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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Stretching for Health and Fitness — the Latest Trend

Stretching for Health and Fitness

Stretching for health and fitness is the latest trend — and businesses are springing up everywhere to help athletes – and nonathletes – understand the importance of stretching. Besides improving health and fitness and reducing the risk of injury,  stretching feels good!

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Norwegian Cruise Line: Pros and Cons

Norwegian Cruise Line Pros and ConsI’m an enthusiastic cruiser who’s taken about 20 cruises on four major cruise lines (Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival) in my lifetime. A friend and I recently completed my first Norwegian cruise on the Norwegian Spirit and compiled a list of Norwegian Cruise Line pros and cons (good and bad features). Continue reading

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Beautiful Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona
Beautiful Barcelona is one of the coolest places on the planet! The architecture is stunning – and the buildings and parks created by famed artist Antoni Gaudi are fun and funky, too. Continue reading

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Rock of Gibraltar — A Fun Shore Excursion on a Mediterranean Cruise

Rock of Gibraltar -- A Fun Shore Excursion on a Mediterranean CruiseMost people have heard of the Rock of Gibraltar — but if you’re like me, you have no idea what it really is or where it’s located.  I got to tour Gibraltar, located off the coast of Spain — and see the Rock — on a shore excursion from a Norwegian cruise to North Africa and Spain, and loved it. It’s a really interesting place to visit! Continue reading

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Riding Camels in Tangier, Africa, on a Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Riding Camels in Tangier, Africa, on a Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be riding camels in Tangier, Africa, on a  Norwegian Mediterranean cruise that included stops in Morocco at Casablanca and Tangier — but that’s just what I did! Continue reading

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Casablanca Shore Excursion on Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Casablanca Shore Excursion on Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Norwegian seems to be the only mainstream cruise line with a port of call in Casablanca, Morocco, in northern Africa on a Mediterranean cruise, which is why we picked that cruise for our 2018 travel adventure. Who wouldn’t want to go on a Casablanca shore excursion to see sights you’ve only read about and seen on TV — and never dreamed you’d see in person?! Continue reading

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Norwegian Cruise to Spain and Africa: Day One

Norwegian cruise to Spain and Africa Day OneMy friend and travel buddy Merry Ellen and I found a cruise itinerary of a lifetime — a 10-night cruise to Spain and Africa. The trip went along the coast of Spain, stopped at the Canary Islands and visited Morocco, Africa, too. Continue reading

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