Category Archives: Aging

The Lessons We Learn from Our Parents, Part II

In my last post, I reminisced about a few of the lessons I had learned from my mom and how those lessons have impacted my life. While I was writing that post, I kept wondering about the lessons other adults … Continue reading

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Drinkin’ the Wild Air, Part II

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Outwardly, I may have appeared calm and cool to strangers who knew no better, but appearances are often deceiving. I was a mess. My heart was … Continue reading

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Drinkin’ the Wild Air, Part I

On September 23, 1995,* my husband took possession of his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a pearl blue 1996 Dyna Wide Glide. That purchase was the fulfillment of a life-long dream for him, but for me flying down the road on the … Continue reading

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Wicked Wendy and the Forgottens

It was the summer of 1985, back when I was still adjusting to the life of a young married woman and still adapting to the community to which my husband had moved us.  Most of my lazy summer weekends were … Continue reading

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From Driving Miss Daisy to Cruising with Pablo

The summer before I turned 16 my gearhead dad brought home a car for me–a 1971 442 Cutlass convertible, royal blue with white hood scoops, white pinstripes and white interior–and with a monster 455 engine under the hood.  In my … Continue reading

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A Peaceful, Easy Feeling

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Khalil Gibran When my sons were younger, my world revolved around them.  I believed that all “good moms” put their … Continue reading

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The Enemy Within Is One Mean Mama

“Mr. Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That’s the only planet in the galaxy that can make that claim.”–Captain Kirk (from Star Trek: The Original Series, “Elaan of Troyius” episode) From the first season of Star Trek, way … Continue reading

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Leaping Out of the Comfort Zone

I am a creature of habit.  Sometimes I fantasize about leading an exciting life as a crazy, spontaneous, thrill-seeking adventurer … hopping on a plane with just my carry-on and my laptop, headed off for the museums, side streets and sidewalk … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Go ‘Hmm …’

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age.  Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.  ~Tom Wilson When I was a young woman (let’s say, in my 40’s), I knew I still had a lot to learn about this life and this world … Continue reading

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From My Side of the Desk

On August 20, 1982, I began my teaching career in a small, rural school district in southern Missouri.  I was 22 years old.  Shorter than almost all of my students and only four years older than some of them, I … Continue reading

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