Gracefully Aging – With Resistance

Author Archive: notquiteold


This week my husband and I took our annual micro-vacation. Neither of us likes to be away from home too long – for me, because I can’t bear to be without all my clothes and makeup and hair products, and for him, because he is afraid the pets will pine for him. Sure enough, I …

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Public Service Announcement

In honor of blueberry season – we’ve been picking for three weeks and our big freezer is almost full – I am re-posting last year’s Public Service Announcement.   BLUEBERRY PICKING RULES I went blueberry picking today.  Late-season, late-in-the-afternoon is just the way I love it. The air is still, the rows of bushes straight …

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The Athlete In Me

A while back, I had a discussion with some friends about Rich People. And yes, you need to capitalize Rich People because they are Special. Anyway, we were discussing the difference between Rich People and not-rich-people. Not the difference between Rich and poor – that’s obvious. But in these times when the average person has …

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A New Best Day!

The best day of my life – February 9, 1964 – might just have been replaced! Fifty Years and Six Months later: HERE IT IS! I am an author! Really and Truly! My book is (finally!) for sale on Amazon:   I have a cover!     I have a back cover! I have a …

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Best Morning Ever!

Back in February, I shared several of my favorite days, culminating of course with the best day of my life – so far, anyway – February 9, 1964. This week I remembered one very special morning. First, a little background. I spent much of my career at that bastion of testosterone, ESPN. If you are …

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On The Job Training

I was commenting about work on a friend’s blog, when it occurred to me that I have been working for forty years. (And it would have been even longer except that I stretched out college for absolutely as long as my parents could stand.) Well, forty years of work life has provided me with some …

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Over my 63 years, men have said some memorable things to me. So I present to you my Man-Word Awards! Best Pick-Up Line: I go all the way back to 1969 for this one,  I was hanging around at the end of my summer job shift with some other teenagers, and I was wearing my …

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I had a beach day yesterday. I love the beach, but my joy of the beach has always been mingled with overwhelming worry. Worry about my body. I’ve written many times about my self-consciousness on the beach. When I was a teenager, I worried about how skinny I was. I cannot think now of anything …

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This weekend I attended a party where I did not know anyone other than my husband and the hosts. This is not my kind of party. I am self-conscious and uncharacteristically shy around strangers.  People have told me that my shyness often comes off as conceit. It’s because…well …because… honestly… Because I AM conceited. And …

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The Conspiracy

Summer re-run: Here’s a reprise from when I first started blogging. But I wasn’t doing illustrations back then, so at least the drawing is new.   THE CONSPIRACY I have a theory for everything.  Some of my theories are what my family calls “out there”, but I have one theory that has abundant evidence supporting …

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