Empty House, Full Mind

 Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Midlife Boulevard.  @midlifeblvd.  My personal blog is Empty House Full Mind. Blogger, Huffington Post. Follow me on twitter @sharongreenthal. Former stay-at-home mom, now an empty-nester. I live in Long Beach, CA with my husband and our perfect dog, Lambeau. My kids are grown but I'm still a mom.

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

10 Hot Songs of Summer

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Summer is all about having fun. Every summer there’s a song that will forever mean hot weather, cold drinks, cool pools and the smell of coco-nutty suntan lotion. Here are some of my favorite summer songs – the ones that will always sound like summer to me ....more

The Long Goodbye – When Your Kid Goes to College

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest The longest 3 months of my life (except maybe when I was in the last trimester of each of my pregnancies) was...more

Summer, 1970, Long Island

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I was 8 years old the summer of 1970, and that was the summer I didn’t go to camp. We lived in a sweet little house that my father spent hours painting and fixing, though his handyman skills were severely lacking. His younger brother, a hippie with a wild afro, who lived in our attic and was as mysterious and fascinating to me as Bobby Sherman, built a screened-in porch in our backyard with some of his equally hairy friends ....more

Love & Friendship – a Movie and Giveaway

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Did you know there was an unpublished novella called “Lady Susan” written by Jane Austen? The new movie Love &...more

We All Fall Down

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest It’s time to put away my high heels for good. For my own good, that is. Only really old people fall down, or that’s what I thought until recently ....more

The Reason My Husband is a F#%ker

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest My husband is a f#%ker....more

5 Truths About Life After College Parents Should Know

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest You know how it feels when you walk out the door and it’s really cold out and your nose goes numb and your ears freeze and you’re kind of blinded by the wind or the snow or maybe just the miserable rain? That’s how it may be for your college graduate as he or she leaves the familiar environs of college and—job or not—heads out into the world. Much is written about the transitions as our children grow—from toddlerhood to pre-school, from elementary school to middle school, from high school to college—but there’s far too little conversation about what, for many people, is the most difficult transition of their lives: from college student to grown-up ....more
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