OMG, It Was A Magic Moment! – Kandy Butler

The moment the nurse laid my newborn son on my chest and he picked his head up and looked at me. After 9 months of rubbing my tummy, singing to him and preparing to meet him, it took my breath away when I first laid eyes on my beautiful baby boy. He is 29 years old now and I have always been so proud of him. He is beautiful inside and out.

OMG, It Was A Magic Moment! – Dede Radford

Hi Jo-Anne…well, where should I begin.  When my daughter was 12, she said that a cat followed her home from school.  And, you know how that story goes!  So, around 4 years later, she was a huge part of our family.  One day we had strange noises in our garage.  We found that there was a huge, mangy male tabby hidi...Read More

OMG, It Was A Magic Moment! – dcd4602

Holding my grandson for the first time

Age No Reason for Self-Image to Suffer

There are points in life when you just feel crummy.  Not so much physically downcast, but ineffectual, worthless, even blue. It’s not uncommon for older adults to experience bouts of low self-esteem.  But, we don’t have to take it on the chin. Conventional wisdom accepts self-image as forged by three intertwining factors: how ...Read More

Secrets to a long, happy marriage

Some might say a long celebrity marriage is one that endures the duration of the newly betrothed's trip down the aisle. We've seen Britney Spears dissolve a marriage after 55 hours and Kim Kardashian call it quits after 72 days. It seems even money can't buy matrimonial happiness.  But some couples have been together for 50, 60 ...Read More

Enjoy the Yuletide – Tips for Having a Fabulous “After Fifty” Holiday

While these can be our best years ever, the holiday season can stress even the most laid-back of After Fiftiers. Embrace these tips and turn that stress into celebration, enjoying a festive, fabulous Yuletide! 1. “Spruce” Applies to More than the Tree! Feel tired, worn-out – maybe even “old?” ‘Tis the season...Read More


Stormy weather. Yesterday, while walking in a public building, my eyes glanced to a monitor on the wall. It was displaying a saying by Norman Cousins and I stopped to make sure I “absorbed” the message. The saying, “Life is an adventure in forgiveness,” raised my spirits. Isn’t it wonderful to think that we humans real...Read More

Some Life Lessons from Andy Rooney – Part 2

Here’s a gift to you all from me – the final installment of simply wonderful sayings by the incredible Andy Rooney. Enjoy! I’ve learned … that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am; … that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile; … that no one...Read More

After Fifty? Thinking of Retirement? Make It A Happy One! (Part 3)

Let’s look at the final two “secrets” to a happy retirement, as was highlighted by Sidney Lagier in her recent US News’ article. The first 2 secrets were discussed in the posting here of July 25th and the next three secrets are discussed in the posting here on July 29th.� Here are the last 2 secrets. Not Addicted To Achiev...Read More

After Fifty? Thinking of Retirement? Make It a Happy One! (Part 2)

Our previous posting here references US News’ recent article by Sydney Lagier: 7 Secrets to a Happy Retirement. In that posting, we reviewed Sydney’s first 2 secrets: good health and having a significant other in your life. Let’s look at three more of these secrets. A Social Network. The US News article mentions research showing t...Read More

After Fifty? Thinking of Retirement? Make It a Happy One!

US News came out this week with a great article, “7 Secrets to a Happy Retirement.” It could have easily been entitled “7 Secrets to a Happy Life,” as the “secrets” make a lot of sense, regardless of how many candles we have on our birthday cakes. The problem, though, is that these secrets may be a lot more diffi...Read More

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