About a Guy I Once Knew

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He was that guy. In the history of guys, he was the guy every girl has known. Some girls even marry that guy, but not many. By the time that guy gets ready to settle down, he’s no longer that guy. He’s mellower, older, a little tired. But my guy, who was that guy ……

A Life Well-Lived and a Place Well-Loved

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Last week Ray Alpert, a man who was a community leader in the city of Long Beach, CA and a shining example of the change philanthropy can make, passed away at the age of 87. Though I didn’t know him well, I had the pleasure of talking with him on a few occasions, and he…

Open a New Door – To Italy

After 25 years of marriage my husband and I finally went on our dream vacation – 2 weeks in Italy. We had never been on a long trip like this, and I had only been to England once, with a 12-hour visit to Paris, so this was a really big deal for me. Never a…

Why My Bladder Hates When I Sneeze

I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for Depend. I am receiving a fee for posting; 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. I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I sneeze, I…

Katie Couric, the Empty Nest and Me

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Three years ago when I started blogging about the empty nest I had no idea what I was doing. I had given up on finding a job after a year of searching, and wanted to start writing – something I’d always loved to do. I never imagined the people, opportunities and experiences my blog would…

My Life as a Blogger – on the Blog Tour

I was flattered to be asked to join the blog tour, where bloggers discuss their writing process, by Bonnie Frank of Lady Blogger. Bonnie is a real go-getter who is organizing a conference in 2015, and writes about parenting, education and more. Though I’m not sure whether my writing process is all that interesting (like…

I’m Going to Be on The Katie Couric Show!

Guess where I’ll be on Wednesday, June 4? I’ll be a guest on The Katie Show!     The topic is “When Children Leave the Nest.” If you’re getting ready for the empty nest, or if you just want to see me on television, be sure to set your DVR to record or watch the…

The BoomShop – A Boomer Shopping Site

There are thousands of places to shop online, and I have visited nearly every one of them. As a passionate bargain hunter, I’m always in search of new and different destinations to get my fix of online shopping. So when TheBoomshop.com asked me to take a look at their site and do a little shopping,…

You Never Know. How Did We Get Here?

I woke up last Saturday morning to hear that 7 people had been murdered and many others seriously injured in a mass murder in the college town of Isla Vista, outside of Santa Barbara. I immediately thought of my friends children who go there – were they ok? Thankfully they are. I spent many fun weekends…

Being Comfortable with the Quiet of an Empty Nest

One of the most challenging things when your kids leave home is being comfortable with the quiet of an empty nest. Despite a fundamentally good marriage, there are hours…days…sometimes longer when my husband and I don’t have much to say to each other. It’s not that he’s not interesting – and it’s certainly not that I’m…