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Going Stir Crazy? 20 Things to Do When Stuck Inside

March 13, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Our grown kids and siblings care about our well-being. Ours reminded the two of us that we need to avoid public places and large crowds while the Coronavirus spreads and takes its course. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warning is that anyone older—age 60 plus-- should remain indoors as much as possible. That’s us. So, as a help to keep ourselves busy, happy and hopefully healthy, we’ve come up with 20 ideas to ward off cabin fever while we stay inside. Share yours. We’re all in this together. Here’s to everyone’s health.    Marie Kondo at least one room...


Derailed at First: What I’ve Learned About Subway Etiquette & Safety

March 06, 2020 Margaret Crane

Living in NYC is a tectonic shift for someone who spent most of her life in St. Louis, MO. Moving here takes courage, a sense of adventure, instinct, a bit of knowledge and a certain cunning—walking fast, not making eye contact with strangers, learning where things are, where to shop and where not to go, where to walk alone especially at night and where it might not be safe, and which busses or subways to take. I no longer have a car—a relief—and rely on my two legs or public transportation. Mostly, if going a fair distance, I opt to...


30 Lifelessons We Absorbed in 2019 to Bring into 2020 and Beyond

February 28, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Enjoy experiences not stuff; the memories are far more permanent Be kind(er) than you think necessary; practice little acts of kindness that cost you nothing Mix up your friendships to be more diverse. Also, make friends of various age groups—it makes your life more interesting Get out of your comfort zone not just thinking about it but doing it. Make a change. Declutter, eat or cook something new, travel to a new place, collect what you really want, try a hobby or activity you’ve never done before, make a new friend or two or extricate yourself from a toxic friendship,...


All Hands on Deck to Bake for Underserved & Homeless Seniors

February 21, 2020 Margaret Crane

On a chilly Friday as the sun negotiates the cloudy afternoon sky, I walk to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Upper West Side of New York City to bake holiday cookies with a group of strangers for homeless and underserved seniors. Security is heavy at the door as I hand over my cell phone and keys, open my purse for inspection of the contents and walk through an X-ray machine. I take the elevator down to the building’s sub-basement and enter a smallish room called the Patti Gelman Culinary Arts Center where four baking stations await us. The...


How Do We Measure Love? Let us Count Seven Ways

February 14, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

So many of us feel we must get all mushy-gushy on Valentine’s Day as we face stores crammed with everything red and heart shaped. For some of us boomers, Valentine’s Day and the romantic love it purports, all seems forced and saved up for one day that’s manufactured and capitalized on by the many candy firms, florists and card companies. Yet, we follow the same ritual year after year for fear that if we don’t, we may hurt the feelings of our nearest and dearest. So, we gift them something sweet and romantic, take them out for a special meal...