The Twist Podcast #48: Unsafe Spaces, Pope Gaga, and Trump Compares Ratings to 9/11

Join co-hosts Rick Rose and Mark McNease for news and opinion with a Twist. This week: The Weekly Readlines, women on women unsafe spaces, Lady Gaga does her best Pope impression, and Trump compares his TV ratings to 9/11.

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Book Review: Beartown, by Frederik Backman

The Bookworm Sez
Terri Schlichenmeyer

“Beartown: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
c.2017, Atria $26.99 418 pages hardcover
c.2017, Simon & Schuster $24.99 Canada 336 pages paperback

As soon as they hit the court, field, or rink, they play their hearts out to win. And win. And win. The competition is… well, there really isn’t much competition but, as in the new book “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman, trouble may come from within.

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One Thing or Another: Calamari Wishes and Cashier Dreams

It’s always One Thing or Another … a lighthearted look at aging, life, and the absurdities of it all.

By Mark McNease 

Life is about downsizing now, reducing the number of things someone will have to have hauled off when I’m dead.

Readers of a certain age will recognize the title reference from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach’s hit show about the rich and infamous that ran from 1984 – 1995. It was the granddaddy of celebrity voyeurism, the original orgy of window shopping into lives we would never experience, caviar we would never eat and champagne we would never drink.

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Rod Hensel: How to Start a Group for LGBT Older Adults In Your Community

Rod Hensel, The Gayging Advocate

By Rod Hensel
The Gayging Advocate

We are starting the annual cycle of marches, parades and gatherings to celebrate LGBT pride and to give recognition to the symbolic start of the gay rights movement at the Stonewall Inn.  That focus on the past makes it a good time to step up and start organizing like-minded people in your community who care about the special needs of LGBT seniors and recognize that it was  their sufferings and sacrifices that made possible the acceptance we have gained to date in modern society.

I am not an expert, but with the help of many others I have enjoyed some success here in Buffalo, NY where our Silver Pride Project has grown from a small handful of people to over 100 participants in the last three years.  If you’ve decided this is a need you want to fill and a cause you want to take on, then now is a great time to get going.

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The Savvy Senior: What to Do with Cremated Ashes?


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
When my father passed away a few months ago we had him cremated, but are now wondering what to do with his ashes. My sister and I would like to do something celebratory for his life, but aren’t sure what to do. Any suggestions?
No Instructions Left

Dear No,
If your dad didn’t leave any final instructions on what to do with his cremated remains (ashes), you have a wide array of choices. They can be kept, buried or scattered in a variety of ways and in many locations. Here are some different options to help you decide.

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LGBTSR Adds An Events Page

It’s important for all of us to know what’s going on, where, and when we can participate and enjoy events in our area. We’ve been publishing event listings since the site’s beginning, and I’ve now added an Events Page to make them easy to find. IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT IN YOUR AREA or know of one anywhere you’d like to share, just send an email with details to: events @ lgbtsr.com. Mark McNease/Editor

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