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Now that the cicadas, after 17 years of living underground, are emerging again in the Eastern U.S., chefs, entomologists and insect-curious folks are prepared to explore the culinary possibilities. Insect-eating is not common in the United States, where prevalent cultural norms include a disgust factor.
However, since a 2013 report from the United Nations, advocates here have promoted insects as a sustainable protein source, leading to a wave of high-tech bug powders and snacks over the past few years. Cicadas are eaten in many other cultures. Now for the recipe--Bon Appetit: Can you eat cicadas? Yes, and here’s how to catch, cook and snack on them. - The Washington Post
You probably read the news that Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced. Divorce after the age of 50, often called, gray divorce, has risen in recent decades, bucking an overall decline in divorce among younger couples. The reasons for older-age divorces are often different than for younger ones: It’s not necessarily acute conflict, but rather starting a new chapter—the children leave home, or retirement feels closer—that prompts reassessment in a marriage, counselors say.
For couples over 50, counselors say, the pandemic has amplified the soul-searching that often hits people at this age. On top of the heartbreak of a broken marriage, there are the finances. Nearly half, 48 percent, of households headed by someone 55 or older lack any kind of retirement savings. AARP warns that the standard of living for a man divorcing after age 50 drops by 21 percent. However, the real pain is borne by women: Their standard of living plunges by a life-altering 45 percent percent.
“Divorce is one of the most financially devastating and traumatic events that you can go through,” says one divorce mediator. But she says some of this pain can be mitigated up front by negotiating things like retirement savings, life insurance and pensions. Learn more: Opinion: Why boomer divorces — like Bill and Melinda Gates — are soaring - MarketWatch