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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    No one on earth has lived life in your shoes. No one has seen, heard, or witnessed everything you have been through, but you. No one on earth is you, but you! That’s what makes you a masterpiece. Do not cloud your vision by trying to be like someone else. Do not change your mind due to the thoughts of someone else. You are doing a great job of being you! Always stay true to yourself and have the audacity to remain BE-YOU-tiful!
  • Wanted: The Single Person’s Life

    Beyond MidLifeBloggers
    Jane Gassner
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I was totally taken with this idea of the Single Person's Life, which emerged as a full-blown vision.
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    Over 50? baby boomer? Or senior citizen?
    martijn
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    over50web.net + social media sites for sale! Contact me The post for sale! appeared first on Over 50? baby boomer? Or senior citizen?.
  • Vintage Bicycles in Copenhagen, Denmark from Between the 1910s and 1950s

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    John VE
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Bicycles became common in Copenhagen at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1890 there were 2,500 bicycles in the city, just 17 years later that figure had increased to 80,000 and Copenhagen was already considered the top cycling city in Europe. Below is a small collection of interesting vintage photos of biking culture in Copenhagen from between the 1910s and 1950s.See more »
  • Baby Stores Online USA Guidance

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:44 pm
    The online world has made life much more easy for persons. It is possible to obtain just about anything online, immediately after spending as much time as you wish to, searching for the best goods. When the web was not so prevalent, persons had no other option but to pay a visit to retailers should they had to buy baby beds. They can have to go all the way to the retailer, and also a lot more in comparison with one particular stores, opt for the things and pay for them. The internet entirely revolutionized buying, with most of the products available in stores now getting produced available…
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • A New Springtime Perspective!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    No one on earth has lived life in your shoes. No one has seen, heard, or witnessed everything you have been through, but you. No one on earth is you, but you! That’s what makes you a masterpiece. Do not cloud your vision by trying to be like someone else. Do not change your mind due to the thoughts of someone else. You are doing a great job of being you! Always stay true to yourself and have the audacity to remain BE-YOU-tiful!
  • 60 is not so bad after all…

    midlifecrisisqueen
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    I had a GREAT 60th birthday! Here’s a photo from up at our new home west of here yesterday. It is blooming in the foothills as I write…
  • Look Who’s 60!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    And this is…  exactly how I feel about it too!
  • Best Boomer Blogs Easter 2015

    midlifecrisisqueen
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    HAPPY SPRING everyone, and HAPPY EASTER to those who partake of Easter baskets and colored eggs! I attended an Easter egg hunt yesterday for 2-5 year olds, and it was a blast. I enjoyed watching the parents trying to explain to tiny kids why they would want to pick up those colorful eggs! This week we have a lunar eclipse seen yesterday in Colorado, Easter, and my 60th birthday! And even more great progress on our new home west of here! Who could ask for more? How’s about some great new posts from my blogging boomer friends? Interesting things happen when blogging. This past week an…
  • April 4th 2015 Lunar Eclipse and Your Emotions

    midlifecrisisqueen
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    April starts out with a lunar eclipse this morning, so things may be busier than anticipated. Nothing ever goes according to plan during an eclipse.  Keep your antenna up in case you need to roll in some new direction. Eclipses bring new information to light. They are a time for beginnings and major changes, always having to do with relationships. The changes are tied to how we relate and will leave a lasting impression. Emotions run high, causing upset and feelings of disorientation. Actions taken often do not have the expected results, but they do bring awareness and enlightenment. The…
 
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    Beyond MidLifeBloggers

  • Wanted: The Single Person’s Life

    Jane Gassner
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I was totally taken with this idea of the Single Person's Life, which emerged as a full-blown vision.
  • The Oaks at Ojai

    Jane Gassner
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This is a tale of two spas Or it’s a tale of one woman growing up. Or it’s a tale of one woman growing up and how that manifested itself when she visited two spas several decades apart. Or it’s all of these. You decide. In the early ‘80s on a Valentine’s Day weekend, Playgirl […]
  • Scene from the “Who Gives A Shit” File

    Jane Gassner
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    INT. DAY. SKECHERS SHOE STORE, SHERMAN OAKS GALLERIA. The shop is empty except for an OLDER WOMAN, the customer,  and TWO 20-SOMETHING MEN, the sales staff. The woman is carefully examining the shoes on display. The young men are hanging out at the front of the store talking and rearranging shoes in the display window. They […]
  • You’re a Writer Looking to Move into Major Publications? Get Started at My Writers’ Workshop

    Jane Gassner
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Sign up now for Jane Gassner's Writers' Workshop, Part II: Blogging & the Business of Writing
  • 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.
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    Over 50? baby boomer? Or senior citizen?

  • for sale!

    martijn
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    over50web.net + social media sites for sale! Contact me The post for sale! appeared first on Over 50? baby boomer? Or senior citizen?.
  • How to open your heart again if you are over50

    Juan
    8 Nov 2013 | 1:07 pm
    It’s hard to stay optimistic when you have suffered through a divorce, become a widower or just never managed to find the right person. And as an older single person looking for mature dating, you have probably had your fair share of heartache. However, it’s never too late to fall in love. This article looks at ways to open your heart again in the search for someone special. Being optimistic after 50 It really is true that you’re only as young as you feel, so changing your attitude can go a long way in helping you stay positive. Believe in yourself and in your ability to find love. You…
  • Can Your Marriage Survive Retirement?

    martijn
    8 Nov 2013 | 12:53 pm
    Retirement can be a cruel thing. We’ve all been led to believe it’s the ideal stage of life, where stress and worry are replaced with peace and joy.  And it usually is … for the first couple months!  Once the honeymoon ends, reality comes creeping in, particularly for couples who haven’t discussed how retiring at the same or different times will impact their life together … or how something as simple as agreeing on how much time they should spend together or apart can be crucial to their long-term happiness. “Expectations about retirement are generally off,” says Rob Pascale,…
  • Grandma and grandpa and grandchildren may protect each other artists mental health

    martijn
    12 Aug 2013 | 9:13 am
    Grandma and grandpa and their full grown grandchildren play essential roles in every others wellness, a brand name new study discovers. The particular two-decade study discovered the standard associated with relationships between two generations offers measurable consequences around the mental well-being associated with each. The particular researchers looked over 376 grandparents plus 340 grandchildren, plus tracked their psychological health from 85 to 2005. They discovered that both grandma and grandpa and grownup grandchildren who experienced emotionally near in order to the other era had…
  • The brand new Retirement living Perspective: Focus Change Amongst Pensioners

    martijn
    11 Aug 2013 | 5:33 am
    Along with respect in order to retirement living way of life, senior citizens are usually establishing the brand name fresh regular with regard to decades ahead. Eliminated might become the particular periods associated with pensioners attempting to invest their own fantastic yrs calming around the program or even around the seaside, it is regarding healthful dwelling, staying inside the particular workers plus assisting children buy houses, spend on university plus assisting get treatment associated with grandchildren-all which usually need complete monetary arranging. The present study from…
 
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    vintage everyday

  • Vintage Bicycles in Copenhagen, Denmark from Between the 1910s and 1950s

    John VE
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Bicycles became common in Copenhagen at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1890 there were 2,500 bicycles in the city, just 17 years later that figure had increased to 80,000 and Copenhagen was already considered the top cycling city in Europe. Below is a small collection of interesting vintage photos of biking culture in Copenhagen from between the 1910s and 1950s.See more »
  • 50 Unpublished Polaroid Portraits of Hollywood Celebrities in the 1980s

    John VE
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Michael Dare was a film critic for the L.A. Weekly in the 1980s. While trashing their films in print, he met most of Hollywood stars, and considered to photograph and distort it all. In a storage locker in Desert Hot Springs there are thousands of ridiculous SX-70 Polaroid portraits of the famous, the insane, and the dead. They've never been published and rarely been seen by anyone except the subjects themselves - who usually expressed either glee or abject horror. "Due to copyright law, or maybe just good old fashioned good taste, I've had an incredibly hard time getting my work…
  • Votes for Women, Long Branch, New Jersey, 1915

    John VE
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Votes for Women, Long Branch, New Jersey, 1915. Putting up posters for a Speech by Doctor Anna Howard Shaw at the Long Branch Casino on Thursday, August 26th.
  • Unseen John Lennon's Artwork Debuts

    John VE
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    John Lennon was a visual artist before he picked up his first guitar or wrote his first song. He attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute (1957-1960). He continued to draw throughout his life. Lennon’s primary medium was line drawing, either in pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink.As early as 1969, John began moving toward a return to visual art. He was primarily interested in drawing and favored the creative loose sketch, working in pen and ink. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, John drew the 'Bag One Portfolio', a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon, and their…
  • Colorful Campus Fashions, 1957

    John VE
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:33 am
    Photo by Yale Joel
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Baby Stores Online USA Guidance

    ironik
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:44 pm
    The online world has made life much more easy for persons. It is possible to obtain just about anything online, immediately after spending as much time as you wish to, searching for the best goods. When the web was not so prevalent, persons had no other option but to pay a visit to retailers should they had to buy baby beds. They can have to go all the way to the retailer, and also a lot more in comparison with one particular stores, opt for the things and pay for them. The internet entirely revolutionized buying, with most of the products available in stores now getting produced available…
  • Baby Products Online USA Hints

    ironik
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
    The internet has produced life a lot more hassle-free for people. It is possible to buy pretty much something online, following spending as considerably time as you need to, trying to find the right products. When the online world was not so common, people today had no other decision but to go to retailers when they had to buy get access. They might need to go all of the technique to the retailer, and also far more as compared to one shops, select the things and spend for them. The world wide web completely revolutionized shopping, with most of the goods accessible in retailers now getting…
  • Baby Products Online USA Hints

    ironik
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The online world has made life a lot more convenient for individuals. It is possible to obtain almost anything online, just after spending as substantially time as you’d like to, searching for the ideal goods. When the online world was not so frequent, men and women had no other option but to visit shops if they had to get read this. They might need to go all of the technique to the store, and even much more in comparison with one particular shops, opt for the things and pay for them. The internet fully revolutionized buying, with the majority of the items available in stores now…
  • Bookkeeping Service Report

    ironik
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
    No matter how a lot you realize about producing financial statements or bookkeeping, you nevertheless will need to have bookkeepers specifically if your business is progressing. Owning a organization isn’t a easy factor to accomplish. There are plenty of concerns and elements concerning the company which you have to have to appear into. One of the most significant thing is for you personally to generate profit. This indicates far more promotion or extra rapport together with the customers. Nonetheless, you could not deny the fact that Bookkeeper can also be crucial. But considering the…
  • CubedBiz Bookkeeping Strategies

    ironik
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Obtaining into a business enterprise is just not a simple job; it is actually not even a relaxing believed. It takes an further unique person who would do the herculean job of managing the whole business enterprise: product or service enhancement, advertising and marketing, buyer satisfaction, employee relations and that will see to it that the organization goes nowhere but up. When the organization expands, more so the task of preserving the financial records becomes demanding. Providers would definitely need assist in organizing their financial data and that may be after they consider of…
 
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • Toni Morrison's Amusing Interview with Stephen Colbert

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The Colbert ReportColbert Report Episode Guide,  More Colbert Report Videos,  Comedy Central Full Episodes I don't know what I was doing in November 2014 that caused me to miss Stephen Colbert's laugh-out-loud interview with great American novelist Toni Morrison. She is just as funny as he is when discussing her work. But they also discussed race as a social construct and her work's
  • Stop don't talk to me from Orange is the New Black's Twitter trending (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    This video of the Orange is the New Black song "Stop Don't Talk to Me" is trending at the moment of this post on Twitter. I can see the humor even though I have not watched the Netflix hit since season one, but I guessed the cast song must have been based on a scene from the show. Well, yes it is, this one here. I tried the second season, but I opted not to continue because I had too many
  • Yes, Pharrell, subconscious plagiarism is a thing (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    My better post the "Blurred Lines" case is this one: "Borrowed Grooves: Electric Guest, the Clash, Katrina & the Waves all did what Robin Thicke over-did," but Google keeps sending folks to my old post about Pharrell Williams's hit "Happy." That post answers whether "Happy" sounds like another song, but I also mention "Blurred Lines" in it. I realized my blog had a bump in hits this morning
  • "Head Games"--Yes, I did do an anti-abuse art project

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    This video features the art piece "Head Games." It documents a project I did for a required course in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. The course is Form and Idea. Creative Writing Workshop students have had to take the course through the Film, Theater, and Communications department; however, this is the last year the course will be required for students in the
  • Is Justin Guarini supposed to be like Prince figure in this Dr. Pepper commercial? (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Okay, so you may recall Justin Guarini as the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in the first season of American Idol, and then, unfortunately for him, that horrid movie called, From Kelly to Justin. But did you recognize him in this Dr. Pepper commercial featuring him as "Li'l Sweet"? I'll tell you who I thought of when I saw it, especially when you throw in the falsetto singing Li'l Sweet uses; I
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Midori Passport Notebook

    Suzanne
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Warning:  Lots and lots of photos in this post! In my quest to be more organized, I began looking for a small notebook to carry with me everywhere. I decided to try out the Midori Passport Size Traveler’s Notebook. I LOVE this notebook … more so, because I’ve personalized it. (Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing each night this week while my arm kept me up till all hours!) Here’s a quick shot of my (passport size)  over-stuffed Midori: You can see I added a “charm” to the front to customize it. My original intention was to use this book to jot…
  • Feeling Crafty

    Suzanne
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’ve had the craziest week. Crazy! On top of the craziness, I decided to work on a craft project in my spare time. I have no spare time. Oh, and also, my arm is currently not connected to my body. (If you don’t follow me normally, you can better understand what I’m talking about by clicking here.) So much pain! And, also? No sleep! Anyway, I was so busy I haven’t written a proper post for today. (And yesterday’s post about Fred went up much later than normal.) But, I’m hoping to tell you all about my craft project in tomorrow’s post. I wanted to wait…
  • Fred Update – 24 Weeks Old

    Suzanne
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Several of you have asked for a Fred photo. Here’s a quick iPhone photo of Fred The Newf looking very Goofie-Newfie yesterday: Fred The Newf  —  24 Weeks Old Fred loves his stuffed roadrunner.  He carries it around with him a lot. Fred has seen REAL roadrunners, but he seems to like his toy roadrunner best. Sometimes Fred looks very regal and majestic … but, obviously, not in the above photo. I’m going to take Fred to the vet to be weighed this week. All I really can say at this point is – Fred is gigantic. (He’s big even by Newfie standards … he…
  • Texas, Then Home

    Suzanne
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    I had a nice, but busy, few days in Texas. I shot a lot of portraits. I explored some architecture. I visited my college-aged son and spoiled him with some nice meals out. I walked a lot. I attended the Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival. It was a lot of fun. They even had live music. Usually, at most art festivals, there’s a lot of the same old stuff. I was pleasantly surprised, and a bit intrigued, by some of the art I experienced in Texas. I love seeing people express their creativity in unique ways. (I didn’t take many photos of the art booths because I was trying to rest my…
  • The Derby Dress!

    Suzanne
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Yesterday, as I frantically tried to get my Texas details in order …. I came across the perfect dress to wear to the Kentucky Derby. You may remember, I’ve already purchased a gigantic purple Derby hat. Finding a dress to go with it has been much more difficult than I expected. Derby dresses are supposed to be spring-ish and ladylike – very Southern Belle-ish. And …. finally! I’m thrilled I finally found something. It’s in my closet and waiting for Derby. I think I’m going to wear nude shoes with it. It’s such a relief … the Derby is only…
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane's Storage Logic

    Average Jane
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    I recently bought an enormous box of dishwasher detergent tablets at Costco and it had been sitting on the kitchen counter because it didn't fit in the cupboard under the sink where I'd been keeping the previous, smaller box. Yesterday I decided to make a half-assed attempt at clearing the counter and my eye lit upon the canister set that sits on the countertop directly above the dishwasher. Sure enough, the one marked "Coffee" was empty. I scooped out handfuls of the tablets into the canister, put the lid on and felt rather triumphant about coming up with a very logical…
  • Average Jane's Legacy (or Lack Thereof)

    Average Jane
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In an online community to which I belong, there was a recent discussion where many people fretted about their inability to finish creative projects, break through in their professions, etc. My comment was that I'm not sure I care whether I leave a legacy at this point. I'd really rather just do fun stuff and be happy. Since then I've been thinking about whether that's really true for me and I believe it is. There was a time when I worried that I was just being lazy. I'd think, "I should write a book!" or "I should hone my public speaking skills and get more…
  • Average Jane Makes Delicious Tequila Drinks

    Average Jane
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Over the past few months, my 20th wedding anniversary came and went. We had a lovely Christmas and New Year's Eve. Oh, and my Pura Vida Tequila shipments arrived! As part of the program with the company that also included my backstage experience with Godsmack, Pura Vida sent me one bottle each of their Silver, Reposado, Gold, Añejo and Extra Añejo tequilas, NARANJA liqueur and Bloody Maria and Sangrita mixers. I've been playing around with drink recipes ever since. We had Bloody Marias on Christmas morning at my sister's house with breakfast and they were so delicious.
  • Average Jane Makes Plans

    Average Jane
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    Every year seems to go by more and more quickly these days. At yesterday's six-month dentist appointment, I could have sworn that I'd had x-rays during my previous visit, but it was actually the one before that. That's one of the reasons I need to keep up with this blog. Without it, I have no way of keeping track of when things happened. I have two goals this weekend that should be easily achievable: Gather my tax paperwork and send it to my accountant. Choose 30 of my beloved old t-shirts and send them to Project Repat to be made into a quilt. Goal #1 is especially important…
  • Average Jane in 2015

    Average Jane
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Since I'm coming up on my eleventh blog anniversary in a few weeks, I figured the least I could do is get a post written to start the year. Picking up where I left off, I've been easing into the new year pretty gently so far. My band played a New Year's Eve gig that went quite well, and we've had a break since then except for recording a four-song demo and learning some new songs to replace a few duds in the set. I got my annual case of bronchitis right on schedule, so that was a couple of weeks of coughing with ten days of antibiotics in the middle. Fortunately, that's…
 
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    Cindy La Ferle's Home Office

  • Daily quote journal 4/19/15

    Cindy La Ferle
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:27 pm
    “Time together is the primary ingredient for friendship. Unless your time together is automatic — meaning you’re both paid to show up at the same job or both attend the same church — there is no other way to foster a close friendship without someone initiating that time together. Growing a friendship requires initiation. A […]
  • Daily quote journal 4/17/15

    Cindy La Ferle
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    “My little bit of earth in the front garden is one of the places that I find my bearings. The rhythm of my day begins with a cup of coffee and a little bit of weeding or dreaming.” ~Betsy Cañas Garmon Artwork by Cindy La Ferle
  • Daily quote journal 4/16/15

    Cindy La Ferle
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    “Don’t let rude people ruin you. No matter how much negativity is thrown at you, there is absolutely no need for you to partake in the decay they choose for their own lives. YOU decide how your soul grows. People’s reactions to you are about their perspectives, wounds and experiences….Count your blessings and move on […]
  • The family paper trail

    Cindy La Ferle
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Earlier this week, a student in my writing workshop read a wonderful essay about working as a newspaper carrier when he was a boy. It brought back a memory of a column I wrote for The Daily Tribune when my son was in high school. I promised I’d post this after our class discussion on nostalgia […]
  • Daily quote journal 4/14/15

    Cindy La Ferle
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
    “It never failed to amaze me how the most ordinary day could be catapulted into the extraordinary in the blink of an eye.” ― Jodi Picoult Photo: Cindy La Ferle
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    Candelaria Silva

  • Can I Poet with You? – Lucille Clifton

    Candelaria Silva
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    It is downright unfair to pick a couple of poems from a prolific poet to represent them.  In each of my entries during my observation of Poetry Month, I pick one or two poems (or a few more in the case of Langston Hughes).  I cannot find my tattered paperback copies of two volumes by the late poet Lucille Clifton.  I read them so much they are held together with elastic and I know I put them somewhere for safe-keeping and that included safe from me. I was able to find two of her poems on line that I especially like, “listen children” with its celebratory poem and “the…
  • Can I Poet with You? – Clarence Major

    Candelaria Silva
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Clarence Major is a poet, novelist and painter. I have a tattered copy of Swallow the Lake, a volume of his poems that was published by Wesleyan University Press. ISOLATE by Clarence Major                              She knew more about me than let us say. Most difficult, the American, she said. Said a requiem is quite heavy, very dull and These violet people in gentle expenditures! Impossible to translate one: Mass, and the day of masses. Yet how was it to be ease for her, feeling nothing of my spirit, knowing less of her own. She knew only the visits to the tombs in me. This…
  • Can I poet with you – Robert Frost

    Candelaria Silva
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Lo and behold that some famous poems by well-heralded poets that I had to read for school, still speak to me. I didn’t understand the truth of the Road Not Taken when I first encountered it. Now, as someone who has gained some knowledge and experience from my years on earth, I would say that whatever road one takes, there are joys and sorrows. One hopes and strives to have more joy than sorry. Here are two poems by Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken and The Impulse. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one…
  • Can I Poet with You – June Jordan

    Candelaria Silva
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Eloquent and fiery, activist June Jordan remains one of my favorite poets although her output stopped when she passed in 2002.  There are so many poems I can choose but this quiet one is what I’ve decided to share.  It is quiet and vivid. Roman Poem Number Six by June Jordan You walk downstairs to see this man who moves so quietly in a dark room where there are balancing scales on every table. Signore D’Ettore can tell you anything about communications if you mean the weight the price pf letters packages and special post cards. Hunch-back short his grey hair always groomed meticulous…
  • May I poet with you – Al Young

    Candelaria Silva
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Following is a favorite poem from “back in the day” that still touches me, thrills me reading it now. the song turning back into itself  2 A song for little children by Al Young Always it’s either A beginning or some end: the baby’s being born or its parents are dying, fading om like the rose of the poem withers, its light going out while gardens come in to bloom   Let us stand on streetcorners in the desolate era & propose a new kind of craziness   Let us salute one another one by one two by two the soft belly moving toward the long sideburns the adams…
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    Granny Sue's News and Reviews: West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue's Daily Blog

  • Last Chance at the Giveaway!

    Granny Sue
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    I will be selecting a winner--and getting back to blogging after this long break--tomorrow, so if you have not yet left a comment, please check the last post and leave a comment quickly so your name can be entered!Here's what's up for grabs: three winners will receive one of these gorgeous amberina compotes, made by Fenton Art Glass Company of West Virginia. Fenton is no longer making art glass; its focus has shifted to glass beads, so this glass will become more valuable with time.Most readers of this blog know that in addition to being a storyteller I am a glass fanatic, and that I also…
  • Giveaway!

    Granny Sue
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    I won't be posting for a few days. so I'm going to do a giveaway contest just for fun!Here's how it will work: Read at least 5 of my former posts and leave a comment on this post as to which 5 you read and why. Each post always has links to past posts at the bottom so it will be pretty easy to find them.ORInvite 5 friends to become followers of my blog. For each one that becomes a follower and leaves a comment on this post telling me you invited them, you will get one entry into the drawing--and your friend gets an entry as well!I will do a drawing when I return for the winners, who will…
  • All the Threads

    Granny Sue
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
     Our life is made up of so many parts, so many threads. Since we retired, it seems there are even more of some pieces while there are less of others. One of the new threads has been the reselling business, and redoing furniture in particular.The last few days I've been busy on a few new projects, like these chairs. There are two of them; there are oak but one had a bad spot that could not be corrected so they got painted, with pretty new blue toile seats. That's one of the fun parts of this work, deciding what a piece's new look will be. I have a small round table that I will paint white…
 
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    THE MIDLIFE GALS...Gone Gray

  • Calling all you MOTHERS in Heaven!

    The Midlife Gals
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    “Hello...Mother?”“Which Mother do you want to speak to, honey?  We have a LOT of mothers here in Heaven.  You’ll have to be more specific, and I don’t have all day.  Actually, I do have all day and all of eternity, but I’m really busy, so just give me a name.”“Sheesh.  I didn’t realize there was a switchboard in Heaven.  How fantastic!  Just look up The Ancient One.  Believe me, there’s only one person who fits those parameters.”“Connecting you now......please hold, and have a nice life.  See you when you’re ready...unless the…
  • It's the Little Things You Notice...

    The Midlife Gals
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Ever been in a packed elevator, standing behind someone who, although they probably bathed that morning...has not washed their hair in about 6 days?  It’s that ‘odor’ that permeates the immediate space around them...and anyone who is close enough to have a conversation.  I hate to say this, but it’s usually the mens who are guilty of this personal hygiene offense.  Guys, if you take the time to shave, WASH YOUR HAIR!And, how about the person with whom you are conversing exhibiting that little string of saliva that goes from their top center lip to their bottom center…
  • Valentine's Day, Shmalentine's Day

    The Midlife Gals
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Don’t you worry about The Midlife Gals.  We always have BIG plans for Valentine’s Day.  So, go to your parties, have your romantic dates...even have SEX if you want to, really, we’re so alright.  We have um...each other.Just get a load of our um homage to Valentine's Day in the video to your right on this page.  Join us for the day's hi-jinx!XOXOXOXOXKK and Sal
  • Get a Glass of Chianti and Poke Around

    The Midlife Gals
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Just so you all know...The Midlife Gals aren't just Fly-By-Nighters, here.  We have chops and a small but rabid following!  Cases in point:   THE MIDLIFE GALS ®  Hysterical History / ResumeJuly, 2007 - We didn’t know what a blog was.August, 2007 - Posted our first essay on The Midlife Gals ® blog ( http://www.themidlifegals.com).October, 2007 - Approached by MORE Magazine about featuring us in an article.January, 2008 - MORE Magazine article on the stands with our feature as one of four blogs mentioned / Women of the Blogosphere, page 30  / Jan/Feb…
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    The Midlife Gals
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Everyone is making resolutions, and we’re certainly not to be left out of that exercise.  We had a pretty spectacular 2014, and anticipating a brilliantly positive 2015...why?  Because WE CAN!I resolve:1. to visualize, when the trade winds are blowing me off my feet, the palm trees are doin’ the hula 2. to be patient with SalGal when she tells me the same story for the 63rd time, knowing that the story I just told her, which triggered her old story, was one that I had told her at least 141 times before.  3. to keep in my memory bank the feelings of what it’s like to…
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    Nanny Goats in Panties

  • California Drought: 10 Ways to Save Water

    Margaret
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    There is no “I” in drought. There is also no “A”. Because I live in Parched City, California, I know you little nanny goats have been dying to ask me what I’m doing to save water. Well, it doesn’t matter what I’m doing, what matters is that everyone else is doing it. And I’m here to tell them what for and how to. Did you know we’re suffering from the biggest California Drought ever (if you don’t go back more than 1200 years?) When it’s yellow, let it mellow If you go number 2, flush down the poo. If you go number 1, let it stay,…
  • Vegetable Evangelism

    Margaret
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Or, How a Vegetable Hater Bottomed Out and Then Saw the Truth, the Light and the Way of Anthocyanins. Have I ever told you how much I hate vegetables? I hate them THIS MUCH! That is, until recently. Something happened that has caused me to eat more vegetables in the last three weeks than I have in my entire life. Stuff I’ve never heard of, seen before or even knew existed. I had 27 meat tenderizers but never owned a garlic press. from a previous post entitled My Name is Margaret and I’m a Utensilaholic Why no garlic press before now? Because I didn’t know what one was or how…
  • Keeping the Romance Alive with “Date Night”

    Margaret
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    For date night on Saturday, me and my old man went to Bed Bath & Beyond. Got new sheets and finally, FINALLY, a Keurig coffee machine. The procrastination allowed us to invest in the brand new Keurig 2.0 (cue oooohs and ahhhhs). I’m drinking my second cup of Keurig coffee (10 oz., strong setting) this morning. Tully’s Hawaiian Blend. We brought five coupons with us to the store and when I asked what we could use them on (because the fine print said Keurig products were exempt) she said, “everything”. “Everything?” I asked, and she nodded patiently like this customer did…
  • Not Your Grandma’s Resolutions

    Margaret
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    You know what day it is, right? This is the day that the whole world comes together and says, “I wish I’d worked more”. No, wait. That’s what people say on their death bed. Or rather, what people never say on their death bed. Also? The green squigglies are telling me that “deathbed” is one word. Also? Happy New Year. If it’s not too late to declare my New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to name them here. In addition to the Word document boiler template called “New Year’s Resolutions” that provides the 3 default items, I am adding one more item: • lose weight…
  • Real Men Do It With Their Hands

    Margaret
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Before this upcoming biblical proportion storm arrives and kills us all, I just want to tell you that I loved you and it was fun and I don’t regret anything. Except for that pink rabbit-themed hot tub party in Brother Dinklemeyer’s gazebo where we all got naked, went crazy with Instagram and lost our jobs. I regret that. I’m so embarrassed about the whole thing, bringing a fuschia rabbit. I mean really, who does that? But that’s not why I brought you here today. Today I want to talk about real men. Real men make things. They make things. With their hands. “Make” is…
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  • Process People And Project People, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:39am

    Lisa
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    I’ve been thinking recently that there are Project people and Process people. Project people gear up big, do a lot of talking before they start, plan carefully, manage to an end goal. Around about the 80% done mark they cry out, “What? I’m done! You all can take this the rest of the way.” They’d always rather do something new than something familiar, even the well-loved well-known. Process sorts don’t like to talk about what they do before it starts. They enjoy conversations about how well something is going as it happens, take missteps quite seriously,…
  • A Privilege Blog Sale Of A Few Beloved But Hardly Used Pieces Of Clothing

    Lisa
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Anyone else still working on 2-year old resolutions? I can finally check off “learn eBay.” The pointe shoes sold. Booyah! Next step was to have been Sell Clothes. But I’m changing the plan. Turns out eBay is a community of its own, with particular behaviors. You have to know how to price, how to describe in eBay language, and you have to take a lot of photos. The good stuff often goes to people who arbitrage – i.e. buy goods and resell them. So instead of eBaying I have donated a good percentage of my no-longer-or-never-worn stuff to the local American Cancer Society…
  • If I Were Stopping By La Garçonne Today

    Lisa
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    If I were stopping by La Garçonne today (who now have a bricks and mortar shop in New York, which means of course that I’d be in New York, I’d be inspired to dress insouciantly but with a little polish. I’d like my stripes vertical, and muslin, if you please. Affiliate links may generate commissions. Share on Facebook Tweet!
  • Is Gardening Nerdy?

    Lisa
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    This weekend I found a caterpillar in my garden. My first impulse was “Squish it!” — I don’t use pesticides, bugs are often bad news. Mid-swing I gasped, and dropped my arm. It was a Monarch. As many of you know, Monarch butterflies are endangered by the depletion of their natural foodstuff, the milkweed plant. As part of my Retiring To Values plan (I simply mean devoting more time to The Good), I have installed native plants under my oak, and now in my side yard as well. Milkweed features heavily. When I found the caterpillar, I was excited. As in, all is SO right with…
  • No Balls In The House, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:27am

    Lisa
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    My best friend was in town this week. We truly met when our second children (my last, her second of five) were not much more than a year old. We’d encountered each other a year prior, when I walked past her house on my way to the park, but I’d been too startled and standoffish to make friends on the street. Silly me. Once connected, we were inseparable. We raised our children together, even though she stayed home and had 3 more kids while I went back to work. My friend has an uncanny ability to make adventure out of the mundane, to keep going when others (I mean me) are dropping…
 
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  • Status Report - The Fish Are Traveling

    Gena
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    I'm still working on the not so secret project. I'm trying to create a limited series podcast on mental health and anxiety spectrum issues. I have everything I need but time. Actually, I have that too but allocating enough time is a challenge.Just when I think I've nailed it down I learn something new that has to be included.There are now apps that help folks manage or control their anxiety. It is a freaking free for all with all kinds of players and dang near no regulation. And there is new fangled eletro-stimulation type devices and tele-mental health treatment, both valid and bogus.I guess…
  • Los Angeles Bach in the Subway Day 2015

    Gena
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Yes I was a gal about town and it just so happens that I found myself at Union Station. Bach in Union Station 2015 from Gena Haskett on Vimeo.My other cameras were on life support and I had my trusty old Samsung Android 2.3  MP3 player to help share the magic. I have to say I'm really glad I had my selfie pole also know as a monopod.Communities form and dissolve quickly here. There was a quiet joining of history and music that touched people enough to stop and be a part of the experience.
  • Racking Up the Numbers

    Gena
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    It was a good day. I had cake for breakfast. Once a year you should have cake for breakfast if you want. Or sushi. Or a smoothie. Maybe not at the same time.Yesterday I took photos. Walking around the southland just seeing what there was to see. No reason just because I really like taking photos and it seems that I don't make enough time for that anymore.Well, I shouldn't say there wasn't a reason. My goal was to take 57 photos.Looking at color, form, what is and isn't being sad about a piece of steel. I walked and had a Metro day pass so I was hoping on and off, turning corners I hadn't been…
  • Flops, Failures and Limited Success

    Gena
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:23 pm
    I have not blogged for weeks. I've been working on a project. I'm in suck mode at the moment. Just when I think I have a glimmer I fall down. It is so frustrating!I'm trying to create short videos about anxiety and panic disorders. I have to be accurate, not dull, not boring and meet certain literacy requirements. I want to restrict how much editing and tweaking I have to do on it. I'm using Adobe Voice for composition. When I look at other information graphic videos it isn't good enough. I'm using Adobe Voice, not Adobe After Effects. I know that.Now, having Anne Lamott in my Twitter stream…
  • Another Tool to Battle the Inner Lil Hater

    Gena
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Struggling to write and create because of a lot of things. I know so many better people than myself and a kind of toxic "Don't you dare" took root. Fighting my way back by finding resources internal and external to myself. Banish Your Inner Critic - NDC Oslo from Denise Jacobs This is is a really clear presentation; you'll get the full body of it without having to think about what the Denise Jacobs actually meant to say. Everyone one into the healing pool of creativity and support.Breathe. Being quiet. Listen.It is okay.Really.
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • JUST TOO MUCH FUN

    Hill Country Hippie
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    This is turning out to be one heckuva week. For one thing, I'm babysitting my grandpuppy Izzy while her mom and dad are honeymooning in Hawaii.Plus, I'm still up to my eyeballs in the lusciousness of Junelle Jacobsen's Art of Spring online class.Then, there's the email I got from our fearless leader at Lucky Star Art Camp, announcing all the class options for this fall's 5-day camp for grown up girls, right here in the Texas Hill Country. Squee! Is there anything more exciting/stressful than trying to pick the ideal combination of classes, out of so many possibilities?And, as if all that…
  • A TINY THING THAT PLEASES YOU

    Hill Country Hippie
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    "I think that sometimes people don't grow fresh food because they think that it is too much work. So my advice to you is to only grow a tiny thing that pleases you, and enjoy that tiny thing for all it is worth." ~ Joie De Vivre: Simple French Style For Everyday Living, by Robert ArborMy initial plan, when we added the terraced beds of the Cantina Garden, was to grow mostly vegetables. However, between the deer, racoons, armadillos, and this incessant drought, it didn't take long for me to realize that I just wasn't getting enough return on my investment. Over time, those veggies gradually…
  • CANTINA GARDEN COLOR

    Hill Country Hippie
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Aahhh yes!Much better, don't you think?So nice to have a bit of color back in the Cantina Garden! The Coral Honeysuckle and Lavender are in full bloom...while the Crossvine and my little Red Buckeye tree are just about done.Now if only the rest of my color-mad beauties would kick into gear. Between the plentiful rain we recieved this fall and winter, and the fact that many of my perennials are finally reaching that magical three-year mark (1st year they sleep, 2nd year they creep, 3rd year they leap), I have high hopes for this year! 
  • KNOWING THE ROPES

    Hill Country Hippie
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    This Friday was Spring Plant Sale sneak preview day for members at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This past fall was our first time to go and, if you recall, it was a bit of a disaster. We got there well before the sale even opened, but had to park miles away and stand in a huge long line. Plus we didn't know to bring a cart, so I ended up just having to stand in one spot while Hubby piled up his selections around me, then we had to figure out how to get them all back out to our truck which, as I mentioned, was miles away. And the crowds, oh my gosh, the crowds! But this year? This…
  • IN NEED OF A FACELIFT

    Hill Country Hippie
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    No, not me! Well, yes, probably, but that's never gonna happen. Well, unless these hoods over my eyes get so bad I cannot see. Even then, I might just use toothpicks to prop them up. I don't do knives and needles unless I absolutely have to! Actually, I was referring to these guys.For, as you know, faded, pale, and pastel are three colors that just aren't acceptable in the Cantina Garden. Guess I'm gonna have to do something about that, huh?
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • Questioning Vaccines Doesn’t Make You Anti-Science

    Lin
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    In the pro- vs. anti- vaccine debate, the “pro” side often accuses the “anti” side of being anti-science. In my observations from the sidelines, nothing could be further from the truth. What is science but asking questions? Isn’t that the very foundation of the scientific method? The vast majority of non-vaxers that I have had the privilege of interacting with have spent countless hours asking questions and searching for the answers. Of course, they can’t pursue the scientific method themselves in the sense of performing experiments and observing responses when it comes to…
  • Closet Purge to Fashionable Working Wardrobe Upgrade

    Lin
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    The thought of spending an entire day cleaning out the closet and getting rid of more stuff in a massive closet purging session seemed overwhelming and somewhat depressing. I had the urge to purge nearly 90% of the clothes, shoes and fashionable accessories in my closet that I had accumulated over the last several (many) years. Having scheduled a few career-changing interviews in my ongoing effort of leaving dentistry completely and beginning a brand new career path, standing in my closet and looking for interview-worthy business casual wardrobe attire that would work, fit well and look…
  • 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…
 
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    Boomer Diva Nation

  • What are your Priorities?

    Beverly
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Special Guest Post by:  Vanessa Grossett   One evening I received an unexpected visit from one of my good friends. She was very upset, looked extremely tired, and over worked. This friend is a Christian, and had a high-flying career as a Director within a private company. She is a Landlord having five investment properties, […]
  • Increase Success by Focusing on Less

    Beverly
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Special Guest Post by:  TJ Phillpot Have you ever noticed how little you actually accomplish when focusing on multiple objectives at the same time? Many people feel they can increase productivity by tackling multiple tasks simultaneously but this is not usually the case.  What is actually occurring is that their efforts are usually of lesser […]
  • The Ugly Side of Beauty

    Beverly
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Special Guest Post by Jannette Fuller Everyone enjoys and appreciates beauty whether it pertains to people, places, or things. And the world is filled with beauty everywhere you look–well, almost–and what is beautiful to one person, may not be to another. But that’s okay. It just comes down to a matter of opinion and taste […]
  • Snow Storms and Times of Trouble

    Beverly
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    Special Guest Post by: Elsie Schuett Flynn Adversity affects everyone. Sometimes we get a heads-up, like a weather forecast, and other times it comes like an earthquake with no warning. The Bible tells us that sunshine and rain fall on the good and the bad. Likewise, everyone will probably experience adversity many times throughout their […]
  • How to Manage Your Spiritual and Emotional Health

    Beverly
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Special Guest Post by: Stephanie Reck Spiritual maturity and emotional maturity go hand-in-hand; you cannot have one without the other. Emotional health involves knowing your limits, and not reacting act of emotions to circumstances. Everyone has limits, and it is wise to know yours. Have you ever began your morning and said something like this, […]
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    BoomerCafé ... it's your place

  • Boomers should put together finance and fitness

    Cafe
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Our friend, San Antonio fitness guru Bob Merz, makes a convincing argument that fitness and finance go together. He calls it Boomer Fitness Econ 101. I often hear people say that they can’t improve their fitness because they can’t afford to get fit — they can’t afford to spend the money on a fitness club membership or some simple equipment for a very basic home gym. Well ya know, we really, really can’t afford not getting fit and staying fit, especially we boomers. Bob Merz There is a real economic argument for investing in our own fitness. For example, compare the cost of fitness…
  • A sense of Worth from a boomer poet

    Cafe
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    April is Poetry Month. So it seems right that BoomerCafé’s Poet-in-Residence Harriet Shenkman of Westchester, New York, treats us to her newest poem, called Worth. I love you sooo much. Do you mean giant-like-an-elephant love, deep as an ocean? I mean a bunch. Like a bag of gold coins? A chest of jewels? A hopeless look in her four-year-old eyes. Nooo, a bunch of M & M’s. Reaching out for a long hug, I’m thrilled to be valued at a fistful of chocolates instead of one ninth of a camel by an Ayatollah in Qom. Harriet Shenkman
  • A boomer establishes identity with Two Little Words

    Cafe
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We’ve all had plenty of time to establish ourselves and our identities. But one of our baby boomer contributors, Philadelphia humor writer Roz Warren (with a new book out today, which is National Library Day, called Our Bodies, Our Shelves), believes that even if we’ve had the time, some of us are only now getting there and, as she says, all it takes is Two Little Words. TWO LITTLE WORDS You can spend a lifetime figuring out who you really are. At 60, I’m finally closing in on the truth. At the very least, I know who I’m not. I’ve noticed that the media loves to sum people up with…
  • An American Baby Boomer in Paris

    Cafe
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Living as she does in beautiful Redondo Beach, California, BoomerCafé contributor Erin O’Brien has little reason to go anywhere else. But she and her husband did just go to Europe, and she writes of her visit as An American Boomer in Paris. We’d finally arrived. After a harrowing Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in a taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport, passing the glowing red Moulin Rouge in the darkness, we were deposited on the street corner in front of an old seven-story building, as our host came downstairs to greet us. Erin O’Brien with husband Chris in Paris. Although it was 11:00 PM in…
  • What’s up with baby boomer exotic chair dancing?

    Cafe
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    One baby boomer always on the lookout for something new is Diane Owens of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Her newest find? Exotic Chair Dancing. It’s not your grandma’s exercise routine. I just took my first chair dancing class at Inversions, a local pole fitness studio. And I’m almost at a loss for words to describe it. Let’s just say it’s not grandma sitting on a straight-backed chair watching a nice lady on TV and extending her arms up and down to get in a little activity. This was exotic chair dancing. Five other women (much younger) and I met in a darkened room with sultry…
 
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    Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty »

  • Boomer Mailman Doug Hughes; Non-violent Civil Disobedience Hero

    goinglikesixty
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    To a lot of Baby Boomers who grew up in the times of non-violent civil disobedience, Doug Hughes maybe a hero. Think Boston Tea Partiers Susan B. Anthony Martin Luther King Rosa Parks Can’t compare, you say? Consider Doug Hughes point of view. Voters are going to quit being played like suckers with divisive hot-button issues and come together on a single issue. Honest government. Congress won’t start working for you or me when their big paycheck is from big business. Lobbyists, Special Interests, Unions. We have to make this happen. The political parties won’t. Congress sure…
  • Gringo Grocery Grab: One Small Box: $80

    goinglikesixty
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    We made a gringo grocery grab today… do you know anybody that likes grocery shopping? Especially grocery shopping at the chain warehouse store? Ugh. But ya do what you gotta do. Pricesmart is the Costa Rica Costco… owned by them and spread throughout Latin America. We made the run today… and this is what we got for our $80. Total bill of $100 (50,000 colones) includes a six pack of electronic bug repellers. Probably a dumb move and a scam, but with bug season right around the corner, I figured it was worth the $23 to give them a try. Also the Force Field promises to repel,…
  • Dust Control In Costa Rica – Postre para Las Vacas (dessert for the cows)

    goinglikesixty
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    As a country boy, I can remember the good old days when a dusty road was controlled by spraying used motor oil on it. In eco-friendly Costa Rica, they banned this practice because all the oil eventually ends up in the rivers which lead to the oceans. Our house sits about fifty feet above the a dirt road. As you can imagine during the dry season the few cars and trucks that do pass by can raise a pretty good cloud of dust. This year has been unusually windy – there are seasonal “Winds of Christmas” that normally start Mid-December and end Mid-January. This year they are still…
  • Know your rights in healthcare facilities

    goinglikesixty
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    In September 2013, the Daily Mirror published an article about 700 victims of bedsores. One man died from a stage four bedsore. He was 70, had diabetes and had been left in a wheelchair for 10 hours. The diabetes put him at higher risk than most for bedsores, but it seems that didn’t matter much. In the UK the NHS – National Health Service – provides healthcare for all of their citizens. It’s based on need, and not their income. So they took quite a hit from these lawsuits. Steven Brown, an attorney quoted in the article, said that the NHS could have saved a lot of…
  • I Found The Troll on The World Golf Tour

    goinglikesixty
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    I’m kinda hooked on a computer game – that isn’t Angry Birds, or Candy Crush, or Words With Friends, etc. etc. It’s a golf game. It’s fun. There are world-famous golf courses that can be “played” as a single player, match play, stroke play, team play, and so forth. As with real golf it has it’s down sides.  Mostly, you have to spend money to buy the best equipment or your game will be stuck in low gear. I don’t spend money to play a computer game. AND… as I found today… there are TROLLS that play golf – on the computer…
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  • Adorable animal spotted roaming around school

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Adorable animal spotted roaming around schoolGettySan Diego Sheriff's Department had to corral a cute sea lion pup 'trespassing' at a local school.Pics from cop car will make your dayMore fun storiesPizza Hut offers tax day pizzaIKEA to host ... weddings?
  • Okla. approves unusual death penalty method

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Okla. approves unusual death penalty methodGettyThe state on Friday became the first in the U.S. to sign into law the 'foolproof' technique -- but not without backlash.'Fast and painless' drug untestedMore headlinesE-cigarette use triples for youthAbdul-Jabbar undergoes surgery
  • Job applicant denied role for her outfit choice

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Job applicant denied role for her outfit choiceGettyA recruiter told Elizabeth she had the right skills and personality, but she wouldn't be hired because she looked like she 'was about to go clubbing.'Clothes she chose for her interviewMore in financeState residents with high earningsCEO gives employees ultimatum
  • Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece GettyJacob Lew urged Greece on Friday to reach a debt deal, and fast.No one needs 'another crisis'More headlinesAustralians arrested for terror plotJury views Etan Ptaz evidence
  • Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures many

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures manyAPA bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday.Taliban denies any involvementMore headlinesIndian troops kill teen protestorFive teens arrest for terror plot
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  • Adorable animal spotted roaming around school

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Adorable animal spotted roaming around schoolGettySan Diego Sheriff's Department had to corral a cute sea lion pup 'trespassing' at a local school.Pics from cop car will make your dayMore fun storiesPizza Hut offers tax day pizzaIKEA to host ... weddings?
  • Okla. approves unusual death penalty method

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Okla. approves unusual death penalty methodGettyThe state on Friday became the first in the U.S. to sign into law the 'foolproof' technique -- but not without backlash.'Fast and painless' drug untestedMore headlinesE-cigarette use triples for youthAbdul-Jabbar undergoes surgery
  • Job applicant denied role for her outfit choice

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Job applicant denied role for her outfit choiceGettyA recruiter told Elizabeth she had the right skills and personality, but she wouldn't be hired because she looked like she 'was about to go clubbing.'Clothes she chose for her interviewMore in financeState residents with high earningsCEO gives employees ultimatum
  • Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece GettyJacob Lew urged Greece on Friday to reach a debt deal, and fast.No one needs 'another crisis'More headlinesAustralians arrested for terror plotJury views Etan Ptaz evidence
  • Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures many

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures manyAPA bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday.Taliban denies any involvementMore headlinesIndian troops kill teen protestorFive teens arrest for terror plot
 
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  • Adorable animal spotted roaming around school

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Adorable animal spotted roaming around schoolGettySan Diego Sheriff's Department had to corral a cute sea lion pup 'trespassing' at a local school.Pics from cop car will make your dayMore fun storiesPizza Hut offers tax day pizzaIKEA to host ... weddings?
  • Okla. approves unusual death penalty method

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Okla. approves unusual death penalty methodGettyThe state on Friday became the first in the U.S. to sign into law the 'foolproof' technique -- but not without backlash.'Fast and painless' drug untestedMore headlinesE-cigarette use triples for youthAbdul-Jabbar undergoes surgery
  • Job applicant denied role for her outfit choice

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Job applicant denied role for her outfit choiceGettyA recruiter told Elizabeth she had the right skills and personality, but she wouldn't be hired because she looked like she 'was about to go clubbing.'Clothes she chose for her interviewMore in financeState residents with high earningsCEO gives employees ultimatum
  • Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece GettyJacob Lew urged Greece on Friday to reach a debt deal, and fast.No one needs 'another crisis'More headlinesAustralians arrested for terror plotJury views Etan Ptaz evidence
  • Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures many

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures manyAPA bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday.Taliban denies any involvementMore headlinesIndian troops kill teen protestorFive teens arrest for terror plot
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  • Adorable animal spotted roaming around school

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Adorable animal spotted roaming around schoolGettySan Diego Sheriff's Department had to corral a cute sea lion pup 'trespassing' at a local school.Pics from cop car will make your dayMore fun storiesPizza Hut offers tax day pizzaIKEA to host ... weddings?
  • Okla. approves unusual death penalty method

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Okla. approves unusual death penalty methodGettyThe state on Friday became the first in the U.S. to sign into law the 'foolproof' technique -- but not without backlash.'Fast and painless' drug untestedMore headlinesE-cigarette use triples for youthAbdul-Jabbar undergoes surgery
  • Job applicant denied role for her outfit choice

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Job applicant denied role for her outfit choiceGettyA recruiter told Elizabeth she had the right skills and personality, but she wouldn't be hired because she looked like she 'was about to go clubbing.'Clothes she chose for her interviewMore in financeState residents with high earningsCEO gives employees ultimatum
  • Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece GettyJacob Lew urged Greece on Friday to reach a debt deal, and fast.No one needs 'another crisis'More headlinesAustralians arrested for terror plotJury views Etan Ptaz evidence
  • Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures many

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures manyAPA bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday.Taliban denies any involvementMore headlinesIndian troops kill teen protestorFive teens arrest for terror plot
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  • Adorable animal spotted roaming around school

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Adorable animal spotted roaming around schoolGettySan Diego Sheriff's Department had to corral a cute sea lion pup 'trespassing' at a local school.Pics from cop car will make your dayMore fun storiesPizza Hut offers tax day pizzaIKEA to host ... weddings?
  • Okla. approves unusual death penalty method

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Okla. approves unusual death penalty methodGettyThe state on Friday became the first in the U.S. to sign into law the 'foolproof' technique -- but not without backlash.'Fast and painless' drug untestedMore headlinesE-cigarette use triples for youthAbdul-Jabbar undergoes surgery
  • Job applicant denied role for her outfit choice

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Job applicant denied role for her outfit choiceGettyA recruiter told Elizabeth she had the right skills and personality, but she wouldn't be hired because she looked like she 'was about to go clubbing.'Clothes she chose for her interviewMore in financeState residents with high earningsCEO gives employees ultimatum
  • Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Treasury secretary has harsh warning for Greece GettyJacob Lew urged Greece on Friday to reach a debt deal, and fast.No one needs 'another crisis'More headlinesAustralians arrested for terror plotJury views Etan Ptaz evidence
  • Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures many

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 33, injures manyAPA bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday.Taliban denies any involvementMore headlinesIndian troops kill teen protestorFive teens arrest for terror plot
 
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    RetirementRevised

  • New strategies for covering long-term care costs

    Mark Miller
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve heard the scary statistics: About two thirds of Americans will need long-term care. The average annual cost of a private room in a nursing home is $87,600; the length of stay can run three years or more. Do a few quick calculations, and it’s easy to get very worried about the potential financial impact on your retirement plan. But recent research is shedding new light on the risks. The key finding: The odds of needing nursing-home care may be higher than previously thought, but the length of needed care is shorter. The new data has experts talking about the implications for…
  • Unraveling the mysteries of Social Security WEP and GPO

    Mark Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Some U.S. workers who have paid into the Social Security system are in for a rude awakening when the checks start coming: Their benefits could be chopped up to $413 per month without advance warning. That is the maximum potential cut for 2015 stemming from the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), a little-understood rule that was signed into law in 1983 to prevent double-dipping from both Social Security and public sector pensions. A sister rule called the Government Pension Offset (GPO) can result in even sharper cuts to spousal and survivor benefits. WEP affected about 1.5 million Social…
  • A tax day question: Why do states leave billions in retiree income on the table?

    Mark Miller
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Illinois is the national poster child for state budget messes. My home state faces a $7.4 billion general fund deficit and a $12 billion revenue shortfall. One proposed idea for plugging at least part of the horrific shortfall: tax retirement income. But our new governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, has rejected the idea. Illinois exempts all retirement income from state taxes – Social Security, private and public pensions, and annuities. We’re leaving $2 billion on the table annually, according to the state’s estimates. And we’re hardly alone: 36 states that have an income tax allow…
  • Watch: Making money last in retirement

    Mark Miller
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    How can you make your money last throughout retirement? I discussed the question as part of a terrific panel at the recent Morningstar Individual Investor Conference. My co-panelists were Christine Benz, Morningstar’s director of personal finance, and financial planner Mark Balasa, co-founder of wealth management firm Balasa Dinverno Foltz. The session was moderated by Adam Zoll of Morningstar. The conversation focused on how withdrawal rates, asset allocation, Social Security decisions, and long-term-care insurance factor into portfolio sustainability. You can view the video below,…
  • What does the robo-advisor food fight mean for investors?

    Mark Miller
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    Adam Nash, Wealthfront’s CEO Here’s something you don’t see every day: two investment companies in a very public fight about values, greed and putting the interests of customers first. This is what has happened since Charles Schwab launched Schwab Intelligent Portfolios last month, making it the first major investment company to leap into the so-called “robo-advisory” market. These automated portfolio management services use algorithms to select a mix of mostly low-cost ETFs for clients who answer online inputs, and then manage the accounts. The field’s early…
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    POPSUGAR Celebrity

  • Zayn Malik Thanks the One Direction Boys in a Heartfelt Acceptance Speech

    Ryan-Roschke
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Zayn Malik attended the Asian Awards in London on Friday night with his mother, where he showed off his shocking new shaved head. Zayn also took the stage to accept the award for outstanding achievement in music, and he gave a supersweet acceptance speech to accompany his win. "Tonight's about thanks," he said, and after he thanked God and his mom and dad, he continued, "I'd also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I've ever met. Everything I've done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life." It's been almost a month since Zayn announced his departure from One…
  • 22 Handsome Hip-Hop Stars That Will Make Your Heart Skip a Beat

    Brittney-Stephens
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Believe it or not, it's almost festival season, and that gives us a perfect opportunity to shine light on some very, very attractive male musicians. Boy bands and indie rockers have a place in our hearts, but today we're talking about rappers, people - hot actors-turned-rappers like Childish Gambino and Drake, sexy veterans like Nas and Dr. Dre, and the soulful, poetic (and now Oscar-winning) Common. You don't have to be a huge hip-hop fan to appreciate the devastatingly good looks of these guys. Keep reading for 22 handsome hip-hop artists who will have your heart skipping a beat.
  • Kylie Jenner Slips Into a Bikini For Another Round of Coachella Fun

    Ryan-Roschke
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Kylie Jenner is all revved up and ready for another wild ride at Coachella. The reality star took to Instagram on Friday, captioning new bikini shots and poolside fun with "chella" and sun emoji, hinting that she's getting in on the epic music festival's second weekend. She also wore a new pink wig, a far cry from last week's bright turquoise locks. Just a week ago, Kylie got sucked into all the Coachella madness with her sister Kendall Jenner. The two hung out with Justin Bieber, soaked up the sun, and took in the performances, and it looks like Kylie is ready to do it all over again. Keep…
  • Remember When These Celebrity Couples Went Public For the First Time?

    Becky-Kirsch
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's kind of a big deal when a celebrity couple steps out together as an item for the first time, because a media frenzy is pretty much guaranteed. To celebrate all the duos that put their love on display, we're taking a look back at the first time these couples went public - whether it was at a red carpet or at a party where they knew they'd be seen together. Warning: you're about to feel a lot of nostalgia (especially for those couples who aren't together anymore).
  • Coachella or Bust: Celebrities Go All Out For Festival Fun

    Nick-Maslow
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Weekend two of Coachella has officially begun! Since last weekend, celebrities have been descending upon the California desert. Kylie Jenner is already gearing up for round two with sultry bikini shots and a new wig, and Jaden Smith, Paris Hilton, and Diane Kruger have made appearances as well. Last weekend, Kendall Jenner was a familiar face throughout, as she partied with several pals, including Justin Bieber. There were plenty of unexpected duos, too, like Paul McCartney and Adam Levine, and Madonna and Drake, who stole the spotlight with their viral kiss. Rihanna also made an appearance,…
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • Gene Simmons’ Mom, The Holocaust, and Me

    arlene
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    This blog is about a woman I met on an airplane in 1994 in commemoration of Yom HaShoah, which begins tomorrow – today in Israel, and is the rembrance of the Holocaust era. In my writing career I have often written Holocaust survivor stories for newspapers and magazines, and I believe in the importance of sharing as many eyewitness accounts as possible. No two stories are the same, and it always amazes me how people clung to their will to live despite atrocities that the world had never seen before. Back to the woman I met on an airplane: I was totally exhausted after a whirlwind trip to…
  • An Important Education About Pop Music from an Aficionado

    arlene
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    I had a young guest named Amber stay at my home for a bit during an internship and upon meeting, we discussed a lot of stuff, including pop music as she saw all my Beatles memorabilia around my home. I told her how I was a pop music aficionado and gave her a brief education on the Beatles and some other pop music trivia. She admitted she did not know hardly anything about the music of the sixties, but told me that pop culture is important enough to be one of the test units on the exam that embassy workers abroad need to pass.  We both agreed it should be a required college course and…
  • My Strike Against Ponytails – And a Public Service Announcement!

    arlene
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    As much as I try not to, some of the informational items put on Facebook are too compelling to turn away from; so I read. I was horrified recently to read about a hairdresser discussing the damage that ponytails cause in hair that has been treated. My hair, ahem, has been treated. Highlighted blond. It’s a good thing too, because my friends noticed I am getting lighter and lighter blond, and only my hairdresser knows for sure what’s really going on. OK, I am an over-sharer, but my brown is disappearing fast, and not gray, but WHITE hair (see photo of father, aunt and cousin) as…
  • Update on The Ultimate Challenge to My Husband

    arlene
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:29 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. All systems are go for the big party itself – it will be a fun, rocking dance party. I have been throwing out unique gift ideas, or…
  • Courage And Kindness

    arlene
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    So many wonderful friends have been calling, texting, and messaging concern asking: How is Your Father Doing? It makes me think of the theme for the new Cinderella live action movie – outstanding by the way – rush to see! Anyway, the Cinderella theme is “have courage and be kind.” That’s how I try to be with my dad and his current challenges. He is recovering, slowly, but it is a tedious process, requiring lots of help, and lots of care. Courage and kindness required by all. Before his last surgery and then bad fall, caring for an 88 year old who thinks he is…
 
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    The Redhead Riter

  • Eating Gross Food Can Be Enjoyable

    Sherry Riter
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:48 am
    Sometimes you like the food that you try and sometimes you don’t, but hopefully you don’t have to eat food […] 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!
  • I Just Called To Say…

    Sherry Riter
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:37 am
    Twenty-two years. Is that a long time? Sipping on a straw consistently for twenty-two years would be a VERY long […] 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!
  • Split In Half

    Sherry Riter
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:59 pm
    The other day while I was working, I kept the television on low. Having it on during the day is […] 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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  • The case for self-pleasuring

    Walker
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    With spring finally here and the juicy energy warm weather brings, it’s a perfect time to explore the sexual side of life. I want to share some thoughts on the art of self-pleasuring, originally published at Midlife Boulevard.   “I hold my skirt, sash untied. And stand before the window with unpainted eyebrows. Silk clothes fly open so easily. If my skirt opens, I’ll blame the spring wind!” Zi Ye, translated   “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” Alfred Lord Tennyson   What is it about spring that leads people to think…
  • An intimate conversation about casual sex–just you and me

    Walker
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    One of my older male readers wants to know how to find a woman for casual sex. I don’t know how to tell him where to find this woman but I do have some thoughts on the subject. In fact, I wrote an article in defense of casual sex for older adults for Boomeon and another one on a more personal level that was published at Kinkly. I am in favor of casual sex (for adults). And I think it’s going to be more satisfying (my female perspective) with someone you know–rather than a stranger you meet in the bar, library or grocery store. While I’d say that women need to be…
  • Research on Older Adults & Sexual Health

    Walker
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A national sexual health survey, released in November 2014, examines the impact of sexual health issues on overall health, happiness, and communication among 3,015 US adults in committed relationships in which at least one partner was experiencing a sexual health issue. The study was conducted by Kelton in collaboration with the American Sexual Health Association, the Men’s Health Network, HealthWomen, and Pfizer. “People are increasingly taking charge of their health in other areas, but that level of comfort hasn’t translated into addressing sexual health issues,” said Eli…
  • Men Get Their Own Day–Steak and Blowjob Day

    Walker
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Let’s talk about steaks, blowjobs and gender quality—with a little wit and whimsicalness. Women get roses and chocolates in February. He gets a big hunk of beef and a blowjob in March. Did you know that Saturday, March 14 has been declared as Steak and Blowjob day? I’m not sure exactly who came up with that but it had to have been a man. I don’t think it has a Hallmark card just yet, but it does have a website. Here’s what The Urban Dictionary has to say (clearly written by a man): Steak and BJ Day was invented by Tom Birdsey, may he live forever, and may the…
  • Sex in Movies–Not Realistic From This Woman’s Point of View

    Walker
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re looking for ideas about how to have better sex you won’t find it in mainstream movies. There are exceptions of course, but most movies are made for the average American audience and tend to adhere to the idea that sex is just about intercourse. My latest article over at Midlife Boulevard takes a look at movie sex from the female point of view and offers some suggestions on how to get what you want when it comes to sex. I hate to say it, but men have got it all wrong, for the most part. And, the media—the movie industry, the ‘typical’ romantic books—they make us…
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