grandma

Recently, I asked my college roommate, who is called “Ducky” by her four adorable grandkids, why they don’t call her “Grandma.” We were at a gathering of her family, and her brother happened to be standing nearby. She turned to him and said, “Remember what our Grandmas looked and acted like? I’m just not that…

travel

No matter how old you are, there’s usually that one place on your travel bucket list that you still haven’t made it to yet.  For me, it’s Australia and New Zealand. For my 81-year-old aunt, it’s New Orleans, which is significantly closer but probably feels just as out of reach at her age. But just…

influential

We are definitely the masters of our fate, as poet William Ernest Henley wrote more than a century ago. But in life, there are countless other people who, through their support or example, may push us down a different path or at least nudge us to get moving in the first place. Have you ever…

smartphone

Popular culture often portrays technology users as young people, but with the rise of smartphones, technology use among older Americans is growing. At the end of 2016, 60.7 percent of baby boomers owned a smartphone, a number that climbed past 70 percent among boomers in the 50 to 59 age bracket, according to AARP. Nearly…

beauty secrets

Allure recently did a feature on “The Best Beauty Advice From Centenarians“. Featured in this video from Allure are seniors aged 99 to 105 who discuss their beauty secrets that they’ve acquired through the years.  Along with make-up tips and advice for dressing up, we get a glimpse of what fashion they have seen come…

It’s Never too Late to Find Love for the First Time Around Several months ago I wrote about finding love for the second time around. But I neglected to mention the folks, who despite having searched for many, many years, still haven’t really found it for the first time around. Like me. Below is a…

2017

While you may not be up for packing yourself into a crowded hotel banquet room, donning sparkly party hats, and counting down the minutes to midnight with 200 rowdy strangers, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the beginning of the New Year! Check out a few ideas that might be more your style…

christmas

My family and I just returned from a Rhine River cruise. Since it was the start of the Christmas season, we got a firsthand look at how all of the countries on our path—from the Netherlands to France—celebrated the holiday, particularly the sugary confections and steaming mugs of cheer that made their celebrations a little…

5 Things to Put on Your Holiday List This Year

Your cabinets, closets and drawers are already jam-packed with ties, nice-smelling bath products and gadgets. Your collections are overflowing their shelves. And every surface in your house is covered with dust collectors. This year on your holiday list, put an end to the clutter—and save your family some shopping time in the process—with gifts that…

5 Indoor plants that can grow in your laundry room

Plants benefit your home in many ways. Interior plants decrease carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity, keep air temperatures down, reduce certain air pollutants and limit airborne dust. That being said, interior plants shouldn’t be limited to one room like the kitchen or dining area. You can even put them in rooms you never considered before,…

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