Is Reinvention Elitist?

I just finished Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley.  The objective of this book, according to the author, is “to inspire people…to imagine their own future in powerful and positive ways.” Pauley weaves her story into the telling of those anecdotes.

Is Reinvention Elitist?

I just finished Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley.  The objective of this book, according to the author, is “to inspire people…to imagine their own future in powerful and positive ways.” Pauley weaves her story into the telling of those anecdotes.

The Human Experience

July is a poignant month for my family. My dad died in July, 2008. He and mom had just celebrated their 59th anniversary, on July 17. Three years after he died, Mom broke her leg and, in July, had to move from their beloved home in the high desert of Hesperia, California. That was in 2011. She just celebrated her 89th birthday last month. In spite of leg pain and other challenges, she’s doing…

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Sting is Jazzed to be Old

Sting is Jazzed to be Old

StingHe had a serious case of writers’ block. For the past dozen years, Sting, aka Gordon Sumner, lost his creative mojo.

“I had no interest in tailoring songs for Top 40 radio, for 14-year-old girls or boys. I’m a 62-year-old man. Where is the arena to present my work?” he asked in an interview with Time Magazine (June 30, 2014).

This talented boomer was facing a challenge so many of us are going…

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Web-Addicted Boomer Goes Offline for One Day and Lives

Web-Addicted Boomer Goes Offline for One Day and Lives

Like all baby boomers, I grew up in the days of carbon paper and white-out. So it’s funny to find myself, at this age, more or less addicted to the Internet. I spend way too many hours online. Maybe you do, too.

How many is too many?

It’s too many if you have a hard time breaking eye-lock from the small screen long enough to pay attention to the people you love and/or live with, if you’re late to…

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Boomers Aren’t Old, Right? Right?

Boomers Aren’t Old, Right? Right?

Remember Gloria Steinem’s quote on my home page?

To be defiant about age may be better than despair – it’s energizing – but it is not progress. Actually, after fifty, aging can become an exciting new period; it is another country.  

Many of us boomers don’t like thinking of ourselves as old. Nope, we’re in midlife (guilty – see website subhead). Age is just a number, because we “still” (fill in…

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Linda Ronstadt Tribute

Last April, Linda Ronstadt was inducted – finally! – into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You probably know she is ill, and as a result, doesn’t sing anymore, and couldn’t attend. So her friends did it for her. I was moved by this sweet rendition of Different Drum, sung by the very young Carrie Underwood. It brought back memories of my own youth. (By the way, you know I redesigned my website. If…

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A Feminist Salutes Fathers’ Day

In honor of Fathers’ Day, I, a lifelong feminist, would like to salute fathers everywhere and, in particular, my husband, son, stepson, and son-in-law.

A Feminist Salutes Fathers’ Day

In honor of Fathers’ Day, I, a lifelong feminist, would like to salute fathers everywhere and, in particular, my husband, son, stepson, and son-in-law.

Confidence is a Choice

Confidence is a Choice

Confidence CodeConfidence, especially with women, is a critical life skill. Yes, skill, as in something you can develop. But why would you need to? Apart from feeling good, why is confidence important?

Because we now think confidence ismore important than abilitywhen it comes to getting ahead, whether on the job or in life, generally. Good compensation, happiness, and professional fulfillment may depend on…

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Hope I Die Before I Get Old

Hope I Die Before I Get Old

7-ways-to-keep-yourself-young-800x800Remember that Boomer anthem? The Who sang it in 1965. Well, I guess we bought the message. Here’s another annoying post on the subject.

Think yourself young. Because that’s the only good place to be? Because old = bad?

Come on, Culture, grow up. Of course, I mean Western Culture because this blogger is from the UK.

If you’re as annoyed as I am, click on the picture to leave her a comment.

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If You’d Like To Continue Receiving Any Shiny Thing…

If You’d Like To Continue Receiving Any Shiny Thing…

You know I’ve been remodeling this blog. I’ve got bits of virtual drywall in my hair and epaint on my clothes, but it’ll be worth it, because I’ve been working with a genius designer and the new Any Shiny Thing is going to be amazing!

We’re about two weeks away from the big reveal, but when we go live, you may find you’re no longer subscribed. I know, what a bummer! I definitely want to make sure…

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