The ABCs of Empty Nesting

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The college kids are heading back to their messy apartments or moving for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids? Other than when our children are born, there's no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our children leave home. It's a shock to the system - but there are good things about empty nesting, … [Read more...]

Manage Bladder Control with Depend

I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for #Depend. This is a #sponsored post; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Depend and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. Bladder control is no laughing matter - and laughing can be a serious matter if you are faced with incontinence on a regular basis. … [Read more...]

Three Years of Blogging – What I’ve Learned, What I’ve Done

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Indulge me as I celebrate 3 years of Empty House Full Mind. It's been amazing! On August 16 it will be 3 years since I wrote my first blog post. Three years, approximately 200,000 words. That's as many words as two and a half novels. I've written posts about everything from bullying to Broadway, from friendship to, of course, empty nesting. This post is number 239, which means … [Read more...]

Finding Your Way Back to You in the Empty Nest

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As the end of summer approaches, there's a large, collective sigh about to be heard among parents sending their children to college. Mingled with that collective sigh will be tears, "I love yous," and a million different ways of saying goodbye. Whether it's the first time they're leaving, or time for them to return to a dorm room or a student-friendly apartment, the homes … [Read more...]

How Neil Young Saved My Life

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Like most teenagers, I was passionate about music. Back when there were record players and 33 RPM albums with creatively rendered covers that opened like books, I collected and listened, read the liner notes and knew the words to hundreds of songs by heart. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and the Eagles were on my daily playlist. And then … [Read more...]