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  • My emotional response to today’s solar eclipse

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Astrology may seem like bunk, but I know from decades of personal experience that eclipses often represent times of emotional turmoil or chaos.  In other words, new opportunities for growth and change. My 50th birthday fell on a solar eclipse, just as I was falling in love with Mike and thinking about selling my home to move in with him. My entire 50th year was amazing in its ripe potential for life-changing events! Now, as Mike turns 60, I descended into so many overpowering emotions during our lunar eclipse on October 8th. This left me dreading the partial solar eclipse of today.
  • When Death Approaches Again

    The New Old Age
    By Jane Gross
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Survivors of the Holocaust pose special challenges for caregivers at the end of life.
  • You’re a Writer Looking to Move into Major Publications? Get Started at My Writers’ Workshop

    Beyond MidLifeBloggers
    Jane Gassner
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Sign up now for Jane Gassner's Writers' Workshop, Part II: Blogging & the Business of Writing
  • Children Playing at the Berlin Wall, 1963

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Thomas Hoepker is one of the most acclaimed Magnum photographers. He has been working as a photojournalist for 60 years and captured life in East Germany from 1959 to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Below is a collection of interesting black and white photographs of children playing along the Berlin Wall taken by Hoepker in 1963.Child with scooter at the Berlin Wall. This pedestrian way belongs to the Soviet Sector of Berlin.Two boys in leather shorts standing on a viewing platform at the western side of the Berlin Wall.Children playing at the Berlin Wall in Berlin Wedding.A child playing by the…
  • Thailand Detox Retreat

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Holidays really are a crucial a part of contemporary life. There is loads of anxiety that people appear forward to escape with diverse kinds of holiday plans. You can find planned lengthy vacations and weekend getaways that happen to be resorted to being a implies to rejuvenate the thoughts and also the body. One such modern day strategy of enjoying holidays using a focus on health rejuvenation is that of yoga holidays. This is critical and beneficial specially for all those who are in professions of continuous really hard function. Yoga Retreats There are different areas in the planet where…
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • My emotional response to today’s solar eclipse

    midlifecrisisqueen
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Astrology may seem like bunk, but I know from decades of personal experience that eclipses often represent times of emotional turmoil or chaos.  In other words, new opportunities for growth and change. My 50th birthday fell on a solar eclipse, just as I was falling in love with Mike and thinking about selling my home to move in with him. My entire 50th year was amazing in its ripe potential for life-changing events! Now, as Mike turns 60, I descended into so many overpowering emotions during our lunar eclipse on October 8th. This left me dreading the partial solar eclipse of today.
  • Boomers keep on blogging for you!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are enjoying an AMAZING fall here in southern Colorado!  The autumn colors just keep coming!  So glad we decided to move down here this summer… Time for me to host our latest Boomer Blog Festival, where we take turns sharing the latest and greatest in relevant boomer blog topics! AARP is launching a new Android-based tablet that is being marketed to those in the 50+ crowd who are technology shy.  But what exactly are the benefits of buying an AARP tablet?  The answer is: Not many, so why is AARP even trying to target seniors? And perhaps even more importantly, is AARP still…
  • Moving on….

    midlifecrisisqueen
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    BIG NEWS: Mike and I just started a new blog to document the process of building our solar home over at “Adventures of the NEW old Farts!”  There we’ll share lots of photos and information as we build it from the footers up! OK, let’s face it.  At almost 60 I’m moving past “midlife” by just about anybody’s estimation, and I’m certainly past the ‘midlife crisis’ stage of my life, at least I hope so! When I started this blog I was just beginning to change everything in my life for the better, and it is SO MUCH BETTER NOW!
  • Talking mirror on the wall…

    midlifecrisisqueen
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Have you heard about the new talking mirror yet?  This “motivational mirror” will tell you anything you want to hear about how great you are! Reminds me of the mirror I found a few years ago that was distorted just enough to make me look a couple of inches taller and nice and thin.  I snapped that one right up! This new mirror says things like, “You are enough!” and “Have you been working out?”  This makes me begin to wonder first of all, don’t we have any real people in our lives that ever compliment us? More importantly though, what is it about…
  • A Perfect Day in Southern Colorado!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Yesterday was ideal. We were invited to take a ride up to see the golden Aspen at their peak at the top of the world by our new landlord who lives near Gardner, CO. So we started out from his house, and took some jeep roads up to get a tremendous view of all the surrounding mountains. Little did we know, that was just the beginning! We decided to take the long way home from our new friend’s home, north to Westcliffe, and then southeast to Colorado City. This is a trip neither one of us had ever taken.  The whole time we were both saying, “Why didn’t we ever come this way…
 
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    The New Old Age

  • When Death Approaches Again

    By Jane Gross
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Survivors of the Holocaust pose special challenges for caregivers at the end of life.
  • Is It Really Dementia?

    By Paula Span
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    A number of conditions cause dementia-like symptoms, and doctors may have trouble diagnosing them. Still, the odds usually are low that an elderly family member can be made cognitively normal.
  • A Doctor Discovers Dying

    By Paula Span
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    In his new book, "Being Mortal," Dr. Atul Gawande acknowledges paying scant attention to end-of-life issues.
  • Treating C.O.P.D. in the Elderly

    By Judith Graham
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may benefit from taking two drugs, not just one, a new study finds.
  • A Leap in Lifespans

    By Paula Span
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    We're living longer than ever, but not always better.
 
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    vintage everyday

  • Children Playing at the Berlin Wall, 1963

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Thomas Hoepker is one of the most acclaimed Magnum photographers. He has been working as a photojournalist for 60 years and captured life in East Germany from 1959 to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Below is a collection of interesting black and white photographs of children playing along the Berlin Wall taken by Hoepker in 1963.Child with scooter at the Berlin Wall. This pedestrian way belongs to the Soviet Sector of Berlin.Two boys in leather shorts standing on a viewing platform at the western side of the Berlin Wall.Children playing at the Berlin Wall in Berlin Wedding.A child playing by the…
  • Black and White Photos of Children in Halloween Costumes from the 1970s

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    In the mid-'70s, New York-based photographer Larry Racioppo went around the streets to capture black and white photographs of youngsters running around in their Halloween costumes. The results are a bit creepy, but ultimately endearing.See more »
  • Little boy bottle feeding piglet, ca. 1920

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
  • Beautiful and Sexy Vintage Woman Cabinet Cards

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    The cabinet card was a style of photograph which was widely used for photographic portraiture after 1870. It consisted of a thin photograph mounted on a card typically measuring 108 by 165 mm (4¼ by 6½ inches). Here's a collection of 15 beautiful and sexy vintage woman cabinet cards.See more »
  • Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA, 1924

    John VE
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Thailand Detox Retreat

    ironik
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Holidays really are a crucial a part of contemporary life. There is loads of anxiety that people appear forward to escape with diverse kinds of holiday plans. You can find planned lengthy vacations and weekend getaways that happen to be resorted to being a implies to rejuvenate the thoughts and also the body. One such modern day strategy of enjoying holidays using a focus on health rejuvenation is that of yoga holidays. This is critical and beneficial specially for all those who are in professions of continuous really hard function. Yoga Retreats There are different areas in the planet where…
  • Fitbit Flex

    ironik
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    You will discover a big quantity of health and fitness devices within the market place that could assist you in calculating your foot movement, heartbeat, elevation too because the temperature of the body, http://www.fitnesstrack.net/fitbit-flex. These new types of devices supply important insights into your health and fitness. To discover no matter whether these fitness trackers are worth your money, it’s important to verify their functionality and functionality. Fitness trackers are modest devices that you could put on on your wrist while you perform out within the health club. The…
  • Basis B1 Band

    ironik
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Fitness is vital, however it is much more important to track your fitness, in particular when you find yourself operating with set objectives. Tracking tends to make it possible for you personally to know no matter if you happen to be generating the best progress or whether or not you need to make improvements for your workouts to produce it less difficult to reach towards the fitness objectives that you have set. Fitness bands are awesome trackers which can come in handy for any one. On the other hand, the Garmin Vivofit band is often thought of to become the most effective fitness tracker…
  • Whole Sale Vape Juice

    ironik
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    E-liquid will be the term typically made use of in the electronic cigarette industry to refer to the nicotine solution in the replaceable cartridge or refillable tank technique. Rather than burning tobacco like cigarettes do, ecigs are constructed with the atomizer that turns the e-liquid into water vapor. This method is exactly what tends to make e-cigarettes odorless, smokeless and somewhat safer to inhale as compared to cigar smoke. The small biz e liquid is usually a pretty critical element of vaping because it holds the flavoring and nicotine. High-quality e-liquids deliver a realistic…
  • Lemonade Diet

    ironik
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Lemon diet program (also called the lemon cleanse) because the name suggests is nothing but becoming on a liquid diet regime (created of lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper) to get a period of 10 to 12 days. The diet doesn’t suggest you to consume something strong. Even fruits are restricted through the lemon cleanse diet regime. Nonetheless for persons that just intend to drop weight, melons are suggested. A lot of people add the flavor of religion and continue to become on rapidly to get a span of 40 days. There are two objectives due to this diet regime – 1 is usually to lose…
 
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • Macy Gray at Tipitina's, great show

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    On Wednesday, October 22, thanks to a friend with an extra ticket, I got to see Macy Gray at Tipitina's in New Orleans. It's a standing-room-only intimate venue with quite a colorful history, so by the time we walked back to our cars my feet were on fire. But seeing Macy was worth the pain. She is not only talented, but funny and down-to-earth. She's also 6 feet tall in her stocking feet. I
  • Racism Insurance for White People offered by DWP

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    "Racism Insurance: Coverage for White People," the funny video promo for new movie Dear White People goes Viral on Facebook, where it has more than 1.4 million hits.
  • Beware White Men Saying Your Votes Don't Matter

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    I admit that I went through a period in my life when I did't vote, and I'll own up to this: It was pure laziness hiding behind the ignorance of "my one vote doesn't matter." But as I got older, I realized that if I don't vote, who am I to protests anything our legislators, councils, mayors, governors, and presidents do? So, when I read Andrew O'Hehir's essay on Salon.com essentially
  • Dr. Cornel West arrested at Moral Mondays protest, Ferguson (Videos)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Above, veteran social justice activist, Dr. Cornel West, is handcuffed and arrested in Ferguson, Missouri. From RT article: NBC News reported from Ferguson that West and others had attempted to create a makeshift memorial outside of the police station on Monday for Michael Brown, a local teen shot two months ago this weekend by a Ferguson cop, but arrests began soon after when demonstrators
  • Do you believe in coincidence or Godwinks?

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I've had some pretty remarkable so-called "coincidences" in my life. About half of them I attribute to "Godwinks," those little clues in life that remind us not to rule out significance of the spiritual. But scientists, and I've known this for a long time, say coincidences are just that, coincidence. They are not "mystical but mathematical," chance following rules of probability. Then
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Fall – Vancouver Island

    Suzanne
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I took this abstract photo when I visited Canada. Golden leaves on the trees … clouds reflected in the water. It was beautiful. The scene called to my creative spirit to be photographed as an abstract. I titled this image Falling Through The Air. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.
  • Why I Deleted Yesterday’s Post

    Suzanne
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Some of you read yesterday’s post. Around midday, yesterday, I deleted it. Well, actually, I turned the post settings to “private” so they aren’t visible. At some point in the future, I will turn them back to public. I sometimes forget how public my life has become. At the moment, in addition to The Internet In General and Photographer Friends, I also have a lot of Dog People following me. I love dogs, and I love people who love dogs. (Well, MOST of them!) There are people all over the country, and for that matter the world, following along with my Service Dog Journey.
  • Randomness

    Suzanne
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I have almost this entire week free. A “free” week NEVER happens … but I had cleared my calendar thinking I would have a brand new puppy this week. I wanted an open schedule so I could bond with him, etc. Life is full of funny (and not so funny) twists. Laguna Beach:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. •  On a positive note, I’ve met some REALLY nice people since having my Bad Breeder experience.  It’s a good thing too, because I  had given up  was about to give up on the human race. •  Every day I’m contacting a…
  • The Pet Adoption Process

    Suzanne
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Did you know how difficult it has become to adopt/purchase/rescue a dog? I had a friend go through the process awhile back. He joked about it taking nine months, the “interrogation process” he endured, endless paperwork, etc. He said it was harder than adopting a child. Of course, he was joking – and I laughed right along with him. But, really … It’s become quite a drawn-out ordeal. I realize there are Bad People who were scooping up available dogs to use as dog fighting “bait.” (The very idea makes me ill!) And there are always lots of people who…
  • The Weekend Without Pictures

    Suzanne
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I hope you had a good weekend. I went to see Gone Girl. It was really good. I had read the book when it first came out. I always worry movies will be disappointing compared to the books they originate from, but that was not the case with Gone Girl. I also went to a “Newfie Picnic” put on by the Southern California Newfoundland Club in Long Beach. I crashed their party in hopes of meeting “someone” who could put me in touch with “someone.” OK, I didn’t completely crash. I was invited by a woman I’ve met, but at the last minute she couldn’t…
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane's Team Spirit (or Lack Thereof)

    Average Jane
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series and everyone around me is losing their minds about it. Me, well I'm holding steady at the level of "mildly pleased and glad you're all so happy about it." When a local sports team does well, to me it's the equivalent of a friend's child getting a good grade in school: I think it's nice for them and now I'm going to go about my business. Part of it is that I have never been able to work up any enthusiasm about sports. I remember my dad watching sports when I was a kid, but it was a dad activity and it…
  • Average Jane Feels Like Dancing

    Average Jane
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Driving home from work today, I saw a kid on the sidewalk doing a thoroughly dorky dance. He saw me looking at him, caught my eye and gave me a big smile and a wave. Naturally, I smiled and waved back. I get so much joy from how unselfconscious kids are. My nephew loves to dance and he will dance and dance until he literally burns up all the dancing energy left in his body. I watched him do it at the MC Yogi/DJ Drez concert at the Kansas City Yoga Festival a couple of weeks ago. In fact, here he is doing a light saber routine at a school talent show a couple of years ago. (Sadly, the music…
  • Average Jane's Recipes

    Average Jane
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Since I've recently "come out" as a vegetarian to myself and the rest of my world after more than a year of gradual transition, I've been giving some thought to the content of my recipe list over there on the left. It's occurred to me to wonder if I should take down the ones with meat and dairy that I won't be making anymore. Of course this is my blog and I can do whatever I want, but for now my intention is to leave it as is. I can think of few things more personal and individual than someone's dietary choices. Although I have made mine for a variety of reasons,…
  • Average Jane Makes Vegan Pizza

    Average Jane
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My husband hasn't fully joined me in my gradual conversion to a plant-based diet, but one recipe that we both like a lot is tofu-topped pizza. The topping recipe comes from this ehow video. I use the pizza dough recipe that came with my KitchenAid mixer, divided in half and rolled out very thin to make two crispy crusts, and I've added tomatoes because I think every pizza needs something tomato-based. Here's where I've netted out on the whole recipe. I think you'll like it. It makes two full-sized pizzas (you can halve the recipe, but then you have an extra pizza crust and…
  • Average Jane Enjoys Pumpkin Pie

    Average Jane
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Today I am plugging my family pumpkin pie recipe at Kansas Women Bloggers. I keep meaning to bake one and perhaps I will do so tonight. There's a chill in the air and we may not want to pursue our original outdoor plans this evening, so why not bake a pie instead?
 
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    Cindy La Ferle's Home Office

  • October memories

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

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

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

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

    Cindy La Ferle
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    For years I’ve admired Michigan Blue, a gorgeous regional magazine celebrating our third coast. So I’m very excited to have an essay of mine included in the Fall 2014 issue. “Restoring Wright” chronicles our decision to purchase and renovate a Frank Lloyd Wright home in St. Joseph, a beach town on Lake Michigan. The magazine […]
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    Candelaria Silva

  • Here + There = Everywhere

    Candelaria Silva
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    We are all in this together.  What don’t we understand about this? We may all live differently in this world because of our individuality and our unique situations but we are still living on the same planet.   If the planet goes down, it won’t stop and let certain people get off first*.  Even if you believe in life after death and are looking forward to a heavenly reward, most of us do not want to hasten that experience and most of us want to leave the planet better for future generations. The Ebola outbreak impacts all of us.  There is no way to close our doors against it.  We can…
  • Tidy-widy, Uptight

    Candelaria Silva
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    I find myself in regular encounters with people who have tidy lives and are so far removed from my messy, over-wrought reality that we might as well be living on separate planets (except we aren’t…we are all in this together.)  I call them the tidy-widys.* They come from plenty even though some of them don’t quite realize how having plenty paves their way and makes them who they are. Plenty means that, for them, there is: Always enough money to pay the bills in full (no carry-over debt for them) Money to travel when they want (or need) to Well-resourced neighborhoods or suburbs or…
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    Candelaria Silva
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Copyright 2010, 2012 by Michelle Alexander, The New Press) There are books that hit you in your head and heart and make sense of things you’ve seen and felt but had not put together in the same way as the author. When I was in high school both Black Skin, Black Masks by Franz Fanon and The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois had a similar impact but they were so densely written and somewhat over my head as a junior & senior in high school.The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is in this…
  • My mother prays for me

    Candelaria Silva
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    For the first time in many years, I have seen my mother twice in the course of two months. (Yes, this is a sin and a shame and I am an asshole for allowing this to happen.) Usually I see her once a year, sometimes twice. Our first visit this summer was when she surprised me on my birthday in June. Our second visit was when I went to St.Louis to celebrate her 80th birthday in August. During the course of the week that I was in St. Louis, my mom, sister and I drove to take my niece to her second year of college. We spent the night and shared a hotel room. Mom was the last one out of the…
  • Will this keep my grandson safe?

    Candelaria Silva
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    I have an old acquaintance who types all of his emails in capital letters. They all begin, GREETINGS, and they are annoying. On the other hand, my two-year-old grandson, Tommie, speaks his greetings in capital letters that sound as if they should be bold, under-lined and painted a vivid ORANGE. “Hey, T-Pop,” he calls out enthusiastically to my husband.“GRANDI!” He shouts out to me. I can hear his voice running through my head–musical, joyful and loud. He made me realize the lack of expression and diminished nature of my greetings to people. I exist on the cool side even when I feel…
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    Granny Sue's News and Reviews: West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue's Daily Blog

  • In the mountains

    Granny Sue
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I am in the mountains today,  telling stories at an elementary school..  Tomorrow I'll be in Morgantown telling more stories,  for WVU Mountaineer Week. Tonight, though, is family time with my oldest son and his family. The sun is shining,  the trees are golden, the air is crisp and the time is perfect for traveling this beautiful Mountain State.Copyright Susanna Holstein. All rights reserved. No Republication or Redistribution Allowed without attribution to Susanna Holstein.
  • The Grapevine Storytelling Series

    Granny Sue
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am so pleased to be part of an exciting new storytelling series happening in Takoma Park, Maryland. The Grapevine is organized and hosted by storytellers Noa Baum, Tim Livengood and Jane Dorfman, the series features a wide range of storytelling styles and presenters. If you live in the DC Metro area, get these dates on your calendar, and check out their Facebook page for continuing updates and news:Here is our schedule for the rest of the Fall 2014 season: November 6: Denise Clegg Bennett Denise Clegg Bennett performs at the Grapevine on 6 November 2014. Denise Bennett…
  • Meeting the Devil and Those Mixed-Up Girls: Two Stories

    Granny Sue
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    A woman we met at a restaurant in town told us this story. She was having dinner with her parents and had overheard us telling a friend that we were going to Matewan and Mingo county the next day."I'm sorry," she said. "I don't mean to interrupt you, but we're from Mingo county!"The world throws strange coincidences our way, doesn't it? We stayed and talked with these nice people for probably half an hour. West Virginians are like that--we talk to strangers and end up being friends by the end of the conversation. And we hear some good stories in the process, like this one.The mother at the…
 
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    Jan's Sushi Bar

  • The Ninja Turtle Scarf

    Jan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was gone again all last week – sorry about that.  I’ve just been incredibly busy at work, and will continue to be so until Thanksgiving has passed.  Not a bad thing, for sure, since it keeps me out of trouble.  I’ve also been busy at home, and may even have a recipe for you this week. Since finishing the cat and steak cakes, I’ve been able to pick up my crochet hooks again – I have, in fact, bought a set of Clover hooks, aluminum with padded handles, and I just could not be more pleased with them.  They slide through yarn like a knife through warm butter…
  • The Cat Cake – and a Steak, Too

    Jan
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Hello, hello, hello. I was gone all last week, and this is why: Presenting The Cat Cake, jewel-tone cascading blossoms and all. It’s 6″, 7″ and 8″ round tiers on top of a 10″ square tier of French vanilla cake with white chocolate ganache, covered in fondant.  The blossoms are made of gum paste. Here’s a better look at the topper: The cats are modeled after the happy couple’s own pets, and I’m not at all displeased with how they came out.  They are made from Wilton Shape ‘N’ Amaze edible modeling dough.  It was my first time…
  • Curried Lamb and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Jan
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Well, it is now officially autumn. Weather-wise, it came early this year up here in northeast Ohio; the trees are already turning, which usually doesn’t really begin to ramp up until the second week of October in this neck of the woods, and my winter wardrobe’s migration towards the front of our closet is also a bit premature.  It’s the last week of the season for our CSA and Beloved has begun clearing out our own gardens, as well. I don’t think we’ll be buying as many apples this year, as we still have plenty of applesauce from last year, but I’m really…
  • Sheldon

    Jan
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Suzanne over at 24 At Heart is getting a Newfoundland puppy in a few weeks, and is asking for name suggestions.  If you think of a name for what will eventually be a huge, furry, black dog, please go drop her a line. I, unfortunately, couldn’t give her any ideas, because I absolutely SUCK at naming things.  Darling Daughter, on the other hand, is wonderful at it.  When stuck for a name for our latest side of grass-fed beef, it was DD who promptly came up with “Wellington.” Think about it for a minute. At any rate, when I decided to try my hand at amigurumi – the…
  • Mexican-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

    Jan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Happy…middle of September?  How the heck did THAT happen?? Before we know it, Autumn will be upon us.  In fact, it’s coming early from what I can see – we already have trees turning on our street (much to Darling Daughter’s dismay). While I do NOT look forward to winter, I generally enjoy fall.  It’s a gorgeous season up here in northeast Ohio and the crisp temperatures are an invigorating excuse to wear my didn’t-exist-until-I-moved-North cool weather wardrobe. Because, let’s face it, it’s cold for all of about 3 days in the middle of…
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    Nanny Goats in Panties

  • I’ve Got All the Bells and Whistles

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

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

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

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

    Margaret
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:56 pm
    So I’m at this thing the other day, you know, one of those events where you walk in the door and they check you in and give you a name tag to clip on your person, along with a wine glass, and you feel awkward at first because you arrived alone so the first thing you do is scrape the room for a familiar face so you can immediately cling to him or her while you get your insecure bearings in order? Yeah, one of those. Anyway, as I’m bouncing from one familiar face to another, tasting wine and bacon-wrapped shrimps on sticks, there are people here who feel important because they were…
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  • A Whiteboard Analysis Of Renee Zellweger’s Plastic Surgery, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:29am

    Lisa
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    As 99% of you probably know, the actress Renee Zellweger had plastic surgery. The Internet opined. My apologies if you are ready to be done discussing, but the storm of talk has made me feel as I often did in business meetings, compelled 3/4 of the way through to leap from the table and start writing on a white board. “Let me just see if I can line it out,” I’d say, scribbling. Then add a few rectangles and arrows. Or a bulleted list. Anything to reveal the logical structure of the debate. Here’s what I think about Renee. What she did is just fine, except. Let’s…
  • Talismans, Pentagrams, Longitudes, Latitudes

    Lisa
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Do you find that odd little things can make your history clearer all at once? Last week I read Tana French’s latest mystery, The Secret Place. I love her stuff. This takes place at an exclusive girl’s school outside of Dublin, and derives no small part of its color from the magical rites of teenagers. As I read, the High WASP in me spoke severely, “Over the top!” The prose seemed too purple, the supernatural happenings too preposterous. And then I remembered actually being a teen and pre-teen. Took an effort, almost a quantum leap to put myself back in that time. Those…
  • Tailgating With ALL The Gear

    Lisa
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    So, the San Francisco Giants are in the World Series. I’m always surprised when this happens, we’re too Alternative to be good at sports, right? Apparently not! This weekend Significant Husband and I went walking out behind the ballpark Do you know how beautiful this city is? Look. A photo posted by Lisa Carnochan (@amidprivilege) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:05pm PDT As it turns out, the ballpark, in addition to glassy harbor waters and picturesque boats at dock, offers ground level gameday spots for a small, free, standing audience. You watch for 3 innings, then they shoo you out and…
  • 5 Things To Do This Week In Preparation For Winter Holidays And None Of Them Even Smell Like Gift Shopping

    Lisa
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week I was walking through a shopping center in search of Teavana’s Dragonwell, when I spotted, not one, but three “holiday” stores. They sprout up now like little redwood seedlings in the mall-forests of California. I sighed.  Ah, well, no point wasting exasperation on things ignorable, is there? On the other hand, a few other errands last week reminded me that there are a few tasks you might take on, even though Christmas  – my winter holiday of origin – is a ways off. Have no fear – I would not think of exhorting you to start gift-shopping. I…
  • You Could Use The Shopbop Sale For A Big Cool Clutch

    Lisa
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yes, I’m on break, this doesn’t count. The RewardStyle people wrote me to say the Shopbop sale is on,  at the exact moment when I was browsing Pinterest street style and realizing that the bag of the moment is an over-sized, soft-sided clutch. Envelope, fold-over, pouch, all good options. And all available at Shopbop for 25% off, with the code, FAMILY25. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Of course if you’d rather look at the Vince slipon sneakers (also on sale), as a reasonable person might, Grechen’s got her…
 
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  • Walking Down Union Into A Wider World

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

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

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

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

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

    Hill Country Hippie
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    I was flipping through the winter issue of Artful Blogging magazine this morning, and came across an article by Mary Wangerin, who blogs at The Turquoise Paintbrush. I knew I'd found a kindred spirit when she said "I gather great inspiration through mindfully honoring little moments like these every day. Beautiful details can so easily get lost in the daily rush; and to me, it really is all in the details." That's one of the main reasons I blog -- to notice the details, and remember.I suppose if I had to identify one special gift or talent that I have, that would be it. I notice simple…
  • MY WEDDING TASTING TEAM

    Hill Country Hippie
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Can you believe it? Only eight days left until Wedding Weekend Blastoff! Two of the Muses had not yet tried our new creperie in Dripping Springs. Since Crepes Crazy is catering our Morning After brunch for wedding party and family, and since I'd had to select the menu without having tasted what I was ordering, we decided to rectify that situation.Loving their new patio with shady awning!The Scandinavian - smoked salmon, pickled red onions, whipped cream cheese, capers, lemon and dillDulce de Leche Turtle - caramel, chocolate chips, roasted walnuts, and bananas or strawberries. Or both.In…
  • ON MY TABLE: TEXTURE

    Hill Country Hippie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I got a bit sidetracked by Junelle's Farmers' Market art class and all this wedding hoo-hah, but I've finally made my way back to the projects in Pam Carriker's book Creating Art at the Speed of Life. This chapter was called "Tactile By Nature", and was all about adding texture to your projects.The objective of this first project was to find texture in everyday objects around your house, and use that to create graphite rubbing transfers. So I used this...and this...to create this:For the next project we had to create an Impressionist-style portrait painting, without using any paintbrushes!
  • COLOR-MAD BOOT SIGHTINGS

    Hill Country Hippie
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    This latest boot is HOT, man! I am so in awe of the artists who chose to cover their boots in mosaic. Especially when you consider that they are donating their time and supplies! As I understand it, sponsors pay a fee to have a boot located at their place of business, but that money is going to support the newly formed Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance. The only thing the artists get for all their time and effort is a bit of publicity -- having their work and their name out there for the world to see. Which is why I feel really, really bad about this next boot, where I somehow…
  • IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER?

    Hill Country Hippie
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Muses have been trying out a new spot for our weekly get-togethers.  I think we may be here awhile...as long as the weather is conducive to hanging out on this wonderful covered patio. We have long been fans of this patio, through all its many incarnations -- as a sandwich shop, a Mexican joint, the original Leaning Pear cafe, and now, as The Sugar Shack, whose almond croissants and toffee scones are To. Die. For. Is there anything better than an awesome little local bakery? With a patio!I think not. 
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  • My Willow Tree Grandparents With Grandchildren Figurines Collection

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

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

    Lin
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    I. Dental personnel and mercury exposure Dental offices are known to be one of the largest users of inorganic mercury. It is well documented that dentists and dental personnel who work with amalgam are chronically exposed to mercury vapour, which accumulates in their bodies to much higher levels than for most non-occupationally exposed. Adverse health effects of this exposure including neurological effects have also been well documented that affect most dentists and dental assistants, with measurable effects among those in the lowest levels of exposure. Mercury levels of dental personnel…
  • It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

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

    Lin
    30 Sep 2013 | 9:24 am
    A little over a year ago, I completely stopped wearing makeup. I just quit makeup, cold turkey. One day I woke up in the morning, got ready to go to work and while standing in front of the mirror, I decided I would go to work with no makeup on whatsoever. I hadn’t decided to participate in some sort of “no makeup challenge” for a day, week or month, that some writers have participated in over the last few years. At the time I decided to stop wearing makeup, I hadn’t seen or read any of the numerous articles online about women’s reasons for going without makeup…
 
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  • Just Call Me Mama Bev

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

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

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

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

    Beverly Mahone
    9 Nov 2013 | 11:37 am
    I heard on the radio that Kroger was having a sale on grapes so I decided to go there to take advantage of the sale. When I walked into the entryway, much to my surprise, there were carolers singing Christmas songs and employees passing out goodie bags along with the Kroger specials of the day. So far, so good.Then as I walked into the produce section, I found my grapes--and plenty of them---red, black and green---on sale as advertised. And what's even better is I got to pick and choose which ones I wanted and put them all in the same bag. Shortly afterwards, I asked a produce employee where…
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  • Photography helps keep a boomer brain fit

    Cafe
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Crossword puzzles, sudoku, and listening to classical music won’t keep your mind as sharp as you once thought. Instead you should take up photography. That’s according to researchers at the The University of Texas at Dallas who found that people who only participated in passive activities such as playing games or listening to music got little memory benefit. However, learning photography showed significant gains in memory. Photographer Burl McDonald in Morro Bay, CA.(Photo by Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com) More than 200 people who were over 60-years-old were split into…
  • How a baby boomer breaks the food chain

    Cafe
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We always like it when Philadelphia baby boomer Roz Warren writes about her life. Because in a way she has a very normal life but in another way … well … in another way, it’s way different than the rest of ours’.  This time, in a piece that first appeared on Zestnow.com, she writes about Breaking the Food Chain. I recently received an email that contained a simple request. Write down my favorite recipe, I was told, and email it to the person at the top of the list. Then delete that person’s name, add my own email address to the bottom of the list, and send the resulting…
  • A boomer examines whether time is real or an illusion

    Cafe
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We don’t get too philosophical at BoomerCafé … but when a reader does, we take it seriously. In this case, Gary Carter takes a serious look at where we baby boomers are in life … and how we come to terms with it. He is coming to terms with the promise of “some day.” The other day, for no apparent reason, I was struck by the concept encompassed within the phrase “some day.” The dictionary makes it short and sweet, defining it as “at some future time,” and noting such synonyms as “eventually” and “sooner or later.” But it was the synonym “finally” that perhaps…
  • A love story for and about baby boomers

    Cafe
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    We boomers might be “getting on,” but we can still be suckers for love stories. Particularly when they’re written by fellow boomers. And especially when they’re about boomers. Here’s an excerpt from Judith Natelli McLaughlin’s new book “This Moment.” It’s about Lydia and Ryan, a pivotal moment seen from Ryan’s point of view. I felt nauseous and weak. I clutched my stomach and stumbled to my bedroom. Seconds later, I fell on my bed. Fully clothed, I lay on my back and closed my eyes, but sleep wouldn’t take me in. I needed…
  • Life for a baby boomer is an odyssey. So is love.

    Cafe
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Life for a baby boomer is an odyssey. So is love. That’s what makes this personal tale from Larry Lefkowitz of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, so moving. Because a lot of us have had odysseys like his. Odysseys with our relationships. For some time now, I have wanted to write an article about my relationship, but it just seemed too personal or needing of a happy ending. Much thought ensued. I waited; I delayed; I feared talking about it would somehow jinx it. Larry Lefkowitz Yet, there are things I want to tell you. At this time in life, I had settled for knowing that I have had relationships,…
 
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  • Dogs with Cones Classic – Dog Cone Lamp

    Going Like Sixty
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Now this is clever and I want one… Heres some old fun postsCone of Shame Classic – Licker PreventionCone of Shame ClassicBlog for Sale: $11 oboCone of Shame Classic – Flower Pot DogCone of Shame Classic – Eye on the BallThe post Dogs with Cones Classic – Dog Cone Lamp appeared first on Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty.
  • Bingo is a great community event

    Going Like Sixty
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Bingo at the School Bingo and Fun can only be found together at Game Village Bingo I have been hooked onto bingo and since I have started playing bingo I’ve learned my Spanish numbers better. So I’ve also looked online… The online bingo sites have so much to offer, like bonuses, holiday packages and mind blowing bingo games. I have frequented a large number of bingo sites in a bid to find out which site offers the best along with a pretty and classy appearance.  …
  • September 2014 Rain Report for Atenas Costa Rica

    Going Like Sixty
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    ‘Tis the season… leading up to the rainiest month of the year, September 2014 brought 21.5 inches of rain on seventeen days. Most mornings start out sunny and dry, but by noon to 2 pm the thunderstorms move in for an hour. After that the clouds roll in, but by sundown it’s often clear again. The government weather experts predict this year the rainy season will end the week of November 5. Happy days. Heres some old fun postsRainy Season: September Rain in Atenas Costa RicaVisit Costa Rica In Rainy Season? Sure, Why Not?If This is Costa Rica Rainy Season – We’ll…
  • Animated Gif Monday – Beach Girl in Rain

    Going Like Sixty
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    Rain on Sedolsoder doesn’t look anything like this gif from BoomSpeak.com   Heres some old fun postsGeeky Animated Gif Monday – Labor Day at the Beach?15 7/8 inches of Rain Fell at Guacimo De Atenas in SeptemberRainfall sparse in Atenas Costa Rica During July 2014Atenas Agua in August (Rain Report)Visit Costa Rica In Rainy Season? Sure, Why Not?The post Animated Gif Monday – Beach Girl in Rain appeared first on Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty.
  • The Boomer List According to NPR

    Going Like Sixty
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Disappointment abounds around Going Like Sixty… that I wasn’t asked for my opinion about The Boomer List premiering Nationwide Tuesday, September 23 on PBS. American Masters: The Boomer List, attempts to tells the story of the boomer generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers–one born each year of the baby boom: 1946 Tim O’Brien, Vietnam vet / author 1947 Deepak Chopra, M.D., New Age guru 1948 Samuel L. Jackson, actor 1949 Billy Joel, singer-songwriter 1950 Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer 1951 Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer 1952 Amy Tan, author…
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  • Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'AlamyIf your Halloween wouldn't be the same without Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, you're in luck -- it'll be on TV Saturday and Sunday.Where to watch 10 other favoritesMore on Halloween18 inappropriate costumesOver-the-top lawn decorations
  • Video of really annoyed dog goes viral

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Video of really annoyed dog goes viralNewsyA hilarious video of pup Lou being really, really irritated is making the rounds on the Internet. What's got him in such a moodMore trending stories Halloween costumes for your petRestaurant name incites protests
  • This makeup trick will make your cheeks pop

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This makeup trick will make your cheeks popShutterstockMany celebrities use this technique, which allows you to enhance and define facial features, to look red-carpet ready.How you can get the lookMore makeover tips Fun eye makeup idea for fallHow to rock leather pants
  • Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.APJustin Timberlake is famous for his smooth voice, but many fans don't know that he also battles two challenging conditions.Others stars with the same illnessMore from Everyday HealthSpotting signs of depressionHelping children adjust to school
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
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  • Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'AlamyIf your Halloween wouldn't be the same without Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, you're in luck -- it'll be on TV Saturday and Sunday.Where to watch 10 other favoritesMore on Halloween18 inappropriate costumesOver-the-top lawn decorations
  • Video of really annoyed dog goes viral

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Video of really annoyed dog goes viralNewsyA hilarious video of pup Lou being really, really irritated is making the rounds on the Internet. What's got him in such a moodMore trending stories Halloween costumes for your petRestaurant name incites protests
  • This makeup trick will make your cheeks pop

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This makeup trick will make your cheeks popShutterstockMany celebrities use this technique, which allows you to enhance and define facial features, to look red-carpet ready.How you can get the lookMore makeover tips Fun eye makeup idea for fallHow to rock leather pants
  • Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.APJustin Timberlake is famous for his smooth voice, but many fans don't know that he also battles two challenging conditions.Others stars with the same illnessMore from Everyday HealthSpotting signs of depressionHelping children adjust to school
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
 
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  • Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'AlamyIf your Halloween wouldn't be the same without Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, you're in luck -- it'll be on TV Saturday and Sunday.Where to watch 10 other favoritesMore on Halloween18 inappropriate costumesOver-the-top lawn decorations
  • Video of really annoyed dog goes viral

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Video of really annoyed dog goes viralNewsyA hilarious video of pup Lou being really, really irritated is making the rounds on the Internet. What's got him in such a moodMore trending stories Halloween costumes for your petRestaurant name incites protests
  • This makeup trick will make your cheeks pop

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This makeup trick will make your cheeks popShutterstockMany celebrities use this technique, which allows you to enhance and define facial features, to look red-carpet ready.How you can get the lookMore makeover tips Fun eye makeup idea for fallHow to rock leather pants
  • Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.APJustin Timberlake is famous for his smooth voice, but many fans don't know that he also battles two challenging conditions.Others stars with the same illnessMore from Everyday HealthSpotting signs of depressionHelping children adjust to school
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
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  • Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'AlamyIf your Halloween wouldn't be the same without Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, you're in luck -- it'll be on TV Saturday and Sunday.Where to watch 10 other favoritesMore on Halloween18 inappropriate costumesOver-the-top lawn decorations
  • Video of really annoyed dog goes viral

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Video of really annoyed dog goes viralNewsyA hilarious video of pup Lou being really, really irritated is making the rounds on the Internet. What's got him in such a moodMore trending stories Halloween costumes for your petRestaurant name incites protests
  • This makeup trick will make your cheeks pop

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This makeup trick will make your cheeks popShutterstockMany celebrities use this technique, which allows you to enhance and define facial features, to look red-carpet ready.How you can get the lookMore makeover tips Fun eye makeup idea for fallHow to rock leather pants
  • Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.APJustin Timberlake is famous for his smooth voice, but many fans don't know that he also battles two challenging conditions.Others stars with the same illnessMore from Everyday HealthSpotting signs of depressionHelping children adjust to school
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
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  • Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Good news for those who love 'Hocus Pocus'AlamyIf your Halloween wouldn't be the same without Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, you're in luck -- it'll be on TV Saturday and Sunday.Where to watch 10 other favoritesMore on Halloween18 inappropriate costumesOver-the-top lawn decorations
  • Video of really annoyed dog goes viral

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Video of really annoyed dog goes viralNewsyA hilarious video of pup Lou being really, really irritated is making the rounds on the Internet. What's got him in such a moodMore trending stories Halloween costumes for your petRestaurant name incites protests
  • This makeup trick will make your cheeks pop

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This makeup trick will make your cheeks popShutterstockMany celebrities use this technique, which allows you to enhance and define facial features, to look red-carpet ready.How you can get the lookMore makeover tips Fun eye makeup idea for fallHow to rock leather pants
  • Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Disorder affects many stars, including J.T.APJustin Timberlake is famous for his smooth voice, but many fans don't know that he also battles two challenging conditions.Others stars with the same illnessMore from Everyday HealthSpotting signs of depressionHelping children adjust to school
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
 
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    RetirementRevised

  • Social Security reform should boost benefits and taxes, poll finds

    Mark Miller
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    It’s no surprise that a new public opinion survey would find broad public opposition to cutting Social Security benefits. But a survey released this week [PDF] by the National Academy of Social Insurance finds a strong majority of Americans actually support boosting benefits – and taxing themselves to pay for it. The survey uses a polling technique called trade-off analysis to identify a package of preferred options. The NASI survey asked people about 12 ways to reform Social Security in a way that would close the program’s long-range financing gap. The choices included…
  • Why Social Security COLAs aren’t keeping up with seniors’ costs

    Mark Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Social Security’s annual inflation adjustment is one of the program’s most valuable features. But it’s time to adjust the adjustment. Retirees will get a 1.7 percent bump in their Social Security benefit next year, according to the Social Security Administration, which announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Wednesday. Recipients of disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income also will receive the COLA. That reflects continuing slow inflation in the economy – the COLA has averaged 1.6 percent over the past four years – but it’s not…
  • Quality issues keep dogging Medicare Advantage plans

    Mark Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Seniors have flocked to Medicare Advantage in recent years, attracted by savings on premiums and the convenience of one-stop shopping. But as the annual Medicare enrollment season began this week, a memorandum from federal officials to plan providers surfaced that serves as a big red warning flag. The upshot: Assess the quality of any Advantage plan before you sign up. The memorandum, first reported by the New York Times, described ongoing compliance problems uncovered in federal audits of Advantage and prescription drug plans. These include inadequate rationales for denial of coverage,…
  • Shining a light on a murky election-year Social Security debate

    Mark Miller
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In North Carolina, a television ad attacks incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for supporting a “controversial plan” that “raises the retirement age” for Social Security. The ad comes from Crossroads GPS, the super PAC run by Republican Karl Rove. A Republican attack on a Democrat for cutting Social Security benefits? It’s just one instance where voters are hearing confusing claims about Social Security reform. Social Security has surfaced as a major issue in Senate rates in Alaska, Colorado, Iowa and Arkansas. Seeing through the fog can be difficult. Hagan, for example, left…
  • Timing your Social Security filing: Where to get assistance with the big decision

    Mark Miller
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Deciding when to file for Social Security is one of the most consequential financial decisions most Americans will make about their retirement. Opting to claim benefits early, at the Full Retirement Age (FRA), or later can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in higher–or lower–lifetime benefits for a married couple. But Social Security’s rules are complex, so most of us could use some guidance. Yet, help can be difficult to find. Social Security Administration (SSA) staffers can only give you general information about benefit options–they are prohibited as a matter…
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    POPSUGAR Celebrity

  • Why Gwen Stefani is More Relevant Than Ever

    Becca-Frucht
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Gwen Stefani has been in the game for a minute, but she is only getting better as time passes. Not only is the singer is killing it as a judge on The Voice, but she seems to be on top of her game. See why Gwen is having a major moment right now.
  • See Katy Perry in Various States of Undress

    Brittney-Stephens
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Katy Perry turns 30 on Saturday! Her career has taken her all over the globe, on stage and on the red carpet, as well as in the pages of many magazines, and she's got a plethora of number one singles under her belt, including "Dark Horse" and "This Is How We Do." In the process, Katy has never shied away from showing off her best assets and flaunting her famous figure. In celebration of her big milestone, we've rounded up Katy's sexiest moments, both on and off the stage. See them all now - and rock on, Katy! Source: GQ, Getty
  • Kim Kardashian Turns Her 34th B'Day Celebration Up a Notch in Las Vegas

    Nick-Maslow
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Kim Kardashian's family and friends pulled out all the stops for her birthday party in Las Vegas on Friday. After a "#BdaySurpriseGettaway" with Kanye West earlier in the week, the reality star turned mogul headed to Sin City with her husband, sister Khloé Kardashian, mom Kris Jenner, and other close pals. The large group descended upon Tao nightclub together, hitting the red carpet and making their way inside the venue for music, drinks, and a seriously huge birthday cake. Kim sat with Kanye for part of the celebration, with Kanye resting his hands on Kim's shoulders. Keeping with her…
  • Stars Kick Off Halloween in Costume at the Casamigos Party

    Lauren-Turner
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Halloween started early with the annual Casamigos Tequila bash taking place in LA on Friday night. George Clooney, who is part owner of the liquor brand along with Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, wasn't on hand for the event since he's overseas to reportedly celebrate a second wedding reception with his bride Amal. Rande acted as host with his wife Cindy Crawford, welcoming plenty of a-list guest in costume. Paris Hilton continued her sexy costume trend with a skin-baring take on Minnie Mouse while Kate Hudson went with a Dia de Los Muertos look and pregnant Molly Sims was in all pink. Hilary…
  • We Remember Oscar de la Renta's Most Magical Red Carpet Gowns

    Allison-McNamara
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The fashion world lost a legend this week - Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday. He was best known for breathtaking gowns, flattering silhouettes, and timeless elegance. Watch on as we remember some of Oscar's most fabulous red carpet creations. On Allison: Addison dress
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • You Are Never Too Old to Go Back to School

    arlene
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Meant to write this several years ago, but after recently mentioning my experience to some old friends who were getting caught up with me, I thought, why not write about it now? Here I was in my fifties, at least thirty years past my last formal education in a university setting. (when I received my master’s degree.) I had taken post grad school course work here and there, but never aspired to another master’s or a PhD. I thought I was finished with school. I had heard about a fascinating program at Rice University when assigned to write a story for the Houston Chronicle on it.
  • Just Say No to Random Hook Ups, Even MVPs

    arlene
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    While my daughter was a teen and in the dating pool, (She is now in a serious relationship as a young adult) we discussed the topic of hooking up. It allowed me to indulge in telling one of my old war stories from when I was a young girl.  Luckily, I kept old photo albums, because I even had a snapshot of the non-event. Hooking up is the term teens use for casual affairs – from kissing and petting to beyond. We had them in my era too, only we didn’t use that word. Now, statistically speaking, with escalating incidents of violence, and the alarming reality of sexually…
  • Old People’s Hobby: Doctor and Hospital Hopping

    arlene
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    As I have written about several times already, my 87 year old dad is living with me. It is a new adventure every day, and when I say adventure, I am being both gracious and facetious. I never realized when he was living far away from me that aside from baseball and sport watching, and listening to music, his main hobby is his wish to visit every kind of doctor known to mankind. We have already been to a cardiologist, an internist, a urologist, a dentist, and a general surgeon. If it was up to dad, he would have already seen a neurologist, a gastro specialist, an orthopedist, a rheumatologist,…
  • When Cheese Tastes Like Dirty Socks and Other Taste Bud Issues

    arlene
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    During an evening out with some friends, we were comparing notes on our likes and dislikes of cheese. This branched into a discussion of dirty socks and dirty underwear which had us laughing quite hard, but it was actually all about the variations of taste buds. My taste buds have been cultivated by the generations that came before me. I definitely have the Mediterranean (Israeli) blood because I love Mediterranean food and olives, and weird fish like sardines. I love ethnic food, in particular, my Jewish ethnic food. Give me a deli that serves these delicacies and I am in heaven. I also love…
  • What I Really Want for my Big Birthday

    arlene
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    My son and daughter and husband are already conspiring to make my very big upcoming birthday – NOT UNTIL MAY please note- very special. I am playing along with it, especially because I like big celebrations of all sorts, and especially ones that involve me. I have spoken before in my blog about being deprived of birthday parties growing up where my birthday was almost a non-event. The world didn’t revolve around me then, though I wanted it to. We have even been checking out the possibility of a dance party, but it gets ridiculous as soon as you involve a real band. (Maybe we can…
 
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    The Redhead Riter

  • “Longing” For The Dream Lover Not The Green Monster

    Sherry Riter
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In order to feel the full impact of MY words, please take a deep breath and let your creative side […] 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!
  • Is The Door Of Happiness Open Or Closed?

    Sherry Riter
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Before you tell me that I’m the woman who doesn’t believe this quote, please read it and then I will […] 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!
  • What Lies Within Us Can Bloom

    Sherry Riter
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph […] ø¤º°♥ This is your reminder to come on over to my lovely blog and finish reading the rest of the post! It's worth the click!!! After reading the post, please share it with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and on other social media platforms. ♥¨°º¤ø„¸ I look forward to your comments that you feel compelled to share with us. ❤ •.•´¯`•.• ❥ See you over there! Thank you!
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    Walker Thornton

  • Tips and Resources for Sex After Breast Cancer

    Walker
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Those who live with breast cancer, both survivors and their loved ones, need no reminders that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The rest of us do need to think about prevention and awareness and our role in supporting those who experience this illness. One of the side effects reported by many women with breast cancer is a loss of sexual desire. Today there is more information for women and their partners but it’s still a difficult topic to address. Sadly, many medical professionals are reluctant to discuss challenges around sexual intimacy. I’ve done some research and…
  • Q&A: How Soon to Have Sex When Dating

    Walker
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    My most recent article, How Soon Can I Have Sex with a New Guy?, appeared on Midlife Boulevard this week. I think Suzanne’s question is one many of us have–what happens when I’m feeling desire and want to have sex? If you’re new to dating as a midlifer or still remember those early warnings about good girls and sex you may be confused. Hopefully my response to this newly divorced woman will help you. “Dear Walker, I’ve just met this great guy online. We’ve been emailing and talking for 2 weeks and now we’re talking about setting up our first date. I’m 52,…
  • Losing Your Virginity-Let’s Take a Deeper Look

    Walker
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Let’s talk about “losing” your virginity.  What are we implying by using the term ‘to lose your virginity’?  The implication is one of passivity. A statement that reinforces the notion of girls and women as powerless. Society continues to render young women powerless by denying them accurate sex education and promoting abstinence. All the talk of virgin pledges and purity parties blows my mind and really irritates me. This seems to be purely about controlling  female sexuality. What about purity balls for boys? Are they posing with moms who are protecting…
  • Let’s End Violence Against Women

    Walker
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I live in the central Virginia area. That means I’ve been surrounded by the fears and concerns and hopes for the young woman who disappeared almost 2 weeks ago. It’s a terrible reminder of how vulnerable women, in particular, are in the world today. As a mother, my heart weeps for the parents. As a grandmother, I want to grab my two little girls and protect them from a world that still treats women as objects, victims, targets. We are all feeling a little skittish right now. The helicopters have been hovering overhead looking for this young woman, Hannah Graham. And last…
  • Embracing and Reframing Sexuality – CatalystCon West 2014

    Walker
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    I met so many fabulously mind-blowing women and men at the Catalyst conference last week. So many wonderful people who willingly push the edges in working together to build a strong, safer and more sex-positive world. I had many conversations with attendees and sat in on informative and entertaining sessions on all aspects of sex education and awareness. And, was honored to be presenting a session with Will Fredericks as well. The conference closed on Sunday afternoon with a stellar presentation focused on the history of the sex-positive movement. Who doesn’t want to spend a Sunday…
 
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