After freelance photographer Lauren Fleishman's grandfather died, she found a book next to his bed containing love letters written to her grandmother. "That inspired me to start seeking out couples that have been married for over 50 years," she told Runnin' Scared on the phone today. Fleishman has been working on the project for three years, and is now seeking funds on Kickstarter to help her photograph more couples and turn her work into a book. We admit we have been cynical about the current onslaught of love-themed media, but we are smitten with these stories of long-lasting New York-area romance.
Donald Trump spoke to SmartMoney recently and revealed some things of potential interest to the career-interested layperson. For one, though he's 65, he's planning to stick around for a long time, work-wise: "My father, who worked until he passed away at 93, used to always say, 'to retire is to expire.' And I feel the same way. I love what I'm doing - and when you love what you're doing, you don't retire."
According to a new McKinsey report covered in the Wall Street Journal, women get way less ambitious around middle age. "About 64% of women ages 45 to 54 years old expressed a desire to advance professionally, compared with 78% of the men in the same age range. The comparable figures were 92% and 98%, respectively, for women and men aged 23 to 34."
• Soil tested 25 miles from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Monday had radiation at "430 times normal levels" as reported by Japan's Science Ministry. Tokyo Electric's executive VP has visited evacuees in the area to apologize for the situation. In addition, it seems that multiple reactors are more damaged than initially thought. The current death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is 9,080, with 13,561 missing and 2,675 injured. [CNN]
The New York Senate approved the repeal of the "Last In, First Out" policy for New York City school teachers in a vote today. The senate voted 10-8 in favor of a new policy that says teachers with seniority should not have precedence over their more junior coworkers. With Bloomberg planning to cut 5,000 teacher jobs soon, the policy is coming under heavy fire -- even by the mayor himself. The New York Post quotes the mayor as saying that the downsizing should be done "intelligently and not based on something that doesn't have anything to do with the quality of education."
Things that may surprise you: There is no Guinness Book of Records entry for the world's oldest cat. Even so, the human handler-servants of Lucy, a Welsh tabby who's allegedly been torturing mice since 1972, would like it to be noted that she is the oldest in the world at 39, which would make the deaf but otherwise healthy cat 172 in human years, which would make her ancient. In terms of elderly cat fame, Lucy beats out Possum, 28; Kataleena Lady, 32; and even Cat World's oldest cat in the world, Cream Puff, who lived to 38. Plus she has a better name. [via the Daily Mail, Animal Tourism]
via Daily Mail/Wales News Service