More, More, More – Not Anymore

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I started working when I was 14, and was never without a job until just before I got pregnant with my first child when, coincidentally, I was laid off. After 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t have that job anymore, so I began writing a blog and that led to co-founding a website, which I edited and managed for 3 years, a job that took 8-10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. ...more

The Tragedy of the Empty Nest

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest If we are lucky, something enormous...more

Funerals and Old Friends

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I got a message on Facebook one morning. It was from my ex-husband. We hadn’t talked in years ....more

4 Ways to Beat the Winter Break Blues

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest From time to time I will share my column on About.com, where I am the Young Adults Expert....more

Love Letters and More: My Favorite Posts of 2015

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest As 2015 comes to a close, I have revisited my work over the past 12 months to find the writing I’ve done that has meant the most to me, whether because it was well-received or because it came from my heart. What was once a simple personal blog has expanded and grown to include work I do...more

I Won’t Unfriend People I Disagree With On Facebook

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Being a liberal Jewish west coast living/east coast transplant, my social circles have, unfortunately, never been very diverse. Like most people, I tend to gather and keep friends who are, in one way or another, much like I am, whether it’s because we share similar interests or similar values. Not all of my friends, on the surface, may...more

70’s Movies Your College Kids Will Enjoy

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest From time to time I will share my column on About.com, where I am the Young Adults Expert....more

My Love of Shopping – a Lifelong Romance

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest My life story can be told in many ways, but shopping – with my mother, my kids, my friends, my husband…...more

Give Thanks for Young Adult Kids

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest From time to time I will share my column on About.com, where I am the Young Adults Expert. This column is about giving thanks for our young adult kids. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! ...more

I Cannot Mourn For Everyone, But I Mourn For Paris

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest It’s not that I don’t care about the people of Kenya, or Beirut, or Lebanon. Those passengers on the Russian jet – including the 25 children, those poor children – make me impossibly sad. Across the world, every day, people are victims of senseless violence...more