"All the time you have, is all the time you have"

Imagine if someone gave you a five-year block  and said, “You can do whatever you want.” What would you do?I’m moving into a new phase of my life, having completed five years during which I did whatever I wanted to do, including running my own consulting business, community volunteering, and the occasional mid-afternoon nap. Next week I start a new full-time job with a wonderful health provider.Five years ago, I could not have imagined what I’ve enjoyed....more

The Neighborhood Christmas Party: 5 Ways It's Different In Your 50's Than In Your 30's.

 We've either been attending or hosting the annual Christmas party in our neighborhood for almost 20 years now. Here are 5 ways it is different now that we are in our 50's:...more

Empty Nester's Journey

 “Oh, you’re up?” I asked after my ever so slight but clearly effective nudge. “Sorry, hon – didn’t mean to wake you…” cough. ...more

Closer Then Ever

Well, the wedding is over. I prayed for good weather and got it! I also prayed that Brittany would think it was perfect and she said she did! So I’m happy!I choose to be happy about it! Not worried that some of my friends might be prophetic.After my last story where I talked about having over a year to create “the perfect wedding”, two friends called me to say, “Don’t worry about it being perfect. Worry about getting a shower! They each had so many things to do the day their kid got married they didn’t even get to take a shower!...more

Photo Albums

As an empty nester now for about a year and a half I have been looking at old family photo albums trying to conjure up memories. I fear that as I age I might forget the moments that mattered in my life. This might sound a bit paranoiac but the one illness I fear the most is Alzheimer’s. My mind has always been very active. I would always tell my parents that I could not stop thinking about stuff. Ideas for stories, poems or song lyrics came to me in the middle of the night and during the most awkward times. Therefore, my brain is the organ I have cherished the most in my life....more

A Minute To Whine

We acknowledge that sometimes you are confused and that you may not know where you are going. Life is scary and there are no guarantees. Knowing that there is a plan for you should give you the strength and courage to move forward. But there is a point when you want to stomp your feet, shake your fists to the sky, and shout that life is not fair. It's when life has turned upside down with you on the bottom and nothing seems right. It's not that you want understanding or hearing that life has a silver lining....more

Generation Gap

One of the most noticeable things about my first semester in college was the obvious generation gap.  I'm not speaking of just age (though that was DEFINITELY there!) but the difference in attitude.I don't take this opportunity I've been given lightly.  I treasure each second I'm in school and I realize the immense value of my education.  I've been given the chance to start my life over again and I am deeply cognizant of the blessing in my life....more

Later Boomers Must Read!

To the Manor Retired (Almost!!)

    I may have this picture-embed process figured out finally.   Wanting to consistently show which life segment I am writing about  has been a challenge but this morning, I may have made a breakthrough. This is a picture of the Manor on a cold morning where the sun had almost burned off the cloud that was covering the mountain that day.  I thought it turned out well enough to use fo...more

Was I Ever Me?