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  • 60 is NOT the new 40!

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    In spite of all the nonsense I’ve heard about “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better,” I’m here to tell you I simply do not have the same level of energy I had at 49 or 50. Why do I even remember? Because at 49 I was experiencing serious unemployment for the first time in my life, worrying about losing my home, all while falling in love and eventually changing careers. Those major changes took a lot of energy, but luckily I had plenty of it to spare back then! Now, at almost 60 I find a trip to the grocery store daunting at times… This fact…
  • Aggressive Neighbors in the Nursing Home

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    One in five nursing home residents was involved in mistreatment of a neighbor in the previous month, a new study found.
  • A Rainy Day in Amsterdam, ca. 1908

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    Photo by Bernard Eilers
  • Adhesive Tape Summary

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Adhesive tapes are extremely typical and therefore are virtually regarded household articles, and with excellent explanation. Many people use them to wrap their a variety of gifts and presents, nonetheless you can use these types in a lot of other different techniques. Once you realize a bit more regarding the distinctive varieties of tapes you can get, you realize that the possibilities to employing them are practically endless. Did you know that the very first Scotch tape was first invented within the 1930s and it was practically the incredibly initially invisible tape around the globe?
  • Darren Wilson says he chased Mike Brown in order to protect the back-up he called to protect him

    Whose shoes are these anyway?
    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    By the end of Darren Wilson's testimony, he volunteered an explanation for why he chased unarmed teen Michael Brown, who he describes as "like a demon." Earlier in his testimony, he tells in detail why he was terrified of the youth, who he claims beat him nearly to death in the police car. In the screen shot below, you'll read that Wilson made sure the jury heard that he chased Mike Brown in
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • 60 is NOT the new 40!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    In spite of all the nonsense I’ve heard about “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better,” I’m here to tell you I simply do not have the same level of energy I had at 49 or 50. Why do I even remember? Because at 49 I was experiencing serious unemployment for the first time in my life, worrying about losing my home, all while falling in love and eventually changing careers. Those major changes took a lot of energy, but luckily I had plenty of it to spare back then! Now, at almost 60 I find a trip to the grocery store daunting at times… This fact…
  • Urban versus Rural: Decision Made!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    For those who are new here, my husband Mike and I have been in the process of transitioning from working to retirement in the past year. We started out by exploring land options in southern Colorado, because land is reasonably priced down there, and we needed a break from the total ‘metro’ feel up north. Last December we found some land with great views in the foothills south of Pueblo. We bought a few acres in January. Then came the very hard emotional and physical work, preparing our 25-year-old urban home in south Fort Collins for sale. March was spent moving most of our stuff…
  • Voices Have Power: Will you help?

    midlifecrisisqueen
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    According to the Avon Foundation for Women, 60 percent of Americans know someone who has been abused, 22 percent of people are victims themselves. These staggering statistics only further drive home the fact we need to talk about domestic violence, because that is the only way we can eliminate the culture of denial surrounding the topic. To help accomplish this goal, Verizon launched a new public awareness campaign this past June called Voices Have Power. Read more about it here:  http://www.voiceshavepower.com/ To participate in Voices Have Power, please text at 94079 or through social…
  • When our parents need our care

    midlifecrisisqueen
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    For over fifty years my parents have cared for me. They did not make excuses, they simply cared for their children. Now they need my help. This transfer of roles can be quite confusing at times. In the past our phone conversations were usually about what was happening in my world, how I was doing and what I needed. Now it is about them. It is painful to watch them struggle with illnesses that make them ever more fragile and vulnerable. How can this be my parents? They always appeared invulnerable to me. I remember thinking when I was young that my Mom and Dad knew everything! How did they do…
  • How old do I really look?

    midlifecrisisqueen
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    It’s a first! We walked into a restaurant yesterday with adult and senior prices, and the server immediately said, “That’s two senior meals?” In this case they defined ‘senior’ as 60+ Yes, I have been asked occasionally if I would like the senior discount, but in this case it was assumed! Then I realized there are a few different ways to look at this. The negative viewpoint is accepting that we look 60, which Mike is. He has mostly gray hair, and a weathered face from working hard and outside quite a bit, so this was not really a stretch. Another way to look at this is that they…
 
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    vintage everyday

  • A Rainy Day in Amsterdam, ca. 1908

    John VE
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    Photo by Bernard Eilers
  • Interesting Black and White Photographs of Street Scenes of Moscow in the 1970s

    John VE
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Vladimir, a photographer, was enjoying taking photos of life around him in the city of Moscow in the 1970s. In his photos people tend to smile less. Here are some of sample photographs...See more »
  • Old Photos of Women Smoking Cigarettes from the 1930s

    John VE
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    A collection of 15 black and white photos showing women smoking cigarettes, circa 1930s.Actress, drug addict and [It Girl] Brenda Dean Paul (1907–1959, centre) leaves court after facing drugs charges, July 1933. She is holding a tin of large Sub Rosa cigarettes. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Janet Allen, a professional dancing partner at Streatham Dance Hall, enjoying breakfast in bed. (Photo by Picture Post/Getty Images). 1939Two Nurses demonstrate their objection to a smoking ban. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images). 1938Nurses at the Salford Royal Hospital take…
  • The Thanksgiving parade passes down Broadway in 1930

    John VE
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
  • Color Photographs of Las Vegas' Nightlife in 1955

    John VE
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    These pictures of Las Vegas' strip in the 1950s were taken by LIFE photographer Loomis Dean, who was known to always have at least three cameras around his neck...See more »
 
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Adhesive Tape Summary

    ironik
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Adhesive tapes are extremely typical and therefore are virtually regarded household articles, and with excellent explanation. Many people use them to wrap their a variety of gifts and presents, nonetheless you can use these types in a lot of other different techniques. Once you realize a bit more regarding the distinctive varieties of tapes you can get, you realize that the possibilities to employing them are practically endless. Did you know that the very first Scotch tape was first invented within the 1930s and it was practically the incredibly initially invisible tape around the globe?
  • Release Liner Outline

    ironik
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Release liners are supplies with specialized non-stick coatings for adhesive tape, sealant, composite handling, dispensing and processing applications. Release liners let a double stick tape or transfer adhesive film to rolled or unrolled. With no a release lining technique, double stick tape or transfer adhesive film couldn’t be unwound and dispensed from a roll. Release liners can also be valuable in handling sheet molding compounds, sealants, labels, adhesive health-related items (bandages, wound covering, electrodes, and so forth.) and graphics (signage, POS marketing, and so…
  • Labelstock How To

    ironik
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The first step from the printing procedure is always to load a big roll of labelstock in to the press. These rolls are usually the size of tractor trailer wheels and may yield tens of a large number of labels. Every single printing plate is then wrapped about a print cylinder, inks and varnishes are added to the ink trays, plus a cutting die is added for the press. The above photos shows the blue plate printing all the blue wording and graphics. Then the metallic gold ink is printed at the subsequent print station. The 2 plates are adjusted so they are aligned perfectly, and the image appears…
  • Google Play Gift Cards Recommendations

    ironik
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    You can find plenty of advertisements online providing free of charge merchandise, ordinarily with all the obtain of a thing else, which can be kind of misleading. This doesn’t apply so much to gift cards, you will find several legit web sites that can provide a totally free gift card 100% no obtain vital. Usually what occurs is you sign up to grow to be a member of the web page and fill out surveys, play video games, or any other quantity of activities and also the web site will award you with totally free gift cards and other perks for participating. You’ll be able to come…
  • Ver peliculas online gratis Comparability

    ironik
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    In Hollywood, the great American film industry perhaps has no such event as critical as the film premiere. Film premieres are sometimes known to us as special screenings that is a special showing of the movie in very special events. Those special events will also be known as searchlights or even a program where many big stars gather in the huge quantity across a red carpet to cheer crowds including enormous loving fans. Now a day, all of the studios will sometimes emersion to the full red carpet treatment, mostly attempting to introduce the new movies to public. The stars of a movie not…
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • Darren Wilson says he chased Mike Brown in order to protect the back-up he called to protect him

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    By the end of Darren Wilson's testimony, he volunteered an explanation for why he chased unarmed teen Michael Brown, who he describes as "like a demon." Earlier in his testimony, he tells in detail why he was terrified of the youth, who he claims beat him nearly to death in the police car. In the screen shot below, you'll read that Wilson made sure the jury heard that he chased Mike Brown in
  • Pharrell's subtle Ferguson message on The Voice Results (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Last night during live results on NBC's The Voice, singer songwriter Pharrell Williams, best known for the hit "Happy" these days, gave a quiet wish for justice in Ferguson, for Mike Brown's family. Performing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" with his team, DaNica Shirey and Luke Wade, he changed the last line of his performance from "And I think to myself what a wonderful world" to "
  • Ferguson case is not only about what happened at the car

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Yes. I have given Officer Darren Wilson the benefit of the doubt, considered that his version of events may be true. And yes, I did read Darren Wilson's Grand Jury testimony about the killing of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. I read it because I like to read documents first-hand and not have network talking heads or biased prosecutor Bob McCulloch tell me what to think. Assuming that Wilson's
  • Nazis Next Door, Gruber, and More USA Secrets (video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Description: Because of a legal loophole, some Nazis who came to America after World War II and were kicked out of the country years ago are still receiving government benefits today. Eric Lichtblau, author of “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men” joins to discuss. This is rather appalling. The United States of America protected and hid Nazis, and Nazis here
  • Internal decapitation in real life, atlanto occipital dis-something (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:21 pm
    It's in the news again, atlanto occipital disarticulation. However, this time it's being called atlanto occipital dislocation. When I wrote about this way to die in 2010, I did so because the term was used on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles. This times I noticed it because it happened in real life. Channel 9, serving Lakewood, Colorado, reports that a "Centennial man survived internal decapitation."
 
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Suzanne
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
  • Pre-Thanksgiving and Insurance Woes

    Suzanne
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m in Thanksgiving mode. Yesterday, I was “stuck” at home waiting on a delivery. While I was home I made my “best in the world” cranberry dish. I also baked pumpkin bread. I also worked on a potato casserole. Last night my youngest son arrived home from college for the holiday weekend. My daughter (and friends) will arrive today. [My oldest son, sadly, will not be able to visit until January.] As I was baking yesterday, I had the air conditioning running because of the heat. This is what Thanksgiving is like in Southern California – air conditioning! At…
  • Marfa, Texas

    Suzanne
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Are you tired of hearing about my Texas trip? I promise to move on to something new tomorrow. (Although, I might come back with more Texas stories in the future.) Marfa, Texas, is one of the most unusual places I’ve ever been to. At one time, Marfa was a dying town. Now it has become a tourist destination due to an eclectic collection of minimalist art. Marfa is also famous for mysterious lights which sometimes appear on the horizon at night. (The Marfa lights were featured on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries.) I didn’t have the opportunity to spend a night looking for mystery…
  • More Texas Photos

    Suzanne
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    There were so many great photo opportunities as I traveled through west Texas last week. I enjoyed it because everything was so vastly different than it is in Orange County. I got to photograph cowboys, truckers, lots of old cars, and desert landscapes. It’s fun to get a change of pace. I took a lot of photos from the car too. (No, I wasn’t driving!) Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I was really excited when we came upon some cotton fields. “Pull over!  Pull over!” I pleaded. “The boys” (as I called them) were nice…
  • West Texas

    Suzanne
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    There was a moment while I was in west Texas … A moment when I realized cowboys still work ranches, saloons continue to exist, And, clearly, I was no longer in California. The man on the left is named Bailey. My friend, Thomas (on the right,) had just bought Bailey a beer. Me? Well, I saw a perfect photo opportunity.
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane Is Full

    Average Jane
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I cooked all day, despite the fact that I had bought many of the food items for our Thanksgiving meal pre-prepped. Oh, and I completely forgot to serve the Waldorf salad, so that's getting donated somewhere tomorrow. By some miracle of orchestration, I managed to get everything on the table before 5:00 p.m. By 6:00 p.m., I'd put away most of the leftovers and run the dishwasher for the second time today (it's on its third run right now). We had a lovely group of guests with plenty of interactions with the cats and dog. Dr. Jones only jumped on the counter once, which is a holiday…
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Average Jane

    Average Jane
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Before we all descend into a frenzy of calories and chaos tomorrow, I wanted to take a moment to wish all of my U.S. friends a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a day filled with happiness, joy and reflection along with as many slices of pie as you want. I'll be cleaning and cooking all day and then hosting a lovely combination of family and friends. I'm looking forward to it all already. Namaste. (I know, I'm not usually a "namaste" gal, but it feels right today.)
  • Average Jane on the State of Things

    Average Jane
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Since the advent of this blog and social media in general, I have tended to keep my deeper feelings offline. I imagine that my political leanings and sense of social justice can be read between the lines, but I've rarely been overt about them. However... There is systemic and pervasive inequality and unfairness in this country that has been worsening steadily throughout my lifetime. I need look no further than the state where I grew up to see the fallout from one egregious example playing out right now. I can tell from reading my Facebook feed that a lot of people, particularly those in a…
  • Average Jane and Microwave Burritos

    Average Jane
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I just recently had my first ever microwave burrito. I KNOW! How could I have lived [mmmph] years and never experienced the glory of this foodstuff? The answer to that question lies in an anecdote from when I was a teenager. One day I was at band practice when a horrible odor arose from behind the drum kit. It swiftly made it way across the basement practice room until the song came to a halt as everyone gagged and fled upstairs. The drummer rather proudly admitted that he had eaten two microwave burritos from the convenience store up the street before practice, which then resulted in the…
  • Average Jane Marks Her Stuff

    Average Jane
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ever since I was a kid and I first got my hands on one of those label makers that embossed letters onto strips of sticky plastic, I've enjoyed labeling or marking my stuff. As a musician, I've learned the hard way that small, portable pieces of gear and accessories have a tendency to get absorbed into other people's collections unless they're tagged somehow. For a while I was marking everything with orange electrical tape, but I think my latest turquoise zebra-print tape is cooler and easier to spot. I bought it to mark my chargers for BlogHer this year, but I've gone on…
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    Cindy La Ferle's Home Office

  • Losing a parent, finding comfort

    Cindy La Ferle
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
    Losing a beloved parent is difficult, no matter how old you are. As we age, we find ourselves attending more funerals for the parents of our friends. So, how do we support and comfort each other after such a life-altering loss? My November column in Michigan Prime discusses this issue. Look for the print edition […]
  • October memories

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Thanksgiving to All

    Granny Sue
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    Sending blessings and happy thoughts to all my friends and family for the best the day has to offer to each of you.This was shared by a Facebook friend, and it fits perfectly the spirit of this day and all days.Copyright Susanna Holstein. All rights reserved. No Republication or Redistribution Allowed without attribution to Susanna Holstein.
  • The Story Trail: Kentucky and Fairmont

    Granny Sue
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It's been a storied month for this old lady. Typically I have a few events in November but this year really piled them on and it's been a fun ride.The Kentucky Storytelling Conference was outstanding as always. Part of my commitment to storytelling is to connect with storytellers in the states in my region, either online or face-to-face when possible. I much prefer face-to-face, of course, and conferences are one way to see and hear other tellers and maintain relationships that otherwise must rely on computer communications.Jo Ann Dadisman and I traveled together and we had a great time. She…
  • Tellabrations! Two and Three

    Granny Sue
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    I have been Tellabration-crazy this year. Tellabration began as a day set aside for the celebration of storytelling, to be held the Saturday before the US holiday of Thanksgiving. it was intended as a day for storytellers to give back to their communities; most events are free but any money collected was to go back to a storytelling guild or other means to support storytelling.Then the idea caught on, and events spread from the US to worldwide, and the dates spread too. Tellabration now covers most of a month with events all over the globe, and in my area there were three within driving…
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    THE MIDLIFE GALS

  • Happy TurkleweenThanksmas!

    The Midlife Gals
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
      Here's a post that is bothly timely and universal (November 2010)You’ve probably bought your turkey for Thanksgiving by now, yes?  Good, because these holidays happen FAST!  Before you’ve even dismantled the blow-up pumpkin with Casper inside, it’s time to buy the rust-colored fake dry leaves to adorn the Thanksgiving table where the turkey will make its appearance...for about 3.5 minutes before it too will be ‘dismantled’ into our stomachs until there are only bones left.  I realize that was kind of a long sentence, but it’s like these holidays...they just…
  • Vote or Die!!!

    The Midlife Gals
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    This post was written by moi in November, 2012, and is re-presented here in honor of voting day on Nov. 4th.  Hehehe............Our polling place on election day was at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in the cafeteria.  There were about 50 people inside, including the 25 election volunteers and ‘officials.’  Our first election in Hawaii.  Of course, the weather was perfect, with the electorate in flip flops and casual cottons.  We parked right out front, and there was no line.  Easy peasy.Then, towards the end of the day, they ran out of paper…
  • TRICK OR TREAT, DAMMIT!

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

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

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

  • Meet My New Buddy, Perry Mennow Paws

    Margaret
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Have you ever sat on the cold, concrete tombstone of a stranger, just to watch a gravedigger? It’s twilight and all you can hear is the shovel cutting into the soil and the birds chirping in the trees. These gravediggers, they all seem to wear flannel plaid snap-front work shirts and muddy boots. Most have beards. They won’t tell you their name. They never talk to you no matter how much you flirt with them or compliment their cracked, dry hands. Not that I’ve ever done that. I’m just curious if you’ve ever done it. So anyway, after my recent bout with anxiety for many, many…
  • I’ve Got All the Bells and Whistles

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Thanksgiving, American Style, To You And Yours!

    Lisa
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
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  • Winter Holiday Traditions Of One High WASP Family

    Lisa
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Somewhat surprisingly, the winter holiday traditions of my High WASP family were not strictly related to wealth. At least not to its consumption. Nor did they resemble Downton Abbey, except in the candlesticks and changing for meals. But I’m getting ahead of myself, so we’ll slow down, and take a reasonably well-organized stroll through High WASP culture. High WASP Childhood Thanksgivings And Christmases Let’s first give money its due. ☆ Abundance, And The Beauty Of Good Design Mom always set holiday tables with silver candelabra, at least as I remember. Tripartite,…
  • Mothering: The Romance Novel, Or, Saturday Morning at 10:52am

    Lisa
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    I’ve been talking to some mothers recently. I called my own. Such an odd experience, talking to a woman who is losing her memory but retaining everything else. The voice and the expressions haven’t changed. “Hello darling!” she says. She knows she misses me, but she doesn’t remember when she saw me last. She rarely forgets she has 4 children, but I’m not sure if she knows who I am, today. A few minutes into the conversation it becomes clear that she can’t remember what she just said, but that she wants to see me, whenever I can make time. Her memory…
  • Family Photography Shoots For Cards, And Gifts, And Art

    Lisa
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Towards the end of 2013, for his birthday or maybe Christmas, I gave my brother a family photography session. Last he, my sister-in-law and Cute Nephew met up with the photographer, and spent the morning wandering around San Francisco’s Mission District. My sister-in-law is now working on a photo book for grandparents. Shhhh. They’re also going to have some great Christmas cards, assuming of course that they’ve got the time to send any. In this day of all-photography-all-the-time, you might wonder, “Why pay for images – they flit by my camera/phone lens at the…
  • 7 Pieces For A Non-Rustic Thanksgiving Table: Posh, Or Nosh?

    Lisa
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Anyone else out there with a fangirl love for table settings? Oh the crystal, oh the gilt, oh the gleam. While I appreciate rustic Thanksgiving tables – n a hello pretty picture kind of way – my heart belongs to fancy. Or, as the British say so endearingly, “Posh.” Perhaps I have a few allies here? But posh is expensive! How annoying! Harrumph. So, here’s a graphic for those who would be Posh, but must at least Nosh. Yes, that’s a completely dopey alliteration, and now you know why I was not a marketing executive, but let’s forge ahead. From plates to…
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    Out On The Stoop

  • My First Time at L.A. Auto Show

    Gena
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I have known that there is such a thing as an automobile show. Apparently it is a big thing. But seeing as I don't drive and have limited interest in automobiles (unless they are painted in an artist way or are creatively off the mainstream) then I had no need to go spend money traipsing over the L.A. Convention center.Until this year. See, I really want a self driving car.  Hell, I want the majority of Los Angeles to have a self driving car. Why? Because most Angelenos can't drive. They cut right in front of city buses. They have the phone in their face slurping something as they turn…
  • My Health Literacy 101 Project - Rx Prototype Video

    Gena
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    This is the prototype that I created for my health literacy class. I have some ideas that health literacy could be improved by using social media apps. One of my goals is to introduce this option to information workers, librarians and other content creators that need to make content quickly.My other goals were:Be a friendly nudge on checking prescription label information.Keep it simple while conveying the four main points .Create it totally in the app; that wasn't possible because there is no captioning in Adobe Voice. I had to use Camtasia for open captioning the video.The video was created…
  • Books, Bread and Soul Work

    Gena
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    I may have misread a sentence. I thought it said that books do soul work. It didn't. But it isn't unreasonable to think so; there are books that do soul damage under the guise of being right, being authentic or being the other and the other is always in power mode over the lesser.I know that there are books for me that got me to this point in life. I needed to know that there was something other than what I was currently experiencing. Science fiction and adventure books carried me down the road. These days I consume paper books, audiobooks, podcasts and other ways to keep me steady and on the…
  • Walking Down Union Into A Wider World

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

    Gena
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    On this day it seems time to come back to the stoop. Never a good idea to type in anger and I was really angry for a long time. I still am, but I've coaxed it back into the chamber of invisibility. I've soothe it and fed it some ice cream.I've told it humans will be 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.
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • THANKSGIVING: AN AUSPICIOUS AUTUMN

    Hill Country Hippie
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    A girlfriend and I once traveled to North Carolina in autumn. We were blown away by the brilliant color on one kind of tree which seemed to be in pretty much every single yard. When I asked someone what on earth it was, they looked at me kinda funny, saying "Crape Myrtle. Don't you have that in Texas?" Well, yeah. But ours don't do that! It seems I was wrong. Once in a blue moon, if conditions are just right, our crape myrtles will, in fact, erupt in a blaze of glory before dropping their leaves.This year is that year.Not only for crepe myrtlesbut for fall color in general.Love this…
  • BEST WEEKEND EVER

    Hill Country Hippie
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    The Gift Shop at Cornelius Nursery on Dairy AshfordWe had so, so much to be grateful for this past weekend -- number one being that we came across this very special couple on a desert island in the Middle East almost 40 years ago, and discovered that the two guys liked each other every bit as much as the two gals did.Number two is that this couple put so much effort into keeping in touch with us through the years, despite our nomadic lifestyle.Number three is that a company John did some consulting work for this summer put us up at the Hotel Sorella in Houston's City Centre, and I realized it…
  • ALWAYS FINISH WITH A BANG

    Hill Country Hippie
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    On our last full day at Lucky Star we sat down to the most fabulous dinner yet, including the infamous "Krack Kale" that I've been yammering about all year. Then it was time for Show & Tell!We were absolutely blown away by how much Shawn's Irish dancers and Mandy's Girl Guitar group had managed to accomplish in just a few short days. If anyone who is reading this has video of either of these things, please, please link to it here in the comments!Next it was time to shop the wares of our fellow campers...I blew all my money here at Kimberley's booth!Katherine Autographs Booksand even make…
  • LUCKY STAR SATURDAY

    Hill Country Hippie
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    On our final full day at Lucky Star, I woke to a gloomy mist that crept along the river, and it suited my mood perfectly! Only one more half-day class to go, then it was all over but the shoutin'. Lucky for me it was a great one, with super fun, fabuloulsy patient instructor Cal Patch, and lots of my new friends.The class was called "Hook It", and was held upstairs above the Waldemar offices, in this funky room here.After lunch we had the afternoon free to do this...or this...or this...or this...Turns out High School Debbie has quite the eagle eye! or this...or this...or even this...not…
  • MOST CREATIVE WEDDING GIFT EVER

    Hill Country Hippie
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Chia and ArthurSeveral of Lexi's old high school buddies were at the wedding, including one named Catherine, who was in Lexi's AP art program with her all through high school. You first saw her appearing rather blonde and "Clueless" at the rehearsal dinner...but in real life, she looks more like this.If we had given out awards at the wedding, she would have won several. First of all, she probably traveled furthest to get here. She went off to art school in Maryland after graduating, and just never came back! Second, she would have been pronounced the "Dancing Queen", as I don't think she ever…
 
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • 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…
  • It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

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

  • Playing Hooky with My Grandson

    Beverly Mahone
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    When you were growing up did you ever play hooky from school? I did once or twice that I can recall. Last week I decided to play hooky from work. I called it a "Mental Health Day." Lord knows, when you work in 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 160+ hours a month, you need to take a break even when you aren't really sick. I chose to call out because my eight-year-old grandson had the day off and I just felt like hanging out with him. Since he spent the night before at my house, I thought for sure he would take advantage of a sleep-in day but noooooooooooo! He had to wake up BEFORE 8am with a…
  • Just Call Me Mama Bev

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

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

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

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

  • The Importance of Mental Health Days After 50

    Beverly Mahone
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Statistics show Baby Boomers tend to be the most loyal to their jobs. We show up on time and try not to take more days off than necessary. Many of us take pride in never having called out sick. Well, now that I've returned to the workforce I see the absolute NEED to call out sick---even when I'm not. These are my "Mental Health Days." I am one of those people who rarely gets sick enough to call out but I DO get frustrated enough to take care of my sanity. If you're over 50 and still working an eight hour, five-days-a-week job, mental health days become EXTREMELY important. Here are some signs…
  • 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…
 
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    BoomerCafé ... it's your place

  • In our crazy world, not everything is lost

    Cafe
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This is a lovely story by a lovely baby boomer from San Antonio, Texas, named Naomi Shihab Nye. It’s about a world that has receded away from us, but as she found out firsthand, not entirely. At least not at Gate 4-A. Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been detained four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well – one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I went there. Naomi Shihab Nye An older woman in full traditional Palestinian…
  • Baby boomers and “untraditional” Thanksgiving

    Cafe
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    We know someone in Philadelphia who will have an untraditional Thanksgiving… yet in some ways, as traditional as they come. BoomerCafé contributor Roz Warren has written a very honest, very traditional account, which first appeared on Women’s Voices for Change, about how she and a fellow boomer spend the holiday. My ex got custody of Thanksgiving in the divorce. Our son would be spending Thanksgiving with his father in New Hampshire, meaning that I’d be all alone on that special Thursday in November that Americans usually spend with family. Roz Warren with friend Mark … looking…
  • A baby boomer’s own wake-up-call to his “true calling”

    Cafe
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    We have a story today on BoomerCafé about a baby boomer’s own wake-up-call to what he considers his “true calling.” Atlanta’s Reiner Lomb didn’t start his career as what he calls a “boomerang coach,” but one day it dawned on him, he wasn’t doing what he should be doing. And he had the courage, and the foresight, to change. Reiner Lomb Years ago, during a time of inner struggle, I received a “wake-up call” to re-evaluate my life. On a business trip in Asia, jet-lagged I woke up in the middle of the night. I turned on the TV only to find a news story about an ethnic war in…
  • Were baby boomers among the last generation to play outside?

    Cafe
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As Thomas Edison once said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” We baby boomers knew that when we were kids. But today? Not so much. That’s why we like this piece by Nate Hanson that appeared on Hufington Post. He calls it, The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside. A scary thought hit me while eating breakfast the other day: We’re slowly killing the future of innovation. Let me explain. Consider the iPad. It was invented and built by grownups who had to play outside when they were kids. Fast forward to this current generation where the majority of…
  • A baby boomer envisions The Greatest Pirate

    Cafe
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    A few months ago, we ran a fun poem by Columbia, South Carolina baby boomer Robert McGinness. It was called, “Grandma doesn’t know anything.” Well, we just got a new poem from Robert … and a new note, saying, “I realize that you present well-written, serious articles. Unfortunately, the following poem is neither.” But it is fun, so here it is, called, The Greatest Pirate. Bring her into the wind, my boys, she’ll soon be abaft the beam. Then fire the cannons, and loosen the sails, and listen while maidens scream. Robert McGinness Swing from the yardarms, onto her…
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    Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty »

  • Costa Rica Christmas Club: Teak

    goinglikesixty
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Teak Tree Before Today a Tico cashed in his Christmas Club… he cut down a teak tree across the road from our house and in the farmer’s fence row. He’s been harvesting the trees ever since we moved here – about this time of year. We’ve been told that they cut down the trees to sell the lumber for Christmas money. Dunno if that’s true or not. But one things for certain: they are cashing in on a generation of teak growth. It takes 30 years to grow a teak tree that would be worth selling. A guy climbed up into the tree and limbed it out, attached a rope to pull…
  • Video Games Proven to Be Beneficial for Geezers

    goinglikesixty
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Earlier this year, a report from The Guardian claimed that there’s a rise among what they call “Silver Gamers,” otherwise known as video game enthusiasts who encompass the entire age group known as “older people.” But while “younger people” might be playing purely for entertainment purposes, silver gamers are experiencing an additional positive side effect. The article cited a study from the University of California—San Francisco, which found that “60-year-olds who played a custom-designed video game for 12 hours over the course of a month…
  • Toughest Bike Race in The World Went Right Past our Door.

    goinglikesixty
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Today we went to purchase a new sofa. And the World’s Toughest Bike Race the Ruta de los Conquistadores went by our house all day long. We missed it. But we got the new sofa. That’s irony.. As we drove down our road this morning, it was hard not to notice the Ticas sitting with grills and coolers, ready to spend the day. We didn’t have a clue the race was today – let alone going by Sedolsoder. The route begins in Jacó, the central Pacific beach town in the middle of Puntarenas province, and winds its way to the National Technical University in Atenas, a coffee town…
  • October 2014 Rains Move the Earth Near Atenas

    goinglikesixty
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    October is supposed to be the rainiest of the rainy season. Not this year at our house… I measured 17 1/2″ compared to 21 1/2″ in September. Still it was enough to fully saturate the ground causing a landslide which blocked the Autopista del Sol, aka Route 27 – the main highway from San Jose to the Pacific beaches. Reports are that the pista will be closed because of other potential slides. That means one of the alternate routes is down our road. Luckily the word is getting out that this is not a good alternative and traffic is almost back to normal. Now if we can…
  • No Same Day Loans In Costa Rica

    goinglikesixty
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Choosing A Same Day Loan In An Emergency When people are having a financial emergency, they are able to choose a same day payday loan that is going to help cover the expenses that have been flooding in. Many people do not realize how easy it is to get these loans, but they can follow all the steps below to make sure that they are getting their loan in a timely manner. Use The Online Form When people are trying to get their payday loan on the same day as their application, they need to make sure that they are using the online form. These online forms are going to allow people to enter all…
 
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  • Report: Still refusing to pay child support

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Report: Still refusing to pay child supportAPDevon Still, whose relationship with his sick daughter has been an NFL feel-good story, allegedly has not offered financial help.Gloria Allred asked NFL to probeMore sports coverage Week 13 NFL predictionsHow the Bills survived big storm
  • Our instincts can actually put us in danger

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Our instincts can actually put us in danger GettyNatural instincts can lead you down the wrong path -- especially it comes to protecting your heart. Biggest heart-threatening mistake people make More from Everyday HealthExercise not helpful for diabetesFDA approves 'abuse-resistant' drug
  • Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQ

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQTwitterA sole gunman targeted numerous buildings, including the APD headquarters, in downtown Austin on Friday before being shot dead.Dramatic footage in front of stationMore in the newsGirl, 14, faces poisoning chargeDemocratic Party tension boils
  • Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday GettyAfter a brief period of calm, demonstrators angry over the grand jury's decision in Ferguson took aim at Black Friday sales. Stores targeted across the countryMore newsOhio State football player missingFamilies prepare for pope's visit
  • Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29GettyThe television personality, known for appearing in MTV's 'Real World New Orleans,' was found deceased Thursday morning by a friend.Cause of death under investigationOther headlines33 facts about Jamie FoxxJ.Law's surprising hit in the UK
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  • Report: Still refusing to pay child support

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Report: Still refusing to pay child supportAPDevon Still, whose relationship with his sick daughter has been an NFL feel-good story, allegedly has not offered financial help.Gloria Allred asked NFL to probeMore sports coverage Week 13 NFL predictionsHow the Bills survived big storm
  • Our instincts can actually put us in danger

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Our instincts can actually put us in danger GettyNatural instincts can lead you down the wrong path -- especially it comes to protecting your heart. Biggest heart-threatening mistake people make More from Everyday HealthExercise not helpful for diabetesFDA approves 'abuse-resistant' drug
  • Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQ

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQTwitterA sole gunman targeted numerous buildings, including the APD headquarters, in downtown Austin on Friday before being shot dead.Dramatic footage in front of stationMore in the newsGirl, 14, faces poisoning chargeDemocratic Party tension boils
  • Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday GettyAfter a brief period of calm, demonstrators angry over the grand jury's decision in Ferguson took aim at Black Friday sales. Stores targeted across the countryMore newsOhio State football player missingFamilies prepare for pope's visit
  • Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29GettyThe television personality, known for appearing in MTV's 'Real World New Orleans,' was found deceased Thursday morning by a friend.Cause of death under investigationOther headlines33 facts about Jamie FoxxJ.Law's surprising hit in the UK
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  • Report: Still refusing to pay child support

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Report: Still refusing to pay child supportAPDevon Still, whose relationship with his sick daughter has been an NFL feel-good story, allegedly has not offered financial help.Gloria Allred asked NFL to probeMore sports coverage Week 13 NFL predictionsHow the Bills survived big storm
  • Our instincts can actually put us in danger

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Our instincts can actually put us in danger GettyNatural instincts can lead you down the wrong path -- especially it comes to protecting your heart. Biggest heart-threatening mistake people make More from Everyday HealthExercise not helpful for diabetesFDA approves 'abuse-resistant' drug
  • Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQ

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQTwitterA sole gunman targeted numerous buildings, including the APD headquarters, in downtown Austin on Friday before being shot dead.Dramatic footage in front of stationMore in the newsGirl, 14, faces poisoning chargeDemocratic Party tension boils
  • Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday GettyAfter a brief period of calm, demonstrators angry over the grand jury's decision in Ferguson took aim at Black Friday sales. Stores targeted across the countryMore newsOhio State football player missingFamilies prepare for pope's visit
  • Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29GettyThe television personality, known for appearing in MTV's 'Real World New Orleans,' was found deceased Thursday morning by a friend.Cause of death under investigationOther headlines33 facts about Jamie FoxxJ.Law's surprising hit in the UK
 
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  • Report: Still refusing to pay child support

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Report: Still refusing to pay child supportAPDevon Still, whose relationship with his sick daughter has been an NFL feel-good story, allegedly has not offered financial help.Gloria Allred asked NFL to probeMore sports coverage Week 13 NFL predictionsHow the Bills survived big storm
  • Our instincts can actually put us in danger

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Our instincts can actually put us in danger GettyNatural instincts can lead you down the wrong path -- especially it comes to protecting your heart. Biggest heart-threatening mistake people make More from Everyday HealthExercise not helpful for diabetesFDA approves 'abuse-resistant' drug
  • Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQ

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQTwitterA sole gunman targeted numerous buildings, including the APD headquarters, in downtown Austin on Friday before being shot dead.Dramatic footage in front of stationMore in the newsGirl, 14, faces poisoning chargeDemocratic Party tension boils
  • Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday GettyAfter a brief period of calm, demonstrators angry over the grand jury's decision in Ferguson took aim at Black Friday sales. Stores targeted across the countryMore newsOhio State football player missingFamilies prepare for pope's visit
  • Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29GettyThe television personality, known for appearing in MTV's 'Real World New Orleans,' was found deceased Thursday morning by a friend.Cause of death under investigationOther headlines33 facts about Jamie FoxxJ.Law's surprising hit in the UK
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  • Report: Still refusing to pay child support

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Report: Still refusing to pay child supportAPDevon Still, whose relationship with his sick daughter has been an NFL feel-good story, allegedly has not offered financial help.Gloria Allred asked NFL to probeMore sports coverage Week 13 NFL predictionsHow the Bills survived big storm
  • Our instincts can actually put us in danger

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Our instincts can actually put us in danger GettyNatural instincts can lead you down the wrong path -- especially it comes to protecting your heart. Biggest heart-threatening mistake people make More from Everyday HealthExercise not helpful for diabetesFDA approves 'abuse-resistant' drug
  • Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQ

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Gunman opens fire at Austin police HQTwitterA sole gunman targeted numerous buildings, including the APD headquarters, in downtown Austin on Friday before being shot dead.Dramatic footage in front of stationMore in the newsGirl, 14, faces poisoning chargeDemocratic Party tension boils
  • Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Protesters aim to shut down Black Friday GettyAfter a brief period of calm, demonstrators angry over the grand jury's decision in Ferguson took aim at Black Friday sales. Stores targeted across the countryMore newsOhio State football player missingFamilies prepare for pope's visit
  • Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Ryan Knight, reality TV star, dies at age 29GettyThe television personality, known for appearing in MTV's 'Real World New Orleans,' was found deceased Thursday morning by a friend.Cause of death under investigationOther headlines33 facts about Jamie FoxxJ.Law's surprising hit in the UK
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    RetirementRevised

  • Year-end tips for retirement savers young and not-so-young

    Mark Miller
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    It’s year-end, and retirement savers of all ages need to check their to-do lists. These year-end lists often feel to me like endless, laborious chores, so I decided to limit suggestions in my Reuters column this week to just three – one apiece for three stages of life: already retired, close to retirement and just starting out. Already retired: don’t forget the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Distributions must be taken from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) starting in the year you turn 70 1/2 and from 401(k)s at the same age, unless you’re still working for the…
  • Kristof’s “A Path Appears” is a must-read for boomers who want to give back

    Mark Miller
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Many people approach retirement with thoughts of giving back and leaving a legacy, but they’re unsure about the specific path to take. Many struggle with tough questions – where to volunteer? How to give money effectively? Should I focus here or abroad? What’s the most important cause to work on? How do I get started? If you’re asking these questions, here’s a terrific new book you should read: A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof is the well-known columnist for The New York Times; he is…
  • Medicare, ACA care and how to navigate during enrollment

    Mark Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    This is enrollment season for two huge public health insurance programs: Medicare and the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges. For older Americans, the overlapping sign-up periods can lead to confusion and enrollment errors. Insurers offering Medicare and ACA policies have big money at stake, and consumers are subject to a blizzard of marketing messages. Annual enrollment for Medicare prescription drug (Part D) and Advantage (Part C) plans began Oct. 15 and runs until Dec. 7; shopping for healthcare policies in the marketplace exchanges created under the ACA began Nov. 15 and ends…
  • Five takeaways on retirement policy from the midterm elections

    Mark Miller
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Retirement policy wasn’t on the ballot in last week’s midterm elections. But the new political landscape could threaten the retirement security of middle-class households. With Republicans in full control of Congress, expect efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. And more Republican-controlled statehouses mean more efforts to curtail state and local workers’ pensions. One positive note: Congress and the White House could find common ground on some promising ideas to encourage retirement saving. My Reuters column this week looks at five policy areas to watch that…
  • Biggest surprises in retirement? The experts weigh in

    Mark Miller
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    The Great Recession served up some nasty financial surprises to retirees – the housing crash, job loss and shrunken 401(k)s top the list of causes for the retirement insecurity that so many face. But retirement can bring lifestyle surprises, too. It’s one of life’s biggest transitions, and a major leap into the unknown. Hoping to lessen the guesswork for people who aren’t there yet, I asked retirement experts who work with people transitioning to retirement – about the surprises they hear about most often from those who have already retired. My Reuters column this week…
 
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  • These Gloriously Cheesy Brad Pitt Pictures From 1987 Can't Be Beat

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    More than two decades ago, when Brad Pitt was in his early twenties and starring on the TV show Dallas, he posed for this totally rad photo shoot. It was 1987, so the outfits were just as great as you'd imagine; baggy button-downs, high-rise jeans, and bright scoop-neck tank tops made up the late-'80s wardrobe. For some of the pictures, Brad paired up with his then-girlfriend, Dallas costar Shalane McCall, but in others, he struck some classic (and hilarious) pinup poses. For a fun dose of nostalgia, take a look at 100 pictures from Brad Pitt's 1987 photo shoot, and then be sure to check out…
  • 14 Flawless Gifts For Beyoncé Fans

    Brittney-Stephens
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Chances are you've got someone in your inner circle who is completely and utterly obsessed with Beyoncé (here's a handy guide to help you tell for sure). With the holidays fast approaching, it's time to get started on your search for great gifts for everyone on your list, including those flawless individuals who live and breathe for the Beyhive and can't stop singing "Drunk in Love" at the top of their lungs. We've rounded up 14 fierce holiday gifts for the biggest Beyoncé fan in your life; keep reading to see and shop them all now.
  • Kate Hudson and Her Family Take on the Houghs in a Thanksgiving Dance Battle

    Brittney-Stephens
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Julianne and Derek Hough challenged celebrities like Kate Hudson, Maria Menounous, Taylor Swift, and Nina Dobrev in a Thanksgiving dance war, and Kate gladly took on the task. The actress - along with her father Kurt Russell, brothers Wyatt and Boston Russell and Oliver Hudson, and model Cara Delevingne - got down for the cameras and shared all the fun in a series of Instagram videos on Thursday night (they were shot by Kate's mom, Goldie Hawn, and feature the new Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars song "Uptown Funk"). Kate's killer moves come as no surprise, as she showed them off in a few episodes…
  • Julianne and Derek Hough Have a Thanksgiving Dance War You Need to Watch

    Brittney-Stephens
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Julianne and Derek Hough gave us a glimpse into their family festivities on Thursday by posting a series of Instagram videos showing off their annual "dance war." Besides being brother and sister, the two are widely known for their ridiculously impressive dance moves - and their collective judging and choreography work on Dancing With the Stars - and made sure to show them off alongside their sisters, nieces, and nephews. While most of the videos are set to the tune of Pitbull's "Fireball," there is a very nice rendition of the Frozen hit "Let It Go," as sung by Derek and Julianne's young…
  • Stars on the Sidelines: Celebrities Who Love Football

    Meghan-Rooney
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Are you ready for some football? The 2014 NFL season is in full swing, and while football fans will be tuning in with their TVs or packing into the stadiums this Thanksgiving, many of your favorite stars will be among the crowds. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis showed their Chicago Bears pride in Pittsburgh, PA, this weekend, while fellow actor Joe Manganiello is an avid Steelers fan. Kate Mara has also been one to hit the sidelines, and Marisa Miller showed off her adorable little San Francisco 49ers fan during a preseason game this year. See all the stars who are cheering on the return of…
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  • 10 Things to Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

    arlene
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    It’s my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving! As one friend who shares my opinion so aptly put it, “It is the one family holiday with lots of good food where we don’t have to also juggle in time at religious services.” How true. Just a lot of good cooking, good eating, and great times with family. It is a cozy, warm and fuzzy holiday if you do it right. I love cooking for Thanksgiving. I make all the traditional foods and as my Philly based cousin who once visited me on the holiday remarked, “Arlene, you cook the best Thanksgiving meal ever.” He went on to…
  • Why I Have Happy Feet!!

    arlene
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Remember the book, Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom?  Morrie’s great love of dancing as an expression of joy was a large part of who Morrie Schwartz was. Here’s this quote by Mitch Albom in a newspaper article about his relationship with Morrie: “The worst part of dying this way, he said, was that he couldn’t dance. Morrie loved to dance. For years he went to a church hall not far from Harvard Square, where once a week they would  blast music and open the door to anyone, dance however you wanted, with whomever you wanted. Morrie danced by himself. He shimmied…
  • Back on the Sweet 16, I Mean Sweet 60 Circuit

    arlene
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Back in the dark ages of the early 1970′s when I was a teen, there was one party that every young girl HAD to have – a sweet 16. It was a coming of age ritual and it also gave the upwardly mobile folks in my neighborhood a chance to throw a soiree. There was a catered dinner or lunch, favors, elaborate opening of gifts, making a bonnet for the birthday girl out of ribbons, and usually included an activity such as making a memory candle by dripping hot wax over an empty Chablis bottle. (Who still has theirs?) All kinds of parties required all kinds of outfits.  Some parties tried…
  • When My Husband Thinks Technology is Sexier Than Me

    arlene
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Me: Honey, some dudecommenting on my blog called me hot today – off topic and out of the blue! Husband: Yeah? (Not real interested, so goes back to his computer to his own task) Me: (desperately trying to pursue this conversation) Yeah, he called me “smoking hot.” Husband: (still unfazed) Why? What was your blog about? Me: Like I just said, this compliment was totally off topic. Husband: Such weirdos commenting on blogs – they don’t even read them Me: (Thinking but not saying aloud) That’s it?? That’s it?? No agreement, or anything? Me: (audibly) SIGH How I wish the…
  • Husband Follies Episode 9

    arlene
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    My engineering, techie type husband – who is so opposite of me and my personality type, and I HOPE you read my funny Huff Post blog on this issue- occasionally amuses me with his engineering side gone wrong. This is a short blog, and it will serve to promote a great product for engineering types like my husband – you know the kind who wear pocket protectors, or keep things in their shirt pockets? At any rate, I hope they grant me some royalties if they sell a bunch thanks to me. There’s a product that appeared on my husband’s very favorite television show, Shark Tank,…
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  • The Difference In Thankful And Grateful – They Can Change Your Life

    Sherry Riter
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    A French critic, journalist, and novelist in the 1800’s said, “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful […] ø¤º°♥ This is your reminder to come on over to my lovely blog and finish reading the rest of the post! It's worth the click!!! After reading the post, please share it with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and on other social media platforms. ♥¨°º¤ø„¸ I look forward to your comments that you feel compelled to share with us. ❤ •.•´¯`•.• ❥ See you over there! Thank you!
  • The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants And Settling For The Good Stuff

    Sherry Riter
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Have you ever wanted something and even though you knew that it wouldn’t be good for you, the desire to […] 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!
  • Update To Where I Am…

    Sherry Riter
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Please see this post which is visible to the public even if you don’t have FB… November 15, 2014 at […] ø¤º°♥ This is your reminder to come on over to my lovely blog and finish reading the rest of the post! It's worth the click!!! After reading the post, please share it with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and on other social media platforms. ♥¨°º¤ø„¸ I look forward to your comments that you feel compelled to share with us. ❤ •.•´¯`•.• ❥ See you over there! Thank you!
 
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    Walker Thornton

  • Low Female Sexual Desire, the FDA and Big Pharma

    Walker
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Low female sexual desire has been in the news for weeks—months. The issue is complex, involving women who genuinely have little or low sexual desire, the pharmaceutical companies who claim to ‘have a pill for that’, and the FDA. I attended the recent FDA hearing on female sexual dysfunction via webinar in October. I want to tread lightly here and be sensitive to the legitimate challenges many women are experiencing around sex and desire. This article is not about the women—it is about our culture and those who seek to profit from creating a new disease, conveniently associated with a…
  • Q&A: Single with a STD

    Walker
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
      Dating with Herpes Walker, I am 63 and about to be single again. I have had herpes since I was 25 and always told my partners. I am terrified that no one will want to be with me. Do you know the attitudes of seniors towards herpes. I haven’t had symptoms since I had the shingles vaccine, an ironic coincidence. Thanks….Annis This is an great question, particularly as I’ve just starting writing for My LabBOX, an at-home testing kit business and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). Both of these groups are working to inform men and women about sexually…
  • Male Sex Writers- An Interview with Dr. Stephen Snyder

    Walker
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    American society always had a double standard when it comes to sex and men.  And, it applies to the world of sex writing as well—though in this case it’s reversed. In real life men have sex when they want and women are not expected to actively seek out sex. In writing we rarely see men openly discussing sexual pleasure or sharing their thoughts and experiences. Why are most of the voices talking about sex women? Is it because we’re just naturally talkative or is it something deeper? With this idea in mind I asked Dr. Stephen Snyder to talk about this topic with me. Dr. Snyder is a…
  • Finding My Way-My Journey as a Sex Writer

    Walker
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    This is my most recent article for Midlife Boulevard, sharing about my recent award and giving readers a glimpse at why and how I find myself writing about sex. A Sex Writer’s Personal Journey Sex writers and educators spend a lot of time thinking about sex, reading and practicing their craft. My journey to becoming a sex writer began with “write what you know”. What I knew was how it felt to be in my 50s, trying to find the sexual me who had gotten lost along the way. Last week Kinkly’s 2014 Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes  were announced–I am ranked #5!  A “sex guru…
  • A Sex Writing Award and a Little Self-Applause

    Walker
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    I don’t take the opportunity to toot my own horn very often. And maybe I ought to? So, here we go…. Just recently I made a decision to step away from a volunteer job that was going to suck me dry. I made the decision as Mercury was going retrograde–really, it came to me like a bolt of lightening. I suddenly realized that it was time to assess everything I do from the point of my own personal needs. Will this help me? Will it be too draining, take time from my passions and paid work? What are the benefits? Am I being appreciated? And, more importantly–is what…
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