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I’ve been blogging since 2011. Here are my posts from the past two years for your reading enjoyment.

Are You Choosing Happiness?

  Note to reader:  This blog was originally posted in my October 2020 newsletter but did not land on my blog postings as intended.  It is, therefore, reprinted here now. Life, as imperfect and impermanent as it is, is what we have.  Death, as inevitable and...

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Bingeing On Gloom and Doom Is A Bad Habit

Note to readers: This blog was originally posted in my September newsletter but did not land on my blog postings as intended.  It is reprinted here now. All day, every day, our 24-hour news cycle continues to broadcast news that confirms that life as we remember it...

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The Power of Purpose In The Second Half of Life

By the time I was 65 years old I had learned that happiness is a skill and a choice. One of the gifts of aging is that I understand how to intentionally look for humor, love, solitude, and beauty so that I can create a good day for myself. When the pandemic hit hard...

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We’re All Anxious, Sweetie

The sign said, “Keep your windows rolled up. Pull up slowly to the first table, put your car in park, and wait for instructions.” A masked and energetic man came to the driver’s side of my car and held a printed sign up to my window which read: “Please call me on this...

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Blue Skies Ahead

Here’s an imaginary public address announcement that airline passengers might hear in the early fall, 2020: "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is from the flight deck, your captain and her crew. We have been warned that we will encounter some turbulent skies and we all need...

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We Need Our Women Friends At Every Stage of Life

We are more complicated as women than we know. We are more intense about what matters most in life as we age. We earn a deep sense of gratitude across our life span, and it just keeps growing, the longer we live. Overall, women’s happiness ratings are consistently...

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May You Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” E.B. White Seeing something wondrous—a baby’s toothless sweet smile, a soaring hawk circling silently in a blue sky, the full moon floating on a dark velvet curtain of night—evokes a sense of awe and reverence...

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A Thousand Beautiful Things Are Waiting For You

The year 2019 is ending, only hours remain and our reflection fills the space until the New Year arrives. For me, there were significant endings during 2019: • I facilitated and hosted my last Carmel Death Café after five years of meeting some of the nicest, most...

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Gratitude Changes the World You See

The book table looks just right with my maternal grandparents’ framed photo, the small pot of Christmas cactus, the wooden sign that says “Family Forever”, the Dove chocolates in an Italian candy dish, and the mandala tablecloth I brought back from Japan many years...

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Hearts On Our Sleeves: A Journal

Order your copy of Elaine's journal, Hearts On Our Sleeves.

This journal is written for women in the second half of life; it is not meant to help you grow old gracefully, but to encourage you not to be afraid of getting older. There are 50 quotes on 50 pages of unlined paper. The blank writing spaces are to encourage you to fill them with whatever images you might enjoy sketching, or with written entries. Hearts On Our Sleeves is a traveling companion on the highway of life after 55.

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