Dad and I

Dad’s Girl

"Hello Dad" I smile as his hand covers mine.  Just like that I am transported back to being Daddy's little girl, his beautiful first daughter.  Never mind that his hand covering mine is gnarled and arthritic; and that my hair at fifty-nine is a white as anyone else's in the room. I pretend not to hear the murmuring "That's Charlie's Daughter, isn't she lovely?"…and laugh when I hear him gleefully telling his Bridge cohorts as we leave the card room: "She drives that electrical car thing and, you know, they have to stop and charge halfway…"  Of course, I parked by the window. Dad.  He's always been one of the one of two people on Earth (the other my Husband) who always makes me feel loved, cherished and beautiful....
Felice Shapiro

Avoiding Transition

"When are we leaving? It's already mid-October and we are the only ones on our street who are still here." My husband has been ready move on from our island home of almost 6 months and back on the mainland of life. "Wow, really, you're ready? I have so many writing projects. I'm starting my Podcast. I will get distracted by life if I leave here. It's so cozy and quiet here. I can think here. All the tourists have left. I love it." "You mean you just want to stay for another month or two?" "That would be awesome." What a gem of a guy I think. "Nope, that's not gonna happen." "Holy, shit he's really ready."...
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My 10 Daily Favorite Face and Hair Care Products

Our BA50 Fashion & Beauty writer Sharyn Greenstein shares her daily beauty routines. We love her rituals. Her skin looks fantastic so perhaps she is onto something. "While I am blessed with "good Italian skin," when I turned 60 this past year I realized I needed to rethink my skincare routine. Since college, I had used Oil of Olay face moisturizer morning and night, just like my Mom and Grandmother. But I kept reading and hearing about all kinds of "potions and lotions" that might help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize dark spots and add needed moisture and hydration to aging skin....."...
Lynn Toomey

Confessions of an Almost Retired Mom

My twin girls left for their freshman year in college just about a month ago and all I keep thinking about is that I didn’t get a chance to teach them my personal finance class. I’m a personal finance and retirement coach and educator for crying out loud. Teaching is what I do. How could I possibly let my girls escape the nest without imparting this critical knowledge? We were supposed to use the extra time they had doing remote senior year to go through my curriculum....

Casualize Your Fall Wardrobe With These Effortlessly Fashionable Essentials!

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. ...
Loran Sandal $69.30

5 Hip Outfits with Denim Skirts for Fall

Remember that favorite long denim skirt you had back in college or in your twenties that you wore everywhere? This fall they are BACK in a big way. They can be found in dark, faded or colored denim, and some styles have seamed detailing or are pieced together with different fabrics for a 70's vibe. Read on for 5 chic outfit ideas styled with fabulous denim skirts you will reach for all season long....
Antique clock

What’s Really Important is Time After 50!

I went in to buy a vacuum years ago and listened as the salesman tried to close a deal, assuring a woman my age that the appliance had a twenty-year guarantee. “I don’t care about that,” she answered. I felt sad for her. Last weekend the scene repeated itself verbatim when I went to purchase a new mattress. After a split second of recognizing “yep, that’s me now,” I flipped the message and bought the most luxurious mattress I’ve ever owned....