Continuing the Search for Meaning in Our Lives

By Marlene Caraballo ~ It might seem reasonable that, after we hit 50, our quest for finding meaning in our life would wane. We’ve been so busy. We’ve had a family, a career, perhaps one (or more) marriages, an education. We’ve been around the block, as they say; felt joy, experienced loss, dodged a quiver

Let Personal Growth and Gratitude Put Some Spring Into Your Step!

By Marlene Caraballo ~ One of the most challenging daily obstacles to overcome if we want to live our best life is our mood. Our perspective on how our day is going, how we met or missed our goals, and what our circumstances du jour is — can all make or break how we feel

We All Need Somebody to Lean On

By Marlene Caraballo. It seems the older we get, the more alone we sometimes feel. Society pushes us to manage life all alone under the guise of independence; the marker for having made it. The push begins as kids, from the day we’re born, and continues in a long and pressured rush away from any

Getting Beyond the Fears that Hold Us Back

By Marlene Caraballo It’s the start of a new year, and you have an idea of what you’d like to make happen in the next twelve months.   If you’re like me, setting intentions and dreaming up goals is the easy part. Making them happen is where it gets sticky. Are you struggling with taking actions to make progress on

This Year Can Be Your Best Year Ever!

By Marlene Caraballo   When I was a kid people said anyone over thirty was over the hill. Now, at fifty-four I call B.S. The “hill” is not any particular age and when we reach the peak is different for everyone. Being over the hill is a choice. Our choice. Midlife can be a time

Realistic Resolutions

By Harriet P. Gross   January is a lesson in history, named for the ancient Roman god Janus, whose two faces looked backward and forward at the same time. We do that kind of looking ourselves, every New Year. But it’s not the same. We tend to push that old year away and focus full

The Beautiful Lights of the Holidays

By Harriet P. Gross The thing I find saddest about the December holiday season is that these days, it seems to begin right after Halloween.  Or maybe even a bit before that…with Thanksgiving crammed in between, just like the stuffing in the turkey. The thing I like best about this December holiday season is the

A Time for Understanding

What a time we are in! Don’t you find it hard to anticipate a happy holiday season with everything that’s going on? I don’t really have to enumerate, but it’s hard not to mention what seem to be unnecessarily quick gunshots from police personnel – what appear as random shootings by many others – one

Midlife Liberation — It’s Time to Go for It!

We spent our first twenty years growing up. Most of it we don’t even recall and much of what we experienced was not in our control. We spent the next twenty years traveling at light speed – marriage, kids, divorce, careers, pets, homes, disease – through more major life experiences than we could count. Now,

Changing Lanes: Reinventing Ourselves in Our Fifties

In my twenties, I imagined my fifties would be a time when I started to slow down. At fifty-four, I now know that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, I feel like I’m finally accelerating and shifting into a higher gear! My fifties are turning out to be a sort of rebirth –

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