The grandma check, filled out in careful handwriting and mailed well in advance to ensure timely delivery, is a treasured part of many Americans’ birthday or holiday traditions. But while the concept is simple, the art of grandma check-giving can be pretty complicated. Send too much, and you risk setting a precedent that will drain your bank ...Read More
If your closet is a chaotic mess, it might be time to try some seasonal downsizing. All it takes is an afternoon or two and the right frame of mind – and perhaps a little caffeine! The following guidelines can help streamline this often important dive into the inner recesses of your closet.
What’s your favorite restaurant? Ancient Greeks and Romans went to thermoplia – small cook shops. 11th century Chinese loved their teahouses. The first “modern” western restaurant was the Parisian Boulanger, established in 1765. Delmonico’s in New York (1827) and Union Oyster House in Boston (1826) both claim to be America’s first restaurant....Read More
My son texted me. As he put it, “This is a really sad FYI.” When my son was too old for pre-school but too young to be left alone at home while I went to work, Judy appeared like a miracle. She lived near us, with a son the same age as mine, in the same school. Oh my. But most important, she was a gem – a treasure, a sweetheart. She loved her ...Read More
People over the age of 50 are getting divorced at a higher rate in the US than previously. In the last three decades, the rate of divorce in the 50 plus population has doubled presenting a question to all of us – Can Marriage Last Forever Even As We Live Longer? The baby boomers who fell in love and got married during the 1960’s are the ones ...Read More
At nineteen years of age, it was the trip of my lifetime. One of my very first travel adventures was in the early 70s when I went cross country as a passenger on a motorcycle. My parents were probably terrified for me, but my boyfriend was a good driver, gasoline was $0.29 a gallon, I had $400 in cash and a plastic coat. What could go wrong? Leavin...Read More
Me? I haven’t been able to control my enthusiasm. My wife? She can’t contain her sarcasm. “Gary please tell me you’re running around the house because you’re excited that for once you remembered to put the toilet seat down!” Actually it’s better; much better. I am about to join the list of great inventors–people who have brought about transformatio...Read More
My husband just retired. He’s a great guy. I love him dearly. He just doesn’t belong in my sandbox. There’s an old saying, “I married you for better or worse, not for lunch.” Now I know the truth in those words. In Japan, it’s estimated that 60% of the older female population suffer from RHS – Retired Husband Syndrome. ABC News described the sympto...Read More