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Brown Bag It & Learn, a series of lunchtime conversations

January 25   Understanding Men Better, with Bill Bumiller, MFT

February 8   The Art of Forgiveness, with Bill Bumiller, MFT

February 22  Last Women Standing, What You Need to Know Before you need to Know it! With Lorie Homer Kraus, Estate Planning & Administration

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  Fiftiness began as a conversation in early summer 2015. Two years into my fifties, and just coming out of the fog of sending my oldest to college, with my youngest getting ready to begin her applications, and about to celebrate twenty-five years of marriage (to the same person!), I was feeling as if I …

“Can we stand in the shade, please? I need to get out of the sun.” I looked at the beautiful woman next to me. Her eyes hidden behind sunglasses, it was hard for me to tell what it was that was troubling her so greatly. “Are you not feeling well? I can get some water …

Bye-Bye Minivan Memories

Michelle Cox
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I cried on my 30th birthday. I was sitting in a bar in downtown St. Louis at an impromptu party that my husband had organized, and suddenly I was crying. My friend, Jan, asked me what was wrong, and I said, “I’m 30 years old and I’m driving a minivan.” Jan snickered and reminded me I wanted the …

Breast cancer affects one in eight women, but I never thought I’d be one of those statistics. After all, there was no cancer of any kind in my family. But just short of my fiftieth birthday in 2001, while raising three wonderful children, having just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary, and leading a fairly successful …

In the days following my diagnosis of breast cancer, I needed ample time alone for reflection. Sometimes I’d just sit in the backyard writing about things I might never want to share, but other times, my journal entries actually became published articles that helped other women cope with their own demons and issues surrounding breast …

Let’s face it: We have feathered the empty nest comfortable with a full, easily accessible fridge.  No wonder our children come back. Yet, if we’ve been successful as parents, we raised not only kids we genuinely like, but kids who like us as much. Connected by so much more than just Verizon and Netflix accounts, we …

It was there all the time, right under my nose, ready to welcome my menopause woes. I took one look in the mirror as the morning light hit my upper lip. There it was: peach fuzz, my whiskers in waiting, my five o’clock shadow, my testosterone teaser. All the creative cursing in the world couldn’t …

I once wrote a little essay to a woman turning 30. Aptly enough, it was
 entitled: 30 Things to Learn from a Woman over 50. It was filled with a lot of good lessons about life and forgiveness and community – and the value of a good pair of cowboy boots in one’s wardrobe. But …

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