Midlife

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  • Finding a new sense of belonging

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    One issue that came up big-time for me in mid-midlife crisis was the realization that I didn’t belong anywhere.  Not in any one particular place or in any relationship. I had gone about my life up until then, moving where the jobs were and changing relationships as I needed to, with little continuity. The closest I came to belonging was my marriage in my late thirties, and that ended badly seven years later. I find our culture doesn’t particularly encourage connectedness or belonging, especially when we’re young. But I felt a strong need for a true sense of belonging by my…
  • Insomniac, but Not Sleep-Deprived

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Some older people with insomnia may be getting more sleep than they think, a new study has found.
  • You’re a Writer Looking to Move into Major Publications? Get Started at My Writers’ Workshop

    Beyond MidLifeBloggers
    Jane Gassner
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Sign up now for Jane Gassner's Writers' Workshop, Part II: Blogging & the Business of Writing
  • Amazing Vintage Photographs of British in World War I

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    The collection consists of photography of every aspect of World War I - from cadet training to soldiers' graves. Every theatre of war is represented, but the majority of prints were taken in Europe, particularly on the battlefields of France and Belgium.Original members still serving with a Canadian infantry brigade, 1914.A bad road, 1914.A car in trouble after the thaw, 1914.Wood on its way upcountry, 1914.A few kilometers behind our line, 1914.See more »
  • What is E Cig Liquids and why can we use them

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Now every day, people all over the world became aware in regards to the hazards brought on by smoking. But few years ago, maximum people don’t quit the tobacco habit or this habit is going to be very tough to quit. Some companies are already researching on that matter and ultimately manufacture smoking termination products. That is called the “Electronic Cigarette”. Electronic cigarettes may also be known as e cigarettes. These cigarettes are normally the battery operated device which turn liquid chemicals, along with nicotine into an aerosol or vapor. People, all over the world can…
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • Finding a new sense of belonging

    midlifecrisisqueen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    One issue that came up big-time for me in mid-midlife crisis was the realization that I didn’t belong anywhere.  Not in any one particular place or in any relationship. I had gone about my life up until then, moving where the jobs were and changing relationships as I needed to, with little continuity. The closest I came to belonging was my marriage in my late thirties, and that ended badly seven years later. I find our culture doesn’t particularly encourage connectedness or belonging, especially when we’re young. But I felt a strong need for a true sense of belonging by my…
  • Learning to live with loss…

    midlifecrisisqueen
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Astrology may seem like bunk, but I know from decades of personal experience that eclipses often represent times of emotional turmoil or chaos.  In other words, new opportunities for growth and change. My 50th birthday fell on a solar eclipse, just as I was falling in love with Mike and thinking about selling my home to move in with him. My entire 50th year was amazing in its ripe potential for life-changing events! Now, as Mike turns 60, I descended into so many overpowering emotions during our lunar eclipse on October 8th. This left me dreading the partial solar eclipse of today.
  • Boomers keep on blogging for you!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are enjoying an AMAZING fall here in southern Colorado!  The autumn colors just keep coming!  So glad we decided to move down here this summer… Time for me to host our latest Boomer Blog Festival, where we take turns sharing the latest and greatest in relevant boomer blog topics! AARP is launching a new Android-based tablet that is being marketed to those in the 50+ crowd who are technology shy.  But what exactly are the benefits of buying an AARP tablet?  The answer is: Not many, so why is AARP even trying to target seniors? And perhaps even more importantly, is AARP still…
  • Moving on….

    midlifecrisisqueen
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    BIG NEWS: Mike and I just started a new blog to document the process of building our solar home over at “Adventures of the NEW old Farts!”  There we’ll share lots of photos and information as we build it from the footers up! OK, let’s face it.  At almost 60 I’m moving past “midlife” by just about anybody’s estimation, and I’m certainly past the ‘midlife crisis’ stage of my life, at least I hope so! When I started this blog I was just beginning to change everything in my life for the better, and it is SO MUCH BETTER NOW!
  • Talking mirror on the wall…

    midlifecrisisqueen
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Have you heard about the new talking mirror yet?  This “motivational mirror” will tell you anything you want to hear about how great you are! Reminds me of the mirror I found a few years ago that was distorted just enough to make me look a couple of inches taller and nice and thin.  I snapped that one right up! This new mirror says things like, “You are enough!” and “Have you been working out?”  This makes me begin to wonder first of all, don’t we have any real people in our lives that ever compliment us? More importantly though, what is it about…
 
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    The New Old Age

  • Insomniac, but Not Sleep-Deprived

    By Paula Span
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Some older people with insomnia may be getting more sleep than they think, a new study has found.
  • When Death Approaches Again

    By Jane Gross
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Survivors of the Holocaust pose special challenges for caregivers at the end of life.
  • Is It Really Dementia?

    By Paula Span
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    A number of conditions cause dementia-like symptoms, and doctors may have trouble diagnosing them. Still, the odds usually are low that an elderly family member can be made cognitively normal.
  • A Doctor Discovers Dying

    By Paula Span
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    In his new book, "Being Mortal," Dr. Atul Gawande acknowledges paying scant attention to end-of-life issues.
  • Treating C.O.P.D. in the Elderly

    By Judith Graham
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may benefit from taking two drugs, not just one, a new study finds.
 
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    vintage everyday

  • Amazing Vintage Photographs of British in World War I

    John VE
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    The collection consists of photography of every aspect of World War I - from cadet training to soldiers' graves. Every theatre of war is represented, but the majority of prints were taken in Europe, particularly on the battlefields of France and Belgium.Original members still serving with a Canadian infantry brigade, 1914.A bad road, 1914.A car in trouble after the thaw, 1914.Wood on its way upcountry, 1914.A few kilometers behind our line, 1914.See more »
  • Flooded at Beach & Imperial, La Habra, California, 1938

    John VE
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    The intersection of Beach Blvd. and Imperial Hwy. in La Habra, California.
  • Wonderful Color Portraits of Women War Workers in Britain during WWII

    John VE
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Head and shoulders portrait of Mrs Chaulkey, a war worker in Britain, 1943.Miss M Greatorex, a war worker involved in the manufacture of 17-pdr anti-tank guns, 1943.Mrs C Graham, a war worker involved in the manufacture of 17-pdr anti-tank guns, 1943.Mrs Lusby, a part-time worker at a small workshop, levelling off and making the firing pin during the first stages of breech block production, 1943.Woman war worker milling breech blocks, 1943.A voluntary domestic science course for service women based in the London area, organised by the London District of the Army Education Scheme, with the…
  • Vintage Photos of People in Halloween Costumes in New Jersey

    John VE
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Participants in Fair Lawn's annual costume parade are shown in this undated photo. The parade traveled around Memorial Park. Courtesy of the Fair Lawn Historic Preservation Commission.Six unidentified children are shown sorting through their goodies after trick or treating in Edison in 1976. Star-Ledger archive photo.The annual Halloween parade sponsored by the Little Silver Fire Department is shown in this 1974 photo. Courtesy of the Little Silver Fire Department.Three unidentified children are ready for trick-or-treating in Paterson as seen in this 1944 photo taken at East 25th Street…
  • Watching a solar eclipse, Paris, 1911

    John VE
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • What is E Cig Liquids and why can we use them

    ironik
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Now every day, people all over the world became aware in regards to the hazards brought on by smoking. But few years ago, maximum people don’t quit the tobacco habit or this habit is going to be very tough to quit. Some companies are already researching on that matter and ultimately manufacture smoking termination products. That is called the “Electronic Cigarette”. Electronic cigarettes may also be known as e cigarettes. These cigarettes are normally the battery operated device which turn liquid chemicals, along with nicotine into an aerosol or vapor. People, all over the world can…
  • What is the Importance of Home Alarm

    ironik
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Home is just not just a building surrounded by only four walls. It is important to look forward far more in comparison with that and you will need to keep the house safe from burglars. There is a solution to this problem in our hand that is certainly συναγερμοι σπιτιων. Home alarms will be the easy option to make sure that the incursion attack by burglars is stopped and we have been saving the house from theft. These kinds of alarm will be the most advantageous and simplest among all security systems. Every customer possess a wide range of option about home security systems,…
  • Chanel Bags Sale Online – is it better than the other Stores

    ironik
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Chanel bags will be the most popular bag making organization of the entire planet. This business made all type of designer bags and has used at any purpose in human life. People demanded it very much. This kind of name within the label includes a wide range of appeal to every people in the world, which takes also a big factor. Many people want to buy original and authentic Chanel flap bags, but don’t have an outlet near their home. That is certainly why they have limited or restricted options within their hand. However, now each and every day, with all the help of internet peoples from…
  • 100 Percent Profit Bot Scam Information

    ironik
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    If you are interested in the 100% Profit Bot as a binary option, you may need to know all the basic matters of this item 1st. With the one hundred Percent Profit Bot, you will not get statistics, you will get profits. Who has time to sit around all day and read statistics? All of us want earnings! Should you are interested in a secret way to make money, this correct right here need to be your option. You will have the alternative to offer your very own opinions and obtain men and women keen on what you might be providing. 100 percent profit bot will be the newest thing online which can be…
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    ironik
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    If you are thinking about the 100% Profit Bot as a binary option, you need to understand all of the basic matters of this product first. With the one hundred % Profit Bot, you won’t get statistics, you’ll get income. That has time to sit about all day and read statistics? We all want profits! If you are thinking about a secret way to make money, this appropriate here must be your selection. You are going to have the alternative to give your very own opinions and get people serious about what you’re supplying. binary options trading would be the most recent factor online…
 
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • Macy Gray at Tipitina's, great show

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    On Wednesday, October 22, thanks to a friend with an extra ticket, I got to see Macy Gray at Tipitina's in New Orleans. It's a standing-room-only intimate venue with quite a colorful history, so by the time we walked back to our cars my feet were on fire. But seeing Macy was worth the pain. She is not only talented, but funny and down-to-earth. She's also 6 feet tall in her stocking feet. I
  • Racism Insurance for White People offered by DWP

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    "Racism Insurance: Coverage for White People," the funny video promo for new movie Dear White People goes Viral on Facebook, where it has more than 1.4 million hits.
  • Beware White Men Saying Your Votes Don't Matter

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    I admit that I went through a period in my life when I did't vote, and I'll own up to this: It was pure laziness hiding behind the ignorance of "my one vote doesn't matter." But as I got older, I realized that if I don't vote, who am I to protests anything our legislators, councils, mayors, governors, and presidents do? So, when I read Andrew O'Hehir's essay on Salon.com essentially
  • Dr. Cornel West arrested at Moral Mondays protest, Ferguson (Videos)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Above, veteran social justice activist, Dr. Cornel West, is handcuffed and arrested in Ferguson, Missouri. From RT article: NBC News reported from Ferguson that West and others had attempted to create a makeshift memorial outside of the police station on Monday for Michael Brown, a local teen shot two months ago this weekend by a Ferguson cop, but arrests began soon after when demonstrators
  • Do you believe in coincidence or Godwinks?

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I've had some pretty remarkable so-called "coincidences" in my life. About half of them I attribute to "Godwinks," those little clues in life that remind us not to rule out significance of the spiritual. But scientists, and I've known this for a long time, say coincidences are just that, coincidence. They are not "mystical but mathematical," chance following rules of probability. Then
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • As October Ends …

    Suzanne
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m turning 24 (twenty four!!) AGAIN on Sunday. Can you believe Sunday will be November 2nd? Where does time go? I don’t have any big birthday plans. Fred The Puppy was supposed to be my birthday present … oh well! (And now, today, I have to have a girly-procedure done.  I don’t expect it to be a big deal, but I’ve been told I should rest through the weekend.  Boo!  Hiss!) I thought you might like a peek at what October is like in Orange County. Hint:  It’s pretty much perfect summer weather, but without Orange County’s summer morning beach fog.
  • A Little of This, A Little of …

    Suzanne
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Wow – where did October go? •  I decided to do physical therapy all by myself on Monday night.  I thought it would be a good idea because I’m not going to be seeing Paul Newman this week.  I texted him afterward because I was very proud of myself.  I don’t think he was at all impressed.  In fact, he told me not to hurt myself.  (So little faith in my pt abilities!!)   Um …?  His warning might have come a little too late  I suppose my make-believe masters degree in physical therapy isn’t quite up to par?  I won’t be trying that again anytime…
  • And Then I Bought A Crystal Ball

    Suzanne
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Yesterday, I bought a Crystal Ball. The very thought makes me smile. No, I don’t think my Crystal Ball will help me foresee any great information about my future. But, wouldn’t it be fun if it did? I ordered it for an upcoming photography project. It should arrive this week. I am absolutely delighted at the very thought of a Crystal Ball appearing on my doorstep. (Just in time for Halloween too!) Apparently there are a lot of people who take their Crystal Balls quite seriously. I had no idea! Crystal Balls are supposed to work best if you “charge them” under a full…
  • October Is The Very Best Month

    Suzanne
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    October is such a great month. It’s my favorite month to travel because it’s beautiful anywhere you choose to go. This year I canceled everything on my calendar for Fred’s arrival so I’m not traveling. As it turns out, Fred is not arriving. Boo Hiss to Puppy  Snatchers  Heartbreakers! But, I admit it’s very nice to be here in Southern California in October. In spite of a bad arm flare-up, I had a fun and productive weekend. And no, I don’t know what caused my arm to get so bad …. I’m sure I must have tried to use it without realizing it…
  • Mooning Over You

    Suzanne
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I watched the sun drop into the ocean last night … And the moon rise in the sky. It was a beautiful evening in Laguna Beach. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane's Team Spirit (or Lack Thereof)

    Average Jane
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series and everyone around me is losing their minds about it. Me, well I'm holding steady at the level of "mildly pleased and glad you're all so happy about it." When a local sports team does well, to me it's the equivalent of a friend's child getting a good grade in school: I think it's nice for them and now I'm going to go about my business. Part of it is that I have never been able to work up any enthusiasm about sports. I remember my dad watching sports when I was a kid, but it was a dad activity and it…
  • Average Jane Feels Like Dancing

    Average Jane
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Driving home from work today, I saw a kid on the sidewalk doing a thoroughly dorky dance. He saw me looking at him, caught my eye and gave me a big smile and a wave. Naturally, I smiled and waved back. I get so much joy from how unselfconscious kids are. My nephew loves to dance and he will dance and dance until he literally burns up all the dancing energy left in his body. I watched him do it at the MC Yogi/DJ Drez concert at the Kansas City Yoga Festival a couple of weeks ago. In fact, here he is doing a light saber routine at a school talent show a couple of years ago. (Sadly, the music…
  • Average Jane's Recipes

    Average Jane
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Since I've recently "come out" as a vegetarian to myself and the rest of my world after more than a year of gradual transition, I've been giving some thought to the content of my recipe list over there on the left. It's occurred to me to wonder if I should take down the ones with meat and dairy that I won't be making anymore. Of course this is my blog and I can do whatever I want, but for now my intention is to leave it as is. I can think of few things more personal and individual than someone's dietary choices. Although I have made mine for a variety of reasons,…
  • Average Jane Makes Vegan Pizza

    Average Jane
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My husband hasn't fully joined me in my gradual conversion to a plant-based diet, but one recipe that we both like a lot is tofu-topped pizza. The topping recipe comes from this ehow video. I use the pizza dough recipe that came with my KitchenAid mixer, divided in half and rolled out very thin to make two crispy crusts, and I've added tomatoes because I think every pizza needs something tomato-based. Here's where I've netted out on the whole recipe. I think you'll like it. It makes two full-sized pizzas (you can halve the recipe, but then you have an extra pizza crust and…
  • Average Jane Enjoys Pumpkin Pie

    Average Jane
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Today I am plugging my family pumpkin pie recipe at Kansas Women Bloggers. I keep meaning to bake one and perhaps I will do so tonight. There's a chill in the air and we may not want to pursue our original outdoor plans this evening, so why not bake a pie instead?
 
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    Cindy La Ferle's Home Office

  • October memories

    Cindy La Ferle
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Sorting through my mom’s papers after she died last month, I found a copy of this essay, which I wrote after my father’s passing in 1992. First published in the October 1998 edition of Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, it’s also included in my book, Writing Home. Lately I’ve been thinking of these lines from Anne Mary Lawler’s poem […]
  • After the flood

    Cindy La Ferle
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    If your home suffered serious flood damage in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne County on August 11, you’ve probably spent the last half of your summer finishing basement repairs as well as finding safer ways to store your keepsakes. My new column in the October 5 issue of Michigan Prime chronicles what we lost and what we […]
  • Remembering my mother

    Cindy La Ferle
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Friends who attended my mother’s funeral on Tuesday asked if I would post a copy of the eulogy I wrote. In loving memory of Carlesta (Geisel) Gullion, the following was read at her memorial service on September 16, 2014. When you’re deep in the trenches of caring for a parent who’s battling advanced dementia, it gets […]
  • The caregiver’s guilt trip

    Cindy La Ferle
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Like most caregivers, I struggle with feelings of guilt. Even when I’ve done my best to manage my elderly mother’s healthcare, I wonder if I could have — or should have — done more. Focusing on this topic, “The Caregiver’s Guilt Trip” is my new column in the September 7 issue of Michigan Prime. If you’re […]
  • Restoring Wright

    Cindy La Ferle
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    For years I’ve admired Michigan Blue, a gorgeous regional magazine celebrating our third coast. So I’m very excited to have an essay of mine included in the Fall 2014 issue. “Restoring Wright” chronicles our decision to purchase and renovate a Frank Lloyd Wright home in St. Joseph, a beach town on Lake Michigan. The magazine […]
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    Candelaria Silva

  • Here + There = Everywhere

    Candelaria Silva
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    We are all in this together.  What don’t we understand about this? We may all live differently in this world because of our individuality and our unique situations but we are still living on the same planet.   If the planet goes down, it won’t stop and let certain people get off first*.  Even if you believe in life after death and are looking forward to a heavenly reward, most of us do not want to hasten that experience and most of us want to leave the planet better for future generations. The Ebola outbreak impacts all of us.  There is no way to close our doors against it.  We can…
  • Tidy-widy, Uptight

    Candelaria Silva
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    I find myself in regular encounters with people who have tidy lives and are so far removed from my messy, over-wrought reality that we might as well be living on separate planets (except we aren’t…we are all in this together.)  I call them the tidy-widys.* They come from plenty even though some of them don’t quite realize how having plenty paves their way and makes them who they are. Plenty means that, for them, there is: Always enough money to pay the bills in full (no carry-over debt for them) Money to travel when they want (or need) to Well-resourced neighborhoods or suburbs or…
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    Candelaria Silva
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Copyright 2010, 2012 by Michelle Alexander, The New Press) There are books that hit you in your head and heart and make sense of things you’ve seen and felt but had not put together in the same way as the author. When I was in high school both Black Skin, Black Masks by Franz Fanon and The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois had a similar impact but they were so densely written and somewhat over my head as a junior & senior in high school.The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is in this…
  • My mother prays for me

    Candelaria Silva
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    For the first time in many years, I have seen my mother twice in the course of two months. (Yes, this is a sin and a shame and I am an asshole for allowing this to happen.) Usually I see her once a year, sometimes twice. Our first visit this summer was when she surprised me on my birthday in June. Our second visit was when I went to St.Louis to celebrate her 80th birthday in August. During the course of the week that I was in St. Louis, my mom, sister and I drove to take my niece to her second year of college. We spent the night and shared a hotel room. Mom was the last one out of the…
  • Will this keep my grandson safe?

    Candelaria Silva
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    I have an old acquaintance who types all of his emails in capital letters. They all begin, GREETINGS, and they are annoying. On the other hand, my two-year-old grandson, Tommie, speaks his greetings in capital letters that sound as if they should be bold, under-lined and painted a vivid ORANGE. “Hey, T-Pop,” he calls out enthusiastically to my husband.“GRANDI!” He shouts out to me. I can hear his voice running through my head–musical, joyful and loud. He made me realize the lack of expression and diminished nature of my greetings to people. I exist on the cool side even when I feel…
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    Granny Sue's News and Reviews: West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue's Daily Blog

  • Almost Done: Three Projects

    Granny Sue
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    In between drowsing on the couch and feeling lousy, I haven't been getting much done the past few days. I am working hard on getting my voice in some kind of shape for tonight's storytelling. I have to admit, it's frightening to realize I'll have to talk and sing for two hours when I sound like Darth Vader. I am using all sorts of remedies and have my fingers crossed that one or the other will work.However, I seem to get a little energy in the late afternoons, and I used it to tackle a few paint projects. This one is done and ready for a booth: Remember this moldy beauty I posted a…
  • The Weekend

    Granny Sue
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The sun was starting to set as we made our way over the mountains Thursday afternoon. We were off on a dual mission: a visit to my oldest son and his family, and storytelling. The sun was shining on the western slope of the Alleghenies, but when we topped this mountain we entered clouds and fog. Larry had a close call with a deer that decided to cross inches in front of our van. Whew. That would have spoiled the trip!At my son's house, granddaughter Grave was making snickerdoodle cookies from scratch to take on a school field trip the next day. Her class was participating in the annual…
  • In the mountains

    Granny Sue
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I am in the mountains today,  telling stories at an elementary school..  Tomorrow I'll be in Morgantown telling more stories,  for WVU Mountaineer Week. Tonight, though, is family time with my oldest son and his family. The sun is shining,  the trees are golden, the air is crisp and the time is perfect for traveling this beautiful Mountain State.Copyright Susanna Holstein. All rights reserved. No Republication or Redistribution Allowed without attribution to Susanna Holstein.
 
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    Jan's Sushi Bar

  • The Ninja Turtle Scarf

    Jan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was gone again all last week – sorry about that.  I’ve just been incredibly busy at work, and will continue to be so until Thanksgiving has passed.  Not a bad thing, for sure, since it keeps me out of trouble.  I’ve also been busy at home, and may even have a recipe for you this week. Since finishing the cat and steak cakes, I’ve been able to pick up my crochet hooks again – I have, in fact, bought a set of Clover hooks, aluminum with padded handles, and I just could not be more pleased with them.  They slide through yarn like a knife through warm butter…
  • The Cat Cake – and a Steak, Too

    Jan
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Hello, hello, hello. I was gone all last week, and this is why: Presenting The Cat Cake, jewel-tone cascading blossoms and all. It’s 6″, 7″ and 8″ round tiers on top of a 10″ square tier of French vanilla cake with white chocolate ganache, covered in fondant.  The blossoms are made of gum paste. Here’s a better look at the topper: The cats are modeled after the happy couple’s own pets, and I’m not at all displeased with how they came out.  They are made from Wilton Shape ‘N’ Amaze edible modeling dough.  It was my first time…
  • Curried Lamb and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Jan
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Well, it is now officially autumn. Weather-wise, it came early this year up here in northeast Ohio; the trees are already turning, which usually doesn’t really begin to ramp up until the second week of October in this neck of the woods, and my winter wardrobe’s migration towards the front of our closet is also a bit premature.  It’s the last week of the season for our CSA and Beloved has begun clearing out our own gardens, as well. I don’t think we’ll be buying as many apples this year, as we still have plenty of applesauce from last year, but I’m really…
  • Sheldon

    Jan
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Suzanne over at 24 At Heart is getting a Newfoundland puppy in a few weeks, and is asking for name suggestions.  If you think of a name for what will eventually be a huge, furry, black dog, please go drop her a line. I, unfortunately, couldn’t give her any ideas, because I absolutely SUCK at naming things.  Darling Daughter, on the other hand, is wonderful at it.  When stuck for a name for our latest side of grass-fed beef, it was DD who promptly came up with “Wellington.” Think about it for a minute. At any rate, when I decided to try my hand at amigurumi – the…
  • Mexican-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

    Jan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Happy…middle of September?  How the heck did THAT happen?? Before we know it, Autumn will be upon us.  In fact, it’s coming early from what I can see – we already have trees turning on our street (much to Darling Daughter’s dismay). While I do NOT look forward to winter, I generally enjoy fall.  It’s a gorgeous season up here in northeast Ohio and the crisp temperatures are an invigorating excuse to wear my didn’t-exist-until-I-moved-North cool weather wardrobe. Because, let’s face it, it’s cold for all of about 3 days in the middle of…
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    THE MIDLIFE GALS

  • TRICK OR TREAT, DAMMIT!

    The Midlife Gals
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Original posting Friday, October 29, 2010Oh goodie! A full day dedicated to scaring small children! Sal and I don’t usually wait until Halloween to scare the wee ones. And, we’re immune to guilt, accusation or shame, because we’re childless by choice.We know it’s not right to scare children, especially the very small, defenseless, trusting ones. If we were mentally stable, we would be remorseful the next day, but that hasn’t happened yet. Unfortunately, now-a-days, the parents feel compelled to accompany their children while trick or treating. That’s just wrong. Our parents were…
  • THE MIDLIFE GALS HEAD THWOMP!!

    The Midlife Gals
    4 Jul 2008 | 3:00 pm
  • Happy July 4th!

    The Midlife Gals
    3 Jul 2008 | 1:18 pm
    Sal and I have been invited by our lesbyterian friend and her roomate to a 'Bat Bar-b-que! That's what we call 'em here in the A-Town, but lest you think we cook up bats and eat'em...ick!!!!!!, (although James did just that in the last Survivor season)...no, no, no! We'll WATCH the bats fly while we eat pigs and cows meat from the bar-b-que. Well, now that I describe it all that way, the whole thing sounds disgusting, doesn't it?I can assure you that we WILL indulge! What some of you in the hinterlands might not know is that we have a bridge over the Colorado river that runs smack through the…
  • Our latest on Health Central is up on their site!

    The Midlife Gals
    1 Jul 2008 | 3:15 pm
    Hehehe...the subject this month is 'Stopping Smoking,' about which we know a little more than most!Click on the link below and go on over there. They've got a LOT of info on whatever ails you or whatever you wish ailed your worst enemy:http://www.healthcentral.com/stop-smoking/midlife-gals.htmlKK and Sal
  • Greetings!

    The Midlife Gals
    30 Jun 2008 | 3:38 pm
    BEFORE YOU READ THIS, SCROLL DOWN AND WATCH OUR YOGA VIDEO! It's right below this post.Listen, we grew up in west Texas, ok?, so don't come at us if you intend to shake hands...with a bent hand that only grabs the ends of our fingers instead of the whole hand. You people who do that need to know that most of us, and I'll go so far as to say, ALL of us (because it's cyberspace and I can say whatever the hell I want to, right?)...want to SHAKE YOUR HAND...not your fingers! But, if you should come at us that prissy way, then just take our fingers up to your mouth and KISS OUR.....hand. At least…
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    Nanny Goats in Panties

  • I’ve Got All the Bells and Whistles

    Margaret
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I think I have adoraphobia. It’s like the little fuzzy kitten version of agoraphobia where I am capable of leaving the house, I just don’t want to. Isn’t that cute? Okay, it’s official. I’ve become one of those people that won’t shut up about their health problems (oh, my aching back!). To wit:   Shortly after my anxiety and panic attack mini-series, I was prescribed this drug, that drug, and the other thing. The other thing was a heart monitor that I have to carry around for 30 days and I’m on the home stretch with only one day to go. It was…
  • Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Tears, Oh My!

    Margaret
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    OK, I still don’t know what happened to me, but a few weeks ago I began feeling weird at the grocery store to the point that I wanted to abandon my cart full of 29 pints of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream, run out of the store and go home. I felt like I was going to pass out, but at the same time felt horribly scared about it. And do I run and put all the groceries back so they don’t thaw because I’m such a responsible customer? Or do I just bolt out to the car? Invariably, I squat down and look intently at whatever was on the bottom shelf as if seriously contemplating…
  • White House Dinners and..oh, I Wrote a Book.

    Margaret
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Have you ever gone to a Presidential Gala and arrived late, only to discover that the First Couple is no longer greeting people at the end of the reception line and all the salmon biscuits are gone? OMG – me too!! But that’s not why I brought you here today. No, today I have a bit of news. When I contemplated teaching younger folks how to write better, especially when it comes to blogging, I thought, Who in their right mind would buy what I’m selling? And don’t you have to belong to an elite club or sleep with the right politician, or have an “in” with the…
  • A Humorous Take on Bullying

    Margaret
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Yes, I am perfectly aware of the fact that my blogging has fallen off lately, thank you SO MUCH for mentioning it. The problem is, I’ve gotten my mitts into many other projects that are eating up my life, not the least of which was co-producing, co-directing, and performing in the Sacramento Listen to Your Mother show. But that was in May, you cry. And I don’t even live in Sacramento, so how the bleepity bleep can I see this “performance” of yours, you continue to whimper? My, what a drama queen you are. And a whiner. But! Cry no more, my little nanny goats, as there…
  • Of Name Tags and Psychotic Birds

    Margaret
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:56 pm
    So I’m at this thing the other day, you know, one of those events where you walk in the door and they check you in and give you a name tag to clip on your person, along with a wine glass, and you feel awkward at first because you arrived alone so the first thing you do is scrape the room for a familiar face so you can immediately cling to him or her while you get your insecure bearings in order? Yeah, one of those. Anyway, as I’m bouncing from one familiar face to another, tasting wine and bacon-wrapped shrimps on sticks, there are people here who feel important because they were…
 
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    Privilege

  • Clearing The Ways, And Letting Them Hide

    Lisa
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
      In fashion, I err on the side of repression. I wear less color and flash than my personality might support. High WASPs are like that and always have been, we worship appropriate, and set our dashboard to flash an early warning for impropriety. In the garden, however, I err on the side of letting go. And where this takes me, often, is down a path to the joy and rhythm of mess. How so? In modern landscaping, at least in California, landscapers often rely on what I think of as “wallpaper vegetation,” i.e. affix 6 dozen impatiens to your front yard and be done. The green stuff…
  • A Whiteboard Analysis Of Renee Zellweger’s Plastic Surgery, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:29am

    Lisa
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    As 99% of you probably know, the actress Renee Zellweger had plastic surgery. The Internet opined. My apologies if you are ready to be done discussing, but the storm of talk has made me feel as I often did in business meetings, compelled 3/4 of the way through to leap from the table and start writing on a white board. “Let me just see if I can line it out,” I’d say, scribbling. Then add a few rectangles and arrows. Or a bulleted list. Anything to reveal the logical structure of the debate. Here’s what I think about Renee. What she did is just fine, except. Let’s…
  • Talismans, Pentagrams, Longitudes, Latitudes

    Lisa
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Do you find that odd little things can make your history clearer all at once? Last week I read Tana French’s latest mystery, The Secret Place. I love her stuff. This takes place at an exclusive girl’s school outside of Dublin, and derives no small part of its color from the magical rites of teenagers. As I read, the High WASP in me spoke severely, “Over the top!” The prose seemed too purple, the supernatural happenings too preposterous. And then I remembered actually being a teen and pre-teen. Took an effort, almost a quantum leap to put myself back in that time. Those…
  • Tailgating With ALL The Gear

    Lisa
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    So, the San Francisco Giants are in the World Series. I’m always surprised when this happens, we’re too Alternative to be good at sports, right? Apparently not! This weekend Significant Husband and I went walking out behind the ballpark Do you know how beautiful this city is? Look. A photo posted by Lisa Carnochan (@amidprivilege) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:05pm PDT As it turns out, the ballpark, in addition to glassy harbor waters and picturesque boats at dock, offers ground level gameday spots for a small, free, standing audience. You watch for 3 innings, then they shoo you out and…
  • 5 Things To Do This Week In Preparation For Winter Holidays And None Of Them Even Smell Like Gift Shopping

    Lisa
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week I was walking through a shopping center in search of Teavana’s Dragonwell, when I spotted, not one, but three “holiday” stores. They sprout up now like little redwood seedlings in the mall-forests of California. I sighed.  Ah, well, no point wasting exasperation on things ignorable, is there? On the other hand, a few other errands last week reminded me that there are a few tasks you might take on, even though Christmas  – my winter holiday of origin – is a ways off. Have no fear – I would not think of exhorting you to start gift-shopping. I…
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    Out On The Stoop

  • Walking Down Union Into A Wider World

    Gena
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Things are going on, I'm spending so much time on computers that the last thing I want to do is write for myself. This is why I need to take walks. When you walk you see things that are only glints in eyes as you drive.There was a painted Chevy van in the in the USC Pacific Asian Museum parking lot. From a distance it look like someone got happy with a spray can. I move closer to it and find out there is a story and meaning behind the art work.No spray can was involved. This was an installation created by artist Haider Ali for the exhibition From the Grand Trunk Road to Route 66: Visiting…
  • On This Day It is About the Choices

    Gena
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    On this day it seems time to come back to the stoop. Never a good idea to type in anger and I was really angry for a long time. I still am, but I've coaxed it back into the chamber of invisibility. I've soothe it and fed it some ice cream.I've told it humans will ok in the long view of things. I've held my anger as we read books of magic and fantasy. I've given it a carrot spinach potassium boost. Maybe too much Hop Woo's Soy Soaked Chicken.I've let my anger watch that scene from Luther where Alice does what needs to be done. (Spoiler Alert: Don't Watch if You Haven't Seen the Series. P.S.,…
  • Flip the Script, Chip Away and Go Forth

    Gena
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I've laid low because I had some pain issues to work out. You shouldn't type when you have a need to f-this and the sumbitch that regurgitated pile of dried ....Yeah, still may not be time but I am working on ideas to make into reality. In my inner rage to damning a good chunk of humanity to hell I started to to think about those people that don't need to go wayyy down south. What can we do?There is always something to do. Now what can we do to invoke a change? Networking is good. Meeting in real life with like minded but different folks is also good. Most of the time politics ain't worth…
  • So There Might Be One Thing More Missing

    Gena
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    This is a weird day. I have chores to do. I want to create something but all I got is cement in the brain. I'm looking for escapism and I am finding it.Maybe I shouldn't be looking. Maybe I should. So much to do and yet not really.Damn it to hell. I have un-articulated hurt and pain and I have to find a way for it to come out. Making something would help but I have to figure out what and how.So I watch videos from creative people and go, "Hmm, maybe I should go by some toilet paper or soap powder.""Maybe I should hunker down and write something brilliant that would cause people to go "Ah, see…
  • Long Damn Week - Protect Yourself

    Gena
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:09 pm
    If you are a person in the U.S. and you don't have bouncing and behaving hair then this video might interest you. If you are a person that has no need of a tanning salon you might find the video redundant to what you moms and grannies told you but it doesn't hurt as a refresher to the basics.To my friends and acquaintances who have the ability to partake  (but not the desire) to patronize tanning salons you might want to watch this video as well. Cuz the Los Angeles Sheriff Department has been known to go nutzo-crazy and they don't care what color your skin is -- they will beat you…
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • SIMPLE HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Hill Country Hippie
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Today's Simple Happies include:The gingerbread pancake at Magnolia Cafe on S. Congress...enjoyed with friends who are just enough older that turning 61 seems young by comparison...one of whom loves finding treasures at the Dollar Store, and sharing them with her buddies, and who made us "laugh-'til-we-leaked" when she spent all morning searching the car for several of her nails which had popped off, only to discover them several hours (and several shops) later...HANGING IN HER HAIR!
  • WEDDING SNEAK PEEK

    Hill Country Hippie
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    When we met up with the kids this weekend, Lex and Nate loaded up the back of Hubby's Prius with stuff for the wedding, as they didn't think they'd have room in their cars to make it in one trip. I thought you might enjoy getting a glimpse of what Miss Alexis considers vitally important to the success of her wedding. First of all, there is this...which contains stuff like this...and this.Be Prepared! Right? Next up?500 food trays! Not that she needs 500, with only 100 guests. It was just the smallest amount she could order. If you ever need any, let her know. I'm sure she'd make you a good…
  • AUSTIN'S BIG BOOK BASH

    Hill Country Hippie
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
      Yesterday was one heckuva day. We started off by meeting our kiddos over in Austin at Red's Porch for lunch. We're on the final countdown to Lex's & Nate's speakeasy-style nuptials, so there was that to discuss.But, before you can blink an eye after this wedding is done, we will be jumping headfirst into plans for this one!Well, actually, two weddings for this pair! We knew that Austin and Areeg had finally chosen a date in October for a wedding somewhere in the Austin area, but what we just found out last week is that there will be a Sudanese wedding this summer, in Khartoum, and…
  • SIMPLE HAPPY MOMENTS: CHOCOLATE

    Hill Country Hippie
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    I was flipping through the winter issue of Artful Blogging magazine this morning, and came across an article by Mary Wangerin, who blogs at The Turquoise Paintbrush. I knew I'd found a kindred spirit when she said "I gather great inspiration through mindfully honoring little moments like these every day. Beautiful details can so easily get lost in the daily rush; and to me, it really is all in the details." That's one of the main reasons I blog -- to notice the details, and remember.I suppose if I had to identify one special gift or talent that I have, that would be it. I notice simple…
  • MY WEDDING TASTING TEAM

    Hill Country Hippie
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Can you believe it? Only eight days left until Wedding Weekend Blastoff! Two of the Muses had not yet tried our new creperie in Dripping Springs. Since Crepes Crazy is catering our Morning After brunch for wedding party and family, and since I'd had to select the menu without having tasted what I was ordering, we decided to rectify that situation.Loving their new patio with shady awning!The Scandinavian - smoked salmon, pickled red onions, whipped cream cheese, capers, lemon and dillDulce de Leche Turtle - caramel, chocolate chips, roasted walnuts, and bananas or strawberries. Or both.In…
 
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • My Willow Tree Grandparents With Grandchildren Figurines Collection

    Lin
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    As a grandparent with several grandchildren, and surely more to come in years ahead, I was instantly drawn to the Willow Tree figurine collection, Susan Lordi’s line of carved, figurative sculptures. I was introduced to Willow Tree figurines a few years ago when I received the “Together” Willow Tree figurine from my husband as a Christmas gift. I was hooked on Willow Tree ever since, and have regularly searched for any and all newly added items to the Willow Tree family of products. I’m especially drawn to the Willow Tree Grandparents figurine collection, and have…
  • Preparing for the Holidays

    Lin
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Holidays are Coming! The Holidays are Coming! The holiday season is upon us, with Halloween due in a couple of weeks, followed by Thanksgiving shortly thereafter, and then Christmas and New Years. Where has the year gone?! The stores are stocking up on all of the holiday goods, and we’re in full holiday mode in our home, making necessary preparations for family gatherings and fun times for all. I think my favorite holiday of all is Thanksgiving. Family and friends gathering together to enjoy each others company and joyful conversation, making memories, and enjoying good tasting…
  • Occupational Mercury Poisoning in Dentistry

    Lin
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    I. Dental personnel and mercury exposure Dental offices are known to be one of the largest users of inorganic mercury. It is well documented that dentists and dental personnel who work with amalgam are chronically exposed to mercury vapour, which accumulates in their bodies to much higher levels than for most non-occupationally exposed. Adverse health effects of this exposure including neurological effects have also been well documented that affect most dentists and dental assistants, with measurable effects among those in the lowest levels of exposure. Mercury levels of dental personnel…
  • It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

    Lin
    28 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Self-care is not selfish. Taking care of ourselves must be a priority, otherwise how can we care for others when we ourselves are virtually running on empty? This fact became all too clear to me a few months ago, and I had to take whatever time I needed to take care of me, leading me to an unplanned and unexpected writing hiatus. Everyone and everything else had to take a backseat in some ways, until I felt the time was right and I was able to clear my mind and heart and press on. I did it to myself though. I tend to refer to it as Information Overload. You see, for the last several years,…
  • Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup and You Should Too

    Lin
    30 Sep 2013 | 9:24 am
    A little over a year ago, I completely stopped wearing makeup. I just quit makeup, cold turkey. One day I woke up in the morning, got ready to go to work and while standing in front of the mirror, I decided I would go to work with no makeup on whatsoever. I hadn’t decided to participate in some sort of “no makeup challenge” for a day, week or month, that some writers have participated in over the last few years. At the time I decided to stop wearing makeup, I hadn’t seen or read any of the numerous articles online about women’s reasons for going without makeup…
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    Baby Boomer Talk & other stuff

  • Just Call Me Mama Bev

    Beverly Mahone
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    "God can use you anywhere." That's what my good friend Cynthia keeps reminding me since I returned to the workforce last year. Sometimes I do believe she's right. But then there are other times when I question if God is actually using me there to bless others or trying to make me see the error of my past ways.On the job, some of the young people call me "Mama Bev." Obviously they recognize that I am older and yes, I wear being a "boomer" "old school" proudly on my chest. At the same time, however, I am nurturing as I listen to them share their stories. In the year since I've been working, I…
  • My Customer Service Experience at Jared

    Beverly Mahone
    14 Dec 2013 | 11:52 am
    My husband and I have been customers of Jared Jewelers for more than 10 years and during that time we've spent close to $20,000. Now that may not be a lot in comparison to others but, nonetheless, our hard earned dollars have gone there.Today I went to Jared to find a birthday gift for my daughter. I walked into the store. No one greeted me. Then I walked over to the jewelry repair center. I figured since I was in the store I might as well have my platinum engagement and wedding rings cleaned. An employee walked over but said nothing. I finally spoke up and said, "I know you see me standing…
  • Nelson Mandela Inspired the Baby Boomer Generation

    Beverly Mahone
    8 Dec 2013 | 6:09 am
    When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in 1978 I was a junior at Ohio University. As a young,politically conscious activist, I joined many college students across the country in demanding that our universities divest from South Africa. We wanted our institutions to cease investing in companies that traded or had operations in South Africa. We were outraged at what was going on in South Africa with apartheid. The way blacks were being treated there was reminiscent of the way our own parents and grandparents had been treated here under the so-called "Jim Crow" laws. Protests were held at many…
  • My Girlfriend Turned 65 This Year

    Beverly Mahone
    29 Nov 2013 | 6:56 pm
    I don't know what's more surprising:1) I have a 65-year-old girlfriend2) I'm hanging out with the 60 and over crowdWhen my friend announced her upcoming birthday, she made it a point to let me know she was going to become medicare eligible. She wore it as a badge of honor. And why shouldn't she? She has lived long enough to earn her medicare stripes. She paid for years as a hard-working employee and now it's time to collect what is rightfully hers. But the cool thing is she doesn't look a day over 50 and, despite being diabetic, she takes good care of herself by getting plenty of exercise and…
  • I almost fell in love with Kroger

    Beverly Mahone
    9 Nov 2013 | 11:37 am
    I heard on the radio that Kroger was having a sale on grapes so I decided to go there to take advantage of the sale. When I walked into the entryway, much to my surprise, there were carolers singing Christmas songs and employees passing out goodie bags along with the Kroger specials of the day. So far, so good.Then as I walked into the produce section, I found my grapes--and plenty of them---red, black and green---on sale as advertised. And what's even better is I got to pick and choose which ones I wanted and put them all in the same bag. Shortly afterwards, I asked a produce employee where…
 
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    BoomerCafé ... it's your place

  • Kitty Pilgrim’s story from CNN journalist to novelist

    Cafe
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Baby Boomer and veteran CNN correspondent Kitty Pilgrim traded in her TV gig to become a novelist. And she’s done quite well; her newest novel is The Stolen Chalice. We asked Kitty to write yet another story … for us, answering the question, how did you come to embrace A Writer’s Life? There are writers who tell tales of wanting to be the next Laura Ignalls Wilder, the woman who wrote the Little House series of children’s books, since they were in First Grade. Aspiring Jane Austin successors come out of the woodwork in the teen years. Even moms who hope to become kitchen-table…
  • Maybe baby boomers need to embrace Millennials

    Cafe
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In early October we ran a piece we thought was important: Lee McEnany Caraher, CEO of Double Forte PR in San Francisco, offered Five Tips for Millennials — the generation born roughly between the mid-1980s and the start of the 21st Century — working with Baby Boomers. Well now, she has turned that theme on its head, and this time says if Baby Boomers want to stay relevant at work, maybe we need to embrace Millennials. After I wrote “5 Tips For Millennials Working with Boomers,” I received a flurry of feedback — so now, for the people who asked, here’s the other side of…
  • An active lifestyle is a way to stay fit, feel young

    Cafe
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    If BoomerCafé is all about baby boomers’ active lifestyles, you probably can’t get much more active than one leading-edge boomer, our own co-founder and executive editor Greg Dobbs. He isn’t just active for the sake of it; for him, it’s the only way to stay young. By Greg Dobbs A couple of years ago I almost died. That’s a pretty good way to get your attention, isn’t it?! It sure got mine, because it’s true. On a trip to shoot a television documentary in Northern Ireland, I suffered massive internal hemorrhaging and ended up hospitalized for several weeks with blood levels so…
  • Baby boomer retirement: let new ideas unfold

    Cafe
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Christine Sparacino of Walnut Creek, California, epitomizes the active baby boomer in two ways. One is, instead of retiring, she wrote a book. And two is, she wrote her book about retirement. So Christine has written something now for BoomerCafé, and the title tells the story: Retirement: Let New Ideas Unfold. As baby boomers, we pride ourselves on our unique spin on life and we are often portrayed as the generation of optimism, exploration and achievement. With 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, it’s the perfect time to let new ideas unfold, and connect our seasoned knowledge and…
  • Photography helps keep a boomer brain fit

    Cafe
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Crossword puzzles, sudoku, and listening to classical music won’t keep your mind as sharp as you once thought. Instead you should take up photography. That’s according to researchers at the The University of Texas at Dallas who found that people who only participated in passive activities such as playing games or listening to music got little memory benefit. However, learning photography showed significant gains in memory. Photographer Burl McDonald in Morro Bay, CA.(Photo by Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com) More than 200 people who were over 60-years-old were split into…
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  • Animated Gif Monday – Skulls Tongue-Wagging on Halloween

    goinglikesixty
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    via BoomSpeak.com Heres some old fun postsGeeky Animated Gif Monday – Labor Day at the Beach?Geeky Animated Gif MondayGeeky Animated Gif MondayGeeky Animated Gif Monday – HitchhikerGeeky Animated Gif Monday – Dirt Bike MadnessThe post Animated Gif Monday – Skulls Tongue-Wagging on Halloween appeared first on Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty.
  • Dogs with Cones Classic – Dog Cone Lamp

    goinglikesixty
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Now this is clever and I want one… Heres some old fun postsCone of Shame Classic – Licker PreventionCone of Shame ClassicBlog for Sale: $11 oboCone of Shame Classic – Flower Pot DogCone of Shame Classic – Eye on the BallThe post Dogs with Cones Classic – Dog Cone Lamp appeared first on Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty.
  • Bingo is a great community event

    goinglikesixty
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Bingo at the School Bingo and Fun can only be found together at Game Village Bingo I have been hooked onto bingo and since I have started playing bingo I’ve learned my Spanish numbers better. So I’ve also looked online… The online bingo sites have so much to offer, like bonuses, holiday packages and mind blowing bingo games. I have frequented a large number of bingo sites in a bid to find out which site offers the best along with a pretty and classy appearance.  …
  • September 2014 Rain Report for Atenas Costa Rica

    goinglikesixty
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    ‘Tis the season… leading up to the rainiest month of the year, September 2014 brought 21.5 inches of rain on seventeen days. Most mornings start out sunny and dry, but by noon to 2 pm the thunderstorms move in for an hour. After that the clouds roll in, but by sundown it’s often clear again. The government weather experts predict this year the rainy season will end the week of November 5. Happy days. Heres some old fun postsRainy Season: September Rain in Atenas Costa RicaVisit Costa Rica In Rainy Season? Sure, Why Not?If This is Costa Rica Rainy Season – We’ll…
  • Animated Gif Monday – Beach Girl in Rain

    goinglikesixty
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    Rain on Sedolsoder doesn’t look anything like this gif from BoomSpeak.com   Heres some old fun postsGeeky Animated Gif Monday – Labor Day at the Beach?15 7/8 inches of Rain Fell at Guacimo De Atenas in SeptemberRainfall sparse in Atenas Costa Rica During July 2014Atenas Agua in August (Rain Report)Visit Costa Rica In Rainy Season? Sure, Why Not?The post Animated Gif Monday – Beach Girl in Rain appeared first on Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty.
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  • Report: Former Rays manager lands new job

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Report: Former Rays manager lands new jobAPJoe Maddon has reportedly moved on after his nine-year tenure in Tampa ended abruptly last week.Team that agreed to hire star skipperIn other sports newsGordie Howe's condition 'guarded'Barkley: NBA better without Stern
  • Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine GettyPolice carefully watched as Kaci Hickox defiantly stepped outside of her home Wednesday night and even shook a reporter's hand.Reason officials didn't step inMore Ebola coverage21-day isolation ordered for troops Jeb Bush: Obama is 'incompetent'
  • Delivery man's behavior appalls sender

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Delivery man's behavior appalls senderWABCThe items in that box are worth $12,000 -- but the UPS driver sure didn't treat them that way.Reckless move employee made nextMore to watchDid missing fan walk 100 miles?Reporter pulls epic prank on fans
  • Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collision

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collisionGettyResidents braced for a slow-motion disaster Thursday as the molten stream crept dangerously closer into one area's commercial center.'It's like slow torture ...'More in the newsActress claims host beat herTaxi drivers compare Uber to ISIS
  • Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essay

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essayGettyIn a piece written for Businessweek, Apple's CEO addressed something he says he's never publicly acknowledged.'This wasn't an easy choice'More in the newsRussell Brand addresses questionMotorola officially gets bought
 
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  • Report: Former Rays manager lands new job

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Report: Former Rays manager lands new jobAPJoe Maddon has reportedly moved on after his nine-year tenure in Tampa ended abruptly last week.Team that agreed to hire star skipperIn other sports newsGordie Howe's condition 'guarded'Barkley: NBA better without Stern
  • Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine GettyPolice carefully watched as Kaci Hickox defiantly stepped outside of her home Wednesday night and even shook a reporter's hand.Reason officials didn't step inMore Ebola coverage21-day isolation ordered for troops Jeb Bush: Obama is 'incompetent'
  • Delivery man's behavior appalls sender

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Delivery man's behavior appalls senderWABCThe items in that box are worth $12,000 -- but the UPS driver sure didn't treat them that way.Reckless move employee made nextMore to watchDid missing fan walk 100 miles?Reporter pulls epic prank on fans
  • Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collision

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collisionGettyResidents braced for a slow-motion disaster Thursday as the molten stream crept dangerously closer into one area's commercial center.'It's like slow torture ...'More in the newsActress claims host beat herTaxi drivers compare Uber to ISIS
  • Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essay

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essayGettyIn a piece written for Businessweek, Apple's CEO addressed something he says he's never publicly acknowledged.'This wasn't an easy choice'More in the newsRussell Brand addresses questionMotorola officially gets bought
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  • Report: Former Rays manager lands new job

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Report: Former Rays manager lands new jobAPJoe Maddon has reportedly moved on after his nine-year tenure in Tampa ended abruptly last week.Team that agreed to hire star skipperIn other sports newsGordie Howe's condition 'guarded'Barkley: NBA better without Stern
  • Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine GettyPolice carefully watched as Kaci Hickox defiantly stepped outside of her home Wednesday night and even shook a reporter's hand.Reason officials didn't step inMore Ebola coverage21-day isolation ordered for troops Jeb Bush: Obama is 'incompetent'
  • Delivery man's behavior appalls sender

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Delivery man's behavior appalls senderWABCThe items in that box are worth $12,000 -- but the UPS driver sure didn't treat them that way.Reckless move employee made nextMore to watchDid missing fan walk 100 miles?Reporter pulls epic prank on fans
  • Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collision

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collisionGettyResidents braced for a slow-motion disaster Thursday as the molten stream crept dangerously closer into one area's commercial center.'It's like slow torture ...'More in the newsActress claims host beat herTaxi drivers compare Uber to ISIS
  • Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essay

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essayGettyIn a piece written for Businessweek, Apple's CEO addressed something he says he's never publicly acknowledged.'This wasn't an easy choice'More in the newsRussell Brand addresses questionMotorola officially gets bought
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  • Report: Former Rays manager lands new job

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Report: Former Rays manager lands new jobAPJoe Maddon has reportedly moved on after his nine-year tenure in Tampa ended abruptly last week.Team that agreed to hire star skipperIn other sports newsGordie Howe's condition 'guarded'Barkley: NBA better without Stern
  • Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine GettyPolice carefully watched as Kaci Hickox defiantly stepped outside of her home Wednesday night and even shook a reporter's hand.Reason officials didn't step inMore Ebola coverage21-day isolation ordered for troops Jeb Bush: Obama is 'incompetent'
  • Delivery man's behavior appalls sender

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Delivery man's behavior appalls senderWABCThe items in that box are worth $12,000 -- but the UPS driver sure didn't treat them that way.Reckless move employee made nextMore to watchDid missing fan walk 100 miles?Reporter pulls epic prank on fans
  • Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collision

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collisionGettyResidents braced for a slow-motion disaster Thursday as the molten stream crept dangerously closer into one area's commercial center.'It's like slow torture ...'More in the newsActress claims host beat herTaxi drivers compare Uber to ISIS
  • Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essay

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essayGettyIn a piece written for Businessweek, Apple's CEO addressed something he says he's never publicly acknowledged.'This wasn't an easy choice'More in the newsRussell Brand addresses questionMotorola officially gets bought
 
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  • Report: Former Rays manager lands new job

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Report: Former Rays manager lands new jobAPJoe Maddon has reportedly moved on after his nine-year tenure in Tampa ended abruptly last week.Team that agreed to hire star skipperIn other sports newsGordie Howe's condition 'guarded'Barkley: NBA better without Stern
  • Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Ebola nurse in Maine breaks her quarantine GettyPolice carefully watched as Kaci Hickox defiantly stepped outside of her home Wednesday night and even shook a reporter's hand.Reason officials didn't step inMore Ebola coverage21-day isolation ordered for troops Jeb Bush: Obama is 'incompetent'
  • Delivery man's behavior appalls sender

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Delivery man's behavior appalls senderWABCThe items in that box are worth $12,000 -- but the UPS driver sure didn't treat them that way.Reckless move employee made nextMore to watchDid missing fan walk 100 miles?Reporter pulls epic prank on fans
  • Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collision

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Agonizing wait as Hawaii preps for lava collisionGettyResidents braced for a slow-motion disaster Thursday as the molten stream crept dangerously closer into one area's commercial center.'It's like slow torture ...'More in the newsActress claims host beat herTaxi drivers compare Uber to ISIS
  • Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essay

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Tim Cook drops major reveal in personal essayGettyIn a piece written for Businessweek, Apple's CEO addressed something he says he's never publicly acknowledged.'This wasn't an easy choice'More in the newsRussell Brand addresses questionMotorola officially gets bought
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    RetirementRevised

  • Social Security reform should boost benefits and taxes, poll finds

    Mark Miller
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    It’s no surprise that a new public opinion survey would find broad public opposition to cutting Social Security benefits. But a survey released this week [PDF] by the National Academy of Social Insurance finds a strong majority of Americans actually support boosting benefits – and taxing themselves to pay for it. The survey uses a polling technique called trade-off analysis to identify a package of preferred options. The NASI survey asked people about 12 ways to reform Social Security in a way that would close the program’s long-range financing gap. The choices included…
  • Why Social Security COLAs aren’t keeping up with seniors’ costs

    Mark Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Social Security’s annual inflation adjustment is one of the program’s most valuable features. But it’s time to adjust the adjustment. Retirees will get a 1.7 percent bump in their Social Security benefit next year, according to the Social Security Administration, which announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Wednesday. Recipients of disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income also will receive the COLA. That reflects continuing slow inflation in the economy – the COLA has averaged 1.6 percent over the past four years – but it’s not…
  • Quality issues keep dogging Medicare Advantage plans

    Mark Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Seniors have flocked to Medicare Advantage in recent years, attracted by savings on premiums and the convenience of one-stop shopping. But as the annual Medicare enrollment season began this week, a memorandum from federal officials to plan providers surfaced that serves as a big red warning flag. The upshot: Assess the quality of any Advantage plan before you sign up. The memorandum, first reported by the New York Times, described ongoing compliance problems uncovered in federal audits of Advantage and prescription drug plans. These include inadequate rationales for denial of coverage,…
  • Shining a light on a murky election-year Social Security debate

    Mark Miller
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In North Carolina, a television ad attacks incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for supporting a “controversial plan” that “raises the retirement age” for Social Security. The ad comes from Crossroads GPS, the super PAC run by Republican Karl Rove. A Republican attack on a Democrat for cutting Social Security benefits? It’s just one instance where voters are hearing confusing claims about Social Security reform. Social Security has surfaced as a major issue in Senate rates in Alaska, Colorado, Iowa and Arkansas. Seeing through the fog can be difficult. Hagan, for example, left…
  • Timing your Social Security filing: Where to get assistance with the big decision

    Mark Miller
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Deciding when to file for Social Security is one of the most consequential financial decisions most Americans will make about their retirement. Opting to claim benefits early, at the Full Retirement Age (FRA), or later can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in higher–or lower–lifetime benefits for a married couple. But Social Security’s rules are complex, so most of us could use some guidance. Yet, help can be difficult to find. Social Security Administration (SSA) staffers can only give you general information about benefit options–they are prohibited as a matter…
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    POPSUGAR Celebrity

  • Sandra Bullock Comes to an Extra's Aid After She Collapses On Set

    Maria-Mercedes-Lara
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Here's another reason to love Sandra Bullock - she is quick to move into action during emergencies. TMZ reports that the actress came to the aid of an extra who collapsed on the set of her newest film, Our Brand Is Crisis, in New Orleans on Sunday. Photos showed Sandra surrounding by crew members and attempting to cover the fallen women with shade. She also reportedly gave the woman, who suffered heat stroke, water while they waited for EMTs to arrive. Billy Bob Thornton was also spotted looking on while crew members helped out the collapsed extra. According to TMZ, the heat has been…
  • Is It Just Us, or Is Ian Somerhalder Only Getting Hotter?

    Ryan-Roschke
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Ian Somerhalder has been in the spotlight quite a lot recently, mostly because of his adorable new relationship with Nikki Reed and his antics on The Vampire Diaries. And while we never get tired of all of Damon Salvatore's dancing, lately we've been thinking about how much Ian himself has changed over the years. Keep scrolling to see how he's only gotten hotter since we started seeing him back in 2001.
  • The Real Scandal Is How Amazing Kerry Washington Looks After All These Years

    Brittney-Stephens
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Kerry Washington has been on our radar since the early 2000s, when she graced the screen as single mom Chenille in Save the Last Dance (such a classic). Since then, she's starred in critically acclaimed films like Ray, For Colored Girls, and Django Unchained and has us completely captivated with her role as Olivia Pope on the ABC hit show Scandal, for which she's received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Off screen, Kerry's life has been pretty golden as well; she joined the crop of new celebrity moms in April when she and husband Nnamdi Asomugha welcomed daughter Isabelle, and she's been…
  • Celebrity Candids You Don't Want to Miss This Week

    Marina-Liao
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    This week your favorite celebrities were serious about fitness, perhaps because Halloween is just one day away? Demi Lovato was snapped taking a SoulCycle class while Gisele Bündchen stayed in shape with outdoor leap frogs. Other stars got into the spirit early, like Naya Rivera, who was a mail-order bride, and Giuliana Rancic, who rocked a hospital-patient costume. Keep reading to see the rest of this week's cutest celebrity Instagram snaps, and be sure to follow POPSUGAR on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Source: Instagram
  • Kate Who? See Queen Letizia's Best Moments

    Maria-Mercedes-Lara
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    The Duchess of Cambridge may get a lot of attention in the international royal world, but Queen Letizia of Spain has been quietly giving her a run for her money in the glamour department. The Spanish royal, who was named the queen consort when her husband, King Felipe VI, took the crown in June, has managed to mix easy casualness with regal elegance in everything she does, be it receiving guests at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid or taking family vacations to Palma de Mallorca. Letizia and Felipe are also not shy when it comes to showing PDA, proving that they are truly modern royals. Keep…
 
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • The Silent Majority of Facebook

    arlene
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Today’s topic is a brief post, but a thought provoking one. I am a very outgoing, sharing, “out there” kind of person. You can tell who and what I am just by following me on Facebook.  A lot of acquaintances and old friends follow my life on Facebook, and I know this since when I see them I hear that they know more about me and do not need updates as they already have them! I’m on the wedding and birthday party circuit these days (future blog) and I am seeing a lot of people I don’t see on a regular basis. There are your close friends, your more extended friends, your…
  • You Are Never Too Old to Go Back to School

    arlene
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Meant to write this several years ago, but after recently mentioning my experience to some old friends who were getting caught up with me, I thought, why not write about it now? Here I was in my fifties, at least thirty years past my last formal education in a university setting. (when I received my master’s degree.) I had taken post grad school course work here and there, but never aspired to another master’s or a PhD. I thought I was finished with school. I had heard about a fascinating program at Rice University when assigned to write a story for the Houston Chronicle on it.
  • Just Say No to Random Hook Ups, Even MVPs

    arlene
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    While my daughter was a teen and in the dating pool, (She is now in a serious relationship as a young adult) we discussed the topic of hooking up. It allowed me to indulge in telling one of my old war stories from when I was a young girl.  Luckily, I kept old photo albums, because I even had a snapshot of the non-event. Hooking up is the term teens use for casual affairs – from kissing and petting to beyond. We had them in my era too, only we didn’t use that word. Now, statistically speaking, with escalating incidents of violence, and the alarming reality of sexually…
  • Old People’s Hobby: Doctor and Hospital Hopping

    arlene
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    As I have written about several times already, my 87 year old dad is living with me. It is a new adventure every day, and when I say adventure, I am being both gracious and facetious. I never realized when he was living far away from me that aside from baseball and sport watching, and listening to music, his main hobby is his wish to visit every kind of doctor known to mankind. We have already been to a cardiologist, an internist, a urologist, a dentist, and a general surgeon. If it was up to dad, he would have already seen a neurologist, a gastro specialist, an orthopedist, a rheumatologist,…
  • When Cheese Tastes Like Dirty Socks and Other Taste Bud Issues

    arlene
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    During an evening out with some friends, we were comparing notes on our likes and dislikes of cheese. This branched into a discussion of dirty socks and dirty underwear which had us laughing quite hard, but it was actually all about the variations of taste buds. My taste buds have been cultivated by the generations that came before me. I definitely have the Mediterranean (Israeli) blood because I love Mediterranean food and olives, and weird fish like sardines. I love ethnic food, in particular, my Jewish ethnic food. Give me a deli that serves these delicacies and I am in heaven. I also love…
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    The Redhead Riter

  • Your Rights, Respect And Being Offended

    Sherry Riter
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Every time I turn around it seems that someone else is suddenly offended. I hear about offended people so often […] ø¤º°♥ This is your reminder to come on over to my lovely blog and finish reading the rest of the post! It's worth the click!!! After reading the post, please share it with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and on other social media platforms. ♥¨°º¤ø„¸ I look forward to your comments that you feel compelled to share with us. ❤ •.•´¯`•.• ❥ See you over there! Thank you!
  • My Cold Is Your Fault Per The Science

    Sherry Riter
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    Since I now have a voice that sounds like a man, a raw red mustache under my nose, a temperature […] ø¤º°♥ This is your reminder to come on over to my lovely blog and finish reading the rest of the post! It's worth the click!!! After reading the post, please share it with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and on other social media platforms. ♥¨°º¤ø„¸ I look forward to your comments that you feel compelled to share with us. ❤ •.•´¯`•.• ❥ See you over there! Thank you!
  • “Longing” For The Dream Lover Not The Green Monster

    Sherry Riter
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In order to feel the full impact of MY words, please take a deep breath and let your creative side […] ø¤º°♥ This is your reminder to come on over to my lovely blog and finish reading the rest of the post! It's worth the click!!! After reading the post, please share it with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and on other social media platforms. ♥¨°º¤ø„¸ I look forward to your comments that you feel compelled to share with us. ❤ •.•´¯`•.• ❥ See you over there! Thank you!
 
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    Walker Thornton

  • Tips and Resources for Sex After Breast Cancer

    Walker
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Those who live with breast cancer, both survivors and their loved ones, need no reminders that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The rest of us do need to think about prevention and awareness and our role in supporting those who experience this illness. One of the side effects reported by many women with breast cancer is a loss of sexual desire. Today there is more information for women and their partners but it’s still a difficult topic to address. Sadly, many medical professionals are reluctant to discuss challenges around sexual intimacy. I’ve done some research and…
  • Q&A: How Soon to Have Sex When Dating

    Walker
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    My most recent article, How Soon Can I Have Sex with a New Guy?, appeared on Midlife Boulevard this week. I think Suzanne’s question is one many of us have–what happens when I’m feeling desire and want to have sex? If you’re new to dating as a midlifer or still remember those early warnings about good girls and sex you may be confused. Hopefully my response to this newly divorced woman will help you. “Dear Walker, I’ve just met this great guy online. We’ve been emailing and talking for 2 weeks and now we’re talking about setting up our first date. I’m 52,…
  • Losing Your Virginity-Let’s Take a Deeper Look

    Walker
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Let’s talk about “losing” your virginity.  What are we implying by using the term ‘to lose your virginity’?  The implication is one of passivity. A statement that reinforces the notion of girls and women as powerless. Society continues to render young women powerless by denying them accurate sex education and promoting abstinence. All the talk of virgin pledges and purity parties blows my mind and really irritates me. This seems to be purely about controlling  female sexuality. What about purity balls for boys? Are they posing with moms who are protecting…
  • Let’s End Violence Against Women

    Walker
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I live in the central Virginia area. That means I’ve been surrounded by the fears and concerns and hopes for the young woman who disappeared almost 2 weeks ago. It’s a terrible reminder of how vulnerable women, in particular, are in the world today. As a mother, my heart weeps for the parents. As a grandmother, I want to grab my two little girls and protect them from a world that still treats women as objects, victims, targets. We are all feeling a little skittish right now. The helicopters have been hovering overhead looking for this young woman, Hannah Graham. And last…
  • Embracing and Reframing Sexuality – CatalystCon West 2014

    Walker
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    I met so many fabulously mind-blowing women and men at the Catalyst conference last week. So many wonderful people who willingly push the edges in working together to build a strong, safer and more sex-positive world. I had many conversations with attendees and sat in on informative and entertaining sessions on all aspects of sex education and awareness. And, was honored to be presenting a session with Will Fredericks as well. The conference closed on Sunday afternoon with a stellar presentation focused on the history of the sex-positive movement. Who doesn’t want to spend a Sunday…
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