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Living On The Suncoast Magazine, December 2012
Dec.05.2012
Living On The Suncoast Magazine, December 2012
Another holiday season is upon us. I know this for certain because the last of understated Halloween yard decorations (front yard-wide spider webs, full size fabric horses pulling giant fabric pumpkins, witches bigger than my car) disappeared. They were replaced by understated Thanksgiving yard decorations (tons of fireproofed corn stalks in yards, bright dried...
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Living On The Suncoast Magazine, October 2012
Nov.07.2012
Living On The Suncoast Magazine, October 2012
Remember Max? He’s five. “Almost 6!” he reminds me. I wrote about him in my A Portrait of July 4 In Palm Heights (elevation 14’) column. Max is the precocious boy who was carrying the platter of deviled eggs above his head, to his mother’s consternation. Well, there he was ringing my doorbell again. This time he was alone. “I think my grownups need some help,” he...
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Living On The Suncoast Magazine, October 2012
Nov.01.2012
Living On The Suncoast Magazine, October 2012
Usually the end of a visit is the end. In our case the end was the beginning after last March’s Spring Break visit at our house (Palm Heights, elevation 14’) by one set of grandkids and their parents. These grandkids call me Poppa. They live on one coast of the country. We live on the other coast. Immediately upon her return to her home my oldest granddaughter,...
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Living On The Suncoast Magazine, September 2012
Oct.09.2012
Living On The Suncoast Magazine, September 2012
Grandkids - Recently, I interviewed a variety of kids, ages 7 to 17. Several were suspicious at first. Many had never had their opinion solicited before. “You really want to know what I think about grandparenting? Why?” Read the rest (grandkids) by clicking here. Grandparents - Grandparenting, as we know it in our lifetimes, is a relatively recent...
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Living On The Suncoast Magazine, August 2012
Aug.23.2012
Living On The Suncoast, August 2012
I couldn’t just blame my irritability on the national news, the state of the economy or the current crop of negative political ads. Yet again, after 50, I was finding I no longer cared about some of the things that had previously been important to me. This happens to many of us after 50 as we update and renew our sense of purpose and meaning. Sometimes we have to...
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Living On The Suncoast Magazine, July 2012
Jul.02.2012
Living On The Suncoast, July 2012
The knock of a young hand. As the front door opens, summer light and heat floods in. A large, rectangular platter of deviled eggs (sprinkled with paprika and covered in plastic wrap) appears to be free-floating in the bright sunlight. A child’s voice comes from nowhere, “Happy 4th of July!” Under the platter, we discover our young neighbor, Max, the sole support...
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Living on The Suncoast Magazine, June 2012
Jun.04.2012
Living On The Suncoast Magazine, June 2012
Did someone put a sign in our front yard that says“Grand-parent confession center”? I had hoped for lots of responses to my recent “Long Distance Grandparenting” column. What I had not expected was the inclusion of so many thought-provoking confessions. “I need to talk to you!” he said, stopping me on the street. “I’m 55. I’m likely to live at least 40 more...
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May.08.2012
Living On The Suncoast Magazine, May 2012
It’s May again, the month of Mother’s Day. My own mother, Laura Elizabeth Polson Schofield (known to friends and family as Betty), has been gone for nearly 30 years, almost half my lifetime. Yet, she never totally left.  Both of my sons and I dived into active parenthood from the birth of our children onward. Babies never made us nervous. Feeding, changing...
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Living on The Suncoast Magazine, April 2012
Apr.05.2012
Living On The Suncoast Magazine, April 2012
Suppose you were driving an underpowered 1962 Plymouth and suddenly discovered yourself in today’s heavy, fast-moving freeway traffic. Would your vehicle be up to the situation? Cars and questions are both vehicles to take us somewhere we need to be. A reporter recently requested an interview with me about jobs and work After 50. His questions: What are the...
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Living on The Suncoast Magazine, March 2012
Mar.01.2012
Living On The Suncoast, March 2012
Good friends of ours want to sell their large house and buy a condo. The Realtor asked the wife what she wanted in her new condo kitchen. “I’m retired. Ask my husband. He cooks,” was the reply. A kitchen designer recently inquired of my wife, Brown Eyes, what she wanted from her kitchen. Her kitchen? I cook. I’m tidy. Brown Eyes arranges the kitchen and pantry to...