There’s lace under the leather.

MOXIE COSMOS SAYS . . .

A recent NPR feature reporting the failed attempts of the tourist bureau in Nottingham, England, to piggyback on the movie Robin Hood makes me very sad – and makes me laugh.  Nobody really knows who Robin Hood was, and hardly anyone remembers the real Nottingham.

The city is spread

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Doctors’ orders can be confusing.

MOXIE COSMOS SAYS . . .

The man who came out of my doctor’s consulting room was white-haired and unsteady on his feet. I was standing at the reception desk, beside the tabletop fountain, and caught the alarmed expression of the young woman who works there.

“Is all that confusing?” she asked this man. He

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Look, Ma, no splash!

Carolyn Rashti at 80 – Aqua Therapist

MOXIE COSMOS SAYS . . .

My therapy of choice is water.  I’ve always liked swimming, but aqua therapy is soooooo different from vigorous exercise.  We walk into the body temperature pool in silence, with an 80-year-old guiding us away from the stresses on our minds

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The response to the grotesque is humor.

MOXIE COSMOS SAYS. . .

Literary theories come and go, but this one stuck with me.  The idea is this: when something seems too terrible to bear, or so awful that it is awkward to respond, you find a laugh in it; and then you realize your laughter is grotesque.

Last night, for instance, my

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Co-housing could be the answer.

MOXIE COSMOS SAYS . . .

In the Sunbelt, adult communities like Sophie George’s Bridgewater Village, with its golf courses, swimming pools, and shuffle board courts, drew millions of Snowbelt couples into “active retirement.”  This resulted in parents geographically isolated from their children.  When they are lonely, phone calls, e-mails, texts and Webcam can make

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