Elaine Plummer

I am a registered nurse women’s health care expert who spends a lot of... read more

Empty Nester Living Large in Small Accommodations

Living in “small” spaces is the new challenge today. “Tiny” living is life in an itty-bitty, little house, and they can range from 117 square feet to no more than 500 square feet. Now that’sseriously small living! Although some “small” houses might go as big as 874 square feet, and that is pure luxury living....more
HomeRearedChef elaineR.N. Can't wait!!more

I Gave My Daughter Her First Joint

I gave my daughter a joint this past weekend.I do not mean that to sound like it was no big deal, because it was not at all a casual decision. My daughter is almost 15 years old and a freshman in high school, and she has always been very open and honest with me.  Image: Rafael Castillo ...more
legal or not enabling is not EVER GOOD and saying your the cool mom when clearly you are ...more

I Gave My Daughter Her First Joint

I gave my daughter a joint this past weekend.I do not mean that to sound like it was no big deal, because it was not at all a casual decision. My daughter is almost 15 years old and a freshman in high school, and she has always been very open and honest with me.  Image: Rafael Castillo ...more
legal or not enabling is not EVER GOOD and saying your the cool mom when clearly you are ...more

Empty Nester Living Large in Small Accommodations

Living in “small” spaces is the new challenge today. “Tiny” living is life in an itty-bitty, little house, and they can range from 117 square feet to no more than 500 square feet. Now that’sseriously small living! Although some “small” houses might go as big as 874 square feet, and that is pure luxury living....more
HomeRearedChef elaineR.N. Can't wait!!more

I Thought My Sister's Death Was a Lie

This spring I dreamt that my sister Bobbie wasn't dead. She hadn't committed suicide after all. She was coming home. It was 1966 again and I was 10 years old. She was 21, just like before, and I sobbed for joy when she came to the door, in her familiar beatnik style, looking somewhat detached and cold, but there. After all, I never saw her body — they said it was too far gone for me to see — so her death really may have been a lie, camouflaged amidst my parents' many other deceits. ...more
I'm so sorry you had to lose your sister.  I hope that in writing this you have come to some ...more

From Empty Nest to Love Nest

So what are my husband and I to do now? Now that our once-full and busy “nest” is found empty and we are therefore suddenly free of all family responsibilities? “Children responsibility”; of worrying and providing for, that is! What should now fill the many empty hours and [long] days ahead that were once in-every-respect spoken for—cooking and cleaning for...chauffeuring for...cultivating good manners, and how-to make life choices that will meet their individual needs for their long-term happiness?...more
Linda Anselmi Thank  you, Linda, 'guess we've had 32-years of living together to get it right. ...more

6 Tips for Public Speaking When You're a Blog Conference Panelist

So, maybe you are going to be a speaker at BlogHer 2014 in a few weeks, or maybe you're going to be speaking at a different blog conference. It may be your first time speaking before a large crowd, or it may be your 100th time. Regardless of your level of experience, there are a few things that I’ve learned along that way that will help you put your best foot forward. I’ve come up with a list of six tips that I use every time I speak in public – something I’ve been doing since I was President of the Student Government in middle school. I am comfortable in front of a room or a large audience; here are the things that I’ve learned over the years. ...more
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Empty Nester Down-Sizing Thirty-Two Years of Memories

Now that my three children have grown and flown the coop—sadly, they no longer fill the hours of my immediate world—I need to accept my new life without them and, even if reluctantly, move forward. As my children will undoubtedly be setting new roots elsewhere and begin collecting memories of their own, I realize that my husband and I need to make some important changes within our home, too....more
souschef No, it was certainly not fun and not easy, but definitely something that needed to be ...more

CHANUKAH IN JUNE!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – la la la!  Yes, the Mensch on the Bench is in stock and available for purchase.  This is a big deal, since the only way you could get him before was to pre-order.   And, I want more!...more
HomeRearedChef You already have the Mensch of the year, BOB!!!  However, I do know what you mean ...more

CHANUKAH IN JUNE!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – la la la!  Yes, the Mensch on the Bench is in stock and available for purchase.  This is a big deal, since the only way you could get him before was to pre-order.   And, I want more!...more
HomeRearedChef You already have the Mensch of the year, BOB!!!  However, I do know what you mean ...more