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Mid-November, the Positive Aging Conference was held at the University of Minnesota. The conference’s Web site has many free resources from the presentations, including an Annual Purpose check-up worksheet by Richard Leider, a list of resources for positive aging, and Harry R. Moody’s reading list (all links will open pdf documents). (Moody was profiled in November’s Living a LearningLife.)

Looking for an interesting card to send someone this holiday season? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ online prints and drawings and photographs exhibitions allow visitors to browse the Institute’s collection by artist, by medium, or at random...and, you can send any work as an e-postcard.

bigthink.com, now in beta, houses fascinating video commentaries by luminaries such as Deepak Chopra, David McCullough, Nancy Pelosi, Richard Posner, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. Comment on existing videos and upload your own video commentaries.

Check out former management guru Jim Selman’s blog Serene Ambition for Jim’s thoughts about aging in today’s society. In his own words, Jim’s “current passion is to transform the culture of aging from one of decline and loss to one of possibility and power.�

Founded in 1990 by world-renowned gerontologist and Pulitzer-winner Robert N. Butler, M.D., the International Longevity Center is a nonprofit organization formed to educate individuals on how to live longer and better, and advise society on how to maximize the benefits of today's age boom. Check out their Web site for features including free publications on a variety of topics, interviews with Dr. Butler, and more.

As media organizations exhaustively cover the collapse and transformation of former Wall Street giants, many people are deeply concerned about what effect the turmoil will have on their own finances. LearningLife staff have identified three respected Web resources, each of which has a wealth of relevant and useful information that can help you sort out what the financial crisis means for you.

Kiplinger.com includes interactive calculators, business news, tutorials, and more that will help you stay on top of what’s happening in your retirement accounts.

The Personal Finance section of The Wall Street Journal is part of its public site, and offers access to the Journal’s excellent financial journalism, for free.

The Economy Watch section of AARP.org offers a one-stop shop of continuously updated links to news articles about the crisis, as well as links to AARP’s own personal finance resources.

Rochester-based author Mitch Anthony’s book, The New Retirementality, focuses on ways to live the life you want to—at any age. Check out his Web site for a list of Web resources that can help you plan, and to build a free New Retirementality profile.

The BBC has launched a comprehensive new Health Web site that’s now in beta-testing. Read articles, use online tools, and submit your feedback on how they can improve this major addition to online health-related resources.

Gauge your biological age and learn healthy tips with a free membership at BlueZones.com. Founded by National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner, BlueZones.com offers tools like the Vitality Compass (developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health) and articles on exercising, eating, and living well.

Are older Americans really happier than younger ones? A July 14 Washington Post article summarizes new research that claims, in part, that simply being older can help confer contentment.