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Are some of us dropping our guard against Covid-19 prematurely?

October 23, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Initially, when we first heard about the coronavirus, we were clueless and scared. Many of us became obsessive about being careful to keep the virus from calling, especially if over age 65, if we have a preexisting condition or the wrong blood type. Supposedly,  A blood types are more susceptible to contracting the virus.  We self-isolated for weeks at a time. Many of those who could, started working or volunteering virtually from home. Stuck in one place, we decluttered because we felt it was one way to mitigate the disorder in our lives… and we had the time. We cooked enough...


Opt Out? If Only We Could.

October 17, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

The relentlessness of global news, politics, tragedy and lest we not forget the pandemic—along with the constant thoughts and images posted by everyone we know (and even those we don’t)—streaming into our brains through our tech devices can take a toll on our spirits and energy. The world is too much for us at times right now. It’s not surprising, then, that we search for a way out and instead of zooming into friends’ and family members’ homes, we’d love to hop off to some distant galaxy. Or, it might be great if we could click a link to opt...


The Popularity of Agrihoods: Bringing Farming & Food into our Homes and Community

October 09, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Many of us are having a love affair with our gardens, whether we are pros or new to the hobby. Some of us have popped a few tomato seed packets into pots on our balcony while others planted rows of vegetables and herbs in the soil or in raised planters. Some of us might have started this new-found passion because we found it relaxing and stress-reducing; others don’t feel safe venturing into grocery stores as the pandemic continues, and still others couldn’t secure the produce we wanted or felt that what we could grow healthier yields than what’s on our...


I Love My Home, Sweet Home, but as We Age Together, is it Time to Bid Adieu?

October 02, 2020 Barbara Ballinger

I love my house, even though we’re not supposed to love things, only people. I’ve been told that things don’t make you happy, they only provide momentary bliss. Yet, the house I live in has made me incredibly happy for a decade. I’ve loved it as I love a wonderful relative, partner or close friend.  A single woman, I bought my house on my own, becoming part of the second largest group of homebuyers, following married couples. For me, the purchase came late in my life, after age 60. It was a chance to be near family once I was...


I Spy: What we are seeing can be eye-opening

September 25, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

I Spy: What we are seeing can be eye-opening These days, because of the need to stay put as well as fewer places to go, we find ourselves less busy in our daily routines. Yes, that virus keeps disrupting our lives as we learn of a spike here and there. This has given us more time to examine the details of what might normally slip by our eyes. We now have time to pay attention to our surroundings and remind ourselves of the loveliness and loneliness that sometimes engulfs us, if we decide to see and feel it. Of late,...