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Sharon Greenthal is a blogger at Empty House, Full Mind. Sharon is the Adult Parenting Expert at A former stay-at-home mom, Sharon is now an empty-nester and lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband Peter and their perfect dog, Lambeau.

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Why Smartphones Are Not Ruining Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 5:11 AM

I feel a little badly for people who use their smartphones all the time. Not because they're missing out on "real life" and have devolved into non-communicative, self-absorbed animatrons, as has been bemoaned by media pundits, crunchy parents and out-of-touch grandparents everywhere, but because I completely understand the...

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Why I Mourn Most of All for Paris

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 2:07 PM

I mourn most of all for Paris.

It's not that I don't care about the people of Kenya, or Beirut, or Lebanon. Those passengers on the Russian jet -- including the 25 children, those poor children -- make me impossibly sad. Across the world, every day, people are victims of...

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I Was An Old Lady For 2 Weeks

(10) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 11:08 PM

The first thing I noticed was some pain and a little rash. The pain grew more and more pervasive, moving from my waist to the entire side to my abdomen. After three days, I went to the doctor.

"I think I have spider bites, but they really hurt," I said.

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10 Gadgets Everyone Over 50 Could Use

(14) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 7:01 AM

I was having dinner with a group of people and one of my friends would, every so often, straighten herself up, as if she was startled. I didn't say anything, thinking perhaps she was having some back pain or indigestion -- but I was wrong. It wasn't the sashimi salad...

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10 New Fall Books That Should Be On Your Nightstand

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 7:35 AM

I can't wait to get my hands on all of these books! From the soul-soothing words of Brene Brown to the historical observations of Margo Jefferson, there's something here for everyone.

10 Great Fall Books to Read -- 2015

Rising Strong by...

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Why Midlife Women Need Friends More Than Ever

(15) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 6:05 AM

For women, friendships with other women are as important and life-sustaining -- if not more so -- than relationships with men.

From the beginning of our socialization, we are focused on finding other females to bond with in significant and ego-affirming ways. Who among us didn't have a best friend...

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6 Reasons To Enjoy Getting Older

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 7:10 AM

Right around 40, most of us start to feel old -- and it happens gradually. You start to notice that you're a little bit out of step with things -- you hear music you don't recognize or understand, you see young actors and actresses on the cover of magazines in...

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10 Of The Best Books Of Summer 2015

(21) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 7:41 AM

So many books, so few hours at the beach! Get your summer reading on with these 10 great novels that will take you near and far, from the present to the past. Don't forget the sunscreen!

What books are you reading this summer?

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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How Can I Change The World?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:59 PM

I can't stop thinking about this.

What can I do -- one person, one white woman who lives comfortably, rarely confronted by racial problems in my daily life? What do I know of prejudice, bias, hatred, violence, fear? I don't have to worry about my son being assaulted on the...

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Downsizing To Make Our Lives Bigger

(8) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 8:28 AM

Our house is sold, and we've bought another.

In the next few weeks I will pack, sort, store and toss 24 years of living. Fortunately I've always been good at purging, so much of the work has been done already.

But still.

There are baby toys that I've saved for...

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Caitlyn Jenner -- Living Like We All Should Post 50

(11) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Caitlyn Jenner looks incredible.

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Yes, she's been photoshopped and she's probably wearing a boatload of makeup, and Annie Leibovitz could make the Hunchback of Notre Dame look gorgeous. But...

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'Mad Men' and Memories We Didn't Know We Have

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Spoiler alert: If you have not watched the Sunday, May 10 episode of "Mad Men," "The Milk and Honey Route," don't read this post.

I have never felt as attached to the characters on a television show as I do to the cast of "Mad Men." Even before the series...

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Why Beautiful Women Should Be Beautiful

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:23 PM

We had a big week for glamorous women.

We all sighed and cheered when Princess Kate gave birth and looked beautiful as she carried her newborn girl from the hospital to the car to be taken to her country home to recuperate with her family. All the world loves a...

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Saying Farewell To Our Family Home After 24 Years

(6) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 8:20 AM

I know this place.

For 24 years we've lived here. I arrived, not quite 30-years-old with my one-year-old baby girl in my arms. I had fought moving to the suburbs for two years, but my husband was right -- it was a wonderful place to raise a family. So that's what we...

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Why Parents Shouldn't Stalk Their Children On Social Media

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 9:38 AM

I sat with a friend a few weeks ago as she scrolled through photos on her phone of her college freshman daughter. She asked me what I thought of the images. This is a strong, intelligent woman with two well-adjusted and successful children.

"Doesn't she look good?" my friend asked...

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10 Books To Read This Spring

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 8:05 AM

Whether you need a book club recommendation or something to enjoy in your backyard this spring, these books are some of the best of Spring 2015. There are new novels from old favorites, unique voices, and continuing sagas of families you may already know. Plus a memoir that looks fascinating!

Continuing the...

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Cuatro cosas que no deberías hacer en Facebook

(11) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:00 AM

Facebook es una red SOCIAL. Social significa interactivo. Todo lo que publicas en Facebook posiblemente provoque una respuesta por parte de tus amigos. Si después de compartir algo, no piensas que tu post es divertido, o inteligente, o relevante, o interesante, lo puedes borrar.

Aquí tienes lo que NO...

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Quatre choses à ne pas faire sur Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Facebook est un réseau SOCIAL, et donc interactif. Tout ce que vous publiez sur votre mur peut susciter une réaction de la part de vos amis. Et si, après avoir partagé quelque chose, vous trouvez que ce n'est plus drôle, génial, pertinent ou intéressant, vous pouvez toujours le supprimer.


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Quatre choses à ne pas faire sur Facebook

(7) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Facebook est un réseau SOCIAL, et donc interactif. Tout ce que vous publiez sur votre mur peut susciter une réaction de la part de vos amis. Et si, après avoir partagé quelque chose, vous trouvez que ce n'est plus drôle, génial, pertinent ou intéressant, vous pouvez toujours le supprimer.


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4 Dinge, die Sie auf Facebook nicht tun sollten

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Internet - Facebook ist ein SOZIALES Netzwerk. Sozial bedeutet interaktiv. Alles, was Sie auf Facebook posten, kann eine gewisse Reaktion von Seiten Ihrer Freunde hervorrufen. Und wenn Sie später der Ansicht sind, Ihr Beitrag sei doch nicht so witzig, klug, wichtig oder interessant, können Sie ihn einfach löschen.

Hier sind...

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