Don’t Zen Me In

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The Zen philosophy of life is to live in the moment. Don't look behind you, don't look ahead - just exist in the now, this very minute, where you stand, sit or tumble. Live as if today was the last day of your life. Live life to the fullest and never let yourself fall into the trap of "what if" or "maybe someday." This doesn't work for me. … [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...]

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 inevitably say "just lie here and relax." Clearly, he doesn't understand. I don't … [Read more...]

Being Comfortable with the Quiet of an Empty Nest

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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 not fascinating - it's just that some days we run out … [Read more...]