Tin Grin: 7 Tips for Getting Braces Over 50

Tin Grin_ 7 Tips forGetting Braces Over 50

I had braces when I was a teenager, but back then orthodontists didn’t tell you to wear a retainer regularly. Over the years my teeth got crooked again, and it really bothered me. So I got braces over 50 for the second time! Continue reading

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World Kindness Day and Random Acts of Kindness I’ve Received in the Past Month

World Kindness Day and Random Acts of Kindness I've Received in the Past Month

World Kindness Day is celebrated November 13, and to commemorate that day I want to pass along the much-appreciated random acts of kindness that people in my world have done for me in the past month. Continue reading

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Things We Love About You: No-Cost Birthday Gift is Heartwarming

Things We Love About You: No-Cost Birthday Gift is Heartwarming

Years ago, I had an idea for a coworker — and friend’s — birthday gift. (Probably read it somewhere and have totally forgotten the source.) It cost nothing, it’s very positive and uplifting, one or more than one person can create it, and the giver(s) feel as good about it as the recipient does. Continue reading

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An Adventure: Hurricane Evacuation with Elderly Parents

Hurricane evacuation with elderly parents.

Hurricane Florence was a threat to Charleston, S.C.,  where I live — and where my 91- and 93-year-old parents’ retirement center is — so when the South Carolina governor issued a mandatory evacuation in September 2018, we had to head inland. I lost everything I owned 29 years before in Hurricane Hugo, so I didn’t even consider staying home! Continue reading

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15 Ways to Find Good Books to Read

15 Ways to Find Good Books to Read

If you’re an avid reader, there’s nothing worse than to finish a book and not have another one waiting. Check out 15 ways to find good books to read. Continue reading

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First Acupuncture Experience: It Didn’t Hurt

FIRST ACUPUNCTURE EXPERIENCE.

I’ve always been curious about acupuncture and have friends who swear it cures about everything you can think of. So when a new franchise acupuncture place opened nearby and offered a free first acupuncture session, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading

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Buy Unassembled Furniture and Pay Someone to Assemble the Furniture via Handy.com

Buy Unassembled and Pay Someone to Assemble the Furniture via Handy.com
Several months ago, my parents needed a new dresser in their apartment in the retirement community where they live. They didn’t want to pay big bucks – but I didn’t want them to use a raggedy dresser from a thrift store– and we found the perfect solution. I bought them a high quality wood dresser on the Wayfair web site for about $300, and was able to pay someone to assemble the furniture. Continue reading

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Major Elder Care Challenge: Accompanying Hearing-Impaired Parents to Medical Appointments

Major Elder Care Challenge: Accompanying Hearing-Impaired Parents to Medical Appointments
I am so blessed to have two parents in their nineties who live in an independent living retirement community nearby (with a lot of help from me).  My biggest elder care challenge — as a single person with a demanding full-time job– is accompanying my profoundly hearing-impaired parents to medical visits.
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Big Talk Meetup Group: Great Opportunity to Discuss Deep Subjects

big talk meetup group great way to discuss deep subjects

Do you ever have the urge to discuss the meaning of life? Or delve into deep subjects like friendship, love, kindness, the best things in life, etc., and there just isn’t anyone to talk to? In my town, a Big Talk Meetup group was created for just that purpose; it’s open to people of all ages – and membership is free. Joining one is a great way to meet new people and have stimulating conversations. Continue reading

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19 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

19 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

I’m a definite Type A personality and have had anxiety — the most common mental illness in the U.S.  — since my 20s; my particular symptom is a tingling or aching from my left shoulder down my arm. Fortunately, people around me don’t know when I have it and I don’t generally get it very often — might be 8 or 9 months in-between events. But when I do get it, it doesn’t feel good! Here are 19 ways to reduce anxiety — things that work for me.  If they work for me, they may work for you! Continue reading

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