If we cared about climate change, we would rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (“decarbonize”). Scientists tell us, in the latest United Nations reports, that avoiding a climate catastrophe requires decarbonizing the world by 2050, a gargantuan task. Massachusetts can’t do that currently because we are a methane economy. Cheap natural gas generates two-thirds of our electricity, heats many of our homes, and powers our industries. But methane emits greenhouse gases, both when it burns and when it leaks unburned. Renewables won’t replace our methane economy. Electricity from solar and wind will always be intermittent. No battery can store a whole economy’s energy needs long-term. So natural gas companies sell methane as “the perfect partner for renewables.” When the sun sets, when the wind dies, methane power plants quickly jump in to keep the grid up. Decarbonization it’s not. There is a way to meet Massachusetts’s energy … [Read more...] about How to meet Massachusetts’ energy needs
How to meet new friends
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?
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
COURTESY KRISTIN BURTON Donn Trenner’s formula for making friends is music, laughter and staying active. Lucille Simmons fills her days by splitting time between relatives and friends. 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 baby boomers age, more and more folks will reach their 80s, 90s — and beyond. They will not only lose friends but face the daunting task of making new friends at an advanced age. Friendship in old age plays a critical role in health and well-being, according to recent findings from the Stanford Center on Longevity’s Sightlines Project. Socially isolated individuals face health risks comparable to those of smokers, and their mortality risk is twice that of obese individuals, the study notes. Baby boomers are more disengaged with their neighbors and even their loved ones than any other generation, said … [Read more...] about How to cultivate new friends as you age
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