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  • Springtime Edition of the Best of Boomer Blogs!

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    I don’t know about you, but I am so finished with winter! Here in southern Colorado we haven’t had half the winter that you on the east coast have had, but still, when you’re trying to build a house, winter sucks! Yes, we have been out here in southern Colorado working very hard to pursue the American dream in spite of numerous obstacles including the highly unfortunate experience of vandalism on our not yet finished home this week, proving once again there are losers everywhere! YOU win when you don’t let the nasty ones get you down! Let’s turn instead to a few…
  • Gloria Steinem on the TRUTH!

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
  • The Oaks at Ojai

    Beyond MidLifeBloggers
    Jane Gassner
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This is a tale of two spas Or it’s a tale of one woman growing up. Or it’s a tale of one woman growing up and how that manifested itself when she visited two spas several decades apart. Or it’s all of these. You decide. In the early ‘80s on a Valentine’s Day weekend, Playgirl […]
  • 25 Captivating Color Photographs of Jackie Kennedy in India in March 1962

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    John VE
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    First lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrived in New Delhi on March 12 for a nine-day visit. Mrs. Kennedy’s first engagement was a visit to the Central Secretariat, where she watched Indian President Rajendra Prasad ride by in state after opening a new session of Parliament. The first lady spent two days at Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s house with him and his daughter, Indira Gandhi. Mrs. Kennedy conveyed President John F. Kennedy’s greetings and his pleasure that Mrs. Kennedy could return the visits of Nehru and Mrs. Gandhi to the United States the previous year. Accompanied by her sister,…
  • Best Self Defense Survival Guide Useful Information

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Some people might think that learn self defense online review is 1 way of going to understand self-defense. Actually, this is may be correct but it will not necessarily mean that you just essentially require to endure years of training to be in a position to defend oneself against incorrect folks. You could possibly use varied weapons like a taser, stun gun, pepper spray and other people for self-defense. Thus, the idea of obtaining to spend quite a few years of martial arts education just isn’t necessarily accurate. Nicely, you might constantly challenge your self by mastering several…
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • Gloria Steinem on the TRUTH!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
  • Easter Bunny Funny!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
  • Worker Burn-Out!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    After over eight years of maintaining this blog, not to mention a number of others, I am tired. In those eight years I have also produced a number of books and e-books to help others survive and thrive through what can be some tough middle years. When I started out as a writer I was full of ideas and zeal for so many different projects. It was like I was finally set free to express myself on a larger stage,      and express myself I have. I am proud of my many accomplishments, and I am also tired. I have done what I can to encourage those who struggle with midlife change, those who wish to…
  • American Millennials Less Skilled!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Back in 2009 I warned of the American brain drain going on as we Boomers retire. In case you doubted the truth of those words, check out this new article comparing our millennials’ skill sets to those of other countries. Say what you will about Boomers, most of us had a strong work ethic and we got the job done! We invented all the great technology that millennials depend on!
  • Springtime Edition of the Best of Boomer Blogs!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    I don’t know about you, but I am so finished with winter! Here in southern Colorado we haven’t had half the winter that you on the east coast have had, but still, when you’re trying to build a house, winter sucks! Yes, we have been out here in southern Colorado working very hard to pursue the American dream in spite of numerous obstacles including the highly unfortunate experience of vandalism on our not yet finished home this week, proving once again there are losers everywhere! YOU win when you don’t let the nasty ones get you down! Let’s turn instead to a few…
 
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    Beyond MidLifeBloggers

  • The Oaks at Ojai

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

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

    Jane Gassner
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Sign up now for Jane Gassner's Writers' Workshop, Part II: Blogging & the Business of Writing
  • Dear Dairy…

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

    Jane Gassner
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
      The action is over at JaneGassner(dot)com….come visit.
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    vintage everyday

  • 25 Captivating Color Photographs of Jackie Kennedy in India in March 1962

    John VE
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    First lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrived in New Delhi on March 12 for a nine-day visit. Mrs. Kennedy’s first engagement was a visit to the Central Secretariat, where she watched Indian President Rajendra Prasad ride by in state after opening a new session of Parliament. The first lady spent two days at Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s house with him and his daughter, Indira Gandhi. Mrs. Kennedy conveyed President John F. Kennedy’s greetings and his pleasure that Mrs. Kennedy could return the visits of Nehru and Mrs. Gandhi to the United States the previous year. Accompanied by her sister,…
  • Stunning Pictures Show the Changing Face of New York in the 1940s-50s and Now

    John VE
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    These stunning images show the changing face of New York in the middle of the 20th century and now. Old pictures taken in the 1940s and 1950s by legendary crime photographer Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, are shown alongside shots of the same areas captured this month, via Daily Mail Online.A man is pictured lying drunk on the ground on Center Street in a 1945 picture called 'Derelict sleeping on the sidewalk outside police headquarters' (left). A woman walks past the same engraved sign for the former Police Department on March 18 this year (rigft)A lightning bolt strikes…
  • Man in Drag, ca. 1920s

    John VE
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Sometime around 1920, my great grandfather made a bet with his friends that he could put on his sister's dress, walk downtown to the photographer's studio, and get a portrait taken- without getting arrested. He won.” - Macandthecowboys/ reddit
  • 30 Beautiful Portraits of Maude Fealy from the Early 1900s

    John VE
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    Maude Fealy was an American actress who during the early twentieth century was one of the leading ladies of the American stage. Her youthful beauty made her a popular subject for postcards, here are some of our favorites...See more »
  • Restaurant La Coupole, Paris, ca. 1930

    John VE
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    (Photo by Pierre Jahan)
 
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Best Self Defense Survival Guide Useful Information

    ironik
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Some people might think that learn self defense online review is 1 way of going to understand self-defense. Actually, this is may be correct but it will not necessarily mean that you just essentially require to endure years of training to be in a position to defend oneself against incorrect folks. You could possibly use varied weapons like a taser, stun gun, pepper spray and other people for self-defense. Thus, the idea of obtaining to spend quite a few years of martial arts education just isn’t necessarily accurate. Nicely, you might constantly challenge your self by mastering several…
  • Learn Self Defense Online Review Recommendations

    ironik
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    All approaches will not be produced equal. Many, if not the majority of these you are going to come across in martial art schools and motion pictures are entirely ineffective, unrealistic, or downright risky. Take a easy punch to the face as an example. It is more most likely the person carrying out the punch will break their hand as compared to it truly is that the individual obtaining punched might be knocked unconscious. The way strikes are thrown can also be incredibly significant, and all strikes are not created equal. learn self defense online review and combinations require to work in…
  • Emotional Hook Formula Reviews Research

    ironik
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
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    ironik
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
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    ironik
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • Stop don't talk to me from Orange is the New Black's Twitter trending (Video)

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

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

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

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

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    Just in time for Valentine's Day, a not-so-happy love poem for all those who are a little sad this day because they know how love can take a bite out of a person's heart. No, that does not feel very good, does it? From the Lost Love News: Woman found, heart missing New Orleans, Louisiana - On Wednesday night NOPD officers entered a home in the 900 block of Love Struck Lane and
 
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Let’s Talk About Service Dogs

    Suzanne
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    •  Fred has a babysitter today.  It’s too hot for him to be outside all day and I need to be outside most of the day.  I can’t leave him home alone for an entire day.  So, Fred has his first babysitter.  I’m sure he’ll enjoy it once I’m out the door.  (Have I ever mentioned he cries/whines when I leave him?) •  Did you know it’s against the law to refuse access to a service dog?  Yesterday, I had someone tell me Fred would not be “allowed” access to where I was.  I didn’t even have Fred with me at the time.  I had mentioned I…
  • Fred The Newf is 21 Weeks Old!

    Suzanne
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    I can’t believe Fred has reached 21 weeks of age! Yesterday, we went for a walk to enjoy the ocean breeze. Fred has become accustom to my ever-present camera, sitting for me while I’m busy shooting, etc. Fred The Newf – 21 Weeks Old! I know you can’t tell by the above photo, but Fred began the day looking nice and neat. Of course, he was a mess by the time I took his photo. Yesterday, on his 21st week birthday, he also lifted his leg and peed like a boy for the first time. I thought that wasn’t supposed to happen until he was at least six months old?? (But then,…
  • Six Things I Like Lately

    Suzanne
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’ve been home a lot the last couple months. (Having a new puppy does that!) With all my “leisure” time I’ve been looking at *stuff* online much more than usual. It started with my search for a Kentucky Derby dress, and it’s progressed (digressed?) from there. I thought I’d share a few things I like lately. (Sorry I don’t have photos uploaded of every item, but you can click on the links to see the items I don’t have photos for.)  My Filofax A5 organizer (in purple!)  I know it’s weird, but I love my planner.  I may not be organized…
  • March Madness

    Suzanne
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    While the rest of the world concerns itself with basketball, I’m busy with my own version of March Madness. I decided to organize my “life,” but now my house is a mess. I’ve got piles everywhere that I’m “working on.” I have notebooks, and dividers, and page protectors and they’re all waiting for me. I never seem to complete a task without some type of interruption …. Like, for instance, a perfect Orange County sunset needing my attention. Perfect sunsets can’t wait, can they? And, of course, I have a constant Interruption-Maker in…
  • The Weekend

    Suzanne
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    I had a relaxing weekend – and I needed it! I think Fred enjoyed himself too. Fred cleans out the last of a peanut butter jar. I had a lot of catch-up stuff to take care of over the weekend. I also took Fred for a walk in Laguna Beach. I try to get Fred out and about a lot. It’s important he be exposed to *everything possible* as part of his service dog in-training socialization. Fred has NO problem socializing when we go out. We were stopped every few feet by people wanting to pet Fred, ask questions about Fred (“What kind of dog is he?”), and/or have their photos…
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane's Storage Logic

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

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

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

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

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

  • An old dog learns new tricks

    Cindy La Ferle
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished,” wrote Dean Koontz. I was a contented “cat person” for more than three decades, owning at least two adorable felines at a time. So I never realized something was missing from my life — though I’d always entertained fantasies of […]
  • Simple living is complicated

    Cindy La Ferle
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Browsing through a stack of women’s magazines in a waiting room recently, I counted no less than half a dozen features outlining how to “banish clutter” or “simplify and organize” everything that’s muddled in my chaotic household. One article suggested that dumping the contents of my junk drawers would enhance my self-esteem. Another promised I’d […]
  • A valentine to old love

    Cindy La Ferle
    7 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    The divorce rate may be rising again, but I didn’t have to look far to find many happy couples to interview about their long-running marriages. And last month, when I asked Facebook friends to share the secrets of keeping an old love new, I received more responses than I had room to quote in a […]
  • What I did on my staycation

    Cindy La Ferle
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    The flu bug hit me with a double-whammy at Christmas, rebounding as a respiratory infection on New Year’s Day. Out of courtesy to the public, I cancelled social plans and stayed home during my weeks of recovery. It took getting sick to remind me that I hadn’t taken a moment to sit quietly since my […]
  • Our year to break free

    Cindy La Ferle
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Are you stuck in a rut? Set in your ways? Afraid to take risks or try something new? The start of a new year is the perfect time to break free of our self-sabotaging beliefs and habits. My January column in Michigan Prime highlights several brave people who’ve taken the leap in midlife, plus I’ve provided […]
 
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    Candelaria Silva

  • Meditation

    Candelaria Silva
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Fifteen minutes today. A quiet place in the house – usually the sofa, blinds closed. I start out with the Lord’s Prayer taught to me when I was a little girl. I pray for health mercies, traveling mercies, peace-of-mind mercies, companionship mercies, finding a job mercies and so on for family and friends. Single word-concepts come to me: Love. I pray love four breaths in, four breaths out, repeat. Then joy comes into my mind, four breaths in, four breaths out, repeat. More words come like beads on a chain – health, peace, gratitude, companionship, touch, music, peace, fun, love, joy. A…
  • Positive Statistics about Black Men

    Candelaria Silva
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    I wonder if I should even bother with this post.  After all, the Black men I know personally are positive people.  Not only does this include my husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncles (unfortunately deceased), my late step-father, and a host of cousins but also friends, colleagues,  acquaintances and strangers. Still, the prevailing and loudly promoted media stereotypes of Black men as dysfunctional/dangerous/damaged makes me know that I have to do this post.  I/we must push positive images and information in the same ways the media promotes one-dimensional nonsense. Derrick Z.
  • A Lyrical Life – Rose Marie McCoy

    Candelaria Silva
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Reading obituaries on a regular basis introduces me to all sorts of people of local, national and international renown who have lived interesting/riveting/extraordinary lives. I have blogged about reading obituaries before (see link to post below).  I find them so instructive and inspiring that I read a book about obituaries, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson. Rose Marie McCoy is one such person. She was a lyricist who “composed or collaborated” on over 850 songs during her life.  She  on January 20 at age 92. Imagine…
  • Telling like it T-I-Is – Dr. Beverly Scott

    Candelaria Silva
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Dr. Beverly Scott, who stunned Boston by announcing her resignation as General Manager of the Mass. Bay Transportation System or “The T” as we call it, is a refreshing public servant.  I tweeted on Monday about how much I liked her candor and the fact that she was not a political hack.  And then, on Wednesday, she announced her resignation after a meeting with the Department of Transportation.  Sigh – no – sigh is not a strong enough word for what I feel – Sob. Seriously. Instead of the Yankee Pablum, curated sound-bites, tomfoolery and/or smoke-and-mirrors that people in…
  • Books read in 2014

    Candelaria Silva
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Usually books are constant companions as I travel to meetings and presentations. I typically  have 2-3 going at a time – one each waiting at my favorite perches in my home.   Such was not the case in 2014 when, I am ashamed to say it, I only read 30 or so. (Most are listed here. A couple I can’t remember, which may say something about them or may just mean I’m occasionally forgetful.) My reading was impeded by a lot of freelance assignments, getting a smart phone (which is making sucking me into its vortex and shortening my attention span), and life issues that eroded the…
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    Granny Sue's News and Reviews: West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue's Daily Blog

  • Transformation, or the Story of Two Chairs

    Granny Sue
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    They looked like thisAnd then like thisAnd today, at last they are finished and in the booth.I have had this end result in mind since last October, I think it was, when I bought the square table. I painted it last fall but didn't like the black I used. So it sat around here getting in the way for several months until I finally got back to it and got started. I'd had the chairs a while too, just waiting for the right project.I love the way it came together! I found the BISTRO sign at a thrift shop so it too was stashed away with this project in mind.In January and February I painted a few…
  • Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling Conference This Weekend, and the Beginnings of a Story

    Granny Sue
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's here! The OOPS Conference is just around the corner. It will be such a pleasure to see storytelling friends again, listen to stories and talk about stories. And present my workshop, Seeking the Spirits, all about finding and telling ghost stories.I am ready--my bags are packed, my resources are priced and packed, my handouts have been emailed so that copies will be made for participants, my van is cleaned up and all that is left is to get on the road.I'll be back with stories and adventures, I'm sure. Meanwhile, here's the bones of a story I am researching. It's the story of one of…
  • Of Storytelling, Furniture and Such

    Granny Sue
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    What I love about my life is its variety. I am never bored as each day flies by. Here's a bit of what we've been up to recently.Storytelling: last week I told stories for Sand Fork Elementary School in Gilmer county, WV.It's a very rural area with good farmland, big creeks and an old school soon to be replaced by a larger consolidated school in a nearby town.When I arrived a boy called out, "Hi Granny Sue!" I am not sure how he knew me as there were no photos posted--perhaps he saw me at some other event? I felt welcome and as if I was visiting friends. We had a grand time with some…
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    THE MIDLIFE GALS...Gone Gray

  • It's the Little Things You Notice...

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

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

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

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

  • Vegetable Evangelism

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

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

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

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

  • The Point Of You When There Is No To Do, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:54am

    Lisa
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    I often think life should be lived backwards. I’m not thinking of Youth is Wasted on the Young, or Everyone Should Get a Divorce Before They Get Married, although both those ideas can be true. No, I’m starting to wonder whether everyone should retire before they start their career. One morning during my quarterly Privilege blog break, I picked up my lined yellow pad, crossed out To Do, and wrote instead, Things I Might Choose To Do. Then all day I tried to ask myself before everything, “This?” I’ve been planning and resulting my entire life. My work motto was,…
  • What If Stacy And Clinton Came Back, Took Your Clothes, And Gave You $5000?

    Lisa
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    How would you put together a wardrobe on $5000? I saw that Stacy London’s on TV again. Clinton’s been back for a while.  So I thought it might be time to have a What To Wear extravaganza of our own. We don’t do shame here, so we’ll leave out the Not. My take.   How About A Little Look At The Reasoning? Necessaries. Fancy underwear is great and all, I’ve owned my fair share of fancy Swiss cotton, but at the end of the day Target is my source of choice. As I’m small/medium-busted, they can even supply my bras. I wear flannel PJ bottoms to write –…
  • Why I Still Call This Blog “Privilege,” Or, Saturday Morning at 9:07am

    Lisa
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    When I listed my daughter’s ballet shoes on eBay, I was reminded that my user name in many parts of the Internet is Amid Privilege. You know how that happened. I started this blog as a way to explore and articulate my as-yet-unnamed family culture, to integrate it with my blurt-it-all out, notice-every-iota, feel-all-the-feels temperament. I had my reasons, as they say. In those early days, I wrote in a voice from my past, the imperious tones of older female relatives. Then, as it became clear that the artifacts and aesthetics of that culture were most interesting to readers, I began to…
  • Keeping A Resolution At Last, Also Known As, Pointe Shoes For Sale

    Lisa
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Time to check off of my New Year resolutions. Wait. Some among you may remember vaguely but correctly, I made none this year. I’m talking about resolutions from 2014. What?!? I am a wholehearted believer in better late than never. I had vowed to learn eBay. Alicia Kan gave us an amazing guest post on how to do it. I had planned to sell my old clothes there, and my daughter’s rare, vintage, unused pointe shoes. When it became clear that I could not easily find volunteer work that fit with my other projects, I decided to conflate fashion, charity, and the blog. I have been giving…
  • Urban Archeology To Decorate A Personal History

    Lisa
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In just 17 days, for an as-yet-unknown sum, you could take ownership of an iron gate. Not just any iron gate, mind you. A work of whimsy and commitment. Starting bid? $35,000. Estimated to go for $70,000-$90,000. Not overpriced, in my opinion. Where’s this being sold?  Guernsey’s Urban Archeology auction.  And my goodness, look at what else is on the block. More wrought iron, here avec bunny. If you’ve no need for a balustrade, surely you want a lantern. No additional details available beyond the metal thorns and flowers.     But you might want to switch eras,…
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    Out On The Stoop

  • Los Angeles Bach in the Subway Day 2015

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

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

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

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

    Gena
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    Having trouble not writing in anger. So I don't write. And then I feel bad leading to worse. I'm stumbling around the 'Tubes and I see Mel's post about re-embracing our blogs by microblogging. Instead of giving it to Twitter or Facebook give to yourself first.I use to get booed at Show and Tell. Don't care, I still do it.There is a web site that collects government and non-profit comic books. These were produced for the common good or to instruct the population about an important issue. I'll write more on the archiving blog but I can say that small step to reclaim my non-angry voice is making…
 
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • A HUNTING WE WILL GO

    Hill Country Hippie
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    It's been four or five years since the last "big year", but I finally got word that wild morel mushrooms had been spotted in Wimberley. I actually danced around the house squealing "OMG! OMG! OMG!" upon hearing the news. Apparently, you need a nice wet winter for them to pop up, and that's something we don't get very often around here.The friend who alerted me (I can't tell you who or where) was kind enough to let me come over to pick a few. I felt kinda bad, 'cause she didn't have all that many, but I just couldn't resist the thrill of the hunt! I took Hubby along for the ride, since he has…
  • NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

    Hill Country Hippie
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Our neighbors down the street got some goats last year, and this year, they had babies! Now, I have a thing for baby goats -- pretty much any baby goats. But these? These are extra special. Why? Because they're fainting goats!If you've never heard of fainting goats, then you need to watch this.You have no idea what a struggle it has been, to keep my hubby from trying to sneak up on one and yell "BOO!"
  • A FEW MORE SPRING TO-DOS

    Hill Country Hippie
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    What about you? What's on your spring to-do list?  
  • FROM THE ANNALS OF TO-DO LISTS

    Hill Country Hippie
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    One of my very first artistic attempts was a little to-do list that I made shortly after moving here to the Hill Country. For some unknown reason, I got a wild notion that it needed illustrations. Those first attempts were pretty pitiful, but I got better over time. Alas, once I discovered on-line art classes and art journaling, those to-do lists fell by the wayside. I did, however, save them all in a notebook, for they are a great reminder of the thrill and adventure of those first five years at Seasonality, as we learned what it meant to be living the good life. Hope you will enjoy this…
  • JUST A TOUCH

    Hill Country Hippie
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    I no longer pull out all the stops when it comes to seasonal and holiday decorating, the way I did when there were small children in the house. It got to be a chore to lug it all out and pack it away again a few weeks later. Plus, there just isn't room in this little house to store it all. Still, I can't ignore the coming of spring completely, now can I? And so, I held on to a few of my very favorite things -- to add just a touch of spring cheer, here and there. Know what's really odd?As it turns out, I seem to get more pleasure from these few things, than I did from wall-to-wall Easter!
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • Questioning Vaccines Doesn’t Make You Anti-Science

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

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

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

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

    Lin
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    I. Dental personnel and mercury exposure Dental offices are known to be one of the largest users of inorganic mercury. It is well documented that dentists and dental personnel who work with amalgam are chronically exposed to mercury vapour, which accumulates in their bodies to much higher levels than for most non-occupationally exposed. Adverse health effects of this exposure including neurological effects have also been well documented that affect most dentists and dental assistants, with measurable effects among those in the lowest levels of exposure. Mercury levels of dental personnel…
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    BOOMER WORLD

  • HIV & AIDS Appears to be an Epidemic Among Black Baby Boomers

    Beverly Mahone
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    When my husband and I decided to get married back in 2005, we both felt it was important to be tested for HIV/AIDS. This was only logical since both of us had been around the block a time or two or three. Although we had no reason to believe either of us were infected, We had no problem doing it and are glad we did.Sadly, that's not the case nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 43 percent of blacks between the ages of 50-55 are living with HIV/AIDS and 51 percent among those 65 and older. That's the equivalent of 1 in 4 baby boomers living with the disease. BUT IT GETS…
  • Boomers and Retirement Worries

    Beverly Mahone
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    High medical expenses are Americans' biggest financial worry about retirement, according to a new Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) report. 28% of Americans gave this response; the highest-income households (over $75,000 per year) are actually more concerned about high medical expenses than the overall population. Running out of money is the biggest fear for millennials (18-29 year-olds) and a close second overall.One-third of Americans say they can't save more for retirement because they have just enough money for their day-to-day expenses. 14% blame other family obligations and 10% lay fault with…
  • 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…
 
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    Boomer Diva Nation

  • Increase Success by Focusing on Less

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

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

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

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

    Beverly
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Special Guest Post by BDN member: Linda Alexander Four years ago today I sat in my oncologist’s office after five months of grueling chemotherapy treatments for a complicated form of Lymphoma. My regimen was over, or we hoped it was, and as my husband and I waited for the doctor to come in the room, […]
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    BoomerCafé ... it's your place

  • A simple philosophy for a boomer: be kind

    Cafe
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If baby boomer Larry Checco of Silver Spring, Maryland, isn’t a philosopher, maybe he ought to be. Because in much of what Larry writes for BoomerCafé, we hear the philosophy of a boomer who has learned a lot about life. What he has learned and conveyed in today’s piece is, Be Kind. Although I’ve lived in the Washington DC area for 35 years, I was born and raised just outside of New York City (blank stares). I’m a Type A personality and a certifiable ADHD adult (titters). And already today I’m on my fourth cup of coffee (loud chuckles). Larry Checco Folks, you’re dealing with the…
  • Now is the time for baby boomers to love work

    Cafe
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Veteran career advisor Reiner Lomb – himself a baby boomer – tells us that he hears boomers express a greater emphasis to continue working beyond retirement age and to do work with personal purpose and passion.  We agree completely with him.  He’s what he shares. Many Boomers would like to change to a career with more passion and purpose, but they are held back for similar reasons. Some of the typical statements I hear include: “I am too old to start over in a new career.” “People won’t pay for the work I am passionate about.” “A new career wouldn’t allow me to make…
  • Baggage from a boomer’s own memories of the past

    Cafe
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:18 pm
    We’ve run many pieces on BoomerCafé over the years about boomers’ fond memories of their childhood. But this piece from Karen Karlitz, raised in New York but now from Santa Monica, California? Not so much! It’s an excerpt from her new novel, the e-book “Baggage,” and a lot of us probably can relate because a lot of us have baggage in our own memories of the past. Thanksgiving, 1969. I can’t remember what I ate for lunch today, but I see that day as clearly as if I’m watching it on an old Magnavox. My mother Rose buzzes around our cramped apartment in Queens, her hair in…
  • Signs that baby boomers are dropping the ball

    Cafe
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Every baby boomer with grown children faces this question: Am I now a friend, or still a parent? The author of Retirement Reboot, Dennis Miller of Anthem, Arizona, who MarketWatch has called a “Retirementor,” has written about the question, and how to answer it. He offers three keys to parenthood. Frankly, many of us are screwing up our most important job: raising self-sufficient adults. There are signs that baby boomers are dropping the ball everywhere. Only 39% of incoming college freshmen graduate within four years. 50% of recent US college graduates report accepting financial help…
  • What ever happened to Nancy in the comics?

    Cafe
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Boomers, this will definitely take you back! Back to the good ol’ days when … gulp … Nancy and Sluggo were a big deal in the comics. BoomerCafe’s Poet-In-Residence Harriet Shenkman of Westchester, New York, is back with her own look back, asking, What Ever Happened to Nancy? Nancy sported an Afro, her bow resting like a bird in a black nest. She never wore a mini skirt. The most she ever dared was to reform Sluggo. Still, she got me in big trouble. “You took my daughter’s Nancy comics,” a neighbor yelled, threatening to report me to the Principal. “We’re not on school…
 
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  • Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landing

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landingTwitterTwo dozen people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries on Sunday after an Air Canada flight 'came down pretty hard.'Cause of the scary landing More newsHundreds rally against Indiana lawPope prays for Alps crash victims
  • Decorated cop improving after horrific ordeal

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Decorated cop improving after horrific ordealAPOfficials said Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, 34, was expected to make a full recovery after he was shot point-blank in the face Friday.Details on his heroic pastMore newsO'Malley disses political dynastiesSuspect in museum attack dead
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Ind. governor defends hotly contested law

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Ind. governor defends hotly contested lawAPGov. Mike Pence shot down criticism Sunday over his decision to enact a measure that is seen as biased against gays and lesbians.Issue he 'won't be pursuing'More on this storyHundreds rally against Ind. lawBarkley: Final Four should move
  • Grim discovery made at NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Grim discovery made at NYC building blastAPOfficials pulled two bodies from the rubble Sunday after an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Victim's emtional family visits scene Related stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
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  • Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landing

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landingTwitterTwo dozen people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries on Sunday after an Air Canada flight 'came down pretty hard.'Cause of the scary landing More newsHundreds rally against Indiana lawPope prays for Alps crash victims
  • Decorated cop improving after horrific ordeal

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Decorated cop improving after horrific ordealAPOfficials said Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, 34, was expected to make a full recovery after he was shot point-blank in the face Friday.Details on his heroic pastMore newsO'Malley disses political dynastiesSuspect in museum attack dead
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Ind. governor defends hotly contested law

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Ind. governor defends hotly contested lawAPGov. Mike Pence shot down criticism Sunday over his decision to enact a measure that is seen as biased against gays and lesbians.Issue he 'won't be pursuing'More on this storyHundreds rally against Ind. lawBarkley: Final Four should move
  • Grim discovery made at NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Grim discovery made at NYC building blastAPOfficials pulled two bodies from the rubble Sunday after an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Victim's emtional family visits scene Related stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
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  • Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landing

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landingTwitterTwo dozen people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries on Sunday after an Air Canada flight 'came down pretty hard.'Cause of the scary landing More newsHundreds rally against Indiana lawPope prays for Alps crash victims
  • Decorated cop improving after horrific ordeal

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Decorated cop improving after horrific ordealAPOfficials said Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, 34, was expected to make a full recovery after he was shot point-blank in the face Friday.Details on his heroic pastMore newsO'Malley disses political dynastiesSuspect in museum attack dead
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Ind. governor defends hotly contested law

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Ind. governor defends hotly contested lawAPGov. Mike Pence shot down criticism Sunday over his decision to enact a measure that is seen as biased against gays and lesbians.Issue he 'won't be pursuing'More on this storyHundreds rally against Ind. lawBarkley: Final Four should move
  • Grim discovery made at NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Grim discovery made at NYC building blastAPOfficials pulled two bodies from the rubble Sunday after an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Victim's emtional family visits scene Related stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
 
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  • Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landing

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landingTwitterTwo dozen people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries on Sunday after an Air Canada flight 'came down pretty hard.'Cause of the scary landing More newsHundreds rally against Indiana lawPope prays for Alps crash victims
  • Decorated cop improving after horrific ordeal

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Decorated cop improving after horrific ordealAPOfficials said Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, 34, was expected to make a full recovery after he was shot point-blank in the face Friday.Details on his heroic pastMore newsO'Malley disses political dynastiesSuspect in museum attack dead
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Ind. governor defends hotly contested law

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Ind. governor defends hotly contested lawAPGov. Mike Pence shot down criticism Sunday over his decision to enact a measure that is seen as biased against gays and lesbians.Issue he 'won't be pursuing'More on this storyHundreds rally against Ind. lawBarkley: Final Four should move
  • Grim discovery made at NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Grim discovery made at NYC building blastAPOfficials pulled two bodies from the rubble Sunday after an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Victim's emtional family visits scene Related stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
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  • Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landing

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Plane crashes off runway after 'abrupt' landingTwitterTwo dozen people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries on Sunday after an Air Canada flight 'came down pretty hard.'Cause of the scary landing More newsHundreds rally against Indiana lawPope prays for Alps crash victims
  • Decorated cop improving after horrific ordeal

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Decorated cop improving after horrific ordealAPOfficials said Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, 34, was expected to make a full recovery after he was shot point-blank in the face Friday.Details on his heroic pastMore newsO'Malley disses political dynastiesSuspect in museum attack dead
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Ind. governor defends hotly contested law

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Ind. governor defends hotly contested lawAPGov. Mike Pence shot down criticism Sunday over his decision to enact a measure that is seen as biased against gays and lesbians.Issue he 'won't be pursuing'More on this storyHundreds rally against Ind. lawBarkley: Final Four should move
  • Grim discovery made at NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Grim discovery made at NYC building blastAPOfficials pulled two bodies from the rubble Sunday after an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Victim's emtional family visits scene Related stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
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    RetirementRevised

  • Medicare doc fix: something for everyone to dislike, but a needed reform

    Mark Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to the long-standing threat of sharp reductions in Medicare’s payments to doctors. But the so-called “doc fix” will be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries will pay part of the bill. The big questions: How much? And, could a doc fix be achieved without hitting up seniors to pay part of the bill? The phrase “doc fix” refers to the annual threat to cut Medicare payments to physicians under a payment formula called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the SGR seeks to keep physician…
  • Lump sum pension offers: Don’t count on your employer for advice

    Mark Miller
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    If you are due a pension from a former employer, there is a good chance you were or soon will be offered a lump-sum payment in exchange for giving up that guaranteed monthly check for life. Should you take it? Probably not, but making a smart decision depends on a complex set of assumptions about future interest rates, possible rates of market returns and your longevity. It is a tough analysis unless you have an actuarial background. Unfortunately, employers are not providing enough information. That is the conclusion of a recent review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office of 11…
  • Aging in place is popular, but does it always make sense?

    Mark Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    It’s been a mantra in recent years: most Americans want to stay right where they are in retirement. Aging in place is the preference expressed by older Americans in most surveys – a view that springs, in part, from rebellion against the notion that retirement communities in the Sunbelt states or institutional settings like nursing homes are the right place for all older people. Aging in place can be a good option – but it’s not always realistic. Issues to consider include the cost of upkeep and healthcare and proximity to family, recreation, leisure activities and…
  • Building retirement security by avoiding job burnout: A Q&A with Kerry Hannon

    Mark Miller
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Kerry Hannon If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: “Stick with it.” Burnout is one of the biggest problems in the workplace, especially for older workers. An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half of workers retire earlier than they expected – and that job burnout is a key factor. But sticking it out is important to retirement security, Hannon says in her new book Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness (Wiley, 2015).
  • How Your Social Security Benefit Is Calculated

    Mark Miller
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Stephen C. Goss If you’ve checked your annual Social Security statement lately, you probably know the size of the benefit you’re projected to receive in retirement. But do you know how that number is calculated? Social Security determines your initial benefit at full retirement age (FRA) using a complex formula that takes into account your earning history, wage inflation, and a present-value calculation. If you want to understand how the math in those formulas works, there’s no better person to ask than Stephen C. Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration…
 
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    POPSUGAR Celebrity

  • Justin Timberlake Suits Up For His Big Night

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Justin Timberlake made his way to LA on Sunday for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, where the singer is set to receive the night's biggest honor. This year, Justin will take home the 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award, which celebrates his success in the entertainment world and his contributions to the music industry. For the fun night out, Justin sported a bright blue suit, smiling as he posed for pictures with Taylor Swift. The show marks the latest in a series of very exciting moments in Justin's big year. On his birthday, Jan. 31, he and his wife, Jessica Biel, announced that they're expecting…
  • Hot Music Stars Hit the Red Carpet at the iHeartRadio Awards

    Nick-Maslow
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    The iHeart Radio Music Awards is the place to be in LA on Sunday. Before all the performances and speeches, stars took to the red carpet, showing off their sexy looks while striking fun and flirty poses. Zendaya showed some skin in a bright outfit, while Nick Jonas suited up one day after he got slimed at the Kids' Choice Awards. The show's second year is shaping up to be even bigger than the first. Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, and Iggy Azalea are among the performers set to take center stage, and Justin Timberlake will be recognized for his expansive career. Keep reading to see the…
  • Finally, the Destiny's Child Reunion You've Been Waiting For

    Nick-Maslow
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Nope, it's not 2005 - Beyoncé performed with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on Saturday. Even after all these years, the Destiny's Child dynamic was on point at the Stellar Awards in Las Vegas. This time, however, Michelle was the singer who took the center position. The group harmonized while belting out Michelle's spiritual song "Say Yes." If the melody sounds familiar, it might be because the ladies joined forces in the music video last year. Their latest collaborations round out a handful of times we've seen the ladies show sweet support for each other since pursuing solo careers.
  • Britney Spears Slips Into a Bikini For Her Hawaiian Family Vacation

    Caitlin-Hacker
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Britney Spears and boyfriend Charlie Ebersol took her sons on a relaxing vacation to Hawaii this week. Britney, who is currently on hiatus from her Las Vegas residency show "Piece of Me," showed off her toned body in a tiny blue two-piece - see her hottest bikini moments from over the years. The singer was all smiles while spending quality time with Sean and Jayden. She shared a cute photo on Instagram of her and Sean goofing around by the pool with the caption, "AL-O-HA!" accompanied by a palm tree emoji. After the group returned home, Britney tweeted another picture of their fun time.
  • Carrie Underwood Shares an Adorable Snap of Her Baby Boy!

    Nick-Maslow
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    If you were excited for Carrie Underwood when she gave birth for the first time in February, wait until you see baby Isaiah's new photo. On Sunday, the country superstar shared the snap on Instagram. The little guy has his eyes closed while lying on a plush blanket and holding a Nashville Predators hockey stick. "The Predators are in the playoffs! Just waiting to get called up! #PutMeInCoach," Carrie captioned the picture. Although Carrie and husband Mike Fisher announced Isaiah's birth with a cute photo of the little guy, this marks the first time the couple have given us a glimpse of his…
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • My Strike Against Ponytails – And a Public Service Announcement!

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

    arlene
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    My son and daughter and husband are already conspiring to make my very big upcoming birthday – NOT UNTIL MAY please note- very special. I am playing along with it, especially because I like big celebrations of all sorts, and especially ones that involve me. I have spoken before in my blog about being deprived of birthday parties growing up where my birthday was almost a non-event. The world didn’t revolve around me then, though I wanted it to. All systems are go for the big party itself – it will be a fun, rocking dance party. I have been throwing out unique gift ideas, or…
  • Courage And Kindness

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

    arlene
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    My husband and I are opposites in many ways and I have addressed this is many blogs before this one. We also approach Daylight Savings Time from different perspectives. I love turning the clocks back in the fall. I find that first day longer and I can get more done. This is because I am the type of person that tries to squeeze in far too many things to do with the amount of time I am given. So when the Spring is nearing and we turn the clocks AHEAD, this causes me some serious issues. (not really so don’t read anything dark into that statement.) My husband, who is always saying he…
  • Ingenious Recipe for PANCAKE DAY!

    arlene
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    It’s Pancake Day and Here’s A Healthy Way to Eat Them It’s Pancake Day!! First of all, I can’t believe there is such a thing to begin with, but then again, why not? I am sure IHOP is loving it. Since I have a sweet tooth a mile long, and I now see that I have gotten it from my Dad, who absolutely insists on sweets and desserts every day, (and thankfully my kids didn’t inherit this trait) I just adore pancakes. Not just any old pancake of course. I want the kind smothered with real maple syrup. In fact, we have found a place in Houston, far superior to IHOP for…
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    The Redhead Riter

  • Something Hidden In The Soup And Salad At Olive Garden

    Sherry Riter
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    Sometimes you can be surprised when you least expect it. Being a single parent is no small task. Every day […] 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!
  • Chuckle Of The Day – Cows, Texting, Exercise, Scared Of The Animals

    Sherry Riter
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    Cows And Bulls A man takes his wife to the cattle show. They start heading down the alley that houses […] 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!
  • Walmart Fail – Wrong As A Playboy Magazine In Church

    Sherry Riter
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Since I was on the other side of town looking for a hard to find item, I thought I would […] 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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  • Research on Older Adults & Sexual Health

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

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

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

    Walker
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    When was the last time you said, “I’m not in the mood”? What do we mean when we say that? You have no actual desire. Your partner isn’t very good at pleasuring you so you avoid sex. Your relationship is tense and sex is the last thing you want to think about. Too much stress or physical causes are occupying your mind–keeping you from thinking about intimacy.   If you’re not in the mood you have a couple of options. Because remember, you get to have sex the way you want it, when you want it, and with the person you choose. First you have to decide…
  • Wanting Sexual Intimacy Should Not be a Stigma

    Walker
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
      I’m writing about Hot Octopuss and their products because it’s relevant to our world of sexuality, specifically male sexuality. We don’t often talk about male sex toys but they are as relevant to men as they are to women–so why aren’t we promoting them? (I may get a PULSE II at some point to review, but this is not a paid review.)  I’m pleased to be able to talk about this product and the company’s new campaign, #SexNotStigma. The focus of the campaign and their products is on erectile dysfunction–for men with age-related…
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