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February 27, 2001

55'Zoomers' rewrite retirement rule
The oldest boomers still want what boomers have always craved: everything. They want to retire yet work, kick back yet keep active, have fun and live well. They'll still be rockin' -- just not on the front porch.

For him, 55's a milestone on a pleasant stretch of road
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH -- Jim Thomas made sure no one could throw him a surprise party when he turned 50 in 1996.

Boomer's outlook on aging changes
HUDSON -- As Linda Bonasera describes her childhood in New Jersey, she makes it sound like life in a Norman Rockwell painting: "loving family," "such good times," "We were so innocent," "Grandma lived nearby."

Baby boomer chronology
The baby boomers born in 1946 lived their youth in some of the most exciting and turbulent times. Here, year by year, are some of the events.

Baby boomers by the numbers:
Number of babies born in America in 1946 -- 3.4-million.

[Times art: Teresanne Cossetta]

Retirees fill need in schools
Terry Moran lives in Pinellas County six months out of the year, then spends the remaining six months in Thousand Islands, Ont., which is just across the Canadian-U.S. border. Before retirement he operated a camping business in upstate New York and wrote a travel column for a newspaper there.

Stop, look and listen
In the Tampa Bay area, March is always a good month for music and art, and this one is no exception. From St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and over to Tampa, unusual opportunities for good listening and looking could leave us trying to choose which ones are not to be missed.

Surfing the Web: A new weapon for the truly mature
I'm somewhere between fatigue and belief in a conspiracy theory. I'm also somewhere between middle age and death. Being more than old enough to qualify for AARP, I do qualify for those demeaning honorary titles such as golden ager, senior citizen and mature adult, said in a way that makes me feel it isn't in reference to my being admitted to entertainments intended for "mature audiences." (I may be too mature for that sort of entertainment.)

Masterful makeup
Sure, they can make models even more beautiful, but what can the makeup pros do for faces with a little more mileage?

A letter's value goes beyond stamp's cost
The post office has increased the price of mail again this year. Some claim it's because people aren't writing letters anymore. Too many people are using e-mail instead.

Put an end to start-and-stop exercising
Last month I discussed some of the internal barriers that distance people from making a commitment to exercise. This column is dedicated to those who would like to introduce exercise into their lives as a focus for weight management but can't seem to break away from the "start-and-stop" pattern that is a menace to any successful weight-loss program.

Parallel lives converge
Be nice to your siblings. They're the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. -- from an e-mail list.

Doctor's goal: Restore sight, build faith
James P. Gills -- businessman, athlete and benefactor -- says everything he does is based on his faith.

Free tax return preparation
Trained volunteers prepare the basic return for those who cannot afford to pay for tax return preparation. Bring your Social Security cards and those of all dependents, previous year's tax return, and all current year tax records, including W-2s and 1099s, if any.

Senior Hall of Fame seeks nominations
St. Petersburg's Office on Aging is accepting nominations for the Senior Hall of Fame, which recognizes people for outstanding contributions to the community.

The challenge of living with an older parent
Making choices is one of the most difficult things we have to do. They are serious business and can be so frightening that we hesitate to make them; we keep putting it off. Yet not to choose is itself a choice.

Seniority briefs
Senior job training and placement available

He carved out a ribbon-winning hobby
Although he was good with a pocketknife as a child, David Tabor began carving wood less than 10 years ago. Now he's a featured artist at the upcoming Calusa Wood Carvers show.

Reset clocks on April 1 -- no fooling
Well, folks, you have another month before it's time to move up your clocks. Daylight Savings Time begins April 1 this year, and that is no April Fool's joke.  

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