We had an amazing turnout for “Old Age Sucks and It’s Going to Be Great” by Ashton Applewhite on Sunday, October 14th. Everyone was super engaged by the monologue and the stirring discussion that followed! More photos of the event here.
“I’m interested in why Americans are so ambivalent about the prospect of longer lives. I was too, until I learned more. It turns out that people are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives. That the vast majority of Americans over 65 live independently. That older people are less depressed than the young or middle-aged. That the older people get, the less afraid they are of dying.Why do these facts surprise so many? Because ageism - internalized and in the culture at large - obscures all but the most negative messages about life after 65 (or 50, or just aging past youth), with disastrous personal and political implications. In the 20th century, the civil rights and women’s movements raised our awareness of racism and sexism. It’s high time to do so around discrimination and stereotyping on the basis of age.I’ve written a 40-minute talk called “Old Age Sucks and It’s Going to Be Great” that proposes an alternative to worrying about getting old: wake up to the ageist messages that frame two thirds of our lives as decline, cheer up, and push back. It catalyzes a conversation that people are hungry for, whether they work with older people or simply hope to become one.”
____________________________________________________________Ashton Applewhite is a Knight Fellow, a New York Times Fellow, an Age Boom Fellow (Columbia University School of Journalism) and a fellow at the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. The voice of Yo Is This Ageist, Ashton has been declared an expert on ageism by the New York Times. She’s on the board of the Council on Contemporary Families and a staff writer at the American Museum of Natural History.
An audience of nearly 70 people came to watch the first live performance to take place on board the boat. It was a collection of collaborative and solo dance pieces by Mara Poliak, Lucinda Segar and Tatyana Tenenbaum. View more photos of the Blue Moon Dance which was performed on the boat’s roof during our Donor Appreciation Party on August 31st in this album.
This one’s for our donors. One of the appreciation gifts we sent out to people who contributed to our fundraising campaign was the limited edition hand-pulled screenprint pictured above. More photos here.
Introducing our new hammock, curtains and custom cushion for the built-in couch.
Etsy’s Community Outreach team used the boat earlier this month for an offsite workday. Interested in coming aboard for a weekday retreat? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Meet our new built-in couch! Custom cushions coming soon…
These stools were an amazing craigslist find by Honora. Our crew went all the way into New Jersey to get ahold of these bad boys!
This houseboat and Our Lady are spiritual cousins
Now that the houseboat is moored, cleaned, painted and lived on it’s hard to believe that it made such a long journey down the Hudson and through the open seas to Marina 59. Here are some unearthed photographs taken from the Tugster blog (http://tugster.wordpress.com/tag/patty-nolan/)
Manhattan skyline in the background!
Nothing but water
Past Coney Island
Going under one of the final bridges.
Also, check out the Patty Nolan blog to find out more about the tug boat that tugged us all that way at http://www.tugpattynolan.com/.