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The Soaring Cost Of My Personal Upkeep As I Age

Felice Shapiro | Posted 04.05.2016 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I am getting a tad outraged by the investment I have been making in my personal upkeep. I know it's my choice -- honestly, it's my decision to augment my 'natural' beauty -- so why do I feel trapped in this vicious cycle of hair and body?

What The Hell Does My Daughter Do For A Living?

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 03.30.2017 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I envy the moms who can describe in one or two words what their kid does for a living: Doctor. Teacher. Accountant. Ah, the beauty of simplicity! For those of us who lack a basic understanding of the tech world, who have a child employed right in the thick of that world, we have a harder time.

Pancakes for Everyone Else But Me -- Wellness Quest

John McElhenney | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
John McElhenney

I love pancakes. But I need the butter and syrup to make them extraordinary. So, today, at breakfast I made a smashing round of Pumpkin Spiced pancake...

Top 10 Reminders I'm Not Young Anymore

Linda Riefberg | Posted 03.24.2014 | Fifty
Linda Riefberg

If you are like me, sometimes you feel like you are still that young person, heading off to college with all the energy and promise of youth. Then I look in the mirror and a stranger stares back at me. It is at those moments that I am reminded that my youth is long gone. Here are my top ten reminders that I am not young any longer... even if I still feel young at heart.

Moms For Gun Control: It's Up To Us

Felice Shapiro | Posted 02.26.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

The inside of my brain is bursting. I want to scream, but I know this is childish and pointless. I'm over 50 years old -- and I know better. But, I'm a mom and when I watch the aftermath of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook, the fibers on my neck burn and I feel the maternal desire to protect.

8 Steps to Smartphone Recovery

Felice Shapiro | Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I love my phone but to be honest, I reached my limit on this technology at a restaurant the other night when six friends took their phones out and placed them face-up next to their plates. 

Why My Kids Will Never Understand My Nostalgia For Twinkies

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

My organic-vegan-pure food-college-kid has never had a Ho Ho or a Ding Dong. She doesn't understand the magic of a naturally and artificially-flavored Hostess fruit pie.

What About the Kids' Vote?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 11.05.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

"I am not fully informed on the topics or the candidates, so I don't feel comfortable voting. I'm not sure I am going to vote," my young guest said. I felt the hair stand up on my arms. Not vote!

There Are Always Eyebrow Tattoos

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 10.08.2012 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I know that scar will remind me that as I get older, each bump, fall or accident makes me a little bit more cautious and afraid, and I have to fight against that.

Getting High Without Compromise

Felice Shapiro | Posted 10.06.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

When the Olympic swimmers are racing, I like to imagine myself swimming in the next lane, racing back and forth, flip turning, heart pounding, speeding against the clock.

Survival Story: Visiting Adult Kids

Felice Shapiro | Posted 10.02.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

My Mom role has changed -- my boys are men and they have their own lives. On this trip, I learned that there is joy in being an observer, giving them space and in so doing, finding some great space of my own.

Star Forking

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.24.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

SPECIAL FROM BetterAfter50 The other night, I was dining at State Road, one of my favorite Martha's Vineyard restaurants. It's such a popular place ...

Fantasy Trip from Your Kid

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.10.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Her friends were all bragging about how their daughters were buying them flowers, but my mom set a new standard with "My daughter bought me a mother/daughter trip to Turkey."

Can You Forgive?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.03.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

The point of forgiveness is letting go of the anger inside of you. It does not mean approving what was done in the past. Forgiveness is about oneself and not about the other person.

Dottie Sandusky: Why Didn't You Know?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.26.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

What causes denial and why do we choose not to face reality?

An Old Boyfriend Popped Up On 'LinkedIn'

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.19.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

When I met John I had just begun to walk my new path. I was clean, clear and directed. I was on my way out. John was, too.

Headscarves in Istanbul

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.06.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Not all headscarves are what they appear to be. They are both more and less than you would expect.

Mother’s Day Recipe for Disaster

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.11.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I get confused on Mother's Day. My first instinct is to be there for my Mom. A close second, if not a full tie, is that I want to be with my kids. Do I want to be the mother or the motheree? Whose day is it really?