Education’s at a Crossroads

A story on NPR a couple of weeks ago caught my attention. In it, a researcher tried to answer the question, “What does ‘lazy’ mean?” I’d link to it for you, dear reader, but my search found an NPR story about laziness offered nearly every year! Someone’s obsessed, apparently. But I...

Artful Planning: Managing Life on a Beautiful Grid

Failure in retirement is not an option Recently, I missed a staffing commitment as a Medium editor. I’d offered to cover someone’s morning shift, but I forgot to write it down or add it to my Google calendar. I’m retired, but now I’m also a writer and a caregiver....

What a Mature Woman Learned from a Navy Seal

Do you have to be a beast every day? Yes. Yes, you do. What is a beast? Historically, calling a person a beast denoted something negative like they’re rude, crude, and unacceptable. But more contemporary jargon employs the descriptive term, beast, as a compliment for someone who performs at the highest levels. So, indeed,...

Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

When I decided to take early retirement last year, I knew I’d be taking a reduced pension. Financial security is a rather big deal for me (is it for everyone?). I created a budget in Excel and it all looked okay. Still, I thought I might want a side gig...

It’s All About the…Basal Metabolism

Losing weight post-menopause is really tricky business. I’m ten years into this phase and I’ve tried numerous solutions. These could also be called stages of denial or even grief over the girlish waistline I once had. This has been my path: a) do nothing, b) cut calories and/or go...

Can An Aging Woman Win the Fat War Through Intermittent Fasting?

According to Cynthia Thurlow, women over the age of 50 gain an average of 1.5 pounds per year. Indeed. She advocates the intermittent fasting lifestyle to her female patients. Better than any other “diet” as she says,  …it’s free, flexible, and simple. I’ve written twice recently about my JumpStart journeys —...

Curious Find: A List of Borrowed Books

When I was seven, I received my school librarian’s “most books read” award. I love the library. Free reads every day! Today, I found a “Checked out” slip for Jane Fri**** in my current read. Of the four books listed, three were thrillers, including the one I now have on my...

JumpStart to Better Mental & Spiritual Health

Investing time in a new season reset Daffodils are blooming in my garden already. They may be dusted in snow by day’s end, but the harbingers of longer, warmer days have started to announce themselves. If you’re anything like me, Spring means more than switching out winter clothes or...