15 Things I Learned While Blogging

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Last week marked nine months since I published my first post for this blog. For us women, in particular, nine months holds a certain significance, so I was prompted to reflect on what I’ve learned. First of all, I’d have to say that, to a great extent, what I’ve learned would fall in the techy column. When I started, I’d never heard of a widget, I didn’t know how to create hyperlinks or embed a video or dozens of other things I’ve only learned (and relearned) when I needed to use them. Here are some other things I’ve discovered along the way: (more…)

November 22, 1963

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In memory of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the women of Midlife Boulevard have dedicated November’s blog hop to our reflections on President John Kennedy. A blog hop is when a group of bloggers write on the same subject. Click on the link at the end of this post to read the other posts by my fellow writers.

 

For most people, November 22, 1963 is a momentous date in history— for many, it is one that they’ve read about in books and learned about in documentaries. But for those of us who are over 50, we have our own personal history connected with the shattering events of that day. It is a Baby Boomer touchstone…Where were you when you heard that Kennedy had been shot?  (more…)

Guest: Becky Sarah, Grandparenting Expert

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As friends of mine become first-time grandmothers, I like to give them a gift to mark this cherished milestone in their lives. I’ve given darling frames to two women and a small book with a humorous, light-hearted look at grandparenting to a third. But now I’ve come across another great choice: Grandmothering:Real Life in Real Families by Becky Sarah, a manual that combines common sense advice and interviews with more than 80 women.

For her newly-released book, Becky drew upon her professional experience as a former teacher, midwife, childbirth and parent educator, as well as Public Health Director for the city of Chelsea, Massachusetts. I am happy to welcome Becky Sarah as today’s guest writer. (more…)

Hillary…A Woman of Valor

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending a benefit luncheon at which the former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York was the featured guest speaker. As the purpose of this occasion was to raise funds for charitable purposes, rather than political ones, no press was allowed inside the room (and I doubt anyone missed them), although they were congregated outside. (more…)

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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My arsenal of Thanksgiving appetizers is a rotating one—some years may feature a black olive tapenade, goat cheese drizzled with orange blossom honey or a triple crème cheese covered with roasted garlic onion jam. But one item remains constant: my mother’s sweet and sour meatballs. As family and friends arrive, they are offered a glass mug of these mouthwatering meatballs ladled from a simmering pot on the stove. (more…)

Desperately Seeking Female Role Models

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As Halloween approaches, the topic of costumes is being discussed, particularly in households with children. Earlier this month, in an unrelated gesture, my son forwarded an interesting post to me focusing on female role models for young girls. Photographer and mom, Jaime Moore had come up with a unique and empowering way to document her daughter Emma’s fifth birthday.

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Stand Up For Girls

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The last few days have been beautiful, fall days—the kind of days that seem like a gift and appear to bolster the mood of almost everyone you encounter. I meant to write a post yesterday in honor of October 11, the International Day of the Girl, but instead I allowed myself to be lured into going for a long, meandering walk to town and then on to Sunset Park to check on the Little Free Library (or the Stuart Little Free Library, as my husband refers to it). (more…)

Curt’s Café: Serving up Hope and Opportunity

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Imagine creating a warm, welcoming space and filling it with fresh-brewed coffee, tempting pastries, healthy meals, music, art and community. Add to that mix a mission to help at-risk teenagers and young adults develop discipline and find a direction in life. I found all that—and more—when I visited Curt’s Cafe. (more…)