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What's Dancing Nana Dancing To On Her 89th Birthday?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.19.2013 | Fifty

After a week that left us all feeling like we were stuck in the washing machine on spin cycle, we needed some good news and got it: The Dancing Nana t...

10 Ways To Hold It Together When You're Post 50 And Can't

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.19.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

We've all been there. You get a bad case of the blues, or are pushed to the edge by stress and circumstance, or just have days when you're stuck in first gear and can't get jumpstarted because of the weight of the world. In some circles, depression is a dirty word; nobody likes to admit that life gets them down or stress causes them to lose control.

Bomb Shelters Won't Keep Us Safe, And Neither Will Worrying

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.16.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

During the 1950s, we regularly practiced air raid drills in elementary school. We were taught to get on all fours in the hallway with our hands locked behind our necks and our chins tucked down. These preparations brought the adults in my life a sense of control over the world's dangers.

Searching For My Son The Day Of The Boston Marathon Bombing

Deborah Doucette | Posted 06.16.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

Where is he? 'Where are you?' I texted my son at 3 p.m., right after I heard that bombs exploded at the finish line of The Boston Marathon. There were injuries, perhaps deaths, at that time unconfirmed, numbers of victims unclear. Confusion. Chaos.

Ann Brenoff

Meet Stanley Goldstein, 'The Bob Marley Guy' | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty

In Bob Marley circles, he is known simply as the crazy-dancing guy with an Afro who showed up in the video of Marley's 1979 Santa Barbara concert. He ...

A Now-Open Letter to My Daughters

Marc Middleton | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Marc Middleton

You are both amazing young women. You are able to chase different dreams while not, in any way, losing touch with who you are and what you believe in. That's not easy to do at any age. I can't begin to tell you how comforting it is to know that you have and will always have one another.

Do We Ever Outgrow Our Lust For Bad Boys?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.28.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

When I was in my 20s and 30s, I specialized in dating bad boys. Call it the lure of the forbidden fruit or the ultimate revenge on my parents; I don't actually have a good explanation of why I spent more than a decade with men who had a less-than-sterling track record in the relationship arena.

At What Age Can Someone Really Be Called Elderly?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

What we call older people is going to be a hot button going forward, and one we may want to be careful about pushing. And journalists are setting the scene right now.

Learning How To Age Gracefully From Aunt Stella

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Life, as it always has been for her, is what you make it. If you choose to let things get you down, they will. It's all about the attitude that you bring to the table and learning to live in life's positive cracks even when they are hard to find amid the darker disappointments.

Just HOW Much Is 'The Big Chill' House Selling For?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty

Hands down, the coming-of-age "reality" film for baby boomers was the 1983 movie, "The Big Chill," the story of seven former college friends gathered ...

What Do You Actually Do When You Retire?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.16.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I can honestly say I have never given two consecutive minutes of thought to what my retired life will look like -- largely because I'm convinced I can't afford to have one.

What Barbie's Real 54th Birthday Would Look Like

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.09.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Barbie, the missile-breasted doll who never ages, actually turns 54 today. And while it's not one of those milestone birthdays -- the ones that end in a 0 or a 5 -- we think we know how she's feeling about this one.

Your Chances Of Dying By 2023? New Test Will Tell You

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 03.06.2013 | Fifty

What are your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Do you smoke, get winded after walking several blocks or have a hard time pushing furniture acros...

Are You A Real Traveler -- Or Only A Tourist?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I checked my reflection in the mirror the other day and saw nothing different, but clearly something must have changed. Ever since I backpacked through Europe for a year after college with a copy of 'Europe On $5 A Day,' I have lived for my next vacation. Work, however rewarding, was just what I did between trips.

Why Do Some People Still Oppose Legalizing Pot?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty

In 1969, the year of Woodstock, only 13 percent of Californians supported legalizing marijuana. In a Field Poll released Wednesday, 54 percent of them...

How I Confronted My Fear

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I'm a wuss. I'm not proud of it, but I'm one of those 98-pound weaklings who just happens to weigh a bit more. Ever since I was a kid, words have been my weapon of choice. I wouldn't know what to do if I was attacked except maybe write about it after. And a fat lot of good that would do.

Learning To Forgive With 'Pit Bulls And Parolees'

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.19.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Midlife is the perfect time of life for those of us who are deadline-driven. While the sand in our hourglasses isn't in imminent danger of running out, most of us realize that our time no longer feels unlimited. It's today or never to determine how we spend the next chapters.

Why My Mom Loves My Dad's Mistress

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My father's ability to combat the isolation of dementia by creating an imaginary and omnipresent mate may not be unique to him. Imagination may possibly hold the gifts of comfort and solace as we face the uncertainties of old age.

Earworms: Why Catchy Tunes Get Stuck In Our Heads

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Oh, and one other thing: Earworms are apparently quite contagious. Sometimes the mere mention of a song triggers it in another person. So with my apologies, anyone feel up for a chorus of 'Landslide' about now?

How Can Couples Be So Sure They'll Never Want Kids?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.11.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My issue with young people deciding not have children has far less to do with any societal obligations they may or may not have. It's way more personal: Yes, you may count me among those dumb-clucks who worry that young people just don't know what they're missing and when and if they do realize it, it'll be too late.

Midlife Ramblings: So Glad To Meet You

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.09.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Sure I have worries and stress and angst and rush around most days like a headless chicken as I try to juggle two kids, a house, a full-time job and a commute that entitles me to a lifetime achievement award from AAA. But on my birthday? Color me content.

How This Entertainment Reporter Built A Smarter (And Snarkier) Fortune Cookie

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty

For more than 30 years, Ray Richmond poured his writing talents as an entertainment journalist and TV critic into the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald-E...

Plan To Retire? Fat Chance! (STUDY)

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.03.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Right now, more and more of us are realizing that the only thing standing between us and a dinner of catfood is the ability to work for as long as we can.

How I Completely Reinvented Myself At 57

Marie Marley | Posted 04.03.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was a grant writer at the University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine from the time I was 28 until the time I was 57. After 29 years. I would have liked to retire but couldn't quite afford it.

Who Are The Most Empathetic People On Earth?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.31.2013 | Fifty

A University of Michigan study of more than 75,000 people found that middle-aged women were more empathetic than men of the same age or younger or old...