How Walking My Dog is Like Raising My Children

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My dog Lambeau is thrilled each time I take the leash out of the closet. He jumps up and down, leaping with the joyous anticipation of fresh air, new scents, puddles, grass and the mystery of the unknown. My babies would greet me each morning, standing in their cribs, their happy, toothless grins welcoming me,…

Searching for the New in an Empty Nest

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This is the first year I will not have any children starting school since 1992. The memory of dropping off my daughter for her first day of pre-school, my 3 month old baby boy in my arms, is so vivid. Everything in my life was brand new – my children, my home, my marriage, my minivan, my…

How Neil Young Saved My Life

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…

The Gifts of Adult Children

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There comes a day as a parent when the pendulum swings towards your child becoming a full-grown adult. The world tilts a little and the pendulum stays there, never returning to childhood again.   I look at my daughter’s face and see barely a whisper of the little girl who once reached for me with chubby hands and a…

How to Build a Comfortable Home After the Kids Have Gone

This is written in partnership with Jonathan Swain Your children have left the nest and are now living on their own. This is a big moment for parent and child, marking a period of profound change for both. Understandably, the thought of living without kids can be unnerving for parents. Everything from the kind of meals…

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Help From P&Geveryday

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Some days I just don’t get enough sleep. At midlife, in perimenopause, sleep is erratic and, it seems, never enough. There are nights when I awaken at 3:30 and know, without a doubt, that I won’t be going back to sleep again. I creep out of bed so as not to wake my snoring husband who will…

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…