“Until recent years, the phrase ‘retirement jobs’ was an oxymoron for most people,” writes Marilyn Gardner in the Christian Science Monitor. Today, however, more retirees either want or need employment, which means a whole new set of challenges and rewards.

Money does not always head the list of motivators. A new Financial Freedom Senior Sentiment Survey reports that among the 35 percent of seniors who plan to work in retirement, more than half say they enjoy working. Nearly 40 percent are bored. Twenty percent say their spouse is driving them crazy, while another 16 percent think they spend too much time with their spouse.

Reuters interviews feminists on support for Hillary Clinton. A couple of excerpts:

“Our priority is to have a feminist in the White House. If that feminist happens to be a woman, then we may have reached nirvana,” said
NOW President Kim Gandy (NOW has endorsed Clinton).

“Being a woman in and of itself is not sufficient to gain broad-based support,” Faye Wattleton, head of the Center for the Advancement of Women, said. “We’re not doing affirmative action in terms of the presidency.”

Plus: NYT columnist Bob Herbert on “Hillary’s Tough Sell.”

The Boston Globe spotlights the work of Estrellita Karsh — widow of famous portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh — who at age 77 is making a mark on major Boston institutions in a way that involves her passions for medicine, art and the photography of Yousuf Karsh.

There’s a revival in ballroom dancing, reports the L.A. Times, and “somewhere between a box step and a crossover turn, people are discovering that ballroom offers a great, less-tedious workout.”

Plus: Earlier this year, Bernice Ribler Fischman wrote about attending dance classes
with her husband — from country western to ballroom dance. “I don’t think introverts (like me) make good leaders, so following should be an easy task. But in dancing, following requires the sure-footedness to
always be ready to do something that you haven’t anticipated. Maybe all of this is a metaphor for life lived over 60 when one must be ready for almost anything.”

Alexander, Mom and the Very Messy Stay: The New York Times visits with author Judith Viorst. Rachel Donadio writes:

Mrs. Viorst, a one-time garment district model, is a slim, elegant 76 with dark hair, a quick wit and a penchant for self-revelation. Since the ’60s, she has written dozens of children’s books, poetry collections and adult advice books, including “Necessary Losses” (1986) and “Grown-Up Marriage” (2004). But she may be best known for her children’s books about Alexander, starting with
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” which has sold four million copies since it first appeared in 1972.

Her slight new volume — on “grandparenthood as a developmental phase,” as she puts it — mines deep veins: what makes a house a home, what happens when a control freak opens her door to toddlers and, more intriguing, what happens when the family she’s written about for decades squirms under Mom’s klieg lights.

Christine

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