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This baby boomer has one word for 2017

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Last year, I adopted the one-word approach to New Year’s resolutions. Instead of compiling a list of things to achieve, the idea is to choose one word to inspire your actions all year long. Proponents say this focus helps inform your goals and provides clarity about how you want to live your life. My word […]

Do you suffer from age-related a**hat allergy syndrome?

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I appear to have developed some later-in-life allergies. These aren’t the typical allergic reactions—like sneezing and itchy eyes—to things like pollen, dust or animal dander. Instead, I’m having reactions to a variety of behaviors I encounter. It’s a condition I’ve dubbed age-related asshat allergy syndrome, or AAAS. We can acquire new allergies as we age; […]

In praise of marrying later in life

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I’ve often said that it’s not that I didn’t make mistakes—I just didn’t marry them. I remained single until I was nearly 44. I’m in awe of people who marry in their teens or twenties and are able to stay (happily) married for decades, but I wasn’t anywhere near ready to make that kind of […]

Can you suspend your disbelief in these situations?

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As countless children eagerly await the arrival of a fat, bearded man in a red suit who travels in a sleigh pulled by eight flying reindeer, I thought it was an appropriate time to talk about suspension of disbelief. You’re familiar with the phrase, right? It was coined in 1817 by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. […]

Life lessons from my toilet, corkscrew and other inanimate objects

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We’ve all seen ‘em: those “listicles” that impart wisdom (“All I Need to Know About Life…”) gleaned from dogs, cats, cows, the Easter bunny, toddlers and the like. Life lessons, it seems, are everywhere if you just pay attention. So, fellow baby boomers, as a believer in the adage that we’re never to old to […]

Want to live longer? Read this.

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Hardly a day goes by that we aren’t confronted by the fact that we’re getting older. From the barrage of ads for anti-aging products, to the weird snap, crackle and pop noises our bodies start making, to that older-looking person staring back at us in the mirror—the passage of time is impossible to ignore. And […]

A Mexican root canal and other vacations from hell

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As winter descends here in Maine and some of us begin to dream about getting away to someplace warm, I find myself recalling some memorable vacations in the past. And by “memorable” I mean they sucked. Loco with tooth pain When we lived in southern California, Hubs and I flew down to meet friends who […]

Songs you might not want to hear at the doctor’s

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Picture this (well, you ladies of a certain age, anyway): you’re having your annual mammogram. You’re standing there half naked, with one of your boobs squished flat, holding your breath while the tech zaps it with radiation. Then, the piped-in music—part of the imaging facility’s efforts to enhance the patient experience—begins to play Firefall’s 1976 […]