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Using the Good Stuff

by Gwen Rollings

We are eating turkey burgers for dinner on the good china. I pour Crystal Light lemonade from my dazzling lead crystal pitcher into our Yugoslavian cut glass goblets. I’m using the antique lace napkins my mother left me. I’m using everything…now…before I die…not saving back anything. I had an epiphany. Like most mothers, I planned […]

The Elephant in the Room

by Gwen Rollings

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM No one wants to say it, but I will. There is an elephant in the room. It is white, usually appears around Christmas, and I don’t like it. In case you’ve never played the White Elephant Gift Exchange, these are briefly the rules: Everyone brings a wrapped gift of a […]

I need a blogging support group!

by Gwen Rollings

Here a blog, there a blog, everywhere a blog, blog. A huge segment of our population today believes their lives are so exciting that everyone wants to live vicariously through them by following their Blogs, Tweets, or Instagrams. How about the astronomical numbers of cell phone camera “selfies” speeding like meteors through cyberspace? Before I […]

Views from the “Other Slice” of the Sandwich Generation

by Gwen Rollings

Those of us included in the Sandwich Generation know full well how our adult children returning to the once swept clean and renovated empty nest changes our preconceived ideas of what we will do  “once the kids grow up and leave home.” I, for one, have written many words on blogs about my take on this recent […]

What Makes Us “Just Do It?”

by Gwen Rollings

Most of us have choices…actually many choices every day. Some are simple. Should I wear the white or beige sandals? Others have the potential to change the course of our lives. Deciding what to do with an aging parent who can no longer live alone is probably going to be a life changer for several […]

When Life Takes a Detour

by Gwen Rollings

I had it all planned out. I would write a book, market the book, do a few speaking events and book signings, develop an internet presence, and life would go along smoothly. Maybe that could have happened, IF…my 90 year old mother had not broken her hip in July, if she didn’t live more than […]

STAY WITH GRAY?

by Gwen Rollings

I was seventeen and preparing for my senior high school prom. I wanted to dazzle my date and decided my hair needed a little more sizzle. So I went to the drug store and bought the first of many boxes that continually changed my  image for almost the next half century. I still remember opening that […]

SPAM USED TO BE FOOD

by Gwen Rollings

Is nothing what it’s supposed to be anymore? I remember years ago when I bought my first can of Spam at my husband’s request, I wasn’t sure what to expect. First of all, it’s in a wierd, square-shaped can, and I had to use a turn key contraption to open it up. I fully expected […]

CHOPPED LIVER AND THE SANDWICH GENERATION

by Gwen Rollings

As a card carrying member of the Sandwich Generation, I was feeling a lot like chopped liver this morning. If you’ve been kind enough to follow along with me on this journey, I’m sure many of you could relate to feeling slapped between two slices of the stuff life is made of (a.k.a. elderly parents and […]

…to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…

by Gwen Rollings

I was probably eight years old when it started. My mother, well into her thirties, decided she wanted to learn to drive a car. Being a very proud woman, she didn’t want anyone to know until she had actually passed the driving test. That included my father. He worked the second shift at a large aircraft […]