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  • Diabetes Prevention That Works

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Lifestyle modification prevents Type 2 diabetes even more effectively in the elderly than in middle-aged patients.
  • How do you define success?

    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.
    midlifecrisisqueen
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    This week I received an invitation to Steve Harvey’s Success Summit in Chicago next Monday. Steve is hosting a Success Summit in partnership with Strayer University, to debate and discuss the meaning of success. He is also holding a mini-press conference just to spend time with VIP bloggers (like me!) I was curious how his PR company found me so I asked. Here is their exact response: “We chose you because we felt that the event would really resonate with your blog, as you often discuss the meaning of success and how it’s never too late to achieve your goals.” I have…
  • A New Direction

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The blog is ending, but our coverage of caregiving and aging is not. The New Old Age will run as a twice-monthly column by Paula Span on nytimes.com and frequently in Science Times.
  • Glamour Girls of the Air – Pictures of Airline Stewardess Essay in 1958

    vintage everyday
    John VE
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    The rather odd education that the girls are getting is preparing them for one of the most coveted careers open to young American women in the 1950s. They all want to be airline stewardesses... The job they want does not pay extraordinarily well, only $255 to $355 a month. The life is irregular and opportunities for promotion are small. But the chance to fly, to see the world, and meet all sorts of interesting people — mostly the kind of men who can afford to travel by plane — gives the job real glamor. And the dawning age of jet transport, in which the stewardesses and their planes will…
  • Home Security FrontPoint Introduction

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    To every individual, his house is his palace. Every person desires his property to be a place where he can take pleasure in maximum comfort, safety and reassurance. It really is every man’s want to escape from the harsh realities in the external environment and get pleasure from the safety and privacy of his personal space. Nonetheless, even though you feel safe and safe within your property, you will need to make to maintain crime at bay and shield your house from intruders. If you wish to make your property a fortress against intrusions, it is possible to pick from a diverse array of…
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    Midlife Crisis Queen: Because when you’ve got purpose, everything becomes possible.

  • How do you define success?

    midlifecrisisqueen
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    This week I received an invitation to Steve Harvey’s Success Summit in Chicago next Monday. Steve is hosting a Success Summit in partnership with Strayer University, to debate and discuss the meaning of success. He is also holding a mini-press conference just to spend time with VIP bloggers (like me!) I was curious how his PR company found me so I asked. Here is their exact response: “We chose you because we felt that the event would really resonate with your blog, as you often discuss the meaning of success and how it’s never too late to achieve your goals.” I have…
  • Has the universe failed you?

    midlifecrisisqueen
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    “Has the universe failed me? No. Am I hungry?  No. Am I rich in love and health?  Yes. Do I write my soul?  Yes. Then, what is the problem?” From the book Living on the Spine: A Woman’s Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains by Christina Nealson
  • Welcome to National Divorce Month!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Not only is it shaping up to be the coldest month of the year, January is also a popular time for cold hearts to finally give up and file for divorce. How ironic, divorce and prioritizing the search for new love shares this month! According to divorce attorney Irwin M. Pollack,“January is a big month… when the second of January comes, they were ready to say, ‘Out with the old, in with the new…’ ” “Some people call January ‘National Divorce Month.’ If there is a month when people talk about divorce a lot, January would certainly be in the…
  • BEST of 2014…Top Ten!

    midlifecrisisqueen
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    PROUD to be chosen one of the top ten blogs for Long-term Care Options, Retirement and Aging!
  • A New Year of Boomer Blog Content

    midlifecrisisqueen
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Today I enjoy sharing a whole new year of top Boomer blog content. What are boomers doing, thinking and writing? This will give you some idea! I have been a member of this blog carnival for years now, as the membership continues to grow and change. Please let me know if you would like to include your boomer blog! The New Year brings changes, and for Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting it means the beginning of hub’s retirement, ushering in a new phase of their life together. Concerned about all the time on her husband’s hands, Meryl wrote a list of 10 Things for Hub to Do When…
 
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    The New Old Age

  • A New Direction

    By Paula Span
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The blog is ending, but our coverage of caregiving and aging is not. The New Old Age will run as a twice-monthly column by Paula Span on nytimes.com and frequently in Science Times.
  • Remembering the Lost

    By Paula Span
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    At many nursing homes and assisted living places, a resident's passing may be hardly noted.
  • The Future, Revisited

    By Jane Gross
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Circumstances had changed, and all these documents needed to change, too.
  • Diabetes Prevention That Works

    By Paula Span
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Lifestyle modification prevents Type 2 diabetes even more effectively in the elderly than in middle-aged patients.
  • Dementia, but Prettier

    By Paula Span
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.
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    vintage everyday

  • Glamour Girls of the Air – Pictures of Airline Stewardess Essay in 1958

    John VE
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    The rather odd education that the girls are getting is preparing them for one of the most coveted careers open to young American women in the 1950s. They all want to be airline stewardesses... The job they want does not pay extraordinarily well, only $255 to $355 a month. The life is irregular and opportunities for promotion are small. But the chance to fly, to see the world, and meet all sorts of interesting people — mostly the kind of men who can afford to travel by plane — gives the job real glamor. And the dawning age of jet transport, in which the stewardesses and their planes will…
  • Pictures of German Female Prisoners of War 1945

    John VE
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    German female prisoners of war knitting in a camp for SS, Luftwaffe and civilian women prisoners at Vilvoorde on the outskirts of Brussels.Lance Corporal E J Burck talking to German female prisoners of war during morning parade at a camp for SS, Luftwaffe and civilian women prisoners at Vilvoorde on the outskirts of Brussels.German female prisoners of war outside their tented accommodation in a camp for SS, Luftwaffe and civilian women prisoners at Vilvoorde on the outskirts of Brussels.British guards check on prisoners in a barrack block at a camp for SS, Luftwaffe and civilian women…
  • V-J Day celebration on Washington Avenue, St. Louis, 1945

    John VE
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    V-J Day celebration on Washington Avenue with two young women riding on the hood of a car. St. Louis, Missouri, 1945.
  • Color Photographs of The USA in 1950 Through Window of a Train

    John VE
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Here's a collection of 40 color photographs taken through window of a train showing homes and buildings of the USA in 1950. All photos were taken by American photographer Walker Evans.See more »
  • Cawston Ostrich Farm, 1910

    John VE
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
 
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Home Security FrontPoint Introduction

    ironik
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    To every individual, his house is his palace. Every person desires his property to be a place where he can take pleasure in maximum comfort, safety and reassurance. It really is every man’s want to escape from the harsh realities in the external environment and get pleasure from the safety and privacy of his personal space. Nonetheless, even though you feel safe and safe within your property, you will need to make to maintain crime at bay and shield your house from intruders. If you wish to make your property a fortress against intrusions, it is possible to pick from a diverse array of…
  • Home Security FrontPoint Suggestions

    ironik
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    To just about every individual, his residence is his palace. Everyone wants his house to become a spot where he can take pleasure in maximum comfort, safety and peace of mind. It’s every single man’s need to escape in the harsh realities from the external atmosphere and delight in the security and privacy of his personal space. On the other hand, although you feel protected and secure inside your dwelling, you have to make to keep crime at bay and shield your home from intruders. If you’d like to make your property a fortress against intrusions, you’ll be able to…
  • Home Security FrontPoint Guideline

    ironik
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    To each individual, his property is his palace. Everybody wants his residence to be a location exactly where he can appreciate maximum comfort, security and reassurance. It is every man’s need to escape in the harsh realities of the external atmosphere and take pleasure in the security and privacy of his personal space. On the other hand, although you feel secure and secure within your home, it’s essential to make to maintain crime at bay and protect your home from intruders. In order to make your home a fortress against intrusions, you’ll be able to pick from the diverse…
  • FrontPoint Reviews

    ironik
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Amongst other common phenomenon, thefts and burglaries have develop into by far the most well-known. Being a residence owner, you must be equipped with each of the issues for the sweet household to become protected, and for everyone who is sitting as being a duck, you could possibly be the next target of the neighborhood cat burglar. The quantity 1 priority ought to become provided to your dwelling, its precious assets as well as your loved ones and in case you are ready to manage the challenge of fighting against these culprits then the home security program serves because the best answer.
  • FrontPoint Review

    ironik
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    Amongst other prevalent phenomenon, thefts and burglaries have become probably the most popular. As a residence owner, you will need to be equipped with all the factors for your sweet residence to be protected, and in case you’re sitting as being a duck, you might be the subsequent target of one’s neighborhood cat burglar. The quantity 1 priority ought to be offered to your house, its valuable assets as well as your household and for everyone which is prepared to manage the challenge of fighting against these culprits then the home security method serves as the most effective…
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • The Chloe Goins Cosby Accusation Is Awfully Convenient

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    As almost anyone who knows me will attest, I am not a Bill Cosby defender. I wrote a long post weeks ago explaining why I think the 77-year-old mega-star is guilty. But I've also acknowledged that not all the women may be telling the truth. Some may be pilers-on for whatever reason. Piler-on: a person, for instance, who hears about a big, public bus accident, claims they were injured in
  • Beauty, Race, and the Death of Amede Ardoin

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    On Facebook, I have written briefly about the beautiful book of poetry, If you abandon me, comment je vas faire: An Amédé Ardoin Songbook, by former Louisiana poet laureate Darrell Bourque, but I have not said much about the man honored by the book, Amédé Ardoin. Ardoin was a black man who is considered to be the father of Zydeco/Creole/Cajun music by many in Louisiana. At the very least, he
  • Poems for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2015

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    It's that time of year again when educators, church leaders, and parents begin to look for short poems that may be recited at Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As usual, I am seeing a spike in the search for my two poems honoring Dr. King, "Remembering a Life" and "Marking Martin's Day." One of the things that has given me joy as I get older is discovering that so many different people have used the
  • 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Talks with MHP About Women in the Civil Rights Movement (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay visits #nerdland Film director Ava DuVernay, nominated for a Golden Globe for the critically-acclaimed “Selma,” joined host Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday for an extensive interview. Watch the full conversation, on MHPshow.com. Melissa Harris Perry played clips of her interview with Selma director Ava DuVernay on her MSNBC show earlier today. They discussed
  • That kid in the black jacket is not Antonio Martin

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    This clip posted on ImGur.com is going around on Twitter, and a lot of people think the kid in the black jacket with the cell phone is Antonio Martin. I thought so, too, at first. But then I noticed the third figure in the clip. Yes, the kid in the black jacket is holding a cellphone and not a gun, but that kid in the black jacket is also not Antonio Martin. Unfortunately, Antonio is the kid
 
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • January 26, 2015

    Suzanne
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    It was a really good, but busy, weekend. I had a lot of family and friends visiting. I love having my oldest son home for awhile. I made my “world famous” lasagna on Saturday. The bad thing about “my” lasagna? It takes all day to make. The good thing about it? Everyone who has ever tried it swears it’s the best lasagna they’ve ever had. The other good thing about it? It feeds a big crowd. Fred enjoyed having so many visitors to play with over the weekend. Fred is doing very well … I can’t believe how big he’s getting. I was too busy with a…
  • Puppy In The Planter

    Suzanne
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    It can be hard work to be a puppy. All that eating and peeing and pooping … Not to mention growing, and growing, and growing! Sometimes a puppy just needs to catch a  cat  puppy nap wherever he can. Puppy dreams must be the best dreams!
  • Balls I’m Juggling

    Suzanne
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    There’s always so much to do, And never enough time! I’ve been very unproductive during Fred’s first two weeks home. Every day  he grows like crazy  we get a little more into a routine. I purposely gave myself a few very light work weeks to coincide with Fred’s arrival. Other things are going on in my life too, however. My (North Carolina) son arrives soon for a week-plus visit. We have lot of PLANS for his time here. My son has also requested I make his favorite homemade lasagna while he’s home. It takes a long time to make! (But, it’s okay because…
  • Bulletproof Coffee – The Follow Up

    Suzanne
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’ve been having *my* version of bulletproof coffee for nearly a week now. There are several versions of this coffee “concept.” If you missed my original post about this topic, you can read it by clicking here. In “my” version, each morning I combine: •  One mug of good quality coffee (probably one and a half measuring cups?)  I brew my coffee in a Jura, but many people use a french press. •  Two tablespoons of Kerrygold (grass fed) butter. •  One tablespoon fully dissolvable gelatin (because of my bum arm). •  Two teaspoons of MCT oil  (I’m…
  • Training Fred The Newf

    Suzanne
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Fred is eleven and a half weeks old. Fred had no training before coming home a week and a half ago. Fred has a LOT to learn. Fred has also, already, learned a lot. For instance, Fred is certainly not camera shy. He might even ham it up for the camera? Fred The Newf – eleven weeks old. Today, I thought I’d share a little bit about what Fred and I are working on right now. Of course, house training is an ongoing thing. Fred knows where to “go” and usually let’s me know when he needs to go outside. But …? He’s still a baby and it’s also up to me to…
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    Average Jane™

  • 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…
  • Average Jane's Whiskey Sour Cake

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

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

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

  • 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 […]
  • Help for the holiday blues

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

    Cindy La Ferle
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
    Losing a beloved parent is difficult, no matter how old you are. As we age, we find ourselves attending more funerals for the parents of our friends. So, how do we support and comfort each other after such a life-altering loss? My November column in Michigan Prime discusses this issue. Look for the print edition […]
 
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    Candelaria Silva

  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Granny Sue's News and Reviews: West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue's Daily Blog

  • A Snow Kind of Day

    Granny Sue
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    It wasn't a big snow but it sure was a pretty one. I've missed the whiteness this winter, so I was happy to see today's little covering.The bird feeders have been very busy with visitors all day and I was glad we stocked up on seed this week.I spent this quiet day working in the kitchen. It's been a mess all week as we emptied out the cabinets and painted them inside. Truthfully, I would love to have new cabinets, but with a new roof last week it's not in the budget. My cabinets are the same ones my first husband and I built in 1975, and they're rustic--and that's an understatement. But…
  • For the Love of Tappan

    Granny Sue
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    My stove, being checked out at my son's housebefore he brought it to me.I was waiting on my routine checkup at the doctor's earlier this week when my phone rang."Hello," said a male voice on the other end. "Is this Granny Sue?""Yes it is.""My name is Mike, and I'm in Texas. A friend showed me your post about your Tappan Deluxe stove on a Tappan website. I have one and had some questions. I hope you have a minute to talk.""Sure," I said. "Do you have a Tappan?"My Tappan, at home in my kitchen"I do," he said. "It's a 1951 Deluxe model. My grandmother bought it the year I was born. I've moved it…
  • Home Time

    Granny Sue
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This time of year I get to stay at home a lot more than the rest of the year. Storytelling work is scarce in January, and even the sales at our booths slow down. It's a time to rest, recuperate and rediscover the joys of just being a homebody.Last week I went out very little, and this week has been the same; three or four days will pass without me getting in the van. Larry and I start our days slowly with tea and coffee, computer time, breakfast--and then we finally get dressed, sometime between 8 and 10.You would think we'd run out of things to say to each other. You would think that we've…
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    THE MIDLIFE GALS

  • Get a Glass of Chianti and Poke Around

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

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

    The Midlife Gals
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
      Here's a post that is bothly timely and universal (November 2010)You’ve probably bought your turkey for Thanksgiving by now, yes?  Good, because these holidays happen FAST!  Before you’ve even dismantled the blow-up pumpkin with Casper inside, it’s time to buy the rust-colored fake dry leaves to adorn the Thanksgiving table where the turkey will make its appearance...for about 3.5 minutes before it too will be ‘dismantled’ into our stomachs until there are only bones left.  I realize that was kind of a long sentence, but it’s like these holidays...they just…
  • Vote or Die!!!

    The Midlife Gals
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    This post was written by moi in November, 2012, and is re-presented here in honor of voting day on Nov. 4th.  Hehehe............Our polling place on election day was at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in the cafeteria.  There were about 50 people inside, including the 25 election volunteers and ‘officials.’  Our first election in Hawaii.  Of course, the weather was perfect, with the electorate in flip flops and casual cottons.  We parked right out front, and there was no line.  Easy peasy.Then, towards the end of the day, they ran out of paper…
  • TRICK OR TREAT, DAMMIT!

    The Midlife Gals
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Original posting Friday, October 29, 2010Oh goodie! A full day dedicated to scaring small children! Sal and I don’t usually wait until Halloween to scare the wee ones. And, we’re immune to guilt, accusation or shame, because we’re childless by choice.We know it’s not right to scare children, especially the very small, defenseless, trusting ones. If we were mentally stable, we would be remorseful the next day, but that hasn’t happened yet. Unfortunately, now-a-days, the parents feel compelled to accompany their children while trick or treating. That’s just wrong. Our parents were…
 
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    Nanny Goats in Panties

  • Keeping the Romance Alive with “Date Night”

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

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

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

    Margaret
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Have you ever sat on the cold, concrete tombstone of a stranger, just to watch a gravedigger? It’s twilight and all you can hear is the shovel cutting into the soil and the birds chirping in the trees. These gravediggers, they all seem to wear flannel plaid snap-front work shirts and muddy boots. Most have beards. They won’t tell you their name. They never talk to you no matter how much you flirt with them or compliment their cracked, dry hands. Not that I’ve ever done that. I’m just curious if you’ve ever done it. So anyway, after my recent bout with anxiety for many, many…
  • 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…
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    Privilege

  • An Actual Room Of One’s Own, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:32am

    Lisa
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    I visited my mom this week. On the way to Santa Barbara, I stopped in the totally surprisingly adorable town of Los Olivos, to have lunch with Margy of Fool For Fabric. What a gift. You know when the universe offers you a token of future possible? Margy is older than I am. She’s been working in her studio for years, in various modes of creation. Now she sews some pretty astonishing clothes. While I’m unlikely to sew or ever want to – I struggle with small motor coordination – the meta-concept of a studio, now that’s something. I had always scoffed at a Room Of…
  • California Jeaning, North

    Lisa
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today une femme d’un certain âge and Lisa of Privilege are collaborating, each writing a post about the love we share for denim. We thought it might be fun to approach from the perspective of two Californians, one north, one south. Denim is our state’s unofficial uniform, after all. In the past, it’s been said that women over 50 shouldn’t wear jeans. To which I reply, “Ha!” Perhaps there is an age at which one puts denim aside, but it’s not 58. In the Northern Californian climate, denim is always comfortable and versatile. We alternate between…
  • Object Of Desire: A Simple Black Anorak

    Lisa
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    One of the best tricks I have to stay moderately stylish in retirement is to upgrade utilitarian pieces. If jeans, sneakers and tees have a little edge to them, I run far less risk of finding myself at the market dressed like a 12-year old boy. Which has happened. These days I’m thinking of replacing my 10-year old sporting goods jacket with a new anorak. Or parka. Do you think the word mys means different things? Let’s say no. In any case, anoraks have been so popular recently that they’re everywhere. The easiest option is an army green field jacket, but I want something…
  • Design With Courage, A Review Of “Simplicity” By Nancy Braithwaite

    Lisa
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    As I have said before, interior design scares me. What to wear? No problem. What to plant? Lots of suggestions. How to furnish a house? Yikes. I’ll come right out and admit that ever since I decided to update my house I’ve been dithering – bedroom furniture, front doors, cushion colors for my living room – what to choose? So when I saw this book reviewed – somewhere – I clicked over to buy it so quickly I can’t remember who to thank for the recommendation. In any case, thanks. I’m talking about Nancy Braithwaite’s manifesto Simplicity, on…
  • How To Fall In Love With Anyone, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:11am

    Lisa
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    This is a list of questions to make you fall in love. Sit with your partner, or friend, or even a stranger, both of you asking and answering. At the end you stare into each other’s eyes for 4 whole minutes. These 36 questions can make you fall in love with anyone I thought the idea was lovely, and perhaps even true. I sent it to my kids. When my son got my email, he was with a friend who had just told him about the same list. How did his friend know? His mom. Imagine mothers everywhere, knowing just how much love matters. Wanting our kids to fall in love not from the surface but from…
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    Out On The Stoop

  • 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…
  • My First Time at L.A. Auto Show

    Gena
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I have known that there is such a thing as an automobile show. Apparently it is a big thing. But seeing as I don't drive and have limited interest in automobiles (unless they are painted in an artist way or are creatively off the mainstream) then I had no need to go spend money traipsing over the L.A. Convention center.Until this year. See, I really want a self driving car.  Hell, I want the majority of Los Angeles to have a self driving car. Why? Because most Angelenos can't drive. They cut right in front of city buses. They have the phone in their face slurping something as they turn…
 
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • FROM THE COLOR-MAD WEEKEND STUDIO

    Hill Country Hippie
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    I've been scrambling to complete one or two more art journal pages, based on projects from my Pam Carriker workbook. Chapter three explores the element of shape, and this first project involved using a couple of different stencils to create repetitive shapes in varying sizes to evoke a feeling of unity on the page.That sideways pyramid shape has nothing to do with this page. Alas, it floated up from the page behind it, which has a diagonal pocket glued to it. DOH!This next one is a work in progress. We are to create a collage using random shapes cut from everyday bits and bobs, or ephemera,…
  • FEELING NEIGHBORLY

    Hill Country Hippie
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    The houses are so far apart in our neighborhood, that pretty much the only time I see any of my neighbors is when we drive past one another going in or out, or perhaps run into each other in town somewhere. A bit different from life in the burbs, or living on a company compound, huh? We do have a once-a-year meeting of our Home Owners' Association, but since it was slapped with a nasty lawsuit shortly after we moved in, which just recently got settled, those meetings have been anything but sociable. Last January the annual meeting fell on our daughter's birthday, so I went off to celebrate…
  • GRANDMA PRACTICE

    Hill Country Hippie
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    We are keeping grandpuppy Guinness this weekend, and the visit did not get off to the best of starts.Austin and Areeg had a convention to go to, and were planning to drop Guinness off on their way to San Antonio, sometime after dinner. Of course, Areeg had to drive in from Houston first, and never knows for sure when she will be able to get away from work/school. Around 8:00 PM Austin called to say she still hadn't made it in, so it was going to be very late before Guinness arrived here. He told us to go on to bed at our usual time, and that Guinness would be there waiting for us when we woke…
  • AN AB FAB SURPRISE IN THE MAIL

    Hill Country Hippie
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    When I asked Miss Areej for book recommendations, to help us prepare for our Sudanese journey, she also mentioned a Public Television series she had once seen, called Joanna Lumley's Nile. We tried to get it on Netflix but, 'though they had it listed, the availability date was "unknown." Boy, was I ever surprised when this showed up in the mail from Amazon yesterday. Thank you Hubby!If, like me, you didn't recognize the name at first, Joanna was part of that infamous duo from the long-running hit series Absolutely Fabulous, and she will be part of this expedition down the entire 4,000 mile…
  • GENRE-HOPPING

    Hill Country Hippie
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    My taste in books seems to be running all over the map these days. Just after the holidays I began the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, and didn't stop until I had finished all four books. I never seem to tire of a good YA dystopian series. This one is about how we "Rusties" just about demolish the earth, and what comes after.From there I moved on to Habits of the House, by Fay Wheldon. Wheldon helped write the screenplay for the original Upstairs, Downstairs series, and actually spent part of her youth living in one of those British manor houses, as daughter of the housekeeper. If you are…
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    Baby Boomer Talk & other stuff

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

  • Adventures of a boomer working at Fotomat

    Cafe
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    If you’re a baby boomer, then you remember Fotomat. It’s like a blast from the past. And Patricia Mavo, a freelance editor now of Boynton Beach, Florida, not only remembers Fotomat, but because as a young woman living on Long Island, New York, she had a Kodak camera and was a photography enthusiast, she worked at their kiosks on Long Island, New York. Which had its ups and downs. Here’s what Patricia remembers about being a “Fotomate!” Headlights approached and I swung around in my chair and opened the slider window. “I’d like to get these developed,” my customer said,…
  • Film? That was then. The world is now digital

    Cafe
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:40 pm
    When we baby boomers were younger, we didn’t use words like “analog” and “digital” mainly because the only digits in our world were in math class. But that was then, this is now, and sometimes it seems nowadays that the whole world has “gone digital.” David Henderson, BoomerCafé’s publisher and co-founder, is on top of all things digital, and inspired in part by the popularity of the photography pieces we’ve run by contributor Bob Atkinson, David has written about the enormous enhancements we can enjoy with digital photography. Stored away in a corner of our downstairs…
  • A baby boomer kicks the coffee habit, feels great

    Cafe
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Need a New Year’s resolution to live healthier? Here’s something you can embrace from a baby boomer who has proved his own commitment to good health: Vancouver, Canada-based screenwriter Michael Stephen McGuire, an active boomer who is focused on good health. What’s the commitment? No coffee. I once used to drink two cups of coffee a day, one first thing in the morning and the other around noon. Having just two cups was a lot better than many acquaintances who drank much more coffee than I did, or so I thought. I enjoyed my coffee, the routine of it, its aroma in the…
  • 7 Things I Find Attractive in a Woman Now That I Am 50

    Cafe
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Writer James Elliot’s tastes have matured along with him. Here, he talks about what’s so sexy about women his own age, written originally for the online site, The Good Life. Here are the 7 things I find attractive and sexy in a woman, now that I am 50. I’m Straight. Married. Madly in love. So maybe these lists apply only to singles looking for … something: What you see is what you get. Here I am referring, of course, to plastic surgery. There is nothing more beautiful, and attractive, in my humble opinion than a woman who is aging into her natural self, without botox and implants…
  • Five awesome ways for baby boomers to volunteer

    Cafe
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Plenty of baby boomers have loads of time on their hands. They’re still young, still active, but just not so involved any more in a traditional job. That’s where Discover Corps comes in; it provides what it calls “volunteer vacations” in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Susan Shain of San Diego writes for Discover Corps and has given BoomerCafé Five Awesome Ways for Baby Boomers to Volunteer. Many baby boomers want to enrich their lives by volunteering — but often, it’s difficult to figure out where to do it. So here’s a question: with so many options, how do you…
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    Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty »

  • 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…
  • Costa Rican American Beauty

    goinglikesixty
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    One of the most memorable movies posters ever was for American Beauty starring Kevin Spacey and this chick… I spent the day cleaning bracts – they are not flowers, says my blog buddy, Susan out of the pool On a Bougainvillea, the flowers are tiny. The part around the flower is a “bract.” With the high winds it’s a lost cause to try to keep the pool bract-free… but what else do I have to do? My version of American Beauty – Costa Rica style. And then there’s this guy… Heres some old fun postsLove/Hate Relationship With the Wind and…
  • We Know Who We Want to Be When We Grow Up

    goinglikesixty
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    Nancy and I have decided we know who we want to be when we grow up. Victoria Nancy has decided she wants to be Victoria… our eye doctor. This is quite a change for Nancy because she has said in the past she wanted to come back to earth as a tall blonde. Dra. Victoria isn’t a tall blonde. She’s a tiny tica! But her brilliant smile and friendly wave everytime she sees us (or a customary kiss on the cheek) is every endearing. Plus she loves to shop and travel and talk … right up Nancy’s alley.         Jeremy I want to be Jeremy. I became…
  • Merry Christmas – Drunk Santa Animated Gif

    goinglikesixty
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Keeping with the spirits of Christmas. Nothing says Happy Holidays more than a drunk Santa crashing into the bumper of a car. Heres some old fun postsJokes for Those 8 Year Olds Still Hanging AroundShopping Tip from JesusBudweiser Presents: Santa! The King of DeersWhy Yes, Santa, There Are Three Things I Want.Take the Christ Out of Christmas, But Put the Bunny Back In…The post Merry Christmas – Drunk Santa Animated Gif appeared first on Baby Boomer Going Like Sixty.
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  • Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problems

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problemsAPThe 'American Idol' winner is reportedly trying to end his contract with the show, claiming that its management is ruining his career.What he says is almost illegalMore entertainment news'Full House' cast reunitesEmma Watson nabs princess role
  • Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYC

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYCAPThree Russian citizens are accused of a Cold War-style effort to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.How they blended inMore headlinesNurse shot at LA-area hospitalDeadly game of 'cops and robbers'
  • Star is totally unrecognizable after weight loss

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Star is totally unrecognizable after weight lossGetty Galifianakis has been dropping pounds for a while now -- and at the SAGs last night, he looked slimmer than we've ever seen him.You'll have to do a double takeMore to watch'OITNB' and 'Birdman' top SAGsTen best dressed at SAG Awards
  • Man claims he's behind the WH drone crash

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Man claims he's behind the WH drone crashAPNew details were released Monday after an unmanned aircraft landed on the southeast side of the presidential mansion.Latest on the Secret Service probeMore headlinesPentagon bureaucracy growsWarrant issued in Ga. murders
  • Northeast settles in as storm descends

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Northeast settles in as storm descendsAPSnow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity in New York City and most of the region's transportation has been shut down.When storm will likely hit its peakRelated coverageThousands of flights canceledStorm delays Tsarnaev's trial
 
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  • Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problems

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problemsAPThe 'American Idol' winner is reportedly trying to end his contract with the show, claiming that its management is ruining his career.What he says is almost illegalMore entertainment news'Full House' cast reunitesEmma Watson nabs princess role
  • Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYC

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYCAPThree Russian citizens are accused of a Cold War-style effort to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.How they blended inMore headlinesNurse shot at LA-area hospitalDeadly game of 'cops and robbers'
  • Star is totally unrecognizable after weight loss

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Star is totally unrecognizable after weight lossGetty Galifianakis has been dropping pounds for a while now -- and at the SAGs last night, he looked slimmer than we've ever seen him.You'll have to do a double takeMore to watch'OITNB' and 'Birdman' top SAGsTen best dressed at SAG Awards
  • Man claims he's behind the WH drone crash

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Man claims he's behind the WH drone crashAPNew details were released Monday after an unmanned aircraft landed on the southeast side of the presidential mansion.Latest on the Secret Service probeMore headlinesPentagon bureaucracy growsWarrant issued in Ga. murders
  • Northeast settles in as storm descends

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Northeast settles in as storm descendsAPSnow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity in New York City and most of the region's transportation has been shut down.When storm will likely hit its peakRelated coverageThousands of flights canceledStorm delays Tsarnaev's trial
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  • Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problems

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problemsAPThe 'American Idol' winner is reportedly trying to end his contract with the show, claiming that its management is ruining his career.What he says is almost illegalMore entertainment news'Full House' cast reunitesEmma Watson nabs princess role
  • Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYC

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYCAPThree Russian citizens are accused of a Cold War-style effort to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.How they blended inMore headlinesNurse shot at LA-area hospitalDeadly game of 'cops and robbers'
  • Star is totally unrecognizable after weight loss

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Star is totally unrecognizable after weight lossGetty Galifianakis has been dropping pounds for a while now -- and at the SAGs last night, he looked slimmer than we've ever seen him.You'll have to do a double takeMore to watch'OITNB' and 'Birdman' top SAGsTen best dressed at SAG Awards
  • Man claims he's behind the WH drone crash

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Man claims he's behind the WH drone crashAPNew details were released Monday after an unmanned aircraft landed on the southeast side of the presidential mansion.Latest on the Secret Service probeMore headlinesPentagon bureaucracy growsWarrant issued in Ga. murders
  • Northeast settles in as storm descends

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Northeast settles in as storm descendsAPSnow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity in New York City and most of the region's transportation has been shut down.When storm will likely hit its peakRelated coverageThousands of flights canceledStorm delays Tsarnaev's trial
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  • Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problems

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problemsAPThe 'American Idol' winner is reportedly trying to end his contract with the show, claiming that its management is ruining his career.What he says is almost illegalMore entertainment news'Full House' cast reunitesEmma Watson nabs princess role
  • Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYC

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYCAPThree Russian citizens are accused of a Cold War-style effort to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.How they blended inMore headlinesNurse shot at LA-area hospitalDeadly game of 'cops and robbers'
  • Star is totally unrecognizable after weight loss

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Star is totally unrecognizable after weight lossGetty Galifianakis has been dropping pounds for a while now -- and at the SAGs last night, he looked slimmer than we've ever seen him.You'll have to do a double takeMore to watch'OITNB' and 'Birdman' top SAGsTen best dressed at SAG Awards
  • Man claims he's behind the WH drone crash

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Man claims he's behind the WH drone crashAPNew details were released Monday after an unmanned aircraft landed on the southeast side of the presidential mansion.Latest on the Secret Service probeMore headlinesPentagon bureaucracy growsWarrant issued in Ga. murders
  • Northeast settles in as storm descends

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Northeast settles in as storm descendsAPSnow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity in New York City and most of the region's transportation has been shut down.When storm will likely hit its peakRelated coverageThousands of flights canceledStorm delays Tsarnaev's trial
 
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  • Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problems

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Phillip Phillips slams 'Idol' over career problemsAPThe 'American Idol' winner is reportedly trying to end his contract with the show, claiming that its management is ruining his career.What he says is almost illegalMore entertainment news'Full House' cast reunitesEmma Watson nabs princess role
  • Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYC

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Alleged Russian spy ring busted in NYCAPThree Russian citizens are accused of a Cold War-style effort to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.How they blended inMore headlinesNurse shot at LA-area hospitalDeadly game of 'cops and robbers'
  • Star is totally unrecognizable after weight loss

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Star is totally unrecognizable after weight lossGetty Galifianakis has been dropping pounds for a while now -- and at the SAGs last night, he looked slimmer than we've ever seen him.You'll have to do a double takeMore to watch'OITNB' and 'Birdman' top SAGsTen best dressed at SAG Awards
  • Man claims he's behind the WH drone crash

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Man claims he's behind the WH drone crashAPNew details were released Monday after an unmanned aircraft landed on the southeast side of the presidential mansion.Latest on the Secret Service probeMore headlinesPentagon bureaucracy growsWarrant issued in Ga. murders
  • Northeast settles in as storm descends

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Northeast settles in as storm descendsAPSnow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity in New York City and most of the region's transportation has been shut down.When storm will likely hit its peakRelated coverageThousands of flights canceledStorm delays Tsarnaev's trial
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    RetirementRevised

  • Debunking the top 10 myths about Social Security

    Mark Miller
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Social Security is going bankrupt. It’s a Ponzi scheme. The program’s trust fund contains nothing but a bunch of worthless IOUs. Those are just a few of the comments we hear frequently from journalists, politicians, and policymakers about Social Security. But they’re all false–and that’s a big problem. Social Security is one of our most important linchpins of retirement security, yet discussion and analysis of the program and its future are remarkably fact-free. So, let’s dispel the fog. Here’s my list of the top 10 myths about Social…
  • Who would pay more if we lift the cap on payroll taxes?

    Mark Miller
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Progressives have been arguing for some time now that one of the best ways to close Social Security’s long-range funding gap would be to lift the cap on maximum wages subject to payroll taxes. This year, the cap is $118,500; there’s a basic fairness argument here, in that a wage-earner below that figure is taxed on every dollar of earnings, while those above pay progressively lower rates on total income. Scrapping the cap fits the populist agenda that Democrats are starting to embrace. It’s been proposed by several Senate Democrats and it would have been a great fit with…
  • Romney’s huge IRA makes a comeback in Obama retirement proposal

    Mark Miller
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    It was a memorable moment in the 2012 presidential race. In their October 16 debate, Defending his blind trust investments, Gov. Romney said: ROMNEY: Just going to make a point. Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust. And I understand they do include investments outside the United States, including in — in Chinese companies. Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? Have you looked at your pension? OBAMA: I’ve got to say… ROMNEY: Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? OBAMA: You know, I — I don’t look…
  • State plans for low-income retirement saving gain momentum

    Mark Miller
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss. My home state of Illinois is not the first place that comes to mind for innovative approaches to retirement savings. We are much more infamous for our pension plan for state workers, which is the worst-funded in the country. But Illinois just became the first U.S. state to adopt a promising new approach to a big problem in the nation’s retirement saving system: the lack of workplace saving options for low-income workers. Starting in 2017, companies that do not offer retirement plans will be required to automatically sign up their workers for a…
  • Why pension plan lump sums are a trap for the unwary

    Mark Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Steve Vernon If you work for a company with a pension plan, don’t be surprised if you get an offer soon for a lump sum buyout – a deal where you accept a pile of cash in exchange for the promise of lifetime income when you retire. The price tag for these offers is especially attractive right now, from the plan sponsor’s perspective. But are lump sums a good deal for workers? RetirementRevised.com has teamed up with actuarial expert Steve Vernon to offer a free guide explaining why lump sum deals often are a trap for unwary pension plan participants. Writes Steve: I worked for 35 years…
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  • Stars Are Getting Truly, Madly, Deeply Emotional This Award Season

    Nick-Maslow
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Forget the celebratory bottle popping - what stars really need this award season is some Kleenex. Yes, Chrissy Teigen's tears got the most attention at the Golden Globes, and no one could look away when Uzo Aduba literally dropped her jaw in disbelief at the SAG Awards, but we must also honor the beautiful displays of emotion from Eddie Redmayne, Gina Rodriguez, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Grab a tissue before you read on. Source: Getty / Christopher Polk / Kevin Winter, Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
  • Stars Keep the Party Going After the SAG Awards

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    After Sunday night's SAG Awards, celebrities let loose at a series of afterparties. Actress Lupita Nyong'o switched up her look and hit the dance floor with Danielle Brooks at a party hosted by The Weinstein Company and Netflix, and at the People and EIF bash, cute couple Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello continued their fun night out. Meanwhile, Sofia's Modern Family costars cracked each other up, and winners Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore linked up for a sweet snap. Check out the best afterparty photos, and then see all the stars on the SAG Awards red carpet, plus a list of this year's…
  • But Really, What Were Meryl, Jennifer, and Julia Talking About?

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    In a true power-trio moment, Jennifer Aniston headed over to Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep's table at the SAG Awards for some animated conversation. We can't help but wonder - what was the A-list group chatting about? Their nominations? Upcoming projects? The food? Earlier in the night, Jennifer hit the red carpet with her fiancé, Justin Theroux, while Meryl and Julia posed for pictures solo. Take a look at cute pictures of the group's award show moment, and then check out all the celebrities on the SAG Awards red carpet!
  • You Have to See Emma Stone's Face the Moment She Tripped Naomi Watts

    Ryan-Roschke
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The cast of Birdman was one of many winners at the 2015 SAG Awards, and when they took the stage to accept their outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture statue, disaster almost struck. As Naomi Watts approached the microphone to say a few words, her shoes snagged on Emma Stone's dress, causing her to stumble and nearly fall on her face. Luckily, she regained her footing, but her and Emma's faces during the mishap were priceless. See the full moment in motion below.
  • Ryan Reynolds Jokes About His "Disturbing" Experience With the New Baby

    Laura-Marie-Meyers
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:09 pm
    From the red carpet to the streets of Park City, UT, Ryan Reynolds looked straight out of a catalog at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. The handsome dad attended the Mississippi Grind premiere on Saturday, later linking up with fans to take some fun photos. At the premiere, Ryan chatted with People about fatherhood, joking, "I gotta jump in and do all sorts of things. I mean, I've even tried breastfeeding. It's frustrating for the baby and frankly disturbing for me." He got serious, though, too, saying things have been "great" and adding, "It's amazing that you can be that…
 
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    Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin

  • Driving a Stick Shift, Ice-Skating and other Things I Am Deluded Thinking I Can Still Do

    arlene
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I was discussing cars with my daughter and she came upon the term manual. How many kids these days know what the term manual means? For those of us aged persons, we know that manual means stick shift, or the opposite of automatic transmission.  Many of us growing up in the sixties had a family car with a stick shift and no auto transmission. Some of us even learned how to drive them. I have my hand raised. I am part of the some of us in my generation who learned to drive a stick shift. It was with a lot of pain and anguish that I learned to drive one, a few years after I learned to drive a…
  • My Quirky Taste, Movies and the Oscars

    arlene
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Well as everyone knows because of the utter bombardment of media about it, the Oscar nominations were just announced. As I have noted in the past in this blog, I don’t take much stock in who wins Oscars because after all – the award is voted by peers and it ends up being a popularity contest sometimes. That’s what the Golden Globes are too,  only more ridiculous. So I know Amy Adams is thrilled with her award for Big Eyes, but what does it mean Amy? That a few foreign correspondents liked your performance best? And what about their categories? They voted you best actress in…
  • The Most Annoying Friend and Family Member of All

    arlene
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I have not so recently discovered that I am the single MOST annoying friend to many of my dear and wonderful friends. And I am possibly a really irritating family member as well. Why is that you may ask, and more importantly, why do they put up with me? (We will get to that last detail later.) I am one of those friends who just LOVES social media and there’s the blogging too. I love to share my happiness, my joy, my life. There are many types just like me, that use more than Facebook as I do, to put many of their social engagements and details of their life on display for the world to…
  • Not A Seinfeld Episode, My Own Smelly Car Story

    arlene
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    I have this adorable, funny, long term friend who I call Lucy (not her real name) because she is a lot like Lucy Ricardo from the “I Love Lucy” sitcom. I am her unwitting Ethel (called Eth for short) who has spent years going along with her exploits. These generally result in her opening her eyes wide, and forming a perfect “O” with her mouth, as she realizes another hair-brained scheme has gone awry. Now don’t get me wrong – life is certainly more interesting with a friend like this, even though I have been on the unfortunate receiving end of many a…
  • Repeat Worth Sharing – An Appalling Lack of Parenting

    arlene
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    I am not using my blog forum to jump on the bandwagon and skewer Miley Cyrus. She appears to be a troubled 20 year old crying out for attention. I can’t sit here and add to the criticism when I see that she is going down the inevitable path of a Britney Spears, a Lindsay Lohan and all those other unfortunate child stars before them. It appears that way for Justin Bieber too. What Miley and many other child stars are suffering from is an appalling lack of basic parenting. Children look to parents to set boundaries, to instill basic values, to provide structure and rules and consequences when…
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  • The Next Step Is A Big One And I’m Going To Be Honest With You

    Sherry Riter
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:13 pm
    I know that YOU know something is going on even though I haven’t said anything directly. My pattern of blogging, […] 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!
  • Mom Thinks I Forgot

    Sherry Riter
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Because of many events that have occurred over the past two weeks and are now occurring, I have not been […] 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!
  • Shoes Are Made In A Shoe Bakery And You Wear Them Not Eat Them

    Sherry Riter
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Mention “shoes” and most women will give you a sparkling smile and you’ll see her eyes twinkle. Shoes are just […] 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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  • What Happens When We Say Yes to Sex?

    Walker
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    As many of you know, I’m the Sexual Health columnist for Midlife Boulevard. My most recent article, Learn To Say Yes and Make Your Sex Life Better, taking my word for 2015, YES, and weaving it into a story about how we show up for sex and give our fullest consent to it! Learn to Say Yes and Make Your Sex Life Better  I don’t make resolutions at the beginning of the new year, I set one word that will guide me for the year and use it to form intentions for my life. Last year’s word was intentional, this year my word is Yes. Let’s look at Yes and how it might lead to a more…
  • Male sexuality in the news

    Walker
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Here are a few recent news articles on male sexuality I thought you might find interesting. I am not endorsing anything you read here nor am I offering professional advice. Just a mix of entertainment and education. Queen Elizabeth II Knights ‘Father of Viagra’, Dr. Simon Campbell- Dr.Simon Campbell worked for Pfizer for 26 years, working to develop drugs to help with high blood pressure. By accident, they developed what came to be known as Viagra. “Campbell co-wrote the preliminary research proposal but even that didn’t include a mention of erectile dysfunction as…
  • How to identify sexy when we see it

    Walker
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    What does sexy really look like? I’m not talking The Sexiest Man of the Year sexy–because that’s all about image and visuals. Though George Clooney…sigh. He’s my kinda sexy. But suppose he’s the worst kisser on the planet? Or one of those who thinks a quick ‘stuff it in and bang away for 2 minutes‘ is his finest hour? I ponder this question when I’m at the gym. On the rowing machine. The rowers are up on the balcony with a bird’s-eye view of the track and everyone who walks in. I just got back from the gym, midday, when many of the…
  • Private Gym-Program for Male Sexual Health

    Walker
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    One of the challenges many men face in the aging process is diminished sexual functioning. Men who begin to have issues with erections want answers and solutions. The overwhelming market for male sexual enhancement supplements and pharmaceuticals bears witness to the problems—real or perceived. But what ‘they’ are selling isn’t necessarily the right answer. And, in some cases those dietary supplements that promise big things can be dangerous for your health. Let’s look at erectile dysfunction under the wider umbrella of male sexual health. And, what exactly does that mean?
  • Q&A-How Much Sex Do You Want?

    Walker
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    This isn’t my typical Q&A as this reader figured out her issues on her own, with the help of a great doctor. Her doctor was able to give her sound advice about her low libido which included tips on using vibrators. Hi Walker, I’m grateful for the service you perform in talking about sexuality in midlife and after. I have something to share that might have value for others, as it saved my sex life! And it’s pretty simple. I’m 60 and healthy, although I had a complete hysterectomy, a few years ago. I’m not on any prescription meds, and I exercise, meditate,…
 
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