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…

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…