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WHO HAS EMPTY NEST SYNDROME THESE DAYS?

by Gwen Rollings

I cried all the way back from Athens, Georgia (UGA) to eastern North Carolina in 1986 after I waved good-bye to my firstborn child as she stood outside her dorm. Twenty years later, after finally waving good-bye to my fourth and lastborn child at college, I did not cry. This last one had decided to […]

What is a Picture Worth?

by Gwen Rollings

 Pictures are flying all over the place these days. We receive our first images of a newborn grandson before he’s out of the delivery room. Events, images, and people are captured and posted for public viewing on any number of social media sites . My daughter and most of her friends who own a smart phone with camera capability, take more […]

Acceptance Sometimes Speaks Louder than Words

by Gwen Rollings

She held a bald-headed baby doll. It might have been a boy because it had on a navy blue sailor outfit. But it was swaddled in a pink, flowered blanket that she held tenderly in her arms, so I hesitated to call it a her or a him. I bent down to her level and commented about how cute her baby was. Marie smiled […]

Two Men and a Room Full of Women – What a Riot!

by Gwen Rollings

It was going to be a meeting of the Riverview Woman’s Club. You know, a room full of women talking about…women stuff. I was getting ready to do a presentation on the three books I’ve written about the life experiences of women (me included). I was excited about this evening because the women in this group are community leaders, […]

TOO MANY GRAY DIVORCES?

by Gwen Rollings

Scrollings through the channels on the small monitor attached to my elliptical machine, something I heard immediately grabbed my attention.  “Judge, I can’t take it anymore. He’s home 24/7. I want a divorce,” she said casting an evil eye sideway at the slightly disheveled man at the next podium. Ah, I thought, this is going to be […]

Dance Like No One Is Watching

by Gwen Rollings

We were on our way from Florida to the mountains on North Carolina on July 3, 2012 for my mother’s 90th birthday party when we got the call. She had fallen and broken her hip. It it said that “life can change on a dime,” and now I know what that means. My mother’s life […]

Help! My Husband Just Retired

by Gwen Rollings

Have you ever had an expectation of some future event in your life? You know, maybe it was a party you couldn’t wait to attend or a trip you’d been planning for months. Well, retirement was my big, wild, wonderful expectation. Our four kids were all adults and out of the house. My husband’s job for almost […]

MY NAME IS GWEN AND I AM A WEATHER WIMP

by Gwen Rollings

I will admit that I am a weather wimp. I am not alone in the Sunshine State. Civic events, businesses, even churches have been known to cancel or delay events if it rains too hard here in Florida. There are good reasons for this. For one thing, there are so many senior citizens living in Florida driving […]

FINISHING WELL

by Gwen Rollings

Grandma and her GREAT Grands The circle of life is truly amazing. About a year ago, my mother came from the mountains of North Carolina to visit all her Florida “bunch.” Looking at this picture we took during her visit, I realized how my mother’s life will go on for many more generations through her children, grandchildren, […]

A Few Good Memories

by Gwen Rollings

Forty-four years ago a group of guys in their early to mid twenties went to Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico, Virginia. Recently many of them returned to Quntico to renew old friendships, recall outlandish tales of their USMC experiences, and remember their classmates who did not return from a war so long ago and yet so clearly […]