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Icy Road Conditions Almost Left Bad Driver Out in the Cold

March 15, 2019 Margaret Crane

I’m up and at ‘em. The day starts when my sister, who has been staying with me for six days to help me clean out my condo, reminds me that I need to get going to drive her to the airport. Fact: There is an ice storm happening right outside my window. It’s a rare occurrence in St. Louis. Fact: For those who know me, I’m a terrible driver. One of the reasons I am excited to move to New York City is….I won’t have to drive. Fact: Driving on ice is not driving. It’s sledding. Fortunately, I have an...


Who’s in Your Room?

March 08, 2019 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Here’s how to cope with those you allow into your room, a metaphor for your brain & life, according to business entrepreneur and author Ivan Misner, Ph. D Ivan Misner, Ph. D In recent years, there’s been so much talk about ghosting, the not-subtle art of figuratively expelling people from your life by withdrawing from all communication with them. They write, call, email or text, and you fail to reply. Some are more persistent than others. It may take multiple efforts before they get that you want them out of your life. Seems harsh, doesn’t it? We think so.  However, entrepreneur...


New York City Here I Come

March 01, 2019 Margaret Crane

New York City has charmed and delighted me since I was a 13-year-old, and my father took me there for my first visit. That was more than a half century ago. From then on, every time I visited NYC, I felt that catch-your-breath thrill at the sight of being in its environs. For a girl raised in St. Louis, Mo., Manhattan was a jumble of all kinds of unexpected wonders:  Buildings reaching to the sky; fast-moving, underground subway rides; the Staten Island ferry and the majesty of the Statue of Liberty in the harbor; the wonder of looking down and...


The Anguish of Watching a Parent Decline

February 22, 2019 Barbara Ballinger

We’ve been deluged with articles, books and movies about the difficulty of caring for an aging parent. There are many physical and emotional needs that a caregiver must tend to like a gardener to keep plants alive.    That’s all well and good, but we’ve also heard about caregiver burnout. Most often it’s a daughter who becomes the main person in charge, especially now as unemployment shrinks and more of the very old live longer. I’ve quickly learned what my peers who assumed this role earlier found as I become an expert: We’ve stepped into a crazy land. It’s a...


A New Decade

February 15, 2019 Barbara Ballinger

Nora Ephron’s mother’s advice that everything was worth becoming copy certainly makes starting a new decade all so much more palatable. I get to write about what I’m feeling and experiencing even if my angst sends shock waves through my now aging body. And I get to offer a sort of public service announcement to my fellow aging peers who haven’t yet hit my age and a new decade.   Well, there’s good news to share all around. First, my aging parts really make it a bit easier to tolerate the numbers going upward. My poorer eyesight makes it harder to...