Turning 50: Fifty Personal Celebrations

Turning 50: Fifty Personal Celebrations

by Olivia Wu




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740700545
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 5.74(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Introduction: Deepak Chopra: Thoughts on AgingXV
A Ritual for Rebirth2
Buying the Balcony for Ballet14
A Day for Women22
Fifty Letters and Other Exultant Lists28
Giving Birth to Twins35
Marching Band Madness36
Chef for a Day42
Solo Backpacking50
Escape to Retirement54
Planting Willows56
Beach Party Benefit61
Fifty Dollars to Fifty People68
Scholarship by Wager74
Mother-Daughter Fund79
Skydiving into Cronehood84
Solitude in Costa Rica90
Breast Reduction Surgery94
Letting Go99
Motorcycle Odyssey104
Standing in the Gambia River110
The Summit of Monte Alban112
Leaping to Thailand118
The London Marathon124
Conquest of Italy127
Alive and Hang Gliding131
Kings and Queens in Italy136
Perspectives from a Hot-Air Balloon145
Four-City Triumph147
Deserted Beach150
Impassioned Plea156
Return to Africa161
Carnegie Hall Concert164
Surprise Chocolate Buffet168
Croning by Demand173
Two Couples176
Bed-and-Breakfast Gathering180
Whitewater Rapids184
Dialogue in Maine188
Fund-raiser Turnabout192
A Marathon for Krystie197
"The Grandest Birthday Party Ever"202
Slumber Party210
Mountaintop Wedding215
Horseback Trail in Vermont218
A Declaration224
Angkor Wat and the Cycle of Life230
Ideas for Fiftieth Celebrations237
Some Famous Fifty-year-olds240
Afterword: My Story245

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