Turning 50: Fifty Personal Celebrations

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The 50th birthday is one of life's milestones-it's a time to reflect on half a century's worth of experiences and a time to look ahead at all that life still has in store. As the nearly 80 million members of the baby boomer generation start reaching this milestone, they're celebrating it in their own unique style, and along the way they're redefining just what it means to be 50.

Turning 50 is a collection of these celebrations. It examines how 50 different people have chosen to ...

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Overview

The 50th birthday is one of life's milestones-it's a time to reflect on half a century's worth of experiences and a time to look ahead at all that life still has in store. As the nearly 80 million members of the baby boomer generation start reaching this milestone, they're celebrating it in their own unique style, and along the way they're redefining just what it means to be 50.

Turning 50 is a collection of these celebrations. It examines how 50 different people have chosen to mark the day-from renting out Carnegie Hall and giving a concert to taking two weeks alone on an isolated beach to jumping out of an airplane to inviting friends to a sunrise ceremony. This collection will inspire and give ideas to those who will reach 50 in the next 15 years.

Author Olivia Wu uses a mix of text, photographs, and other images such as programs and invitations to capture the unique spirit of each celebration. She groups the events by theme; chapters include "Adventure," "Dreams," "Letting Go," "Gratitude," "In the Face of Death," and "Miles to Go." Wu's subjects are largely the ordinary people who fashion extraordinarily creative rituals for themselves. They range from business tycoons to homemakers to celebrities. But she finds in them all a common thread-an enthusiasm for life and a belief that the best is yet to come.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780740700545
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 5.74 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Olivia Wu was a former columnist and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her features and columns have received top prizes.

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Table of Contents

Preface IX
Acknowledgments XIII
Introduction: Deepak Chopra: Thoughts on Aging XV
I Sunrise
A Ritual for Rebirth 2
II Integration
Graduation 10
Buying the Balcony for Ballet 14
A Day for Women 22
III Joy
Fifty Letters and Other Exultant Lists 28
Giving Birth to Twins 35
Marching Band Madness 36
Chef for a Day 42
IV Gratitude
Solo Backpacking 50
Escape to Retirement 54
Planting Willows 56
Beach Party Benefit 61
V Compassion
Fifty Dollars to Fifty People 68
Scholarship by Wager 74
Mother-Daughter Fund 79
VI Transformation
Skydiving into Cronehood 84
Solitude in Costa Rica 90
Breast Reduction Surgery 94
Letting Go 99
VII Transition
Motorcycle Odyssey 104
Standing in the Gambia River 110
The Summit of Monte Alban 112
VIII Adventure
Leaping to Thailand 118
The London Marathon 124
Conquest of Italy 127
Alive and Hang Gliding 131
IX Power
Kings and Queens in Italy 136
Perspectives from a Hot-Air Balloon 145
Four-City Triumph 147
Deserted Beach 150
X Purpose
Impassioned Plea 156
Return to Africa 161
Carnegie Hall Concert 164
XI Community
Surprise Chocolate Buffet 168
Croning by Demand 173
Two Couples 176
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Bed-and-Breakfast Gathering 180
XII Commitment
Whitewater Rapids 184
Dialogue in Maine 188
Fund-raiser Turnabout 192
A Marathon for Krystie 197
XIII Celebration
"The Grandest Birthday Party Ever" 202
Slumber Party 210
Mountaintop Wedding 215
Horseback Trail in Vermont 218
XIV Millennium
A Declaration 224
XV Sunset
Angkor Wat and the Cycle of Life 230
Ideas for Fiftieth Celebrations 237
Some Famous Fifty-year-olds 240
Afterword: My Story 245
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