In a memoir about music and taking risks, Ari Goldman takes up the cello (again) — at a certain age.
As he was approaching his 60th birthday, the author and journalism professor Ari Goldman took up the cello, an instrument he had played on and off — mostly off, of late — for the last 35 years. He decided to adopt a regimen of regular practice, lessons and playing with a group, and set a personal goal — playing publicly for many friends at his 60th birthday party.
The founder of the Jewish Renewal movement (with the help of a ‘skeptical’ author) offers a spiritual roadmap for facing mortality.
The late Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who died earlier this month just short of his 90th birthday, said that he’d been training himself since he was young for the moment he would die. As a yeshiva student, he’d ride the subway to Brooklyn and would imagine that he was ready to depart from life, and would tell himself that he’d be gone from life by the next station. Then he would repeat the “Shema” to himself several times, so that he would be saying the ancient prayers with his last breath.
Native Long Islander Lauren Kessler explores the frontiers of anti-aging, trying to turn back the clock.
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This was the first time I interviewed an author while she was hiking. To clarify, I was sitting and typing; Lauren Kessler was climbing in Snow Canyon State Park in southern Utah and we were speaking by phone. She had started the climb at 6:30 that morning, and had to put the phone down just once, while on a steep pass.
Not long ago, on a weekend visit to my hometown, my 71-year-old mother was nowhere to be found. It was 2:30 a.m. The smell of Touch wafted in the air as I stepped around the high heels strewn across the floor of her room, trying to figure out where she could be. Had someone abducted her?
Unlikely couple gets knocked around but draws a following on popular Israeli endurance-based reality TV show.
Jerusalem — When Andrea Simantov, a divorced mother of six, and Ronney Zaltzman, a widowed father of two, got married in Jerusalem in May 2011, they promised to live their lives with a sense of wonder and adventure.