Which – Scamming or Flattering? How to Tell?

Dear “Oh Carol:” I was shopping at Costco and saw some snow boots I thought would be great for my son (he lives in Norway).  So, I’m inspecting them and up comes a guy, probably 10 years younger than me (I’m in my early 60’s) and he starts talking to me.  Great boots, great price, well made, and on and on.  I’m wondering wha...Read More

How Old Do You Have To Be?

  How old do you have to be to get only one candle on your birthday cake? How old do you have to be before it’s OK to back out of your driveway without looking? How old do you have to be before the only way to find something lost in your house is to buy a replacement? Let’s face it. Life is funny. We have to laugh about things like body parts ...Read More

Readers, Readers, EVERYWHERE!

  It began with a pair of purple-and–tortoise-shell readers. According to my latest numbers, I could no longer indulge in Ben & Jerry’s Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, Nathan’s Fries, and Tate’s Mint Chocolate Chip cookies. I had to do something. So I bought a pair of funky purple-and-tortoise-shell readers. had dubbed them Goo ...Read More

Travellers Worst Woes: Luggage Zippers! by Gary Chalk

Full disclosure: I am ‘Zipper Challenged.’I was diagnosed last week while on an Alaskan cruise. Early symptoms of Zipper Challenge are evident from the bedroom when packing. Husbands scream, “Dear, do we need this much clothing?” On the ship more symptoms appear: fits of anger when attempting to open multiple luggage zippers...Read More

Things I’m Glad I’ve Lived Through (and Never Have to Revisit)

I belong to many nostalgia lists. Most of these sites center on memories of Philadelphia, since that’s where I spent my childhood and adolescence. Mostly these sites just make me homesick for cheesesteaks, water ice (or wadder ice, in the Philadelphia vernacular), and all-night diners where late dates ended over “kitchen sink” ice cream boats. Howe...Read More

In Memory of My Patty Duke Flip

“Meet Cathy, who’s lived most everywhere, From Zanzibar to Barclay Square. But Patty’s only seen the sights A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights – What a crazy pair!”   I really wanted to be Cathy Lane, not Patty Lane. I definitely thought that Crepes Suzette sounded more interesting than hot dogs. Hot dogs didn’t make me lose con...Read More

Garbage – Literally Speaking!

As a former summer replacement garbageman who once worked four consecutive days without throwing up, I must protest the automatic thingie used these days to hoist rubbish containers. If a modern-day garbage process-server comes across a receptacle that is too heavy, or too smelly, or too laden with dead rodents, he can affix it to a device on the b...Read More

What Happened to Exciting, Fun Winters?

I wondered as I looked out the window watching the snow falling on trees and lawns.  Well, I remember that heavy wet snow made great snow balls waiting for my brother’s back.  And fluffy flurries falling so much that it sat on my lashes like a bookshelf.  Opened lips could catch the flakes so I could taste God’s many geometric creations.   They tas...Read More

“Considerate” Husband Regarding His “Aging” Wife…

When it comes to “After 50” relationships, there are times when you’ve just gotta smile! THANKS to AFL’s Carol Ziegler for sending this bit of “wisdom” our way!  And… keep smiling!

Stay Young, My Friend!

                                                                                                        Stay Young, My Friend!              We all need to read this one over and over until it becomes part of who we are! HOW TO STAY YOUNG 1. Try everything twice. On one woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: “Tried everythin...Read More

The Interval Between

It’s the week after Christmas, or ‘holiday’ if you’re part of the alchemist crowd that mixed Jesus with Visa and got Santa. Hopefully you dodged the dictates of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion that mandated all celebrations be generic. Whichever season it’s called, the last week in the year seems to be a peaceful one. The frenzy is over. The ...Read More

The Fifteen Ways I Know I’ve Gotten Old

I am a bonafide Baby Boomer, born in 1950, five years after the “boom” started. What this means, from a decidedly egotistical standpoint,t is that I have always felt as if the world’s focus was on my age mates and me, and I have always felt eternally young. Therefore, it came as a great surprise to me that age is catching up to me. Besides the usua...Read More

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