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A Crusty Old Broad

“CRUSTY OLD BROAD”— I’m using this term with endearment. My fond memories of my mother, who passed at age 88, always bring a smile to my face. Mom was a character but always in a very sweet way. She would say the most outlandish things but with that little smile on her face, a twinkle in her eye and her soft voice, no one was ever offended. A bit taken aback perhaps, but never offended. She called everyone “dear”...

How I Faced My Fear of Fears

Other than a couple of crisis periods in my life, I was never one to go running to a shrink.  But this time, I was convinced there was something wrong with me.  Anxiety?  Social Phobia?  Post-partum depression? I was never afraid of anything, and now, all of a sudden, I seemed to fear everything.  Driving at night; getting lost in bad neighborhoods; not being able to walk long distances; even going on a roller coaster.  So fearing my fears,...

Desperately Seeking Someone: 50+ Dating

Adventures of Over 50 Dating After many years of futile attempts at meeting men, my friend, Celeste, finally discovered the place to find them: Bloomingdale’s.  Once a week in her fashionable ensemble and chic hairdo, she drives into the city in search of Mr. Right.  Such is the dating scene for the over 50 crowd. “I’ve tried everything,” Celeste told me.  “I figured every man eventually needs a new shirt or tie.  So I peruse the different departments offering...

When it Comes to Love, It’s a Dog’s World

I have a radical theory with grave implications for the future of the human race:  Dogs are NOT “man’s best friend.”  Dogs are “woman’s best friend.” Isn’t it suspicious that best-sellers by women authors have titles like Love at First Bark, You Had Me at Woof and Bark If You Love Me: A Woman-Meets-Dog Story?  Do you see a pattern?  Why would a woman need a guy when she has a dog? All across America, dogs are scoring because...

Diet Mistakes – Following the Government’s Dietary Guidelines

OPINION – This New York Times editorial “The Government’s Bad Diet Advice,” published on February 20, 2015, is worth a read.  It points out the weakness of relying on epidemiological studies (OK to propose a hypothesis, but insufficient to prove a hypotheses) when making public policy—in this case, government issued dietary guidelines. The editorial is also critical of the “strong-willed scientists” who originally issued the guidelines, and who essentially foisted a now-disproven hypothesis upon the American people which has led to...

Do You Remember Life Before…

The great thing about our age is that we can “remember when” while also marveling at how far we’ve come.  How did we manage without some of things that today we take for granted?  Here’s a quick review of LIFE BEFORE.  Which ones do you remember?  Comments welcome! Do you remember life before… AstroTurf? Seems like we’ve been staring at perfectly green sports fields forever.  But AstroTurf was first installed at the Houston Astrodome in 1966.   Two-letter state...

On Child Vaccinations

OPINION – There is no such thing as a “normal childhood illness” and that  includes measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, whooping cough, diphtheria,  tetanus, polio, hepatitis…all of which are preventable by immunization.  Is the science perfect? Of course not.  Nothing in life is.  However, to not give children the measure of protection they need  to avoid these illnesses is inexcusable and to base those decisions on rumors,  innuendo or on Internet data that has no scientific basis should never...

Celebrate Valentines Day Your Way

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, which this year falls on a Friday.  If, like me, you have celebrated this holiday several dozen times in various ways and with varying degrees of success, it is now time to rethink your approach to Valentine’s Day.  What should you avoid?  What must you embrace?  How can you celebrate Valentine’s Day YOUR way? Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day has its origins in a pagan festival that was celebrated by the Romans as a...

The Eternal Fruitcake

  FRUITCAKE IS ETERNAL. It never perishes, but continues to be passed down through generations.  It has, in fact been rumored that there is only one fruitcake that makes the rounds from house to house until it arrives back to its original owner.  The last person to receive a fruitcake is the one who is responsible for its upkeep.  Come January 1st, it is tucked away until the following year when it gets circulated again.  Once unwrapped, it’s as...

The Women’s Movement: Did It Work?

OPINION – Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and the women’s movement made a huge difference in this country.  Many of us are old enough to remember a time when Harvard and Yale were for men only, when women were turned down for jobs because of their gender, when there was no “equal pay for equal work,” and no school sports programs for little girls. I was one of a handful of women at an all-male university.  I paid the same...

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