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Sharon Greenthal is a blogger at Empty House, Full Mind. Sharon is an active participant in social media and believes baby-boomers and seniors should integrate social media into their daily lives. A former stay-at-home mom, Sharon is now an empty-nester and lives in Orange County, CA with her husband Peter and their perfect dog, Lambeau.

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36 Questions You're Sure to Hear in a Long-Term Marriage

(15) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 5:23 PM

The New York Times Modern Love column on Sunday, January 11 was a wildly popular piece entitled To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This. The author, Mandy Len Catron, wrote about how she and her partner fell in love when they first met, following an exercise during...

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A Random Act Of Kindness My Family Will Never Forget

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:08 PM

It was a holiday miracle of sorts.

Every year we spend Christmas with my husband's side of the family. There are 16 of us, and for the most part this is the only time we see each other all year. The grandchildren are nearly all adults now,...

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10 Incredibly Smart Ideas To Get Your Life Organized In 2015

(10) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 6:18 PM

If your New Year's resolutions include getting organized, this is the month to get started. January is Get Organized Month. Here are 10 tips on how to get organized in the new year. Having worked as a professional organizer, I can tell you that each of these things can...

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My 10 Favorite Books of 2014

(8) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 6:23 AM

Few things make me happier than finding a book that I absolutely love. Once drawn into a book, it's not easy for me to put it down. This year there were many that kept my attention, but these are my ten favorites.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs -...

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What I Know After 25 Years Of Marriage

(23) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:47 AM

Have you heard the joke that goes like this?

I've been married for 25 years. It's been the happiest 6 months of my life.

Like most good jokes, there's a kernel of truth in that statement. Much of marriage isn't simply about being happy, just like after the age of about...

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My Puzzling Twitter Conversation With The Princeton Mom About Date Rape

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 7:09 AM

I had a conversation on Twitter with the Princeton Mom. She's the Princeton alum with two sons who also attended Princeton who said girls need to find a husband in college, before the pool of potential mates thins out too much.

As she states:

"If you associate too...
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He Was That Guy

(7) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 8:20 AM

He was that guy.

In the history of guys, he was the guy every girl has known. Some girls even marry that guy, but not many. By the time that guy gets ready to settle down, he's no longer that guy. He's mellower, older, a little tired.

But my...

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Empty Nesting -- Easy As ABC

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 7:22 AM

The college kids have headed back to their messy apartments or moved for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids?

Other than when our children are born, there's no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our...

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My Grandfather: I Loved When He Would Sing

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Boy, could he sing.

As a young man, my grandfather found his way into the entertainment business. There are yellowed newspaper clippings -- little bits in the music columns about the new and charismatic singer, Paul Barry (born Jacob Buchner). He was introduced to the music world by his lifelong close friend...

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Finding Yourself Again In The Empty Nest

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 9:03 AM

As the school year begins, there's a large, collective sigh about to be heard among parents sending their children off to colleges and universities across the country.

Mingled with that collective sigh will be tears, "I love yous," and a million different ways of saying goodbye.

Whether it's...

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Looking For The 'New' In My Empty Nest

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 7:46 AM

This will be the first September I won't have any children starting school since 1992.

The memory of dropping off my daughter for her first day of pre-school, my 3 month old baby boy in my arms, is so vivid. Everything in my life was brand new -- my children, my home,...

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How Neil Young Saved Me During High School

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:02 AM

Like most teenagers, music was my passion, and the music I loved defined me. Back when there were record players and 33 RPM albums with creatively rendered covers that opened like books, I collected and listened, read the liner notes and knew the words to hundreds of songs by heart....

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The Day I Realized My Child Had Finally Become An Adult

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 7:43 AM

Eventually there comes a day for all parents when the pendulum swings towards your children becoming full-grown adults.

The world tilts a little and the pendulum stays there, never returning to childhood again.

I look at my daughter's face and see barely a whisper of the little girl who once reached for me with...

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15 Twisted Life Lessons From 'Orange Is The New Black'

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 8:17 PM

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this post if you haven't finished watching Season 2 of Orange is the New Black - but do come back when you're done!

One of the most entertaining and addictive shows around, Orange is the New Black has life lessons for even the most innocent among...

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Bullying: Is The Word Overused?

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2014 | 9:48 AM

There are very few types of behavior that are more disturbing than bullying. Most children have run-ins with bullies -- be they incidental or ongoing -- and most adults can painfully recall the experience of being bullied -- or, in some cases, the shame and regret of being the bully....

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I Was On The Katie Couric Show Talking About The Empty Nest

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:43 AM

Three years ago when I started blogging about the empty nest I had no idea what I was doing.

I had given up on finding a job after a year of searching, and wanted to start writing -- something I'd always loved to do. I never imagined the people, opportunities...

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Why I Sometimes Hide From the World

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Inevitably, there are days that aren't good, no matter what I do.

There's usually no specific reason. It's just an accumulation of things, little bits of information and tiny injustices, news and facts and stories and, well, it just gets to be too much. I head for the solace of...

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Adapting To The Quiet Of The Empty Nest

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 8:04 AM

One of the more challenging things when your kids leave home is adapting to the quiet of an empty nest.

Despite a fundamentally good marriage, there are hours...days...sometimes longer when my husband and I don't have much to say to each other. It's not that he's not interesting -- and...

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25 Great Things About Being The Mother Of Adult Kids

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:33 AM

Though there are times when I miss having little children, being the mom of adults has its perks. This Mother's Day I thought I'd share the great things about having children who are all grown up.

  1. You no longer have to drive them anywhere. They should, by now,...
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The Power of Photographs

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Thousands and thousands of photographs sit in a large, plastic bin, haphazardly sorted by year. Even with all of the work I've done scanning photos to my computer, these thousands still wait to be dealt with. I carefully peeled them out of their albums years ago, concerned they...

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