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Lessons I Wish I Never Had To Learn

Friday, January 26th, 2018   4:58 pm |  Category:   Health, Life   |  4 Comments  | Author:     bio

When my beautiful mother suffered an insidious stroke that led to her death thirteen months later, my life crumbled. I found myself immediately enrolled in the School of Hard Knocks for a graduate degree in desolation. This event pushed me into the role of caregiver for my much-loved mother as she approached the end of …more

Is our moral fabric fraying? Moving right along into 2018

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018   5:08 pm |  Category:   Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

For months I’ve been ruminating about what to write next. Here it is the beginning of 2018—and as my niece posted on Facebook, “Two thousand seventeen has been a long decade.” That leads me to my problem. Where could I begin? Where would it end? Why bother? I’m just one person. What can I do? …more

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams: My Road to Success

Saturday, January 13th, 2018   12:04 pm |  Category:   Life   |  2 Comments  | Author:     bio

I retired. Then I got to work. I took a writing class and began writing. This was well after I was collecting social security. Maybe what you are about to read will inspire you to write. Or to pursue your dream. It’s never too late. I hope my success motivates you.   You’ve never heard …more

Happy Ending Massage

Saturday, January 6th, 2018   12:11 am |  Category:   Humor, Life   |  3 Comments  | Author:     bio

I never thought it would happen to me, but here I was in Vietnam with a big smile on my face as my massage concluded!   I love massages, but rarely treat myself to this luxury back in the States as they are so ridiculously overpriced. I mean, $100 an hour – seriously? It’s not …more

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

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