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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

The Bridal Shower: How (On Earth) Is THIS Still A Thing?

(77) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Ever since I started watching comedian John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" on HBO, I've been yearning to write this piece. I know it's another, "WTF? If you write that, you will probably lose a few friends" kind of piece (see 17 Things Not To Say To...

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17 Things Not To Say To A Friend With Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 7:00 AM

This article was originally published on BetterAfter50.com.

I don't want to seem like an ungrateful bitch (one whom ironically practices Gratitude) but I feel the need to vent a little. I have cancer, so you will have to forgive me (nice use of the

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Can It Be Better After 50... With Breast Cancer?

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:37 PM

life with breast cancerThe nurse at the renowned Dana Farber Cancer Institute asked for my email address.

"It's ronna@betterafter50.com," I told her.

I repeated the address, to make sure she knew not to spell out the 'fifty.'

"It's Better after 5-0" I...

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50 Things I Don't Feel Guilty About Now That I'm 50

(16) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 6:56 AM

Because it's (almost) always better after 50, I'm done feeling guilty ... how about you? Here's what I'm not feeling guilty about any more...


  1. cover2Boycotting restaurants that have calorie counts on the menu.

  2. Losing my new lipstick within...

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How I Finally Quieted My Mind

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 7:08 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

no time to readMy eyebrows need a good tweezing, my hair is a tangled mess of curls, and I haven't even thought about makeup. I've been wearing the same shorts for the past...

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5 Reasons I Hate When You Are Late

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 12:32 PM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

My Dear Chronically (not Occasionally) Late Friends,

I know this piece may make me sound bitter and angry, but I'm compelled to write it. I need to tell you that I love you a lot, but when you are...

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How Hard Could It Be To Learn A New Language After 50?

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:56 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my...

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What My Mother Had To Say About My Hair

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:17 PM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

photoMy niece, my mother, and I were sitting relaxed in my mother's backyard by the pool for a before-dinner drink. The sun had just started to lower at the end of a hot...

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11 Reasons Why You Do Need To Wash Your Jeans

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:42 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

Last week, Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Company, caused quite a stir. In response to a question about how often we should wash our jeans, he admitted that he hadn't washed the jeans he was wearing...

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What's Inside Our Purses Says A Lot... But Not Everything

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 7:03 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

In front of us, piled on a highly glossed wooden table, was an assortment of keys, lipsticks, mascaras, and hand creams. There was one tube of foot cream, two bottles of Advil, one bottle of Excedrin, and assorted prescription drugs. There were...

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43 Things Midlife Women Would Like To Say To Their Hair

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:32 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes may be how you measure a year, but it feels like that's how much time I spend every year just on my hair.  Worrying about it, fixing it, covering the gray,...

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25 Things I've Learned About Being A Daughter In My 50s (That I Didn't Know Earlier)

(14) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:30 AM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.


My mother is fiercely independent, and if she has her way (and I know she will die trying) she will always take care of herself. Still, the mother/daughter relationship changes for us lucky ones who still have...

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What Will I Do With All That Money?

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 4:09 PM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

If you are a Costco shopper, you know there is no such thing as a small Costco mistake.  When you buy one of Costco's oversized products, open it, use it a bit and then find you...

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I Finally Figured Out Why I'm So Tense

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:32 PM

This article was originally published on Better After 50.

I don't like anything in life that takes more than an hour and a half. I don't like my time wasted. It's hard for me to accept or tolerate delay, difficulty or annoyance without getting a little peeved. In...

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Enjoy This F*&king Article

(2) 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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