Sailing Away on Her Last Spring Break

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 Note: This post was written 3 years ago, during my daughter's senior year in college. How can it be? How is it possible that my little girl is nearly done with college, and setting sail on a cruise through the Caribbean for her final spring break…ever? How can she be nearly twenty-two…wasn’t I just twenty-two a few minutes ago? I remember my big spring break trip – for … [Read more...]

Photographic Memory 2.0

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  Along with the zillions of other things that computers have changed and redesigned in our lives, one of the most pervasive is the art of the photograph. Once upon a time, the process of taking, developing, labeling and archiving photos was a labor-intensive and tactile process. There was some mystery to it all - we didn't know how the photos would turn out, whether … [Read more...]

Insomnia at Midlife – When the Mind Is At Its Sharpest

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A hot (no pun intended) topic among my midlife friends is insomnia, which goes hand-in-hand with hot flashes, headaches, irritability, weight gain, and so many other symptoms that come and go as we sometimes blindly find our way through the haze of perimenopause and menopause. Insomnia is the most disruptive of all the symptoms, it seems. A conversation with some of my … [Read more...]

Remembering Firsts, Missing Lasts

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We talk a lot about the firsts in our lives – first loves, first jobs, our babies' first steps and first words. Firsts are noted and momentous – photos taken, dates recorded. Firsts are the exciting beginning of whatever comes next – the first day of school offers the possibility of  good grades, new friends and new opportunities. The first date…well, that’s the ultimate first … [Read more...]