My Guilty Pleasure – at 25% Off

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Today, I indulged myself in my guiltiest of pleasures.  I planned for days to enjoy my hours of pure, unfettered enjoyment, with no fear of being caught, no laws being broken, my health intact - and, if I was very lucky, not too much money being lost. Today I went shopping.   I know, you're probably thinking this is no big deal - or maybe you're thinking I'm a … [Read more...]

I Read, Therefore I Am – Chapter 2

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I confess, I haven't been very enthused about the books I've read recently.  It's been pretty disappointing for me, as I always like to have a book in progress.  There were a few books that I was especially excited about this fall, and a few just didn't work for me. First up was "The Night Circus" by Julie Morgenstern.  I don't know why it didn't hold my interest, but I … [Read more...]

12 Things to Love About Being an Empty Nester

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Eventually, all parents become empty nesters, whether it’s when the kids leave for college, work, marriage, or other pursuits. Suddenly, your home is no longer the place where your children live. Though it takes some adjusting, patience and creativity, being an empty-nester can be an exciting and rejuvenating time in a person’s life. 1. Your house is clean Gone is the … [Read more...]

How Did We Ever Get Through College? A Boomer’s Lament

Last night, I was talking with my daughter Katie, a senior in college.  We were chatting about the tv shows she'd been watching - and she mentioned the fact that she didn't have a DVR. WELL!  Can you imagine?  No DVR in college?  It got me thinking about all the things I didn't have back when I was in college, in the ancient times of 1979-1983.  Not that I knew any better - … [Read more...]

Landing the Helicopter and Loving my Son

LANDING THE HELICOPTER and LOVING MY SON

He's had an easy life, but his life hasn't been easy. Do I contradict myself?  Not really.  While we gave him every bit of support, love, and encouragement two parents could give, our son has had challenges in his 19 years that, for better or worse, complicated things.  They may be no more or less difficult than what other children go through, but somehow we believed he was … [Read more...]