Dear Bride: How Not to Talk to Your Groom

bridezilla, wedding, bride, groom, plane ride, eavesdropping, overheard conversation, real housewives of beverly hills, midlife, empty nest, baby boomer

On a plane ride home from Dallas this weekend, I was seated next to a young couple, who it turns out were engaged. Seated barely 12 inches from them, it was hard not to overhear their conversation, and of course once I got the gist of it I couldn't stop listening...it was like a reality show, only live. Bride was berating groom because apparently he wanted to have his family … [Read more...]

The Art of Parenting

bill cosby, parenting, raising children, family, being a parent, imperfection, learning, knowing how to parent, how to raise children, midlife, empty-nest, baby boomer, facebook, inspiration

Yesterday I posted this photo on my Facebook page: It was seen and shared over 2000 times. Apparently it struck a nerve. I take no credit for the sentiment - that would go to Dr. Bill Cosby, comedian and philosopher extraordinaire. I do know, however, that no truer words about parenting have ever been spoken. There is no right way to raise your children. There is … [Read more...]

My Son Heard Gunshots at a Party #louderthanguns

deaths by guns, gun deaths by state, violence and guns, Arizona gun laws, gun control

Sometimes it seems to me that Arizona is the last of the wild west, especially when it comes to guns. As a state with virtually no regulations on gun possession or purchases and a very angry sheriff running it's most populous county ,  Arizona is a powder keg, combining the population's love of firearms with a "get out of my town" mentality that is difficult to understand when … [Read more...]

My Vibrant Earth Juice Cleanse

Juice cleanse, vibrant earth juice, jill latham, juicing, 3 day juice fast, midlife, empty nest, baby boomer

Back in December, in the midst of what I call "the eating season," I was contacted about trying out a juice cleanse to review for my blog. Feeling the weight of too many cookies and too little exercise, I immediately said yes - and when I mentioned it to my husband, he decided he'd give it a try, too. Vibrant Earth Juices sent us a 3 day supply for our cleanse - a first for … [Read more...]

Why Manti Te’o’s Virtual Relationship is Not the Norm

manti te'o, virtual relationships, online relationships, generation fabulous, midlife, empty nest, baby boomers, facebook, twitter

The story of Manti Te'o and how he was duped -or we were- has captured the attention of this country. Eventually we'll all hear what really happened, whether he perpetrated a hoax to make himself seem more sympathetic or whether he was the victim of a horribly cruel scam by some very mean girls. However, just because Te'o's true love turned out to be nothing more than an avatar … [Read more...]