The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


January 18, 2014

Turning 50 isn’t the big deal it used to be – it’s the new 30


- — The number of kids engaging in sports isn’t what it should be either. Part of the reason is that you can’t text on a cell phone at the same time you catch a football or shoot a basketball or run the 100-meter dash.

Smoking of course is still a problem, although it has dropped considerably in the U.S. over the past few decades. They continue to link more and more diseases to smoking.

It seems unbelievable to me that people still smoke knowing that it will take years off their lives. It’s like playing Russian roulette with one bullet in the cylinder of the gun. Eventually that bullet will drop in the chamber and you will be dead, sooner than you should be.

Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama. But age 50 is just a number and today it’s really a pretty insignificant number if you take care of your health.

Well, insignificant other than the fact that you will be receiving massive amounts of information from AARP. Good times!

The Herald’s Lynn Saternow writes this column each Saturday for the Opinion Page. He can be reached at

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