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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    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…
  • Is It Really Dementia?

    The New Old Age
    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.
  • Dear Dairy…

    Beyond MidLifeBloggers
    Jane Gassner
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    That's when I realized that for me, writing is a performative act; it requires an audience. In some ways, that seems a bit creepy to me.
  • Beautiful Vintage Bathing Suits in Florida from the 1940s-50s

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
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  • Best Masaj Koltuğu

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Gün geçmiyor ki teknoloji biraz daha gelişsin, teknoloji her an, her dakika gelişmektedir. Öyle ki, masaj koltuğu teknolojinin bizlere sunmuş olduğu en iyi ürünlerin başında gelmektedir. Çünkü yoğun ve yorucu iş temposu gün sonunda insanlara oldukça fazla yorgunluk bırakmaktadır. Bu süreç sürekli böyle devam etmekte olup, hafta sonu tatili dinlenmek için yeterli gelmemektedir. Zaten pazartesi sendromundan dolayı çoğu zaman pazar günleri pazartesiyi düşündüğümüzden dolayı bir de pazar günü bu vücut yorgunluğunun üzerine kafa yorgunluğu da…
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • 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…
  • A Perfect Day in Southern Colorado!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Yesterday was ideal. We were invited to take a ride up to see the golden Aspen at their peak at the top of the world by our new landlord who lives near Gardner, CO. So we started out from his house, and took some jeep roads up to get a tremendous view of all the surrounding mountains. Little did we know, that was just the beginning! We decided to take the long way home from our new friend’s home, north to Westcliffe, and then southeast to Colorado City. This is a trip neither one of us had ever taken.  The whole time we were both saying, “Why didn’t we ever come this way…
  • Starting Over in Southern Colorado

    midlifecrisisqueen
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    I was awakened by the sound of raindrops falling on the kayak cover outside our window yesterday morning… can’t imagine a lovelier sound. We moved into a small rental in Walsenburg Colorado in mid-June. We own 3 acres in the foothills west of here, and had plans to build a passive solar home there. Our goal was to get at least halfway off the grid, while finding a cost effective, energy efficient way to live for much less in a quiet, rural setting. After a number of unavoidable delays this summer we have our foundation almost finished and the slab will be coming next week! One…
 
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    The New Old Age

  • 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.
  • A Leap in Lifespans

    By Paula Span
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    We're living longer than ever, but not always better.
  • In Nursing Homes, Eyes That Never Turn Away

    By Paula Span
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    More family members debate whether to install video cameras in the rooms of nursing home patients.
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    Beyond MidLifeBloggers

  • Dear Dairy…

    Jane Gassner
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    That's when I realized that for me, writing is a performative act; it requires an audience. In some ways, that seems a bit creepy to me.
  • Words Writers Can Relate To…

    Jane Gassner
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
      The action is over at JaneGassner(dot)com….come visit.
  • How I Earned My Wrinkles, by Anne K. Bardsley

    Jane Gassner
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    “Come on in, sit down. Can I get you a cup of coffee?” I could almost hear Anne Bardsley saying that to me as I read her new book, How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood, and Menopause. In fact, I could swear midway through I could hear her offering to pour me a glass of […]
  • Changes….

    Jane Gassner
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Today I changed my Twitter handle from @MidLifeBloggers to @Jane_Gassner.
  • Introducing JaneGassner(dot)com

    Jane Gassner
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    I’ve been a professional writer for almost forty years and in that time, my work has become scattered all over. Some of my earliest pieces are radio news stories, which exist, if at all, on rickety tape cassettes that I’ve carried with me over the years. My feature magazine articles are in the archives of […]
 
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    vintage everyday

  • Beautiful Vintage Bathing Suits in Florida from the 1940s-50s

    John VE
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
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  • Elvis winking and blowing a kiss, ca. 1950s

    John VE
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
  • Halloween (1978)

    John VE
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in what became the Halloween franchise.The plot is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her…
  • A Beautiful Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor in 1945

    John VE
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Original studio publicity portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for film Hold High the Torch, 1945. (via)
  • "Fashions for Women", 1927

    John VE
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    A collection of beautiful fashion photos from classic silent movie Fashions for Women (1927) directed by Dorothy Arzner, featuring Esther Ralston, Raymond Hatton, Einar Hanson, Edward Martindel, Yvonne Howell, and more...Dorothy Arzner was one of the very few women who established a name for herself as a director in the film industry of the 1920s and 1930s. Despite the extreme sexism prevalent in Hollywood, Arzner was able to establish what remains to this day the largest body of work by a woman director within the studio system.After threatening to leave Paramount for rival studio Columbia…
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Best Masaj Koltuğu

    ironik
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Gün geçmiyor ki teknoloji biraz daha gelişsin, teknoloji her an, her dakika gelişmektedir. Öyle ki, masaj koltuğu teknolojinin bizlere sunmuş olduğu en iyi ürünlerin başında gelmektedir. Çünkü yoğun ve yorucu iş temposu gün sonunda insanlara oldukça fazla yorgunluk bırakmaktadır. Bu süreç sürekli böyle devam etmekte olup, hafta sonu tatili dinlenmek için yeterli gelmemektedir. Zaten pazartesi sendromundan dolayı çoğu zaman pazar günleri pazartesiyi düşündüğümüzden dolayı bir de pazar günü bu vücut yorgunluğunun üzerine kafa yorgunluğu da…
  • How to Find Some Affordable but Luxury Sunglasses Online?

    ironik
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Now each day, within the fashion era, every people would like to look exclusive as well as desire to continue their very own style. Today, different kinds of fashion accessories particularly the sunglasses are belong to great public demand. The designer sunglasses are not just the very best quality sunglasses on earth but People belongs to every part of our sociality cannot afford them due to the skyrocketing prices. For those who are investigate inside the market in which case you must seen that the sunglasses of competitive prices are obtainable in an enormous range within the online…
  • Bugatti Limousine – The Fastest Limousine That Takes Your Breath Away

    ironik
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Lots of individuals have the fantasy to drive vehicles like limousine, Viper etc. But few people can afford to own such expensive vehicles. And now all those people who dreamt of riding a stretch limo or even a viper can fulfill their dreams with rental services accessible in every country on these four-wheelers. Besides individuals, large business houses also avail limousine rental services. The business magnets of corporate houses travel within different cities. They need four-wheelers which accompany several facilities like chauffeurs services that permit them to accomplish business…
  • What is more preferable to you, the Moncler Outlet Store or Online Store?

    ironik
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    After number of years of downfall in business, Moncler is originating back at the fashion market again by keeping its good reputation. In the beginning of its journey, from 1952, Moncler has always proves their quality towards the newest and to the old, permanent customer. All on the product will make you more at ease. However the cost of the maximum product are certainly high but you can also find some cheaper one either inside the Moncler outlet or in the Online Store. Now each day, we have been too much busy with our personal life, with our job. Which is why we have been buying goods from…
  • How to find a Cheap Moncler Outlet

    ironik
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Moncler is definitely the heritage garment company, starts its journey from 1952 and keep the excellent reputation for the customer worldwide. If people visit any Moncler outlet they’re going to not return without purchasing any product of this branded firm. Moncler always remain beside their worldwide customers. It will provide basically winter wear for the customer but every season they additionally stay to serve them. People, whom will be crazy about latest luxurious fashion wear, always visit the cheap Moncler outlet at any corner of this planet. This brand comes back again within…
 
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • 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
  • Implicit racism in Ebola tragedy? Read Wright and think

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Nowai Korkoya, mother of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan with Rev. Jackson I have been processing information regarding the medical care of Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan, the first patient in the United States diagnosed with Ebola, died at a Dallas, Texas, Presbyterian hospital on October 8. I am ruminating what I know of his case and contemplating how subconscious racism or racial bias may
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Randomness

    Suzanne
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I have almost this entire week free. A “free” week NEVER happens … but I had cleared my calendar thinking I would have a brand new puppy this week. I wanted an open schedule so I could bond with him, etc. Life is full of funny (and not so funny) twists. Laguna Beach:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. •  On a positive note, I’ve met some REALLY nice people since having my Bad Breeder experience.  It’s a good thing too, because I  had given up  was about to give up on the human race. •  Every day I’m contacting a…
  • The Pet Adoption Process

    Suzanne
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Did you know how difficult it has become to adopt/purchase/rescue a dog? I had a friend go through the process awhile back. He joked about it taking nine months, the “interrogation process” he endured, endless paperwork, etc. He said it was harder than adopting a child. Of course, he was joking – and I laughed right along with him. But, really … It’s become quite a drawn-out ordeal. I realize there are Bad People who were scooping up available dogs to use as dog fighting “bait.” (The very idea makes me ill!) And there are always lots of people who…
  • The Weekend Without Pictures

    Suzanne
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I hope you had a good weekend. I went to see Gone Girl. It was really good. I had read the book when it first came out. I always worry movies will be disappointing compared to the books they originate from, but that was not the case with Gone Girl. I also went to a “Newfie Picnic” put on by the Southern California Newfoundland Club in Long Beach. I crashed their party in hopes of meeting “someone” who could put me in touch with “someone.” OK, I didn’t completely crash. I was invited by a woman I’ve met, but at the last minute she couldn’t…
  • The End of the Road

    Suzanne
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Laguna Beach:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.
  • Disillusioned

    Suzanne
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’ve had a rough couple weeks. My sister’s accident. The puppy heartbreak. A rattlesnake hissing at me in my own garage. Terrible, painful, girl-parts tests. (The test was AWFUL!) I’m kind of down in the dumps. More than the disappointment of having “my” future service-puppy taken away, Is just a general sense of disillusionment with humanity. I’ve been busy, but I’ve also been a hermit. I’m still in a state of shock over how cruel the puppy breeder is/was. I don’t like people very much right now. People can be so awful to other people.
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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

  • The Grapevine Storytelling Series

    Granny Sue
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am so pleased to be part of an exciting new storytelling series happening in Takoma Park, Maryland. The Grapevine is organized and hosted by storytellers Noa Baum, Tim Livengood and Jane Dorfman, the series features a wide range of storytelling styles and presenters. If you live in the DC Metro area, get these dates on your calendar, and check out their Facebook page for continuing updates and news:Here is our schedule for the rest of the Fall 2014 season: November 6: Denise Clegg Bennett Denise Clegg Bennett performs at the Grapevine on 6 November 2014. Denise Bennett…
  • Meeting the Devil and Those Mixed-Up Girls: Two Stories

    Granny Sue
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    A woman we met at a restaurant in town told us this story. She was having dinner with her parents and had overheard us telling a friend that we were going to Matewan and Mingo county the next day."I'm sorry," she said. "I don't mean to interrupt you, but we're from Mingo county!"The world throws strange coincidences our way, doesn't it? We stayed and talked with these nice people for probably half an hour. West Virginians are like that--we talk to strangers and end up being friends by the end of the conversation. And we hear some good stories in the process, like this one.The mother at the…
  • Traveling West Virginia: Coal Wars, Murder and Matewan

    Granny Sue
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Larry and I had a place on our bucket lists that we wanted to visit: Matewan, West Virginia. The name might not be familiar to a lot of people but to those of us in West Virginia--and particularly those in the coal regions, the name brings a chill to the bones.Today Matewan is a quiet little town far off the beaten track, nestled between steep mountains and the Tug River. Across that river is Kentucky.There is a new road that winds across a high steep mountain now, making access better than it probably used to be but even so Matewan isn't an easy place to get to.We passed small communities…
 
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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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    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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  • 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…
  • You Could Use The Shopbop Sale For A Big Cool Clutch

    Lisa
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yes, I’m on break, this doesn’t count. The RewardStyle people wrote me to say the Shopbop sale is on,  at the exact moment when I was browsing Pinterest street style and realizing that the bag of the moment is an over-sized, soft-sided clutch. Envelope, fold-over, pouch, all good options. And all available at Shopbop for 25% off, with the code, FAMILY25. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Of course if you’d rather look at the Vince slipon sneakers (also on sale), as a reasonable person might, Grechen’s got her…
  • Quarterly Blog Break

    Lisa
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hi guys! Time for the usual quarterly blog break. For any of you new to this self-published-time-stamped-upload-images game, I highly recommend planned breaks as a way to keep yourself going. New tagline, happily writing for 5 years and more? See you in a week! Share on Facebook Tweet!
  • Extreme Casual Style For Weekends, Retirement, Stay-At-Home Moms And Anyone, Really

    Lisa
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Back in 2013, I wrote a post about putting together a whole new wardrobe from scratch. We talked about how to stratify your closet, allowing you to dress well even when you have to muster all your courage to make the effort, along with some strategies for better days. However, back then I was working, and the ideas I presented included the office. What are the equivalent ideas for the non-office world? For truly, madly, deeply casual lives? Weekends, stay-at-home moms, or Tomboy Retirement? The numbers and outfits are different, the stratification concept similar. Stage 1: Survival You can…
 
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • ON MY TABLE: TEXTURE

    Hill Country Hippie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I got a bit sidetracked by Junelle's Farmers' Market art class and all this wedding hoo-hah, but I've finally made my way back to the projects in Pam Carriker's book Creating Art at the Speed of Life. This chapter was called "Tactile By Nature", and was all about adding texture to your projects.The objective of this first project was to find texture in everyday objects around your house, and use that to create graphite rubbing transfers. So I used this...and this...to create this:For the next project we had to create an Impressionist-style portrait painting, without using any paintbrushes!
  • COLOR-MAD BOOT SIGHTINGS

    Hill Country Hippie
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    This latest boot is HOT, man! I am so in awe of the artists who chose to cover their boots in mosaic. Especially when you consider that they are donating their time and supplies! As I understand it, sponsors pay a fee to have a boot located at their place of business, but that money is going to support the newly formed Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance. The only thing the artists get for all their time and effort is a bit of publicity -- having their work and their name out there for the world to see. Which is why I feel really, really bad about this next boot, where I somehow…
  • IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER?

    Hill Country Hippie
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Muses have been trying out a new spot for our weekly get-togethers.  I think we may be here awhile...as long as the weather is conducive to hanging out on this wonderful covered patio. We have long been fans of this patio, through all its many incarnations -- as a sandwich shop, a Mexican joint, the original Leaning Pear cafe, and now, as The Sugar Shack, whose almond croissants and toffee scones are To. Die. For. Is there anything better than an awesome little local bakery? With a patio!I think not. 
  • WHEN BARK IS BETTER THAN BITE

    Hill Country Hippie
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Another thing I prize in my garden, even more than flashy blooms, is a tree with bodacious bark.Take this native Texas Persimmon tree. It happened to be right in the big middle of where we wanted our garden, so we built around it. It was a tiny scrawny twig of a thing when we first spotted it, but it had some kind of fruit on it, so I couldn't bear to pull it out. Then, last year, I noticed the bark doing this peely-curly thing. How awesome is that?The previous owners actually planted these Crepe Myrtle trees. Boy, was I ever disappointed that, out of all the beautiful colors their blooms…
  • ONE POT WONDERS

    Hill Country Hippie
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Someplace in between a harried working mom having to stress herself to the max trying to put a home-cooked-from-scratch meal on the table, and her resorting to grabbing some form of take-out on the way home, lies the one-pot-wonder. Something made with "real" food, but with very few ingredients other that what you already have in your pantry and fridge; something which may take a little while to cook, but which doesn't keep you tied to the stove the entire time; something which doesn't dirty every pan and utensil you own. I think the new one I tried this week, from Martha Stewart via friend…
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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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  • 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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  • A love story for and about baby boomers

    Cafe
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    We boomers might be “getting on,” but we can still be suckers for love stories. Particularly when they’re written by fellow boomers. And especially when they’re about boomers. Here’s an excerpt from Judith Natelli McLaughlin’s new book “This Moment.” It’s about Lydia and Ryan, a pivotal moment seen from Ryan’s point of view. I felt nauseous and weak. I clutched my stomach and stumbled to my bedroom. Seconds later, I fell on my bed. Fully clothed, I lay on my back and closed my eyes, but sleep wouldn’t take me in. I needed…
  • Life for a baby boomer is an odyssey. So is love.

    Cafe
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Life for a baby boomer is an odyssey. So is love. That’s what makes this personal tale from Larry Lefkowitz of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, so moving. Because a lot of us have had odysseys like his. Odysseys with our relationships. For some time now, I have wanted to write an article about my relationship, but it just seemed too personal or needing of a happy ending. Much thought ensued. I waited; I delayed; I feared talking about it would somehow jinx it. Larry Lefkowitz Yet, there are things I want to tell you. At this time in life, I had settled for knowing that I have had relationships,…
  • Are we too obsessed with ourselves?

    Cafe
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A baby boomer and premier journalist looks at the world through the span of his working life, and it isn’t always pretty. Mort Rosenblum was a longtime special foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, and editor of the International Herald Tribune. That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades,we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor. Consider the ironies. Mort Rosenblum, journalist. Back in 1967, I went to the Congo and then kept going, curious to find the…
  • The lifetime age gap … like time in a warped bottle

    Cafe
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    How often do you think about the gap between how young you feel and how old you actually are? Evelyn Kalinosky gave it a lot of thought, and concluded, it’s Time In A Warped Bottle. During a somewhat nostalgic frame of mind, I penned a poignant and somewhat tongue-in-cheek poem about the aging process—mine, anyway. I wrote it after spending the day celebrating my four-year-old granddaughter’s birthday at one of those places with all the inflatable bouncy things -– you know, jungle gyms and trampolines filled with air, but not enough to actually keep you buoyant. Evelyn Kalinosky After…
  • Barbie Doll from the Dime Store

    Cafe
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Barbie dolls, with which so many baby boomerettes played as children, have morphed these days into everything from “Barbie Video Girl” to “Totally Tattoos Barbie.” But for Erin O’Brien of Redondo Beach, California, there is no substitute and never will be for the Barbie she remembers as a little baby boomer: Barbie from the Dime Store. I spotted her at the dime store (wait — are they still called that?!). She had changed over the years. These days she was sporting a suntan and was not as well-endowed as I recalled (and I’m not referring to her inheritance.) Barbie: the doll, the…
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  • Dogs with Cones Classic – Dog Cone Lamp

    Going Like Sixty
    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

    Going Like Sixty
    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

    Going Like Sixty
    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

    Going Like Sixty
    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.
  • The Boomer List According to NPR

    Going Like Sixty
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Disappointment abounds around Going Like Sixty… that I wasn’t asked for my opinion about The Boomer List premiering Nationwide Tuesday, September 23 on PBS. American Masters: The Boomer List, attempts to tells the story of the boomer generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers–one born each year of the baby boom: 1946 Tim O’Brien, Vietnam vet / author 1947 Deepak Chopra, M.D., New Age guru 1948 Samuel L. Jackson, actor 1949 Billy Joel, singer-songwriter 1950 Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer 1951 Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer 1952 Amy Tan, author…
 
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  • Woman gets the surprise of a lifetime

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Woman gets the surprise of a lifetimeKate was on a European trip with girlfriends when she suddenly didn't feel well, so she went to the doctor.Just days away from giving birthIn other newsPartial solar eclipse on its wayAlleged drug cartel head in court
  • Canadian PM's defiant response after shooting

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Canadian PM's defiant response after shootingAP'There will be no safe haven for those who try to bring savagery to our shores,' he said in a speech hours after a soldier was killed.Shooting victim identifiedMore in the newsWoman sets boyfriend on fireTaliban statement raises concern
  • Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?Instagram/krisjennerKris posted this pic of herself with Gordon Ramsay -- but if you look at a similar one the chef posted, there are noticeable differences.Take a peek and see for yourselfMore to watchBowen opens up about parentingSofia Vergara has run-in with ex
  • Michael Brown's official autopsy results released

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Michael Brown's official autopsy results releasedAPAccording to medical experts, one harrowing detail from the report supports multiple accounts about the night Brown was fatally shot. Finding has significant implicationsMore newsDems invoke Ferguson for votesVerdict issued in Blackwater case
  • Another intruder jumps White House fence

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Another intruder jumps White House fence APA man who breached White House grounds Wednesday evening was detained with the help of Secret Service dogs. Footage of the brutal encounterMore newsObama: Canada shooting 'tragic''Serious lapse' at Secret Service
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    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Woman gets the surprise of a lifetimeKate was on a European trip with girlfriends when she suddenly didn't feel well, so she went to the doctor.Just days away from giving birthIn other newsPartial solar eclipse on its wayAlleged drug cartel head in court
  • Canadian PM's defiant response after shooting

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Canadian PM's defiant response after shootingAP'There will be no safe haven for those who try to bring savagery to our shores,' he said in a speech hours after a soldier was killed.Shooting victim identifiedMore in the newsWoman sets boyfriend on fireTaliban statement raises concern
  • Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?Instagram/krisjennerKris posted this pic of herself with Gordon Ramsay -- but if you look at a similar one the chef posted, there are noticeable differences.Take a peek and see for yourselfMore to watchBowen opens up about parentingSofia Vergara has run-in with ex
  • Michael Brown's official autopsy results released

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Michael Brown's official autopsy results releasedAPAccording to medical experts, one harrowing detail from the report supports multiple accounts about the night Brown was fatally shot. Finding has significant implicationsMore newsDems invoke Ferguson for votesVerdict issued in Blackwater case
  • Another intruder jumps White House fence

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Another intruder jumps White House fence APA man who breached White House grounds Wednesday evening was detained with the help of Secret Service dogs. Footage of the brutal encounterMore newsObama: Canada shooting 'tragic''Serious lapse' at Secret Service
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  • Woman gets the surprise of a lifetime

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Woman gets the surprise of a lifetimeKate was on a European trip with girlfriends when she suddenly didn't feel well, so she went to the doctor.Just days away from giving birthIn other newsPartial solar eclipse on its wayAlleged drug cartel head in court
  • Canadian PM's defiant response after shooting

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Canadian PM's defiant response after shootingAP'There will be no safe haven for those who try to bring savagery to our shores,' he said in a speech hours after a soldier was killed.Shooting victim identifiedMore in the newsWoman sets boyfriend on fireTaliban statement raises concern
  • Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?Instagram/krisjennerKris posted this pic of herself with Gordon Ramsay -- but if you look at a similar one the chef posted, there are noticeable differences.Take a peek and see for yourselfMore to watchBowen opens up about parentingSofia Vergara has run-in with ex
  • Michael Brown's official autopsy results released

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Michael Brown's official autopsy results releasedAPAccording to medical experts, one harrowing detail from the report supports multiple accounts about the night Brown was fatally shot. Finding has significant implicationsMore newsDems invoke Ferguson for votesVerdict issued in Blackwater case
  • Another intruder jumps White House fence

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Another intruder jumps White House fence APA man who breached White House grounds Wednesday evening was detained with the help of Secret Service dogs. Footage of the brutal encounterMore newsObama: Canada shooting 'tragic''Serious lapse' at Secret Service
 
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  • Woman gets the surprise of a lifetime

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Woman gets the surprise of a lifetimeKate was on a European trip with girlfriends when she suddenly didn't feel well, so she went to the doctor.Just days away from giving birthIn other newsPartial solar eclipse on its wayAlleged drug cartel head in court
  • Canadian PM's defiant response after shooting

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Canadian PM's defiant response after shootingAP'There will be no safe haven for those who try to bring savagery to our shores,' he said in a speech hours after a soldier was killed.Shooting victim identifiedMore in the newsWoman sets boyfriend on fireTaliban statement raises concern
  • Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?Instagram/krisjennerKris posted this pic of herself with Gordon Ramsay -- but if you look at a similar one the chef posted, there are noticeable differences.Take a peek and see for yourselfMore to watchBowen opens up about parentingSofia Vergara has run-in with ex
  • Michael Brown's official autopsy results released

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Michael Brown's official autopsy results releasedAPAccording to medical experts, one harrowing detail from the report supports multiple accounts about the night Brown was fatally shot. Finding has significant implicationsMore newsDems invoke Ferguson for votesVerdict issued in Blackwater case
  • Another intruder jumps White House fence

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Another intruder jumps White House fence APA man who breached White House grounds Wednesday evening was detained with the help of Secret Service dogs. Footage of the brutal encounterMore newsObama: Canada shooting 'tragic''Serious lapse' at Secret Service
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  • Woman gets the surprise of a lifetime

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Woman gets the surprise of a lifetimeKate was on a European trip with girlfriends when she suddenly didn't feel well, so she went to the doctor.Just days away from giving birthIn other newsPartial solar eclipse on its wayAlleged drug cartel head in court
  • Canadian PM's defiant response after shooting

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Canadian PM's defiant response after shootingAP'There will be no safe haven for those who try to bring savagery to our shores,' he said in a speech hours after a soldier was killed.Shooting victim identifiedMore in the newsWoman sets boyfriend on fireTaliban statement raises concern
  • Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Kris Jenner caught in the Photoshop act?Instagram/krisjennerKris posted this pic of herself with Gordon Ramsay -- but if you look at a similar one the chef posted, there are noticeable differences.Take a peek and see for yourselfMore to watchBowen opens up about parentingSofia Vergara has run-in with ex
  • Michael Brown's official autopsy results released

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Michael Brown's official autopsy results releasedAPAccording to medical experts, one harrowing detail from the report supports multiple accounts about the night Brown was fatally shot. Finding has significant implicationsMore newsDems invoke Ferguson for votesVerdict issued in Blackwater case
  • Another intruder jumps White House fence

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Another intruder jumps White House fence APA man who breached White House grounds Wednesday evening was detained with the help of Secret Service dogs. Footage of the brutal encounterMore newsObama: Canada shooting 'tragic''Serious lapse' at Secret Service
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    RetirementRevised

  • 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…
  • Why it pays to shop your Medicare coverage this fall

    Mark Miller
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Your Medicare prescription drug plan sent you a letter recently. Chances are, you didn’t read it – and that could be costing you money. Health insurance companies must send an annual notice of changes for the coming year to Part D prescription drug and Part C Medicare Advantage plans. The notice, which must be delivered to you by Sept. 30 each year, details changes in premiums and co-pays, and lets you know whether your medication will be covered in the year ahead. The notice comes just before the annual plan enrollment period, which kicks off on Oct. 15 and runs until Dec. 7.
  • How to shop for a Medicare Part D plan

    Mark Miller
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    The annual Medicare enrollment period starts on October 15th and ends of December 7th. This is the opportunity for seniors to review their prescription drug or Medicare Advantage coverage, and to select new plans. With dozens of plans available in most parts of the country, Medicare shopping can be a complex chore. Re-shopping your plan annually makes sense — insurance companies often change their offerings year-to-year in ways that can increase drug costs by thousands of dollars, or make it more difficult to get certain drugs. At the same time, your drug needs may have changed since…
 
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    POPSUGAR Celebrity

  • Stars Share Halloween Family Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

    Lauren-Turner
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    With Halloween less than two weeks away, celebrities have been getting ready with trips to LA's local pumpkin patch favorite, Mr. Bones. Jessica Alba and her family have visited more than once this year, as have Alessandra Ambrosio and her little ones. The pumpkin-picking spot makes for some seriously adorable photo ops, but it's not the only place that gets stars in the Halloween spirit. Kim Kardashian and her crew headed to Moorpark, CA, for a festive day at Underwood Family Farms, and Cash Warren got into the fun by carving his pumpkin at home. Scroll through to see the excitement, and…
  • Is Bill Murray's New Movie, St. Vincent, Worth Watching?

    Matthew-Rodrigues
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    It's really hard not to love any piece of work that Bill Murray attaches his name to, but is his new film worth watching? Check out our review of St. Vincent starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, and Melissa McCarthy. Let us know in the comments if you plan to check it out!
  • 6 Reasons Why Seriously Distracted Is Seriously Hilarious

    Nick-Maslow
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    We can't get enough of Seriously Distracted, and that's not just because it's POPSUGAR's first foray into scripted programming. The comedy tells the bite-sized stories of a group of women who work at Le Grande PR, a company where everyone seems more concerned about pop culture than real work. Paige (Greta Lee), Lily (Morgan Grace Jarrett), and Victoria (Laura Grey) juggle irrational clients with an out-of-touch boss, played by the incredible Amy Sedaris. Scroll through to see all the reasons why we're obsessed with the show, and stay tuned for new episodes every Tuesday!
  • Michael B. Jordan Talks Training For Fantastic Four: "This is The Biggest I've Ever Been"

    Lindsay-Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Michael B. Jordan may have won audiences over with his role in 2013's indie drama Fruitvale Station, but the ever-versatile actor is focused on a new genre this year: action. The superfit star is starring in a Rocky spinoff, Creed, and a reboot of The Fantastic Four. Michael stopped by our LA studios recently to talk about why making the physical transformation his new roles required was a lonely process. We also talked about his first time behind the camera directing an ad for Axe's new fragrance and his first middle-school memories of swiping his friend's older brother's cologne.
  • 13-Year-Old Mo'ne Davis Is the Subject of an Insanely Inspiring Short Film

    Brittney-Stephens
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Thirteen-year-old pitcher Mo'ne Davis made headlines this Summer for her incredible performance in the Little League World Series, and now her inspiring story is the subject of Throw Like a Girl, a short film written and directed by Spike Lee. In the 16-minute documentary for Chevrolet, Mo'ne's talent and recent triumphs are celebrated by her team, her family, and her fans; she famously used her 70 mph fastball to help get her team, Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, to the Mid-Atlantic Region final back in August and became the first girl to throw a shutout game in the history of the competition.
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • 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…
  • What I Really Want for my Big Birthday

    arlene
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    My son and daughter and husband are already conspiring to make my very big upcoming birthday – NOT UNTIL MAY please note- very special. I am playing along with it, especially because I like big celebrations of all sorts, and especially ones that involve me. I have spoken before in my blog about being deprived of birthday parties growing up where my birthday was almost a non-event. The world didn’t revolve around me then, though I wanted it to. We have even been checking out the possibility of a dance party, but it gets ridiculous as soon as you involve a real band. (Maybe we can…
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    The Redhead Riter

  • What Lies Within Us Can Bloom

    Sherry Riter
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph […] 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!
  • The Bright Yellow Balloon

    Sherry Riter
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    “Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.” ~ T.S. Eliot ~ I’m sure you’ve heard that if […] 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!
  • New Beginnings In Life Start Now

    Sherry Riter
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    New beginnings can start at anytime. When you graduate from school, fall in love, get married, get divorced, start a […] 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

  • 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…
  • Nice Is Over Rated, No More Nice For Me

    Walker
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Training someone to be ‘nice’ can be a way of silencing that first voice. Justine Musk’s writing often strikes a chord for me. That was just what I needed to hear. NICE. I was raised to be nice–it’s what they did to good Southern girls in the 50s and 60s. I don’t think I want to be nice anymore. Is it too late at age 60 to abandon nice? No. No more nice when it comes to sex.   What do I mean by that? Well, I’m pretty outspoken and open about my desires. But there was a day when I sacrificed my needs by not speaking up. So I lay there. Played along.
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