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If Not Now, When?

In 1970 I laid my knitting needles to rest after creating the ugliest, most deformed, most scratchy scarf ever, an abomination that my husband didn’t even pretend to like. On July 10, 2016 I bought some multicolored yarn, a few… Read More ›

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  • Coloring Books as Stress Relievers


    It sounds paradoxical but I and many sixty somethings are trying our hardest to relax. Yoga, meditation, tai chi, pills, nature sounds, long walks, counseling, and, of course vacation therapy. Relaxing or trying to relax is actually a very time-consuming,… Read More ›

  • Hillarys ‘R’ Us


    Hillarys ‘R’ Us Hillary Clinton is just about one year older than me. She attended college at an all-girls college in the late sixties in the suburb of a major city, as did I. We probably wore the same bell… Read More ›

  • Facebook: Lessons Learned

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    Everyone’s spouse is a soulmate and everyone’s children and grandchildren are violinists with hearts of gold. Deal with it. People who die become guardian angels. Just because you want to reach out to old boyfriends, doesn’t mean they want to… Read More ›

  • Accoutrement

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    My name is X and I am an accessory addict, a lover of furnishings, tools, rigging, trappings…all paraphernalia. Ruefully, I admit that pursuing new activities is often not as rewarding for me as investigating, ordering, buying and stockpiling all the… Read More ›

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    I am obsessed by cherry blossoms, or rather, the feelings inspired by their fragile beauty. It’s a sort of bitter-sweet acknowledgment that this beauty comes infrequently and is painfully ephemeral.  The Japanese word, aware, captures the feeling of poignant, fleeting… Read More ›

  • Understanding the Righteous Mind


    In this election year I have to remember to tread carefully with friends and even family members when it comes to politics. I have been astonished and dismayed in the past to discover that a loved one disagrees with my… Read More ›

  • Back to the Future with Marie Kondo

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      At age eight, when I acquired a new item of clothing, I would introduce the new dress or sweater or pair of pants to the other items in my closet. “Everybody, this is my new blue checked dress with… Read More ›

  • Calisthenics for the Brain


    It used to be a snap to memorize poetry: read, look away, and recite. I would do this a few times…and the job was done. I can still recite those poems I chose to (or was forced to) memorize 50+… Read More ›

  • Hormesis

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    Hormesis- Not a term you hear every day, unless you happen to live with a biostatistician who specializes in toxicology. Hormesis is a biological phenomenon whereby a beneficial effect results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is… Read More ›