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  • Fond memories of May Day and a Boomer Blog Carnival!

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    4 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    I love to remember May Day when I was a kid! In our small town in Iowa we would make simple paper May baskets, fill them with flowers, and then hang them on our neighbor’s front doors. What FUN! Then at school we would do the Maypole dance. Such great spring programs too! Spring is busting out all over! This week Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting is still exploring San Miguel de Allende, Mexico! Here she recounts her experiences milking a cow and riding through the Mexican wilderness. Check out her pictures at Greenhorns for a Day  At Sightings Over Sixty blogger Tom Sightings…
  • The New One Minute Manager

    Beyond MidLifeBloggers
    Jane Gassner
    20 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    What I was not expecting was to find that Blanchard and Johnson have, in this slim unadorned volume, encapsulated so much of what our country (our world!) needs to hear, to learn, to practice if we are to survive past the midpoint of the twentyfirst century.
  • Flappers dancing the Charleston on the edge, New York City, ca. 1920s

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 am
  • Thought Elevators Eric Taller References

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    14 May 2015 | 6:02 pm
    To be with him, but you do not wish to make the globe a whole. The enduring love shared between two people today on the entire person. So what do you realize about diabetes as being a illness? As a result of higher area of Thought Elevators Guide Book blood glucose in diabetes, insulin will be the red blood cells, T-prong. The formation of insulin secreted from the pancreas and blood glucose levels are higher, there is a have to have to create a dive. After suffering from high insulin concentration and red blood cells following the highs and lows, considerably to cease the flow of insulin,…
  • National Slave Ship Museum Board denies slave ship replica to cruise Mississippi

    Whose shoes are these anyway?
    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    24 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Supporters of the National Slave Ship Museum, including New Orleans City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, participate in making false claims to reporter Jarvis DeBerry about plans for the National Slave Ship Museum. Board member Debra Morton unequivocally denies that the museum plans have a full-scale replica of a slave ship that will sail the Mississippi River, selling rides to tourists. She,
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • Fond memories of May Day and a Boomer Blog Carnival!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    4 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    I love to remember May Day when I was a kid! In our small town in Iowa we would make simple paper May baskets, fill them with flowers, and then hang them on our neighbor’s front doors. What FUN! Then at school we would do the Maypole dance. Such great spring programs too! Spring is busting out all over! This week Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting is still exploring San Miguel de Allende, Mexico! Here she recounts her experiences milking a cow and riding through the Mexican wilderness. Check out her pictures at Greenhorns for a Day  At Sightings Over Sixty blogger Tom Sightings…
  • Why I moved to the country:

    midlifecrisisqueen
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    “…we all know how this ends, so rushing through life is senseless.  As our inner life grows ever more luminous, the chatter of the speed-and-greed world slowly fades, leaving us with greater peace, tranquility, quiet and contentment.”  —  Arthur Rosenfeld
  • Our story is featured…

    midlifecrisisqueen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    over at The Boomer Cafe today!
  • A New Springtime Perspective!

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

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

  • The New One Minute Manager

    Jane Gassner
    20 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    What I was not expecting was to find that Blanchard and Johnson have, in this slim unadorned volume, encapsulated so much of what our country (our world!) needs to hear, to learn, to practice if we are to survive past the midpoint of the twentyfirst century.
  • Master Lock and the Senior Market

    Jane Gassner
    5 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    We live behind a gate. Don’t for a moment, however, think Gated Community with a uniformed attendant screening our visitors. Nor should you imagine one of those  motorized gates where at the flick of a something or other, the gate opens for egress or ingress as appropriate. No, this is your basic wrought iron, keep intruders out […]
  • Wanted: The Single Person’s Life

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

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

    Jane Gassner
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    INT. DAY. SKECHERS SHOE STORE, SHERMAN OAKS GALLERIA. The shop is empty except for an OLDER WOMAN, the customer,  and TWO 20-SOMETHING MEN, the sales staff. The woman is carefully examining the shoes on display. The young men are hanging out at the front of the store talking and rearranging shoes in the display window. They […]
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    vintage everyday

  • Flappers dancing the Charleston on the edge, New York City, ca. 1920s

    John VE
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 am
  • Pictures of Katharine Hepburn on the set of "The Philadelphia Story", 1941

    John VE
    25 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart and featuring Ruth Hussey.Based on the Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry, the film is about a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist. The socialite character of the play—performed by Hepburn in the film—was inspired by Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904–1995), a Philadelphia socialite known for her hijinks, who married a friend of playwright…
  • Old Photos of Horse-carts on the Streets of Saigon, Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s

    John VE
    25 May 2015 | 11:44 am
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  • Geronimo, leader of the Bedonkohe Apache, taking a drive in a Locomobile Model C, 1905

    John VE
    25 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    The photograph of Geronimo driving a car was actually taken on June 11, 1905, at the Miller brothers' 101 Ranch, located southwest of Ponca City, Okla. The car is a Locomobile, and the Indian in full headdress to Geronimo's left is Edward Le Clair Sr., a Ponca Indian. Geronimo so admired Le Clair's beaded vest that it was presented to him later in the day. When Geronimo died in 1909, he was buied in the vest. The photograph was taken during a special 101 Ranch show for the U.S. press. Thousands of newspaper editors and reporters flocked to it. (via)
  • 16 Ghostly Images of London Street Scenes Then and Now

    John VE
    25 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    These incredible images show locations throughout England's famous old capital as they looked both in history and today. Released by the Museum of London, the composites create a ghostly visual of the city old and new, and include such landmarks as Covent Garden, Tower Bridge and Piccadilly Circus.The exterior of the completed Gloucester Road Station on the underground Metropolitan and District Railway, which was opened on 3rd October 1868. From a series of 64 photographs taken in the late 1860s by Henry Flather to document the construction of the railway from Paddington to Blackfriars…
 
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Thought Elevators Eric Taller References

    ironik
    14 May 2015 | 6:02 pm
    To be with him, but you do not wish to make the globe a whole. The enduring love shared between two people today on the entire person. So what do you realize about diabetes as being a illness? As a result of higher area of Thought Elevators Guide Book blood glucose in diabetes, insulin will be the red blood cells, T-prong. The formation of insulin secreted from the pancreas and blood glucose levels are higher, there is a have to have to create a dive. After suffering from high insulin concentration and red blood cells following the highs and lows, considerably to cease the flow of insulin,…
  • Thought Elevators Review Strategies

    ironik
    14 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    To become with him, but you usually do not want to make the world a entire. The enduring love shared in between two individuals of the complete person. So what do you understand about diabetes being a disease? Because of the higher area of Thought Elevators Guide Book blood glucose in diabetes, insulin will be the red blood cells, T-prong. The formation of insulin secreted from the pancreas and blood glucose levels are high, there’s a have to have to create a dive. Following struggling with higher insulin concentration and red blood cells following the highs and lows, a lot to stop the…
  • Thought Elevators Guides

    ironik
    14 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    To be with him, but you usually do not wish to make the world a entire. The enduring love shared between two individuals of the whole person. So what do you know about diabetes being a disease? Due to the higher concentration of Thought Elevators Guide Book blood glucose in diabetes, insulin could be the red blood cells, T-prong. The formation of insulin secreted through the pancreas and blood glucose levels are higher, there is a need to have to produce a dive. After struggling with higher insulin concentration and red blood cells following the highs and lows, a lot to stop the flow of…
  • Slimfy Tutorials

    ironik
    14 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Following reading a lot of testimonials and articles on net sites and magazines, numerous of us think to give a try and some weight control supplement. Nevertheless it just isn’t easy to obtain 1 truly sensible supplement which genuinely fulfills its promises additionally comes in definitely a sensible expense. Do not stretch over this kind of mission to get a convincing fat shedding supplement any longer. You will get numerous alternatives as genuinely potent weight handle supplement nonetheless the dominant element of them isn’t that a great deal viable? Run together with the…
  • Slimfy Side Effects Guides

    ironik
    14 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Just after reading a great number of reviews and articles on internet websites and magazines, a lot of of us believe to give a attempt to some weight manage supplement. However it is just not simple to have one particular truly practical supplement which genuinely fulfills its promises in addition comes in definitely a sensible expense. Do not stretch over this sort of mission for a convincing fat shedding supplement any longer. You’ll get various options as genuinely effective weight control supplement nonetheless the dominant aspect of them will not be that a great deal viable? Run…
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • National Slave Ship Museum Board denies slave ship replica to cruise Mississippi

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    24 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Supporters of the National Slave Ship Museum, including New Orleans City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, participate in making false claims to reporter Jarvis DeBerry about plans for the National Slave Ship Museum. Board member Debra Morton unequivocally denies that the museum plans have a full-scale replica of a slave ship that will sail the Mississippi River, selling rides to tourists. She,
  • National Slave Ship Museum: A fully-functioning slave ship sailing the Mississippi to entertain you, how about that?

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    15 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Today I find myself in a bit of an emotional quandary. The National Slave Ship Museum, a project that I thought had died quietly already, appears to be alive and well. According to a local station, the New Orleans City Council approved last night a proposal to build this museum. But raising my eyebrow at this questionable endeavor proposed for the New Orleans Riverfront is not what
  • That Baltimore riot: Black people are America's canary in the coal mine and more tales of global unrest

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    As I said on Rita Arens's post at BlogHer.com, I'm ready to say more about police brutality and the Baltimore riot, but it's probably the more of what's already been said. When will it all stop?  Of course, I'm "against the violence," which is why I agree that police officers need to be held accountable for being so violent and aggressive with black people, our youth included. We have grown
  • This year's Voice on NBC will drive you to drink

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Every year or each season, I post on NBC's The Voice because I think it is the best vocal competition on television (Sorry, American Idol).  This year the singers are exceptional and are giving each other one of the best runs for the effort yet.  However, I'm just getting around to posting about this season because I've been preoccupied with a few brick and mortar projects. Seriously, it's
  • Toni Morrison's Amusing Interview with Stephen Colbert

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

  • Welcome Back!

    Suzanne
    26 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Here we go! Please let me know if you have any problems with my website. Memorial Day Weekend was a big (behind the scenes) transition period for my site. Supposedly (?) everything is up and running now, but these first few days will be critical. Funky things might happen? I appreciate your patience. Fred and I have had a couple very busy days. I’ve been frantically working with super-smart techy people on my site. I might have said, “I don’t understand what you just said – can you explain that again in photographer terms?” a zillion times to them. They were,…
  • Test Post

    Suzanne
    24 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Hello, hello out there. My website is in transition this holiday weekend. This is a test post. If you happen to see it – and have time, Please leave a comment so I know it’s visible! Thank you.
  • When It Rains, It Pours …

    Suzanne
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’m getting x-rays of my right thumb and hand this morning. I had a little mishap about a week ago – right before I rushed off to Texas. I assumed my hand would be feeling better by now. Instead, it’s still swollen and very sore. (Maybe because I can’t seem to stop using it???) Just to be careful, I’m “ruling out a fracture” today. I’m 99% sure it’s just a bruise and sprain, but considering almost nothing but my hand DOES work on my right arm – I felt I should be smart about it and get it checked out. (It’s always SOMETHING,…
  • Copyright Infringement

    Suzanne
    20 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    All my images are copyright protected – all rights reserved. That means, unless I give someone permission, they’re not allowed to use my images. Using my images without my permission is breaking the law. Pretending to be ignorant of the law, and/or ignoring the law is no excuse when you go to court. Yesterday, a big chunk of my day was taken up with copyright infringement issues. As one example, a media company published a video. They took full, attention-grabbing, credit for having made the video. The opening scene of the video …? Was one of my images – frozen as the…
  • Home Sweet Home

    Suzanne
    19 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    It’s sure nice to be home. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. Fred gave me a huge, slobbery, tail-wagging, welcome. In my absence, he decided he likes napping in the shower on the cool tile. He wasn’t sure if I’d approve or not. Fred The Newf getting comfortable in the shower. I don’t mind having Fred in the shower. (It’s a different shower than the one I use.) Who doesn’t want a hairy, giant, bear-dog in their shower? Fred also discovered a family of deer who live behind our house. Every morning the mom, dad, and two baby…
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    Average Jane

  • Sometimes Average Jane Is Too Patient

    Average Jane
    8 May 2015 | 5:06 pm
    I have an unfortunate tendency to put up with minor and easily fixable annoyances for far too long. Case in point: this computer. One of my RAM chips went bad a while back—it's probably been seven months or more by now. I have a circa 2007 iMac that can only handle a total of 4GB of RAM on its two RAM chips, so with the bad chip gone, I was limping along on 2GB. That was halfway workable at first until I needed a new printer. With the new printer came an updated operating system which needed a minimum of 2GB of RAM to operate at all.  The feeling of elation at being able to print…
  • Average Jane Rocks

    Average Jane
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I haven't talked about my band much lately, but things are going really well. We're playing at least twice a month and often quite a bit more than that. We have five weeks in a row booked in June and early July. Over the past year we've phased out most of our poppier classic rock and moved toward a harder-edged sound. I'm enjoying getting to sing Led Zeppelin, Quiet Riot, Rush, Judas Priest and many of my other long-time favorites. We're also doing some newer songs by Halestorm, Saliva and other contemporary hard rock bands. I haven't quite accomplished all the fitness…
  • Average Jane's Earliest Office Memories

    Average Jane
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Today was Take Your Child to Work Day, so the office was filled with mini doppelgängers of many of my co-workers.  Once I was old enough to be in school, both of my parents worked and there was no official day for bringing kids to work. However, I still went to visit my parents at work from time to time. My most persistent memory of my mother's office: eating sugar cubes from the coffee station.  In the mid-1970s, my mother and grandmother had a business together offering advertising and public relations services. They had several employees and an office big enough to do some…
  • Average Jane Changes Things Up

    Average Jane
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    After more than eleven years of using the same blog design for Average Jane, the search engine powers that be have become impatient with my lack of compliance with contemporary web standards. Therefore, I have changed my blog design to ensure that you can actually read my posts on mobile devices.  This theoretically means that I won't lose all my hard-won organic SEO mojo starting tomorrow. In layman's terms: I will still get a big traffic boost every Thanksgiving and Christmas when people want advice about making dinner rolls from scratch. I don't love the new design, but…
  • 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…
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    Cindy La Ferle's Home Office

  • Wisdom for graduates

    Cindy La Ferle
    23 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    I always pass along good advice. It is the only thing to do with it, since it is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde It’s graduation season. The flowering trees are in bloom, everywhere, and suddenly I’m flooded with sweet memories of my son’s baccalaureate ceremonies at Shrine High School (2004) and […]
  • Memoir night at the library

    Cindy La Ferle
    17 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    Now offered through the Royal Oak Public Library’s Summer Series: Writing Your Memoir - Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm  Join me for a summer evening discussion about the craft of memoir. Whether you want to write a personal essay for publication or a book for your family legacy, this informal, one-night workshop will help you […]
  • Yoga with my mother-in-law

    Cindy La Ferle
    9 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Had you told me six months ago that I’d soon be practicing chair yoga or aerobic dance moves with my mother-in-law, I would have laughed out loud. In recent years, I’ve struggled to find a fitness routine that doesn’t strain my bilateral hip replacements. Everything I tried, from Hatha yoga to zumba, left me feeling sore, […]
  • Daily quote journal 4-24-15

    Cindy La Ferle
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    “Publication and temporary creative successes are something you have to recover from. They kill as many people as not. They will hurt, damage and change you in ways you cannot imagine. The most degraded and sometimes nearly-evil men I have known were all writers who’d had bestsellers. Yet, it is also a miracle to get […]
  • Writing a newspaper column

    Cindy La Ferle
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Last week, I posted a column I wrote about my son’s boyhood career as a newspaper carrier. This week, I heard from a fellow newspaper columnist who happened to spot a feature article I wrote for Writer’s Digest on how to snag your own newspaper column. Until my friend contacted me, I wasn’t aware that […]
 
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    Coming2Terms

  • Finally Heard: A Silent Sorority Finds Its Voice

    Pamela
    12 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Finally Heard: A Silent Sorority Finds Its Voice is an intentionally short ebook designed in the Kindle Singles model. It incorporates wisdom from ‘Generation IVF’ designed to spark discussion about infertility and the little discussed aftermath of fertility treatments. Behind the Writing My life changed after emerging as a reluctant spokeswoman on infertility in 2008. The transformation started when a health reporter from The New York Times asked if I’d be willing to openly discuss my infertility experience. I described the stubborn persistence of the condition and the lack of a…
  • Looking for Infertility Insights?

    Pamela
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Hello new readers and visitors… If you’re here for infertility insights you’re in the right place. You’ll find 279 blog posts and 5,033 comments — all shared since Coming2Terms started in February 2007. Take a look around and delve into what many women around the world have shared about coming to terms with infertility. When you’re done here, please come visit my latest blog. It launched in January 2010 with the express purpose of documenting what it looks like to move once and for all past the TTC (infertility lingo for trying to conceive) days. The…
  • Healing Salon: Some Unfinished Business

    Pamela
    10 Mar 2012 | 1:44 pm
    Welcome back. Pardon me while I tidy up a bit.  I need to get some of the dust and cobwebs off the furniture so I can offer those involved in the Healing Salon a place to sit, ponder and participate. For those new to this blog, here’s some background on it: The  Coming2Terms posts were initially written under a pseudonym. This allowed me the freedom for cathartic writing about my futile trying to conceive (TTC) experience and the losses associated with it. I could experience and process all the raw thoughts and emotions in a safe place and express things I wasn’t comfortable…
  • There’s More Than One Happy Ending

    Pamela
    17 Oct 2011 | 11:37 pm
    Update: As evidence of a sea change in how infertility is portrayed, Yahoo Shine featured on its homepage a story about “the growing women’s movement to de-stigmatize infertility.” It came in the wake of the latest edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves (which includes an expanded section on not just the physical but the emotional aspects of infertility) and Redbook’s Truth About Trying campaign, referenced below. Feels great to be part of an effort to limit prejudice and open up a new dialogue about a long misunderstood disease. It’s bittersweet to visit my…
  • A Fresh Start

    Pamela
    16 Jan 2010 | 9:31 am
    The new blog name came to me this morning: A Fresh Start After all, isn’t that what we crave when we’ve come through a gut-wrenchingly difficult experience? Coming2Terms went a long way to helping me realize that women without children after infertility experience tremendous isolation. We often feel like misfits, square pegs trying to fit into round holes. That’s in large part because we don’t have readily available support networks, our own easy-to-locate tribe to turn to following an emotional body slam. For those who go on to parent, there are play groups, the PTA,…
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    Candelaria Silva

  • Can I poet with you – Ntozake Shange

    Candelaria Silva
    1 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    I had originally hoped to post a poem a day during Poetry Month (April) which has officially ended although there’s a big celebration of poetry, Mass Poetry Festival in Salem from May 1-3, featuring such poets as Rita Dove, Nick Flynn and Marge Piercy. Work obligations interfered with life desires and so that didn’t happen. However, I had to share this poem as an official sign-off.  Never got around to publicizing some of my own poetry or some poems from local poets I admire.  Poetry will make continuing appearances on this blog from time to time. Get it &  feel good by…
  • Can I poet with you – W.H. Auden

    Candelaria Silva
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden was made famous by the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, when one of the key characters mourns the unexpected death of his partner.  It turns out, the poem was written in a different milieu, which I will share at the end of this post. Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’. Put crepe bows round the…
  • Can I Poet with You? – Lucille Clifton

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

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

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

  • Memorial Day: Words Without Pictures

    Granny Sue
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We went out to some sales and flea markets over the weekend, and some of the things I heard still make me laugh, some touched my heart. Here's a sample:"I'm 92 years old. I still drive. I'm full-blooded Cherokee and my mother left all of us kids when I was five. I don't need a man." A man responded to her: "Hey, just to be your friend?" Her reply: "I don't need no man friends either. I do fine all by myself." And got in her car and drove away.A man's wife was trying to get his attention at a flea market, so she whistled. He didn't turn around, just kept on walking. "Hey Joe! I'm trying to get…
  • What's in YOUR Purse?

    Granny Sue
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have all good intentions every time I start using a new-to-me handbag: I swear I will keep it neat and tidy. And always the same thing happens: it becomes a catch-all.I misplaced a debit card the other day. I was positive I had put it in my wallet but it wasn't there, so finally I resorted to the old purse-dumping trick.What was in there?My walletTwo checkbooks and a savings bookThree pairs of reading glasses and a pair of sunglassesA tube of roll-on sunblockbottle of Ibuprofenbottle with a couple of allergy meds in it, just in casea dozen hooks for pegboardstain pens for quickie furniture…
  • The Things You Find in the Trash

    Granny Sue
    24 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hard to believe, but there it was, sitting with a broken spool bed, a broken chair, old mattress, post hole diggers, old garden fence and other junk: a Hoosier cabinet in all her glory. It was clean-up week in the town closest to me, and as I drove down the street, I spied this beauty.For once the seats were in the van. We'd put them in for family reunion and they were still in place. On top of that my hubby wasn't with me. I turned my van around on a dime, I swear, and was standing there trying to figure out how to get this thing in my van when two guys walked up. And one of them was a…
 
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    THE MIDLIFE GALS...Gone Gray

  • Soon...Summertime Fun!! Pish Posh

    The Midlife Gals
    16 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    And, HERE are many reasons why we settled on moving to PARADISE!!***************************************************************Original posting from July 8, 2011:If I were to make a list of fun things to do this summer in central Texas, it would be short:STAY INSIDE WHERE IT’S COOL.Some people just don’t listen. Sal and I see those whose minds have completely left them, jogging in the afternoon when the temperature hovers around, well, it’s going to be 103 degrees here today. They don’t care.  Human beings were not meant to run any further than the ‘flight or fight’…
  • Calling all you MOTHERS in Heaven!

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

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

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

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

  • In Memoriam For Lives Lost Too Young, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:08am

    Lisa
    23 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Just over a week ago, early in the morning of Saturday, May 16th, a truck and a car crashed on a San Diego freeway. The driver and passenger of the car, two young women, were killed instantly. They were medical students at UC San Diego, and friends of my daughter. That’s how I come to be writing about this today. There were five people in the car altogether. Two died, one was seriously injured, two less so. They’d all just received their results from the test known as Step 1, which is, as you might guess, the first step towards becoming doctors. They were coming home from a…
  • The Serenity Of Flowering Dogwood

    Lisa
    22 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    3-2-1, cue month of online fawning over peonies. I always want to boycott. I cast no aspersions on preferences – peonies just seem too blowsy, too easy for me and my somewhat astringent tastes. Ah, give me dogwood any day. Give me flowers that appear to float on water. Give me random numbers made chlorophyll. Never mind the fanciful images. Give me serenity. I love them at a distance, the way blooms wander down a tree. I love them close up, like pre-teens after school, forming and reforming in groups. Does Lolly love Louis today? Yes. But maybe not tomorrow. Again with the fanciful…
  • Be Careful With That Spam Button Please; Also Some Other Notes And News

    Lisa
    20 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    A few housekeeping notes! 1. While I’ve switched over to MailChimp, and Privilege emails with links to each week’s posts should be arriving smoothly, if you have a moment, I would to talk about when to use the Spam button in your email client and when to use the Unsubscribe link in the footer of the emails themselves. If the email is from Ms Grace in Uganda who needs money, or offers to let you shop and get paid if you send ALL your personal info, or promises INTEREST RATES UNDR TIN PERCINT, it’s spam. Click Spam. Yahoo and its brethren will then stop delivering emails from…
  • Brooks Brothers’ Friends & Family Sale, Now Until Tuesday

    Lisa
    17 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    (Publishing on a Sunday as is not the usual practice, because, stock is running low.) Everyone knows Brooks Brothers makes classic clothing. Everyone may not know that the company occasionally offers their classic pieces in materials from luxury European fabric houses. Besides, Brooks waves a navy flag like no one else. Right now they’re running a two-tiered sale, i.e. spring reductions get you to a certain price, the code BBFNF25 gets you another 25%. Below are my picks – sizes are limited but not absurdly so, Friends & Family offer ends Tuesday. And, if all you need a…
  • Is Drudgery Inevitable, Or, Saturday Morning at 10:24am

    Lisa
    16 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    Compiling 100 entries for the Pearl Source giveaway took longer than predicted. I started yesterday afternoon, lost steam last night, finished up this morning. Larks are like that. I’ve announced the winner on the original post. Congrats! I also thought, as I painstakingly entered the appropriate names into a spreadsheet (having reread all the comments to discern who was in the contest, who only telling a story, and who just making a cheeky remark (GSL of course)) about a conversation I’d had earlier with my son. Careers. I guess today’s question is: how much drudgery do we…
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • WEIRD HOMES: PART I

    Hill Country Hippie
    25 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Hubby and I met up with Lex and Nate Saturday morning, to take part in Austin's 2nd Annual Weird Homes Tour. Lucky for us there was a lull in our epic weather of late, and we managed to squeeze in seven out of the ten houses before the bottom dropped out again. Unfortunately, these seven houses resulted in about a zillion photos, and there's just no way to condense them down to one post. Instead, I think I will have to do one house per post, and spread them out over the next few weeks.The first house we went in, Freeman House, was actually my favorite, and yet it's the one I took the least…
  • SUNDAY'S GRATITUDE: HIGH AND DRY

    Hill Country Hippie
    24 May 2015 | 10:11 am
     We went to bed last night with our phones shrieking flash flood alerts, and woke up a short time later when Hubby's C-PAP machine (for sleep apnea) stopped working, due to lack of power.  When I got up a few hours after that, the rain had finally let up, but there were no lights to be seen anywhere for miles around, except for one right at the end of our street.As soon as it was light enough to see where he was going, Hubby followed the light to its source. There he found several members of Kyle's rescue team, in their big truck with search lights, waiting for the water to go down.
  • SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS: OPEN FACED

    Hill Country Hippie
    21 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    I have often told people that I am not a huge fan of sandwiches. However, when I stumbled across this wonderful little article on Facebook yesterday, I realized that wasn't actually true. What I'm not too crazy about is the typical American sandwich, with packaged cold cuts slathered in mayonnaise, between a gob of mushy white bread. On the other hand, that article reminded me that what I do love is a well made, flavorful, open-faced sandwich, made with a good, hearty bread. When I was in France I fell in love with the Tartines mentioned in the article. On trips to Denmark our former exchange…
  • ADVENTURE TIME

    Hill Country Hippie
    20 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    I think I married my dad!It's been a few months since Hubby and I have been on an adventure with our BFFs, Toad and Mimi. This time we decided to introduce them to another favorite spot, but one that is the polar opposite of the fancy schmancy hotel in Houston's City Centre where we met up with them the last couple of times. In fact, it's really just a bar/cafe in Port Aransas, with a few rooms to rent. Why would we take them there? Primarily because it's not just near the beach, it's actually on the beach, and beaches just happen to be our friend Toad's fav-o-rite places to be in the whole…
  • AUSTIN'S MINI-MAKER-FAIRE

    Hill Country Hippie
    16 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Today we met up with the kids in Austin for an event that was just so...well...so Austin! (although I'm sure they probably have them in other cities as well) When Lex first asked me if we wanted to go, I thought she was talking about a craft fair of some sort, where people sell stuff, but it was not that at all. Instead, it's where you go to experience things, and make some yourself. Here is a very small sampling of those experiences:You could ride a bat bike...or a, well, I'm not sure what this is, but it looks fun!You could see a 3-D printer in action...or a MakerBot Replicator.You could…
 
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • CDC Lists 131 Ways for an Infant to Die: Vaccines and Sudden Death (SIDS)

    Lin
    18 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    There are 130 official ways for an infant to die. These official categories of death, sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are published in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).[1-3] When a baby dies, coroners must choose from among these 130 categories. The official causes of death listed in the ICD include nearly every imaginable — and tragic — possibility. However, there is NO category for infant deaths caused by vaccines.[4] This is odd because the federal government is aware that vaccines…
  • First They Came for the Anti-Vaxxers

    Lin
    15 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    By Bretigne Shaffer Earlier this year I spent a few days at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with my daughter who was having an EEG done. On our way home, I learned that there had been an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria while we were there, that it had infected seven people and killed two of them. My daughter and I were fine – the infection having been limited to people using a particular kind of duodenoscope. When the story hit the news, I fully expected nationwide outcry similar to that inspired by the recent measles “epidemic” that began at Disneyland. That outbreak…
  • 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…
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    Baby Boomer Talk & other stuff

  • The Money Behind the Marriage

    Beverly Mahone
    17 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    My husband and I were married on June 3, 2006. I chose that particular month because it was the same month my parents got married (1952)and it's also my birthday month. Did you know June is the most popular month for weddings---followed by August, May and September?Upon doing some research to see how expensive weddings have become, I discovered the following facts:* The average wedding costs more than $28,200. * The reception accounts for 43 percent of wedding costs, with an average price tag of $12,343.* Outside of the reception, the largest chunks of money are going to engagement rings…
  • A Play on Words

    Beverly Mahone
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    As a journalist and author, I LOVE expressing myself with words. I came across this "Punography" and thought it would be a cool thing to share with my followers. If you want to see it up close just click on the graphic. So what do you think? Which pun is your favorite?http://babyboomerbev.podOmatic.com/rss2xm1 http://www.talk2bevpodcast.com/audios/goingtochicago.mp3
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

    Beverly Mahone
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    My husband and I became part of a growing trend in America back in 2006. We were grandparents taking on the role of primary caregivers for our grandson.My daughter got pregnant as a teenager but still had ambitions of going to college. After careful thought and prayer, we agreed to raise him in her absence. We were among nearly 6 million grandparents who have grandchildren living with them. Here are more numbers from the Census Bureau about grandparent caregivers: 4-out-of-10 grandparents are responsible for the youngsters basic care. 5.8 million, the number of grandparents who live with one…
  • My Grandson Spends Another Fatherless Year because of Lamar Bass

    Beverly Mahone
    25 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    On December 26, 2005, my grandson's father was shot to death at the age of 16. People initially wanted to label it as a gang-related murder but because I was a journalist working on the story, I REFUSED to allow police to label it that way before they did a complete investigation.One year later, the suspect was convicted, at the age of 17, and sentenced to life in prison. You can read more about the story as reported by WRAL NEWS Here's what the suspect has been up to since he was incarcerated:Infraction Type12/11/2014 PROFANE LANGUAGE12/11/2014 ATTEMPT CLASS A OFFENSE11/29/2014 DISOBEY…
  • Playing Hooky with My Grandson

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

  • Jump Start Your Job Search on Monday

    Beverly Mahone
    10 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Mondays are the worst days for many people who have jobs. They insist the weekend wasn't long enough or they wake up with the Monday morning "blahs" and then they muddle through the week waiting for Friday to return.But did you know Monday is actually a great day for people who are unemployed? According to a survey by Bright.com, 30 percent of job applicants who apply on a Monday have a good chance of making it to the next stage in the hiring process. Getting your application in at the beginning of the week gives it the best opportunity to be seen by a fresh pair of eyes and ahead of all of…
  • Your Address on Your Resume Can Lead to Discrimination

    Beverly Mahone
    8 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    As a Job Counselor working with adults 55-years-old and above, one of the first things I tell them after reviewing their resume is to REMOVE THEIR ADDRESS. Putting your address on your resume is a good way to be discriminated against when it comes to being considered for a job you've applied for. Why? Because an employer may have a preconceived notion about where you live and how that might impact their Company. Say it ain't so Joe!Oh, but it is. They call it Economic Profiling: Let's say you live in or very close to an area that is known for having a high crime rate and you're applying for a…
  • Are You As Old and Outdated As Your Resume Looks

    Beverly Mahone
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:53 pm
    After spending the past few years in and out of the job market, I am now in a position where I am working to help others find a new job or career.As a Job Counselor (trainee) with NCBA, I work exclusively with people 55 years old and older who have been unemployed for a period of time. What I have discovered, in a relatively short period of time, is I am definitely in the MINORITY when it comes to being up to date on the latest trends in job hunting. Yes, I admit I struggled 10 years ago when I was first introduced to the concept of online networking and social media. I spent many frustrating…
  • 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…
 
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    BoomerCafé ... it's your place

  • Two boomers move from Silicon Valley to Swaziland

    Cafe
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When you see a book entitled “From Silicon Valley to Swaziland,” you’re going to pay attention. Especially when it’s about a pair of baby boomers who did a u-turn in their lives to volunteer their skills overseas. That’s what Wendy and Rick Walleigh did, turning their backs on careers in high tech to what they call “an encore career.” Wendy says she only placed four restrictions on where they’d go and how they’d live: “No flying bullets, no countries with “-stan” in their names and both flush toilets and hot showers were required.” That’s what they found in…
  • Boomers regret not working longer at careers

    Cafe
    21 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    We want to stay young. We want to be active. But is there something working against us? According to Hal M. Bundrick, a CPA and former financial advisor for Wall Street firms who writes for TheStreet.com, maybe there is. Namely, some baby boomers’ biggest regret: that they didn’t work longer. Many American workers have begun proclaiming the end of retirement. An Allianz Life study released last week found that 82% of baby boomers — and Gen Xers — claim that a traditional retirement is a “romantic fantasy of the past.” A recent headline declared, “70 Is the New 65.” A few years…
  • Where business with boomers is picking up

    Cafe
    20 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
    When a baby boomer names her blog “Adventures of the New Old Farts,” we’ve just got to take a look. And the pictures alone make it worth our time. This is by the Midlife Crisis Queen Laura Lee Carter, who relocated a few years ago to one of the most scenic parts of Colorado and business, she says, business with boomers is picking up. Ever since Mike and I “discovered” this rural section of southern Colorado in 2013, we’ve been wondering why others aren’t moving here. Come to find out; they are! The realtors around here are having record months lately. And why not? The beauty of…
  • A boomer with a life too full for new friends?

    Cafe
    19 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    A baby boomer by this time of life often has a lot of friends. Some of us think we actually have too many, and like other forms of downsizing, want to spend more time with the ones we like the most. That’s how occasional contributor Leslie Handler of the Philadelphia suburb of Fairless Hills feels. Or, felt. She writes now about A Life Too Full for New Friends. But adds, Think Again. What would you do if you received the following note written on a yellow Post-It note? “Good Morning, I like you! You are down to EARTH!…I am down to EARTH good person. Please is it ok if I call you…
  • Seven foods baby boomers ought to eat

    Cafe
    18 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    There is no debate: the older we boomers get, the more important it is to have a healthy diet because our bodies, and their needs, are changing. So today we are feeding you a piece our friends at NextAvenue.org recently ran by Ellen Breslau, about Seven Foods to Eat if You’re Over 50. Though you may eat the same foods today that you’ve eaten since you were a kid, your nutritional needs change throughout your life. Dr. Pamela Peeke, nutrition and fitness expert. “In youth, it’s all about growth and maintaining a body that can procreate,” says nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Pamela…
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    Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty »

  • Carpe Diem – On Strike, Shut It Down

    goinglikesixty
    5 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    There was an impromptu trucker’s strike blocking many of the major highways in Costa Rica. Usually they announce well in advance the stoppage so people aren’t surprised. Not today. The Autopista Del Sol, the major highway from the Pacific Coast to San Jose was shut down. It was reported that the alternative West/East highway, Highway 3 was also blockaded. So this meant that people wanting to get to the coast to San Jose could drive on Highway 707, the dirt road we live on and then catch other roads, missing the roadblocks. Not today. The people of Guacimo decided that this was the…
  • Communicating With The Dead: The Hand On The Mirror

    goinglikesixty
    1 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    The question of what happens after we die has always challenged us. The topic makes us uneasy. Here we are, living active and full lives. Why do we even want to think about death? Then it strikes. We lose someone we love and we are faced with contemplating death and the afterlife. Scientists, theologians, writers, musicians, poets, and artists have all addressed the question directly or indirectly. (sponsored by Grand Central Publishing) I spent my entire career around skeptics. After all that’s what you learn in the newspaper business. Trust but verify. If your mother says she loves…
  • Boomer Mailman Doug Hughes; Non-violent Civil Disobedience Hero

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

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

    goinglikesixty
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    As a country boy, I can remember the good old days when a dusty road was controlled by spraying used motor oil on it. In eco-friendly Costa Rica, they banned this practice because all the oil eventually ends up in the rivers which lead to the oceans. Our house sits about fifty feet above the a dirt road. As you can imagine during the dry season the few cars and trucks that do pass by can raise a pretty good cloud of dust. This year has been unusually windy – there are seasonal “Winds of Christmas” that normally start Mid-December and end Mid-January. This year they are still…
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • This weekend’s recommended reading on retirement

    Mark Miller
    23 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Here’s a quick look at articles that have caught my eye in the past week: The Risks and Rewards of Self-Managing Investment Portfolios. There are good reasons for retirees to manage their own financial lives: Saving money on fees is one benefit, and more closely aligning investments with personal goals is another. John Wasik/The New York Times. Six Questions to Ask Before Rolling Over a Retirement Account. Before you initiate a transfer from a retirement plan to an IRA, consider these questions. Kevin McKinley/Wealthmangement.com Want Great Longevity and Health? It Takes a…
  • Supreme Court 401(k) ruling latest shift in favor of retirement savers

    Mark Miller
    21 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    Doing the right thing by retirement savers – could it be the new black? The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that employers have a duty to protect workers in their 401(k) plans from mutual funds that are too expensive or perform poorly. The landmark ruling – which was unanimous, sends a strong signal to employers to improve their plans – and it comes just as the Obama Administration prepares a landmark of its own by issuing rules requiring that financial advisors put the interest of customers ahead of their own. The high court ruled in a class action case brought against…
  • New thinking about the use of debt in retirement

    Mark Miller
    14 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” Shakespeare’s Polonius advised his son in Hamlet. Tom Anderson disagrees. Anderson, a wealth manager at Morgan Stanley, is the author of The Value of Debt in Retirement (Wiley) and challenges the conventional wisdom that the best retirement plans shed as much debt as possible – of any kind. Instead, he argues that financial advisers need to adopt a more sophisticated view of client debt, taking advantage of low-cost borrowing opportunities to boost liquidity and wealth. Debate about debt and retirement couldn’t be more timely. The percentage…
  • Retirement investors need patience as bond market wavers

    Mark Miller
    14 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Fran Kinniry, Vanguard Investment Strategy Group With bond markets in turmoil, what is a 401(k) investor to do? Probably not much. Retirement investors have enjoyed the best of both worlds these past two years: a bull market in both equities and bonds. But the bond market has been weathering volatility and sharp declines since late April, with prices falling and yields rising. Bond experts are not certain that the bond party is over yet, but the recent volatility raises a question: should 401(k) investors take steps to protect themselves in the event of a sharp spike in interest rates and…
  • Are we headed for a one percent phenomenon in longevity?

    Mark Miller
    8 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Ken Dychtwald Could the one percent soon get to live twice as long as the rest of us – maybe even forever? Immortality may not be in the cards just yet, but exponential breakthroughs in technology and medicine will make possible lifespans of 150 years or more, according to Ken Dychtwald. Dychtwald, a pioneering expert on gerontology, longevity and how the baby boomer wave will impact society, says dramatically longer lifespans will not necessarily translate into healthier years, and the longevity gains will not be experienced by everyone. Instead, we are headed toward a one percent…
 
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    POPSUGAR Celebrity

  • Stars Who Have Kids With the Same Name

    Lauren-Turner
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their daughter's name as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in early May, just days after the princess's birth. But she's not the only famous baby with the traditional moniker since Chelsea Clinton, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Sarah Michelle Gellar all have girls who go by the same name. Other stars have kids who share names too: Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bündchen, Sheryl Crow and Mila Kunis, and many more. Keep reading to see which stars are on the same wavelength when it comes to baby names!
  • POP 100: Who Is Your Favorite Sexy Guy?

    Nick-Maslow
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    It's that time of year again - the annual POPSUGAR 100! We're getting ready to unveil this year's list, and you can help by voting for your favorite stars in all of our POP 100 polls. Be sure to check back in to see where all the celebrities land on the list. How does it work? Read through to see photos of each nominee, then vote for your favorite star in the poll at the end! When it comes to steamy men, Charlie Hunnam's muscles have us doing double takes, and Jamie Dornan's piercing eyes speak to our soul. But if you thought there were only two guys in the running for the sexy-man title,…
  • Chris Pratt Is Here to Tell You Why You Shouldn't Do Meth

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    25 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Chris Pratt - actor, husband, father, antimeth speaker? Chris covers GQ's June issue, talking about his life and career, and in a video with the magazine, he shares a solid piece of advice: don't do meth. "We are in Joshua Tree, which is even hotter than Palm Springs, and there's a faint hint of meth in the air, which makes you motherf*ckers sweat," he says. Chris goes on to show the evolution of a meth user in pictures, explaining that it's "not good." Watch the funny video above, then vote for Chris in our POP 100 poll for your favorite big-screen badass.
  • It's Time to Swoon Over Ansel Elgort's Supercute Look-Alike Brother

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    25 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    If you follow Ansel Elgort on Instagram, chances are you've noticed that he has a handsome older brother who looks an awful lot like him. Warren is a 25-year-old filmmaker, and on social media, he's shared more than a few cute pictures of himself and his famous family. Meanwhile, Ansel regularly posts fun photos of his big brother, most recently snapping a selfie on Mother's Day, writing, "Chef Elgorts making soft shell crabs on Mother's Day weekend." Last year, Warren and their sister, Sophie, talked about Ansel in an interview with Town and Country, saying their little brother would sit…
  • Stars Share Cute Snaps While Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    25 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Ahead of Memorial Day, celebrities kicked off the long weekend with parties, travels, and a bit of relaxation. Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen welcomed their "newest family member," an adorable dog named Scooby, with Tom going nose to nose with the pup for a cute snap. Meanwhile, stars like Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Gigi Hadid made their way to the Monaco Grand Prix, and Leonardo DiCaprio had a night out in Cannes. Keep reading to see how celebrities are spending Memorial Day weekend, then check out more must-see celebrity Instagrams!
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  • I Feel Like a Social Media Superstar After My Birthday

    arlene
    17 May 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Wow. I am “almost” speechless, and knowing me and the way I spill on just about EVERYTHING in life, that is really noteworthy. Luckily I said “almost” because here I am once again blabbing away. So it was just my birthday – a big birthday at that. (Read previous blog on that.) I tried to work on my birthday so I could take off the next day – on the day of my party. I got so many notifications via my various email accounts, and Facebook, and calls and texts, that it made it almost impossible to work. I mean I was up to about 400 Facebook posts alone, not to…
  • How To Stay a Young Girl at Age 60

    arlene
    13 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    YIKES! I turn 60 today, May 14th! How the heck did that happen? Am I old now? Well actually I just found this out – check out link – that 60 is now considered middle age, not senior citizen. PHEW! If you read my blog a while ago, I was really worried about that senior citizen designation because I still feel like a kid.   Besides, I am joyous at every birthday no matter how old I get. As my Uncle Manny, of blessed memory used to say, celebrating another birthday is better than the alternative. If someone says “Why don’t you act your age?” it is a compliment rather…
  • Why I Don’t Need Any Mom Do-Overs, Thank You

    arlene
    10 May 2015 | 7:05 pm
    It’s another Mother’s Day gone by and first and foremost, I want to wish every deserving mom a very happy and joyous Mother’s Day. Breathe in the love and gratitude ladies — you have earned it! I often post photos of my kids on social media sites of times when they were much younger, for things like Way Back Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and even Flashback Friday. Quite often someone will say, don’t you wish you could go back in time and re-live those days? The years just flew by, and some say they go by too swiftly, and at one point I would have agreed. Now my…
  • Husband Follies Episode #60 – Botulism and Sausage!

    arlene
    6 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Here we are again with another episode of Husband Follies. If you haven’t read the other two, you MUST! They are linked here and here. My quirky husband Gary has become vigilant about food products we buy. Corn syrup is out, apparently it is the enemy. Non-organic fruits, veggies, meats, you name it are also out. In fact, he does the shopping because this is so very important to him. He reads labels vigorously. So when we were out of jelly a while ago, I ran to the store as I needed some that minute. Being in a rush (as always) I picked up what I thought was a healthy one, although it…
  • Everyone Wants to Be on the Ellen Show

    arlene
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Aside from the sometime snarky writing I do on this site, I honestly write to share good news and good events and information about the good people are doing. Still, as I elaborated in this blog and this blog, I want my writing read. That’s important. Sharing good things and having my stuff read. Seems pretty simple, no? When I wrote for the Houston Chronicle, this was an easy task. Readership in the millions, so a guaranteed audience. People began to recognize my name, even though most people don’t pay any attention to the byline. (Author’s name = byline) Since I struck out…
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  • Diversify Your Work With Multiple Streams Of Income

    Sherry Riter
    26 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    It is a common practice that the first question we ask when we meet someone is, “What do you do […] 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!
  • Memorial Day And The Flag Reminds Us Of Our Freedom

    Sherry Riter
    25 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    While people in other countries and in the United States burn or stomp on the American flag, the rest of […] 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!
  • Being A Selfish Mother And Disrespectful Blog Commenter

    Sherry Riter
    14 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    After being in the workforce for thirty-six years, married twice, raising a daughter, and blogging for over six years, nothing […] 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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  • A fresh start calls for a new color scheme. Bring out the crayons

    Walker
    25 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    I write every morning in my journal…or at least that’s my goal. This morning I was thinking about my upcoming move, 64 days.  My sofa is in desperate need of reupholstering so I’m daydreaming about color. The colors I’m feeling drawn to these days are bold— more reds, purples and soft pinkish-oranges, a drastic change from my cool soft blue-greens. And that led me to think about creative business planning. What if we viewed our lives as the unfolding of a brand, a story?  At any point in time we can change our logos, refine our stories, and update the colors…
  • National Masturbation Month – Enhance Your Sexual Pleasure

    Walker
    20 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    If you been reading over a period of time then you know that I write about sex. And, since May is National Masturbation Month, it’s only fitting that we talk about masturbation–or what I prefer to call ‘self-pleasuring’.  This article was originally published on Midlife Boulevard, as How Masturbation is Like Playing the Piano. I was forced to take piano lessons as a child. And, I hated the daily practice—playing the scales, working my way through those clever exercises to remember the names of the keys. I hated struggling through new songs. What I didn’t really…
  • A house, an ending and a beginning

    Walker
    11 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    I haven’t been able to write for the last several weeks–getting my house ready for sale would be the easiest excuse–the cleaner, less emotional answer. The truth is that this whole decision to move has created all kinds of unexpected emotions. It was a smart decision and one I made of my own free will a few months ago. The house is too big for one person. I want a simpler life. I want to be debt-free. Now I find it’s a matter of needing to let go and move on. And while that sounds so practical and wise, it’s awfully damned difficult. With a signed contract…
  • Joan Price and the Best Sex Writing of the Year

    Walker
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I was invited to write about Best Sex Writing of the Year as part of their launch. I am happy to support the publication of this book and help get the word out about sex-positive experiences and lifestyles.Here’s what the PR people at Cleis Press have to say about the 2015 Best Sex Writing of the Year. “In Best Sex Writing of the Year, no topic is too small or too taboo for writer, radio personality, and sexual pundit Jon Pressick, who has compiled a compelling collection of nonfiction writings on sex. With a forward by pornography actress and feminist activist, Belle Knox, as…
  • The case for self-pleasuring

    Walker
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    With spring finally here and the juicy energy warm weather brings, it’s a perfect time to explore the sexual side of life. I want to share some thoughts on the art of self-pleasuring, originally published at Midlife Boulevard.   “I hold my skirt, sash untied. And stand before the window with unpainted eyebrows. Silk clothes fly open so easily. If my skirt opens, I’ll blame the spring wind!” Zi Ye, translated   “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” Alfred Lord Tennyson   What is it about spring that leads people to think…
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  • Tai Chi for Women Over 50

    Kathy
    22 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    For 50-something women, tai chi is an excellent way to stay healthy, combat the effects of a slowing metabolism and work off post-menopausal weight gain.  As a low-impact whole-body exercise, it can help you stay limber and flexible, maintain balance and improve your health overall. 
  • Rescued by a Wedge

    Kathy
    20 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    High heels and I don't get along.   In my twenties I loved wearing heels.  They made me feel feminine and sophisticated.  Thirty years later, they still make me feel that way for 45 seconds when I try them on in the store, before moving back to the comfortable flats display.  
  • How to Make Friends in Middle Age

    Kathy
    18 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Studies show that social relationships have a big impact on the mental and physical health, quality of life and even mortality levels of women over 50.  In other words, having friends in midlife increases the odds you’ll live longer, healthier and with all your marbles.  
  • Comic Books Aren't Just for Kids Anymore

    Kathy
    15 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    If you think comics are just for 10-year-old boys who worship superheroes, think again.  Billed as “graphic novels,” a small segment of comic books is geared more toward adults and has complex characters and stories that plumb the depths of human experience.  In recent years graphic novels have become extremely popular, making their way into mainstream media and popular culture.
  • Extraordinary Women Over 50: Angela Merkel

    Kathy
    13 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Considered the most powerful woman in the world today, Angela Merkel, 61, has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005.   Merkel's unlikely journey to power is that of a woman who rose to meet the challenges of her day, then stayed to confront the issues facing her country's future.
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