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Tira Harpaz
Tira Harpaz is a graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School. She was formerly a Senior Attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell and she is currently the founder and president of CollegeBound Advice, an independent college counseling firm. She is the mother of three children, all of whom have finally left home.

Entries by Tira Harpaz

Silver Linings: Thoughts About Living Alone

(15) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 5:46 AM

Recently, I was in line at CVS. I stood a few customers behind a much older woman who took an enormous amount of time and kept talking to the salesperson even after her transaction was rung up. I got impatient and mumbled something like "Why can't she hurry up?" The...

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Lessons From the Gym for the Over-50 Crowd

(12) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Two years ago, I lost 50 pounds. I've gained back about five or six, which doesn't make me happy, but isn't a tragedy. About a year ago, I decided to start a personal training regimen -- not to keep the weight off, because I fundamentally believe that has more to...

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What Our Social Media-Obsessed Society Can Learn From the Over-50 Crowd

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:14 PM

At last month's Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris made an unfortunate joke about a woman's dress. Unfortunate because it was mean-spirited and dissed a woman who was not an actor or a particularly public figure (she won in the Documentary Short category), and even more inappropriate because she had just discussed...

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Don't Worry, Be Happy: How Eliminating Worrying Can Enhance Your Life

(5) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 8:16 AM

Throughout my life, I have been a world-class worrier. My anxieties have ranged from small OCD-type behaviors -- returning home multiple times to make sure I locked the door or turned off the oven -- to the infinitely more fertile field of worrying about my children (waiting up with bated...

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The Frozen Zone: Ways to Get Unstuck and Develop Confidence

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Do you remember the music at the beginning of "The Twilight Zone"? As soon as I heard it, I would get nervous because I knew bizarre and sometimes horrifying stories were about to unfold. Well, as I navigate my way through my "gray" divorce, I often feel I'm entering a...

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Why Divorce Is Such An Isolating Experience

(20) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 5:14 AM

If you skim my Facebook page, with its sunny messages and abundant photos, you would probably think my life is a whirlwind of lectures, concerts, trips and museum visits. But while I have watched Beyoncé rock the Barclay Center and climbed to the top of Penobscot Mountain, Facebook doesn't tell...

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Taking Stock: Tips For Living In The Suburbs After The Kids Have Gone

(7) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 6:40 AM

My youngest child left for college last fall. Since then, I've been trying to de-clutter my house. I'm not an extreme hoarder, but I have boxes and boxes of old artwork, graduation certificates from the fifth-grade D.A.R.E. program and a host of school directories and yearbooks. And that's not to...

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Of Weight And Worth

(37) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 7:28 AM

I've lost 50 pounds in the past year, and it's just plain hard. I'm not on any special diet, I don't have a personal trainer, and I'm terrified every minute that I'll backslide like I have in the past. I've finally gotten rid of some of my plus-size clothing (but...

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Brave New World: The New Digital Age For The Over-50 Crowd

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 7:29 AM

Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest. Everywhere I go, I am buffeted by references to cutting-edge websites, the latest iPhone apps and our brave new digital world. But what's out there for the over-50 set, and do we really need to fully embrace modern technology?

First, a confession: While I've always loved...

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Why I'm Desperate For A Grandchild

(56) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 6:06 AM

I recently had lunch with some close friends and, as we were laughing about the exploits of our children, one of them blurted out "I really want grandchildren." As soon as she said it, I immediately chimed in, "Oh my God, so do I."

Now my kids are far from...

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A Loss Of Perspective: The Perils Of Parenting

(15) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 7:33 AM

I have often thought that, as a parent, I wear a special type of glasses. Out of one eye, what I see and believe with all my heart is that my children are the most beautiful and wonderful kids in the universe, uniquely gifted in every aspect. However, when I...

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