I loved the home and garden magazines too. There were great for decorating or garden ideas. Some I could implement; others I admired.
The recipes were fun and interesting. You could pronounce them and the ingredients were familiar and probably in the pantry.
I would tear into each one as soon as they hit my mailbox. Rip out this or copy that. It was all good.
Some magazines I have been subscribing to for more than 45 years. That’s a long time — longer than many relationships!
Lately it hasn’t been so satisfying. I dropped a few and one stopped printing in the middle of my subscription (no there was no refund). I wasn’t feeling the love.
This week I tore through a magazine with glee. It was fabulous. There was an article on new medical breakthroughs. (Perhaps I should keep that one just in case.)
Another on a cost comparison of overseas surgery versus domestic. (That was an eye opener!)
Yet another on which superbugs are really a threat for us here in the US. (I doubt if anyone in my small burg is at risk for Ebola.)
Not all articles were medical. A few months ago I read about the best places to retire either in the states or overseas. There were costs and calculators. Most of the places were affordable and all had good health care facilities. (Ah yes, health care facilities. That’s a term I never used when I was younger!)
There are always articles about celebrities over 50. (Those are the ones I know! When I watch award shows and I keep saying, “who is that?”)
So what is this fabulous new magazine? I am embarrassed to admit it is AARP’s monthly.
I don’t know how I went from Seventeen to Glamour many years ago. How did I get to AARP? I don’t know how it happened.
Interests and needs change. It is a sad day when shoes and makeup take second place to the latest medical procedures.
One minute I am worried about my hair color and wrinkles. The next it’s all about great vacation places for the older crowd with nearby medical facilities.
The recipes are simple and healthy. (No high-calorie Christmas cookie recipes!)
The ads are about hearing aids and low-cost cell phone plans. I mean really low-cost plans that are tailored for people who are not always playing with their thumbs.
There are the bathtubs for less mobile people and buttons for those who fall and can’t get up.
I am starting to get interested in those cell phone plans and the hearing aids. Did you notice that people talk much softer these days or is that just me?
There are inspiring stories about people who change careers late in life. (It’s never too late.)
There are stories about living with illnesses. All are interesting and relevant in some way.
How did this happen?
I don’t really care. I am just so pleased that I found this new magazine that has stuff in it that is useful and interesting. I am not planning on any overseas surgery at the moment. (You can get dental work done abroad cheaply too.)
Maybe next month’s issue will have a review of wrinkle creams and makeup.
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid or asked to review the magazine. I was overwhelmed that I found something remotely interesting. I had to share.