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7 Positive Ways for Dealing with Adversity in the Aging Game

Friday, November 17th, 2017   2:40 pm |  Category:   Health, Life   |  4 Comments  | Author:     bio

Ever struggle with the why me syndrome? Those times when you are overcome by anger, frustration, and fatigue, wondering why you have to go through this hardship? I have coped with more than my fair share of physical pain and have posed this question many times. Some pain was self-inflicted by choosing a career as …more

The Art of Listening

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017   4:54 pm |  Category:   Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

The coffee went down like silk. The warm, creamy colored liquid swirled around in my cup as I sat it down on the table beside me.   Leaning back in my chair I was struck by the bright morning sky. It was a beautiful vibrant day. The kind of day that makes you glad to …more

Living with an older spouse after retirement

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017   10:55 pm |  Category:   Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

When we married over 40 years ago, my husband was 35 and I was 27. Well matched in interests and activity levels, we enjoyed walking, moderate hiking in the Virginia mountains, bike riding and other outdoor exercises. Sure, we had some marital difficulties, but they were never about our age difference.   We had two …more

The Long Good-bye

Saturday, October 28th, 2017   9:36 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  2 Comments  | Author:     bio

Within the period of a little more than a year, I sold my tiny condominium in Southern California, retired, cut my income by a third, moved across the country to a house in central Florida about three times the size of my tiny California condo, bought a mobile home in Florida for my 84-year-old disabled …more

No, You Don’t Have To Suffer Deteriorated Old Age

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017   10:47 pm |  Category:   Health, Life   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

Old age in our culture refers to chronological age. It’s a number identifying how long we have been alive. That’s all it means.   Your chronological age is not a measure of your competence, maturity, appearance, behavior, attitudes or values. It is what it is — just a number. You and only you can give …more

How Does One Cope With Life’s Little Surprises?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017   12:18 am |  Category:   Life   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

As I sit here pondering what to write about, I stop for a moment, thinking briefly of what took place one week ago tonight (I am writing this article on September 17) and where we were when it happened. As many of us will never forget, Hurricane Irma decided to make its way through Lakeland …more

Labor Day — Celebrate Freedom from Work

Thursday, August 31st, 2017   1:19 pm |  Category:   Health, Hobbies/Sports, Jobs/Volunteer, Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

If you’re retired, Labor Day is an excellent time for another celebration of freedom from work.   Held on the first Monday of September, Labor Day serves to mark the ‘end’ of summer. For young parents, school begins in September thus signalling regular routines like early bedtimes, preparation of lunches and homework supervision. For workers, …more

Eclipsed by the Eclipse

Monday, August 28th, 2017   1:36 pm |  Category:   Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

One of the advantages of being retired is that whenever a noteworthy event comes along during normal working hours, i.e. an inauguration speech, a MLB playoff game, or (ta da) an eclipse, we seniors are generally free to watch it at our leisure.   Such was the case this week at our little fifty-five and …more

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