Conquering the Empty Nest

For as long as I can remember, the focus on my day has been my children: getting them to school, helping them with their homework (and then their problems), driving them to and from activities.  What I planned each day has always depended on school breaks and who had what sports lesson after school on what day. Until a few months ago.  ...more

The Five Things I Miss the Most About College

I just spent family weekend at my oldest son's college and boy, did I notice the age gap between college kids and me. I don't usually feel old; I usually think I'm around 23 until I try to stand up too quickly and I pull something, but spending the weekend with a bunch of college students was eye opening. Let me clarify, it wasn't so much that I felt old as it was that I felt that college was such a long time ago....more

How old are you really?

A few months ago, a couple of coworkers were trying to figure out my age. Eventually, one of them just came out and asked me. Several of them thought I was significantly younger than I actually am. I know this is not because of the way I look (I think I look my age), but rather because of the energy level that I have....more

Soon Enough Gone

One day, and soon enough I think, these eyes will close one last time.Until then, they’ll see only beauty, for choice alone is mine.One day, and soon enough, this heart will beat one last sweet rhythm,but until then I will love this life, for courage leads to wisdom. Though now is truly all there is and time is but illusion,It seems like days and years are passing, which leads to confusion.So in this moment, as it is, I’ll rest without protectionLoving me is love enough, with kindness and affection. ...more

The US Won and I'm Bummed (A Life Reflection)

I’ve had a soccer ball at my feet since I was four-years-old. Suffice it to say I am an avid fan and could not wait to watch the Women’s World Cup final tonight. What I didn’t expect was to be struck with an overwhelming feeling of melancholy in the moments that I wasn’t on the edge of my seat....more

2 Drugs found to HALT brain degeneration

I'd say it's pretty big news: Researchers have figured out that two licensed drugs have been shown (on mice) to actually HALT brain degeneration. Besides the obviously reason, this is also good news because the drugs are already safe and well-tolerated. That means researchers can start doing trials rather than waiting for drugs to be approved....more

Watching cat videos .. and other good news about your brain

Sometimes the world feels heavy with bad news and you just need to hear something positive to break the downward spiral. Or a cat video.Yes, someone surveyed 7,000 people about their cat-video watching habits and found that doing so actually increases energy and happy emotions while diminishing bad feelings. And in case you thought you were alone in your feline film enjoyment, cat videos had 26 billion views last year. That's "billion" with a B....more

11 Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy

June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and this article offers some good tips on keeping your brain healthy.http://www.dailyprogress.com/lifestyles/tips-for-keeping-your-brain-heal...Some are more obvious (eating a healthy diet) but some are less so. for example, some studies have linked depression to an increased risk of dementia. Here are the 10 plus one of my own:1. Do some cardio to increase blood flow to the brain.2. Take a class. Learning new things helps keep the brain healthy....more

Angry and Scared

There is a for sale in front of our house.  It is very bittersweet for us.   It was crazy last night with all sorts of lookie-loos driving by and stopping, wanting to see the house .  Not happening, we told them all to call the realtor.  Isn’t that the proper way of doing things?  ...more

How Much Longer Do You Think You Can Do This?

 “How much longer do you think you can do this?”...more