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Ronna Benjamin
About the time Ronna Benjamin turned 50, she had an epiphany. After 28 years , she realized she couldn't stand being a real estate attorney for even one more minute (can you imagine?) She jumped into the world of writing as her "encore" career, and never looked back. Ronna teamed up with Better After 50 founder Felice Shapiro, and soon became a partner, managing editor and weekly humor columnist for BA50. She writes about the things BA50s are concerned about: adult children, aging parents, illness, anxiety and insomnia, to name a few. Ronna is thrilled to be working with the awesome women at BA50. She is a native Bostonian and loves to spend time with her wonderful husband and three adult children. She also loves to cook, sail, ski, run and bike, and she is always on the look out for the next great diet.

Entries by Ronna Benjamin

Enjoy This F*&king Article

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 8:31 AM

This article originally published on Better After 50.

Is It Time To Clean Up My Act? Let me know what you think.

A really good friend of mine, a well-respected lawyer, in his late fifties, was late for his daughter's swim meet. Tense and a little bit lost, he...

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10 Essentials to Help Your Kid Rent an Apartment in NYC

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:14 PM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

The other day, my husband and I received the following email from our 20-year-old daughter, who will be a senior at NYU continuing to live off campus:

"Hi wonderful parents, I'm starting to look for apartments again. Here's the required...

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Candy Crush Found To Cure Insomnia

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 6:08 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

A friend asked me the other day what I was reading, and I gave her a blank look.

"Uh, I don't know."

"What? You can't remember?"

"Right. Give me a second."

And it was then I realized that I hadn't...

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Why Do I Have To Be Fitter Than My Husband?

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 7:46 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

I think I have a problem with my husband. He is health conscious and fit and he has will power. Wouldn't that be enough to make you nuts when you don't? I am addicted to ice cream, chocolate and jelly...

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Naked in the Locker Room: Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:29 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

It's torturing me. I can't seem to get this scene out of my head:

Fresh from my workout, I enter the locker room. On my way in, I grab two fluffy white towels, still warm from the dryer, for...

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10 Reasons To Wear A Towel In The Locker Room

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 7:03 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

I was getting dressed in the locker room at my gym last week when I overheard a conversation between two ladies about the tough cardio class we had all just barely survived. One lady was in her bra and...

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What You REALLY Should Say To Your Overweight Teenager

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 6:08 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

ronna benjaminI was one fat kid away from being bullied in 7th grade. I was a "late bloomer" -- a euphemism for being totally awkward, chubby, with frizzy hair, pimples, glasses and braces. Luckily,...

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Badass Grandma

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 12:42 PM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

What will you remember from the Sochi Olympics? Will it be the magic of Meryl Davis and Charlie White on the skating rink? Will it be Bode Miller's emotional breakdown with NBC reporter Christin Cooper? Will it be those three gorgeous young...

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'Let's Just Cuddle' And 24 Other Ways To Say 'I Love You' At Midlife

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:32 AM

This article originally posted on Better After 50.

It turns out that the average guy spends about $170 on Valentine's Day. That's a hefty sum to show the woman in your life you love, admire, and respect her.  Chocolate, flowers, cards, dinner....are you looking to save...

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Makeup Advice From an Expert

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 2:31 PM

This article originally published on Better After 50.

"The secret to beautiful skin is simple," my new friend Jessica began, "First, eat a healthy diet -- lay off the processed foods and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. ...
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The Friends I Keep In My Basement

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:49 PM

"You could use a mandolin for that," I advised my friend. We were out to lunch the other day, talking about a recipe for something or other, exactly what I don't remember.

"What's a mandolin?" my friend asked.

"It's a kitchen appliance that slices things really thinly."

I might have added, "or...

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Hate to Downhill? I've Found a Great Alternative

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 10:39 AM

This article originally published on Better After 50.

Full Disclosure: I am writing this piece while my husband squirms in the chair next to me in agony, one day post rotator cuff surgery. The pain got ahead of him, despite the prescribed doses of Morphine and Oxycodone. He...

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The 25 Things On My Enemy List

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:29 AM

This article was originally published on

I blame this post on Richard Nixon. When I was in middle school, we learned that the Nixon administration had created an "enemies list" -- a list of political opponents, used for the official purpose of "screwing" Nixon's personal and political...

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How I Stopped Snoring

(46) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 5:29 AM

Originally published on Better After 50.

One morning, still a bit groggy from a sleeping pill-induced six hours of sleep, I was enjoying my first cup of coffee while reading my emails on my iPhone. I was surprised to see that Mike was sleeping in...

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33 Mistakes Everyone Makes In Their 50s

(52) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 5:27 AM

Originally published on Better After 50.

ronna benjaminWhen my friend's daughter, in celebration of her upcoming 30th birthday, posted an article from on her Facebook page, "20 Mistakes Everyone Makes in Their Twenties," I didn't hesitate to click through. I couldn't...

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This Year I Resolve To Do The Impossible

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 9:52 AM

My sister-in-law and I bought the same beige, cotton, cover-those-ass-and-hips sweater a few weeks ago when we had a lunch/shopping date. It's a great sweater, and I wore it to dinner over a pair of gray leggings (smashing) when we all went out last week to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday....

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Equal Opportunity A**holes

(3) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:33 AM

Picture this: I'm at a holiday party at a beautiful home. The art adorning the walls is beautiful, the food healthy and delicious, the wines exquisite. I sip my wine, and am introduced to someone I have not met before. This guy is a player -- smart, wealthy and successful. But he doesn't talk...

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This Was The Best Gift I Could Have Gotten This Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 5:12 AM

Our nanny Anna and baby Eddie back in 1989

When my kids were little, we were lucky enough to have nannies to help care for our children.  When Annie was a baby and I went back to work, we hired Sandy, a heavy-set...

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8 Things Your Kids Will Find Absolutely Hysterical

(19) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 1:45 PM

I caught myself absent-mindedly singing the chorus to You're So Vain in the shower last week. I was protecting my blown out hair with an oversized plastic shower cap adorned with bright yellow duckies and a big ruffled edge. The irony hit me when I caught a glimpse...

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Thanksgiving Stress: Say What You Mean

(18) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:02 AM

I am a little stressed out this Thanksgiving. There's the usual annoyances -- fighting for a parking space at Trader Joes, forgetting the ingredient that I really needed, getting in the line with the brand new cashier at Whole Foods:

What are those? Leeks. What are those? Chestnuts. What are those? Spaghetti squash. What kind of...

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