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Diary of a Midlife Mom – September 2020 by Lin Griffith


My story begins like many other women.  As a little girl, I dreamed of marrying my prince charming one day, happily raising at least 4 children all while being the perfect wife and mom.  Sound familiar? Fast forward about 20 years, and lo and behold, I was finding myself going through ...

Cool Outdoor Games for Family & Adult Fun by Robin Gorman Newman


If you're like me, given the Pandemic, I've been spending more time in our backyard.  That has included inviting friends for social distance visits, bringing in food....and looking for activities that we can safely share.  This has inspired me to seek out cool games we can play, and these also ...

Halloween Treats for the Kid in All of Us by Robin Gorman Newman


Having been in business for over 80 years, Economy Candy is New York's oldest retail candy store and a family owned business. My son, now 17, and I, used to do regular staycations in NYC (we live on Long Island), and during one of those trips, we visited the iconic shop ...

The College Conversation by Eric J. Furda and Jacques Steinberg (Book Excerpt)


From THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION by Eric J. Furda and Jacques Steinberg, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2020 by Eric J. Furda and Jacques Steinberg.   As readers of this book, you may be joining the College Conversation at different ...

7 Ways Arts and Crafts Help Child Development


Although some people view arts and crafts simply as fun activities for kids to enjoy, they can actually greatly contribute towards your child’s development. This is why so many elementary school projects and lessons include art in some way. It’s the perfect medium to teach kids how to express themselves ...

What Do We Mean by Healthy Aging? By Dr. Murali Rao, author, 50+ and Healthy (Book Excerpt)


Chapter 4 Mental and Emotional Reserves Research has been undertaken on the existence and the effects of ‘brain reserves’ as well as ‘emotional reserves’ in relation to later-life mental health. The first is still little known, and the starting premise is that — just as some people simply have greater muscular strength ...

Be All In: Raising Kids for Success in Sports and Life by Christie Pearce Rampone and Dr. Kristine Keane (Book Excerpt)


Giving Honest Feedback It is so hard to give negative feedback, especially to our children.  Research on management consistently shows that leaders tend to avoid giving feedback, especially negative or corrective feedback.2 This holds true for parenting as well. Parents are afraid of hurting their children’s feelings or doing damage to ...

What’s One More Year? by Sharon O’Donnell


My middle son, and his fiance, have been dating since they were in 10th grade -- it'll be eleven years in November. Yep. 11 years. They went through high school together where they both played on the basketball and baseball/softball teams, and I still think it's cute when they go ...

There Are No “Negatives” in the Box Called Life by Doc Orman, M.D. (Book Excerpt)


Chapter 5 HERE’S A PRESENT FOR YOU – ENJOY IT! I now want to give you some pointers about how you can tell when your negative thinking is true and appropriate...and when it is not. THERE ARE NO ‘NEGATIVES’ IN THE BOX CALLED ‘LIFE’ You know how when you buy something from a store, ...

Living Happier Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie (Book Excerpt)


CHAPTER 2 HAPPINESS IS...   THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAW IN SEARCHING for happiness ‘out there’ lies in confusing pleasure for happiness. This basic misperception leads to the belief that happiness is either a once-in-a-lifetime-delight, or the compound effect of many, more, or bigger ‘pleasurables’. There is, of course, a place for pleasure. In fact, pleasurable ...