Dear Vicki

Dear Vicki Fifth Wheel? When my husband and I make our annual trip to our old hometown, our time is very limited. After we see our relatives, we have little opportunity for socializing. However, we do get together at a favorite restaurant with three of my old high school friends and their husbands. This year, […]

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Friends for Life

FRIENDS FOR LIFE By Dr. James David             We’ve just returned from a spirited week in the Florida Keys with my two brothers and sister and their spouses. Whenever we told anyone that the eight of us were vacationing together, the response was very positive with some amazed and awed that we were all good […]

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Parenting Our Grandchildren

Parenting Our Grandchildren By Joanne R. Alloway             When friends declined our annual party invitation, saying they still had their three grandchildren, I called a week later to ask if the children’s parents were away or if they were OK. Tearfully, she admitted that both her daughter and son-in-law had drug problems. Their grandchildren would […]

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BOBBLE ON: A GUIDE FOR GETTING ALONG WITH YOUR GROWN CHILDREN

Bobble On: A Guide for Getting Along with Your Grown Children By Victoria Duncan In the overcrowded Starbucks, the three-generation trio piling into the seats next to me drew my attention. Young mom wore a scowl, grandma looked like she’d been crying and the toddler in tow whined for his treats. All looked disheveled, irritated […]

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Hidden Treasures: What’s in Your Attic?

Hidden Treasures: What’s in Your Attic? By Kathryn Marchi Giving money to charitable organizations or seldom-used items to thrift shops seems to have become a part of the American culture. It is our way of giving to those less fortunate. These donations of clothing and household goods seem to be accentuated for many of us […]

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Dear Vicki

DEAR VICKI Guidelines for Gracious Guests Our son was transferred to Japan two years ago and we will be traveling there for the holidays. We adore our two young grandchildren and can’t get enough of them. We’re scheduled to stay for three weeks and are looking forward to this time with our family. However, much […]

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HOLIDAYS WITHOUT STRESS: VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY

HOLIDAYS WITHOUT STRESS: VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY By Dr. James David Last December my wife and I had an opportunity to visit the Czech Republic, my ancestral home. Our first impulse was, “We can’t do that! We have too many holiday traditions and obligations we must complete.” Our second thought was, “This could be a trip of […]

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Something New for Your Holiday? Five Ideas for Changing Times

Something New for Your Holiday? Five Ideas for Changing Times By Joanne R. Alloway As the holidays approach, we begin thinking about how we spend those special days with family and friends. As we get older, our situations change. Our children have moved far away. Our aging parents need us, or they, like other relatives, […]

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Special Gifts for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day

Special Gifts for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day By Penelope Folsom       This year, how about a gift for mom or dad that will keep on giving? The following is a list of favorite sites offering treats delivered to their door for either a few months or the entire year. 1.    Log onto www.TryTheWorld.com for […]

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Start Planning Your Family Reunion Now

Start Planning Your Family Reunion Now By Leah Lancione           In this day and age when everybody seems to function on autopilot as if they are schedule-keeping, multi-tasking machines, it’s easy for family connections to deteriorate.  Email, Facebook and other social media give the impression that communication still exists, but they cannot replace face-to-face interaction. […]

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Passing on the Special Gift of Giving!

Passing on the Special Gift of Giving! by Tricia Herban One of my Best Way To Get Over A Ex Boyfriend childhood memories is the time when I was standing next to my Dad’s desk while he was writing checks. He had papers everywhere and I had no idea what he was doing. It looked as […]

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Keeping the 20-somethings From Driving You Crazy

Keeping the 20-somethings from Driving You Crazy By Terry Portis Sometimes people forget that a key word in the term “middle-aged” is the word middle, as in “stuck in the middle.” We find ourselves in the middle of various other generations, sometimes living and working with up to four different age groups. On the positive […]

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Bridging the Communication Gap Between Generations

Bridging the Communication Gap between Generations By Pat Jurgens            The phone rings four times and the call is picked up by a recorder: “Hi, this is Jeff. Not home now. You know the drill.”           Across the country Jeff’s retired mother Annette puts down the receiver in resignation. She was hoping to talk with […]

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The Downward Holiday Spiral

  The Downward Holiday Spiral …and how to get ahead of it By Susan Singleton   Holiday stress is more than just having too much to do and not enough time to do it. The preparation for this extended holiday season began with Halloween on Oct. 31 and culminates with the New Year’s celebration ending […]

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Word to the Wise: What Not to Say to Young People

  Word to the Wise: What Not to Say To Young People By Melissa Conroy  As the holidays roll around, families and friends cluster together to spread cheer and ring in the new season. This is a wonderful time of year to reconnect with everyone and find out what is happening in people’s lives. No […]

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The Dark Side of Grandmothering

The Dark Side of Grandmothering By Victoria Duncan Round up a bunch of mothers of adult children and the conversation eventually turns to the subject of grandchildren. Now, crank it up a notch so that the same group of women also happens to be comprised of mental health therapists from varying disciplines. Bring them together […]

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Guardianships

Guardianships By Albert Northrop Help me out here. I know I’ve been writing articles for this publication for a few months now, but I can’t seem to recall what they were about. It seems to me that I was writing about things that have to do with estate and money concerns as we get older. […]

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Will Your Executor Thank You?

Will Your Executor Thank You? By Barbara Eilertsen           Most people assume that the job of executor is an easy one.  Only when they hire an attorney do they realize the extent of the responsibilities. website testing . Attorneys stress the importance of choosing the right person because the job of executor can be overwhelming. […]

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Advice Abounds on Boomerang Kids

Advice Abounds on Boomerang Kids By Kathryn Marchi For years now, we’ve become aware of a new phenomenon. Kids are returning home to live after having been “on their own” for a period of time. In the United States, they’re called “Boomerang Kids.” (In Australia, they are called Kippers (Kids In Parents’ Pockets Eroding Retirement […]

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