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Empty Nest Support – November 2006 Newsletter

November 16th, 2006

The kids are coming home to fill the empty nest for Thanksgiving. Here is a reality check to make the weekend fun and connected: They aren\’t who they were when they left. They have gotten more autonomous. They want time with their friends. They don\’t want to plan far ahead. They haven\’t slept much. They ate lousy food. They have homework. They don\’t like a lot of questions. They love the comfort and memories of home sweet home. They love you deeply. You are cleaning, looking at recipes, marketing, cooking, and adding beauty to your home. You are so excited that... Read More

A Good Look in the Mirror

November 14th, 2006

…by Prill Boyle When did aging become such a sin? Everywhere we look-magazines, movies, TV, billboards-we see airbrushed images of gorgeous, wrinkle-free women who appear to be in their twenties, even when they\’re considerably older. These women are held up as our cultural ideal, as if adhering to this rigid and unattainable (at least for ninety-five percent of the population) standard of beauty ensures that we\’ll feel fulfilled. But as social anthropologist Kate Fox argues, we don\’t just equate this distorted vision of beauty with fulfillment. We equate it with goodness,... Read More

Holiday Health Plan

November 14th, 2006

…by Mary Pearsall The holidays are right around the corner, but that doesn\’t have to mean disaster for your health and fitness program. With a pen, paper and about a half hour of “thinking time,” you can create a simple wellness (sanity) plan that will help you stay balanced, healthy and active through the holiday season. To begin, determine the time frame (e.g., six weeks) when your schedule is most likely to be interrupted. Then write down the challenges you anticipate, such as “Aunt Jane\’s fudge” or “won\’t be able to do... Read More

Menopause and Muscular Weakness: Prevention

November 14th, 2006

Menopause and muscular weakness is an inescapable fact of every aging woman\’s life and dealing with the accompanying symptoms is an achievable goal through proper health management. Menopause and the problems that come along with it is largely dependant upon a woman\’s genetic make-up, but equally responsible is the way she has led her life. Her lifestyle, family history and the amount of exercise, diet balance and emotional well being she has maintained, are all contributing factors that determine her possible menopausal issues. Menopause and Muscular Weakness: Causes The years... Read More

A Fling in the Land of the Bagpipes

November 14th, 2006

Given that one of my all-time favorite movies is “Brigadoon,” and one of my favorite television programs, “Highlander”-the story of the immortal “Duncan MacLeod of the clan MacLeod”-it was surprising that I had never made it to Scotland before, a lack in my travels that I had been intending to remedy as soon as possible. So when my friends said they were going to Edinburgh to visit their son who was spending a semester abroad, and suggested I join them, it didn\’t take much to convince me to take them up on their invitation. It was to be a short... Read More

“Suffering From The Love Grip?”

November 14th, 2006

1. If you feel held back, stuck in a rut, blocked from the love and success you want, and you don\’t\’ know why – you are under the spell of what we call The Love Grip. When we\’re too young to know the difference, we unwittingly give our innate love and loyalty to our parents and larger family, culture, neighborhood and church and thereby internalize their all too often limited and negative judgments of who we are. Because we are largely unformed, we readily and without question believe what we are told about our lack of value, our incompetence, and our tiny place in... Read More

Spiritual X-Ray

November 14th, 2006

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. Luke 6:45 NIV Several years ago, my son fell on his arm while skating. From the outside, his arm looked fine, but his cries of pain told a different story. When the doctor held the x-ray up to the light, even my untrained eyes could see the jagged edge of his small bone sticking out. I can still hear my brave little soldier\’s cry of “Ow-ow-ouch!” when the doctor needed to \’set\’ the bone back into place. They had ushered... Read More


November 14th, 2006

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, carved in granite, the six-story faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt create a grand impression viewed from a distant, or standing on the national monument\’s viewing terrace. Visiting Mount Rushmore on vacation, I found the documentary of its making fascinating. Weeks later, one story stayed with me. It turns out the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, planned to have the figure of Thomas Jefferson on George Washington\’s right. But after painstakingly carving a portion of the massive face, Borglum reached... Read More

What Your Childhood Entrepreneur Can Teach You

November 14th, 2006

Financial guru Suze Orman taught us to look at our first “money memory” from childhood to help us understand how we view and handle money in our adult lives. Now, let\’s take a look at your “childhood entrepreneur” memory, and get a sense of what your now-boomer self can learn from her inner entrepreneur. The more successful business owners I talk to, the more I see clear evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit as far back as elementary school. Rather than a simple stroll down memory lane, there is something to learn from looking back as you continue moving forward. When... Read More

Choosing the Ideal Retirement Location

November 14th, 2006

If you\’re thinking about relocating after you retire, what characteristics should you look for in a new community? Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but there are some general guidelines. Where to Retire magazine surveyed its subscribers and asked them to list what they felt was most important in choosing an ideal retirement location: Low crime rate Active, clean, safe downtown Good hospitals nearby Low tax rate/low cost of living/low housing cost Mild climate Friendly, like-minded neighbors Scenic beauty Good recreational/social/cultural environment Nearby... Read More