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Posts tagged: Hillary Clinton

Hillary and hard choices

Hillary Clinton’s book comes out today. “Hard Choices” may be a prequel to her announcement of a run for president – or perhaps her last publication before permanently retiring into her private life.

She sits with journalists as they ask her the hard questions and she never seems to blink. Diane Sawyer pushed and pushed Hillary on the Benghazi incident. Clinton remained steadfast in her answers, reminding Sawyer that a secretary of state is not an expert on security – that is why advisors are consulted.

While some people trash talk Hillary, others see her as the only obvious candidate for 2016. She claims she will make her decision at the end of the year – giving up the privacy she loves for another round of public service? Hard choices indeed.

(S-R archive photo)

Power through: Hillary’s example

As baby boomers glide into their 60s and remain in their jobs a lot longer than their parents did, I predict a fairly macho attitude toward sick days. Older workers are more prone to the ailments that can afflict older people in general. Back troubles, heart issues, cancers that inconvenience you but don't kill you.

Hillary, 65, looked pretty darn good this morning testifying in front of Congress. Less than a month ago, they were shrinking a clot from her brain.

She's tough. This we know. But again, I predict aging boomers in the workplace will be more like Hillary than like the stereotype of older people complaining all the time about their ailments. And Hillary likely discovered long ago what my 50-something friends and I often talk about.

Your aches and pains disappear (for the most part) when you are totally absorbed in a work project. It's a health  treatment, without side effects, that you don't even pay for.

(AP photo)

Hair-brain comments?

Hillary Clinton received a great deal of attention yesterday…not for anything she said in Bangladesh as Secretary of State, but instead for the state of her appearance. She wore her glasses, no make-up and had this to say when comments were made:

 “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now. Because you know if I want to wear my glasses I'm wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I'm pulling my hair back. You know at some point it's just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention. And if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change.”  

When will people get it? It’s not about the hair…it’s her brains under her hair that deserve our attention. Maybe next week we can talk about Speaker John Boehner's tendency toward tears?

(S-R archives photo)

Hillary: Looking the part

We had a great photo of Hillary Clinton in the newspaper today, posted here, too. Hillary, as always, is still criticized for how she looks. Publisher Tina Brown kind of called her fat a couple of years ago. And her hairstyle is always a focus. Too young. Too old.

To me, Hillary is looking like the women of her age I've seen in Europe in trips there. Not afraid to be solid in her body, because she is solid in her place in the world. Figuring out the easiest hairstyle, because she's busy. And enjoying herself most of the time, despite the hard work she's doing in the world.

As women, our lives get written on our bodies from day 1. Other people often try to write that story, especially in the teen and young adult years. Hillary's writing her own story now. And it shows. 

(AP photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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