Midlife Dating: That Hot Feeling Isn’t Always Menopause

Nothing screams “pathetic loser” more than being a middle-aged divorcee alone at a festive party where beautiful couples are trading sloppy kisses and giggling like demented clowns. There’s not enough spiked punch in the world to soften the pain of pretending it doesn’t matter. Many of us graze along the buffet table hoping the crunch […]

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Escape the Angst! Join us for a Writing and Wellness Retreat Oct. 3-5

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-by-the-river-wellness-retreat-for-women-tickets-12677471659            Imagine a fun weekend in the mountains with other women who want to focus on fitness and writing while having fun! Retreat includes five meals, snacks, writing materials, cooking demonstrations, organized activities, workshops, accommodations, and free time. Certified fitness instructor and wellness coach Emily Nielsen and published author and syndicated blogger Elaine […]

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Celebrate the Empty Nest and Empty Plate

After decades of raising children and preparing them for the realities of the world, most middle-aged women are jubilant when their young adults are without a criminal record, gainfully employed, and off of the family nickel or teat. For us, the empty nest is a positive experience because our children are doing fine on their […]

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Midlife Cabernet: Go Hang a Banana

The world is smoldering toward catastrophic self-destruction, so it’s only sensible that I take a brief moment of clarity to offer this lovely tidbit of advice before the final tragic calamity ignites the end of civilization. If you want to appreciate form and function, escape chaos and crisis, and experience inner peace, you should hang […]

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Midlife Cabernet: What’s So Funny?

  http://youtu.be/p_oRsQX5i_A The words “Cook in your underwear” aren’t that funny. But in the context of a speech I gave last week to the Idaho Association of School Administrators, the phrase prompted 500 people to spontaneously laugh out loud. For a speaker and an incorrigible clown, it’s a delightful feeling to say a few words […]

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Granny Goes New-Age with Ancient Mantras

After my children grew up (way too quickly) and moved on to make the world a better place, I started a morning ritual of brewing a pot of coffee and reading the newspaper. Over the years, I’ve evolved so now I insert an instant pod of coffee into my coffeemaker and read online sources. That […]

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