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Mindy Trotta
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Mindy Trotta spent many years as an editor behind a desk, and then
switched to working behind the oven as a pastry chef and owner of
http://flourgirldessertscompany.com/. Now, having perfected the art of
multitasking, she is baking, working as an editor at
http://betterafter50.com/, and blogging at
http://relocationtheblog.blogspot.com/. The native New
Yorker/Californian, is now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts and
loves spending time with her husband and two grown sons.

Entries by Mindy Trotta

Cleaning and Decluttering During a Midlife Move

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:31 PM

With an upcoming move on the horizon, the very wet July 4th was taken as a sign that it was time to begin (purging!) packing. The last time we moved, three years ago, I had the Herculean task of consolidating (a whole load of crap!) beautiful things from many years...

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6 Surprising Things I Learned From A Visit To The ER

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:58 AM

I have a friend whose husband says she suffers from IDS... Instant Death Syndrome. In other words, she's a hypochondriac. I have been known to be affected with the same syndrome -- as a child, a headache often meant a brain tumor and a stomach ache meant acute appendicitis. It's...

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Mom's Fur Coat

(7) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 4:28 PM

My mom's fur coat had been hanging in my front closet ever since I moved her out to California six months before she died. When we want to get our very seldom-used cold weather coats out, we push it to the right, and when we want to get our luggage...

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Praying to the God of Plastic Covers

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 11:06 AM

I am embarrassed to admit it but I was raised by a woman who prayed to the god of plastic covers. My mom fancied herself something of a home design icon, and for some reason believed that unless every sofa, club chair, loveseat and cushion (no matter what shape or...

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Raise Your Hand If Letting Go Of Your Kid Is Easy... Anyone??

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 4:28 PM

There was a goodbye ritual that occurred at the end of every summer of my childhood...

As the cars, piled high with suitcases and summer paraphernalia, would begin to exit the parking lot of the bungalow colony where we had just spent the last two months, the owners of the...

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The Ups and Downs of Life in the Big City

(5) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 2:35 PM

Ever since one of the most hated litigators on TV, Rosalind Shays, plummeted to her death down an elevator shaft on "L.A. Law," I've been a little leery of those big boxes. The thought of tumbling down into the depths of darkness totally freaks me out, so I...

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Cookies for a Koz: How One Woman Turned a Second Career Into a Very Sweet Business

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 10:36 AM

Roberta Koz Wilson didn't start out making cookies for a living. She graduated from UCLA and quickly rose through the ranks at MTV Networks. When she left her career in 2004, after much soul-searching and schedule juggling, she was the Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing.

While Roberta and...

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Father's Day Gift Guide

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Dad, Grandpa, Hubby... any man in your life might love to see a shoot 'em up film or go to a ball game on Father's Day, but those gifts don't rank very high on the creativity scale. We think our suggestions are just a little bit more outside the box,...

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Relocation Anxiety... it's Not Just for Humans

(5) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 6:41 PM

One of the hardest things about relocating from West Coast to East Coast, from house to apartment, from suburb to city was not my adjustment... it was dealing with the adjustment of Dashiell, my dog. As crazy as it sounds, that almost had me running for the hills... yes, the...

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Barbie Would Never Survive in My House

(12) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 4:02 PM

I loved Barbie -- I had a bright red case, lots of clothes, and, like so many of my peers, various other items and accessories that gave my Barbie a life I could only have wished for myself. When I was old enough to stop playing with Barbie, my mom...

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

(16) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 8:31 AM

Mother's Day will soon be upon us, and if you're still scratching your head over what to get your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister or friend on her day, here's a list of suggestions that will help you, and make her smile. (Because we all know that's ALL she wants on...

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Fantastic 50th Birthday Gift Ideas

(13) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:12 AM

We "women of a certain age" are dynamic, multidimensional women, with many interests. So, why do all those "dimensions" make buying gifts for us seem more challenging than wrestling with a pair of pantyhose on a hot and sweaty summer's day? When that special birthday is at hand, why are...

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Building A Legacy Without Regrets

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 7:13 AM

Henry Ward Beecher once said, "We sleep, but the loom of life never stops." I interpret that to mean that once we've reached our "eternal sleep," the patchwork that is life continues on. While I sincerely hope my time to meet that big "bakery in the sky" is a long...

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How to Have a Passover Cocktail Party

(9) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 9:56 AM

Who says you can't have a great cocktail party during Passover? You can, and you should! After all, the holiday is eight days, and just because there are a lot of dietary restrictions to consider, it is certainly not an impossible undertaking. Don't be a shut-in during the holiday. Invite...

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Purim's Trifecta

(7) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 9:52 AM

Okay children, today's lesson is: Hanukkah has its latkes, Passover has its macaroons, and Purim has its hamantashen. The significance of these three-cornered cookie dough pastries varies--some say they resemble the hat the villain of the story, Haman, wore. And some say they represent the three-cornered pockets of his coat....

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A Passover Breakfast

(17) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:42 PM

My dad was not a cook. He built skyscrapers in New York City, and his strong hands were more comfortable wielding the heavy steel of a hammer or a saw than the gentle curves of a metal whisk. He was more adept at hoisting large wooden planks than swirling a...

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Miss Hungary Of 1939

(11) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 12:44 PM

There is a jar of Revlon's Eterna 27 in my medicine cabinet. Even though it traveled with me from California to Massachusetts I know that I will never use it -- or get rid of it. It was my mom's and the imprints of her fingertips are still visible in...

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