Posts tagged with ‘retirement’

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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 […]


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 […]

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, […]


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 […]

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 […]

Retirement 911

by Gwen Rollings

  I lived for years desiring this It’s called “retirement” He’d come home one day and stay here We’d both be so content. No more business trips he would take I would not be alone His smiling face I’d always see Not talking on a phone. Together we would have such fun Continually sublime We’d […]