Writer and movie reviewer D.M Anderson is also a middle-aged heavy-metal fan – the latter uneasily, as he describes in An Essay on Ageism (nominally a review of Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi vehicle, Edge of Tomorrow).“As much as I’d still love seeing my favorite bands live, more often than not, I choose not to attend,” Anderson writes.
Stories I'm hearing
Stories I'm hearing on the street, in the news, etc.
Charming and modest, Evelyn doesn't have a last name in this video, but she's got a clear sense of right and wrong. The way she reacts to having her drivers license taken away is a model of anti-ageist activism.
I’m not an Elmer’s-glue-and-glitter grandmother, but I’ll read to my grandchildren till my voice gives out. Lindsey McDivitt knows there are lots of people out there like me, and that children’s books are a great way to bridge generations and combat ageism in the process. We met online and then had the pleasure of meeting in person in Ann Arbor when I was on the Second Wind Tour last week.
Every speaker on the tour gets a two-page spread in a fat print program. Some entries are formal, others touchy-feely. Mine’s below. How refreshing not to have to soft-pedal my bio or my politics; the choice of the pull quote (in bold) was theirs.
Yesterday this note about Yo, Is This Ageist, my Q & A blog, made my day: "I just wanted to tell you how wonderful this site is. I am reading about so many of the things that have happened to me and upset me. When I would talk to my family about it they just acted like I was just overly sensitive about my age, when in actuality I was being subject to ageism. I would love to be a part of educating people so that they can understand what ageist behavior really is."
Thanks to Tal Yarden for the design, Bob Stein for the tech support, Jim Barry for taking the photo, and everyone else for turning out despite the summer Sunday and the Treyvon Martin march, which I'd otherwise have been part of. A lively discussion and excellent event. And they invited me back! (Monday 23 September at 6PM.)