How to remember your best memories

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As the years fly by, I find some of my best memories are lost in the minutia of trying to survive everyday life with all its messy, crazy but often wonderful moments.

Sometimes my thoughts are like school kids rushing through the hall without supervision.  Where’s the hall monitor?

So, how can we remember those most wonderful of moments that visit us like a bolt of lightening or linger for a while?  Continue reading

Escaping the Schlumpadinkas

21 - sometimes frump is fun
Above my fellow schlumpadinkas engage in a little harmless schlumpadinking – only problem was they returned to the real world while I kept schlumpadinking.
 _________________So I got all dressed up today. I don’t have a party or anything – not even lunching with friends.  I dressed up to go out front and do some yard work.  Yes, my life has grown so small that going out to do anything seems like a great adventure.

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Defining moments

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We’ve all had many defining moments.  I just never sat down and thought about them until today.  I even made a list.  Some were negative but most were powerfully positive, due most likely to selective memory (my forte.)

Here are the few I don’t mind sharing: Continue reading

Don’t fall for celebrity “miracles”

 

Ok, so I’m a serious sucker, the kind of girl infomercials were made for.

I’ve been holding out for some miracle cream that will wash away wrinkles and lift everything back to its original starting point.  When I saw the beautiful Cindy Crawford revealing her most personal beauty secrets I swallowed it lock, stock, and barrel and nowo I have a serious case of indigestion.

The miracle is that I lived through the ordeal  to tell about it. Maybe I can save you from a similar torture.  Here’s how it went down.

After innocently ordering the  starter kit and plunking down my credit card for $39 I waited iimpatiently for this miracle age reverser.  Within days a teeny little box showed up with minuscule  bottles of something white and greasy.  I knew immediately it wasn’t worth the postage but I was willing to pay for my stupidity.  I tried to call the company to cancel but was forced to endure a series of robo adds for everything from insurance to a “FREE” trip to the Bahamas.  They just went on and on until I thought I would scream.

On the ninth ad, I did scream.  Every bad word in my vocabulary and was abruptly disconnected.    Meanwhile, a second box arrived with giant sizes of a few of the products and a bill for $101 which apparently I had agreed to by ordering the first “FREE” starter kit for $39.  .

When my credit card arrived, the charges totaled $140. Luckily there was a different number on the bill and I finally got a live person at the end of the line.  I could tell by the tone of her voice, that my call was the millionth she had received that day. She spoke very little English which is a good thing because I had some choice words for Cindy.  She promised to credit my card for the second order and email me a receipt and mailing label so I could return the order.  Neither ever arrived.

Today I’m calling the credit card company to tell them I’m not paying for the second order.  If they refuse I’m canceling the credit card.  I ran over to Brenda’s to check my blood pressure and it was through the roof.

Growing older without freaking out!

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I had the opportunity last week to participate in an international summit on “Aging Consciously”.

All I can say is “WOW” I’m so glad and grateful to be whatever age I am or get to be.  Aging is a privilege you know denied to many, and we have a responsibility to address the positive potential of aging.  This requires a certain amount creativity. Continue reading