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My blog talks about the second half of life, once the children start leaving the nest.
God’s Hands
2023-02-04 14:20
Are you passing on love or passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. The post God’s Hands appeared first on Adulting: Second- Half Read More
2023-02-03 15:19
Friends, I don’t have it in me right now to do one of my traditionally frivolous Friday posts. I know that “the show must go on,” but I’m not a good faker. I never… Read More
Let It Work
2023-02-02 14:11
credit: @woofknight, TwitterYesterday morning I woke up grumpy. Nothing inspired me, nothing interested me and nothing really held my attention. Some of my friends said that the blog pos… Read More
The Gift Of Song
2023-01-31 14:56
I read this quote the other day and I thought that it was one of the most beautiful, “true” quotes which I have read in a long time. (and you know that I love quotes) How many b… Read More
What Should I Wear?
2023-01-28 15:04
@SketchyWolf_13 (Twitter)I met a friend for lunch yesterday at the highest end shopping mall in our city. It’s a mall that has a huge Neiman Marcus as one of its anchor stores. All o… Read More
2023-01-27 13:32
I’ve cut right to the chase today with my favorite for this Friday! My regular readers know that Fridays on the blog are for sharing my favorite stuff in life – books, games, mo… Read More
2023-01-26 14:28
I was intimidated the other day when I came in for my appointment with a Stretch Lab trainer whom I had never met before. She sported a grey crew cut hair style and she was “cut&rdquo&hell…Read More
2023-01-25 13:19
If you ever lose/displace something, I have a full proof way to find the said item. It doesn’t involve retracing your steps, a Tile, St. Anthony, a pendulum or a psychic (although in… Read More
2023-01-24 14:57
Last night my husband and I watched the sweetest little documentary called Good Night Oppy. It was a lovely, delightful watch before going to sleep. Good Night Oppy is about the Mars Explo… Read More
I See You
2023-01-21 13:41
Yesterday afternoon I did something for myself that I have been pondering doing for a long, long time. But it always got put on the back burner. Part of it was probably fear (why rock the b… Read More
There’s A Theme Here, Friday
2023-01-20 12:39
Today’s Favorite: credit: @woofknight Kidding, not kidding. Does this really exist? Happy Friday!! Happy Favorite Things Friday! On Fridays, I stick to the frivolous stuff in… Read More
2023-01-19 14:52
I was reminded of Maya Angelou’s great wisdom the other day, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” We sometimes think that these wisdoms only apply to our int… Read More
Wednesday’s Whimsies
2023-01-18 15:08
Are you passing on love or are you passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. Things which I’ve been pondering in this new year: + Usually the traits that you can’… Read More
2023-01-17 00:09
The younger generations often say, “Go touch grass,” to their friends whom they perceive are spending too much time online, and not experiencing their time in “the real wor… Read More
2023-01-14 15:25
This is one of the Christmas presents one of my sons got for me. They are called “complimentary pens.” I adore them. First of all, I must confess that I’m a pen hoarder/… Read More
Mushie Friday
2023-01-13 13:17
credit:@Rollinon31sRIP – Lisa Marie Presley I’ve come to the realization that I’ve accelerated to the age when about once a week, our society is losing someone who was… Read More
A Little Dab Of Stoicism
2023-01-12 15:12
” . . . serenity and stability are results of your choices and judgment, not your environment. If you seek to avoid all disruptions to tranquility – other people, external event… Read More
2023-01-11 13:05
“I thought I was going to be queen of Monaco even though someone else did it. [Laughter] But I had these giant ideas. And then you get older and, oh, s*** is going to happen. And, Mike… Read More
2023-01-10 13:53
+ I’m relatively new to the iPhone and the thing that I could do without is Siri’s attitude. When I say, “Hey Siri”, she says “Um-hmm” in a tone that I… Read More
2023-01-07 15:23
Are you passing on love or are you passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. I was part of a discussion yesterday, at one of our local adorable boutique stores. We were having a… Read More
Mysterious Friday
2023-01-06 14:11
“Their hotel-worker guide explains to them that it’s called a Testa di Moro. He explains, ‘The story is a Moor came here a long time ago and seduced a local girl. But then… Read More
Ring Ring
2023-01-05 13:48
In Indonesia, the words for “thank you” are “terima kasih,” which, if you translate them literally, mean “accept love for what it is.”– Tamalia Alis… Read More
2023-01-04 14:49
Over the holidays, I was talking to a woman whom I went to college with, who works as a lawyer in her father’s law practice. Her father is in his eighties. She said to me that she qu… Read More
Scars And Wounds
2023-01-03 14:37
gentle reminder from my elders this morning, “Remember to speak from the scar, not the wound” [email protected], Twitter As an emotional fire sign, who can turn into a fire-breath… Read More
2022-12-31 14:58
This moment has nothing to do with the last one unless you choose the past to continue.  ~ Alan Cohen Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: T… Read More
On The Road Again
2022-12-28 13:04
Before writing this post, I went to Twitter and I looked up “Southwest” expecting to find some really funny, snarky memes that I planned to share on the blog. Instead, the first… Read More
2022-12-24 15:46
Merry Christmas Eve. I hope that this finds you well, and warm, and in good spirits. This time of year is a big time of reflection for us, isn’t it? The world slows down, just a lit… Read More
Freezing Friday
2022-12-23 14:50
@woofknight, Twitter As a woman who grew up in Pittsburgh, PA (RIP – Franco Harris – a true Pittsburgh great, in every sense of the word), and then spent most of her adult lif… Read More
2022-12-22 15:03
“Expecting to be happy all the time is a root cause of much unhappiness.” – Dr. Nicole LePera Expectations will always getcha, right? A wise person once told me to &ldq&hell…Read More
2022-12-21 14:08
I had my first child when I was age 25 and we kept on going, every two years or so, until we had our four children. A big family keeps you hoppin’. Many times over the years people w… Read More
2022-12-20 15:04
Few people talk about the grief that comes after ending toxic relationships. Intellectually, we know it’s for the best, but we also have suffered a deep loss many don’t understan… Read More
2022-12-17 13:40
Last night, our middle son showed us something on the internet called “ChatGPT”. It’s an artificial intelligence that appears to make Siri seem like an inexperienced child… Read More
Stretch Out Friday
2022-12-15 23:27
(And Yay!, It’s My Birthday!!) Hi readers and friends. We have a lot going on in our family right now. After a long, protracted, difficult decline, my mother-in-law passed on yesterd… Read More
2022-12-15 14:26
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there&rs&hell…Read More
2022-12-14 13:29
The mind craves information, which is interesting. The soul craves inspiration, which is crucial.~ Alan CohenI don’t plan on tying in the quote above to my writing today. I just… Read More
2022-12-13 14:54
I always tend to get a little frustrated at this time of year. This time of year is also around my birthday, and so my juices really get flowing, thinking about what I want in the new year… Read More
2022-12-10 15:48
****Happy Birthday, to my blue-eyed (yes, they’re blue!) baby. Your intelligence, truthfulness, humor, and resilience has me in awe, always. I’m so proud of you and excited for… Read More
Feel Good And Figa Friday
2022-12-09 13:30
Below is the feel good video of the season, in my mind. It’s my favorite holiday video that I’ve seen so far. You know that this little girl is deeply loved. (and she knows it… Read More
Full Moon
2022-12-08 13:14
credit: @STONEHENGE, TwitterWe experienced an absolutely gorgeous full moon last night, didn’t we? It’s the last full moon of 2022. It is said that full moons are an excellent… Read More
2022-12-07 14:26
I am an ardent fan of this new season of The White Lotus. Sunday’s finale can’t come soon enough, even with everything that I need to be getting done this week. If you are sque… Read More
An Early Gift
2022-12-06 15:21
How’s everyone doing this holiday season? As I say to my family, “I’m taking your temperature. How does it read?” I’m doing alright. I find that I am only a… Read More
2022-12-03 14:17
Years ago, our middle son played on a travel soccer team with a lot of the same boys year after year. One of the players he played with was an extra-tall, sturdy, solid, brilliant young man… Read More
2022-12-02 13:19
Happy Friday!! Happy Best Day of the Week!! On Fridays, I discuss the “stuff of life” – books, products, beauty items, food items, what-have-yous, ect – the literal… Read More
2022-12-01 14:31
I read an excellent article by Karen Nimmo this morning. She writes that when deciding what we want in 2023, we should ask ourselves this question: “What do I want to do differently… Read More
2022-11-30 15:09
“To me, age is really just a number, some kind of label. I feel more like an ageless soul in an aging body. And it’s all okay.” – Hilde, age 58 from the book, And B… Read More
2022-11-29 14:34
“Boundaries aren’t only for what people do to you, what about what you do to yourself? What about behaviors you have that keep harming you, what about habits that destroy your me… Read More
2022-11-26 15:08
Hi friends. I slept in. I am fatigued. This year has been full of big changes for our own family and for those whom we love, and I think that this is all catching up on me right now. So… Read More
Happy Thanksgiving
2022-11-24 13:38
Thanksgiving is the comfort food of holidays. Thanksgiving is warm slippers, a hot mug of coffee, non-glitzy, down-to-earth, deep sigh of relief, wholesome goodness. Thanksgiving is a cozy… Read More
2022-11-23 13:21
I haven’t been a wonderful aunt. I love our nieces and our nephews, but I haven’t been a vital part of any of their lives. I’ve sent cards and gifts and loved on them dur… Read More
2022-11-19 16:36
When you are experiencing someone who is at the ending days of their life, it makes you remember to try not to live your life focused on the trivial stuff. When you see someone who is closi… Read More
Factful Friday
2022-11-18 17:31
Good morning, friends!! It has been quite a morning here. Unfortunately my website crashed, and I am out-of-town visiting a family member who is very ill, and I am currently in a different… Read More
2022-11-17 00:25
I went to my annual OB/GYN appointment yesterday. That was fun. Ha! My gynecologist is a lovely young woman with a three-year-old child who is already ready to sit on Santa’s lap th… Read More
2022-11-16 14:32
On the way to see our children at their university last weekend, my husband and I stopped at a Dunkin Doughnuts. We had to use the restroom (of course we did – we are in our fifties)… Read More
2022-11-15 15:27
Word for the day: Ambedo The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows describes ambedo as this: n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details&mdas&hell…Read More
College Days
2022-11-12 13:10
We are visiting our youngest two children at their shared university this weekend. It’s the last home football game of my youngest son’s senior year in college. We’re onl… Read More
2022-11-10 14:34
A friend recently confessed that lately she feels like she doesn’t want to be a parent anymore. It was over a text, but I imagine if “the confession” had been in person, s… Read More
2022-11-09 13:59
I have to get out early this morning for some appointments, so today, I am going to share some gems, from one of my treasure troves of other people’s thoughts which have sparked though… Read More
2022-11-08 14:14
i absolutely need to have an italian baby who gesticulates with the passion of a 64 year old sicilian man— levy (@1929stockcrash) November 6, 2022This is a… Read More
2022-11-05 13:10
Are you passing on love or are you passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. I watched a fascinating interview with Jennifer Coolidge, an actress, who at the age of 61, is at the… Read More
2022-11-04 13:10
Good morning! Happy Friday! On Fridays, I discuss the frivolous stuff of life only. I discuss my favorite things, or songs, or products, or foodstuff, or TV shows, etc. I’m feeling… Read More
2022-11-03 12:29
I saw or read something recently that has stuck with me. I have been using this “question/tool” a lot to motivate myself and my family. This morning, I tried to see who to cre… Read More
2022-11-02 14:00
“I hated what I was actually about to say, but I had to say it. I said: “You know what, Craig? It doesn’t do what we all thought it would. It doesn’t fix anythi… Read More
2022-11-01 13:41
“If you listen closely, when people give advice they’re actually talking to younger versions of themselves.” – Dr. Nicole LaPerla One of my horoscopes today talked… Read More
2022-10-29 13:28
Happy 28th wedding anniversary to my best friend, my lover, my favorite person in the world. I treasure everything which we have created together – most specifically our family and th… Read More
Friday Travels Of The Mind
2022-10-28 13:39
-Jonah LehrerGood morning! You woke up to the best day of the week. Fridays are fabulous. On Fridays, I don’t discuss anything serious. I keep it light and fun. On Fridays, I disc… Read More
2022-10-27 12:48
Yesterday, my son and I met a famous man in a little, off the beaten path, Indian restaurant in New York City. I recognized the star right away as he was already seated with some adult fami… Read More
2022-10-26 13:26
I grew up in the northeast/midwest, but I have spent most of my adult life living in the south. Northeasterners often have the unfortunate reputation for being rude/abrupt/curt, etc., but t… Read More
2022-10-25 11:16
I was twenty-five when I had my first child. He went everywhere with his two young parents – weddings galore, hiking adventures when he was just a couple months old in a colorful baby… Read More
No Baloney, Benoni
2022-10-22 01:07
I was reading an article about black/white thinking and about how many times we humans have the tendency to see things as all good or all bad. We have a tendency as humans to use words like… Read More
Frisky Friday
2022-10-21 13:03
Yay! It’s Friday!!! It’s the best day of the week. How are you feeling? Things are a lot cooler here lately. It makes everyone “frisky”. So today, we’ll j… Read More
Thursday’s Thoughts
2022-10-20 14:11
+ We wonder why there are so many crazies/narcissists/self-interested/self-impressed weirdos in leadership positions in our politics and other institutions in our society and the reason is… Read More
2022-10-19 13:58
Are you passing on love or are you passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. This quote is a good one to remember during Halloween’s “scary season.” I always te… Read More
Dumping Grounds
2022-10-18 14:02
I read something the other day that made me turn red with self-recognition, and I was completely by myself. The article talked about “emotional dumping” and “spreading you… Read More
Monday-Funday (Wicked, Part 3)
2022-10-17 12:56
Hilda: Zelda, I have told you time and time again to stay away from those Boos Cruises. They dish out some potent potions. Zelda (muffled): Silly Hildy, I’m just playing “… Read More
2022-10-15 14:21
“People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoni… Read More
Friday Vacation Spot
2022-10-14 12:29
“We are all here on this planet, as tourists, as it were. None of us can live here forever. The longest we might live is a hundred years. So while we are here we should try to have a g… Read More
2022-10-13 13:44
“To see someone move through the world as a woman feeling very comfortable saying what she thinks – perfectly beloved and polite and wonderful in every way, but say what she thin… Read More
Uniquely You
2022-10-12 13:37
RIP – Angela Lansbury (Darn, we’ve really lost some good ones lately, haven’t we?) On a positive, hopeful note, Angela Lansbury was days before turning 97-years-old. Lo… Read More
Today You Are A Centaur
2022-10-11 13:18
“The basic needs of life are often taken for granted. Not by you. Your life is good because you don’t wait for a loss to appreciate the miracle of such things as breath, water, f… Read More
2022-10-08 14:18
Friends and I were having a discussion about different frustrations going on in our lives. I blurted out “That’s why it is so hard trying to be healthier in a world that mostly… Read More
Put A Ring On It Friday
2022-10-07 12:20
Happy Friday!! Happy Best Day of the Week!! On Fridays, I don’t think deeply (thus, I don’t write about deep or meaningful things). Or if I do, I quickly shut it down. Here o… Read More
2022-10-06 14:18
I read an excellent thread on Twitter this morning written by Daniel Blackmon (@UncleRedLeg), who, in his own words, is this: “Army COL, Field Artillery Junkie, husband, dad, lifter an… Read More
2022-10-05 12:39
RIP – Loretta Lynn This loss really got to me yesterday, although I think that a peaceful death, in the homestead that you love, after 90 years of exuberantly loving life, is a lovel… Read More
2022-10-04 13:09
credit: Think Smarter, TwitterThere are so many things vying for our attention and energy these days. And we give it away so freely and easily, as if we have endless stores of it (even tho… Read More
2022-10-01 12:41
It’s almost cruel how beautiful it is here, now that Hurricane Ian has passed. The storm seems to have brought in the cooler, lovely fall weather with it, in one fell swoop. It&rsquo&hell…Read More
What A Week Friday
2022-09-30 12:14
I hope that by reading my daily blog, you get a little taste of what it’s like to live through a hurricane. There are several days before the hurricane of anticipation, concerns, worr… Read More
A Letter
2022-09-29 13:16
Dear Friends and Readers, We are fine. We are so lucky. We really dodged a bullet in my town. We never even lost power at our home. I still am pinching myself in disbelief. Our only… Read More
What’s Missing?
2022-09-28 13:00
credit: @RespectfulMemes, TwitterHi friends. We’re still standing here. There are no power outages yet, just steady rain. It’s probably too early to tell, but we may have dod… Read More
2022-09-27 12:36
It’s a super strange feeling, anticipating a hurricane. You get plenty of warning – almost too much warning. The anticipation is killer. I’m a “let’s just r… Read More
2022-09-24 14:36
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein “An expert is someone who is humble and disciplined enough to explore deeply for a long time. An expert… Read More
Mad Respect Friday
2022-09-23 13:21
John Cena has set a new record for most wishes granted through the Make A Wish Foundation. He has now granted 650 wishes to critically ill children — more than anyone else in history… Read More
2022-09-22 14:24
Good morning! Happy First Day of Fall! I had a little gut punch earlier this week. I walked into the Fresh Market and they had their cinnamon brooms up front. Every year since my daughte… Read More
2022-09-21 12:19
I am having some less than flattering self-awareness moments recently. First, someone was trying to schedule something with me and I started rattling off, “Well, I have a mammogram, a… Read More
Take It Soft
2022-09-20 14:47
I am having a rare case of writer’s block. I have my mind on too many things. I like this post made this morning by the Wise Connector on Twitter. It’s so easy to hone in on t… Read More
Stronger People
2022-09-17 13:59
Are you passing on love or are you passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. Yesterday I was driving my car and I was about to turn into a shopping center. Out of nowhere, anothe… Read More
Frizzle Sizzle Friday
2022-09-16 12:44
credit: @WakeUpPeople, TwitterFriday is wonderful. It is a day so full of relief, yet excitement and anticipation. Friday is full of the world’s most fabulous feelings, even though… Read More
Rug Bumps
2022-09-15 14:17
credit: @TrainingMindful, Twitter I don’t have much to write today. I am more in a pondering mood today. I do know that the meme above is true. It is an extremely difficult skil… Read More
2022-09-14 12:35
Are you passing on love or are you passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. Credit: @woofknight, at TwitterI’m at an IHOP this morning. I haven’t been to IHOP in fo… Read More
2022-09-13 13:52
Are you passing on love or are you passing on pain? Heal your pain and pass on love. My husband was giddy yesterday, talking about the football games that had happened over the weekend wi… Read More
2022-09-10 16:33
I’m sorry to be delayed with today’s post. I had a “slumber party” at the beach with one of my best friends from college and I just got home. We have known each oth… Read More

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