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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    I thought some might be curious how I’m doing after 8 months in a very small town in southern Colorado. I have lived and worked in cities all of my life. Moving here has been a shock to my city-heart. For months after we moved here I would go out to get in my car and think, “Where the hell am I?” Here most have little money, there is no crowding, almost no traffic, and no rush to do much of anything.     In other words, it is absolutely diametrically opposed to Fort Collins, the city we moved from last June. I had no idea exactly how metro-fied I had become until the…
  • Vintage Black and White Portraits of The Gish Sisters When They Were Young

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    John VE
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Lillian (1893-1993) and Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) were film legends in their own time; actresses who changed the perception of what screen acting could be at a time when films were thought to be "low art" at best. Though the sisters achieved global stardom on the silver screen, they never forgot their Ohio roots.Dorothy and Lillian Gish with actress Helen Ray, their leading lady in 'Her First False Step', 1903.See more »
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    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Have you been flipping past the same old channels each and every day? Are you stuck in a channel surfing rut? Are you able to count the amount of interesting applications available to watch on 1/10th of the fingers? In the event you answered yes to any of these queries, you should really look at upgrading to a DirectTV package. DirecTV would be the largest Satellite Television provider in the world to get a cause. Being a basic rule, DirectTV provides far more channels per dollar as compared to any other Satellite Tv provider in existence. But which package really should you select? Study on…
  • "Head Games"--Yes, I did do an anti-abuse art project

    Whose shoes are these anyway?
    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    This video features the art piece "Head Games." It documents a project I did for a required course in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. The course is Form and Idea. Creative Writing Workshop students have had to take the course through the Film, Theater, and Communications department; however, this is the last year the course will be required for students in the
  • Busy Is, As Busy Does?

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    Suzanne
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Taking a few weeks off work when Fred first arrived? It’s killing me. I’m crazy-busy playing catch-up. The photography world always seems to be clicking this time of year. Clicking … aren’t I funny? Our few “cold” days seem to have passed. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. Things are back to our normal warm weather. Yesterday, the wonderful UPS man delivered my new Canon 100-400 IS II USM lens. It will replace my previous Canon 100-400 lens which I will be selling. I can’t wait to take the new version out for a spin.
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • Living in the land of relaxation

    midlifecrisisqueen
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    I thought some might be curious how I’m doing after 8 months in a very small town in southern Colorado. I have lived and worked in cities all of my life. Moving here has been a shock to my city-heart. For months after we moved here I would go out to get in my car and think, “Where the hell am I?” Here most have little money, there is no crowding, almost no traffic, and no rush to do much of anything.     In other words, it is absolutely diametrically opposed to Fort Collins, the city we moved from last June. I had no idea exactly how metro-fied I had become until the…
  • Express yourself, regardless!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    “So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.” - Virginia Woolf Thanks Virginia, for telling the truth about writing or any other creative endeavor you wish to pursue today. Oscars are given today to recognize the very best of the year. This can leave some of us feeling inadequate. How could we ever top these examples of excellence? This way of thinking discouraged me from professional writing for decades! No, perhaps you will never win any kind of award for your creativity, but that is not the…
  • Need some variety? Build a house!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    I can remember back when I used to complain about the sameness of each day and every week of my life. It seemed like I knew ahead of time where I would be every hour of the week, whether at work, at home or on I-25 commuting eight hours per week to Denver. I needed something different! After I got divorced and then lost my job, things became highly unpredictable, but in a good way! The biggest surprise of my entire life was the day I met Mike ten years ago. Sure I was meeting men through Match.com, but did I really expect to meet the best man for me at just the right time? No! After I made…
  • Happy Valentines Day!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Happy to be featured today over at Everyday Gyaan, and don’t miss my true confessions over at my   “How To Believe In Love Again” blog!
  • Speaking while female is still a punishable offense!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Just took a look at this excellent article by Sheryl Sandberg and it’s all true! How do I know? That’s exactly how I lost my last job! I had a bad boss who had been gunning for me from day one, when I stood up to him about a reference assignment. Back then he was the same status as I.      He waited until he was mistakenly made head of reference and pounced, using trumped up charges to can me. In the meantime I had had the audacity to stand up to him in faculty meetings and disagree with him. This was also not allowed. He liked his females meek and mild, with no…
 
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    vintage everyday

  • Vintage Black and White Portraits of The Gish Sisters When They Were Young

    John VE
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Lillian (1893-1993) and Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) were film legends in their own time; actresses who changed the perception of what screen acting could be at a time when films were thought to be "low art" at best. Though the sisters achieved global stardom on the silver screen, they never forgot their Ohio roots.Dorothy and Lillian Gish with actress Helen Ray, their leading lady in 'Her First False Step', 1903.See more »
  • 15 Breathtaking Fashion Shots by Gosta Peterson in the 1960s

    John VE
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    After immigrated to the United States in 1948, Swedish-born Gosta Peterson began teaching himself the art of photography. While he is currently still alive and working, his photography from the sixties especially captivates us. Most of his work from that era was done for the New York Times and focused on the fashion of the time. While clearly dated, these images have a timeless style that would not be out of place in our current glossy fashion magazines. Below are some of his work from the 1960s.See more »
  • Crawford Avenue and Coney Island Avenue, New York City, 1955

    John VE
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
  • Rare Photos of Boris Karloff Relaxing during Filming of the 'Frankenstein', ca. 1930s

    John VE
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    Boris Karloff enjoying cup of tea during wardrobe fitting in between scenes from the film 'Frankenstein', 1931. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)British actor Boris Karloff smokes a cigarette while in costume as The Monster on the set of 'Frankenstein', directed by James Whale, 1931. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)Boris Karloff with cigarette is dirtied by director James Whale in between scenes from the film 'Frankenstein', 1931. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)Greek-born American make-up artist Jack P. Pierce applies make-up and combs the hair of…
  • Australian Imperial Force troops waving from troop-train carriage, 1940

    John VE
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    Australian Imperial Force troops waving from troop-train carriage, 13 September 1940.
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Direct TV Packages Report

    ironik
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Have you been flipping past the same old channels each and every day? Are you stuck in a channel surfing rut? Are you able to count the amount of interesting applications available to watch on 1/10th of the fingers? In the event you answered yes to any of these queries, you should really look at upgrading to a DirectTV package. DirecTV would be the largest Satellite Television provider in the world to get a cause. Being a basic rule, DirectTV provides far more channels per dollar as compared to any other Satellite Tv provider in existence. But which package really should you select? Study on…
  • Singing Lessons That Has A Singing Teacher – 5 Techniques For Finding The Best Results From Your Singing Lessons

    ironik
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    If you actually want to learn to sing probably then you definately really do need to contemplate taking online singing lesson with a trained singing teacher. One-to-one singing lessons will improve your singing technique along with voice fast. You will likely be taught how to play in tune, how for you to sing without damaging your voice and how sing higher while keeping your current uniqueness. The main problem rookies find with learning from your singing teacher is they feel shy and overwhelmed about singing facing somebody else. They also begin to lose their enthusiasm should the lessons…
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    4 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • "Head Games"--Yes, I did do an anti-abuse art project

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

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

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

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus rolled Saturday night, February 7, in New Orleans. It is one of city's many Mardi Gras clubs. Relatively young, Chewbacchus is unique for its focus on science fiction icons and tropes. This year's parade's theme was “The Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee,” and so billed itself as a "satirical space cult." Lots of fun! The Krewe has more than 1000
  • Mophie's Black God in Superbowl Ad (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:29 pm
    At least one Twitter commenter noted, "Twitter is making a really big deal about God being black in the Mophie commercial, as if Bruce Almighty didn't happen over a decade ago." Actually, I didn't see anyone on Twitter really upset about God being represented as a black man, but I'll take the tweeters word for it. Twitter is a digital sea of humanity, so whatever stupidity you hear of in
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Busy Is, As Busy Does?

    Suzanne
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Taking a few weeks off work when Fred first arrived? It’s killing me. I’m crazy-busy playing catch-up. The photography world always seems to be clicking this time of year. Clicking … aren’t I funny? Our few “cold” days seem to have passed. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. Things are back to our normal warm weather. Yesterday, the wonderful UPS man delivered my new Canon 100-400 IS II USM lens. It will replace my previous Canon 100-400 lens which I will be selling. I can’t wait to take the new version out for a spin.
  • Rain In Orange County

    Suzanne
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    We don’t get much rain here in Orange County. When we do, it tends to be an occasional, brief, shower. We ooh and aah over it and, in general, freak out because RAIN! We are, without a doubt, Weather Wimps. The last couple years have been even dryer than usual. Last weekend we got *some* rain. And yesterday ….? We got REAL rain. The “real” rain included emergency flash flood warnings, etc. People got on social media to flip-out about “snow” which was, in reality, just a little hail. And yes, I even have to make fun of my 5th generation Southern Californian,…
  • The Weekend

    Suzanne
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    I hope you had a nice weekend. Last Friday, Paul Newman informed me my arm was not attached to my body. He asked me why I hadn’t noticed. “I’ve noticed it really hurts,” was my reply. “I have to put it back,” he answered. I grimaced, forced myself to take a deep breath, and he went to work. And … guess what? It still really hurts – which is very normal for a few days post re-attachment. I’m seeing Dr. Painless today. I’m sure he’ll give me a shot of Toradol to take the edge off the pain. Have I mentioned I hate my arm? I get so…
  • Fred Friday

    Suzanne
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Fred had a great Newfoundland puppy day yesterday. Fred was invited by my client, WrightWay Fitness, to attend a fitness bootcamp. Here are two iPhone photos of Fred getting loved on at bootcamp: In the above iPhone photo, Adam lets Fred know how glad he is Fred attended bootcamp. Adam is the owner of WrightWay Fitness – and the person who invited Fred to come for a visit. Adam’s wife, Becky, is expecting their first baby next week. She stopped in to get a Fred kiss before her baby arrives. Fred LOVES expectant moms. (I think Fred loves everybody?) Fred was a big hit at…
  • The Perfect Derby Dress

    Suzanne
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    My daughter has been acting as my “personal shopper” and sending me links to potential Kentucky Derby dresses. If you’ve been reading along, you know I’ll be wearing a purple (“orchid”) hat on Derby day. I don’t have a dress yet. I don’t wear dresses. Why don’t I wear dresses? Well, for one thing – I have a terrible time finding a dress that fits. I have an (ahem) large chest. [Big boobs on a HUGE rib cage.  I hate my big ribs!] If a dress fits my chest, it becomes like a tent on the rest of my body. If it fits my waist and hips, it…
 
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    Average Jane™

  • Average Jane's Legacy (or Lack Thereof)

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

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

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

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

    Average Jane
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I got off to a really slow start this year. Thanksgiving weekend just felt far too early to decorate and then I had a bunch of gigs with my band on the subsequent weekends and suddenly I found myself a week away from Christmas. I took last Friday off from work and finally got the tree put up. I stopped there with the decorating, but it's the thought that counts, right? I've been buying gifts a few at a time for the last several months. I thought I had finally achieved 100% online shopping but then I remembered that I'd bought one gift at a local shop. It's been a very…
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  • Simple living is complicated

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

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

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

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

    Cindy La Ferle
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    This essay was originally published in The Daily Tribune on December 24, 1998, and is included in my book, Writing Home.   Over the centuries, Christmas has been reinvented and repackaged, promoted and pummeled, like the cookie dough we cut into festive shapes and decorate every year in December. Christmas is a mass of contradictions. The […]
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    Candelaria Silva

  • Positive Statistics about Black Men

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

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

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

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

    Candelaria Silva
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Having always been an information and story aficionado (a more polite word than junkie), the Internet has become my go-to tool for getting information on everything (like just about everybody).  The Internet offers too much information; not always accurate information, often contradictory information, not even necessarily the best information,  but information that is useful, varied, and instantly available.  It’s the “instant” feature that makes it so useful and enticing. My interests are all over the place.  Recent searches include: Purple potatoes are they healthy?  – Turns…
 
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  • Rainy Day Crafts

    Granny Sue
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    The weather has been weathering, mixing up rain, snow, fog and general muddiness. I keep waiting for winter to break but he seems to be holding on with more snow and ice on the way in the next couple of days. In past years we were already outside and planting the garden, but it will be a late garden this year apparently. Which is not so bad, since later means less chance of frost and freeze.We are keeping busy inside with a lot of different projects, like this little box. Made of cedar but just not looking pretty with it's tarnished hardware, it called to me for paint. So paint it I did, with…
  • ...And Tables and Dressers and Such Too: The Spencer Booth

    Granny Sue
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    More booth updates! We sold a few pieces of furniture this week at our Spencer booth, so yesterday we loaded up and headed over there to restock. Given how slow February was for sales until the past few days, we were right happy to hear things were moving again.We sold that sweet little red wood kitchen table with 2 chairs; I almost hated to see it go. So we brought in this red-trimmed kitchen utility table and two primitive chairs that we'd actually been using in our kitchen. We seem to be playing musical chairs--we keep selling the ones we're using and digging a couple more out of the…
  • Trunks and Quilts and Door Knobs: The Ravenswood Booth

    Granny Sue
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    We took a load of new items to our booth at the Riverbend Antique Mall in Ravenswood, WV this week. Here's a peak at some of it:Vintage suitcases and old trunks are in demand these days so I did some scouting to find a few for our booth. The blue one is called "Amelia Earhart" and has a colorful red and yellow stripe around one end. The brown one was probably hugely inventive for its time: It has wheels and a pull-up handle! Both are very clean inside and out. The trunk was repainted before we got it, and a nice job too. The inside is also redone and looks awesome. I'll have to take…
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  • Use The Shopbop Sale To Get Ready For Spring

    Lisa
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Shopbop, an online store featuring many of the slight edgier but still mainstream designers, has a sale on. It’s tiered – meaning the percentage given depends on how much you spend – and uses the code: BIGEVENT15. I’m going to buy a pair of Citizens of Humanity white jeans for spring. I had been eyeing them, just yesterday, so clearly the universe is telling me the time has come. (If you hightail it over to Une Femme, coincidentally, she’s gone black for this event. Something for everyone!) JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view…
  • Simplifying The Kitchen, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:34am

    Lisa
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
      One imagines that in retirement one might indulge deeply in one’s interests. Yes, and occasionally no. In particular, I’ve always loved to cook, but now find myself looking to spend less time in the act. Turns out that the kind of cooking I liked, and did well, was of the Dinner Party variety. You know. Main course, 2 sides, perhaps even a soup, and dessert. 3 different cooking techniques, 29 ingredients, and 1842 dirty implements. All the spoons in the universe. The rush and steam of final minutes. Metal spatula clanging in the saucepan, transmutation. Doesn’t a wood…
  • Do You Wear All Black Because Your Courage Fails You?

    Lisa
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    Do you find yourself wearing an awful lot of black? And do you find yourself apologizing, if only to yourself, for your choices? Does an all-black outfit, we might ask, reek of defeat? No I say, no! Like anything we do, as long as we reveal our intent, it’s an act of courage. You just want to make sure you don’t wear black in default. As in, “Oh I have to go out, ugh, gee, do I have some black pants, oh good there they are at the back of the closet, what else, oh heck here’s that black sweater and by god I know those black pumps show their age but no one will notice,…
  • Modernizing And “Eclecticizing” A Pottery Barn Living Room

    Lisa
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    I just might be making slow progress in the world of interiors. I bought an end table that didn’t match my Pottery Barn sofa. How did it happen? We – happily – needed enough space in the living room for 4 adults to sit comfortably. A while back, I ordered a matching Pottery Barn loveseat. The adult who sat on said loveseat realized he needed a place for his tea mug, and another place to put his feet. As I already had a coffee table similar to this, and 2 end tables like this, even my timid self knew it was time to move on. In other words, I wanted not Memories of The…
  • 7 Reasons To Watch “About A Boy” And Hope It Doesn’t Get Canceled, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:01am

    Lisa
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    I’ve had a little bug the past couple of days, and in my book, being sick means permission to watch as much television as possible. Yes? In any case, I was hunting for what to watch, being temporarily out of British shows, and stumbled upon bad news. They are quite possibly going to cancel About A Boy. Huh, you say? For those who haven’t seen it, and clearly you are many given the May Cancel status, it’s small. Nothing explodes, nobody chews the scenery, no lizards get eaten. The primary cast is made up of just 3 people. Locations involve a school, a side-by-side pair of…
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    Out On The Stoop

  • Flops, Failures and Limited Success

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

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

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

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

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

  • POOR LITTLE BUGS AND BUDS

    Hill Country Hippie
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Indoor Invasion of the LadybugsSpring is busting out all over the Texas Hill Country! Mexican BuckeyeCoral HoneysuckleCan you see the spiderweb?Agarita blooms smell like honey!And so, of course, they are predicting temps to drop down into the 20s the next two nights! Poor little bugs and blooms.I am going to be ever so ticked if I have to miss out on the gorgeous grape-like blooms and bubblegum fragrance of our Texas Mountain Laurels, for the second year in a row!
  • ALL HAIL THE KING

    Hill Country Hippie
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    We have two kinds of squirrels here at Seasonality. There are the brown tree squirrels, and there are the grayish-black rock squirrels. One of the latter found himself a mate, moved into a new apartment (the French drains that direct runoff around our garage) and had a couple of kids. His favorite spot on the property seems to be at the end of that infamous half-painted retaining wall, which I can see out the window above my computer. Sometimes he is seated. Sometimes he is spread-eagle on the cool stone. My favorite is when he strikes his Master of the Universe pose, and just stands there…
  • TEA & YOUNG VICTORIA

    Hill Country Hippie
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    It's been awhile, but daughter Lex and I finally made it to another of the Lakeline Alamo Drafthouse's "Tea & Movie" events. She even managed to convince Mr. Nate to join us! The movie this time was The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt -- one of my faves! What I didn't realize until just now was that it was written by Julian Fellowes. Isn't he the author of the Downton Abbey series?As with the previous events, you start with a printed souvenir menu as your place mat, a long rectangular tray with three separate treats, and three empty cups and saucers. You eat the treats in order, and…
  • 'TIS THE SEASON: FRESH BRUSSELS SPROUTS

    Hill Country Hippie
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    How many of you think you hate Brussels sprouts? Well, I'd be willing to bet that, like me, you've only ever had them boiled into a reeking ball of slime, or having sat for hours on some cafeteria's steam-table.  I don't blame you for being hesitant to try them again, but you simply must. First, however, you have to get your hands on some really fresh ones, which usually come like this.According to my favorite cookbook, Serving Up The Harvest by Andrea Chesman, the sprouts grow on thick stalks that reach 2 to 3 feet tall, and they ripen from the bottom up. If you dislike strong flavors,…
  • THROW BACK THURSDAY

    Hill Country Hippie
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    I have never really participated in the Throw Back Thursday tradition on Facebook -- where people post pictures of themselves or loved ones, in days gone by, each Thursday. I do, however, occasionally stumble across a blog I like so much that I am curious about how it all started. With one or two I even went back to the beginning and read every post, from start to finish. For some reason I woke up in the wee hours this morning, thinking maybe I should do that with my own blogs, to remind myself of all that has happened and how our lives have evolved since purchasing this place we call…
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    BOOMER WORLD

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

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

    Beverly Mahone
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    High medical expenses are Americans' biggest financial worry about retirement, according to a new Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) report. 28% of Americans gave this response; the highest-income households (over $75,000 per year) are actually more concerned about high medical expenses than the overall population. Running out of money is the biggest fear for millennials (18-29 year-olds) and a close second overall.One-third of Americans say they can't save more for retirement because they have just enough money for their day-to-day expenses. 14% blame other family obligations and 10% lay fault with…
  • The Importance of Mental Health Days After 50

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

    Beverly Mahone
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    In September of last year, I made a tough decision to return to the workforce after a seven-year attempt to make it as an entrepreneur. I am still working.Going back to work put me in an environment I left for good reason. I didn't like the idea of working for younger bosses who thought they knew everything and didn't value what older workers brought to the table. I found it impossible to deal with younger co-workers who had the same attitudes. But I am not going to use this space to vent about the past. I am moving onward and upward in a new direction.Over the past several years, this blog…
  • No Pain No Gain

    Beverly Mahone
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    After leaving the gym one day this week I had the nerve to come home and complain about how sore I was. My loving, encouraging husband said, "That means you've pushed yourself to another level. No pain--no gain." That reminded me of a conversation I had with my daughter a few years ago.Once when she was in college, she called and asked me to pray for her because she felt like she was losing her focus. She said college life and the work involved had become overwhelming. As cruel as it may sound to you, the first thing I said to her was “Welcome to the next journey of your REAL world.”No…
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    Boomer Diva Nation

  • The Ugly Side of Beauty

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

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

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

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

    Beverly
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Special Guest Post by: Marie Grossett When opportunity knocks are you ready to receive it or do you miss it? We get presented with opportunities every day. It could be an opportunity to do a business, an opportunity to write a book, an opportunity to witness or pray with someone. But how often do you […]
 
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    BoomerCafé ... it's your place

  • How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

    Cafe
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:07 pm
    What we like about some of the baby boomers we publish on BoomerCafé is, they’re always on the lookout for something new. To wit (and excuse the pun), Philadelphia humor writer Roz Warren. In a piece that first appeared on Women’s Voices for Change, Roz shares her ideas about How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse or Repel an Irate Library Patron. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who prepare for the upcoming collapse of civilization, or calamitous natural disaster, or zombie apocalypse. And the rest of us. Roz Warren, writer and literary critic. But I do try to hedge my…
  • What Not to Wear After Age 50

    Cafe
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:59 pm
    We had to laugh when we saw this one posted by our friends at HuffPost50: Midwestern blogger and baby boomer Michelle Poston Combs’s thoughts on What Not to Wear After Age 50: The Final Say. Google ‘What not to wear after age 50‘ and you will have your pick of thousands of articles telling you what looks terrible on your old-ass body. I want to point out to the writer who wrote the ‘no-no’ article, you need to remember you are writing for over-50 women, not preschoolers. I don’t think I’ve said ‘no-no’ since my youngest was a toddler. We could spend hours studying the…
  • Gallup ranks top U.S. states for baby boomers

    Cafe
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    As baby boomers mull when and where and how to retire, BoomerCafé believes it’s a good time to pass along this story by Dan Witters at Gallup.com. It’s about the 50 U.S. states and their rankings in a key category for boomers: well-being. The top ranking might surprise you. Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014, reaching the top spot for the first time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008. West Virginia and Kentucky rank 50th and 49th, respectively, for the sixth consecutive year. Hawaii and Colorado are on the top 10 list of highest…
  • A fitness regimen overlooked for baby boomers

    Cafe
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:42 pm
    If as baby boomers we want to stay young and active, we have to know how. That’s why we appreciate this piece that the founder of 50plusPlusFit, San Antonio fitness guru Bob Merz, wrote for BoomerCafé. It’s about a much overlooked part of a fitness regimen, especially for Boomers. Without question, the single most ignored fitness practice, even though it’s the most significantly important facet of physical fitness, is stretching. This is true for all ages, but especially for baby boomers. Just consider the position your body takes during the majority of your waking hours. For so many…
  • These baby boomers are living their dream

    Cafe
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
    It might or might not be every baby boomer’s dream, but Marti and Ed Kirkpatrick, formerly of Dickerson, Maryland, are now living the dream. Their dream. They are living and traveling full time in their 25-foot Winnebago. They’re blogging too. Here’s how they now believe life ought to be lived. After 43 loving years together laboring for both the corporate world and ourselves, raising two fine young men, and actually accomplishing a shared dream of designing and building our perfect home, we knew we were not truly content. We were getting physically and mentally tired of maintaining too…
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    Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty »

  • 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…
  • Know your rights in healthcare facilities

    goinglikesixty
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    In September 2013, the Daily Mirror published an article about 700 victims of bedsores. One man died from a stage four bedsore. He was 70, had diabetes and had been left in a wheelchair for 10 hours. The diabetes put him at higher risk than most for bedsores, but it seems that didn’t matter much. In the UK the NHS – National Health Service – provides healthcare for all of their citizens. It’s based on need, and not their income. So they took quite a hit from these lawsuits. Steven Brown, an attorney quoted in the article, said that the NHS could have saved a lot of…
  • I Found The Troll on The World Golf Tour

    goinglikesixty
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    I’m kinda hooked on a computer game – that isn’t Angry Birds, or Candy Crush, or Words With Friends, etc. etc. It’s a golf game. It’s fun. There are world-famous golf courses that can be “played” as a single player, match play, stroke play, team play, and so forth. As with real golf it has it’s down sides.  Mostly, you have to spend money to buy the best equipment or your game will be stuck in low gear. I don’t spend money to play a computer game. AND… as I found today… there are TROLLS that play golf – on the computer…
  • Geezers in Costa Rica Can’t Hear Either

    goinglikesixty
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    There is a common joke floating around our group about Raw Birds… Which is code for Wrong Words. You know, those times when the wife says something and the husband replies to something totally different because he didn’t hear?  Like he hears Raw Birds, when she said Wrong Words. As people age one of the main problems many face is hearing loss. The loss of one’s hearing can have a negative effect on a person’s life in many ways. It can cause difficulties at work and when socializing with friends or family. Being unable to understand and contribute to conversations can lead…
  • I miss the days when I was a shade tree mechanic.

    goinglikesixty
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    I found myself at the doctor’s office today getting scrips for some standard refills. The doctor was with another patient, but rather than sit in the reception area waiting, Jorge, Dra. Candy’s husband, asked me to follow him to his garage. Inside sat one of the ambulances that was getting an engine rebuild by Jorge’s friends. (Note in the background that one of the mechanics is a female!) After chatting about what had been done and what needed to be done to the engine, Jorge asked me “how do you know so much about motors?” Because I’m old, was my reply. I…
 
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  • Two little words on a t-shirt changed her life

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Two little words on a t-shirt changed her lifeFree AgencyYael Cohen Braun designed a special top for her mom who was suffering from breast cancer -- and her powerful message caught on.Controversial language she usedMore from MAKERSMAKERS launches in CanadaDr. Malhotra, 'Angel of the North'
  • Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshell

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshellAPA storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England on Wednesday could batter areas already reeling from a brutal season.Massive disruption for travelersMore to seeIconic Willis Tower up for saleSurprising stats about the flu
  • Science behind making better decisions

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Science behind making better decisionsGettyMastering the art of decision making can catapult your success -- and one tested strategy can help you find clarity.'Imagination' trick that will steer youMore for the soulReducing stress is in your thoughts'Linger' here to increase happiness
  • White House admits Clinton broke the rules

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    White House admits Clinton broke the rulesAPHillary Clinton's camp has insisted her personal email usage was normal, but the White House said otherwise Wednesday. Way she undermined the presidentRelated headlinesSubpoena likely for Benghazi mail'Homebrew' system she ran
  • US ambassador attacked by man wielding razor

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    US ambassador attacked by man wielding razorAPSouth Korean news media said Mark Lippert was injured and state TV showed him bloodied as he rushed to the hospital on Thursday.Developing details on this storyMore newsVeto override fails for Keystone XLMcDonald's unveils radical new plan
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  • Two little words on a t-shirt changed her life

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Two little words on a t-shirt changed her lifeFree AgencyYael Cohen Braun designed a special top for her mom who was suffering from breast cancer -- and her powerful message caught on.Controversial language she usedMore from MAKERSMAKERS launches in CanadaDr. Malhotra, 'Angel of the North'
  • Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshell

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshellAPA storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England on Wednesday could batter areas already reeling from a brutal season.Massive disruption for travelersMore to seeIconic Willis Tower up for saleSurprising stats about the flu
  • Science behind making better decisions

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Science behind making better decisionsGettyMastering the art of decision making can catapult your success -- and one tested strategy can help you find clarity.'Imagination' trick that will steer youMore for the soulReducing stress is in your thoughts'Linger' here to increase happiness
  • White House admits Clinton broke the rules

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    White House admits Clinton broke the rulesAPHillary Clinton's camp has insisted her personal email usage was normal, but the White House said otherwise Wednesday. Way she undermined the presidentRelated headlinesSubpoena likely for Benghazi mail'Homebrew' system she ran
  • US ambassador attacked by man wielding razor

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    US ambassador attacked by man wielding razorAPSouth Korean news media said Mark Lippert was injured and state TV showed him bloodied as he rushed to the hospital on Thursday.Developing details on this storyMore newsVeto override fails for Keystone XLMcDonald's unveils radical new plan
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  • Two little words on a t-shirt changed her life

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Two little words on a t-shirt changed her lifeFree AgencyYael Cohen Braun designed a special top for her mom who was suffering from breast cancer -- and her powerful message caught on.Controversial language she usedMore from MAKERSMAKERS launches in CanadaDr. Malhotra, 'Angel of the North'
  • Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshell

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshellAPA storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England on Wednesday could batter areas already reeling from a brutal season.Massive disruption for travelersMore to seeIconic Willis Tower up for saleSurprising stats about the flu
  • Science behind making better decisions

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Science behind making better decisionsGettyMastering the art of decision making can catapult your success -- and one tested strategy can help you find clarity.'Imagination' trick that will steer youMore for the soulReducing stress is in your thoughts'Linger' here to increase happiness
  • White House admits Clinton broke the rules

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    White House admits Clinton broke the rulesAPHillary Clinton's camp has insisted her personal email usage was normal, but the White House said otherwise Wednesday. Way she undermined the presidentRelated headlinesSubpoena likely for Benghazi mail'Homebrew' system she ran
  • US ambassador attacked by man wielding razor

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    US ambassador attacked by man wielding razorAPSouth Korean news media said Mark Lippert was injured and state TV showed him bloodied as he rushed to the hospital on Thursday.Developing details on this storyMore newsVeto override fails for Keystone XLMcDonald's unveils radical new plan
 
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  • Two little words on a t-shirt changed her life

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Two little words on a t-shirt changed her lifeFree AgencyYael Cohen Braun designed a special top for her mom who was suffering from breast cancer -- and her powerful message caught on.Controversial language she usedMore from MAKERSMAKERS launches in CanadaDr. Malhotra, 'Angel of the North'
  • Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshell

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshellAPA storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England on Wednesday could batter areas already reeling from a brutal season.Massive disruption for travelersMore to seeIconic Willis Tower up for saleSurprising stats about the flu
  • Science behind making better decisions

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Science behind making better decisionsGettyMastering the art of decision making can catapult your success -- and one tested strategy can help you find clarity.'Imagination' trick that will steer youMore for the soulReducing stress is in your thoughts'Linger' here to increase happiness
  • White House admits Clinton broke the rules

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    White House admits Clinton broke the rulesAPHillary Clinton's camp has insisted her personal email usage was normal, but the White House said otherwise Wednesday. Way she undermined the presidentRelated headlinesSubpoena likely for Benghazi mail'Homebrew' system she ran
  • US ambassador attacked by man wielding razor

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    US ambassador attacked by man wielding razorAPSouth Korean news media said Mark Lippert was injured and state TV showed him bloodied as he rushed to the hospital on Thursday.Developing details on this storyMore newsVeto override fails for Keystone XLMcDonald's unveils radical new plan
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  • Two little words on a t-shirt changed her life

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Two little words on a t-shirt changed her lifeFree AgencyYael Cohen Braun designed a special top for her mom who was suffering from breast cancer -- and her powerful message caught on.Controversial language she usedMore from MAKERSMAKERS launches in CanadaDr. Malhotra, 'Angel of the North'
  • Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshell

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Latest winter snowfall could be a bombshellAPA storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England on Wednesday could batter areas already reeling from a brutal season.Massive disruption for travelersMore to seeIconic Willis Tower up for saleSurprising stats about the flu
  • Science behind making better decisions

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Science behind making better decisionsGettyMastering the art of decision making can catapult your success -- and one tested strategy can help you find clarity.'Imagination' trick that will steer youMore for the soulReducing stress is in your thoughts'Linger' here to increase happiness
  • White House admits Clinton broke the rules

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    White House admits Clinton broke the rulesAPHillary Clinton's camp has insisted her personal email usage was normal, but the White House said otherwise Wednesday. Way she undermined the presidentRelated headlinesSubpoena likely for Benghazi mail'Homebrew' system she ran
  • US ambassador attacked by man wielding razor

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    US ambassador attacked by man wielding razorAPSouth Korean news media said Mark Lippert was injured and state TV showed him bloodied as he rushed to the hospital on Thursday.Developing details on this storyMore newsVeto override fails for Keystone XLMcDonald's unveils radical new plan
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  • Company stock in your 401(k)? Proceed with caution

    Mark Miller
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    401(k) plans have made great strides in recent years–reducing costs, simplifying investment menus, and automating portfolio allocation. But a surprisingly large number of plans still include one feature that really should go: offering the plan sponsor’s own shares to workers. Research consistently shows that owning your employer’s stock in a workplace retirement plan is risky. And although concentration of employer stock in workplace plans has been declining in recent years, stubbornly high pockets of concentration remain. Vanguard, for example, says that 9% of…
  • IRA providers are waving cash; should you take it?

    Mark Miller
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Back in the day you could walk into a bank to open a new account and walk out with a free toaster. Today, you can walk into the office of a big mutual fund company or bank and get a wad of cash if you open a retirement savings account. You can get anywhere from $50 to $2,500 for rolling over a 401(k) into an Individual Retirement Account, or just by moving an IRA from another financial institution, depending on how much you roll over. Nobody doesn’t like a gift of cash. But since none of these companies are in the habit of giving away money, let’s stop to ask: what’s the catch? IRA…
  • White House fiduciary embrace is a turning point for retirement security

    Mark Miller
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Let’s say you’ve finally decided it’s time to get serious about planning for retirement. You stop in at the local office of a bank or brokerage firm. Perhaps you call an investment or mutual fund company you saw advertising on tv. The person you’re talking to calls himself a “financial adviser” – but most likely, that’s just a fancy title for a salesman. The adviser has a sales quote for certain investment products he needs to move this month. He’s free to recommend those products to you so long as they are “suitable” – but not necessarily the best choice for…
  • The Boomer entrepreneurship trend: Slowing or just getting started?

    Mark Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Nancy Kessler Nancy Kessler spent much of her career as a museum curator, but she also has had a lifelong love of working with older people that dates to her childhood. At very young age, she would visit a 90-year-old neighbor who would tell her stories about her life. Kessler’s interest in oral history and folklore grew, and she eventually pursued a career in historical museums, working as a curator at the Museum of the City of New York. But her career has been varied, and Kessler also worked for a time as a therapeutic recreation director at an independent living facility and an…
  • Phased retirement: A disconnect between workers and employers

    Mark Miller
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    There’s no better way to improve the odds of achieving a secure retirement than working longer. Research shows that a majority of Americans hope to implement that strategy – many through a “phased retirement” involving continued work with reduced hours. Just one problem: many employers aren’t on board. Two-thirds of baby boomer workers envision a phased transition into retirement, shifting to a reduced schedule or doing less demanding work, according to a survey of employers and workers by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. Just 21 percent said they expect to…
 
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  • How Dowton Abbey's Dan Stevens Became a Sexy Beast

    Maria-Mercedes-Lara
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Dan Stevens is perhaps best known for playing Downton Abbey's lovable (but not exactly sexy) leading man Matthew Crawley but has changed quite a bit ever since he left the show in 2012. Since then, Dan has been focusing on his Hollywood film career and just landed the coveted role of the Beast in Disney's new live-action take on Beauty and the Beast. This will likely introduce us to a whole new side of Dan, and in real life he's also had a very noticeable transformation since his Downton days - shedding his softer, more posh look to become a scruffy, messy-haired hottie. Keep reading to see…
  • Scott Eastwood Works Out in Jeans and Only Jeans, Because He Can

    Ryan-Roschke
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Scott Eastwood worked up a sweat in LA on Wednesday, for what looked like an impromptu workout. We say impromptu because he was barefoot and wearing only jeans as he jogged through the streets, did pull-ups on unsuspecting telephone poles, trotted down a set of stairs, and dropped down on the grass for push-ups. It's clear Scott is keeping in good shape for his role in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks movie, The Longest Ride, but even so, we have a few concerns regarding this week's workout. Keep reading as we scratch our heads and ask a handful of hard-hitting questions.
  • Amber Rose's Hottest Bikini Snaps

    Lauren-Turner
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    When she's not engaged in heated feuds like the back-and-forth she had with Kanye West last month, Amber Rose loves to show skin on social media. She regularly takes to Instagram to share supersexy pictures and even twerking videos, and while she also lets it all hang out on the red carpet, her social snaps are usually the raciest. She doesn't need actual sunshine to heat things up, but now that warmer weather is near, we're taking a look at her hottest bikini photos. And if you can't get enough, check out even more sexy bikini snaps!
  • This News Anchor's Reaction to Being Called the Hamburglar on Air Is Perfect

    Lauren-Turner
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    What do you do when your colleague makes fun of you on live TV? Subtly put them in their place, of course. April Simpson did just that after Fox 2 St. Louis's Tim Ezell referred to her as the Hamburglar because of her striped shirt during a morning news segment. April shot him a questioning look and then joked "I'll get you later" before continuing on with the day's headlines. Comedian Kevin Hart posted the video to his Facebook page, and it took off from there, resulting in several memes and more than a million views. Watch above, and then check out even more viral videos!
  • Suits Star Sarah Rafferty Reveals Some Hints About the "Raw and Emotional" Season Finale

    Lindsay-Miller
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Suits star Sarah Rafferty stopped by our LA studios just before the season finale to give us a hint at what's ahead. She told us what to expect from tonight's episode and revealed the actor who we might see playing Donna's brother on the show in the future.
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  • Ingenious Recipe for PANCAKE DAY!

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

    arlene
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    No matter how religious or practicing you are, if you live in Houston as a Jew and live in the area where most of us live, there is the hub of the JCC and many area synagogues and events binding us all as a community who all know one another, and more importantly, care for one another. It’s like a little town or village with about 40,000 people, and you feel like you know at least 90 percent of them at least peripherally, if not well. Being part of a close-knit community and the feeling of being in a village is one of the reasons I have chosen to spend my entire adult life here after…
  • Husband Follies Episode 14: Earning A Merit Badge in Sealing Things

    arlene
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I have discussed many times before about my husband’s engineering type personality – and if you haven’t read this funny Huff Post blog of mine on it – it is a MUST. At any rate, my husband Gary, who is fun and funny most of the time, goes off on lecturing tangents and discourses quite often. I have to stop him and point out what he is doing when he does this, because he is mostly unaware that he comes off as “lecturing.” He also maintains a slight air of superiority about his way of doing things, but you can’t change human nature even with superior…
  • Kissing as Greetings Customs are Geographical and Awkward

    arlene
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a very long time. You see, I am bi-polar— I mean bi-coastal —and I live in Houston most of the year, and then in New Jersey on the BEACH! for a big portion of the summer. Being in New Jersey for long stretches and having a social life and a social group, I noticed something weird. To greet friends warmly there, it’s a quick kiss on the lips. In Houston, where I have lived for most of my adult life for 34 years, the standing custom is a kiss on the cheek. You turn to the side of the face and never really make lip contact with the…
  • My Two Cents on the Whole Bruce Jenner Thing

    arlene
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    As I have reported here on this blog before, I am an Olympics fanatic. It’s probably the only sports games that I still follow religiously. In fact sporting competitions that I could never explain why I would even follow such as Skulls (rowing) are ones that I am absolutely glued to during the Olympic games. (Luging would be another, however I draw the line at Curling) So way back in 1976, a very good year as I recall, I followed the summer Olympics and was among the millions of people who watched Bruce Jenner win one of the toughest gold medals of all – in the Decathlon event.
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  • Fragrant Homemade Orange Potpourri Simmering On The Stove Top

    Sherry Riter
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    One of the things my mother taught me was that a pleasant smelling, clean home is welcoming. Yesterday when I […] 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!
  • Easy Homemade Baked Bean Casserole Recipe – The Best Baked Bean Casserole Ever

    Sherry Riter
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Although my baked bean casserole recipe is easy, homemade, southern, dairy free, soy free, nut free, gluten free, grain free […] 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!
  • Car Part Art – Old Recycled Hubcaps Into Awesome Sculptures

    Sherry Riter
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:44 am
    Since 2002 Ptolemy Elrington, the artist behind the awesome recycled car parts sculptures, has been creating his art at Hubcap […] 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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  • Not in the Mood for Sex?

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

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

    Walker
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    I’m in the process of getting my house ready to sell. So that means it’s time to go through 16 years of collected, neglected and otherwise stored ‘stuff’. It includes some of my in-laws’ possessions so there is the burden of preserving the things my children and grandchildren might want one day. I have to do the same with my ex-husband’s (now deceased) things. My feelings about those items, and my interest in what stays and what goes, are secondary to the feelings of my adult children. I spent yesterday cleaning out the ‘utility’…
  • Strengthening Our Relationships-The Sex Date

    Walker
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    This article first appeared on Better After 50, but seems appropriate for any time of the year. Valentine’s Day is over but we always need to find ways to strengthen relationships and add a little zip! Sex dates are so much fun! Ladies, get out your calendars, your sexiest red pen and circle a day for your sex date. Yes, a sex date. It feels decidedly unsexy to plan for it, right?  Not really, I think there are plenty of reasons to set up a sex date with your partner, or yourself.  I suggested planning time for sex as one way of staying sexy while coping with a chronic illness.  I…
  • Men in the News

    Walker
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Slow Way Down for Extraordinary Intimacy This is a great article written by a man who refers to himself as a ‘fully impotent prostate cancer survivor’. Thanks to my impotence I no longer have that sense of urgency and being fully present for my partner has helped me quiet that voice in my head that tells me to be more intense as things heat up. Both of these allow me to slow way, way down for her and please her in the way *she* wants. This of course ends up being its own considerable reward. What women seem to want, intimately speaking, often changes with their age. During early…
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