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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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Empty Nesting -- Easy As ABC

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 6:22 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 | 8:17 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 | 8:03 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 | 6:46 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 | 7:02 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 | 6:43 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 | 7:17 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 | 8:48 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 | 5:43 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 | 4:40 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 | 7:04 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 | 9:33 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 | 6:15 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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The Best Thing I Did For My Son

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:44 PM

In about a month, my son will graduate from college. Since he's my youngest, this means that my days as a "mom" who gives my kids their allowance, reminds them of doctor's appointments, thank you notes, bank deposits, getting their cars washed, registering for classes, calling their grandmothers, ordering contact...

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Social Surrogacy: A Scary Trend in Pregnancy

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Friday morning, April 18 I was sitting at my computer, deciding which photo of my daughter to share on Facebook to wish her a happy birthday, when I heard the friendly folks on Good Morning America introduce a segment called "Social Surrogates." In case you missed it, here's...

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There Are Always Two Sides To Every Story

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 7:01 AM

One of the most important things I've learned as I've gotten older is this:

There's always two sides to every story.

Even when you're talking to your BFF and she's telling you about a friend who is cheating on her husband; even when you're listening to your child and she's...

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What Being in an Earthquake Feels Like

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:38 PM

The March 28 5.1 earthquake centered in La Habra, California was the largest quake in Southern California in many years. Followed by hundreds of lesser aftershocks, it was also preceded by a foreshock of 3.1 magnitude. For each increment of 1, an earthquake feels 10 times stronger on the Richter...

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Why I Told My Kids About My Wild Teen Years

(14) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 7:45 AM

In an article on, Kelly Wallace discusses President Obama's openness about his drug use during his teen years and surveys moms and parenting experts about how they handled or would advise handling the controversial topic of being open with your kids about your own drug use during...

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Peter Lanza -- Read His Words Before You Judge

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Peter Lanza, the father of the Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza, gave an interview to Andrew Solomon of The New Yorker about himself and his son.

There are lots and lots of responses to Peter Lanza's words and many of them take him to task --...

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25 Things You Remember If You Were A Parent In The 90s

(33) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:30 AM

For those of us who became parents in the 1990s, there are things that we experienced that young parents of today will never understand. Like how devastating it could be when a VCR tape broke. Or when a roll of film was over-exposed and none of the pictures from your...

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