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We’ve been mothers for decades and one of us has the joy of watching daughters now be mothers. As the day approaches to celebrate moms, we think of our own late mothers and grandmothers and all the happiness as well as the heartache we experienced. It’s all part of the package.  Because of our years of experience and the perspective of older age, we have learned a great deal. So, this Mother’s Day we thought we’d share what we wish we had known and what we hope new moms will heed to make the “job” a bit more delightful and...

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  How many times have you said to yourself after an afternoon chasing the grandkids around, “I’m exhausted. I just don’t have the same energy I used to have. I’m getting too old for this.” As much as you may love those grands, we get more fatigued as we age and start to slow down, for some a lot and others not as much. The same goes for our workloads, whether paid or volunteer. We find ourselves muttering when we’re tackling yet another demanding project. Our brain begins to talk to us, “You’re crazy! What are you doing this for...

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 We’re no longer in search of perfection whether the perfect test score, the ideal weight or the best cake ever baked. Cakes look nice if the layers are even and the frosting is smooth, but who cares if they are the best you’ve ever tasted. Light and fluffy for the cake part and rich for the frosting are good enough and delicious to us. Even well-known writers like Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd of The New York Times Opinion pages or author Malcolm Gladwell don’t hit it out of the ballpark with every column and book. Do they fret...

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  We watch our politicians juggle the fine line of give and take daily. Sometimes, it’s negotiating a cease fire somewhere in the world or in Congress where rapprochement seems to be almost impossible to achieve these days with so many disagreements.  One of us watched a TV show recently where a young daughter, 10, had picked out a very flashy, slinky, short dress to wear for a party with her grandmother’s help and approval. It was more suitable for a grown up, but we thought she looked adorable in it, a mini flapper. Her mother was appalled. “You can’t...

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  Some of us have been waiting months for spring to arrive. Many of us strongly dislike the colder temperatures of winter, icicles dangling from buildings, the slippery sidewalks and stairs where we fear falling and bundling up in hats, coats, scarves, gloves, socks and boots.  Spring seemed to arrive, and then chilly weather returned and now it may be back again. Spring, please hang around  so we may shed the layers and venture outside on days of bright blue sky and sunlight when all we need is a light jacket or sweater. On such days, we feel gleeful, and...

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