Grandma’s Prayer Book

Did you ever think about the powerless feeling of being confined to a nursing home? I didn’t think so. Most of us give as little thought as possible to this idea. Today my hairdresser told me this amazing story. Her husband’s grandmother was living in a nursing home, feeling very powerless, when an idea struck her. I’m not sure whose idea it was—maybe hers, maybe one of her children. She hit on...
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Living for the Kids?

Before I had grandchildren, it was hard to imagine how attached I would become to the little darlings (same for my kids actually). I liked other people’s kids and grandkids, but I could take them or leave them. Now that I have them, I can totally relate to “living for the kids”–grandkids, that is. For me, the grandkids, both in their presence and their absence, remind me of my own children and...
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Sic Transit Gloria Tuesday

Gloria Steinem is turning 80 on March 25. Remember Gloria (This is what 50 looks like)? Every decade she has repeated the mantra. And what do you suppose she is doing to celebrate this birthday? Did you say “Riding elephants in Botswana?” Well, you would be correct. Gloria has long been one of my idols. She has been beautiful at all ages, so articulate and always for the cause of women...
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Celebrate Today!

Do you have something to celebrate today? A birthday, a piece of good news or a special accomplishment? I hope you do. My life experience tells me you will live longer and be happier if you do. It isn’t easy learning to celebrate yourself, if you haven’t grown up believing you are worth celebrating. Nowadays, there is more of that going around, I think. Children are taught to think positively...
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Late Bloomers’ Perks

I’m a late bloomer. Are you? Let’s define that term. A late bloomer is a person who, to mix metaphors, climbs the ladder to the top (or even half-way to the top) and realizes that the ladder was leaning against the wrong structure the whole time. Just when you think you are where you need to be, some unmistakable sign appears and you know you must head down a different path. What’s in it for me,...
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We are all elders in the making

I have discovered an ambassador for those of us who are aging. Hmm, that pretty much includes everyone, doesn’t it? His name is Dr. Bill Thomas, and the above title is a direct quote from the video below. He describes what I have been calling third age, as second wind. You will understand a lot more about elderhood after you watch it. My hat is off to Dr. Thomas. A slower, deeper, more connected...
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Never Too Late To Bloom

Never Too Late To Bloom