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Coulda? Shoulda? Woulda? but…Debating How to Handle a Thorny Situation

November 06, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Don’t you wish we could say at times what we’re really thinking? Imagine the trouble we’d get into if we did. We know, however, that it’s not okay to do so in polite society. Deep down, we try not to hurt anyone’s feelings even if we’re ticked off or feel slighted, make assumptions and try to be patient while, at the same time, consider our own feelings and needs. Some situations challenge us more than others, and often blindside us to the point that we don’t know what to do or say.   Actually, that’s not completely accurate. We know what...


Making it Through the Upcoming ‘Pandemic’ Winter: 13 Ideas Lead the Way

October 30, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

We’re planners. We look ahead, figure out what needs to get done, make our lists, check off the steps along the way, then double-check even when done to be sure we didn’t leave out anything. However, the pandemic has taught us:  “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” said Scottish bard and poet Robert Burns. Now, on top of COVID-19 with cases starting to surge again, winter looms making us aware that we are likely to be indoors most of our time (less so if we live in certain places like California or Florida), more so...


Are some of us dropping our guard against Covid-19 prematurely?

October 23, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Initially, when we first heard about the coronavirus, we were clueless and scared. Many of us became obsessive about being careful to keep the virus from calling, especially if over age 65, if we have a preexisting condition or the wrong blood type. Supposedly,  A blood types are more susceptible to contracting the virus.  We self-isolated for weeks at a time. Many of those who could, started working or volunteering virtually from home. Stuck in one place, we decluttered because we felt it was one way to mitigate the disorder in our lives… and we had the time. We cooked enough...


Opt Out? If Only We Could.

October 17, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

The relentlessness of global news, politics, tragedy and lest we not forget the pandemic—along with the constant thoughts and images posted by everyone we know (and even those we don’t)—streaming into our brains through our tech devices can take a toll on our spirits and energy. The world is too much for us at times right now. It’s not surprising, then, that we search for a way out and instead of zooming into friends’ and family members’ homes, we’d love to hop off to some distant galaxy. Or, it might be great if we could click a link to opt...


The Popularity of Agrihoods: Bringing Farming & Food into our Homes and Community

October 09, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Many of us are having a love affair with our gardens, whether we are pros or new to the hobby. Some of us have popped a few tomato seed packets into pots on our balcony while others planted rows of vegetables and herbs in the soil or in raised planters. Some of us might have started this new-found passion because we found it relaxing and stress-reducing; others don’t feel safe venturing into grocery stores as the pandemic continues, and still others couldn’t secure the produce we wanted or felt that what we could grow healthier yields than what’s on our...