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Julia Moulden

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How Social Media Can Help the Homeless

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 9:25 AM

The first thing out of Babette Pepaj's mouth is how inspired she is by Mark Horvath:

As soon as he realized that most homeless people still have access -- they have cell phones or can visit local libraries -- he immediately harnessed social media, which is free, in the most...

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How to Become a New Radical (Let Me Count the Ways)

(5) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 11:37 AM

It was early evening and I was walking along a street in Toronto, shaking in my boots. It was pure nerves -- I was on my way to Salon Voltaire in September 2006 to give my first speech about what I described as a growing movement of people looking for...

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Matt Damon, Wyclef Jean, and the Power of Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 2:54 PM

I had lunch with the Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group the other day. (Well, me and a hundred others.) Frank McKenna is also chair of OneXOne, a charity working to improve the lives of children around the world. And he tells a great story.

The OneXOne team...

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Let's Talk About Suicide (and the Coming of the Light)

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 2:45 PM

Were you mesmerized by the images of the newly-discovered black holes -- two "supermassive" holes were just announced in Nature, each 30% larger than anything seen before -- this week? I was, and found staring into the dark, unknowable void utterly hypnotic.

It was a lovely coincidence that...

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I'm Cleaning Out My Love Closet

(6) Comments | Posted November 26, 2011 | 10:26 AM

This fall, I told all my friends it's time. It's been a few years since my divorce, I have plenty of practice dating under my belt, and I figure I'm ready to meet someone new.

My timing is good. My generation - the baby boomers - seems to be getting...

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All You Single People (Come Out And Play)

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 11:52 AM

From the fifth floor café of the Art Gallery of Ontario, you can see Grange Park and all the way south to the CN Tower. I was sitting there last Sunday taking in the sunny view along with my latté when I noticed something odd.

The place was full. Every...

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More Than Ever, the Medium Is the Message: How You Can Celebrate Marshall McLuhan's 100th

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 1:18 PM

When I was studying at the University of Toronto in the seventies, I remember hearing that one of the professors, Marshall McLuhan, believed you should read every other page of a book. Clearly, he was a busy guy, but he also realized that you could get the gist of the...

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It's Time to Pre-Occupy Wall Street

(11) Comments | Posted October 23, 2011 | 5:12 PM

Occupation was a good idea, but it's so last week. It's starting to look like squatting without the luxury accommodation. And, worse still, the Wall Street barons are yawning. We need to find new ways to make our point.

It's time to pre-occupy Wall Street. Here are some tactics that...

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Now That You're Over 50, What Should We Call You?

(31) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 12:12 AM

I ran up a very long flight of stairs and did a little Rocky dance at the top. It was my homage to Jack Palance and his one-armed push-ups at the Oscars, which I wrote about in my new book, Ripe: Rich, Rewarding Work After 50.

It was...

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Here's What I Recommend This Summer Season: Kissing!

(7) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 2:46 PM

These past weeks were book-ended by Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4), making it the ideal holiday. What's not to love about a long weekend when we can celebrate our glorious countries and hang out with friends and family?

And, yes, a lot of kissing will be...

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Have You Ever Told a Whopper? C'mon, Tell the Truth

(9) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 11:11 AM

I have the opposite of a poker face: everything I think and feel is clearly reflected on my visage and in my body language.

Yet at the same time, being a writer, I have this ongoing urge to make up yarns. Or to embellish the ones I'm sharing --...

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What Do Women Over 50 Want... To Wear?

(116) Comments | Posted June 18, 2011 | 3:54 PM

FASHION magazine recently featured 60-something model Maye Musk. Only she wasn't in some "age-appropriate" ghetto, as you might expect. Editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra devoted an entire feature to this glowing, glorious woman, photographed in a dizzying array of all-white designs. (Here's some of the shoot.)


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What Baby Boomers Do Best (And How You Can Prosper After 50)

(28) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 12:23 PM

Those of us born after the Second World War came of age at an amazing time -- an era full of hope, a time of endless possibility, an age when we thought we could change the world.

In recent years, attacking boomers for what we haven't done has become...

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Why Everyone Should Take a 'Gap Year' Upon Turning 50

(27) Comments | Posted May 28, 2011 | 10:06 AM

Each and every day, 10,000 people in North America turn 50. Within a few years, the entire Baby Boomer generation (400 million of us in North American and Western Europe) will be in our 50s and 60s. And though the headlines scream endlessly about the "pension bomb" and "agequake," I've...

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Do You Intend to Work Forever?

(41) Comments | Posted May 21, 2011 | 3:26 PM

To some, working beyond 65 may seem unnatural and carrying on into our 70s positively outré. But soon, according to the World Health Organization, holding a job on our 100th birthday won't be unusual. John Beard, director of the WHO's Department of Aging and the Life Course, says most people...

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OK, Baby Boomers, Ready For Something Completely Different?

(21) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 10:52 AM

Reinvention holds enormous appeal for Baby Boomers like us. Who isn't eager to try something new? Who doesn't have a dream they'd love to bring to life? Who doesn't want to be part of a world-changing venture?

In an op-ed article for The New York Times, the paper's long-time, Pulitzer-Prize-winning...

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Midlife Is About Reinvention, Right? Not Necessarily

(30) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 11:25 AM

If you think midlife career rejuvenation depends on reinvention, you're not alone. Baby Boomers who are bored or burned-out feel enormous pressure to change what they do for a living.

When I started writing "RIPE" (my new book about rich, rewarding work after 50), I was thinking along the same...

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6 Reasons to Choose Rich, Rewarding Work After 50

(33) Comments | Posted April 30, 2011 | 12:20 PM

When I first started talking about "RIPE," people got the concept -- rich, rewarding work after 50 -- right away. Their faces lit up with excitement and hope.

Some of them even realized that being 50-plus was about to become the place to be. Philanthropic consultant Julia Howell blurted...

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Over 50? You're at the Height Of Your Powers

(25) Comments | Posted April 23, 2011 | 1:59 PM

In last week's column, I introduced my new book, "RIPE: Rich, Rewarding Work After 50," by talking about 73-year-old Jack Palance at the 1992 Oscars. Remember his one-armed push-ups?

In one wildly amusing scene, Jack Palance was doing much more than auditioning. He was sending a...

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Over 50 and Feeling Ripe for Change? You're Not Alone

(62) Comments | Posted April 16, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Passion, purpose and possibility after 50: does that describe what you're looking for? Well, your timing couldn't be better. Something big is just beginning that will help your quest; how we think about this stage of life is undergoing a dramatic change.

To call this recent shift in thinking unprecedented...

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