Constance Whitney

Though I am writing this at the beginning of November, I can predict that by the time you read this in the middle of January, I will have broken my New Year’s Resolution. I’m sure if Benjamin Franklin had been truly honest, his quote would be that... Read more


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... Read more


With all due respect to the legendary Nancy Reagan, sometimes all you need to do is say YES! Read more

My fellow seniors, is it just me or has using public restrooms become more of a challenge lately? I’m talking about not knowing how the heck to turn on the faucet! Read 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 ... Read 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 ... Read 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 ... Read 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 ... Read more

Jul 8, 2016 1:00 PM SENIORS

As I filter through my memory bank on the various stages of my life, many of my milestones are accompanied by really awesome musical scores. First date: Barry Manilow’s “Mandy.” First kiss: Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.”... Read more

Health & Wellness

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 ... Read more

Mar 11, 2016 8:05 AM SENIORS

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 ... Read 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. Read more


Independence: A Lifelong Goal!

The drive to earn and maintain independence is a constant and lifelong quest for almost every individual. We humans seem to have an ingrained instinct to be in charge of our own path, to be the master of our own destiny. That nearly universal... Read more

Nov 19, 2015 8:39 AM SENIORS

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... Read more


Let’s step back a moment and think about our feet. Did you know that the average person will take over 200 million steps in their lifetime? That’s 110,000 miles – or four times around the world at the equator! And at each of these steps, our feet... Read more

Health & Wellness

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... Read more


Very rarely does one get an opportunity to meet an honest-to-goodness hero, a person with so much character, such distinguished accomplishments, and a portfolio of such impressive feats. I had that chance this month to meet such a person – retired... Read more

My Town


Courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond

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,... Read 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 Read more


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