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  • 30 Favorite Memories of an Incredible Son on his 30th Birthday

    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin
    arlene
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I have said it over and over again about what a blessed and fortunate mom I am to have my two children, who have surpassed my greatest expectations in all realms of life. Now it is my son Brett’s 30th Birthday. First of all, 30 seems so much younger to me when it is about my son and his friends. It didn’t seem young to me when I turned 30 six months after Brett’s birth, but now it is quite the opposite At 30, Brett still has his whole adult life ahead of him,  and based on the excitement he has generated for himself in the first 30 years, it looks like it will be a…
  • Enjoying a makeshift Christmas!

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    This year we are living in a small rental house, anxiously awaiting the completion of our new home in the foothills. Our house is so small there is definitely no room for a tree, and no chimney for the stockings. What to do? Mike decided to decorate our metal tree sculpture with natural garland, candy canes and an angel on top! I guess this photo will forever remind me of this crazy makeshift Christmas… Then I started putting up the stockings… why not near the front door? What the heck! Rasta put on his Christmas jacket, and now we’re all set!
  • Dementia, but Prettier

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.
  • Amazing Vintage Photos of American Life in the 1930's

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
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  • Non Stick Silicone Baking Mat

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • Enjoying a makeshift Christmas!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    This year we are living in a small rental house, anxiously awaiting the completion of our new home in the foothills. Our house is so small there is definitely no room for a tree, and no chimney for the stockings. What to do? Mike decided to decorate our metal tree sculpture with natural garland, candy canes and an angel on top! I guess this photo will forever remind me of this crazy makeshift Christmas… Then I started putting up the stockings… why not near the front door? What the heck! Rasta put on his Christmas jacket, and now we’re all set!
  • Marriage and Making Friends

    midlifecrisisqueen
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    “I said I was married, not buried!” I have moved over 25 times in my life, most times as a single person, and a few married. Six months ago my husband Mike and I moved from metroland in northern Colorado, with over 200 people per square mile, to sparsely populated Huerfano County. Since moving I have noticed an interesting social phenomenon that I hadn’t ever really noticed before. Most of the women I’ve met here seem to only socialize as a couple, and not separately. This is a whole new concept for me, and I have to say I’m not wild about it. Having been single…
  • Is it now yet, and what is normal?

    midlifecrisisqueen
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    I got to thinking yesterday, while spacing out on TV, if what is portrayed on the Christmas ads is normal, than I have to be the biggest freak alive! First of all I have a very small family and we generally don’t spend any money at Christmas. I have never felt particularly ‘normal’ and generally I feel that’s a good thing, but I have to wonder, are these pictures I see on TV what’s really happening in this country? I feel like an alien in my own culture! Christmas is about fond memories and great times with those I love. Truss action anyone?
  • Becoming the person you are inside

    midlifecrisisqueen
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    I hope you are now living the life you feel proud of, and if not, you have the strength and integrity to start over again. It takes courage to stop and take an honest look at your life, and even more to admit this life is not at all what you had hoped for. Sometimes it takes a crisis to cause us to take the time to sit alone and look at the sum total of our existence here on earth. What do you have so far? At these times it may help to ask yourself: Is this what I’d hoped for? Is this my best effort? If I died today would I be happy with my life? Does this life give me joy? Am I proud…
  • Too bad we didn’t get a view!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Construction is finally underway at our new home up near the mountains… Go see!
 
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    The New Old Age

  • Dementia, but Prettier

    By Paula Span
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.
  • Questionable Remedies for Eye Disease

    By Paula Span
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Supplements claiming to prevent age-related macular degeneration often don't contain enough, or any, of the ingredients shown to help, a researcher warns.
  • U.S. Health Care Lags Worldwide for Those Over 65

    By Paula Span
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    The United States still has mortifying lapses and problems, despite spending more on health care than any country in the world, a new Commonwealth Fund report reveals.
  • Unmet Needs Continue to Pile Up

    By Paula Span
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    When someone is spending $3,500 or more a month for assisted living, are there fewer activities the resident can’t manage?
  • A Focus on the Heart for Older Patients

    By Paula Span
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The first geriatric cardiology clinic in New York opened at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center in August. It’s different.
 
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Non Stick Silicone Baking Mat

    ironik
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    For anyone who search for these mats, you’re going to come across a complete great deal of choices. As a way to decipher among these which might be terrible or very good, you simply need to take into account excellent. Cheap mats are normally not worth your money simply because they’ll warp promptly and commonly won’t last for long. By spending a little bit added to get a professional grade silicone baking mat, you are going to be saving money within the long run. You’ll be able to normally inform an expert mat from the thickness. It will likely be thicker in…
  • Diabetes Destroyed Review Information

    ironik
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    Diabetes destroyed therapy guide is here and right here to remain as Ricky Everett breakdown the remedy system, the diabetes destroyed system that can ensure that you get to be entirely and wholly ridden of the diabetes woes just by following the straightforward step-by-step directions that are outlined inside the remarkable Diabetes destroyed review. The diabetes destroyed program guide is really a major therapy guide in the world of option remedy and with out doubt, it has established efficient in its works because it could be affirmed from some of the diabetes destroyed testimonials.
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    16 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
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    16 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
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  • Erectile Dysfunction Protocol Review Scam

    ironik
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    The Erectile Dysfunction Protocol, or the ED Protocol, is an ebook health system that promises to help guys reverse the problem of erectile dysfunction. This program’s aim is to assistance men get their robust vitality back and bring back great knowledge that each them and their partners appreciate. Erectile Dysfunction Protocol is usually a answer that is definitely confirmed to become 100% all-natural, protected, and effective. In the plan, you’ll find out the best approaches to make use of an efficient system that could have a positive influence on your life. As a matter of truth,…
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • Dear Friends Still Defending Bill Cosby At All Cost

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    Dear Friend: I apologize for my long response about allegations against Bill Cosby. To help you decide whether you'll read my entire thought process, you should know that this letter is divided into three parts. The first part laments the disillusionment that comes with considering these allegations against him and shares the background of what I know about Bill Cosby having seen him on TV
  • Bruno Mars Performs Uptown Funk on The Voice (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:13 am
    If you saw The Voice finale, then you know that Damien came in fourth, Chris Jamison came in third, Matthew McAndrew second, and Craig Wayne Boyd won. Now, on to the performance I enjoyed most: Bruno Mars, of course. Although I definitely enjoyed seeing Jennifer Hudson performing with Damien and Fall Out Boy with Matthew as well. Bruno Mars and his band cut up with his latest hit "Uptown Funk.
  • The Voice: Usually I Can Call the Winner, But Not This Time

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    I have no clue who will win tonight on NBC's The Voice, and that says how talented this group is. I can usually call it, but not this time. I bought Damien Lawson's original "Solider" and his rendition of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You," but honestly, I enjoyed every performance. Craig Wayne Boyd (Blake's country singer) is not just talented but also damned sexy when he's performing. Chris "
  • When a movement grows organically: Why #CrimingWhileWhite complaints waste time

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    A friend of mine on Facebook asked me what I thought of this article by Kara Brown at Jezebel, "The Problem With #CrimingWhileWhite." And here is what I said with some additional information added to the post today: I saw arguments like Brown's the same night I posted on this #CrimingWhileWhite after I saw it on Twitter. I think she's wrong. Sometimes black people sound like they live in
  • Blacksplain vs. Mansplain vs. Whitesplain vs. Poem

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    I wrote the poem "Song of the Fatigued Blacksplaining Folk" during National Poetry Month of this year, and recently turned it into a digital poster that's embedded farther down in this blog post. As the title indicates, and to borrow the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, "I am tired of being sick and tired" of explaining racism in America and how racist policies hurt not only people of color but the
 
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

    Suzanne
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    My daughter’s long term boyfriend is from Saint Louis. He introduced our family to Gooey Butter Cake (a traditional Saint Louis cake) a few years ago. I had, previously, never heard of such a thing. My daughter then introduced me to Gooey Butter Cookies. There are endless variations to the recipe, but I thought I’d share the version I recently made for the staff at physical therapy. Note, these cookies aren’t a “Christmas cookie,” but I’m making them for Christmas anyway. What I like about them: •  They’re easy to make. •  They aren’t…
  • A House Divided

    Suzanne
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Some families have divided loyalties over colleges and/or college teams. Some families are divided over their favorite football teams. Or music choices. My family? We are playing The Name Game and it’s being taken seriously. Everything is progressing with Puppy-To-Be. (My future service dog, best friend, and photography assistant!) The puppies turn seven weeks old today. As most of you know, we previously were promised a puppy from a breeder. When the puppy turned eight weeks old the breeder told me I could come get him “anytime” and helped me name him … Fred. A few…
  • December 17, 2014

    Suzanne
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    We’ve had a couple, very needed, storms pass through recently. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I have to admit, I’ve really enjoyed the rain. Let’s hope California can pull out of “the worst drought in 1,200 years.” I’m getting excited about Christmas. Some of my friends are Jewish and have begun celebrating Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to those of you celebrating! I mailed gifts off to my North Carolina son yesterday. He’s going to be all by himself on Christmas which breaks my mom-heart. I’m planning to…
  • Pictures From Santa Monica

    Suzanne
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    I haven’t gone through most of my recent photos yet. But, here are a few from last weekend in Santa Monica. First, an obligatory self portrait from when I first arrived at my hotel: I had driven through lots of rain to get where I needed to go. I was thrilled to see the weather was wonderful upon my arrival … As seen in this photo taken through my hotel window: Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I knew I would be pretty busy for the next few days so I decided to go for a sunset walk before it got dark. I noticed it was already getting a little…
  • December 15, 2014

    Suzanne
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m still in L.A., but I’ll be returning home by evening. It’s been a busy few days. I made it up to L.A. through a torrential downpour. It’s been beautiful since I arrived. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I did a (very) little bit of Christmas shopping on this trip. I’ve been seeing friends, and family, and Christmas-Partied a bit too much. I’ve been wearing “real” clothes with sweaters, and scarves, and boots. (Such a change of pace from my usual yoga pants/jeans and flip flops!) I do have a little bit of…
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane's Whiskey Sour Cake

    Average Jane
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    I recently participated in a great #BoozyBaking webinar sponsored by Maker's Mark Bourbon. They sent me a bottle of Maker's Mark along with a bunch of other goodies to make Old Fashioneds and other holiday treats. As part of the promotion, we were invited to create a recipe based on a classic cocktail. I decided that I would see if I could make a cake with the flavor of a Whiskey Sour. I modified a recipe I found on on Fine Cooking and it turned out just as I'd hoped. The cake has a tangy flavor from the lemon zest, and the flavors of orange and Maker's Mark Bourbon in…
  • Average Jane's Dog Visits Santa Claus

    Average Jane
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I took Toby to a playdate with other Italian Greyhounds a couple of weekends ago and he had his usual good time. Because it was December, there was an opportunity to make a donation to the Missouri/Kansas Italian Greyhound IGCA Rescue and get your dog's photo taken with Santa. So of course we did that. Can you tell Toby asked for treats? Despite a lifetime of enthusiastic pet ownership, this is actually the first time I've ever had a pet's photo taken with Santa Claus. Usually I get some shots of the cats under the tree or licking a gingerbread house, but that's been my…
  • Average Jane Listens To Her Dream

    Average Jane
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One morning earlier this week, I woke up and remembered that I had been dreaming that I was listening to a band called Little Bear. Because I wake up and go back to sleep a couple of times each morning, I was still in enough of a dream state on that particular morning to actually open the browser on my iPad and do a search for "Little Bear." If I hadn't done it right then, I'd have forgotten all about it. A couple of days later, I opened my browser again and there was the search, with results leading to a band called Little Bear in Derry, Ireland. I had some time before I…
  • Average Jane's Bad Back

    Average Jane
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    I scooped the foster kitty's litterbox this morning and when I bent down to put it back on the floor my back spasmed so bad that I thought I was going to pass out from the pain, right there on the filthy floor of my basement. It hurt so much I felt like I was going to throw up, and I got all hot and sweaty. I couldn't help but moan my distress until my husband came to find out what was wrong. He brought me an Alleve and a glass of water and eventually had to come down and open the back doors so I could walk all the way around the house to get upstairs, because there was no way I could…
  • Average Jane and Her Foster Cat

    Average Jane
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    In case you're wondering how things are going with Sooty the foster cat, the answer is very well! First of all, we reached the fundraising goal for getting his dental work done. A thousand and twenty thank yous from me and Sooty both to everyone who donated! On his last trip to the vet, he had almost reached eight pounds (he was six-and-a-half when I first brought him home) and I would guess he's there now. The antibiotic shot from the first visit had improved his gums to the point that the vet decided that he did not in fact have stomatitis; just a bunch of bad teeth. I got him…
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    Cindy La Ferle's Home Office

  • Help for the holiday blues

    Cindy La Ferle
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    There’s no escaping the fact that Christmas is the most nostalgic — and over-hyped — American holiday. To anyone who’s battling a tough case of seasonal depression or a death in the family, the season of “comfort and joy” often feels like a month-long endurance test. Or, as Garrison Keillor once quipped in my all-time […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Granny Sue's News and Reviews: West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue's Daily Blog

  • The Darkest Time of the Year

    Granny Sue
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I found this ceramic tree last summer. It's really red andwhite but looks pink in this photo. It's a gray, cold, damp day. A threat of rain or perhaps snow flurries is in the air; it's December, and the darkest time of the year as we approach the Solstice.I remember when this time of year was a difficult one for me. Perhaps it was a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or perhaps it was just because in those days before we had electric lights here, the dark came so soon and even the days were often like today's weather, gloomy and overcast so that the house seemed to be dark all the…
  • Tree's Up!

    Granny Sue
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    We finished our tree this weekend. Now to take down the Indian corn that's still hanging by the driveway! It's funny how we can miss something we pass by every day. Larry even put lights up right beside it and didn't notice the corn.Still way behind this year on getting things ready for the holidays. I think we'll do the 12 days of Christmas this year and leave it all in place until January 6th! At least we'll have time to enjoy it before packing it away again.Copyright Susanna Holstein. All rights reserved. No Republication or Redistribution Allowed without attribution to Susanna Holstein.
  • Projects and a Few Finds

    Granny Sue
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    In the midst of storytelling, Thanksgiving, visitors, and getting ready for Christmas, I've been working on some painting projects--three to be exact. I have photos of two of them; I will have a pic of the third later on.First, check out these awesome lamps! It seems like I get into runs of certain things. Like those Pyrex Primary Color bowls. I had one set for sale; now I have four. They just kept showing up for reasonable prices and in this business the mantra is buy it when you see it. Same thing with lamps. Recently I've been finding several good vintage lamps and shades.I find that…
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    Nanny Goats in Panties

  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Privilege

  • Holiday Break, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:43am

    Lisa
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Time for the Privilege holiday break. For all of you celebrating Christmas and the Gregorian New Year, may all your festivities be glorious and bright. For those of you in other cultures, may your next couple of weeks be as full of peace, hope, and joy as humanly possible. Thank you so much for reading. Have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you in January, 2015. My how time flies. Share on Facebook Tweet!
  • Mad Dogs And Englishwomen: How To Buy A Swimsuit In The Wintertime

    Lisa
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    My family has a tradition of winter trips to warm places. Usually warm places by the seaside, where, with any luck, we swim. Here’s the thing. Have you ever noticed how swimsuits seem to age even when they’re just drawer-warming? How suits that looked great in August become unwearable by December? What’s up with that? And it’s hard to find warm weather gear in cold weather times. Therefore, in preparation for this year’s trip, I thought I’d run to Nordstrom. I imagined myself emerging victorious, with one of the suits below clutched to my breast. Nordstrom…
  • Should I Give My Boss A Gift?

    Lisa
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The worst holiday present I ever got came from someone I quite liked. It wasn’t an insult or lump of coal. Nor was it wrapped in glitter paper, to explode into the carpet and sparkle like a drunk party-crasher. Nope, it was simply a present from a peer at work. Wine maybe. But it was all done up, with a card and an envelope. And I had nothing to give in return. “Hells bells!” as my father might say. Workplace giving can be tricky. Oh, at a Fortune 250 company,  it’s OK. HR makes sure you know who to give presents to, and when, and how. Or, at a startup with lots of…
  • Let Us Remember That Presents Can Be Awesome, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:57am

    Lisa
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    My Aunt L., she of the recent 80th birthday and head prefect of Sturdy Gal Academy, gives all her adult nieces and nephews Christmas presents. I will point out, there are a lot of us. Win had 4 daughters, my mother 3 daughters and 1 son. But every year Aunt L. wraps and delivers to everybody. The best present she ever gave, which, in retrospect, may be one of the best ever given or received in my family, was a net bag of chestnuts and a chestnut roaster. Since we tend more, as a group, to irreverence than nut roasts, when the time came to go home one family hid the chestnuts in the car of…
  • A Couple Of Dumb Lessons From My California Winter Garden

    Lisa
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Gardens are such obvious teachers we might wave our hands in dismissal. “Oh,” with an additional shake of the head, “We knew that already!” But in these days of information and calculation, dumb lessons dog us. Imagine a California garden in winter, for example. Palm trees, surfers and tropical flowers may come to mind. Nope. We’re north. Home to fallen leaves, red berries, and decaying camellias. That particular camellia is a sasanqua, if you wondered. My part of California doesn’t go white in December. We’ll get gray skies with rain, or blue with still-warm sun.
 
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    Out On The Stoop

  • Not Gone But Distracted

    Gena
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I meant to go back to The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. I didn't make it. I was seduced by the 99 Cents Only store. And Samy's Camera. More about that later.There was a moment when I looked at the woman in the chair and I felt, something. Well, it was more than that; like time traveling to a bookstore off of Market Street, past the hot pretzel store.More like a window. But there was a place where broke folks could do serious reading. You could find books for 25 cents or four for a dollar.Magazines for a dime or high toned ones for fifty cents. A place where you buy underground comix like…
  • Pershing Square Downtown Los Angeles 2014

    Gena
    30 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I was feeling blah so I went for a walk. Which means I hopped a bus, a bit of a train and then I walked around downtown Los Angeles. So much has changed.There was a time when you walked quickly and held your nose as you passed Pershing Square. It was a camp town for the homeless and those that didn't have any other place to go. Or got chased out of those cities and wound out downtown. There are still homeless folk in the park but not as many as there use to be. The area is being upscaled so that there is more cleaning, more hi-rise apartments and more hi-toned, expensive stores coming into…
  • 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…
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • A CRAFT STORE? IN WIMBERLEY?

    Hill Country Hippie
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    When I went to that craft fair not long ago, cardmaker LaNell passed on a most amazing bit of scuttlebut. There was a new scrapbooking store. In wee little Wimberley! Well, I don't do scrapbooking, so I didn't get too terribly excited. I figured it would be a teeny-tiny place, with a very limited selection. Plus, you wouldn't be-lieve how fast things go in and out of business here. Sometimes it's best not to rush out and get your hopes up. To tell you the truth, I all but forgot about it until yesterday, when I took a different route than usual and spotted this sign near the big interior…
  • CREATIVE CONDUITS

    Hill Country Hippie
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    I once read a quote (if only I could remember where, and by whom) that went something like this: I feel closest to the Great Creator when creating. I find that to be so, so true, and it's the first thing that crossed my mind when I watched this amazing little video which Hubby shared on Facebook. My next thought was "Well there you go. Yet another example of what happens when someone opens themselves up completely, and allows him-or herself to become a conduit." I mean, seriously, how many times have you read that some of the greatest artists, authors, and musicians known to man claim that a…
  • WHAT TO DO WITH USED TEABAGS

    Hill Country Hippie
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Well, I finally finished my first project in Christy Tomlinson's 12 Artsy Ornaments class -- guaranteed to delight any tea-drinking-art-journaling gal like me...Itty-bitty journals made out of used teabags and cardboard!Would have finished way sooner if I hadn't decided I needed to make at least a half dozen to share.Takes a while to save up that many tea bags!You can actually write in them if you so choose.Now it's on to the next project and, hopefully, spending some time with my little Christmas journal, which has been sadly neglected!
  • LUCK OF THE DRAW

    Hill Country Hippie
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    A few years back, when we finally realized that the younger generation just couldn't afford to buy gifts for every aunt, uncle and cousin, my side of the family decided to draw names. This year sister Gussie just happened to draw mine, and she was pretty darned excited about it, judging from all the smirks and giggles aimed in my direction. Gus is the one who went to Lucky Star art camp with me this fall, which may have had something to do with this...a beautiful tote bearing the artwork of one of my favorite Lucky Star instructors, Juliette Crane. But wait, there's more! Inside the bag I…
  • CELEBRATING DALLAS-STYLE

    Hill Country Hippie
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Baby Bro "Wooly"Sorry for going AWOL on you, but we headed up to Dallas early Friday morning for a three-day Christmas party with my sibs and their families. It began Friday evening with most of us going uptown for dinner at a new place called Grain.  Pretty yummy, but I should probably warn ya' -- be prepared for a veeeeery leisurely meal. (like, three hours!)On Saturday I got to spend the whole day hanging with sister Gus, to help her get ready for the evening's festivities. We did, however, manage to squeeze in lunch at Rosa's Cafe, an old favorite from our days in Midland, TX, plus a…
 
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  • Go where the baby boomers are!

    Cafe
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I’m 64 …. then what? Robert Atkinson, author and professor of human development and director of Life Story Commons at the University of Southern Maine, figured that one out: go someplace beautiful! Which means, as he found, Go Where The Boomers Are. As a way to celebrate my wife’s birthday — the one Paul McCartney had all the big questions about — we decided on a getaway to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, one of the islands we had visited twenty years ago as part of a charter sailing adventure. We flew to St. Thomas, got our rental car, picked up a few groceries,…
  • Age seems less important in today’s world

    Cafe
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:56 pm
    It doesn’t really matter how old anyone is; in today’s economy, people have to re-brand themselves. In this excerpt from her book – “Re-Branding Yourself After Age 50: Recharge your Career, Start a Business or Achieve More Professional Success in Midlife” – Marva Goldsmith has some good advice for baby boomers who find themselves in that fix … whether it applies to their professional, or personal, lives. As of this writing I am single … and looking. Hello?! I went on a date a few months ago with a man I met over a popular Internet-dating site. My date worked in…
  • A boomer pulls on rain boots in the Pacific Northwest

    Cafe
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    What’s life like for a baby boomer who turned in her Chicago stilettos for rain boots in a small town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula? Most of the time, pretty routine. But for fiction writer Linda Myers, one day it all changed. Sort of. It was during Flattie Season. The auditorium door opens. Four men enter and take seats in front of us. They’re young, all wearing jeans, expensive shoes, and t-shirts with humorous sayings. Our chairwoman brings us back to attention. She wouldn’t want to lose control of the garden club. Writer Linda Myers I’ve seen these young men before in the…
  • One boomer asks, is Facebook the new Big Brother?

    Cafe
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Is Facebook the new Big Brother? Baby boomer Wayne Merry of Stokesdale, North Carolina, thinks so, and that’s a bit ironic since Wayne’s business is about people with stories to tell. But Wayne thinks that Facebook carries things too far. Okay, it is a well-known fact that a lot of the Boomer generation are on Facebook today. It is also a fact that this type of social media has people upset and thinking of reducing or jumping off of it, just like many in the younger generation have already done. Wayne Merry So, I have decided to list 10 reasons why Facebookers are getting fed-up with FB.
  • A boomer remembers a magical time of year

    Cafe
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Do you remember those precious days before the holiday season when, as a kid, what you really thought the most about was Santa, and what he might bring? Redondo Beach, California writer Erin O’Brien remembers full well, which is why she wrote The List for BoomerCafé. They began right before Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation back then (not before Halloween like nowadays), those fantastic toy commercials during Saturday morning cartoons. Kneeling at the coffee table, I was ready with my pencil and notepad because I knew the real meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown: new toys. Erin…
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  • Atenas Loses Goodwill Ambassadors

    goinglikesixty
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Tom and Kay Costello have sold their iconic Kay’s Gringo Postres and will be returning to the U.S. to be closer to family. The Costello’s came to Costa Rica 12 years ago and opened Kay’s Gringo Postres which quickly became the “must visit” place for gringos considering relocating to Atenas. Visitors could almost always find a gringo who had made the move already and would be willing to share their experiences and advice. Kay’s uncanny memory for names and faces made everyone know they would always be welcome at Kay’s Gringo Postres. Many recall with…
  • How to be good at everything

    goinglikesixty
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Some people absolutely breeze through life, don’t they? You know the sort: good looking types, charm oozing out of them, winning smiles, careers on an ever-upward trajectory, brilliant at sport, DIY, cooking, building homes with bare hands, fixing cars. Brilliant at everything. Maddening, isn’t it? Still, why not join that crowd? Wait – don’t roll your eyes and raise your eyebrows; it can be done. With a slight disclaimer admittedly. This is how to be good at everything you do, let’s face it, if you’ve never been able to kick a ball properly you’re…
  • 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…
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  • Cincinnati head coach suffers severe injury

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cincinnati head coach suffers severe injuryAPIt has been reported that Mick Cronin, who coaches basketball at the University of Cincinnati, has an aneurysm.Doctor's reports on his conditionIn other sports newsDodgers end payroll streakVonn wins major championship
  • America may soon catch most wanted woman

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    America may soon catch most wanted womanAPAssata Shakur became the first woman to make the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list in 2013.Major development that could bring her into custody soonMore headlinesCops: Teen murdered cousinMan accused of freezing wife
  • 'I didn't know there were gay people'

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    'I didn't know there were gay people'MAKERSBefore she was a household name, she was a sheltered kid in Louisiana. She became the first person to come out on TV.Her story in her own wordsMore from MAKERSDefecting from home for tennisStand-up about 'Asianness'
  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over hack

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    N. Korea proposes joint probe over hackGettyThe country has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack that led Sony to pull 'The Interview' from theaters.Consequences if US rejects offerRelated storiesObama: Wish they'd talked to meFBI says North Korea to blame
  • Cuban president sends blunt message to US

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cuban president sends blunt message to USGettyRaul Castro made it clear Saturday that the recent detente between the U.S. and Cuba will have a limited impact at best. Disheartening comment he madeMore headlinesHow Obama closed out 2014Hyperloop might not be far off
 
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    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cincinnati head coach suffers severe injuryAPIt has been reported that Mick Cronin, who coaches basketball at the University of Cincinnati, has an aneurysm.Doctor's reports on his conditionIn other sports newsDodgers end payroll streakVonn wins major championship
  • America may soon catch most wanted woman

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    America may soon catch most wanted womanAPAssata Shakur became the first woman to make the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list in 2013.Major development that could bring her into custody soonMore headlinesCops: Teen murdered cousinMan accused of freezing wife
  • 'I didn't know there were gay people'

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    'I didn't know there were gay people'MAKERSBefore she was a household name, she was a sheltered kid in Louisiana. She became the first person to come out on TV.Her story in her own wordsMore from MAKERSDefecting from home for tennisStand-up about 'Asianness'
  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over hack

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    N. Korea proposes joint probe over hackGettyThe country has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack that led Sony to pull 'The Interview' from theaters.Consequences if US rejects offerRelated storiesObama: Wish they'd talked to meFBI says North Korea to blame
  • Cuban president sends blunt message to US

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cuban president sends blunt message to USGettyRaul Castro made it clear Saturday that the recent detente between the U.S. and Cuba will have a limited impact at best. Disheartening comment he madeMore headlinesHow Obama closed out 2014Hyperloop might not be far off
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  • Cincinnati head coach suffers severe injury

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cincinnati head coach suffers severe injuryAPIt has been reported that Mick Cronin, who coaches basketball at the University of Cincinnati, has an aneurysm.Doctor's reports on his conditionIn other sports newsDodgers end payroll streakVonn wins major championship
  • America may soon catch most wanted woman

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    America may soon catch most wanted womanAPAssata Shakur became the first woman to make the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list in 2013.Major development that could bring her into custody soonMore headlinesCops: Teen murdered cousinMan accused of freezing wife
  • 'I didn't know there were gay people'

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    'I didn't know there were gay people'MAKERSBefore she was a household name, she was a sheltered kid in Louisiana. She became the first person to come out on TV.Her story in her own wordsMore from MAKERSDefecting from home for tennisStand-up about 'Asianness'
  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over hack

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    N. Korea proposes joint probe over hackGettyThe country has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack that led Sony to pull 'The Interview' from theaters.Consequences if US rejects offerRelated storiesObama: Wish they'd talked to meFBI says North Korea to blame
  • Cuban president sends blunt message to US

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cuban president sends blunt message to USGettyRaul Castro made it clear Saturday that the recent detente between the U.S. and Cuba will have a limited impact at best. Disheartening comment he madeMore headlinesHow Obama closed out 2014Hyperloop might not be far off
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    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cincinnati head coach suffers severe injuryAPIt has been reported that Mick Cronin, who coaches basketball at the University of Cincinnati, has an aneurysm.Doctor's reports on his conditionIn other sports newsDodgers end payroll streakVonn wins major championship
  • America may soon catch most wanted woman

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    America may soon catch most wanted womanAPAssata Shakur became the first woman to make the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list in 2013.Major development that could bring her into custody soonMore headlinesCops: Teen murdered cousinMan accused of freezing wife
  • 'I didn't know there were gay people'

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    'I didn't know there were gay people'MAKERSBefore she was a household name, she was a sheltered kid in Louisiana. She became the first person to come out on TV.Her story in her own wordsMore from MAKERSDefecting from home for tennisStand-up about 'Asianness'
  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over hack

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    N. Korea proposes joint probe over hackGettyThe country has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack that led Sony to pull 'The Interview' from theaters.Consequences if US rejects offerRelated storiesObama: Wish they'd talked to meFBI says North Korea to blame
  • Cuban president sends blunt message to US

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cuban president sends blunt message to USGettyRaul Castro made it clear Saturday that the recent detente between the U.S. and Cuba will have a limited impact at best. Disheartening comment he madeMore headlinesHow Obama closed out 2014Hyperloop might not be far off
 
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    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cincinnati head coach suffers severe injuryAPIt has been reported that Mick Cronin, who coaches basketball at the University of Cincinnati, has an aneurysm.Doctor's reports on his conditionIn other sports newsDodgers end payroll streakVonn wins major championship
  • America may soon catch most wanted woman

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    America may soon catch most wanted womanAPAssata Shakur became the first woman to make the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list in 2013.Major development that could bring her into custody soonMore headlinesCops: Teen murdered cousinMan accused of freezing wife
  • 'I didn't know there were gay people'

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    'I didn't know there were gay people'MAKERSBefore she was a household name, she was a sheltered kid in Louisiana. She became the first person to come out on TV.Her story in her own wordsMore from MAKERSDefecting from home for tennisStand-up about 'Asianness'
  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over hack

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
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  • Cuban president sends blunt message to US

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
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  • Charitable IRA makes a last-minute comeback for 2014

    Mark Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Gotta love the way we make tax policy these days. Congress finally okayed charitable IRA transfers for 2014 (!) this week. This provision – which bounces in and out of existence like a yo-yo – allows IRA account owners who need to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) to make direct contributions to charitable organizations, and count the donated amounts against their RMDs. The charitable IRA provision is of interest only to wealthy households with retirement assets that they don’t need to meet their own spending purposes. And if you’ve already taken your RMD for…
  • Multiemployer pension benefit cuts: A Q&A on what you need to know

    Mark Miller
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    The last-minute deal to allow retiree pension benefit cuts as part of the federal spending bill for 2015 passed by Congress last week has set off shock waves in the U.S. retirement system. Buried in the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” legislation signed this week by President Barack Obama was a provision that aims to head off a looming implosion of multiemployer pension plans – traditional defined benefit plans jointly funded by groups of employers. The pension reforms affect only retirees in struggling multiemployer pension plans, but any retiree living on a defined benefit…
  • Longer life expectancies raise the bar on pensions

    Mark Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Americans are living longer. That’s good news for people–but it’s creating challenges in the world of traditional defined-benefit pensions. American men are living an average of two years longer than they were in 2000 (the last time the tables were revised), and women are getting an additional 2.4 years of life, according to new mortality projections from the Society of Actuaries (SOA). The SOA is the official keeper of the mortality tables used to calculate the value of future pension obligations, and longer lives mean greater cost for plan sponsors. Those new tables,…
  • When does it make sense to accelerate tax payments on retirement accounts?

    Mark Miller
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    It’s almost a mantra of financial planning: Defer taxes on investments whenever you can, for as long as possible. But in some situations, it can make sense. Consider this: Recent Vanguard research found that 20 percent of account holders who take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from retirement funds put the money in taxable accounts. In other words, they aren’t spending it. That’s because many affluent households are living mainly on income from Social Security and traditional defined benefit pensions. Another Vanguard study found that 28 percent of the wealth of mass affluent…
  • Lame duck Congress tries a lame move on pensions

    Mark Miller
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The mid-term election results have changed the political landscape in a way that threatens the retirement security of middle class households. But we don’t even have to wait for the new Congress to be seated in January to know just how bad things could get. This week, the lame duck Congress pulled a lame move, inserting “Solutions Not Bailouts,” a plan to shore up struggling multiemployer pension funds – into the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill just approved by Congress (Update: President Obama has now signed it into law). Multiemployer pension reform is needed.
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  • 7 Reasons Why 2014 Was the Year of the Booty

    Allison-McNamara
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    There's no denying it - this year was all about the derrière! Nikki Phillippi and Matt Jacobi help count down the best butts of 2014, weighing in on Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and so many more. Like what you see? Check out the full episode of We Spy Style here. On Allison: Rebecca Taylor jumpsuit
  • Which Star Dominated Social Media This Year?

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    There were plenty of celebrity Instagram posts and celebrity tweets that got people talking this year, but which star dominated social media? Funny lady Mindy Kaling cracked people up with her witty tweets and candid Instagram captions, while The Fault in Our Stars brought Ansel Elgort's online fanbase to a new level. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian broke a record for most Instagram "likes," Robert Downey Jr. gained three million followers in just six months, and Beyoncé shared some ridiculously cute Blue Ivy moments that everyone loved. Vote on which of these celebrities dominated social media…
  • Kim Shares Her Adorable Morning Bonding Moment With North

    Maria-Mercedes-Lara
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    North West is already on the fast track to become Hollywood's most stylish baby, and now Kim Kardashian has shared a behind-the-scenes look as just how North is getting her fashion sense. The reality star mom posted a snap of herself getting dressed in what looks like a closet alongside her daughter, who is seen wearing a pair of sweatpants around her neck. Kim wrote alongside the photo, "Yesterday . . . trying to pick out an outfit struggle." She was getting dressed for a day of filming alongside her sisters Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, who met up with Kim and her longtime pal…
  • The Sweetest and Silliest Celebrity Candids From 2014

    Marina-Liao
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The year 2014 was a big one for social media - especially Instagram. Every week our newsfeed was filled with sweet, hilarious, and occasionally outrageous photos of celebrities living their lives. We have to confess that we did get a little jealous at times (who else wished they went to Taylor Swift's 25th birthday party?). And remember those talked-about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding photos? Ahead, check out those and other top candid moments of the year, and be sure to follow POPSUGAR on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Source: Instagram
  • Exclusive: Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs Have a Hot and Heavy Date Night

    Brittney-Stephens
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs packed on the PDA during a date night in LA on Thursday, and we have the exclusive pictures! The cute couple kissed and cuddled as they waited for a show to start at the Comedy Store in West Hollywood. Robert showed lots of love to his lady, smooching her sweetly on the forehead and keeping his arms wrapped around her while chatting with a group of friends that included Australian actor Joel Edgerton. Rob and FKA Twigs have been going strong since August and are clearly gearing up to spend the holidays together. Over the past few months, their love has taken…
 
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • 30 Favorite Memories of an Incredible Son on his 30th Birthday

    arlene
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I have said it over and over again about what a blessed and fortunate mom I am to have my two children, who have surpassed my greatest expectations in all realms of life. Now it is my son Brett’s 30th Birthday. First of all, 30 seems so much younger to me when it is about my son and his friends. It didn’t seem young to me when I turned 30 six months after Brett’s birth, but now it is quite the opposite At 30, Brett still has his whole adult life ahead of him,  and based on the excitement he has generated for himself in the first 30 years, it looks like it will be a…
  • Santa Claus is Alive and Well and Living in Houston Texas

    arlene
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I’m not much into sports these days, or following the spoiled rich athletes that make gazillions of dollars for playing a game for a living. Yes, I realize that it took a lot of work and talent to get to where they are, but then they are paid outrageous salaries and glorified, even if their behavior away from the sport is suspect. No, I will not mention Ray Rice’s name. Recently though, a story in our local news so touched me that I had to blog about it. A Houston Texans football player, Andre Johnson, gave a bunch of kids that ultimate fantasy for Christmas: a minute and a half…
  • 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…
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  • When You Have A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Sherry Riter
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    When Alyssa and Brittany were little girls, we spent a lot, a whole lot of time reading books. It was […] 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!
  • You Only Have 3 Basic Choices In Life And My 10 Lessons

    Sherry Riter
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
    When life happens, you have three choices. Three. The three choices are the same for everyone and you don’t have […] 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!
  • Waste Not, Want Not And Do Without

    Sherry Riter
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    There’s an old proverb/saying that seems to have origins all the way back to 1576 in THE PARADISE OF DAINTY […] 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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  • Pleasure in the palm of your hand-the Revel Body SOL Sonic Vibrator

    Walker
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    I get lots of offers to review products, videos, books—most of which I decline. I’m not in the business of doing reviews, but every now and then something catches my eye that I think will appeal to you. This is one of those products. I met Robin Elenga at Catalyst Con earlier this year and took a look at his Revel Body SOL Sonic Vibrator. I was rushing around, getting ready for my presentation and didn’t really pay much attention. Robin contacted me in November to offer me one of the vibrators–hoping I might write about it. I promised to take a look, no commitments. I…
  • Stepping into red, one day at a time

    Walker
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
        I have decided to celebrate my 60th birthday (August 12, 2014) and my evolving sense of self by taking on 60 new or different things in the year of 60 (though technically I’m now in my 61st year). I’m compiling my to-do list and have started playing with new opportunities, big and small. Some are sensuous indulgences. I didn’t have a good pair of high heeled shoes, rationalizing that since I don’t often dress up they weren’t necessary. Why think about ‘necessary’ and practicalities. Isn’t this about me opening up to new things?
  • Books to Excite, Amuse, and Enhance Your Sex Life

    Walker
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
     I write a monthly column on sexual health for Midlife Boulevard, my most recent article is shared here. Reading Your Way to Better Sexual Health offers you a few suggestions on books about sexuality, plus a little erotica sampling. Reading Your Way to Sexual Health  The holidays are all about gifting—the pleasure of giving and receiving. And, really that’s what good sex is all about too—giving and receiving. No matter how fabulous your sex life or how much you enjoy sex, you can always learn more. I want to suggest that you consider treating yourself to something different this…
  • Enjoy the process, don’t rush it

    Walker
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    After all my uncertainty about revealing such personal information in my last article I have been overwhelmed by the responses I’ve received here and on my personal Facebook page. Thank you. I knew deep down that sharing my fears and vulnerabilities would serve me personally and would be helpful to others. But, nevertheless I was a little afraid to go there. In retrospect, it was the right thing as it helped me gain some clarity and it resonated with so many people. I’ve been thinking about one of the comments, from a midlife woman, who related to my reference to being Stuck.
  • Accepting the pieces, as I fall apart

    Walker
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
      This weekend, a well-constructed situation, one which I created and ‘chose’, fell to pieces all around me.  Not because anything happened but because I suddenly looked at “It” in a different light. The what is not so important and deeply personal–something I held on to on-and-off for almost 10 years. I made up a story around the limitations and frustrations that allowed me to keep it alive. On Friday night I saw the situation in a different light. It was one of those moments, like watching a mirror fall to the ground and shatter into dozens of pieces.
 
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