Category: Aging

Eight Weird Symptoms You Won’t Believe Are Caused by Menopause

It’s Not Just About the Hot Flashes We all know the typical symptoms that are associated with menopause: the gradual cessation of menstruation, hot flashes, mood swings and weight gain. But most women also experience an assortment of perplexing issues that go beyond the loss of their “monthly visitor”. You may be surprised to learn that some of the weird…

Sentimentality is Relative

Last weekend I was going through some stuff in my basement.  My basement is the final frontier for the decluttering kick I’ve been on the last few months.  I saved it for last because it’s the most complicated, and emotionally fraught. The basement is essentially four rooms: two where my sister lives and two that contain the washer, dryer, furnace,…

Playing Dress Up

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.”    —  Kate Spade I’ve never been much of a “girlie girl”.  I don’t remember playing dress up at all as a child.  I’ve never had much interest in make-up or clothes or fashion magazines.  Honestly, if I didn’t have to go to work I’d live in yoga pants and never wear…

Running Into Your Past

“Look, it had to happen at some point. In a city of eight million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife.”       — When Harry Met Sally    The other day I decided to upgrade my phone to something that with a screen large enough that my aging eyes could see without squinting and a battery that might…

It’s a Miracle Anyone in My Generation Made It Out of a Car Alive

I was in a meeting today and the subject of child car seats came up.  We had a long discussion about car seat installers, not using previously owned car seats, and liability issues related to improperly installed car seats. “I’ve heard that 80% of all car seats are installed incorrectly,” one of my coworkers said.  I was astounded.  Don’t you…

The Original Rose Bak

Thirty years ago today the world lost the original Rose Bak – my grandma. Oh sure, there have been other people named Rose Bak throughout the years, but my grandma was truly an original.  One of a kind. Grandma was born in Chicago in 1914. She grew up in the Polish neighborhood of West Pullman with her six brothers and…