27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years of Marriage

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest In honor of my 27th wedding anniversary, here is a list of 27 things I have learned about marriage in 27 years. I am certain most people, after being married a long time, have learned many of the same things. No one is more important than your spouse ....more

What to Do With Yourself in the Empty Nest

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest The biggest question those on the verge of the empty nest have is often “What will we...more

Questions Your Millennials Will Ask You

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I am taking the week off from blogging, so I am sharing one of my recent About.com columns. I’ll be back next week! Thanks for reading and commenting – I appreciate all of you ....more

Being Twenty-Five – Then and Now

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest When I was 25, my life was a mess. I had left a brief mistake of a marriage, moved in with my father and his girlfriend, was rehired in a position...more

Indignation – a Summer Movie for Grown-Ups – Giveaway

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Have you had enough of the big summer blockbuster movies with superheroes and car crashes? Roadside Attractions has just the thing to cure your moviegoing blahs – Indignation, a new film written and directed by James Schamus. Based on Philip Roth’s novel of the same name, Indignation is a movie that will keep your attention and keep you thinking ....more

The Skill of Gratitude

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I was not raised in a religious home. Though culturally I have always been deeply connected to Judaism, it has never been a way for me to find consolation or reassurance in difficult times. My identity is firmly planted in the roots of my grandmother’s Yiddishkeits, my father’s voice when he recited the kaddish on Yom Kippur, my children’s faces at their B’nai Mitvah ....more

Always Drive Defensively and Other Lessons

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest The summer I was 15, my grandfather gave me my first driving lessons. He and my grandmother had driven from Boca Raton, Florida to San Diego, California and rented a house on Coronado Island for the summer. It was my family’s first summer living in Los Angeles, and what with adjusting to our new home after spending all our lives in New York and my parents separation nine...more

An Empty Nest Imperfect with History

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest A little over a year ago, my husband and I downsized to a cute little 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house just a half block from the beach. When we moved in, we...more

What Does Midlife Really Mean?

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest For the past 5 years as a writer, editor and conference organizer I have been talking about, thinking about, and having heated debates about...more

Hot Fun? Not So Much.

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Every summer, for as long as I can remember, I have melted. While other people are overjoyed at the thought of long, hot days enjoying the heat as the sun beats down on their hot little heads, I am searching for a shady spot where I can watch, drink my Diet Coke with lots of ice, and cheer them on in whatever they are doing. For some reason, simply being in the sun is too much for me ....more
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