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Midlife Cabernet: From Harley-Davidsons to Hostess Ding Dongs

July 11, 2014
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Midlife Cabernet: From Harley-Davidsons to Hostess Ding Dongs

In a former life, I rode a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, drank gallons of cold beer, ate greasy chicken wings, and made love at noon in a mountain meadow. Now I drive an SUV, sip laxative tea,…

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Midlife Cabernet: Saying “Happy Birthday” to an Ex-Father

July 4, 2014
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Midlife Cabernet: Saying “Happy Birthday” to an Ex-Father

For ten years, I enjoyed membership in a large Italian family, and they excelled in festive reunions, dramatic gestures, abundant food and drink, and naming several people Michael. After I canceled my membership by divorcing…

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The Joys of Traveling with Your Children (Over 30)

June 27, 2014
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The Joys of Traveling with Your Children (Over 30)

  If given the choice between traveling with small children and having a root canal, I’d be at the dentist office sucking laughing gas before noon. I adore kids but the logistics of getting them…

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Give Life a Middle-Age Laugh not a Middle Finger

June 20, 2014
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Give Life a Middle-Age Laugh not a Middle Finger

Because women over age 50 want yet another test, I’m offering the “Midlife Laughter Challenge” for those who still believe that life needs a middle-aged chuckle instead of a middle finger. The challenge is to…

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I Never Called Him Daddy

June 13, 2014
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I Never Called Him Daddy

My father died 25 years ago this week. If I could see him again, my first question would be, “Am I still grounded?” He’d probably say, “Yes.” We had a contentious relationship, mainly because I…

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Midlife Weddings and Goat Bladder Ballads

May 29, 2014
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Midlife Weddings and Goat Bladder Ballads

The wedding invitations are arriving, and I study each one using analytical, investigative skills that could qualify me for a reality show as an oracle. Future bliss or pending doom can be detected from the…

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