Category Archives: Adulthood

If It’s Five O’clock Somewhere, and The Mood is Right

One of the first college psychology courses I took had a lesson about how alcohol does not lift your spirits – it only amplifies the mood you’re in. That was actually something I already knew from experience. No, not from … Continue reading

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Father’s Day – Even For the Fatherless

So, here comes Father’s Day – a Hallmark holiday I always dreaded as a child, because I didn’t have a father. No, I wasn’t a test tube baby or anything. My parents divorced just shy of my fourth birthday. Mom, … Continue reading

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Why Do They Say “Party of One” When One is Never a Party?

Perhaps one of the few (maybe only) advantages of living alone is you may double-dip without worry. Go ahead. Scoop that chip in the five-layer dip. Take a bite, and dip the same chip in again. I don’t, however, recommend … Continue reading

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I’m Rubber and You’re Glue… What Name Offends You?

When I was a kid, the standard response to name-calling was, “Sticks and stones may break my bones. But, words can never hurt me.” Apparently, a lot has changed since my idyllic Baby Boomer childhood. These days, it takes very … Continue reading

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My Loss Was Always A Baby – Not a Clump of Cells – A Baby

On this date in 1977, after waiting and praying over the long holiday weekend, I was officially told by my obstetrician that the baby I had carried for five months had died in utero. I had not felt her kick … Continue reading

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In-law Christmas

This next weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Christmas,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real festivities with your actual family). For further clarification, the … Continue reading

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In-law Thanksgiving

This weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Thanksgiving,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real feast with your actual family). For further clarification, the “alpha … Continue reading

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Youth Does Have a Shelf Life – Nobody Warned Me

There’s a Rolling Stones‘ song “Time is on My Side.” When I was very young, I believed that. As a matter of fact, I embraced this fallacy until about four years ago. Truth is, time is never on your side. … Continue reading

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The Hierarchy of Problems Principle – Just How Miserable Are You?

More than a few decades ago, as a newlywed, I was complaining to my mother about a situation that felt important to me. After only a brief period of the ear-bending, Mom abruptly shut me down by reminding me of … Continue reading

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Do The Wise Really Need Words?

My mom often used the phrase, “word to the wise” before explaining something to me. When I was old enough to officially think like a smart aleck, I wondered about the wisdom in that idiom, questioning the need for words … Continue reading

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Life – Just Another “Long and Winding Road”

Introspection is not for the faint of heart. I am currently staying in a place that is not my home – at least, not yet, if ever. Walking with my collie a few days ago, I was just following the … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

“Happiness Is” In the 1960s, Ray Conniff released a song with that title. It had a typical catchy Conniff melody, with lyrics mainly rhyming the various things indicating happiness was “different things to different people.” Happiness Is Simplistic, but so … Continue reading

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The Satisfaction of Door Slamming

Throughout my life, I have been a door-slammer. I have found it to be an excellent release for pent-up tension. You can feel it and hear it. Like a pitcher on the mound, you put your whole arm into it, … Continue reading

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Loving Blindly, Like Katie Morosky in “The Way We Were”

Redford’s character (Hubbell) said to Streisand’s in THE WAY WE WERE: “When you love someone, from Roosevelt to me, you go deaf, dumb and blind.” Like Streisand’s Katie Morosky, I also do that. From the Beatles to collies, I give … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Escape SHAWSHANK – Quit Your Job & Find a New One

Each miserable day blends into the next.  The only changes are negative.  You think it might be time to change jobs.  But, it’s rough out there.  Times are hard, and your paycheck (such as it is), keeps coming.  And then … Continue reading

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Dickens and Do-Overs

I can’t help wondering if perhaps Charles Dickens’ inspiration for “A Christmas Carol” was not just looking back over his life. Was there just that moment when he wished that all he had lived through was but a dress rehearsal … Continue reading

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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk – Sob Uncontrollably Over Missed Opportunities 

The old saying, “There’s no use crying over spilt (or spilled) milk” always amused me. Because, I can’t stand milk. And whether it was spilt or spilled, I would rejoice. It meant that much less milk for me to try … Continue reading

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I Just Ran Out of Time 

Just worked another Saturday, when, at my age, I should be out on my boat – or spending the weekend in my vacation cabin in some lovely setting.  This came to mind:   

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Life is Like a Banana – Peel and Eat While You Can

Respectfully disagreeing with Forrest Gump’s “box of chocolates,” simile, I believe life is more like a banana. From its very appearance, its use is not evident. Depending on the banana’s stage of development, (from firm and green, to dark and … Continue reading

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Baby Boomers:  Weren’t We Promised Immortality?  Or was it just implied?

Recently, people I know (or know of) have been diagnosed with very serious illnesses, and there have been some untimely passings. I admit I have never dealt well with loss – any kind of loss – love, time, money, and especially life. … Continue reading

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As Tears (and time) Go By

It seems everyone I know has admitted that with age, they have become more emotional. And I’m not just talking about middle-aged women. Men have made this confession – including my own son. In fact, it was my son who … Continue reading

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Being A Grownup – Highly Over-Rated

I have to admit I never truly aspired to be a “grownup.” I remember wanting to be a teenager, because that looked fun and cool. Teenagers were cute, could drive and hang out, without the burden of mortgages or other … Continue reading

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That “Generation Gap” I Discovered as a teen goes on – in reverse

Fully expecting and prepared to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the relatively luxurious waiting room of my BMW dealership, took the day off to take my car in for a couple of minor things. Turns out, one of those minor … Continue reading

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Middle Age Beats Awkward Age

It is not pretty. It transforms cute, little faces into disproportionate shadows of their former sweet visage. It can wreak havoc on the cutest of countenance, and in some, it is just flat unattractive. And “it” has a name: ADOLESCENCE.

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You Did Them as a Child – Why Not Now?

Some things you no longer do, as an adult, when they were regular occurrences as a child: Fall out of bed Dream you can fly Run – outside or inside (when walking would do the job) Skin your knees Trade … Continue reading

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