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Assumptions: Our Theory of Everything. Sometimes it’s Best to Go Straight to the Source.

March 05, 2021 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

We look at a situation and when we don’t have the facts we might add our own spin. We write an assumption in our head, and sometimes even an alternative scenario. After all, we assume we know other people’s motivation and way of thinking. Here are some familiar assumptions, which we’re sure you can identify with: You don’t hear for a few days from a guy you’re dating. You assume he doesn’t care about you any longer. Oh, well, it was nice while it lasted. You’re in a store and see someone you’ve known for years who doesn’t say “hi.” You...


Socially Conscious Practices: Acts of Kindness We Should Do & Why

February 26, 2021 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Through the years, we have learned that people like to be remembered and celebrated for something happy or be consoled when something sad occurs. At these times, we want to be surrounded by loved ones and hugged and even gifted with booze, wine and comfort foods to lift our spirits. When such things happen to people we care about, we don’t understand those who remain silent and do nothing. This isn’t our style. It’s not about how much anybody spends—few can compete with Oprah or Ellen with their TV studio-gift giveaways. But we believe that it’s important to show we...


You Know You’re Really Old When….

February 19, 2021 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

To our readers: Our new book on healthy aging,"Not Dead Yet: Rebooting Your Life After 50," is now available for presale. Check it out at the bottom of today's blog.                                              ******************* Aging at times can be as bitter as horseradish. But do we have a right to complain when we know we’re each blessed to be lumbering through these last 12 months of the pandemic with roofs over our heads, food in our refrigerators and freezers, good healthcare,...


Seeing Red? This Valentine’s Day share the love with your gal pals in safe, heartfelt ways

February 12, 2021 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Valentine’s Day is a celebration when we express our love, paint the town red, dress up and look forward to a romantic dinner with a partner, if we have one. However, this year as the pandemic still looms, the impulse is to lay this day of love at winter’s cold and viral doorstep in the spirit of social distancing. But not so fast. Living through the pandemic is disheartening, like an arrow shot through the heart. However, we’ve decided now is the perfect time to show our love safely and virtually with our gal pals in a Galentine’s Day celebration,...


What Me Worry? Why we do it and what we get out of it.

February 05, 2021 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

If there were a Richter scale for worry, most of us would be off the charts. All of us right now have plenty to worry about—maintaining a roof over our heads and our health, paying for our next meal or medications, holding down a job and keeping our businesses afloat, educating our kids, dealing with isolation, facing climate change, just to name a few. We all worry from time to time. But we contend that worry is on a continuum. Some people have a small helping of worry and others cannot let go of the worry buffet. The small helping...