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The Begonia Monologues

Mike Diamond | Posted 11.20.2013 | HuffPost Home
Mike Diamond

Am I the only person who longs for there to be a soulful rock diva named Tina Turnip? I have considered adopting one of the following as a pen name: Pete Moss, Phil O'Dendron, Bud Blast. If I were a drag queen I'd call myself 'Tacky Sandra'; keep me hydrated and I spread easily!

You Won't Believe What 2 Million Males Have Started Doing

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 11.10.2013 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

True or false: The multi-million dollar knitting industry is the domain of grandmas and craft circles with names like Stitch 'n' Bitch. Right? Boy, are you wrong. Macho men -- not women -- dominate the history of the craft.

The Best Marriage Tip You'll Ever Read

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.29.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The really tricky part about retirement -- once you get passed whether you can even afford it -- is figuring out what you actually do with your time every day. My husband probably spent every day of his work life dreaming about a retirement where he sat in his easy chair watching endless baseball games on TV with a remote in one hand and a can of Diet Coke in the other.

Be a Life-Long Learner at Any Age!

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

Whether it's to make money, pursue a second (or third!) career or simply for your own personal entertainment, don't let the voices inside your head convince you that you can't try to learn and apply a new skill.

The Hobby Every Post 50 Needs To Take Up

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.22.2013 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

If you're looking for a fun way to make music, energize your body, and stimulate your brain then consider tap dancing. The 'noise' we make reminds the world that boomers want to be heard!

Learn Something New This Summer

Lauren Zander | Posted 10.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

If we hadn't done that dinner conversation, I never would have started painting this summer and I never would have realized how happy it made me. Add some flavor to your life by learning something new during this last month of summer. I promise, it'll be worth it.

America's Coolest Bowling Alleys

Travel + Leisure | Posted 07.16.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Bowling has become trendy, thanks in part to pioneering chains like Bowlmor Lanes, Lucky Strike, and Splitsville that have kept the nostalgia alive by combining retro-chic details with hip music, flashy lights and gourmet food and cocktails.

Aging Photographs and Cognitive Quilts

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.08.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

For a growing number of adults, questions about cognitive aging are increasingly personal and relevant. We want to know what, specifically, will keep us sharp into old age. Unhappily, there is very little empirical evidence available to help Baby Boomers sort all this out. Until now.

5 Fun Ways To Fend Off Aging

Carol E Wyer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

There is definitely a correlation between activities and holding back the years. However, it helps if you think 'outside the box.' With that in mind, I would like to offer up some suggestions if you too feel in need of a proper challenge. So, here is my list of Five Fun Ways to Fend off Aging:

Why I'm Declaring My Independence From Gardening

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 09.03.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

In May of 1998, I convinced my reluctant husband that we absolutely needed to spend $1,000 on a dog run so that our new puppy could enjoy the outdoors without being eaten by a coyote. Turns out that the new puppy didn't love the new digs created just for her.

How To Bring Out Your Inner Child -- The Naughty One

Carol E Wyer | Posted 07.19.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

I was brought up strictly, and told repeatedly not to 'play with your food', but now I'm officially old enough to ignore any advice from my parents, and I have decided that some of these look rather fun. Here's a few to titivate those taste buds and bring out your inner child -- the naughty one.

Think Spring: Great Tips For Older Gardeners

Rachel Adelson | Posted 05.30.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

In my previous blog post, I shared the insights of Shenandoah Kepler on the lifelong beauty of gardening and gardens. Shenandoah, who in her late 60s writes the blog Fleeting Architecture, continues with practical advice on gardening with age -- the timetable, the tools and more.

Hanging on to Your 'Joie de Vivre'

Carol E Wyer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Many people believe that continuing education can improve physical and mental health. I am firmly of that opinion. I can certainly attest to the benefits of taking up a hobby, an activity or learning a new skill at any age.

Chasing the Elusive Hobby

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 05.26.2013 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

The question will come. Maybe not tomorrow or the next day, but it will come. And it's a question so hurtful, vile and unmerciful that only friends dare ask it: "So, what'd you do this weekend?"

Your Grumpy Old Man

Carol E Wyer | Posted 05.09.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

If, like me, you have a grumpy old man lurking about at home, you need to act fast before he makes your thoughts drift towards murder. There are endless possibilities out there to keep someone who is suffering from 'irritable male syndrome' entertained.

The Terrifying Thing I Tried In My 60s

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 04.21.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I had wanted to take horseback riding lessons for a long while, however well meaning friends cautioned, 'You're in your 60s, for heaven sake. You could break your bones,' if broken bones would be less convenient or less painful at a younger age.

Want To Find That Special Someone? Find Your Joy

Charlie Maffei | Posted 03.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlie Maffei

Many people ask me, "How do I find someone to love?" My answer is quite simple: Find what makes you happy, and do it! When you are doing something that brings you joy, you will find that you are surrounded by people who share your interests.

Passionate Pursuits Series: The Nine Catalysts

Adele Scheele | Posted 12.23.2012 | GPS for the Soul
Adele Scheele

Some call it a hobby, in which you are enraptured by your enduring attention to something you can't or won't make your prime drive. Why not take it public and earn our livelihood through that which we love?

A Project a Day Saves My Sanity

Honey Seltzer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Honey Seltzer

Keeping busy is the key to me for having a healthy productive life. I now give myself a project every day, and when it's over I relax. I don't have to report to anyone but myself. Sometimes my projects are simple, sometimes not so simple.

You Need a Hobby! Find the Ideal One Now

Women & Co | Posted 11.07.2012 | Women
Women & Co

For those times when I can't get outside and I find myself with some time to kill, I'm going to start painting by numbers. Or maybe I'll try making jewelry or origami. Who says I can only have one hobby, anyway?

What Is Passion?

Honey Seltzer | Posted 09.26.2012 | Women
Honey Seltzer

Is there nothing at this stage in my life that I feel passionate about?

Photo Tip: Polarizing Filter

Heinrich van den Berg | Posted 03.04.2012 | Home
Heinrich van den Berg


You've Got Harriet Heyman: Acrobatics As A Second Act

Posted 12.27.2011 | Fifty

Novelist Harriet Heyman, formerly of Life and The New York Times, talks about taking up acrobatics later in life. In this clip of AOL's "You've Got", ...

Newt Gingrich's Profile

John Blumenthal | Posted 02.07.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Hobbies: Oh my goodness! There are so money... er... I mean many. I like to think a lot. Did I mention that I have a Ph.D from Tulane University?

The Best Reason To Spend Your Single Time On You

Sophie Keller | Posted 02.06.2012 | Women
Sophie Keller

What are the things that you have always wanted to do but either haven't had the time to do or have even been scared to do? Now's the time to do them!