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Older – A Flash Back to a Flash Piece

Older – A Flash Back to a Flash Piece

“Older,” a short piece of memoir writing was created nearly fourteen years ago. The senior center it refers to still exists, but our community has a newer and extremely large senior facility to accommodate a growing generation of Boomers and others oldsters. Nevertheless, it’s a fun memory from when I thought I was old.

Older

Vignettes on Aging – Encouragement

Vignettes on Aging – Encouragement

“Encouragement can provide people with strength to look ahead, move forward, and reach for the next goal. The whole emotional tone

Memory Loss Down Memory Lane

Memory Loss Down Memory Lane

Can’t remember where you put your keys. sunglasses, or phone? Forgetting what you came into the room for? Avoiding an

Grateful Warrior

Grateful Warrior

The search for the joy of aging gratefully is ever-present.

I visualize a basket, a cornucopia of sorts, overflowing with

Lives Winding Down

Lives Winding Down

In my recent effort to find and bring more comfort into my life, a few weeks ago, I shared a

Vignettes on Aging – Ambivert

Vignettes on Aging – Ambivert

My youth was characterized by an outgoing, annoyingly loud personality. Many considered me forthright, mostly blunt. You knew what to

The Comfort of Kindness

The Comfort of Kindness

I don’t know about you but these days I’m looking for things that comfort me. Not food or booze so

Listening With Dignity

Listening With Dignity

In a recent episode of Kelly Corrigan’s PBS program, Tell Me More, the topic was listening with dignity. Kelly interviewed

Vignettes on Aging – Mistakes

Vignettes on Aging – Mistakes

As the wildfire grew closer to the city limits, it became obvious that, unless the winds shifted, we’d be required

Walking to Wellness

Walking to Wellness

It’s a known fact that walking, just 15 minutes a day, can improve our health as we age. We’ve heard

Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light

Today I filled out my ballot for the upcoming primary election in June. Looking beyond the candidates, looking beyond the

Smashing the Crystal Ball

Smashing the Crystal Ball

It used to be that sociologists could predict most of the needs of an aging population based on its size

Human Connection

Human Connection

What Lies Ahead

Recent events, as well as the chaotic years leading up to now, lead me to believe that the

Vignettes on Aging – Boredom

Vignettes on Aging – Boredom


Even as a busy person, I can get bored from time to time   To me, boredom is not that

Gratitude: Science or Woo Woo?

Gratitude: Science or Woo Woo?

Hardly a day goes by where the word ‘gratitude’ or a part of its practice isn’t in our purview.

The Games People Play

The Games People Play

It’s easy to see the value of children playing games. Games teach kids to do all kinds of activities as

Investors in Hope

Investors in Hope

I’ve written about hope. In a post from 2019, I talked about it being timeless and having no constraints. Hope

Vignettes on Aging – Reassurance

Vignettes on Aging – Reassurance

We all have insecurities – regardless of age or background.

Many of us have insecurities related specifically to being older. We

Focus on Happiness

Focus on Happiness

The press has been reporting lately that we’re making a mistake focusing too much attention on happiness. It’s not in

What Does Being Old Mean to You?

What Does Being Old Mean to You?

Stereotypes would have us believe being old is any of the following: 

               ~over 30 years old
               ~forgetful
               ~resentful
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Let Your Response Define Your Future

Let Your Response Define Your Future

Clearly, we’re living in unprecedented times. You hardly need to be reminded of the back-to-back tragic events that have made

Vignettes on Aging – Modernization

Vignettes on Aging – Modernization

Modernization means change.

Change can often translate into chaos for older adults who are more set in their ways. We’ve finally

Cobwebs in the Letting Go Department

Cobwebs in the Letting Go Department

As we age, many of us downsize. Our children are grown and out of the house with jobs and families

Not Enough Time

Not Enough Time

My friend, Lauren, wrote recently with a concern:  “I’ve been feeling so stressed and fearful about not having enough time

Eleven Things I Know For Sure in 2022

Eleven Things I Know For Sure in 2022

2020 was awful. 2021 wasn’t much better. What happens in 2022 is mostly beyond my control.

While the world moves

Four Ways to Experience Joy in Our Later Years

Four Ways to Experience Joy in Our Later Years

One of the benefits of being older is that we’re wiser. Our life experiences have made us experts in myriad

Vignettes on Aging – Silence

Vignettes on Aging – Silence

Silence is my friend. I can count on silence to support my calm and creative times. While classical music, soft

The Backlash of Anger

The Backlash of Anger

There is no dignity in anger.

These are powerful words that might have saved me a lot of angst had I

Starting Anew With Forgiveness

Starting Anew With Forgiveness

I’ve opted out of New Year’s resolutions for many years. It’s always felt they were a pebble in my shoe

Playing It By Ear

Playing It By Ear

This title phrase is heard more and more these days.  

“What are you doing this weekend?”
“Where are you

Vignettes on Aging – Celebrate

Vignettes on Aging – Celebrate

We’re done. We’ve survived another holiday season. This season we saw a greater opening of activities and events than we

New Year, New Diet?

New Year, New Diet?

The New Year is traditionally when diet advertisers flood media with solutions to being fat. We get regaled with promises

Between

Between

The week between Christmas and New Years means different things to different people. For me, the activities during this week

The Gift of Grace

The Gift of Grace

There’s happiness and joy and fulfilling work. There are friends and loving family members and acquaintances that spark the best

On Doing More Than You Think You Can

On Doing More Than You Think You Can

Guest Post by Margaret Stortz

I am convinced that we are far more durable than we think we are. All

The Tenderness of Attention

The Tenderness of Attention

Nancy saved up for months to shower her granddaughter, Caroline, with the gifts and toys she knew she wanted. Living

Vignettes on Aging – Perspective

Vignettes on Aging – Perspective

When we’re young, it’s likely we view travel with enthusiasm and wonderment. We can strap on a backpack and head

Thanksgiving 2021

Thanksgiving 2021

This time of year is resplendent with gratitude and giving and love and sharing.
Gratitude is the cornerstone of giving

Life is Too Short for Bad Toilet Paper

Life is Too Short for Bad Toilet Paper

Can you relate? I bought a humungous package of toilet paper which cost nearly $20, and it turned out to

Elder Advice

Elder Advice

Whenever I see questions or statements about “old age” on social media, I follow the thread and see what the

Getting Your Doctorate Degree in Post Prime Aging (DDPPA)

Getting Your Doctorate Degree in Post Prime Aging (DDPPA)

I’m a beginner at getting old. That doesn’t mean I’m young old. I’m on the cusp of old old traditionally

Vignettes on Aging – Civility

Vignettes on Aging – Civility

Do you cringe every time you see a social media post that turns into a huge attack on the people who

Ever Too Much Love? – Guest Blog by Margaret Stortz

Ever Too Much Love? – Guest Blog by Margaret Stortz

We could ask… Can there ever be too much love brought to a heart that is broken because of loss…

Are You Caught Up, or Do You Have More Work to Do?

Are You Caught Up, or Do You Have More Work to Do?

I’m caught up on knee jerk reactions.
I’m caught up on wasting time with negative people.
I’m caught up on

Widening My Downsizing Habit

Widening My Downsizing Habit

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve downsized. My living quarters are much smaller, and I have a lot fewer possessions. I’ve

Vignettes on Aging – Elder Admiration

Vignettes on Aging – Elder Admiration

Ask Google to identify the most dynamic senior citizens of our time and you’ll get a detailed list, with pictures,

Right Where You Are

Right Where You Are

Yesterday afternoon I complained to a friend via e-mail about my morning’s work which included gathering financial information to give

Take Care

Take Care

It’s true that we become more fragile as we age. Both our physical capabilities and mental acumen deteriorate over time

Feng Shui Your Mind

Feng Shui Your Mind

This is the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of feng shui:

feng shui

/ˌfeNG ˈSHo͞oē/

noun

(in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern
Vignettes in Aging – Intimacy

Vignettes in Aging – Intimacy

When we think of intimacy, we think of partners, that person we wish to be intimate with. Intimacy is a

The Value of Something Small

The Value of Something Small

When you appreciate someone, something about them, something they create or the way they make you feel good, if you

Input/Output

Input/Output

What you put out as the experience of your life is what you’ve put in to create that experience. If

Travel Safely

Travel Safely

What’s the age when a senior citizen should stop driving? Obviously, that’s a subjective question. I’ve known a couple of senior

Vignettes in Aging – Tears

Vignettes in Aging – Tears

Crying is one of the most powerful forms of communication. The tears crying produces speak to others and they speak

What Are You Good At?

What Are You Good At?

Beating myself up for my mistakes is an art form, and I’ve perfected it over the years. Judging from conversations with

Who’s Afraid of Fear?

Who’s Afraid of Fear?

Do you feel more fear lately or do you experience a stronger sense of conquering it in most aspects of your

Enhancing Your Later Years With ‘Flow’

Enhancing Your Later Years With ‘Flow’

What is it? Do I have it? Can I get more of it? These are all questions I asked myself when

Vignettes in Aging – Independence

Vignettes in Aging – Independence

Independence to an older person is often very different than it is to a young or middle-aged person. There is

Ways to Improve Well-Being Now or Anytime

Ways to Improve Well-Being Now or Anytime

How are you doing? Fine? Better than fine?  Or perhaps worse?

It’s said that how you’re doing and how you feel

Do-Overs

Do-Overs

If given the opportunity, are there parts of your life you’d do over?

To indulge in a daydream of “What-ifs” doesn’t

Robots for You?

Robots for You?

The animatronic age has passed me by. There’ll be no robot assistants or food servers in my house. I’m positive of

Actions That Define You

Actions That Define You

It’s a foregone conclusion that telling someone they aren’t good enough is hurtful to them. It also goes without saying

The Decadence of a Delicious Doze

The Decadence of a Delicious Doze

This post comes on the heels of a nap day. That’s right, I had a mid-morning nap and it sort

Charting Your Future

Charting Your Future

Remember when you were 15 or 16 and, for the first time, you asserted yourself on personal taste and choices

Vignettes in Aging – Waiting

Vignettes in Aging – Waiting

What are you waiting for?

We’ve all gotten advanced degrees in waiting these past 14 months, haven’t we? We’ve been

Making the Most of It

Making the Most of It

If you could write a book about how to thrive in an uncertain world, it’d be a best seller for sure.

Detox

Detox

You may not agree, but I think cleanses or detoxes aren’t necessary for good health. If I want to clean

Therapy — Investing in You

Therapy — Investing in You

Talk therapy can be life-changing. Talking to a therapist provides a safe place to work through issues that are bothering

Vignettes on Aging – Creativity

Vignettes on Aging – Creativity

Creative endeavors can add to the happiness of our elder years.

Being engaged in hands-on creative activities can improve motor skills, strengthen

Accomplishments, If Any

Accomplishments, If Any

For some people, their proudest moments during the pandemic are that they got up and out of bed each day.

Doors Opening

Doors Opening

I had been formulating my list of places to visit after COVID for a very long time. That’s how I

One Year

One Year

One year ago most of us began lockdown, and I was able to get my last professional haircut only because

Vignettes in Aging – Belonging

Vignettes in Aging – Belonging

Lines blur as we age, literally and metaphorically.

We belong in different places at different times in our lives. Where

The Message of Spring Begins Inside

The Message of Spring Begins Inside

For many, spring came early this year. A change in leadership, expanding vaccine distribution – shots in arms – blossomed,

Perchance to Sleep

Perchance to Sleep

Some people believe our sleep is less restorative as we age, that our REM cycles are shorter and more frequently disrupted.

After the Shot

After the Shot

I received my second COVID vaccine shot yesterday, and I am grateful.  A wave of emotions flowed through me as

Vignettes in Aging – Invisibility

Vignettes in Aging – Invisibility

There’s a great Kathy Bates movie where she’s walking through a department store and breezily swipes a tube of lipstick

Gratitude Later in Life, Much Later

Gratitude Later in Life, Much Later

Let’s begin at today.

It’s been a rough few years, and people my age are simultaneously patting themselves on the back

Good News/Bad News

Good News/Bad News

Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, or Independent, political news is not, at best, informative. Generally, it’s a rehash of what one

Feeling Comfortable Right Where You Are

Feeling Comfortable Right Where You Are

Phew! It’s been a year that we’ve been cooped up and unable to get out and spread our wings. Most of

Vignettes in Aging – Vulnerability

Vignettes in Aging – Vulnerability

Vulnerability is being open and exposed, taking chances. Vulnerability is saying:

“I’ll do it.”
“The truth is…” when what’s true for

What I Know For Sure In 2021

What I Know For Sure In 2021

As my 73rd birthday rounds the bend, I’ve been reflecting on where I’ve been in my personal happiness and growth and

Exhibiting Resilience

Exhibiting Resilience

Most older people handle things better than the younger generations.

While that’s a broad generalization, no apology for saying it will be

New Years 2021

New Years 2021

All year long, 2020 has been billed as the worst year ever! No one can recall a more horrid time

Vignettes in Aging – Generosity

Vignettes in Aging – Generosity

Here we are at the height of the giving/receiving season. Yes, it looks very different this year, but the concept

No More

No More

It’s time to get over it and move on. I did NOT say:  don’t care, don’t be involved, or don’t

PCC – Post COVID Consciousness

PCC – Post COVID Consciousness

At a recent holiday gathering on Zoom, Dr. Chris Michaels asked attendees what their plans were after COVID. You know, that

What Will Be Remembered

What Will Be Remembered

During the last year, it has felt like the entire world was at war. That’s not hyperbole.

It has been,

Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

A Thanksgiving like you’d never imagine. Will your festive dinner be shared with family and friends on Zoom or FaceTime

Eighth Anniversary

Eighth Anniversary

This past weekend, with nearly 500 posts online, The Joy of Aging Gratefully turned eight. The content, which has focused

A Week Later

A Week Later

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An Unalienable Right

An Unalienable Right

Today is all about voting. You’re going to see it wherever you turn: via conversations with friends and family,

Twenty-Four Hours

Twenty-Four Hours

Many of you join me in feeling weary and overwhelmed with all that is taking place in our country. The

Holding My Breath

Holding My Breath

In fourteen days, US citizens will be voting in the most contentious election in nearly a hundred years. In actuality,

Vignettes in Aging – Family

Vignettes in Aging – Family

In the last ten years I’ve been feeling sorry for myself about not having any members of my family of origin

Compromising

Compromising

Deep Divisions

We see the need for compromise everywhere. We also see the abyss that looms large between what I want or

The Fine Art of Nuance

The Fine Art of Nuance

We live in a binary world – a stark and shrinking world — of on-off, yes-no, black-white, good-bad, and left-right. Thinking

RBG – An Homage

RBG – An Homage

Regardless of party affiliation, there was lots to love and admire in Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She fought for the rights

Vignettes in Aging – Simplicity

Vignettes in Aging – Simplicity

In general, people aren’t great at simplifying their lives. Funny how sometimes the world simplifies it for us, like these

Senior Soul – What Feeds You?

Senior Soul – What Feeds You?

What makes you feel good? Do you have “go to” friends or activities that can ground you peaceably … quickly? When

Pollyanna

Pollyanna

Pollyanna = a blindly optimistic person.

Perhaps you’ve heard of a “positivity bias” or the “Pollyanna Principles.” Pollyanna always looked

Dark Night of the Soul

Dark Night of the Soul

If ever there was a more apt title for this period of time, it’s this one. I didn’t really know what

Vignettes in Aging – Place

Vignettes in Aging – Place

Where is that place that I can sit in the background but still be part of the celebration, part of

Back to School

Back to School

Is your life returning to normal? If so, how and by how much? While we seniors no longer have kids

Developing a Plan for the Rest of Your Life

Developing a Plan for the Rest of Your Life

Wouldn’t you agree that now is an outstanding time to re-evaluate everything in our lives?

We have everything we need

Going Everywhere

Going Everywhere

I’ve been traveling a lot lately.

And yet my suitcase remains safely stashed in the storage room, and my pet sitter’s face

Vignettes in Aging – Simplicity

Vignettes in Aging – Simplicity

As difficult as it may be to acknowledge right now, good things have come out of the current world upheaval.

Beware! The Danger of Conspiracy Theories

Beware! The Danger of Conspiracy Theories

The man charged through the front door of the restaurant and dodged diners as he ran to the back, into

A Positive Perspective is Possible

A Positive Perspective is Possible

One of my friends said recently in an e-mail, “If this is the hardest thing I face in my lifetime,

Freedom-ish

Freedom-ish

Last year at this time, during the days leading to July 4th, I was thinking of a much different freedom,

Three Ways to Feel Less Overwhelmed

Three Ways to Feel Less Overwhelmed

When I felt overwhelmed in my 20’s or 30’s, I would indulge in a cocktail before dinner or escape to

The Mighty Sword of Gratitude

The Mighty Sword of Gratitude

We can hold our breath until all that is happening around us passes. This too shall pass. It will pass,

Oooommmm – Four Ways to Remain Calm

Oooommmm – Four Ways to Remain Calm

All the serious issues facing us personally and as a nation are very unsettling. Being stressed in response to these

Vignettes in Aging – Stats

Vignettes in Aging – Stats

A grim milestone was reached last Wednesday:  100,000 deaths in the United States due to the coronavirus. We knew this

A Better Attitude in New Times

A Better Attitude in New Times

I’m like a balloon that loses its air over time. At first taut, all filled up with positivity and the

Generational Profiling

Generational Profiling

It’s been said that baby boomers have been blasé about the current pandemic. Oh, hell no! I don’t know a

I Read

I Read

What a bumbled mess it has been. Politicians’ egos preventing them from doing the right thing – over and over

Restocking Our Lives

Restocking Our Lives

Over the coming weeks and months as our world begins to return to its much-maligned hustle and bustle, we are going

A Little Comfort Goes a Long Way

A Little Comfort Goes a Long Way

I don’t know about you, but I sure miss hugging. My body craves that momentary connection with friends. Arms wrapped about

What Are We Meant to Do in This Time?

What Are We Meant to Do in This Time?

Seriously? I got nothing!

I sort of snapped when I read about the guy who ran a marathon in his apartment during

Nesting

Nesting

I’ve done more nesting these past weeks – making my spaces cozier, more enjoyable, and better organized – than at any

Hugging – Remember When?

Hugging – Remember When?

I’m hearing that when this deadly virus is a thing in our rearview mirrors, some of the lingering behavior adopted during

Fear – A Perspective

Fear – A Perspective

At this point in my life, I have known only a handful of people who were fearless. I have no

The New Normal

The New Normal

Patterns are beginning to develop.

Rod (one of only three people I’m allowing into my home these days) is coming over

Spring Is Springing

Spring Is Springing

Virus or not, spring arrives this coming Thursday, the 19th at 11:50 p.m. EDT. Without diminishing the global effects of

Ok, Boomer

Ok, Boomer

Before there was OK, Boomer, there was Don’t trust anyone over thirty.

OK, Boomer is something young people say to old

I Wish

I Wish

There are millions and millions of articles about aging adults who wish they’d done something different earlier in their life. We

Vignettes in Aging — Curiosity

Vignettes in Aging — Curiosity

“Why?”

“How do you feel about it?”

“Is that really true?”

“Why not?”

All good questions. Sometimes difficult questions because we’re afraid to answer, or

Keeping Your Wits

Keeping Your Wits

Feeling anxious because of the actions of people and entities you have little to no control over can be alarming.

Age in Politics

Age in Politics

We find ourselves at a time in history in which a significant majority of candidates currently running for president are

The Mind is Willing, But is the Body?

The Mind is Willing, But is the Body?

What do you do when the desire to do something is greater than the ability to actually execute the thing? This

Vignettes in Aging – Courage

Vignettes in Aging – Courage

It’s been said that courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you don’t have courage, you won’t have

Outside Your Comfort Zone

Outside Your Comfort Zone

Step outside your comfort zone.

I wouldn’t have hesitated in my 20’s or my 40’s. I’m in my 70’s now and am

Birthdays

Birthdays

Birthdays are like your own personal national holiday: the one day a year when people acknowledge your importance to

How Are You Really Feeling?

How Are You Really Feeling?

As we age, we’re admonished to live our best life — live and let go, be the thing that you

Vignettes in Aging — Attitude

Vignettes in Aging — Attitude

Longing for love? Your attitude can make the difference.Feeling the burning desire to belong? Your attitude makes it happen –
Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

Thoughts on Miracles

When you pay attention, you can see evidence of miracles happening all around. A plane with mechanical problems lands

Time Marches On

Time Marches On

How many times since mid-October did you hear, “The holidays already??? It seems like only yesterday….” In addition to Christmas,

Eleven Unique Gift Ideas for Elders

Eleven Unique Gift Ideas for Elders

It’s pretty easy to go to Macy’s or Costco or Target to purchase special gifts for friends and loved ones

The Importance of Pets

The Importance of Pets

Pets are that thing for me.

That thing that keeps me grounded in the need to stay well, to be responsible

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

On the fourth Thursday in November, we go around the Thanksgiving table and each of us shares something we’re grateful

Vignettes in Aging – Thanks

Vignettes in Aging – Thanks

That thing that swirls around us all year, every year, without regard for the time of year, is gratitude and

Stand Up to Fear

Stand Up to Fear

A pattern of fire sparks coupled with winds and fueled by abundant, parched greenery has made the fall months, especially

Indulging — On the Cusp

Indulging — On the Cusp

Here we are; we’re on the verge of the holidays and the most intense part of the year and all

Recovering from Life

Recovering from Life

Sometimes when I attend a social function it takes me a day or two to recover. It could have been

Happy 7th Anniversary

Happy 7th Anniversary

Today The Joy of Aging Gratefully is celebrating its seventh year in existence. Congratulations!

I’m so proud of this little space where

Vignettes in Aging – Awareness

Vignettes in Aging – Awareness

As we age, our world shrinks a little. Instead of looking ten yards ahead, we’re more focused on exactly where

Putting the “You” in YouTube

Putting the “You” in YouTube

It’s free, informative, funny, educational, and, in general, can add a real kick in your senior tush if you choose

Between Now and Death

Between Now and Death

There’s no escaping the inevitable, that we’re all dying from the day we are born. But in my opinion, it’s

The Best of Autumn

The Best of Autumn

Autumn began officially yesterday and lots of wonderful things happen in the fall. Here are a few of my favorite changes

Vignettes in Aging – Self-Esteem

Vignettes in Aging – Self-Esteem

Is self-esteem still important by the time we hit out senior years? Shouldn’t we be there already? Do we continue

Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine

When was the last time you had a doctor ask, “What did you eat yesterday? What is the food you

Books for Seniors, By Seniors

Books for Seniors, By Seniors

We’re too deep into summer/early fall to call this list great books to take to the beach. Nonetheless, these are engaging

Afternoon of Life

Afternoon of Life

As elders, we are in the afternoon of life.

I prefer this distinction over being in the “winter” or “final

Vignettes in Aging – Adapt

Vignettes in Aging – Adapt

The key to old age is the ability to adapt. It’s as simple as that.

Without the ability to change

Making Gratitude Come Alive

Making Gratitude Come Alive

“I practice gratitude every day.”
“I’m grateful for my life.”
“I have a new boyfriend/house/car/etc., because I’m grateful.”
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How Much Judgment?

How Much Judgment?

Do you recall when Paula Deen was lambasted for her racist remarks regarding some of her employees way back in

Six Ways to Comfort Yourself

Six Ways to Comfort Yourself

A piece of ooey-gooey pecan pie … and then another. A perfectly prepared dirty martini, or two. A fun

Vignettes in Aging – Empathy

Vignettes in Aging – Empathy

Empathy = comforting = compassion = sympathy = warmth = being there for someone = being there for ourselves

Make it a Goal to Lean In

Make it a Goal to Lean In

Stuff happens

Our pets get sick and our tires go flat. We argue with spouses, kids, and co-workers. Someone talks smack about

Seven Apps to Improve Senior Living

Seven Apps to Improve Senior Living

Smart phone apps have become an integral part of everyday life. They exist for everything from shopping to voting to banking

Independence Day, 2019

Independence Day, 2019

Let America Be America Again

Vignettes in Aging – Inspire

Vignettes in Aging – Inspire

Do you agree that one of the most important contributions elders can make to society is to inspire others? Why

Age is an Ally of Happiness:  Why Older People are More Content – Susan Stewart, Guest Blogger

Age is an Ally of Happiness: Why Older People are More Content…

One of the more surprising things I’ve learned about aging is that older people are generally happier than younger ones.

Aging and Alcohol

Aging and Alcohol

Sorry, but the news isn’t good. Alcohol generally creates more problems for us as we age.

I never was a huge

Holding on to Your Curiosity

Holding on to Your Curiosity

As we age, certain things fade from our consciousness, out of necessity or because we’re no longer interested. For instance,

Vignettes in Aging – Arigatou gozaimasu

Vignettes in Aging – Arigatou gozaimasu

Gracias. Merci. do jeh, daw-dyeh. Grazie. Danke sehr.

Thank you!

We learned as small children to say these words when something

Generosity, the Hidden Benefits

Generosity, the Hidden Benefits

In the TV commercial, they walk into the dealership to pick up a part for his car. His sister, who

Vacations, Long Weekends, and the Like

Vacations, Long Weekends, and the Like

*singing* “… School’s out for summer!” Remember this Alice Cooper ditty, “School’s Out”? This song was such a mega hit

Ten Ideas a Day

Ten Ideas a Day

I’m always looking for ideas for blog posts. Every week or so when I’m killing a few minutes before heading

Vignettes in Aging – Resiliency

Vignettes in Aging – Resiliency

What is your elasticity?

How quickly do you spring back from situations? Given the proper skills, we have the capability

Is Lasting Personal Change Possible?

Is Lasting Personal Change Possible?

Do you remember the series finale of Mad Men years ago where Don Draper is sitting cross-legged on a hill in

Relief in Unexpected Forms

Relief in Unexpected Forms

At seventy-one, I think more about death than I did when I was in my forties. I try not to

Appreciation Photos

Appreciation Photos

Espousing Gratitude

I preach a lot about gratitude, about making it a part of your daily life. Meditating, giving money, and

Vignettes in Aging – Hope

Vignettes in Aging – Hope

What is hope? Hope is that feeling of trust … trust that things can be better.

Hope is age-less, timeless,

Unequal Friendships

Unequal Friendships

You stopped inviting her to lunch because she never reaches out to you. You’re always the one to suggest time

Spring is Upon Us

Spring is Upon Us

If winter sends the message that it’s time to slow down, spring sends the message that it’s time to take it

It’s Hard to be Grateful When Life Sucks

It’s Hard to be Grateful When Life Sucks

I recently went through a pretty tough time. All within a week, my precious Kali kitty needed surgery; I received

Vignettes in Aging – Time

Vignettes in Aging – Time

Tomorrow is going happen whether we’re here or not to see it roll around!

Tell me something I don’t know. Just

Stealth Changes as We Age

Stealth Changes as We Age

A few days ago, I didn’t finish my daily allotted one delicious cup of coffee that I lovingly prepare every

Time Alone — Hazardous or Healthy?

Time Alone — Hazardous or Healthy?

Up until recently, the dominant stance on elders in our community being isolated by circumstances of their physicality, or simply

Valentine’s Day – 2019

Valentine’s Day – 2019

Valentine’s Day is day after tomorrow.

As a senior citizen, I think of Valentine’s Day in terms of love for all

Vignettes in Aging – Humor

Vignettes in Aging – Humor

“Laughter is the best medicine.”

If you’re of a certain age, you probably read that title as a section on

Where There Is Hope

Where There Is Hope

When was the last time you thought or said out loud, “This is hopeless”? Was it on a morning when

ASMR

ASMR

Have you ever happened upon a Facebook/Instagram/”Name Your Social Media Guilty Pleasure” video of someone getting their long, glossy, blond

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 90 years old today.

This speech was given to inspire a congregation of graduating

Vignettes in Aging – Compassion

Vignettes in Aging – Compassion

Compassion is powerful. It does not always come naturally but can be learned easily.

Compassion can be a practice. Holding “space” for

New Years 2019

New Years 2019

For the third year in a row, I find myself saying, “Gee, I hope this year will be better than

Christmas Gifts 2018

Christmas Gifts 2018

This is one day that is given to us. It is one day, it is a gift.
Merry

Five+ Ways to Increase Holiday Happiness

Five+ Ways to Increase Holiday Happiness

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another holiday next Tuesday, there’s many ways to guarantee the day will be

The Comfort of Lists

The Comfort of Lists

I’m a huge fan of lists:

~Ten ways to become more spiritual
~Seven paths to a happier adulthood
~Five things to

Holidaze

Holidaze

If the holiday season that you envision hasn’t unfolded, you’ll have to create it for yourself.

No one is going to

Vignettes in Aging – Fellowship

Vignettes in Aging – Fellowship

We spend more social time with friends and family around the holidays. Lots of us have been known to worry

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

 

Today I let go of control – of trying to make Thanksgiving and all these holidays turn out

Never Thought I’d See the Day When …

Never Thought I’d See the Day When …

When I reflect on the past seventy years, there are things I never thought I would experience. I couldn’t imagine,

Now is the Time

Now is the Time

 

VOTE !!!

 

 

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Vignettes in Aging – Truth

Vignettes in Aging – Truth

 

Facts, reality – these are what truth is.

We all know what reality is, however, we’ve seen in the news over

The Art of Joy in the Second Half of Life – Bill Apablasa, Guest Blogger

The Art of Joy in the Second Half of Life – Bill…

 

As a general rule, I don’t take life too seriously. I am very much at home with the absurd

Grace Can Get Me Through

Grace Can Get Me Through

Did you know that the time-honored song “Amazing Grace” was written by a man whose career involved shipping slaves from

A Personal Anniversary

A Personal Anniversary

 

The Tubbs Fire started near Tubbs Lane in Calistoga around 9:43 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

During those moments, three

Vignettes in Aging – Comfort

Vignettes in Aging – Comfort

 

Comfort is that thing – bed, chair, shawl, bunting, pet, book, photographs, sound, or food — that brings physical ease

Aging in Place

Aging in Place

 

Aging in place means soaking in the feel of my kitty’s warmth next to me as I sleep. It means

Procrastibaking

Procrastibaking

Avoiding some tedious paperwork? Been putting off tidying up the backyard? Never got around to signing up for that class

9/11 – Where Were You?

9/11 – Where Were You?

 

Seventeen years ago today, on a Tuesday, at 6:59 a.m. Pacific Time, the first Tower fell. I was at work

Vignettes in Aging – Wisdom

Vignettes in Aging – Wisdom

Do you think being wise is the same as being knowledgeable? Knowledge is only one half of the equation. A

Soap Opera or Sanity – What Will I Choose? Guest Post by Jane Beach

Soap Opera or Sanity – What Will I Choose? Guest Post by…

One of the surest ways to keep peace and happiness at bay is to surround yourself with grumblers. You may

Senior Citizen Day 2018

Senior Citizen Day 2018

 

Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day!

Every year around this time, I post that statement.

It’s true. This Day, which came into

Attention Deficit, Technology, and Aging

Attention Deficit, Technology, and Aging

It’s not just kids who struggle with attention deficit issues.

At the ripe age of 70, I find I’m having more

Vignettes in Aging – Risk-Taking

Vignettes in Aging – Risk-Taking

How willing are you to be vulnerable in the desire to get what you want? It totally depends on how

I am Home

I am Home

 

This week at church we talked about home, and what home meant to us. Even before thoughts formed in my

Five Things I Love About Being Older

Five Things I Love About Being Older

When I’ve had a few rough days, days where my mobility is more limited by arthritis pain, or by sadness

Making Time

Making Time

Time is one commodity I treasure.

As we trudge through the years, time becomes more valuable. In spite of complaining that

Vignettes in Aging – Life

Vignettes in Aging – Life

Is there a morning that you woke up and said to yourself, “Wow, my life is significantly more than half

On Optimism – Guest Blog by Dr. Margaret Stortz

On Optimism – Guest Blog by Dr. Margaret Stortz

Currently we are watching ourselves being subjected to perhaps the most purposely divisive politics ever at the national level. We

Favorite Books of Celebrity Seniors

Favorite Books of Celebrity Seniors

I love to read, and I’m curious to know what celebrities and other notable people are reading. Where, if anywhere,

The Aging Mind’s Outlook

The Aging Mind’s Outlook

Current political upheaval aside, I feel fairly optimistic about my future. Sure, I’m somewhat concerned about my okay health, about

Vignettes in Aging – Vision

Vignettes in Aging – Vision

Truly gifted is the individual who can see beyond the routine, beyond the mundane and beyond the obvious. We are

Every Generation Has Something

Every Generation Has Something

When I was a teenager, my parents and grandparents lamented that the “younger generation” was going to hell in a

Who Gets the $$$?

Who Gets the $$$?

It’s time we asked the question:  Who gets the money?

I’m referring to the money in the tip jar and the

Seven Things You May Want as an Aging American

Seven Things You May Want as an Aging American

Each day approximately 10,000 baby boomers turn 65! That’s a staggering number when you consider the impact this aging population

Vignettes in Aging – Trust

Vignettes in Aging – Trust

Trust is gold. It’s the invisible commodity that is treasured above so much else in the material world.

As babies, being

Q & A With Margaret Gullette – Ageism Warrior

Q & A With Margaret Gullette – Ageism Warrior

 

“Ageism is everywhere,” says 77-year -old cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette.  “And the ageisms  go from insults that may be laughable

Honoring the Value of Our Elders

Honoring the Value of Our Elders

Old people are irrelevant.

That’s a prevailing attitude, especially among younger generations.

It used to be that elder statesmen and community members

Experiencing More Joy

Experiencing More Joy

Recently I spoke about joy and how it’s often absent from our lives here. As elders we’re faced with physical

Vignettes in Aging – Destiny

Vignettes in Aging – Destiny

Do you know what your destiny is? Do you know who has control over your destiny? Is it outside forces

Too Many Choices

Too Many Choices

Coffee or tea? And make that beverage hot or cold? Burgundy, navy or gray bathrobe? Work a little or play

Treatment for a Lousy Day

Treatment for a Lousy Day

Now and then I have a less than glorious day and no unhealthy addictive habits – fast food, cocktails or

Spring – The Season of Action!

Spring – The Season of Action!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere Spring 2018 arrived one week ago.

Ahhh, spring! New buds on lush plants and trees. Thoughts

Vignettes in Aging – Forgive

Vignettes in Aging – Forgive

Are you ready to forgive the atrocities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and many other places in the world?  How about

Joy

Joy

Sometimes I forget what brings me true joy.

And when joy is present, it feels fleeting, and I feel  the need

Busy, Busy

Busy, Busy

“I don’t have time.”
“I’ve got too much to do.”
“I’m way behind in my chores and other obligations.”
“I’d

Why I Started Taking Social Security at Age 62

Why I Started Taking Social Security at Age 62

If you’re nearing retirement you’ve undoubtedly heard the point of view that it’s best to wait to take advantage of

Vignettes in Aging – I Am

Vignettes in Aging – I Am

I am a senior citizen. I am smart. I am not good in science. I am fun to be with.

Whatever

Celebrate Love – Dr. Chris Michaels, Guest Blog

Celebrate Love – Dr. Chris Michaels, Guest Blog

Whether you are in a relationship and are planning a special dinner, or you are single and arranging a girl’s

Five Lesser-Known Self-Care Practices

Five Lesser-Known Self-Care Practices

Whenever things turn sour, or I’m scared, depressed, sad or pissed off … whenever I feel lonely or missing a

Popular Thoughts on Aging Gracefully

Popular Thoughts on Aging Gracefully

Recently I took a little trip around the World Wide Web. And, while it was difficult to dodge and weave

Vignettes in Aging – Perfection

Vignettes in Aging – Perfection

The white is the purest of white; the love is the deepest possible felt; the scenery before us is the

Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk

When I went through surgery for a heel spur, I felt uncomfortable discussing the condition due to feelings of disdain

Ten Things to Make Your Senior Moments Happier – 2018

Ten Things to Make Your Senior Moments Happier – 2018

Senior citizens are special; we have special needs. You can’t just stick us in front of the TV like a

New Year 2018

New Year 2018

Are you going to wait until your politician is in office? Are you going to put off deciding until the

The Day After Christmas

The Day After Christmas

Do you ignore the mess and sleep in, luxuriating in a jammies day? Do you hit the road, jostling in

Vignettes in Aging – Patience

Vignettes in Aging – Patience

When you haven’t gotten a reply to the e-mail you sent an hour ago, do you think about calling the

How to be Less Cranky When Turning 60 – Susanne Fletcher Guest Blog

How to be Less Cranky When Turning 60 – Susanne Fletcher Guest…

 

Buy a coffin. Put the coffin in your living room. Fill the coffin with clothes that don’t fit, books you’ll never read,
Holiday Shopping, Oh My!

Holiday Shopping, Oh My!

I really, really dislike shopping and, as we head into the busiest shopping time of the year, let me remind

Thanksgiving 2017 – It’s All About You

Thanksgiving 2017 – It’s All About You

Past Thanksgivings I’ve talked about all that I’m grateful for:  my kitty, Kali, friends, family, living in a beautiful place,

Vignettes in Aging – Prayer

Vignettes in Aging – Prayer

What is your prayer for today?

Most prayer is a request that seeks to stimulate a desired result. Some prayer acknowledges

10 Truths I Know For Sure About My Senior Years

10 Truths I Know For Sure About My Senior Years

I can choose my family.  True friends will help me when I am in need … but they all don’t step
Recoup

Recoup

There is lots to look past these days to get to a place of joy and contentment.

The current political

The Joy of Aging Gratefully – 5 Year Anniversary!

The Joy of Aging Gratefully – 5 Year Anniversary!

Five years ago I dipped my toe in the blogging waters with a little piece entitled Gratitude:  Your Most Valuable

A New Reality

A New Reality

As many of you know, The Joy of Aging Gratefully is authored by someone who lives in the heart of

Vignettes in Aging – Heart

Vignettes in Aging – Heart

Your heart rests at the core of how you are feeling emotionally. It oversees and directs actions in your body

The Best Advice

The Best Advice

Mr. Rogers gently guided us to always look for the helpers when catastrophe occurs, “because if you look for the helpers,

Really Styling Now

Really Styling Now

I overheard myself say the other day, “Putting on my bra is my version of dressing up these days.”

While it

Shame – A Personal Story

Shame – A Personal Story

It’s time to admit that I’ve been in chronic pain for the last five years with leg achiness and weakness

The Health of Our Relationships — with Ourselves

The Health of Our Relationships — with Ourselves

Have we gotten so out of touch with ourselves that we need a list compiled by some “authority” of the

Fall

Fall

Ahhhhhh … September … the official beginning of fall, the time when kids are settling back into school, the roads

The Danger of Making Assumptions

The Danger of Making Assumptions

Have you heard the story about the note left on the windshield of a car, displaying an appropriate placard, parked

Vignettes in Aging – Energy

Vignettes in Aging – Energy

Radio waves create energy. Light waves create energy. Vibrations of these waves allows us to see and hear. Is there

National Senior Citizens’ Day – August 21, 2017

National Senior Citizens’ Day – August 21, 2017

I always like to acknowledge senior citizens and shine a spotlight on all they contribute to our world. At the same

Three Ways to Cure Emptiness

Three Ways to Cure Emptiness

We eat right and exercise. We meditate and actively participate in spiritual activities that feed our soul. Despite our best

Social Media Interaction – Why It’s Worth Another Look

Social Media Interaction – Why It’s Worth Another Look

I’ve been scolded on social media for complaining about something the reader considered “a first world problem.” In other words,

The Value of Hospice

The Value of Hospice

On a recent Sunday I heard a talk in which author/coach/lecturer/philanthropist David Ault said, “We begin hospice the day we

Vignettes in Aging – Beauty

Vignettes in Aging – Beauty

It’s easy to see the gorgeousness of the classic look of any of Audrey Hepburn’s black and white photos. It’s

Thirty Ways to Benefit Others

Thirty Ways to Benefit Others

I write all the time about doing for others as a way of improving our own lives. Generally, as elders

July 4, 2017

July 4, 2017

Now more than ever.

On this July 4th we need to remember that our nation is more than one person, one

The Curiosity Project – Dr. Chris Michaels guest blog

In 2007, the Princeton economist Alan Krueger and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman published a paper called Are We Having More Fun

Vignettes in Aging – Faith

Having faith can be a bright tool in your basket of resources that helps you have a happier life. It’s

Steps for Staying Positive

Steps for Staying Positive

I am what I think, and I never mind being reminded of that fact.

Where I put my energy and attention

Superagers – Want to Be One?

Superagers – Want to Be One?

When was the first time you felt concern that you might be losing some of your brain power? For me,

Are You Looking Away?

Are You Looking Away?

When I see an animal in pain — on TV or the Internet — I look away. It’s hard for

Vignettes in Aging – Being Present

Vignettes in Aging – Being Present

Being present means living in the now. When you’re lamenting the past or worried about the future, you’re not living

Spiritual Practices in Challenging Times – Jim Lockard guest blog

Spiritual Practices in Challenging Times – Jim Lockard guest blog

We live in interesting times, which means that we live in challenging times. Of course, there are always challenges present,

Letting Go

Letting Go

It’s spring! And with spring comes glorious weather, patio parties, the daily hum of lawnmowers, the laughter of kids playing

The Power of Music

The Power of Music

I’m always on the lookout for tools that will improve my life – tools that are low-cost or free, legal,

Vignettes in Aging – Transformation

Vignettes in Aging – Transformation

You might think transformation is just a fancier word for “change.” There is a difference. Change has to do with

Here for You

Here for You

A Short Story

My spiritual home conducted an interfaith service in January, the day after marches blanketed the United States and

The Art of Coping

The Art of Coping

The word “coping” is often defined as dealing successfully with something stressful. Some of my friends think it means just

A Good Cry

A Good Cry

I went to a movie recently and it made me cry. The crying caught me off guard. It wasn’t a

Vignettes in Aging – Enough

Learning to know you’re enough starts early in childhood. Many who never quite live up to their parents’ expectations grow

Beliefs – Part 2

Beliefs – Part 2

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
Mahatma Gandhi

I’ve talked before about the power

Let’s Have Fun

Let’s Have Fun

What do you do for fun? Do you watch or participate in sports? Do you garden or play cards or

Alone or Lonely?

Alone or Lonely?

Some of the most treasured and highly anticipated time I have is the time I spend in solitude. During my

Vignettes in Aging – Commitment

Vignettes in Aging – Commitment

We hear the word “commitment” frequently used relative to a person or a job or a specific action. The depth

Increasing Happiness

Increasing Happiness

 

Want to ramp up your happiness level? These are six things that work for me:

1. Music

Music moves me. Classical music

Loving Differently

Loving Differently

Ahhhh, youth

Romantic love in my teens included the requisite racing heart, sweaty palms, and lots of day-dreaming. I hate to

Antonia’s Opinion

Antonia’s Opinion

How can we be surprised and aghast at what is happening?

Trump has said repeatedly, almost daily, since early last summer

Accidental Collections

Accidental Collections

Do you have an accidental collection?

I accumulate commuter travel mugs; I think I have at least seven, of which five are

Vignettes in Aging – Abundance

Vignettes in Aging – Abundance

Cold hard cash, money in the bank or stashed in a box behind some books, a large brokerage account, an

From Here on Out

From Here on Out

Let me be clear, the conversation here is NOT intended to be about left or right, good or bad, conservative

I’ve Never Had a Bucket List

I’ve Never Had a Bucket List

Bucket lists are meant to include those lofty experiences we want but most likely will never attain — or so

Moving into My 70’s

Moving into My 70’s

This is the last birthday I’ll celebrate in my 60’s. It doesn’t feel any different than the years in my

Vignettes in Aging – Joy

Joy

Living a joyous life is a choice.

We can choose to live in joy or we can choose to live in

Nine More “Things That Steal Your Happiness”

Recently I posted thirteen things that can steal our happiness. Posting them allowed several more to bubble up to the

My Best Gift

My Best Gift

Like everyone else, I’m in the thick of the holidays and all that entails.

I’m reflecting; reflecting on what the holidays

I Never Get Tired of ….

I Never Get Tired of ….

~ that early morning cup of coffee — delicious!

~ a good book (a couple I enjoyed this year were The Underground

And We’re Off!

It’s official! The holiday season is underway. Get your orthotic shoes ready and your wallets fluffed up.

It’s during these couple

Vignettes on Aging:  Grace

Vignettes on Aging: Grace

Living in grace means living in a state of unconditional love for yourself and others. It is the acceptance of

Memories from the Kids’ Table

Memories from the Kids’ Table

It was a small square card table abutting the end of the massive oval table in the dining room. It

Now What?

Now What?

Whether you voted for or against – and God I hope you voted! – it’s time to move on and

Taking Inventory:  You’re 100% Full of _______?

Taking Inventory: You’re 100% Full of _______?

Let’s say there are five basic emotions in life:  joy, anger, love, fear and sadness.

Wouldn’t you agree these cover most

13 Things That Steal Your Happiness

13 Things That Steal Your Happiness

Don’t let anything or anyone dampen the joy and happiness you get to experience in your later years.

Here are thirteen

Vignettes on Aging:  Solitude

Vignettes on Aging: Solitude

Some of us welcome our alone time and some fear it as the widest expanse of emptiness we have to

Four Year Anniversary – What Have I Learned?

Four Year Anniversary – What Have I Learned?

In a few days I will be celebrating four years that I have been posting this weekly blog. I have

Seven Myths of Aging

Seven Myths of Aging

A lot is written about senior citizens in our communities. Often, those opinions are made by non-seniors who judge our

Being Free to Just Be Me

Being Free to Just Be Me

I retired ten years ago, at the fairly young age of fifty-eight. I retired early for several reasons:  a brush

Vignettes on Aging – Perseverance

Vignettes on Aging – Perseverance

You know the feeling of hanging on, of enduring difficult or uncomfortable situations, and sometimes these situations go on for

Personal Freedom

Personal Freedom

Three months ago I visited a medium, which I’m not normally in the habit of doing.

I neither believe nor disbelieve

Eight Suggestions for Grateful Aging

Eight Suggestions for Grateful Aging

I’m finding as I move through the aging process that my role models are many. I’m particularly attracted to people

The Power of Overcoming Regret

The Power of Overcoming Regret

Until I was diagnosed with breast cancer at forty-two years old, I had never considered my demise. Yes, I’d had

Vignettes on Aging – Mindfulness

Vignettes on Aging – Mindfulness

Ever had one of those days when you’re scattered, unable to accomplish anything, irritable, and upset with yourself? Compare that

I’m Too Old For This!

I’m Too Old For This!

Had enough? Tossing in the towel? I get it; sometimes this whole aging thing is just too much!

Growing old can

Constantly Comparing – Dr. Chris Michaels guest post

Constantly Comparing – Dr. Chris Michaels guest post

Facebook is a great place to go to connect with friends and family. It is a great place to read

Nine Ways to Improve Your Senior Life Now

Nine Ways to Improve Your Senior Life Now

I’m interested in appreciating the quality of my life. When I look around, I see examples everywhere of people who

Words of Comfort

Words of Comfort

How many of us have settled in for a bit of social media engagement, only to find out something like

Are You Perfect Yet?

Are You Perfect Yet?

Lately, on the periphery of my social circle, I’ve noticed a couple of scolding girls wagging their fingers at less-than-perfect

Dog Days

Dog Days

We’re in the dog days of summer, and I’m wondering what you, my friends, are up to. It’s not possible

Thirteen Secrets of the Happiest Seniors

Thirteen Secrets of the Happiest Seniors

Some senior friends have shared activities that increase their happiness exponentially. These activities serve as good reminders especially when I’ve

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

Every day when I begin my perusal of the New York Times, I page to the obits first, expertly skirting the

Celebrating Freedom the American Way

Celebrating Freedom the American Way

Growing Up Patriotic

When I was eleven, my family lived in Hampton, Virginia. My father was a major in the Air

Sharks in Our Calm Pools

Sharks in Our Calm Pools

My husband was a police officer for forty-plus years and, since retiring, has volunteered at a local hospital. Both jobs,

Motivation for Self-Care

Motivation for Self-Care

When I was younger, I didn’t change my behavior because I wanted to take better care of myself; I made

Open Wide

Open Wide

If I’d been a horse, they would have shot me by now. Lots can be told about the total health

Are the Big Questions Answered?

Are the Big Questions Answered?

I get rattled when new information appears in my life about what the rest of my years are going to

Seventeen Things Savvy Seniors Never Do

Never spend more than three days in isolation. Staying in your head without social connection can be detrimental to your

Just One Day – A Challenge

At thirty and forty years of age, I didn’t think about the end. Now, at sixty-eight, I’m clearly aware I

Do You Care?

Whenever I say “I don’t care,” you can pretty much bet I do care, and deeply, about whatever I am

On Fear – Guest post by Margaret Stortz

On Fear – Guest post by Margaret Stortz

At this point in my life, I have known only a handful of people who were fearless. I have no

Wabi Sabi – Finding Beauty in Imperfection

Wabi Sabi – Finding Beauty in Imperfection

Defined

Have you ever heard of the Zen Buddhist term “wabi sabi”? I hadn’t until recently. I found the definition in Leonard

On Napping

On Napping

Eighty-three-year-old author, Philip Roth says he’s savoring a gentler pleasure these days:  naps. “Let me tell you about the nap,”

Eighty Doing Eighty

Eighty Doing Eighty

Souped up muscle cars, 380’s bored out to 401’s, low riders, and classic Mustangs, GTO’s, and Chevy’s. One thing lots

When to Begin?

When to Begin?

“Time is tearing past us like giddy greyhounds,” says Anne Lamott, whose words are so true, especially for us senior

Mother and Daughter

Mother and Daughter

 

It’s easy to convince myself that I’ve grown to be a much better person than my mother ever was. But

The Other Side of the Leaf – Guest post by Randall Friesen

The Other Side of the Leaf – Guest post by Randall Friesen

Did you do something new today, something you’ve never done before? Did your feet walk on a piece of the

Books Are Back!

Books Are Back!

The other morning, I woke up and, as always, headed straight for my office. When I flipped on the light

Disappointment as a Lifestyle

Disappointment as a Lifestyle

Have you ever known people who characterize themselves as upbeat, positive, and happy but who consistently talk about the hassles

Is Downsizing Into a Tiny House For You?

Is Downsizing Into a Tiny House For You?

Can you imagine living in a house the size of your current bedroom? I’m talking about sleeping quarters, kitchen, bathroom,

How “Selfish” is Your Gratitude?

I’ve written about gratitude for years. I’ve discussed (harangued you with?) the myriad ways to express gratitude, be it in

An Unequivocal Truth

An Unequivocal Truth

You have everything you need to create a wonderful last part of your life, whether you have two months or

Ever Wonder Whether You Have an Expiration Date on your Forehead?

Ever Wonder Whether You Have an Expiration Date on your Forehead?

How do you feel when you read an article that says, “Look stylish in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and, yes, even

Is the Season of Giving Finished?

It’s the end of January and the season for giving is over. We can quit thinking of ways to share

A Gift of Comfort

A Gift of Comfort

Right before my birthday last week I thought about what I wanted. What would I wish for in terms of

And the Oscar Goes to … the Old Person!

And the Oscar Goes to … the Old Person!

We’re in the thick of the awards shows for 2016. I mention this not because I’m here to critique gala

The Residence – A Book Review

It’s fun to recommend a well-written and interesting non-fiction book. The Residence, by Kate Anderson Brower, is a fascinating book about

New Years Eve – Guest Post by Rev. Jeff Anderson

New Years Eve – Guest Post by Rev. Jeff Anderson

I was out running errands for most of the afternoon today and noticed that things were different around town. Businesses

The Power of Belief — ‘Tis the Season

The Power of Belief — ‘Tis the Season

I was nine years old when I learned the truth about Santa Claus.

With an older sister who loved to shatter

Learning to Wait for Change – Chris Michaels guest post

Learning to Wait for Change – Chris Michaels guest post

We may all procrastinate or fear change, but we all have the capacity to change. And no matter how uncomfortable

What Will You Make of the 2015 Holiday Season?

What Will You Make of the 2015 Holiday Season?

Here come the holidays, and it’s about this time that friends start asking, “So, what are you guys doing this

More Than a Meal

More Than a Meal

Antonia at Thanksgiving dinner: “Pass that big bowl of gratitude, will you? And, after that, I’ll take the main course

Ten Things to Make Your Senior Moments Happier

Ten Things to Make Your Senior Moments Happier

Retirement and being a senior citizen is all about relaxing and enjoying life more. It’s time to quit sweating the

The (Sometimes Surprising) Power of Connection

The (Sometimes Surprising) Power of Connection

Have you ever been startled into realizing just how important connections are? If you think about it, there is virtually
Senior Moments: The Best IS Yet to Come

Senior Moments: The Best IS Yet to Come

For many years, society has said don’t trust anyone over 30.

The senior population has historically been shoved aside and told

Third Anniversary – Changes Ahead

Third Anniversary – Changes Ahead

Antonia’s Senior Moments has been a thriving blog for three years. During that time, over 200 posts have been published,
Death Part 2*, or The Momentary Joy of Being Curious

Death Part 2*, or The Momentary Joy of Being Curious

I was sitting on the deck with my friend, Effie, taking in the cool beginning to what was forecast to
In The Know – October

In The Know – October

If you’re like me, music from your younger days always lifts your spirits and takes you out of the everyday

Do You Suffer From Action≠wordophobia?

Do You Suffer From Action≠wordophobia?

Action≠wordophobia is the fear of not being able to match your words with your actions.

It goes something like

Looking Ahead With Glory Every Day

Sally Patterson The minute I met Sally Patterson three years ago, I knew I was in the company of a genuinely

My Brush with “Les Beatles”! – Looking Back

It was my first experience with pandemonium.

When a girl started to sink down in the sea of hysterical humanity,

One “She Shed” Away From Insanity

Have you ever missed alone time so much you went a little bonkers?
Virginia Woolf reminds us in A Room

“Deaf Sentence” and “An Invisible Thread” – Book Reviews

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In the Know – September 1

Baby you can drive my car!  Despite jokes to the contrary, senior drivers are historically safer drivers than young people.

Still Going Strong and Helping Others at 97

97 Never Looked This Good

“Keep busy. Keep Useful.” This upbeat outlook on life keeps Hertzel Harrison active, involved and very

What if Today Was Your Last Day?

What if you only had 24 hours to do the things you want, see the people and places you are

In the Know – A New Feature!

Here’s your monthly roundup of fun and helpful tips and news about and for seniors. (If there are other topics

Coincidences – Gifts from the Universe? Or Random Events?

It was one of those ordinary, totally forgettable days.

Sal was at a print shop trying to pick up an order.

The Most Inspiring 88-Year-Old I’ve Ever Met

Monique Purkett Do you sometimes worry about getting older?

Meet Monique Purkett, still active, engaged and contributing to the world

Are you Thinking it Bad or Thinking it Good?

When I have a day filled with fear and uncertainty, it’s difficult for me to remember that this world works

My Secret Garden – It Produces Much More Than Just Fruits and…

A few days ago I followed my husband, Rod, to the garden. While he watered and pulled weeds, I hauled

The Titanic Power of Tiny Books

When my life isn’t going exactly as I’d like, when it’s frustrating, confusing, overflowing with drama or just plain blah,

Why I’m Changing it Up This 4th of July

I don’t know about you, but holidays have taken on a new, more personal, meaning for me as I’ve aged.

The Unexpected Benefits of Being Quiet

Do you have this problem?

You’re with a friend, and all of a sudden there’s a momentary lapse in the conversation.

10 Quotes About Aging That Will Inspire You to Live More Fully

          Over the years, there have been great thinkers and role models who have spoken eloquently

Not 25 Anymore – Guest blog by Rev. Ruth Barnhart

Ruth Barnhart

          “Well, you’re not 25.” This is what my young orthopedic doctor said as he glanced

The Long-Lost Art of Inducing a Zen-Like Calm in Yourself

Have you been bitten by the adult coloring bug yet?  If not, read on! 
Coloring is fast becoming a

How I Got Older Without Aging

          I always wanted to age gracefully, to be regal like the grand dames and the

The Art of Not Being Offended – Dr. Shemsi Prinzivalli

          [This is an outstanding post by Dr. Shemsi Prinzivalli that didn’t lend itself to being

My Elder Crystal Ball

          Oh, how I’d love to have a crystal ball. I’d love to know how it

No You Can’t!

          “You’re only limited by how many years you have on this earth.”  I overheard someone

Three Ways to be a Spontaneous and Supremely Satisfied Senior Citizen

1.  Be Here Now

          One of the most popular sayings of many centered people

Enough

          From the time I was about 4 until around 9 years of age it felt

Can You Say “No”?

        It’s why I whine and moan from time to time about being overwhelmed. It’s why I

A Letter From Jail

      On April 12, 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama, civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. participated in a peaceful

What’s for Dinner?

          When I went on the very first diet I can remember, back in the early

Kiss This Paper

          What if you aren’t rich and don’t own valuable possessions that will be left behind

Start Forgiving: 3-Steps to Help you Let Go – Rev. Chris Michaels,…

          It is really hard to accomplish our goals and reach for our dreams when we

Life after 50

          You wake up one morning and all of a sudden you’re in your mid-50s and

A Buffett of Junk Food

   

      When I read recently that Warren Buffett drinks at least 5 12-oz servings of Coca

What, Me Try to Control?

          Two mornings ago Rod and I were in the car on our way to breakfast.

Can Avoiding Marriage Keep You Younger?

          I was intrigued by a recent  NY Times story of a 115 year old woman in

The Words of Others Including Leo and Wayne

          When I can’t find it in myself to say the right thing – be it

How Skeptical Do You Need to Be?

          While I believe in the innate kindness of human beings and while I trust they

Giving Thanks for Energized Nonagenarians

          Dave Lambert is like most hard-working entrepreneurs in the U.S. today. His latest venture is

What I Learned About Life While Sitting in Traffic – guest post…

Carol Fleming

I was inching along in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a

Another Birthday? Bring It On!

       

            My birthday is in two days. It’s one of those

Older Americans Act – Why Don’t We Have One?

          If we can have the Farm Bill, the Work Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the

The Quality of Life – guest post by Randall Friesen

Randall Friesen

          Each New Year I choose a quality that will be the focus of my

True Gift

          All year long I focus on the happiness and abundance in my life. Every morning

11 Holiday Myths to Rethink

          It’s easy during this time of year to turn traditions and ways of doing things

Should You or Shouldn’t You?

          “Should” is one word I think should be eliminated from our vocabulary. Oops, guess that

Antonia’s List

          Over the weekend I went to the mall … to visit with Santa and let

What Can Happen in Borneo? A Thanksgiving Gift from Carole Peccorini, Guest…

          In November 1988, I spent Thanksgiving in Borneo as a volunteer with the Earthwatch Orangutan

Five Ways to Ensure Holiday Happiness

          The holidays are just around the corner, and I don’t think it’s ever too early

Is There a Labyrinth to Your Longevity?


          Who is the oldest person you know? What are they like? Are they cranky

Campaign Spending Reform: Are Our Hands Tied?

          The mid-term elections are upon us, and one of the glaring take-away messages from any political election is the

Painfully Yours

In pain

        What does pain do to my overall well-being … besides the obvious, that is? When I stub

Two Year Anniversary

          Two years ago today I created my very first blog post on Antonia’s Senior Moments. I can honestly say it’s

Be Here Now: Cliché or True Wisdom?

          Have you ever spent days ruminating over something you did in the past or on a decision you made

Judgment Can be a Robber

          I was reminded recently just how bad it feels to be unfairly judged. Let’s just say I did something.

Nearly 7 Things I’m Looking for in a Best Friend

          Disclaimer:  I will start off by saying that, in spite of the title of this post, I am well

Is Time Running Out?

           As we all know, time is more valuable than money, and you can always make more money but you

It’s Time to Get Real

          As September rolls into October a whole new crop of reality TV programs will begin soliciting our time and

My Center for Spiritual Living


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Ten Spiritual Lessons from One Slightly Enlightened Senior

  

        It’s fun to get a glimpse of how majestically simple life can be. These ten spiritual life lessons have,

On Being Human

        Oh, how I wish I could get it right. How I wish I could just wake up one morning

After Our Earthquake I Went to the Garden

Right after our Northern California earthquake:

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Do You Deserve an “F” in Retirement?

          I have failed to live up to the basic standards for retirement living.

          There is a well-marketed attitude that we

Something New On The Horizon

YouTube Video

You can see it at amazon!

https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Grace-Embracing-Richness-Later/dp/0692258108

I’m so excited!

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What If … ?

          What would it be like if for one day, one 24-hour period, you only allowed goodness in your life?

It’s Not Over ‘Til the Centenarian Sings

          UnitedHealthCare recently conducted a study with centenarians, those people 100 years and older, along with a companion survey of

For the Love of Sammy…or Conzo…or Sweetie Pie

          I’ve heard many of my friends talk about the emotional impact pets have had on their lives, especially since

“The Sky is Falling!” Let’s Scare Seniors Again!

          News Flash! Seniors are NOT responsible for the sorry state of the economy because of our use of Social

“Get Over It” Packs a Punch

          When something goes wrong, get over it.

          When disappointment pays a massive visit, get over it.

          When emotional hurt

Celebrating Freedom, Senior Style

            As we age I believe our sense of freedom and all the implications of freedom are heightened.  Perhaps this

Weight Loss – Diving In

          Last week I traveled to Paris, Kentucky for a 50 year reunion of those of us who attended boarding

Should You Forgive? If So, How?

          About a year ago I wrote this piece on forgiveness, right after the incident at the Boston marathon. The

My Dad

 Ed Albany


          My dad was a difficult man to love.  He was an alcoholic, verbally abusive, and madly in

Weight Loss – Month 1

          I’ve had friends say something like, “When I look at you I don’t see your size, I see a

Four Types of Friends

          In her recent blog, Gretchen Rubin acknowledged that friendships were one of the most important elements to happiness. She

Is Your Glass Half Full, Full of Ick, or Pink Instead of…

          Whatever you put in your glass is what it will be filled with.           Well, duh! That’s pretty obvious;

6 1/2 Ways to Live a More Contented Life

1) Ask for help

          Life is too short to spin your wheels trying

Weight Loss – The Beginning

          A certain momentum is created when something is shared in a public forum. It is my decision to share

Coming Attraction – Weight Loss


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Smile

          Sometimes saying “All is well,” doesn’t quite cut it for me. Say what, you gasp? Wasn’t it just a

The Power of You – Dr. Chris Michaels writes

      It is my pleasure to share an excerpt from Dr. Chris Michaels’ exciting and inspiring new book The Power

Smoking Again? Yikes!!

          I thought I gave up smoking years ago when, in addition to the obvious health risks, if you continued

What are Your Intentions?

 “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”
                    Seneca,

A Senior’s Emotional Life: How Letting Go Helps

          This message continues to be valid no matter how much we hear it.

Letting Go of Attachments

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What Will We Say About You When You’re Gone?

          Have you ever noticed how a person is talked about while they’re alive compared to what is said about them after they’ve

On Searching for the Magic Bullet – Guest Blog Post by Margaret…

          I am a believer, and being a retired minister, I have had many years of prayer, meditation and working

All is Well

  

All is well for Sue as she meditates

        When I meditate, I use the phrase “all is well” as my

The Lenten Sacrifice – guest post by Randall Friesen

Randall Friesen

          What will you give up for Lent this year? What will you deny yourself?

          It has become almost

Is Black the New Black?

In all black with my friend,
Denise

          I get a lot of flack for wearing nothing but black. I usually

One Senior’s Mirepoix of Spiritual Growth

          One of the most significant comforts all throughout the last five years of my life has been my spiritual

A Hole in My Heart

Heart sayings:
                           ~take a comment to heart
                              ~feeling a heart connection
                            ~a bleeding heart
                              ~a heart-to-heart
                             

Five Questions – Childless Seniors Reflect

          There were a couple of reasons why I never had children. The main reason was that I wasn’t able

A Reflection of Myself: A Short Conversation About Physical Appearance

          Here comes another one of those subjects I’ve resisted talking about.  I’m nervous about what the smartest, most articulate way to

Coming Attraction: Physical Appearance

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Catastrophe or Opportunity? – Guest Blog by Carol Fleming

          We each decide which experiences are catastrophes and which are opportunities. We each decide if every day is a

6 Powerful Yet Simple Promises That Will Pump Up Your Life

1. Promise Positive Self-Talk

          I wonder if we all truly know that we

Could You Benefit From a Mini-Correction?

          In his press conference before Christmas, President Obama said he was looking to 2014 as a breakthrough year after

How to Escape the New Year’s Resolution Rut

An Alternate Approach

          Are you busy today, between getting ready for tonight’s festivities and making the ritual list of resolutions

Celebrate What? A Gift for You at Christmas

          It’s very simple. Nothing to research, nothing to buy.  Nothing to prepare to do. Nothing to cook or wrap

Naughty or Nice?

Here is a poignant commentary on the real gifts of Christmas from last year.

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“See” You on Facebook: The Impact of Social Media on Our Lives

          I’ve been moping around the last few years blithering about being the only member left of my family of

The Icing or the Cake?

          I was talking to Nancy recently. She’s the 40 year old daughter of a friend of mine and is

Do You Ever Cringe When You Open Your E-Mail?

          I’m on so many lists and receive so many e-mails about important social and civic activities. When General Foods

A No-Cost Way To Improve Your Life – Thanksgiving

          Wayne Dyer speaks of abundance. Oprah also has expounded on the subject over the years. These two as well

One of Those Moments: The End of Camelot

          Fifty years ago today John F. Kennedy was assassinated. His death put in motion a chain reaction of several

How to Be the Best “I” You Can Be

The Subject of I

          I read somewhere that the first-person pronoun is a mighty tool, and that I should use

One of Those Moments: Elder Haiku

    Elder Haiku   Lunch time,
calls from kids, game to start, happy hour, bedtime.   Always waiting.

Elder Haiku II

Stuff to do,
then again,
What’s

How Doing Nothing Can Help You Do Everything

          Once a month I have what I call a ‘No Tech’ Day. During this 24-hour period, I don’t turn

One of Those Moments: In a Flash

          Chances are if you read blogs, you’re a reader of other stuff and perhaps you’re also a writer. Today

Rules/Suggestions for Seniors Communicating in the 21st Century

          “You don’t write, you don’t call.” To this statement you can now add “you don’t e-mail, you don’t text,

Springing Ahead or Falling Back?

[Originally published March 10, 2013)

 

           Are you one of those people whose life is completely discombobulated because of the beginning

One of Those Moments: Our Friends

          I’m a cat person…you know this. You might even have seen more than enough of my tripod, Kali. But

Holiday Prep Tutorial – Indulging

          How many years have you said in October or November, “Ok, this year it’s going to be different. This

Final First Year Thanks

          Before moving on to Year Two of Antonia’s Senior Moments, I wanted to once again thank you, the readers,

How Blogging Increased My Spirituality

Happy Anniversary         
          It was one year ago tomorrow when I posted my first piece for Antonia’s Senior Moments.

One of Those Moments: Breast Cancer Survivor

         

         
          October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The National Cancer Institute estimates that:

Based on current

Surprising and Intriguing Brain Exercises – Guest Post from Gretchen Rubin

          Did you know that humans are the only animals whose brains are known to atrophy as we get older?
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One of Those Moments: Thank You !

             The one year anniversary of Antonia’s Senior Moments is just around the corner, and it’s because of you, the

Five Things to Love About Fall and How to Cope With the…

What I Love About Fall

          I wonder if what I love about fall, you love about fall. I’m not a

One of Those Moments: Touch Wood

          I’m posting this because of it’s beauty and because of the awe that it creates in my heart. At

A Fear of Death

          The sunnier side of my personality and probably the private side too told me not to write about my

Coming Attraction: The Subject of Death

Coming up on Tuesday

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Zzzzzzzz

I Remember…

          When I close my eyes I can recall the feel of the hard cement floor under my thin

Where is God? – Guest Blog by Suzanne Sackett

     Mark Nepo

          One of my favorite authors is Mark Nepo. Mark, born February 23, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, is

Balance Your Relationships – Guest Blog by Rev. Chris Michaels

          As peculiar as this might sound, I was recently inspired by the selection of lettuce at the supermarket: Boston

One of Those Moments: Advice for Us ALL

          This wonderful article appeared in the New York Times on July 31, 2013. It looks like a speech for

Thanks for the Memory

What Do You Remember?         

          You know how I love books. I think of the brain as the Library of

One of Those Moments: Laughter and the Simplier Things in Life

     Is there ever a time when what you need to shift your mood is just a good laugh? Have

The Art of Graceful Aging


               “Whining is not only graceless, but it can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that                              a victim is in

One of Those Moments: Labor Day 2010

Another one of my flash fiction/memoir pieces, this one appropriate for the holiday. I hope you enjoy!

  Labor Day 2010             

Inspired By a King

          Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington, and this morning I again listened to Martin

One of Those Moments: Global Vision or Open Your Eyes, Antonia!

          I hate to admit I haven’t completely bought into the whole global warming
issue over the years. Do I

National Senior Citizen Day 2013

          You might be just as wooly-minded as I was to learn that tomorrow is National Senior Citizen Day. I’d never

One of Those Moments: Giving

          There’s a HUGE holiday coming up next week and I want to get you geared up to give. What?

Are You Better Now Than Before? Five Ways to Find Out.

          There are a few things I could have done when I was younger that I don’t think I could

A Later Moment: Older

I love writing flash fiction/memoir. Here’s one of my very short pieces from a few years ago that you might enjoy:

OLDER 

          The short circular

Isn’t There An App For That?

A Review

         

         When I’m not sure exactly where I want to go, I just Map Quest or Google Earth the

Why Am I Thinking of Christmas in July?

          Now that it’s July and I’m back to healthy eating and have returned to my fighting weight, I can

Are You Being Served?

          Current events have enabled us to view the depths to which people are willing to go for the good

Senior Moments Aren’t Just for Seniors!

          Read these funny examples of momentary memory lapses and see if you can relate to any of them:

          –

How to Celebrate the American Way

Growing Up Patriotic

          When I was 11, we lived in Hampton, Virginia. My father was a major in the Air

Privacy? At What Cost?

          One thing for sure: I learn lots by writing this blog. A couple of weeks ago, several news sources reported,

A “divine stepping stone” for Paula Deen

          It can happen to anyone. One day you’re on top and the next day you’re scraping the bottom of

The “84-year-old woman claims massive Powerball jackpot” Headline Made me Think About…

           I’ve got to talk about money. That’s what I thought when I read this article in the US News

Senior Moments of Clarity and Wisdom

          Being smarter than when I was younger is one of the main things I like about getting older. All those life

Change: Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

          As a Californian, I view change the same as being in one of our frequent earthquakes where the ground underneath me

Being Awake – guest blog by Randall Friesen

Randall Friesen

          Great spiritual leaders share a common calling: to wake up their students. Using words such as “enlightenment,” “salvation,”

Does ‘We The People’ Speak for You?

              
          Some people feel the American system of government is broken because of our obsession with Constitutional obedience.

What Causes Senior Moments?

          It’s normal as we age to experience some memory loss. This is due to decreases in neurotransmitters or the

Should You Forgive? If So, How?

          Are you ready to forgive Lance Armstrong for doping or Charlie Sheen for ranting or the Boston marathon bombers?

Want More Fun? Show Me the Basket!

          I have a magic basket. It is filled with fun activities. Some of these activities cost money and many

When Bad Things Happen: 5 Ways I Cope

          Ok, let’s just say it:  school killings in Newtown (and elsewhere), horrific fires such as the fertilizer plant in

Technology: Friend or Foe? Part 2

 
     Let’s say you’re one of those seniors who has resisted the march of technology. Let’s say you eschew

Technology: Friend or Foe? Part 1

          Do you have iFear? Do you shudder at the thought of having to buy a new computer or replace a

How to Let Go of Attachments

          We get stuff and then we don’t want to let it go. By the time we’re in our senior

Ten Things to Make Your Senior Moments Happier

          Retirement and being a senior citizen is all about relaxing and enjoying life more. It’s time to quit sweating

Senior Moments: The Best is Yet to Come?

          For many years, society has said don’t trust anyone over 30. And even though those over thirty make up

White Knuckling Through March

          March is a tricky month for me. While spring officially starts March 20th and signals new buds on plants

Anthropomorphizing: It’s More Than an Unpronounceable Word

          Anthropomorphizing. I love that word. I love it because I can pronounce it and because I’m an expert at it.

Grab Your Ballots, It’s Oscar Time!

          During the year my friend Kristie and I try to see the movies that have been nominated for Best Picture of

Happy Valentine’s Day!

          Valentine’s Day is day after tomorrow. I wish you could feel the huge pause after I type that first sentence.

Fight Back Against the Winter Doldrums!

                                                                         
          It’s often been speculated that February was the month when most suicides are committed. Now, that’s a

Must We Always Act Our Age?

          I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life. George Burns
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Pinterest

                                                                                     

          Have you ever heard of Pinterest? If so, do you think it’s just one more thing that you

Turning 65

           It seems fortuitous that I chose Tuesdays as the day of the week I would publish new posts here

Kali

          All the presents have been opened and are currently claiming space on cleared shelves, in organized closets, on table

New Year: Fresh Starts

          It’s not so much about making resolutions, resolutions which I’ve historically only been able to keep for about a

Christmas: Is It Really Just for Kids?

          Merry Christmas everyone! I wish for you a joyous day with family and friends, a day filled abundantly with

Community Volunteering

          I live in Santa Rosa, California, which is the county seat of Sonoma County, a 1,768 square mile community

Complaints 101

          I abhor retired people who spend their golden years writing to manufacturers complaining about some inane thing that happened

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

 

          It’s officially THE shopping season. I probably don’t need to tell YOU that. Heck, half of my friends have

Lighting the Way

          “Pitch black” in my house doesn’t exist anymore. I can see nearly all aspects of the inside of my

Friends: What kind of a friend are you?

          I don’t think I’m a fabulous friend, but I’m a better friend than I used to be. Do you

Baseball 2012

          Quick! Before it gets all winter soggy on the West Coast (as soggy as it ever gets in the

How to be Wealthy

I’ll bet you’re thinking I’m going to present some lengthy and detailed diatribe about a manner of garnering, investing and

You Know You’re Getting Old When ….

If you’re a senior citizen like me, you know what’s coming when you hear or see the phrase `You know

Gratitude: Your most valuable ally

It’s legal, low calorie and laudable. It costs nothing. It remains quiet when ignored but blossoms when revealed. It can