Full disclosure: I have a birthday coming up. And the holidays are just around the corner, too. Fuller disclosure: I want for nothing. I have an amazing life, full of love and laughter, health and prosperity. I’ve got an amazing family and an even... more


Adventures in Aging - Have you had the right talk?

We’ve all heard about the importance of having “The Talk,” not the birds and the bees one, the other one. The one where we honestly and succinctly let our loved one ... more

Feb 7, 2017 8:57 AM SENIORS 1 Comments

Adventures in Aging - Why Is My Pizza Trying to Kill Me?

My birthday is this month. I am aging, though to be fair, I have been getting older since the day I was born. As a card-carrying member of the ... more

Jan 30, 2017 11:09 AM SENIORS


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Adventures in Aging - Finding the Joy

As a kid, I was obsessed with the book “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter; in particular, the ‘Glad Game’ that Polly played whenever things looked even a little off kilter. The premise of the game is that no matter what, you can always think of at ... more

Sep 13, 2016 3:27 PM SENIORS


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Adventures in Aging: Life Unexpected

Do you remember back in 1980, when John Lennon penned the lyrics to "Beautiful Boy" about his son Sean with Yoko Ono? It included the phrase, Life is what happens while you're making other plans? I remember thinking at the time that he was the ... more

Jul 8, 2016 1:00 PM SENIORS

As day breaks over Chesterfield and the Metro Richmond area each morning, thousands of residents awaken with a challenge that, perhaps, they never fully anticipated…that of caring for aging parents. more

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How Far We’ve Come! Or Have We?

I love video chatting. With my family members spread over several continents, it is a blessing to be able to “be” with everyone at the same time. One such occasion happened over the recent holidays when my four-year-old grandson called to ... more

Mar 11, 2016 8:05 AM SENIORS

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You’ve seen the ads for gym memberships and weight loss supplements, heard your friends tout lofty financial goals and even spent time thinking about your own New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re single, the new year might just provide the new ... more


Breaking Up (with your doctor) is Hard To Do

Have you ever noticed the visceral reaction caused by breaking up? Or defriending? Or conscious uncoupling? The “you go your way and I’ll go mine” is never a fun conversation. If you’re ending romantic relationships, you’re in luck. All of the ... more

Jan 13, 2016 1:45 AM SENIORS

In sixth grade, a very cute boy named Hunter caught my eye during history class. He smiled at me, and at that moment we were, for all intents and purposes, dating. more


I confess. I loved my Mustang. She was fast. She turned heads when I’d whiz by. And yes, she was absolutely tangible proof of my midlife crisis. I was finally out of the “mom-mobile” stage and at a point in my life where I could buy a completely... more


When I was a kid, Marlo Thomas was That Girl on TV – young, beautiful, single and living on her own in New York City. To my adolescent mind, no homework, no fighting with siblings, no bedtimes equaled utopia. As a teenager, my view was redefined... more


Your excuses for not jogging have now been eliminated. No longer valid are your notions of not having time, or the complete lack of similarity between you and the buff bodies on the cover of Runner’s World or Health, or that you can’t do the 30 to... more

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Pay it forward! Help others! Time to give back! It’s good for your health? It’s true! Volunteering is healthy! According to research by the Corporation for National and Community Service (, volunteering leads to better health,... more


Few things in this world freeze-frame my vision like a birthday party and none as much as my “Big 5-0” – lordy, how I hate that term. In the middle of festivities, even before the cake had been lit, nearly every person there approached me, individual more



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Assisted living and nursing facilities have new competition. Families wishing to offer their loved ones care at home now have better options – in their own backyard. Freestanding modular units, affectionately called “granny pods,” and custom... more


Studies show concrete evidence that owning a pet can result in better heart health. What is it about pets that can turn your mood from irritated to giddy in an instant? more

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As you approach the day you begin the next phase of your life, you face a series of decisions that could spell the difference between a comfortable retirement and one fraught with financial stress. more


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