~ Angela Schwindt
"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others."
— Winston ChurchillBritish Prime Minister
TIME: “It’s easy to find guides to famous attractions. But which new and newly relevant destinations are worth experiencing right now? To assemble our first annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, TIME solicited nominations across a variety of categories—such as museums, parks, bars, restaurants, theme parks, cruises and hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as dozens of industry experts. Then we evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence. The result is a list as diverse as the world it reflects, with 100 entries spanning six continents and 48 countries—highlighting everything from a Texas water park that empowers kids with disabilities to a Maldives resort that’s building an undersea abode to a library in Tianjin, China, that’s almost as wondrous as reading itself. To see the full list, click here.”
ABC News, 3 December 2018. Dubbed the "silver economy", the term encapsulates the consumer and employment opportunities offered by the ageing population, with people living and working for longer. In coming years everything from tourism to healthcare is likely to be increasingly geared and marketed towards this growing demographic.
AS ONE OF MY FRIENDS SAID, MARIJUANA IS THE NEW KALE: Older Americans Are Flocking to Medical Marijuana: Oils, tinctures and salves — and sometimes old-fashioned buds — are increasingly common in seniors’ homes. Doctors warn that popularity has outstripped scientific evidence.
National Geographic’s Photo Contest winners have applied focus, discipline, skill, insight, and and an often disarming sensitivity to people, places, animals, the environment, and things that we may never have the opportunity to see or experience first hand. So enjoy these photos, and revel in the sights you will see.
Inside Mount Melleray: 'The world as you know it is passing away' - Independent.ie
At one time, Mount Melleray had 150 monks; today there are 19. Two-thirds are over 80, and just four under what the world knows as retirement age. The youngest man, who has yet to take his final vows, is in his mid-40s. The monks are about evenly divided between brothers and priests, though no hierarchy is observed between ordained and others. A few men, some young, some less so, have expressed an interest in joining, but the novitiate at Mount Melleray is currently closed, pending the outcome of deliberations concerning the future of the order.
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