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One of my goals for this year is to take a class, and I believe I'm going to start with an acrylic painting class.   A million (27) years ago, I studied fine arts in college and have always had ...
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Election season is finally over.  The nation is either celebrating or grieving the selection of a new president, and I've just put a big project to rest: for the past few months, I've been volunteering my time as the co-chair ...
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A few years ago, I went through a bit of a spiritual growth spurt.  It led to some new thinking about how I see myself, my relationships - even God.  Especially God.  The growth spurt came at a time in ...
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The commitment I make to my hobbies and interests is pretty lackadaisical, and I like it that way. To me, hobbies and interests shouldn’t involve commitment, goals, or any aspiration of achievement. I read a great piece recently by author ...
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My new home is decorated for Christmas, and I wanted to share a few photos with you.  The living room mantle is my favorite spot because it includes two of my best snowmen including one (on the left) which was ...
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So, it's Tuesday evening.  Let me tell you about what the last week has held. For starters, last Thursday morning, I closed on the condo!  It's all mine, and that feeling of being a homeowner and putting down roots after ...
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A month from today I’ll be moving into my new home.  Closing is actually July 2, and I’m not moving until July 11 - but I have big plans for those 9 days in between.  The former owner painted the ...
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Crickets have been chirping around here because I was away on a much-needed vacation. Mike and I went east to Philly, Baltimore, and DC. What a great week!  Of all the things we did, what I enjoyed most was our ...
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Here's something new - I'm buying a condo! Or at least, it looks that way.  These things are never final until the ink is dry. But, I'm in contract, and I couldn't be happier.  If all goes well, this will ...
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Last night we went out for sushi at Kogen in Powell.  I have only started eating sushi during the past year - before that, the idea of raw fish repulsed me. Now, I love it!  Philadelphia rolls, California rolls and ...
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(Note: This is the conclusion of a 3-part series.  Read the series from the beginning here: dating in midlife.) 11. Awkward is ok.  First dates and blind dates are awkward. It’s just a fact, and there’s no reason to dance ...
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(Note: This is the second in a 3-part series. Read part 1 of my series about dating in midlife.) 6.  Plan in advance to go on lots of dates.  Chances are good that the first guy you go out with ...
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(Note: This is part 1 of a three-part series.) Many of my girlfriends are happily married, but a few are in some stage of divorce.  One or two of them have recently started thinking about what the world of single ...
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Biking Back in the Day I grew up biking in a tiny town in the country, back in the days when kids were allowed to explore the outdoors without supervision, helmets, or GPS trackers.  During summer vacation, I spent many ...
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I think in pictures - photos, graphics, colors.  When I think about my life as a whole, it looks something like this: As it is with most people, the early part of my life has been has been crammed full ...
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Early last fall, I went out on a date with a guy who enjoyed writing. He had a blog, he said. I asked for the link.  "I'm warning you," he told me. "It's a vanity project." Aren't they all?  Blogs, ...
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