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Janey Womeldorf

My Christmas Confessions

By Janey Womeldorf

My Christmas Confessions

I’m about to go to the dark side. I am 49, a big traditionalist and lover of all things Christmas. I play Bing Crosby when I write my cards; I take notes throughout the year of things to include in the Christmas letter; and I keep everybody’s cards and letters from the previous year so […]

Girlfriends Versus Husbands

By Janey Womeldorf

Girlfriends Versus Husbands

I once asked my best friend if a pair of pants made my butt look big. “Yes,” she replied, “but that’s because you have a big butt.” I had to agree. Years later I asked my husband the same question. I cried when he gave me the same answer – there are some things only […]

Marriage and Planning

By Janey Womeldorf

Marriage and Planning

A few years after we got married, my husband and I thought it would be fun to each write down what we thought our life would look like in ten years time. We decided to write down everything from where we’d be living, what our house would look like, how many children we would or […]

A Grandparent’s Love

By Janey Womeldorf

A Grandparent's Love

I will never have grandchildren. Am I missing out? My brother is 52 and recently became a grandparent for the first time. Last month, our extended family got together and to our delight, he surprised us all by bringing his new baby granddaughter along. It was the first time I had seen him in his […]

Inspiring Obituaries

By Janey Womeldorf

Inspiring Obituaries

I read the obituaries. I never used to – too morbid, or so I thought. All that changed when I met Mr. P. Mr. P. was our neighbor. He was 95, lived on his own, had 20/20 vision, no major health issues, was as sharp as a button, and still had his driving license. He […]

Food Confessions

By Janey Womeldorf

Food Confessions

Is it that I love to cook? Or love to eat? Sometimes, I wake up thinking about dinner. That used to shame me but now I embrace the fact that food and eating is such a powerful and magical force in life. It is not just about swooning taste buds; it is more precious than […]

The Middle Seat

By Janey Womeldorf

The Middle Seat

When we were young, families were larger, cars were smaller, and when it came to vacations, everyone drove. We sat on the floor, we sat on laps, and if we were good, we got to sit on the armrest or lie across the back window. People didn’t worry about seatbelts; besides, where would they have […]

Music, Car Keys, and Slow Dancing

It had never happened in 23 years of marriage. My husband and I were at the afternoon matinee, (too tight and too old to stay awake for the evening movie) and at the end of the film during the credits, they played Herb Alpert singing his romantic classic, “This Guy’s in Love with You.” I’m […]

How Do You Fire a Friend?

By Janey Womeldorf

How Do You Fire a Friend?

We leave home, we scrimp, we study, we work. We move, we marry, fill our houses with stuff. We have children, we stress, we long for more sleep. We eat out, drive-thru, buy a slow cooker in hope. We gain weight, we diet, our closet has two sizes. Ten years fly by over bagged salad […]

The Olympic Sport of Dieting

By Janey Womeldorf

The Olympic Sport of Dieting

Men talk about sports; women talk about weight; it’s our national pastime. In fact, if talking about food, weight-loss and dieting were an Olympic sport, I think most of the women I know could enter that race with me. The only woman I can think of with whom I never had this conversation was my […]

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