By CAROLYN HAX (Adapted from a recent online discussion.)Dear Carolyn: I would like to understand how people make new friends when they are in their mid-50s. Where are they going, or what activities are they doing, to make and keep interesting friends? What’s the secret I have not learned? I believe I am flexible, adventurous, a good listener, creative, outgoing and fun. I am interested in their lives. I want to know: Why they chose the field they are in? Why they live in this area? What are their hobbies? Are politics important to them? What types of food do they like? I do not ask all these questions at once but over time to show interest in their lives. At the gym, people seem to be with people they know or working out by themselves. On group hikes, I have found people are with people they already know and do not seem to be interesting in adding to their circle of friends.-- Making FriendsHax: The older I get and the more relocations I have behind me, the more I believe habit … [Read more...] about Carolyn Hax: Is it just me or is it nearly impossible to make new friends after age 50?
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Nicklaus Gray Nashville Tennessean Published 3:47 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 Nashville SC will play MLS club New York City FC in a preseason friendly at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 22 at First Tennessee Park, the team announced Monday. The addition of a home friendly against an MLS club has become a bit of a tradition for the second-year USL team. Last season, Nashville presented its first home game in a February friendly against Atlanta United, the eventual MLS Cup champions, in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,059. NYCFC has found success as one of the younger clubs in the MLS’s Eastern Conference, making the playoffs in three straight seasons. Their roster is undergoing some turnover, beginning with the departure of famed Spanish striker David Villa, the team’s top goal scorer in the last three seasons. But the team owned by English club Manchester City and the New York Yankees still features talent such as 21-year-old winger Jesús Medina, 20-year-old City loanee Yangel Herrera … [Read more...] about MLS: NYCFC, Nashville SC to meet in friendly
Harriet Howard Heithaus Naples Daily News Published 12:00 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018 Even without the first note of music, 40 kids are seeing themselves in new ways through a new Collier County elementary school choir collaboration. "Let's think of ourselves as having little knobs in us. Now we're going to turn those knobs halfway up," Todd Peterson coaxed the group as they looked up from the pages of Andy Beck's "Riversong." It was the second melody they'd been rehearsing for their inaugural concert at noon Saturday , Oct. 6, (see information box) — and the one that would install volume knobs inside their psyches. Other songs, which ranged from African to Israeli to American and English tunes, would bring other concepts. To keep energized, youngsters engaged they were tasked with incorporating movements, such as rising every time the word "river" was sung. On their way to singing those melodies in concert at North Naples Church this … [Read more...] about Naples students meet new friends, new concepts in choir
Minerva Baumann For the Sun-News Published 8:14 p.m. UTC Aug 18, 2018 LAS CRUCES - As classes get underway at New Mexico State University this week, five NMSU computer science students ranging from sophomores to seniors are spending the fall semester at Google in San Francisco. It’s the second year of a pilot program initiated by the tech giant. This year, they selected students from three Hispanic Serving Institutions to take classes at Google for a semester and benefit from the Google culture. Last year, the company invited students from Howard University, among the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to learn at the Google campus. “It’s like you’re going to school in the workplace, said Enrico Pontelli, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who negotiated NMSU’s participation in the project. “It’s the best of both worlds merged together. It’s a very interesting design. I haven’t seen it … [Read more...] about NMSU students among small group to spend semester at Google
Donn Trenner, 91, estimates that two-thirds of his friends are dead. “That’s a hard one for me,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot of people.” As we age, we not only lose friends, but face the daunting task of making new friends. And it turns out that friendship plays a critical role in health and well-being, according to recent findings from the Stanford Center on Longevity Sightlines Project. Socially isolated elders face health risks comparable to those of smokers, and their mortality risk is twice that of obese individuals, according to the study. Being disengaged from friends, family members and neighbors can make building new friendships even harder, said Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. “If we’re disengaged, it’s going to be harder to make new friends,” she said. “Friendship is not to be taken for granted,” said Trenner, a pianist. “You have to invest in friendship.” Even … [Read more...] about How to make new friends as you lose the old