• Life Transitions,  Midlife Women,  The Nine Facets,  Traditions,  Women Over 50

    An Old Box of Photos Bring Tears, Connections and a Fresh Perspective

    Treasures from Past Generations Lifting the dusty-covered lid of the bulky gray Rubbermaid storage container, the musty smell of old paper caught me by surprise. I recognized the scent of years gone by and lives recorded on the photographs my mother packed away decades ago. My eyes caught sight of the gold-edged brown cardboard frame peeking out from beneath a manila folder bulging with loose black and white snapshots. I pulled it out. My heart raced as I realized what I had uncovered—my mother’s family pictures, five generations of images buried in that box. Reverently, I eased out the manila folder of loose photos out and placed it on the…

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    Life Transitions,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    Nine Ways You Can Brighten Up Your Life Now: Part 1 of 2

    Within Each Ending is a New Beginning So many overwhelming endings and life changes happened in my fortieth year. For starters, my marriage ended. We sold our house and my children and I moved to our new home in a nearby town. My dad died, and my career went into a new direction. If my life were a book, several chapters ended at once. As painful as these events were for me, looking back now I see them as beginnings of my new life. I was not alone. Endings were all around me——deaths, divorces, jobs, and changing relationships. Fast forward two decades when I retired from a 35-plus year career.…