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Cheers To A Wonderful Thanksgiving!

By Cheryl Ryan

Some of my favorite holiday memories were gathering up the kids before guests arrived and heading out on a neighborhood treasure hunt for natural wonders to use for our table setting. Even simply nestling a sprig of rosemary into the folds of a napkin can bring such a sensory thrill of color, texture and smell. This year I’m planning to start this tradition with our grandson, Gus. He already loves to be outside, picks up everything he sees and puts it directly into his mouth which makes for a perfect time to show him how it’s done.

The Sides

Let’s face it the best thing about Thanksgiving dinner are the sides. So here are a few for you to check out. I’ve been making this salad for weeks and it’s so good and perfect for Thanksgiving because it’s actually better the next day if you need to do some pre-prep. 

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Lifestyle

Are You A Milleboomer?

By Cheryl Ryan

You haven’t heard of it? That’s because I made it up. My definition is a boomer trying to, and occasionally succeeding, in keeping up with the tech skills of millennials. They were raised on tech. They learned computer skills at the same time they were learning to ride a bike. And if you’ve ever taken up a sport later in life next to someone that learned when they were younger you know the advantage they have. There really is something to be said about those neural pathways forming early rather than later.

I remember when my kids first used Myspace. They were using abbreviations for a parent present (I still don’t know what it is) or LMAO. With a push of a button they could bring up an entirely different screen so that we couldn’t see who they were talking to. Maybe this didn’t happen at your house but it sure did in mine. 

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Relationships

Alzheimers – From Daughter To Caregiver

By Shana Moore

For all the times I didn’t cry.

Oof. This is hard enough to carry in my heart and in my bones without contemplating its specificities enough to define it with words. But I’m hoping that my expression of this particular heartache can help other daughters-turned-caregivers tap into their own unexpressed emotion and, eventually, their own healing, too.

My mom was sunshine. She was the bubbling, playful, cuddling, crafting, crouch-down-on-your-knees-so-you-can-greet-your-granddaughters-at-eye-level kind of human that always makes me think of the question posed by Toni Morrison: “Whose eyes light up when you walk into the room?”

Marcia’s, that’s whose.

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Lifestyle

In A Nod To Halloween – What Scares You?

By Cheryl Ryan

Where do you fall on the fraidy-cat meter?  This Halloween has me wondering what frightens us. I can honestly say that I’ve never been fearless per se, but I haven’t considered myself a fraidy-cat. Things that used to scare me, like writing a blog, don’t anymore but I am increasingly frightened (or at least think twice) about doing physical activities that I wouldn’t have thought twice about when I was younger.

During a recent conversation with Gwen Dawkins, who was leaving for a road trip through the south during hurricane season, I learned that she is afraid of hurricanes but not earthquakes. It turns out that she wasn’t here during the1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake but has been through several hurricanes. I on the other hand am terrified of earthquakes but not hurricanes. So each of us is frightened by things that we’ve actually lived through and know that we should be frightened.

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Travel

Old Tombstones And Famous Graves? Yes, Please!

By Gwen Dawkins

As Halloween and Day of the Dead approach, it seems appropriate to spill the beans on one of my more unusual sightseeing activities: I love visiting graveyards! 

Some of my friends and family (husband and children especially) find this desire of mine to be not only macabre but also abhorrent. I don’t mean it to be. I like to visit cemeteries for the same reason I read obituaries of people I don’t know –– because I think individual lives deserve another look.

In truth, I am mainly only interested in old cemeteries. The kind in which the tombstones are so weathered and worn, you can’t always read the words anymore. I also love “unusual” cemeteries, such as those in ghost towns, or pioneer graveyards, or above ground, such as those in New Orleans, etc. And while visiting celebrity graves and tombs is not my true pastime, I do get a slight thrill when I run across them. 

How do you feel about this? Interesting or scary? Or pointless? Do share! Here are a few of the notable graves I’ve come across:

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Lifestyle

It’s Raining; It’s Pouring…

By Cheryl Ryan

and I could not be more excited!  We’ve got our first storms this weekend and it feels and smells so fresh.  Here are a few things from around the web for your storm reading pleasure.  

If you’re looking for a new raincoat here are some to choose from.

You might want to check your makeup for phthalates. Recent reports confirm that it’s bad news for our health. You can use some of these apps that we wrote about last summer to check the ingredients in your cosmetic products.

This pumpkin muffin recipe is delicious and will go perfect with your morning coffee or tea.

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Lifestyle

SLEEP – We All Want It. Some Get It. Many Don’t. 

By Cheryl Ryan

I’ve been a pretty good sleeper throughout my life and I’ll take it. I know people that consistently suffer from lack of sleep and it is brutal. I usually get 6-7 hours which is below the recommendation for my age but it mostly works for me. Unless I’m in one of these ugly patches. Patches when I only get 3 to 5 hours a night for days on end. And that does NOT work for me. 

I’ve been in one lately. I’ve been waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning and I can’t go back to sleep. It starts with looking at the clock, then moves to daytime to-do lists, and on to worrying about those to-do lists. Some of it is important, most of it ridiculous, but none of it can be solved in the middle of the night. And the more I think about it the more awake I get, working myself into a full blow tizzy. It’s horrible. 

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Wellness

Could I Be A Germophobe Now?

By Cheryl Ryan

I can’t tell you how many times my husband has come home from a business trip with a raging cold or flu declaring that he knew he shouldn’t have shaken some person or other’s hand. He traveled a lot in those days but he still refers to some handshake every time he gets sick. I didn’t travel as he did but I did end up working for a company that hosted several conferences per year in cities across the U.S. 

During those travels, I spent an entire week shaking hands constantly and I still maintained my typical pattern of getting sick only once or twice a year. Consequently, I never worried too much about handshaking. But sitting next to a very sick person on a airplane has always made me want to run for cover – but that’s for another day.

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