Congratulations!

 We have a few magazines circulating aimed at seniors, each in its own way aimed at different topics and this is wonderful, all recognising that people over the age of 50 are really interesting people and catering for the interests of us oldies. I think this is all marvellous.

How very gratifying it is to be defined as people who need to be reached and talked to, as well as about; to be recognised as a large audience of people with good brains and intelligence.  
It detracts from the feelings that so many ageing people have of being uninteresting, useless and overlooked.

The world is changing to so many digital devices. It is important that us oldies can still get hold of PAPER and read, as we have been used to doing all of our lives.  

We are all dragging ourselves into the digital age and are trying to learn computers, laptops and ipads but it is still rewarding to be able to sit down with a cuppa and a good read, such as Your Time.
One endeavours to be modern and up to date but it is also important to recognise that “old” doesn’t always mean “forgotten or useless”.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Janette Buddee 
Sixty years ago, most workers were looking forward to retirement. So what’s changed?  We now live in a society where people of all ages aren’t allowed to be content.

The Americans tell us (and they know everything) to find happiness in life we must earn more, be better parents, be slimmer, be more successful, banish depression, be useful citizens etc.  However it comes at a high price. There’s a terrible unfulfilled emptiness inside people these days.

Who, in their right mind, would continue working after 65 if they didn’t have to?  Let’s face it, retirees haven’t the superannuation to retire and are forced to keep going. I doubt most people 65 or more would be employable, which is why voluntary work is so popular.

Retirees are bored, unfulfilled and empty – as are many younger people – they just don’t want to admit it.
The cancer is called discontentment and there’s no cure.

Activities won’t bring long-term fulfillment. People should start looking inward for satisfaction and stop looking outwards for dissatisfaction.  True happiness is supposed to start from within.  Being better versions of ourselves is the only true goal.

Tony Crossley
I speak as the 84-year-old owner of an SUV. Mine is a KIA Sportage front-wheel drive with a magnificent wheel lock and lots of other goodies. Its current price is less than $30,000.

Forget your BMWs, Audis, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus and all the other expensive versions.
BMW, we’re told have “two new cheaper… wagons on offer, starting at $49,900”.

My KIA is eight years old, with not quite 120,000 km on the clock, room for five adults and a spare wheel below the luggage level.

A grand-sized roof rack provides ample space for backpacks, sleeping bags and the like.  My SUV travels very well and efficiently and it is made from steel, not aluminium.  Bruce McMahon speaks favourably about BMW SUVs in particular.  

I think the KIA SUVs deserve as much, considering the attractiveness of the asking price compared with what is being asked for the top of the range stuff.

Ian Lindsay
I really enjoyed reading “Watch Your Language” by David Parmiter.  Isn’t the English language wonderful? 
I am disappointed that grammar, as I was taught in school, appears to be dying out in schools these days.
Grammar was not the easiest subject to learn but fortunately I enjoyed it.

I worked in a high school in Canberra in the ‘80s and queried the English Master why he wasn’t teaching the students grammar.

I was amazed at his reply: “They can learn it at university, if they need it!”  I asked him, “what about the students that don’t go on to uni?”    He just shrugged his shoulders and went on marking papers.  Really?!  Bring it back is what I say.

Joan Hartas