I learned a lot about modern parenthood when I watched my brother's kids for a week while he and his wife went on vacation. I stayed at their house, cooked the meals, and got their kids to and from school -- the same my brothers and I went to.
Have you ever considered living like the characters on The Golden Girls? While the show featuring those four fabulous female housemates has been off the air for years, the lifestyle inspired by the show is a growing national trend.
Recent findings indicating that sexting, once seen as the purview of pubescents and perverts, is being practiced by all age groups, with nearly 90 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 82 saying they've sexted during their lifetime.
There are more than 124 million single Americans, by choice or chance, outnumbering those who are married. Clearly, the vision we have of the nuclear family, living with a white picket fence somewhere in suburbia, is outdated.
Look around. Many people seem to be feeling as if they are in a profound transition, both professionally and personally. For many us, it may feel as if we have been placed on a cosmic see-saw, especially this summer.
I was accorded several real uncles, who appeared automatically in my life the day I was born. But like most of the kids in my Long Island neighborhood in the 1950s, I was also entitled to other "uncles," not related to our family but connected in a way that was just as real.
"Once upon a time there was a baby called Marcia. Then she blinked her eyes, and she was 65."
When two years ago I made it known to my social media community that I was proudly turning half a century, I was showered with all kinds of well-meant happy returns for the day. I also got many comments that were well-intended but not so well-received: 'Don't worry, 50 is the new 30.'
If you continue to stay active mentally by challenging yourself to think more deeply, avoiding constant distractions and information overload, and learning new skills and information, chances are your best brain years are still ahead of you, not behind you.