Gracefully Aging – With Resistance

Author Archive: notquiteold

While We’re At It

Most people agreed with me when I said that we should all pay more compliments. There are opportunities every day to pay someone a sincere compliment. And we shouldn’t let those opportunities pass by. It’s so easy to make someone’s day. So speaking of making someone’s day, how about you? Shouldn’t you be paying yourself …

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One of the rules I try to live by is to pay lots of compliments. I don’t mean smarmy false flattery. I mean the real thing. I believe there is at least one occasion EVERY DAY to pay someone a sincere compliment. Just look around you. You are surrounded by people looking nice, doing great …

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Dances With Wolves

In the Native American culture, a name describes who a person is, and so should change as the person changes. I love this concept. Especially since I do not love Nancy. And I am certainly not the Nancy I used to be. So, in the mode of “Dances With Wolves,” I present to you my names …

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Personal Best!

I survived! I survived a whole month without shopping! My niece introduced me to Pretend Shopping. She finds great stuff on the internet and sends photos to her friends, saying, “I pretend-bought this for you!” Here’s what she once picked out for me:   Pretend-Shopping is a great idea, and so I did a lot …

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Reminder Time!

Here’s a repeat – because it’s GOOD FOR YOU  (and because I’m taking a break).  *** HOW TO KICK-START YOUR DIET   I did it! The “Dreaded Colonoscopy”. Only it wasn’t so dreaded. It was easy.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.  (literally ‘lemon squeezy’) The hardest part was the prep. Which really wasn’t as bad as …

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That Final Push

I’m making a commitment!  I’m going to finish that final third of the third (and final) draft of my novel. I’m giving myself one month to get it done.  So I’ll probably be posting a little less often here, as I try to write something there. I thought I would share with you  the beginning …

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The Beauty Pageant

Okay, I have admitted that I was not a beautiful child. I have also admitted more than once that I was an extremely late bloomer – like at sixty. So from those two facts, you might be able to deduce that my thirties were not quite stellar.  I was better than homely but a far …

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Why I Am What I Am

A friend of mine recently remarked:  “God gave me boys because He knew I would never be able to make a french braid.” That is the kind of philosophical insight that I just love. And it got me to thinking. What are the reasons I got the attributes I fortunately or unfortunately live with every …

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Good Heavens, It’s Lent.

I’m sure as heck not a very religious adult, but I rather admire the religious kid I used to be. I took Lent pretty darn seriously. Well, for six days a week for those six weeks, anyway. I’m not exactly sure why I thought that Sundays didn’t count. Jiminy Crickets, perhaps it was true, and …

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The List Of Us

(While my computer undergoes a (hopefully) brief hospitalization, here’s a poem from my poetry site With Resistance.) The List Of Us In my father’s wallet we found one small sheet torn from a notebook folded and re-folded sliced through in the crease and in my father’s careful hand were all his children’s names and birthdates …

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