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Personality Traits We Inherit from Our Parents

Bolton & Bolton argue that two main dimensions can explain and predict how people behave: assertiveness and responsiveness. Assertiveness is the degree to which people’s behavior is seen as forceful and directive.  Responsiveness is the degree to which people are seen as showing emotions or demonstrating sensitivity. From a personal standpoint, what I find interesting about this model is how perfectly I can place my parents into two of those boxes. My mother was your classic Driver:  highly organized, efficient and action-oriented, but at times practical to a fault. My father was a vintage Expressive: an enthusiastic storyteller who connected with people easily, but couldn’t keep track of details....
Candy

Loving Hard Candy…This May Be A Sign Of Getting Older

On a recent trip to California, I bought a box of Sees hard candies at the airport gift shop. I had a five-hour flight ahead of me and I figured it was something I could eat while wearing a mask. And — surprise! I really enjoyed them. The fact that it takes forever to eat one is a plus. Pop it in your mouth and you’ve got something sweet to savor for the next five minutes. Not only that but hard candy never melts or gets stale. I’ve been enjoying “grandma candy” ever since....
High Waisted Straight or Relaxed

Tips for Buying and Styling Denim for Petite BA50’s

We all know how important a great fitting pair of denim is, but for many of us, the struggle to find the "perfect" pair is real. With more relaxed styles now on trend, many of us BA50's want a jean refresh, but aren't sure where to start. And when you are 5'4" or shorter like me, you may have even more difficulties finding denim that fits properly. If you are tired of buying denim online and having to return it since the style doesn't look anything like it did on the fit model, I'm here to help....
Cancer Made Me a Comedian

Cancer Made Me a Commedian

I wanted my life to have meaning. So, I decided to leave Canada and go to Hawaii. Call it a mid-life crisis or call it escape from reality…I was going to spend a few years volunteering for a charitable organization there. Surely that would cure my destiny angst. “I’ll discover my purpose there,” I thought. And if I didn’t, at least I’d get a good tan. Baby steps. I was way overdue for my mammogram, so I figured I’d better get one before I left. Come to think of it, I’d had a painful lump for several weeks, but everyone said that if a lump was painful, it wasn’t cancer, so I wasn’t worried. After all, ‘everyone’ knows best, right? After the mammogram, my doctor ordered an ultrasound, then a biopsy. “There’s something there, but it’s probably nothing,” he reassured me....
Bras

Boobs and The Single Lady

I have been the recipient of very practical advice since I’ve begun dating, on topics ranging from sexually-transmitted diseases over the age of 60 to how to weed out “catfishers” on Bumble. However, the most humbling advice was from a writing friend, who received it from one of her friends, likely passed down from other well-meaning single women. “Refrain from “being on top” when you have sex. Your boobs will take on a life of their own.” I have never really liked my boobs and this is just one more reason. If sex after 60 weren’t awkward enough, with all the aging body parts, I now needed to worry about smothering a man with my breasts....
BA50 Bloggers Writing Retreat

Covid Rears Its Ugly Head Once Again

I truly thought we were done. I foolishly thought we were done. After being vaccinated and boostered I felt like I had a shield around me. But then I went on a two-night retreat sharing a house and meals and lots of glorious writing and even more glorious laughter with seven other vaxxed women.  (Our BA50 Writers Blogging Group). It felt so good and so back-to-normal again… until it wasn’t....
Ginny Poleman

How Finding Three Moments of Joy A Day Gave Me A Lift—A New Year Reminder

I liked the idea of moving throughout my day from joy to joy.....Since my divorce, my life is so different from those days when my calendar was full with after-school activities and my husband’s work events. Now, instead of rushing the kids off to school, my mornings are similar to Susan’s with her morning coffee and newspaper, except I wake up looking forward to my favorite smoothie: chocolate flavored protein powder with a banana and sugar-free sunflower butter—a healthy, morning treat that tastes like dessert........
Felice skiing

How We See Ourselves: The Meet And Greet

I've been meeting a lot of new people lately as my husband and I have settled into our winter life in Park City, Utah for the second year. And so, at every new social introduction I am greeted with the same question..."It's so nice to meet you? What do you do?" So many decades of living have resulted in a full mantle of mini monikers...a mini series with multiple seasons. A bookshelf full of titles and chapters that need serious editing.  But which one will I pull off the shelf first? ...
Woman embracing life standing outside in beautiful meadow with h

Better After 50 Changed My Life

Because of the healing that started from writing for Better After 50, I am now writing freelance for a local magazine in Minnesota, became an Ordained Minister, Teach Life Purpose Coaching for Christian Women and became a mentor to women who were emotionally neglected in childhood. I submitted my first writing to Better After 50 about five years ago. It was the first time I ever shared my story of being physically abused at my Christian School. Writing that story helped to pull off the 30 year old scab that had formed over my emotionally broken spirit. Then having it accepted and printed created a deeper level of healing....

A Gift For Every Type of Girlfriend: All Under $100!

Gifting your girlfriend after the Holidays may feel like the biggest challenge! Whether your girlfriend already likes to shop for herself or seems to have received everything on her wishlist for the holidays, it may feel intimidating to give her something she'll love. But have no fear! Because we have compiled a list of gifts under $100 that are unique and fitting to every type of woman! Whether she loves to workout and is in need of new workout gear or loves to spend her pass time puzzling, we have included one of a kind selections that show thought and consideration in your gifting process. Here are the best gifts for every type of girlfriend - all under $100! Shop our selections here! ...

How To Make Basic Blacks, Browns, & Whites Fashionable this Season: 5 Trendy Looks to Try!

What we love most about basic blacks, browns, & whites? The ability to endlessly layer and accessorize your look with no fear of mismatching colors or clashing! Continue reading below to learn how to effortlessly make basic blacks, browns, & whites look interesting and fashionable like never before for the winter season ahead! ...
Purse

Stylish and Practical Travel Companions for your Next Vacation

Are you traveling to a warm-weather destination this winter? Or maybe you have a trip planned to visit family? If so, a new fashionable but also practical carry-on bag or piece of luggage might be in order. From totes that have luggage sleeves (no more stress on the neck and back!) to hands-free bags and stylish puffer jackets that easily pack away when not in use, we have lots of great ideas to help make your next trip even more fun. Read on for my top pics!...

Make Your Closet Casual Again: How To Feel Fashionable When Stuck at Home!

rom breezy button downs to timeless sweaters, its officially time to wind down with our casual styles as they are simply fabulous without trying too hard. We love these chic essentials to be the statement making basics of your fall wardrobe. Easy to thrown on, easy to style, and looks that you'll never get tired of. What more could you ask for? Here are the top wardrobe essentials to make your fall style casual yet cool! Shop our picks here. ...

Featured on Relationship Thursday

Bras

Boobs and The Single Lady

I have been the recipient of very practical advice since I’ve begun dating, on topics ranging from sexually-transmitted diseases over the age of 60 to how to weed out “catfishers” on Bumble. However, the most humbling advice was from a writing friend, who received it from one of her friends, likely passed down from other well-meaning single women. “Refrain from “being on top” when you have sex. Your boobs will take on a life of their own.” I have never really liked my boobs and this is just one more reason. If sex after 60 weren’t awkward enough, with all the aging body parts, I now needed to worry about smothering a man with my breasts....

Tattoos: Never Say Never, Even After 60

I grew up in a world that was divided into two kinds of people: those who had tattoos and those who were afraid of people with tattoos. In the movies, prisoners and gang members, carnival workers and criminals had them. They marked reckless, defiant outsiders…tribal members with a shady moral compass.  Nazis tattooed people. End of story. Then in the 70s, the stigma dimmed a bit. Fashionable, creative, adventurous celebrities like Cher, Peter Fonda and Janis Joplin displayed their ink. The chests and arms of those “in the service” in Viet Nam showed their proud affiliation. For the first time, although far from my thing, I saw tattoos as an indicator of something relevant to a person’s individual story, a canvas of their experiences....

Featured on Fashion Friday

Bell bottoms and accessories

5 Chic and Flattering Outfits with Trendy Bellbottoms

Remember the bellbottoms we wore in the 70's? They are BACK in a big way and there are so many fun ways to style them! This retro-inspired aesthetic was seen on many recent runways and looks great on us BA50's as long as we don't dress head-to-toe like a 60's hippie! Flares elongate our silhouette so they are flattering and easy to wear. Read on for 5 fashionable outfits that all start with a great pair of bellbottoms. ...
High Waisted Straight or Relaxed

Tips for Buying and Styling Denim for Petite BA50’s

We all know how important a great fitting pair of denim is, but for many of us, the struggle to find the "perfect" pair is real. With more relaxed styles now on trend, many of us BA50's want a jean refresh, but aren't sure where to start. And when you are 5'4" or shorter like me, you may have even more difficulties finding denim that fits properly. If you are tired of buying denim online and having to return it since the style doesn't look anything like it did on the fit model, I'm here to help....