Over the past forty years, Highland City Club has grown into one of the cultural hubs for the greater Boulder area...



Member Monday

Hosted and Lead By: Steve Smith


This Week's Topic:

10.22.18 | You’re Only Old Once

A farmer got so old that he couldn't work the fields anymore. So he would spend the day just sitting on the porch. His son, still working the farm, would look up from time to time and see his father sitting there. "He's of no use any more," the son thought to himself, "he doesn't do anything!" One day the son got so frustrated by this, that he built a wooden coffin, dragged it over to the porch, and told his father to get in. Without saying anything, the father climbed inside. 

After closing the lid, the son dragged the coffin to the edge of the farm where there was a high cliff. As he approached the drop, he heard a light tapping on the lid from inside the coffin. He opened it up. Still lying there peacefully, the father looked up at his son. "I know you are going to throw me over the cliff, but before you do, may I suggest something?" "What is it?" replied the son. "Throw me over the cliff, if you like," said the father, "but save this good wooden coffin. Your children might need to use it."

Wooden Coffin (Zen Buddhist story) 

One reacts with a mixture of bemusement, disbelief, and righteous indignation upon receiving this missive from the universe via the postal service: your personal 50th birthday invitation to join AARP. Congratulations, you have just graduated from the old age of youth to the youth of old age.

Joining us as lead participant in our Member Monday (10/22/18) discussion is our very own Member Monday friend Rick Moody who recently retired, as it turns out, from AARP as its Vice President. From that perch along with a writing and teaching career that beggars the imagination, Rick is up close and personal with every single debate on the topic of aging e.g. social security, assisted suicide, biology of aging, future of Boomers -- everything. And, so, we will let our collective imaginations run wild as we probe and discuss the nuts and bolts surrounding the second half of life. 

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