No Place Like Home by Sharon O’Donnell


My husband and I have lived in the same house for 29 years now. We almost moved to a bigger house outside the city limits back in 1998 but decided against it. I even wrote an article about this housing decision for one of my regular columns for our local ...

Weeping in the Playground by Pamela Francis


I was standing in the middle of the playground weeping. Not because I got hurt – although with the weird new thing happening with my hip when I walk, and the awkward way I’ve been ascending the stairs at home and at work, and the crazy phenomenon whereby I can no ...

Why You Should Start Living Dangerously by Pamela Francis


Not sure if you've noticed but, longevity is highly overrated.  Maybe it was all that Breyer's butter almond icecream and pork rinds, or maybe it was the Johnny Walker Black, but "some of us" indulged our way into a really challenging old age that includes not being able to do anything we used to or liked to ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Been there, done that. Now I have two kids. by Zoe Richmond


The Music and Arts Festival Coachella was recently held.  It is a three-day music festival in the Coachella Valley, near Palm Springs, California. Headliners included acts like Guns n’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris. Earlier in the year, my friend was trying to convince me to go.  “No. And hell ...

Size Evidently Does Matter by Sharon O’Donnell


I've had a Facebook page for years and have had a Twitter account for several years too, although I don't know how to use all the Twitter or my I Phone's features. One of my nephews recently showed me how to take a photo of a screen shot of a ...

Being An Old Mommy by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan


Isn’t great how kids can keep it real? NOT, especially when it comes to age. One day in the bathroom my daughter let me know in a rather matter-of-fact way that I was an old mommy. I asked why she thought that. “Well you do have wrinkles like Grammie.” Ouch. ...

One Foot on a Banana Peel, The Other On The Gas Pedal By: Lori j Loesch


 I feel like I've got one foot on a banana peel, to retirement, and the other on the gas pedal of a race car.  Being an older mom, has it's ups and downs.  As I get older, age has a way of sliding into my life and changing everything.  I ...

Searching for the Better Me by Melissa Swedoski


A funny thing happened to me recently - I learned to let go of some of the baggage I've been carrying around for years. And when I say years, I mean almost two decades. You'd think at the ripe old age of 44 that I would have transitioned out of ...

Stumbling Through Midlife Without The Right Shoes by Melissa Swedoski


Lately I've been pondering this conundrum of midlife parenting, because not only do I have two toddler girls just beginning their journey, but I have a 72-year-old father who just started a new job. Just goes to show that whatever you think is going to happen, never happens quite that ...

Insults and Compliments by Sharon O’Donnell


As a woman gets older, thoughtless comments and insults (unintended or intended) can often have an impact on her self-esteem. OK, let's stop writing in the third person here; it can often impact my self-esteem. 51 can be a precarious age, and it ...