Sister, Beautify Thyself

By Zile Elliven

In the not-too-distant past, I used to wake up, drag myself out of bed, find a way to get my sleep-addled brain to feed the kids – and myself, stuff them into their clothes, and finally, finally get myself dressed. More often than not, the result of all of this was that, when I came […]

Pink Tulle Skirt

By Kim Delmar Cory

I was a 63-year-old woman with a brand new unworn pink tulle skirt hanging in her closet. It is a size 1X. I bought it for the same reason one can never have too many twinkle lights. Twinkle lights make me smile no matter how horrendous a day I’ve experienced. If my car died on […]

Makeup Made Simple

By Casey Sifford Jones

Makeup should be simple, and while trends come and go, I prefer a more classic look that all women can achieve. Of course, always start with good skin care for the best results. All women can try the new trends, but women over 50 may choose to do a different level to achieve the best […]

Mary Emily Platt Jackson, matriarch of the family that started The Jackson Companies, was known and loved by everyone who knew her. The company started by Mrs. Jackson and her husband, Nelson Jackson, now includes Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, Ocean Lakes RV Center, […]

My husband and I have season tickets to Broadway musicals at DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center). It’s our monthly date which gets us off the couch, away from the refrigerator, and forced to mingle with the outside world. When we were young, I’d have had trouble committing my husband to spend a night each month […]

Embracing Change

By Donna McCusker

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy When my ophthalmologist said I could go blind, my mind raced with potential outcomes. I was living in a condominium at the top of a hill in Wappingers Falls, New […]

My Sissy

By Lynn Ingram

It was late, I was tired, and I wanted nothing more than to drag my weary body up the stairs and burrow deep under the covers and sleep, sleep, sleep. But there was something in that voice on my answering machine that bespoke a need, an urgency to talk to me, something that pulled at […]

Cousinly Love

By Joan Leotta

On summer Saturday nights in Pittsburgh, in the years before air-conditioning, we often ate dinner at Aunt Mary’s house on Callowhill Street. I always chose to sit next to my cousin Diane. Older than me by four years she was my idol – smart, beautiful and, well, my idol. She was my best friend. She […]

My Middle Child

By Catherine A. MacKenzie

I was a horrible mother in April 1980 after the birth of my second child, Matthew, the only planned child of my three. I didn’t want to see him; I didn’t want to hold him. Why? Because his name was to have been Melissa. I hadn’t wanted more children after the birth of my first […]

I love to travel. Before becoming the proud parent of three darling cherubs everyone said to me, “Enjoy traveling now because once you have kids you won’t be able to do it anymore.” Well, I proved all the naysayers wrong by hopping on that plane with three kids in tow, sometimes internationally. I didn’t let their age […]

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