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The creative tips in this virtual presentation focus on composition and editing techniques

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Today’s Celebrity Birthday: Singer Gwen Stefani Is 53

Last month, she joined her hubby onstage at the Grand Ole Opry for her in-person debut

Today in Your History: ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Debuts (1955)

Disney introduced the Mouseketeers during the televised grand opening of Disneyland as a preview

Celebration of Hispanic Heritage: Foods of Mexico

Enjoy a tantalizing virtual talk on the centuries-long history of tacos, tortillas, tamales and more



Photo of the Day

San Francisco's most iconic weather fog blankets the Golden Gate Bridge

Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Fog blankets the Golden Gate Bridge between San Francisco and Marin County, California, on Sept. 24. Records show the iconic fog has been on the decline since records started being kept in the 1950s, and scientists think it’s because of climate change, leading to a shorter daily fog time.

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U.S. Poet Laureate Covers Prose, Pets and Podcasts

In our Quick Questions interview, Ada Limón encourages young artists to pursue their passions

38 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal and Add Allure to Your Abobe

Our new AARP Smart Guide offers tips to make your home stand out, from walkway to windows

Treat Yourself to a Full-Body Integrated Pilates Practice

Grab your mat and join instructor Joy Puleo for the last class of her invigorating Functional Health series


Making Lasting Memories With a Glamorous Mom

In this Life's a Journey essay, a mother and daughter take a bittersweet trip to Italy together

Lift Yourself Up With Our Latest Interval Training Video

Final class in David Drew's workout series includes PVC clean, front squats, back squats and plank holds

Recipes From the ‘Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse’ Cookbook

Chef Brian Noyes serves up his famous peanut pie, worth-the-wait mushroom lasagne and more



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Follow Record-Breaking Mission in ‘One More Orbit’

Intrepid team of aviators and astronauts sets out to fly around the Earth faster than anyone ever has


Proof of How the Excellence of a Few Affected So Many

‘The Color of Medicine’ explores the historical significance of St. Louis’ Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Watch the Inspiring Story of Basketball Legend Aulcie Perry

Documentary follows the player from New Jersey who became an overnight sensation in Israel

Learn How to Find and Benefit Your Community

Daybreaker panel discussion shares how to foster meaningful relationships and connection

Following a Risky Quest in ‘Picture of His Life’

Amos Nachoum’s ultimate goal is to photograph the fearsome polar bear while swimming with it in the wild


Charming Film ‘The Automat’ Features Mel Brooks, Others

Documentary details the rise and fall of the beloved vending-machine restaurant chain Horn & Hardart

Art Tutorial From Molly Jacques: Custom Place Cards

Learn to create something extra-special with hand lettering for your dinner party guests

Documentary on the Life of the Longest-Ruling Monarch

‘Queen Elizabeth II: Her Glorious Reign’ shows how a British princess became a legend around the world

Award-Winning Film Promotes Wildlife Protection

Clint Eastwood and other high-profile animal advocates featured in visually stunning 'Why on Earth'



A Writer’s Lesson: How to Craft a Condolence Note

Sometimes the most thoughtful messages are imperfect expressions of what's in your heart

Tackling the Challenges of Finding Love Later in Life

A divorced, independent woman discovers the right approach — and mentality — is necessary

When Were You Most Afraid? What Are You Grateful For?

Asking deep questions of yourself and of others can lead to big connections, and even some surprises





Delia Owens Talks About ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

Her best-selling debut novel was turned into a major motion picture released this summer

Authors of ‘The Whole Body Reset’ Explain Protein Timing

AARP book dispels myths surrounding aging, nutrition and metabolism

Learn Some Secrets to Building a Best-Selling Novel

Brad Meltzer's ‘The Lightning Rod’ follows ‘The Escape Artist’ and brings back Zig and Nola


‘I Am From Here’ Blends Indian and Southern Cuisines

Vishwesh Bhatt discusses his first cookbook and offers recipes including Punjabi-​Style Fried Catfish

Paul Hollywood Wants You to Fall in Love With Baking

‘The Great British Bake Off’ judge shares tips and three favorite recipes from his new cookbook, 'Bake'

Free Excerpt From ‘Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff’

AARP book by Matt Paxton outlines steps to help you declutter and live more simply

Enjoy Reading a Selection of Books Free Online

Gripping mysteries by popular authors available in their entirety for AARP members





Listen to Old Standbys, Discover New Favorites

AARP Spotify playlists curated by legendary musicians including Bruce Hornsby, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osborne, Bootsy Collins and others

‘Sammy Hagar’s Cocktail Hits’ Shares Recipes and Tidbits

Try the Red Rocker’s Pomegranate Mojito, Pineapple Piña Colada and Guava Martini from his book

Soulful Vocal Jazz Group Moore By Four

Watch them perform popular classics and complex harmonies; plus we catch up with singer Ginger Commodore


Charmin Michelle Sings Etta James, Ray Charles and More

Vocalist puts her personal spin on the classics onstage at The Dakota; plus check out our Q&A

Salsa del Soul Performance Will Get You On Your Feet

Nine-piece orchestra lights up the stage with Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban dance music

Singer Maud Hixson Featured in Minnesota Jazz Fest Live

She'll serenade you with tunes from the Great American Songbook and her cool and light style



Learn Something New

Composting 101: How to Turn Food Waste Into Garden Gold

Sustainability pros detail all you need to know to get started, and share a handy reference guide

Create Happier Places in Your Home by Applying Feng Shui

Virtual presentation shows how the ancient Chinese practice can bring harmony to your living spaces

Watercolor Basics for Journaling With Stan Fellows

Easy-to-follow class covers materials and techniques, and demonstrates how to paint a mini masterpiece

Taking the Mystery Out of Plant Propagation

Longwood Gardens staff demonstrate techniques to use for popular houseplants, vegetables and trees


Need a New Hobby? Find Peace in Trimming Bonsai

Following in Mr. Miyagi’s footsteps, a fan of 'The Karate Kid' centers himself by working with little trees

Fascinating Stories Behind America’s Iconic Sodas

A food historian delivers fun facts about these popular drinks, including how to cook with them

Better Breathing for Better Sleep Can Help You Recharge

A holistic wellness specialist explains how it's possible to improve the quality of your rest using yoga nidra



Quick Questions — Celebrity Q&As See all Celebrity Interviews

Robin Meade

The longtime news correspondent hates the taste of coffee, loves country music and can golf with the pros

Daniel Dae Kim

The actor-producer of 'Lost' fame discusses island life, burger toppings and legal dramas in our Q&A

Jeanie Buss

The Los Angeles Lakers owner talks about expanding the ‘Women of Wrestling’ and staying in the moment

Donny Osmond

He met Elvis and was friends with Michael Jackson; at 64, guess which artists he'd like to work with?


Pam Oliver

She hits the sidelines for her 28th season and reveals her dream interview, life motto and more i

Tim Gunn

The third season of 'Making the Cut' has arrived, and this fashion guru is again co-hosting with Heidi Klum

Martha Plimpton

The Emmy-award-winning actress adds a new role to her résumé and finds freedom in turning 50

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone

Husband-and-wife comedy collaborators return with new Netflix series ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’



Health & Fitness





In Praise of Meaningful Steps on a Walking Holiday

Exploring England and Ireland by foot rewards travelers with a true experience of the land

Gardens You Should Visit in North America

It's easy to lose yourself in these greenbelts ideal for walks, runs and never-ending discovery

Paddle Your Way Across Canada in a Kayak or Canoe

Pristine waters, gorgeous mountains, fresh air and exercise — what’s not to like?


Let Our AARP Smart Guide to Air Travel Lead the Way

Before you book that plane ticket, learn how to make the trip almost as good as the arrival

Four Days on the Central California Coast

Opportunities for adventure abound in this oft-overlooked part of the Golden State

33 Tips for Travel During and After COVID

Whether plotting a casual trip, or ready to brainstorm the adventure of a lifetime, you’re in luck



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Remember the 1989 Classic ‘Steel Magnolias?’

Relive this tearjerker with our nostalgic essay, then try a chicken country captain recipe inspired by the film

Learn How to Increase the Value of Your Home

From flooring to roofing, upgrades can offer a great return on your investment — now and in the future

A Tribute to Princess Diana 25 Years After Her Death

We celebrate the beloved royal with photos showing how she lived her life and raised modern princes


‘Closing the Savings Gap’ Series With Jean Chatzky

Seven women are matched with financial planners to overcome roadblocks as they prepare to retire

Atari’s Pong Is Back and the Retro Game Still Delights

AARP Members can play classic games that also include Centipede and Asteroids

Trisha Yearwood’s Favorite Comfort Foods

The country singer dishes on her cookbook, ‘Trisha's Kitchen,’ and shares some recipes for you to try



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