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How to age and not become mentally/socially rigid and cranky?

My husband points out that as people age (40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond), they become cranky and rigid, and previously benign idiosyncrasies become more pronounced. Everyone in my family has died young, so I have little experience with this. What's the science behind this, and how can we avoid this happening?
posted by metarkest to Health at 5:13 AM on May 2, 2016 - 27 answers [79 favorites (66 in the past 24 hours)]

Mindfulness that doesn't make me want to crawl out of my skin?

I want to be more mindful, in the sense of the general "Mindfulness" ethos. But meditation drives me out of my gourd. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar to Health at 2:45 PM on May 2, 2016 - 26 answers [20 favorites]

"It certainly does suck."

What is the best cordless vacuum money can buy? I hate vacuuming so much and am totally overwhelmed by the market for cleaning machines. Which one will help me tolerate the most loathsome household chore since mopping? [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets to Home & Garden at 10:02 AM on May 2, 2016 - 22 answers [17 favorites]

Kid introduced to holocaust history too soon. How do I fix this?

My 7-year-old came home from religious school with a lot of questions about the holocaust, a subject we hadn't talked to him about yet. Now he's freaking out and I don't know how to frame the conversation. Help! [more inside]
posted by LKWorking to Human Relations at 12:02 PM on May 2, 2016 - 22 answers [12 favorites]

New relationship - how can I learn to chill the *&#! out?

So, I'm in a new relationship, we've been together about 2 months. Although I liked him from the beginning, he was slightly keener and always the one arranging dates, etc. I told him I was a slow burner, he was ok with that and happy to go my pace. [more inside]
posted by Britchick35 to Human Relations at 7:11 AM on May 2, 2016 - 9 answers [9 favorites]

How can I keep a white shirt white?

Generally I avoid white clothing, but I recently acquired a few nice blouses--plain white, white with dots, white with stripes--and I'd like to keep them nice. But all I know to do with white things is bleach them. How do you keep your white clothes white, particularly if they're not all white (i.e. patterned)? What actually works? [more inside]
posted by witchen to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:52 PM on May 2, 2016 - 15 answers [9 favorites]

Adult / Toddler friendly TV shows?

Our Friday night ritual is to watch a TV show with our two year old. So far we've been working through old Muppet Show episodes, and Wallace and Gromit, both of which she loves. However, us adults are getting a little tired of these and looking for something else to add into the mix. Do you have recommendations for other shows which are likely to be similarly appealing to both the two year old and the parents?
posted by pombe to Media & Arts at 11:13 AM on May 1, 2016 - 58 answers [31 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

How would you update, but keep, kitchen cabinets?

Your thoughts requested on what to do with solid but not beautiful cabinets. [more inside]
posted by jlittlew to Home & Garden at 6:26 AM on May 2, 2016 - 21 answers [8 favorites]

Best new horror/suspense/evil movies out

My husband and I have recently enjoyed watching It Follows, The Babadook, and most recently and especially, The Invitation. What are some other new films we should check out? I really enjoyed the "dinner party that turns creepy/evil" setup the Invitation had, so triple points for anything else like that that is well made.
posted by long haired child to Media & Arts at 4:31 PM on Apr 30, 2016 - 27 answers [52 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

The Koln Concert by Keith Jarrett (1975)

I am seeking suggestions for music similar to (or would be enjoyed by someone who likes) "The Koln Concert" by Keith Jarrett. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake to Media & Arts at 12:12 PM on May 2, 2016 - 6 answers [7 favorites]

Does everything have to be so creepy all the time?

A few weeks ago I bought some stuff at an Ann Taylor Factory outlet for the first time in my life. I did not give them my email address. I started receiving marketing emails from them nonetheless later that week, to my main gmail account. [more inside]
posted by something something to Technology at 1:21 PM on May 2, 2016 - 9 answers [7 favorites]

Vacation locations with no cars, anywhere in the world?

I took my family to Venice (Italy) recently, and one of the wonderfullest things about the trip was that there were no cars, which meant my kids could run around freely without having to worry about and stop for auto traffic. It made a world of difference to the experience. They were so happy and I was so relaxed. Where else in the world can we go where there are no cars? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Travel & Transportation at 7:53 AM on May 1, 2016 - 34 answers [39 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

What happened?

Me, a freewheeling abstractist who loves creating narratives; she, a ultra-present, literalist with eidetic memory who see things as they are. I pissed her off tonight, where did I go wrong? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo to Human Relations at 10:39 PM on Apr 30, 2016 - 41 answers [20 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

In with the new

In June, I'll be moving out-of-state to take a management/director position. The person who holds the job now is retiring; he has asked me if there's anything he can do to help prepare for my arrival - he wants to make the transition as smooth as possible for me and his staff. If you've experienced something similar, what was helpful for you (or would have been helpful)? [more inside]
posted by infodiva to Work & Money at 11:03 AM on May 2, 2016 - 4 answers [6 favorites]

[Child-free Filter) Can cats have lasting power of attorney?

As I get a bit older and see the generation above me experience deteriorating health or even death -- and I hear my mother talk more openly about end-of-life issues -- I wonder how us child-free folks are supposed to manage old age. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse to Human Relations at 3:45 AM on Apr 27, 2016 - 24 answers [84 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

What made your teaching demonstration successful?

What can I do in 30 minutes to demonstrate my teaching skills in an unfamiliar context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Education at 1:39 AM on May 2, 2016 - 6 answers [11 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Free online transcription software?

I have some interviews to transcribe- some audio only, and some video, each about 45 minutes long. Is there any free or cheap app or software that can take the whole file at once and spit out a reasonably accurate transcription?
posted by pseudostrabismus to Computers & Internet at 9:36 PM on May 1, 2016 - 4 answers [9 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Travel suggestions in Italy

we are driving around in Italy this month and would love suggestions for the must-see, the off-beaten-track, the delicious [more inside]
posted by supermedusa to Travel & Transportation at 1:04 PM on May 1, 2016 - 10 answers [8 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Keeping airtight containers of clothes fresh

So I've purchased some good airtight storage containers to keep my winter clothes in during the warm months. I'm confident they will keep the moths/mold/mildew/dust out. But what's the best way to keep the clothes smelling fresh when I open it next year? [more inside]
posted by gwint to Home & Garden at 9:17 AM on May 2, 2016 - 12 answers [5 favorites]

Looking for "horror stories" of computer virus infections

I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by an employee. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 to Computers & Internet at 10:19 AM on May 2, 2016 - 19 answers [5 favorites]

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