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Helene Cohen Bludman
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Helene Cohen Bludman is a writer, communicator and blogger at Books is Wonderful. She enjoys writing about modern culture, parenting, books, and life as a boomer. She treasures her family and friends and adores her dog, Duncan, and cat, Lexie.

Entries by Helene Cohen Bludman

How To Be An Awesome Mother-In-Law

(17) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 8:33 AM

We are over the moon thrilled that our son and his beautiful girlfriend announced their engagement. If you are a parent and have had this experience, you must know how special it is.

While we savor this exquisite moment in our lives, I have already started to ponder my new...

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10 Reasons Your Diet Isn't Working

(16) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 6:49 AM

It seems I continually fight "The Battle of the Bulge," and the winner is the Bulge.

Why, oh why, am I cursed with a slow metabolism, willpower that fails at the least temptation, and mood swings that are dependent on the bathroom scale?

Everyone knows that the older we get,...

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Why I Admired Shirley Temple

(9) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:12 AM

With the passing of child star Shirley Temple at the age of 85, a luminous presence has left us.

Shirley Temple's career as a child actor enthralled our country at a time when economic tensions gripped most families when just about everyone could use a laugh. Shirley was, as they...

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Are You Still In Touch With Your High School Friends?

(27) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 7:38 AM

Ask your current friends, "What was your high school like?" and I bet you'll get this.

"Hated it. Couldn't wait to get out."

"Worst time of my life."

"Couldn't stand those (choose one or more) jocks/nerds/drama queens/suck-ups/deadbeats who were (choose again) boring/weird/deranged/back-stabbing/shallow/gossipy."

Ask them if they attend class reunions. They...

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10 Ways The Work Environment Has Changed

(22) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:05 AM

Oh my, how things have changed.

That's what keeps running through my mind as my 20-something daughter describes the office culture at her brand new job. Long story short: her work environment bears little resemblance to my job when I was her age.

Granted, I am comparing my position at...

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Amy Robach's Shocking Announcement

(10) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 1:42 PM

As someone who works from home, I am not the type to need absolute stillness in order to concentrate. In fact, I find a little background noise to be a welcome companion in my empty house.

Even with family and chaos surrounding me, I am able to get in the...

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Why Blurry Photos Make Me Smile

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:37 AM

A cardboard box marked "photos" lay undisturbed for I-don't-know-how-long in a dusty corner of our attic. Searching for something else, I stumbled upon it last week.

And by "stumbled upon," I mean literally. Not via the social media platform.

As soon as I opened the flaps, I felt a sense...

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10 Lessons Midlifers Can Learn From Diana Nyad

(25) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 11:39 AM

We have a new athletic superstar this Labor Day -- the amazing swimmer Diana Nyad.

If you saw her wading haltingly onto the shore of Key West after this historic swim, you had to feel her sheer exhaustion along with the thrill of her incredible feat.

She finally realized...

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A Letter To Anthony Weiner's Mom

(23) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 6:25 AM

Dear Mrs. Weiner,

We don't know each other, but I've been thinking about you lately. Wondering how you're holding up.

Yes, you. Anthony Weiner's mom. I'm concerned about you.

Can we talk, mother to mother?

You see, I have adult children, as you do, although none of mine has been...

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Do You Hate Your Job?

(20) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 6:52 AM

During my morning ritual of checking social media and morning television, my ears perked up when Good Morning America ran a news item about a recent Gallup poll on worker satisfaction.

As someone who recently left a job without the next job waiting in the wings,...

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Was I Crazy to Quit My Job?

(30) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Like Johnny Paycheck crooned in the 1970s, I took this job and shoved it.

Yes, I have left my full-time job of six years to... pursue other opportunities. Start the next chapter. Explore exciting new possibilities.

In other words, I'm unemployed.

Am I crazy? In this economy? Especially for a...

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What My Father and I Love to Share

(7) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 8:15 AM

My dad's high school English teacher wrote the following on his yearbook cover:

To Irv,

You have a future in journalism!

Miss Ludwig

Miss Ludwig was an excellent judge of talent, but her prediction proved to be wrong, for my dad set his sights on something...

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My Washing Machine Is All Washed Up

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:07 PM

Appliances don't last forever, but when my Maytag washing machine shuddered through her final spin cycle today, I couldn't believe the end had come.

She hadn't been ailing, so her demise was sudden, shocking. "No!" I groaned when the repairman gave me the bad news. "Ma'am, she lasted 28 years,"...

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Is the Daily Newspaper Passé?

(18) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 11:10 AM

My husband and I can't bring ourselves to cancel the two daily newspapers we've subscribed to our entire married life, but I wonder if we're just delaying the inevitable. As our reading habits continue to evolve, I suspect the day will come when we suck it up and kick the...

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Why I Am Grateful to My Mother

(6) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Capturing lightening bugs and dropping them in a glass jar with holes slit in the lid. Running full force into flapping bed sheets drying on our clothesline that smelled like sunshine. Licking bits of cookie dough from my sticky fingers. Bike rides and lots of books and flashlight tag with...

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We Need to Talk

(26) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Have you ever heard a recording of your normal speaking voice?

Kind of weird, right?

Recently, I had the opportunity to both hear and see myself on tape.

My performance was -- eek! -- cringe-worthy.

Not for the normal reasons. It wasn't my usual merciless self-critique of every...

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How I Learned to Celebrate Being 60

(20) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 12:42 PM

Entering a new decade of our lives is a humbling experience, whether it's our 30s or our 60s, though the latter feels like more of a jolt, I would venture.

You guessed it. I turned 60 this week.

People tell me it's just a number. But the...

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10 Ways To Annoy Your Co-Workers

(37) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:35 AM

Friday is a sight for sore eyes when you've had a terrible week at work.

You know what I mean. A frustrating, complicated, endless bang-the-head-on-the-wall kind of week. Ever experience one of those?

Have you ever felt like clapping your palm to your forehead, silently screaming à la

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What Is Your Family's Lexicon?

(12) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:32 AM

When my husband mentions an article in a "mazagine," I don't bother correcting him with "magazine." If he asks me if I need anything at "Fee Hee," I may note that we are out of milk so please pick some up when you are at Super Fresh. I suggest we...

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Sharing The Shakes: When You Both Have The Flu

(16) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 5:58 AM

Everyone has an opinion when I tell them that my husband has bronchitis.

"There's something going around," attest some. "It must be the change in weather," pipe in others. "He pushes himself too hard," chides the inner circle. Whatever the reason, my husband is home sick, and I'm trying to...

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