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Finding Your Way Back to You in the Empty Nest


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…

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

Read the article: 8 Great Ways to Beat Fatigue

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…

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…

25 Ways You Know You Were a Parent in the 90’s

For those of us who became parents in the 1990’s, there are things that we experienced that young parents of today will never understand. Like how devastating it could be when a VCR tape broke. Or when a roll of film was over-exposed and none of the pictures from your kid’s birthday party came out….

Is Middle Age a Narcissistic Wound?

At middle age, we all face the fact that our place in the world is evolving as we get older and our bodies and faces change.  Narcissists are confronted with the decline of their sense of importance  in the world and the fading of their good looks in a way that can be particularly devastating to…

The Night I Became a Teenager – the Beatles and Saturday Night Live

In the fall of 1975 I went to a birthday party.  It was a time when we were quite impressed with ourselves, my friends and I. We had the right clothes – overalls and carpenter pants, Frye boots and Huck-a-Poo shirts, and we were, for the most part, unsupervised most of the time, free to…

Blessed Over Stressed – Battling Anxiety and Depression

I didn’t make any resolutions this year – I know better than that. They don’t work for me. What I posted on Facebook about my New Year’s resolutions (because everyone else was doing it) was this tongue-in-cheek statement: For 2014 I resolve to do everything better, faster, with less calories, less money, in the moment,…

9 Reasons My Marriage Shouldn’t Work – and One Reason it Does

  Last month, my husband and I celebrated the 26th anniversary of the day we met. By celebrate I mean we completely forgot about it. Since we’ve known each other for 26 years,  I’ve known him  for more of my life than I haven’t. It didn’t take long after we met for us to decide…

Is it Worth the Money?

This post is co-written with  my good friend Lisa Heffernan of Grown and Flown, where she writes with Mary Dell Harrington.    In the weeks between tossing out the turkey carcass and dragging the Christmas tree to the curb, the average American family is expected to spend $740 on gifts in this brief, intense shopping period….

Why Housework Matters

An op-ed piece in the Sunday, December 8, 2013 edition of The New York Times entitled “The Case for Living in Filth”  about the role men and women play in the management of the home is most certainly going to be the trigger for many discussions among groups of women and married or cohabiting couples….