Tag Archives: Roxanne Jones

How to solve tip-of-the-tongue syndrome

We’ve all had those frustrating moments when we can’t retrieve a word from memory. This phenomenon even has a name: tip-of-the-tongue syndrome, or TOT. The good news is that an occasional bout of TOT is normal at any age—although it does become more frequent as we get older. But rather than beating ourselves up about […]

5 reasons I think I may be an old fogey

I may have crossed over into the realm of being an old fogey. Why? Because I find myself asking, “What is the world coming to?” with increasing frequency. I remember our parents’ generation saying that about rock and roll, long hair on guys and women burning their bras. Now I’m saying it about things like […]

Eek! My husband has a joint mouse!

At midlife, sometimes I feel like a car that’s out of warranty – that point at which things inevitably start to go awry. You know – leaks, lubrication problems, excessive overheating, smoke from the tailpipe, wear and tear (and I’m not talking about my Subaru). Let’s face it: as we get older, our bodies start […]

If Sarah Palin can do it…new vocabulary words

When someone with as tenuous a grasp on the English language as Sarah Palin coins words like “squirmish” and “refudiate,” I feel a hankerin’ to add to the lexicon myself. It bein’ an election year and all, some of these new words are inspired by the current political goings-on, while others, well, they just spoke […]

You did what to yourself? Ridiculous medical codes

Who thinks this stuff up? As a writer specializing in health and medicine, I’ve learned about some rare and unusual medical conditions. But the new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition, Clinical Modification—affectionately known as ICD-10-CM—takes it to an entirely new level. The ICD-10-CM is a system that assigns a unique code to all the […]

More Girl Scout badges for boomers

Ladies, it’s no surprise that we seldom get credit for all we achieve. That’s why, in an earlier blog post, I suggested some Girl Scout badges that we boomers should be awarded as adults. But that was just the start. Here are more badges that reflect our diverse and often-undervalued capabilities at this stage of […]

Fish farts & other weird science news

The sometimes-bizarre stuff that scientists choose to study never ceases to amaze me. Here’s some research that may having you shaking your head in awe—or disbelief: Fish fart to communicate Letting ‘er rip generally is frowned upon in polite company. But in the fish world, flatulence appears to play an important social—even lifesaving—role. Scientists discovered […]