Beyond the Bucket List: The F**k- It List

The Bucket List is way beyond the movie; it’s part of the lexicon, part of life—-the things you want to do before you die. Lately it seems as if everyone and his dog has a Bucket List.   Which is great. Up to a point. There’s a place where the Buck(et) Stops. Where the brave and bold move beyond. For me, the moment hit somewhere between thinking about getting a face-lift and getting my affairs in order. Not that I’ve done either one. For baby boomers, the dawn of the new decade could be the perfect time....more

Resolutions for A New Year and a New Decade, When Hope is Hard

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen...more

New Year's Day Poetry Friday: Lisa Russ Spaar

Photo: Dan Addison, UVa....more

Big Change Chronicles: Moving Across Town, Remembering What Home Means

by Agnes KrupI discovered the first grey in my hair on Christmas day – several grey hairs, actually. Grey is not easy to detect in blond, but there they were, unmistakably. They looked quite beautiful (if I may say so myself): my head of straw given a quiet shine of distinction by just a dozen of strategically located individual hairs....more

I just posted about grey hair and then I saw your post. Thanks for the commentary! I ...more

Should You Change Your Self-Mythology in 2010?

I warn you. This post rambles, but walk with me, please. Think with me a while about you and your self-mythology. What is your self-mythology, by the way, and how is what you believe about you shaping your life? I'm not going to list any tips for self-revelation this go-round. This is more about introspection, and so, do you ever feel like the following statement applies to you? "The life I've dreamed about has arrived but I am woefully unprepared." ...more

Nordette ~ yours is the first post I came to after joining BlogHer, and this is exactly what ...more

Post-Holiday Healthy Cooking Advice from the Mayo Clinic

As New Year's resolution season approaches, many of us are thinking about food and our health....more

Best of Moomette’s Magnificents Blog Posts 2009

Now that we’ve passed the Winter Solstice and are wrapping up 2009, I’ve tried to put together a collection of my favorite“Best of 2009” series of Moomette’s Magnificents posts. While I’m a mom, I’m also a grandmom, wife, sister, and friend.  I try to identify myself as a multi-generational blogger, and my blogging friends and readers are many. (Read More) Cindi...more

Christmas Memories

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry AllenI loved making Christmas special when I was a young wife and mother. The trees could never be tall enough, the lifetime collection of ornaments, each with a story, could never be enough to decorate each year’s tree in order to fill my sons’ memory banks with joy. There was the Christmas when we lived in a townhouse on Madison Avenue. The parlor had heavy double wooden doors … just like in the Nutcracker....more

Five Things for Which I'm Proud (2009 edition)

If you were raised as I was, in the old school, American South way, meaning Sunday School on Sundays and heavy doses of "home training" anytime, anyplace, then you may know why an assignment to write about "five things you're proud of from 2009" shook me up a bit. I can only think of one moment in my personal history where saying "I'm proud," was cool with the folks, and the props go to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, for that. ...more

Graduate school huh, Good for you!!!more

Well, the Kids Can't Come Home - So How Are We Doing?

Here's what happens as we move through life:  our holidays are very different things.   Our older son and his new wife are living in London and traveling in the Middle East - sending enroute an "on our way" email.  .  Our younger son invited us to San Francisco but air fare and hotels are prohibitive.  My husband has a law school paper due in January.  My work as a web editor never ends.  This will NOT be a family time of year....more