Live to Be 150 … Can You Do It?: Barbara Walters tonight hosts a special report on aging (ABC, 10 p.m. EST), exploring ways to increase longevity and keep people active longer.

Via "Included: reports on the science of aging and drugs that could slow it; assessments of social and economic implications of increased longevity; and profiles of notable seniors, including Dorothy Young, an author, dancer and painter who worked as a stage assistant to Harry Houdini in 1926; 102-year-old trumpeter Leonard ‘Rosie’ Ross; and an 83-year-old race-car driver named Paul Newman."

"Lest We Forget": "I have come from a long stay in Mexico to find -– because of the presidential campaign, and especially because of the Obama/Clinton race for the Democratic nomination — a new country existing alongside the old," begins Alice Walker in this open letter published at

"On any given day we, collectively, become the Goddess of the Three Directions and can look back into the past, look at ourselves just where we are, and take a glance, as well, into the future."

Empowering Women With Our Money: As part of its ongoing series on women funding serious change for women and girls, Women’s eNews features a commentary by BET co-founder Sheila C. Johnson, now CEO of Salamander Hospitality.

Johnson is also an ambassador for CARE and the first woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams — the Washington Capitals hockey team, Washington Wizards basketball team, and Washington Mystics women’s professional basketball team.

Her recent philanthropic efforts have been directed toward the Women’s Sports Foundation — particularly the Billie Jean King International Women’s Sports Center, which is slated to open in 2008 in New York City.

Plus: "If one wants to gauge how far women have come in collegiate sports since the passage in 1972 of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, there may not be a more striking example than Texas A&M," reports The New York Times. "The ascent of basketball — and of women’s sports in general at Texas A&M — represents a profound cultural shift at a university that was founded as an all-male military institution in 1876 and did not admit women until they sued their way onto campus in 1963."

Literary Life: Have you always wanted to write a book — but
now you’re thinking it may be too late? Go for it. In the April issue
of Writer’s Digest magazine, a literary agent "shares his advice and
warns of the four biggest mistakes mature writers make." Via Indianapolis Star.

Journal Issues Warning on Cholesterol Drugs: If you are one of the millions of people taking Vytorin or Zetia, you may want to discuss the effectiveness with your doctor. An editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine warns that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs may not work as advertised. From The New York Times:

At the moment, no evidence exists to show that Vytorin and Zetia help patients, said Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale University.

The drugs could even be harmful, Dr. Krumholz said. He spoke on a panel on Sunday discussing the trial at the American College of Cardiology annual conference in Chicago.

"Just because you know what a drug does to cholesterol doesn’t mean you know what it does to patients," Dr. Krumholz said.

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  • Elizabeth Hemmerdinger April 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Tonight, as noted in our Daily News Roundup, Barbara Walters examines ways to confront aging – including, we’re told, cryogenics, the science of freezing people (presumably after death). The bodies float in tanks – why am I thinking pickles? – awaiting cures for ailments science cannot yet conquer, even the cure for death itself. That would be immortality, I guess.
    There are other ways to achieve immortality. Shakespeare got it right. Jonas Salk, Jesus, Sojourner Truth, Mary Cassat, Billie Jean King, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt. Barbara Walters. Pioneers, philosophers, scientists, so many who achieve headlines live on in our collective conscience forever. Many more fizzle.
    I’ve been watching the JOHN ADAMS HBO series on my cable recorder. (Ah, the luxury of getting to see what you want to see when you want to see it. Laura Linney portrays the strong and lovely Abigail Adams, someone competent at both husbandry and husband. Totally immersed in farming and child rearing, seeing that her family is fed and educated, She is also indispensible to one of the smartest people (okay, one of the smartest men) ever born. Fragile and steely, showy and stubborn, John Adams makes plain that he relies on his Abigail’s counsel. George Washington visits her and tells her so.
    As John is going off to the Continental Congress, all firery and a not just a bit righteous, they have a sit-down on the edge of their much-enjoyed marital bed. “Men,” (okay, she said “men” because only men would be in the Continental Congress, but we know, if it had been even a glimmer of possible she’d have said “people”) Abigail tells John, “need to think they have made their own decisions, not had them forced upon them.” Just what I was thinking after midnight in a menopausal state of awakeness. You know what it’s like – why not clean a dozen closets in the dark of night?
    Why not watch the good old Founding of the Nation story. JOHN ADAMS is a fine costume drama, and a wonderful opportunity to see how our founders worked hard at sustaining their families, with what trepidation they moved to declare independence, how they worked together, in the moment, with civil discourse – and how they soared.
    There – there’s another way to immortality. Living in the moment. Loving gently and deeply those dear to us and strangers alike. Reaching out to help someone with a mission that touches our heart with no interest in advancing our own cause.