The Joy of Moving Things Around (and Out)

Or the surprising benefits of minimizing Have you ever thought about the time you invest in managing all your stuff? Maybe it’s your investment in the caring of things — the yard, the floors, all those windows in your big house. Perhaps you invest emotional energy worrying about upgrading a possession...

What Happens When You Can’t Take It Anymore?

Are you tired of the crap lying around your house? Or in your car? Your workplace? I sure am! Last year, with the Ninja Writers’ encouragement, I embarked on a yearly theme of organization. I started out with Marie Kondo’s book about tidying up. Hubby and I tried to...

3 Things A Caregiver Must Make Time For

So much depends on it I’m not going to mince words. Ask my children. They’ll attest that I am not one prone to beating around the bush. You need to take care of yourself. I’m here, dear reader, to offer some simple tips to keep your life ship from listing...

Spear-Carrier: Is This a Job for My Child?

Not everyone is meant to charge through the world carrying a spear. From Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, City of Girls I have three terrific children and they are incredibly different from each other. They’re like me in some ways, but then they possess these other qualities I seriously can’t relate to. Sure,...

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...