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What to Know When Making A Cheese Board (and Why it’s Perfect for a Party)

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
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I know I’ve been singing the praises of the Weight Watchers Freestyle Plan for a while now, so temporarily ignore everything I said about that so we can have a real, honest discussion about one of life’s greatest joys: cheese.

Now we aren’t talking Velveeta. Or string cheese. Or queso. I’m talking about fancy cheese—the kind that gets its own stage when its served. The type that’s displayed with a little fanfare on a cheese board. Hungry yet? continue reading

Starting (or Joining) a Bookclub: Friends, Food, and Fellowship

Books, Friends and Community
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One of the biggest pleasures of reading a good book is discussing it with other readers.  There’s no better place to do that than a book club.

There really aren’t any downsides to joining a book club. I mean, sure every now and then you might not love one of the books. But even that can have its benefits.  Sometimes, discussing a book or character you didn’t care for can be even more fun than talking about one you did! Who doesn’t love trash talking the villain you love to hate? continue reading

Doing Good for Others is Also Good For You: 30 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

Friends and Community, Grow in Wisdom
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I was raised on the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Chances are you were too. But did you know that doing good for others is also good for you?

Studies have shown that being kind to others and doing good deeds on a regular basis can help reduce anxiety, increase personal happiness, and even promote heart health and longevity.

Wait…the antidote to anxiety is a random act of kindness?

Possibly.

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Dealing With The Bossy People (Even If You’re One of Them)

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One of the things I love about life beyond 50 is the self-assurance that comes from experience.

That’s one of the qualities I wrote about in my previous post 6 Reasons It’s Great To Be Over 50.  If you haven’t read that post yet, you might want to do so later. But the takeaway from one section is that in terms of human relations, spiritual insights, practical knowledge, and good old common sense, our five decades and beyond of life experience means we have a wealth of wisdom to draw upon and share with the world.

That’s a good thing, right?

Usually. But not always. continue reading

Long-Distance Grammy: Craft of the Month Club

Creativity and Crafts, Family
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One of the toughest parts of moving into our new home was leaving our grandchildren behind. If you’re a grandma or, like me, a “grammy” – then you know how quickly you can get addicted to those grand-darlings!  For over a year, we had actually shared our home with my middle son, his wife, and two of our grand-darlings so I had become very spoiled, getting to see them every day.

Technology definitely makes it easier to stay in touch with long-distance loved ones but visiting with your grands on FaceTime (especially if they spend most of the visit making faces into the camera) just isn’t the same. continue reading

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 20 affordable ideas that will arrive on time

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As life goes on, the circle of people we love often expands. Of course, we’d love to shower all those people with gifts but the bigger our circle gets, the tougher that can be. But part of the fun of showing the love to your Valentine can be the joy of finding the absolutely perfect present at the absolutely perfect price, something that will bring a smile to their face without taking a big bite out of your budget.

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Be The Mother-In-Law You Wish You’d Had

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According to the Book of Genesis, right after creating the heavens, earth,  and humanity, God created marriage. And I’m pretty sure that the next day, somebody invented the mother-in-law joke.

Okay, maybe not the very next day because, as one of those jokes states, “Adam and Eve were the happiest, luckiest couple on earth because neither of them had a mother-in-law.” continue reading