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Just Sayin’

OVER THE HILL?? I am kinda annoyed (and that’s putting it mildly). There’s a comment on the AFL Facebook page that says being After 50 is “over the hill.” Really? It’s ONLY so in the mind of that poor, misguided, disgruntled creature. How sad is that!! My goal is NOT to present some unrealistic, unattainable image of what life is like when you reac...Read More

Living It Fully!

Recently we received a wonderful note from Donna, an After Fiftier, and it got me thinking about the After Fifty Living tag line: live it fully, live it now.  But first, here’s the note: “Hi Jo-Anne, I am a tour operator and specialize in garden tours.  Many of my guests are 60 plus and I cannot tell you how many times I have heard from them saying...Read More

Mellowing AND Sharpening – As We Age

Is it just me? Am I the only one who’s finding that with every passing day, month, year, a lot of things that would have “raised my dander” a while back simply aren’t doing so anymore. And when I examined this more closely, I realized that these issues, almost every one of them, are truly inconsequential matters. Who cares if “the spouse” is wearin...Read More

Have We Forgotten?

Maybe it’s time to take a break. Between the lies from the White House, a raging virus that the president ignores, and peaceful protestors attacked by unidentified Feds, life looks very grim. The news reads like a horror story, corruption is rampant, and conspiracy theorists are hell-bent on destroying our beautiful country. It’s all happening as w...Read More

Dale Knight COVID Travel Update

The COVID restrictions have been very difficult for those of us world travelers in the Early Retirement Community. We have had friends stuck for months in Europe, The Philippines, and Peru, among other countries. We who travel as a lifestyle have found our footloose approach to life… encumbered, to say the least! Here we have a travel update ...Read More

First Date Blues!

I’ve talked about pre-dating, i.e. writing your profile, getting ready to date, and spotting scammers. Now it’s time for the real deal. You’ve put your feet in the dating pool and you’ve had some dates. Some good, some not so good, most just so-so but for whatever reasons there were few second dates, whether it be by your choice or not. It’s ...Read More

A Cognitive Test – For US!

This test is to ascertain your mental state now. If you get one right you are doing ok, if you get none right you better go for counseling. (I’ll meet you there.)   There are 4 test questions. Don’t miss one.       Giraffe Test How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?   Stop and think about it and decide on your answer...Read More

There Is No Greater Virus than Fear

We have a choice; living a life of fear, or one of hope and optimism. Fear Dwelling on fears clouds the mind. It creates anxiety, emotional contraction, judgment of others and it becomes difficult to make a clear decision about anything. Moving forward becomes arduous because there is so much doubt. Fear sees limitation, lack of options, and darkne...Read More

It’s Raining Cats, Dogs . . . and Plastic?

We all know the meaning of it’s raining cats and dogs. Yet no one has solved the mystery of where the phrase originated. Some say it goes back to Nordic mythology where Odin, the God of storms, was pictured with dogs and wolves (symbols of wind). Witches rode through on brooms with black cats and heavy rain. Another unlikely legend claims that dogs...Read More

“The 86-Year-Old Orphan” by Catherine Bellizzi – an Excerpt

“So, my lovely, are we getting married or are we going to live in sin?” Bill asked Tessie as they left the dining room. Well, I’m sure as heck not living in sin!” Tessie exclaimed. “Well, then, should we set a date?” Bill followed up. “Maybe we should set a date to set a date first,” Tessie laughed, meaning the old-fashioned kind of date where the ...Read More

How You Look. Does It Really Matter?

Floods! No, that wasn’t a Weather Channel news alert. That’s how my friends described the too-short pants I wore for my birthday shopping spree. As we’ve each turned 60, we’ve come up with simple ways to mark our passage into a new decade. For my celebration, I asked my friends to help me select a new wardrobe, but first, th...Read More

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