It Was A Very Good Year

As another year draws to an end and the promise of a new year is on the horizon, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for being a part of my life. 2012 wasn’t a year of milestone events, but rather a year filled with moments that collectively created memories that I cherish.  Four mornings each week I can count on walking the trails with you. We spend the hour sharing, learning and laughing. Once a month, as I’ve done for the last fourteen years, I spend a couple of hours with you discussing our selected book....more

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing: March Madness Edition

I was raised on a steady diet of college basketball. More specifically, UCLA Bruin Basketball.  No big stretch- my parents met over 60 years ago while my mother was a student at UCLA. It was easy being a fan in the John Wooden years- 10 National Championships, long undefeated streaks, a roster of future NBA Hall of Famers. Coach Wooden retired in 1975, ostensibly when Bill Walton graduated....more
 @@jschonb  my UCSB Gaucho women got destroyed by Baylor in the frist round!more

Words With Friends

Hosting The Empty Nesters Radio Show has provided the opportunity to meet many interesting people. Jeffrey Zaslow was such a guest. His book The Last Lecture co authored with Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch shot him to fame.  He came on the show to talk about his book The Girls From Ames, a story of enduring female friendships. The world was saddened to hear of his recent passing at age 53 due to a car accident....more
Its a great game..Just like me I get addicted with the game words with friends..I always play ...more

I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.

This weekend marks a significant anniversary in my life. My life was saved exactly half a lifetime ago. I was 27 years old 27 years ago when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had no family history. I was young , healthy and fit- not exactly a high risk candidate. Yet there I was, spending the 1984 holiday season being probed and tested for a variety of symptoms that had grown too worrisome  to ignore. Sudden weight loss ( at 27  I wasn't going to question  that one !), fatigue and crippling abdominal pain were more than just stress due to a hectic season and home remodel....more

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

The Empty Nesters had the great pleasure of attending the wedding of a young woman we have known since she was in kindergarten. We've celebrated countless birthdays and holidays with our friends and their families and now we find ourselves at the next stage- the weddings. We sat outside under the setting Southern California sun, listening to the orchestra play Marry Me by Train as the wedding party made their way down the flower strewn aisle....more

The Dog Days Are Over

 The term  Dog Days refers to the hottest, and most sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere they usually  occur between July and September. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, The Dog Star, in its close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather. Here in Los Angeles the Dog Days arrived early this year. This past weekend the temperatures hit triple digits in the inland areas. Yet the beaches were blanketed by a thick marine layer and the sun didn't shine through until mid afternoon....more

Only the Good Die Young

We are only a couple of weeks into 2011, still high on the possibilities a new year brings. The recent tragedy in Tucson, Arizona smacked us in the face with the fragility of life. 6 innocent people, including a nine year old girl dead, and a dozen others injured including United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in serious condition after miraculously surviving a gunshot wound to the head. A deranged individual's action instantly changed the lives of the families and society as a whole....more

Mourning a Mother

Mourning A Mother The empty nesters join the entire country in mourning the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. A lawyer, political wife, writer, and most importantly mother of 4, Elizabeth lost her valiant battle with metastatic cancer this morning with her family, including estranged husband John, by her side. Whatever we think of John and his despicable behavior, he is the father of their children. It will now be his responsibility to raise their two youngest , Emma Claire 12, and Jack 10. The Edwards story has been all over the media....more

The Moment of a Liftime

Oscar night is one of the empty nester’s favorite evenings of the year. Watching the stars walk down the red carpet, checking out the fashion dos and don’ts, wondering how much botox a face can tolerate is a tradition we almost always enjoy together. This year Jill and Claudia were in different locations, but even apart watching the really big show was a trip.This year was particularly fun because we saw many of the nominated films and performances....more