about the Native American baby girl who was found alive under the frozen body of her mother on the blood-soaked fields of Wounded Knee, SD, four days after...

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'Lost Bird' Is Not Forgotten

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Last week I re-posted the story of Lost Bird, the infant girl who was found alive beneath her mother's frozen body four days after the Massacre of Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890. Named "Zintkala Nuni" -- "The Lost Bird"-- by the tribe's survivors, who tried to get...

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Lost Bird, Survivor of Wounded Knee, Betrayed By the White Man

(8) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Of all the stories I've uncovered while researching antique photographs in my collection, this one is the most heartbreaking. Starting with the Massacre at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890, "Lost Bird" suffered every kind of injury and abuse the White Man imposed on Native Americans. She died on Valentine's...

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The 'Mother of the American Valentine' Never Married

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:26 PM


Worcester, MA, the once-bustling industrial metropolis 45 minutes west of Boston where I live, is enormously proud of its rather peculiar list of "famous firsts", including barbed wire, shredded wheat, the monkey wrench, the birth control pill, the first perfect game in...

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Nursemaid's Elbow -- A Risk to Toddlers

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Despite rearing three children, I had never heard the term "Nursemaid's Elbow" until the day after Christmas last week, when I accompanied my 3-year-old granddaughter Amalia to the Emergency Room. It had been a special day for Amalia, who was visiting us in Massachusetts with her parents for the holidays...

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Finding A Third Act In Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 5:50 AM

"There are no second acts in American lives," Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote. That may have been true in Fitzgerald's day, but now, in the 21st century, as more and more baby boomers are transforming our expectations of old age, retired Americans are discovering third acts in their lives -- life-altering...

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No, I Don't Want to Die At 75!

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:28 AM

I imagine by now you've heard about the kerfuffle over the article in the The Atlantic by Ezekiel J. Emanuel titled "Why I Hope to Die at 75".

Ezekiel Emanuel is a very distinguished scientist. He is director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the U.S. National Institutes of Health...

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The Invisible (Old) Woman

(78) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 8:04 AM

A while ago, my husband and I were staying in an antique-filled small hotel in Chania, Crete, which had, in the parlor, a wall of books in many languages discarded by previous guests. (This is one of the delights of staying in small hotels.)

I picked up a paperback by...

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Memories Of A 1940s Childhood

(5) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:31 PM

Yesterday's local paper, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, had a front-page photo of children and their moms lined up, waiting to get inside a public swimming pool. (The limit is 25 children per one lifeguard, so they had to wait until someone left...
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Amalia Eats Out: A Manhattan Toddler's Restaurant Guide

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:51 PM

There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance of my granddaughter Amalia's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, but not all of them welcome the sight of a 3-year-old coming in the door. Maitre D's take one look at Amalia and have visions of food dropped on the floor, water...

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Is Facebook Making You Depressed? On Purpose?

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:41 PM

I just read in today's New York Times business section that Facebook last week admitted to doing "psychological testing" on its readers by -- during a week in January 2012 -- trying to manipulate the feelings of 689,003 of its randomly selected users by changing the number of...

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Farewell, Ladies' Home Journal

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 7:18 AM


I read with sadness, but not with surprise, last week's news that the venerable Ladies Home Journal, after 130 years of advising women on such subjects as cooking, cleaning and "Can this marriage be saved?", will cease monthly publication in July, lay off...

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Ready for the Blood Moon?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:26 PM

As you probably know, tonight is the beginning of Passover. You may also know that tonight we have a full moon -- and the full moon will experience a total eclipse, climaxing between 3:07 and 4:25 a.m. Eastern Standard Time tomorrow morning (April 15 -- income tax day!).

But did...

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Aging Gracefully vs. Cosmetic Intervention

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:35 AM

When I saw the large photograph of Dr. Fredric Brandt, the "King of Collagen" on the front of last Sunday's New York Times Styles section, I was startled by the image of an expressionless face with red over-puffed lips and a gold halo around his head like that...

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High-Tech Advances to Help Seniors: Scary or Reassuring?

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 5:22 PM

For almost a year, I've been writing about the technological advances and inventions, including robots, that have been appearing in the headlines almost weekly, many of them touted as a boon to senior citizens who will need home care. By 2030 there will be 72.1 million Americans over the age...

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Valentines In The U.S. -- It All Started Here

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:28 AM


Worcester, MA, the once-bustling industrial metropolis 45 minutes west of Boston, where I live, is enormously proud of its rather peculiar list of "famous firsts", including barbed wire, shredded wheat, the monkey wrench, the birth control pill, the first perfect game in major...

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It's Official -- The Book Is Dead

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 5:44 AM


You know how sometimes you notice something and realize that the universe is sending you a message: "This is the future -- the world as you know is finished."?

That happened to me last Saturday on a visit to Manhattan. I was walking...

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The Kitchen God -- A Chinese Elf On The Shelf

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 6:15 AM


Recently, at an auction, I bought a box of delightful Chinese prints -- including various Chinese gods and posters for oolong tea -- all colorfully printed on thin rice paper and block-printed in bright colors.

I was charmed by the jolly fellow pictured...

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Watch Out -- The Robots Are Coming!

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 5:16 AM

I have seen the future, and it is robots.

Because I am old and did not grow up gazing at electronic screens or playing with high-tech toys like I-pods and I-pads, I may be among the last to come to this realization -- that the human race is seriously threatened...

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