How Do YOU Say Thank You?

  With the 2018 graduation season in full swing, it’s a great time to share thoughts regarding acceptable ways of expressing thanks to those who generously give, either in person or by sending gifts, to graduating family and friends.  I was taught that it was not only appropriate, but necessary to send a handwritten thank …

“Dear Mom”: A Letter From Your Baby Boomer Daughter on Mother’s Day

Dear Mom, You are the reason I am who I am.  I learned so much about being a mom from watching you.  As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that oftentimes you were making it up as you went along, situation by situation, daughter by daughter.  There really is no “how to be a …

“Going Home”. What Does Your Childhood Home Mean To You?

Do you have any desire to visit your childhood home? There have been many songs, poems, and quotes written about "going home".  Off the top of my head, I think of quotes like "home sweet home", "home is where the heart is" , "bless this home".  Songs like " Sweet Home Chicago" ,"Coming Home"(John Legend), …

My Smartphone and Me: It’s Not Just Millennials Who Are Hooked

I admit that I, like many others today from Gen Z to Baby Boomers,  am attached to my smartphone.  I actually suffer some anxiety when I don't have it with me, or can't get to it when I hear it buzzing, alerting me of a notification or text message. The fact that I can do …

What Boomers Can Learn from Millennials…

We Boomers boomed. We had our day, dictating styles, trends, music, food. And debt. In keeping with my series on living like a millionaire on a retirement budget, I want to share the techniques I’ve learned from my Millennial kids and their friends about living well when you don’t have money. Retired or Starting Out… via …

No Regrets About Being A Helicopter Parent

I'm far from being a parenting expert.  I can only speak to my experiences raising three children, but I think helicopter parenting sometimes gets a bad rap. Of course, you shouldn't attend your adult child's job interview, or call his/her boss regarding a bad performance review!  Ultimately we all want our children to grow up …

How My Appearance Affects My Daily Commute

Like it or not, every day we are judged by how we look, how we dress, how we carry ourselves. I’m a Millennial living and working in New York for just over a year.  I make the commute from Long Island to Manhattan every day and a large portion of my time and paycheck is …

Do You Still Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Just like the spoon full of black-eyed peas I force down every year for good luck, I've always made a half-hearted attempt at a few New Year's resolutions.  For me, these resolutions have been your typical self-improvement goals like "lose weight".  And like most of us, I've failed at keeping the resolutions by the middle …