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Posted Dec 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Have you heard about “The Festival of the Last Minute?” It’s part of the Portland Saturday Market and in previous years it would have called my name. I’ve always scurried to find that perfect something for that forgotten somebody — usually in the last few days and sometimes even hours before Christmas gift exchanges begin. But this year seems different. I do not remember being quite as prepared for the holiday gifting and entertaining. Maybe it...

Posted Dec 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Have you heard about “The Festival of the Last Minute?” It’s part of the Portland Saturday Market and in previous years it would have called my name. I’ve always scurried to find that perfect something for that...

Posted Dec 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Are you feeling a little nostalgic at this time of year? Perhaps you’re wistfully reminiscent of a former place or time in your life? Maybe you’re a little sad, but happy too, when you think about times past. Go...

Posted Dec 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

There’s classic, some call it “revered” research that asks the question, “What is aging well”? The studies were initiated at Harvard University more than seven decades ago by Dr. George Valliant.Dr...

Posted Nov 29, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Have I mentioned we have a new puppy?  She’s almost 4 months old — a particularly special breed of spaniel with silky, reddish-brown-and-white fur and big soulful eyes. Without qualification, this new pooch entertains us from...

Posted Nov 23, 2014 at 2:00 AM

At this time every year, I always pledge to stir up my life in some new way. One year, I vowed to learn salsa dancing; another year I was determined to master the art of Moroccan cooking. My most recent commitment involved partnering with my...

Posted Nov 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Here’s a scenario most of us have experienced in some form. It’s the middle of the night and the phone rings.  It’s your son in Seattle calling to tell you his 70- year old father-in-law took a fall and he’s with...

Posted Nov 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

What are you most afraid of?Responding to a random thought related to all that’s going on in the news lately, I Googled the phrase, “feelings of fear in the older adult.” My query elicited this: "Big dogs,...

Posted Oct 26, 2014 at 2:00 AM

With Halloween just around the corner, I’m stocking up on carefully selected candies and sweet treats — and toothbrushes.I believe in offering those little gremlins and goblins the possibility of a toothbrush to use after the...

Posted Oct 4, 2014 at 11:01 PM

My husband and I spent most of the past 10 days walking the talk.For many months, we have been speaking out about the importance of accessible, adaptable, age-friendly living. We talk about no-step entries, comfort-height toilets and the...

Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

On a recent, balmy Saturday afternoon, we took a drive into the countryside. We were responding to a Craig’s List posting for an item we thought we needed. As we drove along, I thought how ironic it was we were doing this; after all, we...

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