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Posts tagged: Hillary Clinton

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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