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  • First Snow in the Sangre de Cristos!

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Where nothing EVER stays the same...
    midlifecrisisqueen
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    We had a nice little storm move through here yesterday afternoon. It brought our temperatures down to normal, ushered in some much needed moisture, and painted the distant Sangre de Cristo Mountains in white. So this morning we took a drive towards La Veta and Cuchara to view nature’s recent handiwork. I will never forget the first time I came around that curve and saw the beautiful La Veta valley laid out before me. This view was enough to convince me that I could certainly get comfortable here! And as you drive past La Veta it only gets better… The volcanic dikes are stunning…
  • An End-of-Life Nightmare

    The New Old Age
    By The New York Times
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Joseph Andrey, 91, wanted to die at home. As is often the case, he died in a hospital instead.
  • Words Writers Can Relate To…

    Beyond MidLifeBloggers
    Jane Gassner
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
      The action is over at JaneGassner(dot)com….come visit.
  • Last Photographs of James Dean Taken Hours before His Death in 1955

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    On the morning of September 30, 1955 James Dean picked up his new Porshe Spyder that he recently purchased at an autoshop in Hollywood where he was having his car serviced in preparation for a race he was entering Salinas. Since the Porsche had less than the required mileage to enter the race Dean decided to drive the car up himself and was accompanied by mechanic Rolf Wutherich.On the way up at 3:30pm Dean was given a citation for speeding and afterwards he and Wutherich stopped at Blackwell’s Corner to purchase some apples. Shortly after continuing they approached an intersection near…
  • Laptop Recycling

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    With technologies quickly progressing at near light speed, there are several factors to increase your outdated laptop for your newest and fastest model. Within the space of just 24 months, a laptop can be in the market leader towards the bottom on the technological pile. As many of us upgrade our technology, we are left with our old, outdated laptops. These laptops might be recycled. In actual fact, recycling laptops has some good added benefits. Read on to get a handful of of them. Ok, so who’s guilty of hoarding goods they no longer use any more? I know I’m. On average, around a…
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Where nothing EVER stays the same...

  • First Snow in the Sangre de Cristos!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    We had a nice little storm move through here yesterday afternoon. It brought our temperatures down to normal, ushered in some much needed moisture, and painted the distant Sangre de Cristo Mountains in white. So this morning we took a drive towards La Veta and Cuchara to view nature’s recent handiwork. I will never forget the first time I came around that curve and saw the beautiful La Veta valley laid out before me. This view was enough to convince me that I could certainly get comfortable here! And as you drive past La Veta it only gets better… The volcanic dikes are stunning…
  • Sorry, Technical Difficulties!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For reasons no one can explain to me, you will only be able to access my latest posts at URL: www.MidlifeCrisisQueen.com and NOT: http://MidlifeCrisisQueen.com Explanations will be greatly appreciated! Please change this address if you have the old one in your cache, and so sorry about all the confusion in the past week or so. WordPress messed me up good this time!
  • The 10th Annual Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Southern Colorado never ceases to amaze me! Just as we settled into autumn, we found another GREAT music festival happening here! The Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival has been held here for the past ten years, bringing in the top Celtic musicians worldwide to play for us in tiny Walsenburg, La Veta and also up at La Veta Pass. Yesterday, at the height of fall colors, we attended a free Celtic music program at UPTOP, an old railroad ghost town settled in 1877. There is still a bar, a chapel, a depot, and dance hall up there! The fall foliage was amazing, the crowd was friendly and the music…
  • LOVED the PBS “Boomer List” show!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    “I have wrinkles — Let that be a part of the story!”  – Kim Cattrall Hope the rest of you were able to catch this American Masters program last night! Filled with intimate mini-interviews with a wide variety of notable boomers, I found this program both thoughtful and inspiring! Here they share what they have learned from living life, while also encapsulating the unique experience of growing up a boomer. I could relate to so many of their experiences. I found these interviews quite validating! These intimate slices of life are what I also tried to capture with my…
  • Domestic Violence and NFL Players

    midlifecrisisqueen
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Everyone seems to be wringing their hands about domestic violence these days mainly because they seem to think that it is something we can do nothing about. That is BULL! As a therapist who has changed her entire outlook and life in the past ten years, I would like to say people can change a lot at any age, with the proper counseling and assistance.  Nancy Giles said it best yesterday (view it here) when she said get some counseling you guys!  You can CERTAINLY afford it! This is NOT BRAIN SURGERY!  This is a gigantic quality of life issue for yourself and everyone around you!
 
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    The New Old Age

  • An End-of-Life Nightmare

    By The New York Times
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Joseph Andrey, 91, wanted to die at home. As is often the case, he died in a hospital instead.
  • Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease

    By Paula Span
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Alzheimer's occurs more often among older people who have used benzodiazepines for long periods, researchers report.
  • Donating the Body

    By Paula Span
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    He wanted his body given to a medical school or research organization. It wasn't that simple.
  • On New Measurements of Aging

    By Judith Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Warren Sanderson, a professor of social and behavioral sciences at Stony Brook University, is working on ways to define aging other than the passing of years. "Everything is changing about 65-year-olds," he said.
  • Tougher Than They Look

    By Paula Span
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Researchers have written for years about resilience in the elderly. Now they're trying to measure it.
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    Beyond MidLifeBloggers

  • 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 […]
  • Write Right Tutoring

    Jane Gassner
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    You’re a newly minted high school graduate or a mature student going back to get your degree. Either way, what makes you nervous about your college days ahead is the idea of all that writing you’re going to have to do.
 
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    vintage everyday

  • Last Photographs of James Dean Taken Hours before His Death in 1955

    John VE
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    On the morning of September 30, 1955 James Dean picked up his new Porshe Spyder that he recently purchased at an autoshop in Hollywood where he was having his car serviced in preparation for a race he was entering Salinas. Since the Porsche had less than the required mileage to enter the race Dean decided to drive the car up himself and was accompanied by mechanic Rolf Wutherich.On the way up at 3:30pm Dean was given a citation for speeding and afterwards he and Wutherich stopped at Blackwell’s Corner to purchase some apples. Shortly after continuing they approached an intersection near…
  • Rare Female Portraits of Rural America from 1909-1912

    John VE
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Hundreds of female portraits made by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum, who rode the trains to the small towns of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.See more »
  • Clint Eastwood skating on the street of Rome, ca. 1960s

    John VE
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
  • Photos of Ball-point Bathing Suits Party in January 1950

    John VE
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    In 1950, LIFE Magazine published photos from an event dubbed “Ball Point Bathing Suits”… a racy cocktail party / fashion show at which popular strip cartoonists were invited to draw all over models in white swimtanks.“All that’s missing is a bunch of those cartoon sweat drops surrounding the heads of these guys as they try to get a ballpoint pen to draw over the nylon-encased curves of the models” wrote Heidi McDonald, setting off a small re-post virus.See more »
  • Gang of Teen Girls, ca. 1930s

    John VE
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Laptop Recycling

    ironik
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    With technologies quickly progressing at near light speed, there are several factors to increase your outdated laptop for your newest and fastest model. Within the space of just 24 months, a laptop can be in the market leader towards the bottom on the technological pile. As many of us upgrade our technology, we are left with our old, outdated laptops. These laptops might be recycled. In actual fact, recycling laptops has some good added benefits. Read on to get a handful of of them. Ok, so who’s guilty of hoarding goods they no longer use any more? I know I’m. On average, around a…
  • Tucson Stop and Go Driving School References

    ironik
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    How to Opt for a Driving School To get a couple of of us, the which means of driving school is spending a few horrified hours with parent/sibling inside a neighborhood street or even an empty parking lot. Nonetheless, the genuine meaning of Watch our Video would be to be trained by an professional in driving through driver education programs. In many of the states, you’ve got to earn a qualification from an authorized driving school to have your license. Nonetheless, driving lessons aren’t just about getting a driver’s license; it really is also associated towards the safety…
  • Tucson Stop and Go Driving School Hints

    ironik
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Tips on how to Choose a Driving School For any handful of of us, the which means of driving school is spending a few horrified hours with parent/sibling in a neighborhood street or even an empty parking lot. Even so, the real meaning of Our Youtube Video would be to be trained by an expert in driving via driver education programs. In the majority of the states, you have got to earn the diploma from an authorized driving school to have your license. Even so, driving lessons are not just about getting a driver’s license; it can be also related for the safety of your driver. A lot of…
  • Tucson Stop and Go Driving School Strategies

    ironik
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Tips on how to Select a Driving School For any handful of of us, the meaning of driving school is spending a couple of horrified hours with parent/sibling within a neighborhood street or even an empty parking lot. Even so, the real which means of Stop and Go Driving School in Tucson will be to be trained by an expert in driving by way of driver education applications. In the majority of the states, you have to earn the diploma from an authorized driving school to acquire your license. Nevertheless, driving lessons are usually not just about getting a driver’s license; it’s also…
  • Phoenix Process Server Options

    ironik
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Why You may need to Hire a Process Server? What do you do when you need to have to deliver initial court papers to a defending party? You make contact with an skilled procedure server. Phoenix law also demands precisely the same thing; nevertheless, an independent party also can do that job. Court papers which include a writ, subpoena, and summons is often delivered only through Phoenix Process Servers. As you understand, court documents are vital and you can’t rely on an independent party. Can you handle the documents to anyone? Not surprisingly not! That’s why you need a…
 
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • 100 Thousand Poets for Change Today in New Orleans

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    100 Thousand Poets for Change, New Orleans3 pm today, Zeitgest Theater 1618 Oretha Castle Hailey Blvd.$5 donation at door #NOLA #poets
  • Black Teen,14, Killed for Allegedly Wielding BB Gun (video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Tuesday evening, Houma, Louisiana, deputies shot and killed 14-year-old Cameron Tillman when the teen opened a door while allegedly holding a BB gun. The shooting occurred less than 24 hours before an Ohio grand jury declined to indict police officers who shot to death John Crawford III, a black man who was holding a BB gun in a Walmart that he found on the store's shelves. He was talking on
  • The Blacklist: Now 'No Sugar in My Coffee' is stuck in my head (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Yes, I did watch the season two premiere of The Blacklist on NBC last night, and naturally, it was only predictable in its hotness, but now I've got "No Sugar in My Coffee" by Caught A Ghost stuck in my head. You may, too: "Don't want no sugar in my coffee. It makes me mean, lawd! It makes me mean." It's not a bad earworm to have. The song is from the Los Angeles trio's debut album/CD Human
  • Ali, Hutchinson - Daniele Watts did not make you look dumb

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Wait. Did I miss something? When did Daniele Watts call up Najee Ali of Project Islam Hope and Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Urban Policy Roundtable and ask either of them to defend her or protest on her behalf? Today I read that these two “Civil Rights leaders,” as described by CBS Los Angeles, have called for Watts to apologize for making them "look dumb." They declare that last week, when
  • I've taken the Paper.li plunge with Bell, Book, and Scandal

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Having run an actual newspaper/magazine before, I was fascinated when I saw the first Paper.li paper tweeted to me on Twitter. I don't remember who tweeted me all those months ago, but before long it seemed that every other day someone sent a tweet directing me to his or her Paper.li paper. Since I had already been thinking about narrowing my focus to books, publishing, entertainment, and
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Dog Surfing Contest 2014

    Suzanne
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach was last weekend. A few years ago, I shot the event and met a nice man named Colin. Colin has a landseer (black and white) Newfoundland dog named George. Colin has stayed in touch with me. He lives in Toronto, Canada, and decided to bring George back to California for this year’s surfing event. Colin invited me to come shoot the surfing contest. I was thrilled to be provided a coveted “puparazzi” media pass. Here’s a photo of Colin and George before the event: Colin and George check out the waves. It was great to see…
  • Snippets

    Suzanne
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Tomorrow I’ll be posting photos of this year’s dog surfing contest – Surf City Surf Dog. The event was held over the weekend. I had a media pass stating I was one of the “Puparazzi.” I haven’t had time to go through all my photos yet. In the meantime, I wanted to update you on a few other things. •  First of all, thank you to everyone for the outpouring of concern for my sister. She’s in the hospital still, of course. I was able to talk to her very briefly last night. She has a long road ahead of her, but she’s making improvements. I…
  • Puppy Love

    Suzanne
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    How adorable is he? Sooooo adorable!
  • Granola Recipe

    Suzanne
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Last weekend, my friends served me delicious homemade granola. I didn’t want to bother them by asking for the recipe. I figured I could come pretty close figuring it out on my own. The great thing about granola is you can serve it so many different ways. My friends served me a sliced nectarine in milk with a small amount of granola sprinkled over the top. (Granola is high in calories so, for most of us, it’s wise not to consume huge quantities at one sitting.) You can use it as a topper on fruit, ice cream, and/or frozen yogurt. You can sprinkle a little on top of pancakes or…
  • I Am A Neanderthal

    Suzanne
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    I don’t know how to begin this post other than to inform you I’m a sub-species of human. Wait … let me first tell you I have a big rib cage which I’ve always hated. I passed it on to my daughter who hates it also. With that as background, I’m now going to share with you the text stream my daughter and I had two nights ago. ME:  Pretty sure we have big ribs because we’re Neanderthals. Daughter:  Probably. ME:  No, I’m serious.  I did a 23andMe DNA check and it says I’m in the 99th percentile for the amount of Neanderthal for living humans.
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    Anali's First Amendment

  • The Next Amendment

    Lisa Johnson
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For over eight years, this has been my blog home. It's not an overstatement to say that this blog has literally changed my life and opened it up in many ways. I've learned to dream big here and to believe in the possibility. My first post on this blog was on April 29th, but it was about my birthday being September 11th. I really didn't know what to expect back then, but it has been quite a
  • Massachusetts Primary: Vote Tuesday, September 9th!

    Lisa Johnson
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The state primary has snuck up on us! Hopefully everyone will remember and get out and vote tomorrow. Take a look at the primary candidates and do some research if you haven't already. It's no secret here that I'm a Democrat. I like Martha Coakley for Governor and Warren Tolman for Attorney General. I have to do a bit of research for Lieutenant Governor and Treasurer. There are some
  • 3 Boston Freebies This Weekend!

    Lisa Johnson
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    If you're looking for some free things to do this weekend, here are three. 1.   Free Watercolor Painting Workshops Boston Parks & Recreation is offering free outdoor watercolor painting workshops in different parts of the city on different weekend days this month from 12pm to 2pm. The first workshop is on Saturday, September 6th.  Meet at the Christopher Columbus Statue in the North End. On
  • September is National Yoga Month + Black Girl Yoga

    Lisa Johnson
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    I found this video on For Harriet. It is hilarious! As someone who has often been the only black girl in my yoga class, I can identify! The video is by Boston's own Obehi Janice, creator of Fufu & Oreos. Since September is National Yoga Month, this seems like a fun way to kick off the yoga festivities! Take a look here for events near you. Namaste. Anali's First Amendment © 2006-2014. All
  • A Graphic Novel on Turning Sweet 16 on 9/11

    Lisa Johnson
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    On this blog, I've written about how my birthday is on September 11th. There is a Facebook group for those of us who have the same birthday. Since 2001, our birthdays have taken on a whole new meaning and it has shaped our lives. It definitely gets better with each passing year, but it's still always there. Recently I was at the doctor's office and someone brought up how it must be so difficult
 
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane and Music

    Average Jane
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    This month, I've been exposed to a wonderful variety of live music. Of course, I've already told you about my fantastic Pura Vida Tequila/Uproar Festival experience, but here's a rundown of the other performances I've been to over the past few weeks. On September 2nd, I met up with my dad and some of his friends to go to Knucklehead's Saloon and see Eric Lindell & Co. Eric is a New Orleans-style blues guitarist and he played a nice mix of songs that I recognized from past albums and new songs I'd never heard before.  He's also my first cousin once…
  • Average Jane's Neighborhood Woodchuck

    Average Jane
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    We have a woodchuck (a.k.a. a groundhog) living under our deck. At least I thought we did until I talked to my neighbors last weekend and learned that they think of it as the woodchuck that lives under their deck. So it turns out that there's a very spoiled woodchuck in our neighborhood with at least two luxury dens. This woodchuck is just shy enough to make sure we don't try to do anything crazy like touch it, but it's bold enough that we see it pretty often. It suns itself on our patio, grazes in all parts of the yard, and sometimes just peers out from under our deck steps.
  • Average Jane Parties With Rock Stars

    Average Jane
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Man, what a fun time I had at Uproar Festival! I'll start with huge thanks to Pura Vida Tequila for providing my ticket and VIP access. Now I'll tell you about my day (this is going to be a long post, but it has fun pictures!). I got to the amphitheatre early so I could catch all the bands. I actually arrived before the gates opened and I could hear one of the security ladies shouting about restrictions on the types of bags you could bring in. I was carrying my Jump from Paper bag which was probably well outside their allowed parameters, but I decided to take a chance because I…
  • Average Jane Prepares to Party

    Average Jane
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    You know I love hard rock/metal and I've also been known to enjoy a mixed drink or two. Thus, when I ran across the opportunity to attend the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as a guest of Pura Vida Tequila and take part in the #815tequilatime premium tequila shot with Sully Erna and the rest of Godsmack, well of course I signed up! The lineup for Uproar Festival is awesome: Godsmack Seether Skillet Pop Evil These Raven Skies Buckcherry Escape the Fate Within Reason Sons of Revelry I've only seen a couple of those bands live before, so I'm really looking…
  • Average Jane Tells You Why You Should Microchip Your Pet

    Average Jane
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    When I woke up on Wednesday morning, my husband told me that he and another night owl friend had been eating at our local 24-hour Steak and Shake the night before and encountered a friendly stray cat. It had come up to them while they were chatting in the parking lot and made itself at home on the hoods of their cars. It was so sweet and nice that they asked around at the restaurant and nearby motel and learned that it had been hanging around for quite a while, making friends and presumably scoring food from anyone willing to offer some. So they brought it home. "Did I do the right…
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    Cindy La Ferle's Home Office

  • 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 […]
  • The not-so-empty nest

    Cindy La Ferle
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Come fall, I can’t resist the maternal impulse to shop for back-to-school supplies, even though it’s been a while since I’ve had a student at home. My only child did exactly what most parents hope their kids will do: He grew up, earned a degree from the university of his choice, found a place of […]
  • Zen and construction dust

    Cindy La Ferle
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Like many flood victims in Oakland County, we’ll soon have a dumpster in our driveway and a construction crew in the basement. Watching our contractor haul rolls of soggy carpeting to the curb this morning, I recalled the following column, which I wrote in 2003. The full version is reprinted in Writing Home. Zen and Remodeling We are […]
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    Candelaria Silva

  • 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…
  • From the job boards – 5

    Candelaria Silva
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    I occasionally share interesting job postings, and my thoughts about them, on this blog.  Here is the latest crop. Tudor needed for college Oceanography (Perhaps the tutoring should start with learning to spell the word tutor.)  Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist This wins for most provocative title.  Description: The Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist reports to the Senior Director of Health and Wellness to further the university’s commitment to develop and implement education programs for the prevention of sexual misconduct. S/he will also have an important dotted line…
  • Blind Auditions – One tool to end discrimination in classical music at least

    Candelaria Silva
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    My mother is an article clipper and sharer, a practice she passed along to me.  We send articles and cartoons  to each other by postal mail regularly.  I send articles and cartoons to my kids, family and friends and leave them  on my husband’s dresser as  well.  (Yes, I send emails with links as well, but I like clipping physical articles better. I actually Keep envelopes addressed to my most frequent victims recipients near by stuffing them until full and ready to post.) It is a habit I’m cutting way back on because of the potential annoyance factor and because sending an article…
 
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    Granny Sue's News and Reviews: West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue's Daily Blog

  • Tomorrow: Museum Day Storytelling in Marietta, OH

    Granny Sue
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A beautiful autumn day. Soft waters of the Ohio River flowing by. Two museums on the riverbank. Four storytellers. Can it get any better than that? Jeff and I, on the river in Pomeroy, OHTomorrow is Museum Day, a day to get out an enjoy what the museums in your neck of the woods have to offer. Two of Marietta's museums teamed up to celebrate with a day of stories and music. Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum will be hosting events all day and I am happy to be part of the celebration. I'll be joined by storytellers Judi Tarowsky and Stephen Hollen and my sometimes-partner-in-crime,…
  • Ah, Fall! A Garden Stroll

    Granny Sue
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The weather has been incredible the last week or so. Cool, and crisp, and one night so chilly that I heard a few people around our county had light frost. Fall has certainly arrived. We've spent most evenings around the firepit, enjoying the fire and the company of our three dogs. Before we settled in by the fire last night I took my camera for a quick walk around the gardens, trying to catch some of the color and light of a glorious autumn evening.These little sunflowers are volunteers planted by an industrious chipmunk who was stealing bird seed. We had several little patches of these…
  • In Search of Ghosts

    Granny Sue
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    I mentioned before that I am working on plans for a ghost walk to be held in my town of Ripley--I call it my town since it's the one closest to us and where I do most of my shopping. I thought I knew the history, basically, of this town but I am finding I know just the tip of the iceberg and as I search for ghost stories connected with the area, the history is becoming pretty important.I don't know about other storytellers or ghost story collectors, but I need to know the place where the events happened. That means digging into online records, books, genealogy and even those sites with the…
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    Jan's Sushi Bar

  • 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…
  • The Button Infinity Scarf

    Jan
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Say hello to The Incredible Shrinking Girl. Since moving in with us in late April, Darling Daughter has lost about 50 pounds.  It’s amazing what can happen when you simply cut junk out of your diet.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she has a pretty physically demanding job (which she loves) Above is the photo she posted to Facebook last night to show off the infinity scarf I made for her.  You have to admit, the girl knows how to take a selfie. The photo I took is a little less flattering (it doesn’t help that ALL of her clothes are just hanging on her these days), but…
  • Ginger-Peach Crisp

    Jan
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Well, another crazy weekend came and went. Oh, who am I kidding?  My whole life is crazy, and it’s not going to be any less crazy until about November.  If I’m lucky. At any rate, my Young Diabetic Friend accompanied us on our rounds this Saturday to pick up our eggs and CSA share.  We also visited a couple of (tiny but good) farmer’s markets, as well as our friends at Whitefeather Meats where I bought the most incredible bison short ribs; they promptly became dinner. Because no matter how often I post recipes like this, I’m always going to looooooooove my…
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    Nanny Goats in Panties

  • 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…
  • How to Get to 10,000 Steps on Your Fitbit

    Margaret
    18 May 2014 | 11:08 am
    Hello! And welcome to Exercise is Futile, the program where we show you all the crazy ways to move your body around even though we all know its pointless because you’ll probably get run over by a giant duck wearing a bow tie on his way to the dentist tomorrow anyway, am I right? I am your host, Suzy Tiptoes, and on today’s program, we’re going to tell you how to get your 10,000 steps in while traveling. First, fly somewhere. Anywhere. Make sure your flight connects to another one via the Dallas Fort-Worth airport with a five-hour layover. Second, fly American Airlines…
 
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    Privilege

  • It’s My Birthday And This Is What I Wanted

    Lisa
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    I turn 58 today. My loved ones are generous, I am well-fêted, but doesn’t everyone like to give themselves a little present on their birthday? Here’s mine. No, not a Crystal Palace girder extravaganza, nor a gig at Javits Center. The book. It’s Lena Dunham’s, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.” As it turns out, Ms. Dunham very considerately picked my birthday to launch her new endeavor. Thanks honey. When I was young I would in fact have been sad about Lena. I would have felt jealous, wished to have her platform, as…
  • Something Other Than Listsicles, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:48am

    Lisa
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I want to thank whoever recommended The Browser to me. A hunt through the blog comments and email yielded no name, so you remain our mystery informant. In March, I wrote here that I felt uneducated, with respect to the world. Everyone gave me great recommendations. Six months later, The Browser has made perhaps the most noticeable difference in my knowledge, or at least to my sense of my own knowledge. What I actually know or don’t know, well, who can say, of course. But in the past 6 months I’ve read articles on Putin, power politics, US foreign policy, historical research, the…
  • The One Piece Of Clothing I Might Buy This Fall, OK Maybe Two Or Three

    Lisa
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Around the world, seasons are changing. Australia welcomes Spring, the East Coast of the United States prepares for Autumn, we here in Northern California await, well, black denim. It’s a myth that California has no seasons. At least in the North. We’ve got them, of a subtle and simple variety. Above all, we live by Rain Or No Rain. This morning, as I write, it’s raining for the first time in ages, so happy in this year of pronounced drought. Beyond water, we feel our seasons in small shifts, the gold of the light in late afternoon, the first morning the front door opens to…
  • The Kind Of Garden Just About Anyone Can Grow

    Lisa
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Of all my retirement projects, my container garden may provide the most small and bubbling happinesses. I started it back in July, from seed. I planted Grandpa Ott morning glories, sweet alyssum, purple basil, and delphiniums. If you are hypothesizing that this led to an all-purple extravaganza, you are quite right. But it took time. The morning glories grew first. Like crazy. The alyssum sprouted too. The basil dilly-dallied, the delphiniums did nothing. I pouted. Then, before we left for England, I threw some petunias in one of the pots to compensate for my laggards. I set up a drip tubing…
  • Why We Need Women In Tech, Or, Saturday Morning at 10:20am

    Lisa
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Did you know that when you look to start a business built on software, you are likely to be told you need a technical co-founder? Someone who can build the first working prototype of your  product, be it website, phone app, or refrigerator that can order milk? Someone who will code for free, for however long, before anyone will invest? No? Understandable. I would expect it to be news to many, as, despite working in Silicon Valley tech since the 1990s, I am surprised. I found out in recent investigations of a business I might like to start myself. But so what, right? So what if capital flows…
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    Out On The Stoop

  • On This Day It is About the Choices

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

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

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

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

    Gena
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    An old school friend, Mike and I were talking about rail transportation. He likes to make videos about the trains he uses to commute to various cities. I like to watch them because I remember siting in those seats with the view of an industrial skyline.It was a living metaphors of wanting to go somewhere. I was on trains all of the time. Train videos connect me with my past and present time.I hope that I will live to see hi-speed rail lines in California. I think it would be great for the environment and economy. It is a big state and no they will not carve it up into six islands of…
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • THE END OF AN ERA

    Hill Country Hippie
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    A lot has changed in this sleepy little town since we bought our house here almost ten years ago. At that time it was still "off the beaten track" -- not right off any major highways, so not terribly easy to get to. That's what we liked about it! But we weren't the only ones, and the more people came here, the more things began to change. We went from one stoplight to four or five. The name was officially changed from Village of Wimberley to just plain Wimberley. We finally went "wet" and our little grocery store doubled in size, in order to make room for wine and beer. Still, the people of…
  • FOUR & A HALF WEEKS AND COUNTING: ACCESSORIES A' LA TWENTIES

    Hill Country Hippie
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Finding a dress for a "Speakeasy" themed wedding -- especially one for a well-padded mother-of-the-bride who's quickly closing in on her 61st birthday -- was not easy. However, it was a breeze compared to finding all the right accessories to go with it!My dress has these rhinestone straps and cuffs.So, instead of wearing the obligatory long strands of pearls, I started looking for something with rhinestones and a vintage feel. I was hoping for something long and multi-stranded, but finally I settled for this.Wouldn't you know, just a short time later I stopped at Penney's to shop for undies,…
  • BOOT SIGHTING: KING FEED

    Hill Country Hippie
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    If you've ever read this blog before, you've probably seen me mention King Feed -- my favo-rite store in all of Wimberley. Whether you need plants, paint or patio furniture, chickens, Keen shoes or Carhart jackets, King Feed is the place! So it was really no surprise that they would have the awsome-est of boots hiding inside...incorporating three of my favo-rite things! Mosaic + Native Plants + Color-Madness? It just doesn't get any better than that!
  • A PERFECT DAY

    Hill Country Hippie
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Oh Fall! How do I love the? Let me count the ways:Cool, crisp morning walks, complete with beautiful sunrises and lots of signs that the Cantina Garden is finally awakening from its late summer dormancy.An al fresco lunch with the in-laws-to-be, out on the beautiful terrace behind Inoz', overlooking Cypress Creek...where we had a "passing of the albums." (Holly was kind enough to share with me a huge family album, where I could see pictures of Little Nate growing up. She also encouraged me to contribute something to the beautiful wedding album she has created for Lex and Nate. I felt honored…
  • BOOTIFUL WIMBERLEY

    Hill Country Hippie
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    People in the Texas Hill Country tend to be passionate about their boots, whether they actually need them for ranching or not. For one thing, trying to do the two-step or Cotton-eyed Joe in street shoes just looks silly, now doesn't it? We even have a lady here in Wimberley who is known as The Boot Whisperer. It is said that all she has to do is study your feet for a moment to know exactly which pair of boots would be the perfect match for you.So, what did the Wimberley Vally Arts & Cultural Alliance choose when they wanted to place hand-painted sculptures around town?Why, six-foot-tall…
 
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    BOOMER WORLD

  • Job Search Tips for Boomers

    Beverly Mahone
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    In September of last year, I made a tough decision to return to the workforce after a seven-year attempt to make it as an entrepreneur. I am still working.Going back to work put me in an environment I left for good reason. I didn't like the idea of working for younger bosses who thought they knew everything and didn't value what older workers brought to the table. I found it impossible to deal with younger co-workers who had the same attitudes. But I am not going to use this space to vent about the past. I am moving onward and upward in a new direction.Over the past several years, this blog…
  • No Pain No Gain

    Beverly Mahone
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    After leaving the gym one day this week I had the nerve to come home and complain about how sore I was. My loving, encouraging husband said, "That means you've pushed yourself to another level. No pain--no gain." That reminded me of a conversation I had with my daughter a few years ago.Once when she was in college, she called and asked me to pray for her because she felt like she was losing her focus. She said college life and the work involved had become overwhelming. As cruel as it may sound to you, the first thing I said to her was “Welcome to the next journey of your REAL world.”No…
  • Job or Career After 50

    Beverly Mahone
    6 Jan 2014 | 5:15 pm
    If you're at least 50 years old chances are you've had a few jobs over the course of your lifetime. As for me, I'm going on job #11 (not including my own business start-up). The overwhelming number of those jobs were supposed to lead to advancement on my career track. A few did, while others simply moved me into another tax bracket.So here I am, closer to retirement, working in a JOB that has moved me totally out of my comfort zone and into a world that I have been totally unfamiliar with: time clocks, micro-management, and younger bosses. My ego-driven personality would find this job…
  • Be Prepared for Discrimination in the Workplace after 50

    Beverly Mahone
    31 Dec 2013 | 4:16 am
    Several months before I decided to leave television news for good in 2006, I was passed over for a promotion by a woman nearly half my age. She became my boss. Although she was physically attractive, she left much to be desired mentally. She constantly sought help from her subordinates who, because they were hot-blooded males, were more than happy to oblige. I, on the other hand, wasn't into information sharing. I figured if she was getting paid double my salary to do what I had already been doing, then she needed to figure out on her own how to do her job.What happened to me is indicative of…
  • Returning to Work After 50

    Beverly Mahone
    22 Dec 2013 | 6:48 pm
    In September of this year, I made a tough decision to return to corporate America after a seven year hiatus since trying to make it as an entrepreneur didn't quite turn out like I hoped it would.When I left the news business I was in my late forties. Now that I'm four years shy of 60, I see that so much has changed and I am having to learn how to adapt. I chose not to return to my chosen career of "established media" because, quite frankly, I no longer have the stomach for "breaking news" that starts out with A LOT of half-truths and stations always trying to out do the competition.
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    BoomerCafé ... it's your place

  • Baby boomers, reinvent yourselves

    Cafe
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Jan Marino of the Chicago suburb of Lisle, Illinois, is all about reinventing yourself.  That is her expertise, her career, the subject of her book.  Now Jan has written for BoomerCafé about new challenges and the opportunities that come from them for baby boomers who are reinventing themselves.  It’s called “income streaming.” The days of having one job for your entire career are gone.  The days of working well into our 80s are here.  The days of multiple jobs and income streams are definitely here to stay.  What does that mean and what does this model look like? Jan Marino It…
  • One baby boomer’s elementary school memories

    Cafe
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Since here at BoomerCafé we can’t remember much at all about our childhoods, we’re thrilled when another baby boomer writes in about his or her memories. So we now present Elementary School Memories by boomer Martin Levinson, now of Forest Hills, New York. He seems to remember almost every moment. During the 1950s, when I was a pupil at Public School 241 in Brooklyn, formal weekly “assemblies” were held in the school auditorium. At these get-togethers, boys had to wear white shirts and red ties. If a young man forgot his tie, his teacher gave him a red fabric scrap to put on. Girls…
  • Baby boomers stay healthy by knowing good foods and bad ones

    Cafe
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Baby boomers stay healthy because we are the first generation to come through life aware of the differences between good foods and bad ones. Which is why we think this piece (with its uniquely British spelling) from The Telegraph in London is worth looking at. Ross Edgley is a sports scientist and former Olympic conditioning coach. And he writes about “Four poisonous foods every man should avoid.” Unfortunately, he says, canned baked beans are one of them! No, this article isn’t a health warning about those poisonous mushrooms living under that rock at the bottom of your garden. Nor is…
  • A boomer’s memory of The Cool Girls

    Cafe
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ah, memories. For boomers, plenty good and, well, plenty bad. Valparaiso, Indiana writer Joyce Hicks has a few herself, and one of them went from bad, to good … but it took 50 years. It’s about The Cool Girls. In my sixth-grade class the hierarchy of coolness was already well established by looks and parental occupations. I was middling cool with girlfriends like me. My status reflected disadvantages physical and social. I wore glasses, my hair hung in sausage curls, and my father was an English teacher. Joyce Hicks One Friday I begged my parents to let me wear my new store-bought dress.
  • Has vague language become vogue?

    Cafe
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    So are we baby boomers the last generation to write and speak proper English? Like, are we? BoomerCafé publisher and co-founder David Henderson bemoans the way grammar in America has taken such a steep dive into murkiness. It has dropped to new lows from the high standards he learned back in Mrs. Roth’s high school English class … new lows that are practiced at the highest levels. It wasn’t too long ago that the slang known as “valley girl speak” was the brunt of jokes. There was even a 1990s movie – “Clueless” – that poked fun at “valspeak.” Valspeak…
 
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    Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty »

  • 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…
  • Animated Gif Monday – Miss Texas Bad Pitch

    Going Like Sixty
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Heres some old fun postsGeeky Animated Gif MondayGeeky Animated Gif Monday – Flapping FlyerGeeky Animated Gif MondayGeeky Animated Gif Monday – Labor Day at the Beach?Geeky Animated Gif MondayThe post Animated Gif Monday – Miss Texas Bad Pitch appeared first on Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty.
  • The Costa Rica Adventures Have Ended – It’s Now Routine (Almost)

    Going Like Sixty
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Me, Sedona and Derby shortly after arriving in Costa Rica. After moving to Costa Rica three years ago, we had a lot of adventures. Early on almost ever day brought a new and different experience. Nancy called them “adventures.”  The adventures became less frequent and now I think it’s safe to say that after three years we are feeling a routine. Here are some ways the adventures have changed to routine: We learned: spanish numbers well enough to pay the exact amount rather than handing over a large bill – or a handful of coins for the clerks to help themself. We…
  • Retired.

    Going Like Sixty
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    My friend, and Corvette builder, Jim told me the last time he visited that our road was “chewing up my tires.” Today I retired the front two tires. I bought four new tires, on June 11, 2013… didn’t note the mileage, but I promise you the above tires have only a few thousand miles (if that) of wear. I saved the paperwork for the 48 month “guarantee” but didn’t expect much in the way of an adjustment. Yes, it was for 48 months with no limit on mileage. I wasn’t disappointed, I got nada. The tires were bought from Pricesmart. PriceSmart Inc. is the…
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  • Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bear

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bearWashington State PatrolA 19-year-old woman was driving with this giant stuffed animal when she was pulled over by Washington State Patrol.Why she was fined close to $1KMore to watchStrangers save tree trimmer's lifeTeen's cat photo makes yearbook
  • Planet's survival depends on vital specimens

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Planet's survival depends on vital specimensGettyUnderstanding how animals and plants once thrived could help reduce the effect of an impending threat.Millions of species being analyzedMore about living greenInspiring film sparks actionGisele Bundchen's views on climate
  • Are men or women more vain?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Are men or women more vain?GettyWomen get a bad rap as the gender focused on vanity, but men may now be giving them a run for their money. Trends that may surprise youMore to seeDo you embarass your kids? Parents that drink too much
  • Stolen pet Yorkie found six years later

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Stolen pet Yorkie found six years laterWTHRA woman was shocked when she got a call years after Bailey was taken from her Texas backyard.Unlikely place she was discovered More to seeJulie Andrews at 13 sings for kingTinder advice from NBA stars
  • Can just anyone wear jeggings?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Can just anyone wear jeggings?shutterstockBeauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says that jeggings are still in -- so keep wearing them under one condition.7 more tips from our expertMore from Marlo ThomasWorkplace fashion don'tsHottest new jewelry trends
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  • Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bear

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bearWashington State PatrolA 19-year-old woman was driving with this giant stuffed animal when she was pulled over by Washington State Patrol.Why she was fined close to $1KMore to watchStrangers save tree trimmer's lifeTeen's cat photo makes yearbook
  • Planet's survival depends on vital specimens

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Planet's survival depends on vital specimensGettyUnderstanding how animals and plants once thrived could help reduce the effect of an impending threat.Millions of species being analyzedMore about living greenInspiring film sparks actionGisele Bundchen's views on climate
  • Are men or women more vain?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Are men or women more vain?GettyWomen get a bad rap as the gender focused on vanity, but men may now be giving them a run for their money. Trends that may surprise youMore to seeDo you embarass your kids? Parents that drink too much
  • Stolen pet Yorkie found six years later

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Stolen pet Yorkie found six years laterWTHRA woman was shocked when she got a call years after Bailey was taken from her Texas backyard.Unlikely place she was discovered More to seeJulie Andrews at 13 sings for kingTinder advice from NBA stars
  • Can just anyone wear jeggings?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Can just anyone wear jeggings?shutterstockBeauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says that jeggings are still in -- so keep wearing them under one condition.7 more tips from our expertMore from Marlo ThomasWorkplace fashion don'tsHottest new jewelry trends
 
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  • Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bear

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bearWashington State PatrolA 19-year-old woman was driving with this giant stuffed animal when she was pulled over by Washington State Patrol.Why she was fined close to $1KMore to watchStrangers save tree trimmer's lifeTeen's cat photo makes yearbook
  • Planet's survival depends on vital specimens

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Planet's survival depends on vital specimensGettyUnderstanding how animals and plants once thrived could help reduce the effect of an impending threat.Millions of species being analyzedMore about living greenInspiring film sparks actionGisele Bundchen's views on climate
  • Are men or women more vain?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Are men or women more vain?GettyWomen get a bad rap as the gender focused on vanity, but men may now be giving them a run for their money. Trends that may surprise youMore to seeDo you embarass your kids? Parents that drink too much
  • Stolen pet Yorkie found six years later

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Stolen pet Yorkie found six years laterWTHRA woman was shocked when she got a call years after Bailey was taken from her Texas backyard.Unlikely place she was discovered More to seeJulie Andrews at 13 sings for kingTinder advice from NBA stars
  • Can just anyone wear jeggings?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Can just anyone wear jeggings?shutterstockBeauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says that jeggings are still in -- so keep wearing them under one condition.7 more tips from our expertMore from Marlo ThomasWorkplace fashion don'tsHottest new jewelry trends
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  • Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bear

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bearWashington State PatrolA 19-year-old woman was driving with this giant stuffed animal when she was pulled over by Washington State Patrol.Why she was fined close to $1KMore to watchStrangers save tree trimmer's lifeTeen's cat photo makes yearbook
  • Planet's survival depends on vital specimens

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Planet's survival depends on vital specimensGettyUnderstanding how animals and plants once thrived could help reduce the effect of an impending threat.Millions of species being analyzedMore about living greenInspiring film sparks actionGisele Bundchen's views on climate
  • Are men or women more vain?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Are men or women more vain?GettyWomen get a bad rap as the gender focused on vanity, but men may now be giving them a run for their money. Trends that may surprise youMore to seeDo you embarass your kids? Parents that drink too much
  • Stolen pet Yorkie found six years later

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Stolen pet Yorkie found six years laterWTHRA woman was shocked when she got a call years after Bailey was taken from her Texas backyard.Unlikely place she was discovered More to seeJulie Andrews at 13 sings for kingTinder advice from NBA stars
  • Can just anyone wear jeggings?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Can just anyone wear jeggings?shutterstockBeauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says that jeggings are still in -- so keep wearing them under one condition.7 more tips from our expertMore from Marlo ThomasWorkplace fashion don'tsHottest new jewelry trends
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  • Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bear

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Teenager ticketed $818 ... for teddy bearWashington State PatrolA 19-year-old woman was driving with this giant stuffed animal when she was pulled over by Washington State Patrol.Why she was fined close to $1KMore to watchStrangers save tree trimmer's lifeTeen's cat photo makes yearbook
  • Planet's survival depends on vital specimens

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Planet's survival depends on vital specimensGettyUnderstanding how animals and plants once thrived could help reduce the effect of an impending threat.Millions of species being analyzedMore about living greenInspiring film sparks actionGisele Bundchen's views on climate
  • Are men or women more vain?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Are men or women more vain?GettyWomen get a bad rap as the gender focused on vanity, but men may now be giving them a run for their money. Trends that may surprise youMore to seeDo you embarass your kids? Parents that drink too much
  • Stolen pet Yorkie found six years later

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Stolen pet Yorkie found six years laterWTHRA woman was shocked when she got a call years after Bailey was taken from her Texas backyard.Unlikely place she was discovered More to seeJulie Andrews at 13 sings for kingTinder advice from NBA stars
  • Can just anyone wear jeggings?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Can just anyone wear jeggings?shutterstockBeauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says that jeggings are still in -- so keep wearing them under one condition.7 more tips from our expertMore from Marlo ThomasWorkplace fashion don'tsHottest new jewelry trends
 
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  • When can the government garnish your Social Security?

    Mark Miller
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s a rude awakening for a growing number of seniors: They file for Social Security, then discover that the federal government plans to take part of their benefit to pay off delinquent student loans, tax bills, child support or alimony. The practice came under a spotlight this month when the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released findings on the problem of rising student debt burdens among retirees – and how the government goes after delinquent borrowers by going after wages, tax refunds and Social Security checks. Under federal law, benefits can be attached and…
  • Extreme retirement abroad: How one footloose couple sees the world

    Mark Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Lynne and Tim Martin. Photo: Reto Klar. For Americans looking to retire abroad, deciding where to live can be a challenge. But Lynne and Tim Martin took that question off the table by deciding to retire everywhere and anywhere. In 2011 the couple opted for what might be called extreme retirement abroad: They sold their Paso Robles, California, home, jettisoned all but a few treasured possessions – which they put into a storage locker – and became nomads. Since then, they have lived in short-term rental apartments and houses around the world, usually found through HomeAway.com, the…
  • Time to declare “game over” for active fund management?

    Mark Miller
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Is it time to declare “game over” in the contest between active and passive fund management? Funds are pouring into Vanguard Group’s passively-managed index funds, with total assets at the firm nearing $3 trillion. No less a stock picking legend than Warren Buffett is endorsing passive – he has advised his own trustees to put 90 percent of his estate “in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund (I suggest Vanguard’s).” The trend isn’t limited to Vanguard, of course. Morningstar reports that 68 percent of net fund sales over the past year have gone to passive funds, and they…
  • Retirement insecurity: Two studies underline housing and income challenges

    Mark Miller
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Next Monday marks the sixth anniversary of the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers, a key event in the Wall Street meltdown that led to the Great Recession. The recession wreaked havoc on the retirement plans of millions of Americans, and two studies released last week suggest that most of us haven’t recovered well. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) issued its findings on the challenges we face meeting the housing needs of an aging population in the years ahead. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Board released its triennial Survey of Consumer Finances…
  • Five ways to confront changing healthcare costs in retirement

    Mark Miller
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The cost of health care is one of the biggest out-of-pocket costs facing retirees–and for some, the challenge is getting tougher. Fifteen million retirees on Medicare get supplemental health insurance coverage from their former employers–and another 2 million retirees not yet eligible for Medicare receive primary coverage from their former workplaces, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). But employer coverage is on the verge of major change that will leave retirees footing a larger share of the bill. For retirees over age 65, employer coverage typically…
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  • Can't-Miss Celebrity Pics!

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Jessica Simpson smiled big while out in NYC with Eric Johnson on Tuesday, and on Monday Miranda Kerr made her own smiley appearance during Paris Fashion Week. Kendall Jenner also hit the runway in Paris, while her sister Kim Kardashian made an appearance with Kanye West and their daughter, North. Meanwhile, Channing Tatum was seen on the Georgia set of Magic Mike XXL, and James Marsden was spotted in London. See all that and more with a look at this week's must-see celebrity snaps!
  • 10 Shocking Celebrity Selfies You Didn't Know Existed

    Becca-Frucht
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Ah, the selfie . . . the most indulgent part of social media just got its own TV show, aptly named Selfie, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho. There's no better way to get involved than to discover some awesome under-the-radar snaps from celebs like Lady Gaga and Sofia Vergara, just to name a few.
  • Shay Mitchell Breaks Up With Drake's Best Friend

    Brittney-Stephens
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Shay Mitchell and boyfriend Ryan Silverstein have called it quits - Us Weekly Kim Kardashian has a secret new project - HuffPost Celebrity Amal Alamuddin is a big Oscar de la Renta fan - Lainey Gossip Annie Lennox takes a swipe at Beyoncé - Dlisted Miranda Kerr shows her sexy side in Paris - JustJared Why Gwen Stefani is totally winning The Voice - BuzzFeed Aretha Franklin kills her Adele cover on live TV - Pink Is the New Blog Is LeAnn Rimes photoshopping her family photos? - The Superficial Gone Girl's Emily Ratajkowski covers Cosmo - Hollywood Tuna
  • Jessica Biel's Bikini Body Still Has People Talking

    Brittney-Stephens
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Jessica Biel showed off her body in a bikini during a day at the beach with her family in Maui last week, and we have the exclusive pictures! The actress wore a loose tank top and pants on the sand before wading in the ocean in a black two-piece. We last saw Jessica in a bikini during her birthday getaway in Barbados back in March, and it seems as though her beach body still has people talking. Jessica's recent vacation come on the heels of her big return to TV; she appeared alongside Zooey Deschanel in the season four premiere of New Girl earlier this month, marking the first time she's hit…
  • Look Back at the Best Celebrity Halloween Candids

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Now that Halloween is just around the corner, we're taking a look at the best candids from celebrities that got in the spirit last year. Lots of stars stepped out for festive parties in elaborate costumes: Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady went with The Wizard of Oz getups, Lea Michele sported matching costumes with a friend, and Naya Rivera dressed as an iconic '90s character. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton gave a nod to Miley Cyrus while Miley Cyrus paid homage to Lil' Kim, Nicole Richie and a pal dressed as Twins, and Beyoncé slipped into a sexy angel costume (we can see her halo!). Take a look at…
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • 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…
  • The Random Thrilling Comments in the Life of a Blogger

    arlene
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    There are a lot of us bloggers out there in the world of the Internet. Every single one of us have two things in common: We want a voice, and we want readers. (Strong emphasis on the latter). One of my daily hobbies as a blogger is to look at my analytics for my own Hot Flashes blog. I just love to see the numbers of readers because it validates that people are actually reading my stuff and I am not writing in a vacuum. That’s my reward. I can’t ignore the bonus of the occasional wonderful comment attached to one of my blogs. One good comment — since it is in writing, will…
  • What An 87 Year Old Philly Transplant Thinks of Houston After Six Months

    arlene
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    As many of my readers know, I moved my 87 year old dad here from far away Philadelphia. Although he had visited Houston on many occasions, visiting and living here are two different experiences. When he first arrived, he kept joking that he would have to get boots and a 10 gallon hat, saying it in a Texas drawl. I kept rolling my eyes because that was his attempt at “Texas” humor. After apprising his surroundings for six months, he realized that it isn’t really funny because he hasn’t seen any boots or 10 gallon hats worn on anyone yet. It’s the same assumption…
  • Why My iTunes Shuffle Resembles a Stack of Old 45′s

    arlene
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Why does my iTunes Shuffle resemble a stack of my old 45′s?  I have spoken about my love of music many times, and here is possibly the answer why my brain responds the way it does to music. Still, I wasn’t exactly a rock and roll chick. I was instead, a pop princess. When I was a mere five years old and Paul Anka appeared on American Bandstand crooning Puppy Love – something hit my little baby self like a bolt from the blue. Here were girls swooning over this star, and he was crooning a little pop ditty back to them. That song! that singer! I later had an argument –…
 
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    Walker Thornton

  • 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.
  • Talking Sex-a Weekend at CatalystCon West

    Walker
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I’m sitting in my hotel room in the LA Airport Westin, having the most expensive breakfast in the world (room service!). Catalyst Con starts tomorrow and I’m preparing for my presentation and doing a little writing. I’m also getting revved up for the fun—meeting new people, reconnecting with colleagues and some serious learning! This is how founder, Dee Dennis, sums up Catalyst Con: CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. The conference mission is to reach out and stimulate attendees to create important conversations…
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