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Know Thyself: Ways We Evolve as We Age

August 07, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Like millions of others stuck at home for much longer periods than we expected, we’ve had more time to reflect about the trajectory of our lives, how we want to spend time when we once again get to move about more freely and how we’ve evolved gradually to become the people we are today. This involves more than just bettering our Pilates skills by doing more Pilates on our own or via Zoom classes or ramping up our tennis game by taking more lessons or playing more hours. It’s really all about examining our internal selves, how we’ve changed for...


I Started…

July 31, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

When Margaret wakes up some mornings, as a strategy to get her through the day, she has started spending a half hour before she gets out of bed listening to classical music. It calms her and clears her head. When she does this, she feels better and is an optimistic person from then on throughout the day. This is one of many new endeavors she’s started since her move six months ago to New York City from St. Louis, another new start that has changed her life. Barbara has become relentless about fitting in daily exercise, preferably at a new...


Do you Cook in Your Head? We & Others Do (Sometimes)

July 24, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Cooking may be a joyful pursuit for many. Look at what everybody has been making and showing off on sites during the pandemic. And at other times they cook, too, or otherwise, there wouldn’t be so many cookbooks, food blogs, food sites, cooking shows and movies with a chef as the star or assistant. Yet, not everyone shares our passion. Some view it as an arduous, mind-boggling, time-consuming task that requires too many ingredients, too much measuring and certainly too much waiting. “Who needs to prepare something that you consume in several bites and then have nothing to show for...


Equality at Home: Just How Equal is Life for Couples These Days?

July 17, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

We grew up in an era where most of our parents, their friends, and even ourselves and our peers divided up tasks once married. Usually, the man did the messy inside and outside stuff—dishes, garbage, fixing the toilet and changing light bulbs if handy, yardwork and maybe grilled—and cleaned the grill afterward. The woman got the stereotypical female work—wash, iron, clean, cook, set the table, grocery shop—unless we did it as a pair (Margaret’s late husband always went with her to shop and Barbara’s liked to do the wash). We also took over the carpool, care of a sick child...


Road Trippers: How to be Safe, Avoid Others & the Public Loo Too During Covid

July 10, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

The coronavirus pandemic is an extential disruption that has affected and infected every aspect of our lives. This includes our best laid summer travel plans. How do we get from point A to point B without worrying like Edvard Munch's The Scream, “Will I catch the virus if I take a train, plane or bus or use a public bathroom?” As a result, many of us opt to rent or buy an RV or camper that comes with its own bathroom, kitchen, sofa and bed.   For shorter treks or for those who can’t afford to rent or buy an...