Thirteen years after my husband’s death I am happy; my back is stabilized after a long bout with sciatica from two lumber discs bulging (I lost 25 pounds which helped a lot). I have a good home, two awesome sons and two wonderful daughters in law, and three grandchildren! (Oh, and my cat, Norie.) I … More Memories and Shiny Pennies
In about 2012, after I had to retire from nursing, I started a small photography business. I had taken some lovely photos of a waterfall and wanted to frame them. But I couldn’t find the right frame for the photo. I kept 8×10 and larger frames but none of them was what I really wanted … More A Sense of Humor Helps
I saw a special on the television about Westerns and aging gracefully several years ago. The narrator interviewed stars from the old Western cowboy shows. They shared their memories and experiences during their shows. As a young girl, I grew up watching these brave, daring, rescuers of every maiden, settler, or family member with their … More Westerns and Aging Gracefully
Feisty: “to be bubbly, energetic, zesty, lively, and scrappy.” So how do we incorporate these qualities into our lives in our senior years? As we age it is so easy to stay home, thinking about the past or about the reasons we never do the things we want to do. My first recommendation is to … More Ten Ways to Be a Feisty Senior
My patient, Ms. Q, was on oxygen in the Coronary Care Unit where I was a nurse. She became quite a challenge as you will see. Ms. Q had a long history of cigarette smoking coupled with a heart attack. On her admission she and her family were instructed on our policy of no smoking … More Compassion and Understanding
I am, and have been for a long time a “tree hugger.” Being a teenager in the 60s, I was a “flower child” of sorts. I loved living things and nature. I have always had a special bond with trees. Trees are a life form I love and respect. These sentinels of nature have “seen” … More I Love Trees
Have you received a friend request from someone you never heard of on a major social media site? Many of us have. Your requestor has a nice picture of themselves: a handsome man in uniform or casual clothes having fun, or an attractive woman with beautiful hair or smile. You check out their profile to … More Finding Love on Social Media?
After two separate experiences with phishing I felt it was time to do some research. I am almost 70 years old and refuse to be tricked into believing someone who is a thief ever again! So after doing some research and taking notes, I want to help others young or old who could be tricked … More Stop the Phishing!
My first son, M, met a friend, D, while riding home on the school bus from junior high school. D was the son of another family. He lived about a mile away but often rode the school bus home with M. When they met, D was in junior high and M was in 10th grade(?). … More One Son By Another Mother
Sometimes I have to admit that I get joy mixed up with being thankful. The two are different but so intertwined in my life, that I rarely feel one without the other. Most mornings as a child I was awakened by one of my parents calling out, “Rise and Shine!” (I now know my mom … More The Joy of Life