The Aging Hippie: Dancing to Big Band Memories

The Aging Hippie: Dancing to Big Band Memories

by Amy Martin   I watched as he faded into the mist of memories the music had evoked. “This was before your time, of course,” my father said. Though his vision was failing and his health frail, a smile crossed his face as he leaned back into his easy chair. “It’s the most beautiful song ever written,” he said, as …

The Aging Hippie: Prayer Tree of  Spring

The Aging Hippie: Prayer Tree of Spring

By Amy Martin on March 1, 2016  In my backyard, there is a tree that blooms. When we moved here many years ago, it was lost in the darkness of oaks and cedar elms that grew to tower over it. An odd scrawny tree with tough green skin like a succulent instead of bark, it bore tiny round leaves in …

Vivian Castleberry: A pioneer in moving women and humanity forward through peace

Vivian Castleberry: A pioneer in moving women and humanity forward through peace

A pioneer of women’s rights and international peace for 80 years, she contemplates retirement for real, but first has one last goal to meet by Amy Martin Vivian Castleberry is not ready to retire from retirement, even at age 93. By 1984, when she left the Dallas Times Herald after 28 years, she’d revolutionized how newspapers cover women’s issues. At …

Elva Roy and Ambassadors For Aging

Elva Roy and Ambassadors For Aging

 January-February 2016 Helping Arlington and the mid-cities civic community get ready for the Silver Tsunami by Amy Martin   “Be the kind of woman who when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says ‘Oh no, she’s up!’ ” In the case of Elva Roy, it’s not the devil but Arlington officials that feel the tremor. The …

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

I’ve become quite the expert in hippie funerals. By experience, alas. The early-to-go baby boomers, the ones felled by cancer, too many of those, and folks like my friend Stu, who we still don’t know what happened. And those perished in car accidents — so sudden and relatable, we all drive. The unaffiliated flail a bit as we learn to …

Aging Hippies: Spring Fever

Aging Hippies: Spring Fever

By Amy Martin February 25, 2015 Are you an aging tree-hugging hippie? If true, spring equinox is our day. My hippie roots run deep. It was 1969 and the flower children of Dallas were abloom. So were racial conflicts and heated arguments about the Vietnam War. After narrowly escaping a melee in the girl’s bathroom, with factions debating their fine …

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