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Now, without further ado, let’s get on with the stories that Crow’s Feet writers published in the past week.
Nancy Peckenham, Editor The Ups and Downs of Retirement Retirement Diary: Substitute Teaching in Middle School . No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy. By Orrin Onken Takeaways From First Year of “Retirement.” Some things worked out as expected. Others? Not so much. By Clay “CJ” James When a Person Retires, Does She Still Exist? Is a person defined by their occupation? By Brenda Mahler What a Painted Box Finally Taught Me about My Retirement Fears . It took 27 years. I’m a slow learner. By Chris A Raymond The Big Question I Think I Just Answered . Retirement or rebranding — which is it? By Jill Ebstein Easy Life Transitions Become Less Quick and More Difficult as We Get Older By . Richard Armstrong Hobbies or Just Enjoying Life Why Take Piano Lessons at Age 66? One woman’s journey might teach us a thing or two. By Melinda Blau Best Life At 70 . “Blessed and Highly Favored. By Ralph M Davis Afternoons with MeTV . When sidelined by surgery, we need a way to pass the time. By Meryl Baer Saving Our Family History . For some of us, it’s what we’re called to do. By Ruby Lee Health & Wellness Wrinkles, Weeds, and Alzheimer’s Disease . What can we do about them? By Marlane Ainsworth Will Specific Foods Really Keep You From Getting Dementia? What science says about diet and cognitive decline. By Lauren Lynn Bradley How Nocturia Can Ruin A Good Night’s Sleep . The hazards of a late night trip to the bathroom. By Darren Weir The Cringey Truth About Getting a Colonoscopy And Other Medical Tests . Scientists, could you invent a less embarrassing process? By Greta Dias May Is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month . By Richard Armstrong Tips for Better Living 20 Reasons Why You Are Not Too Old to Exercise (Aerobically) . Start low (impact) and go slow. By Mary Lou Heater Seniors, Don’t Go Shopping on Saturdays! We become invisible and stay that way until Monday. By Carole Olsen We Baby Boomers Need to Loosen Up When It Comes to the Younger Generation . Remember, It hasn’t been that long ago when our folks complained about us! By Ruby Lee Facing Our Feelings My Children Have Paws… My story and tips for surviving Mother’s Day depression. By Katy Cable On Tweaks and Wonky Widgets . Mental health is not just a young person’s game. By Ren Powell The Deafening Silence of Grief . I am staying home today, all day. I need to be quiet, alone, in solitude, silent. By Jo Saia A Cure for Loneliness Seniors: Do You Enjoy Your Solitude or Are You Lonely? Or do you enjoy family, kids, grandkids, dogs, cats, and goldfish? By Lee J. Bentch How to Fight Social Isolation as You Age . Talking to strangers can benefit you in later years. By Nancy Peckenham Let’s Make a Forest . The value of community. By Laura Culberg- Welcoming Opposites On Becoming Better Regret Is a Waste of Time When You Can’t Change the Past . An epiphany about writing, regret, and foolish rumination. By Melinda Blau Two Seas . The hoarding sea and the renewing sea. By Gerad Carrier What Makes Us Old Timers Likable and Why it Matters . By Richard Armstrong Your Voice is Everywhere . I have been a fairly quiet person for most of my life . By Jo Saia Practical Advice 15 Popular Phone Scams — Part I. Some of These Schemes are Truly Brilliant. By Lauren Lynn Bradley 15 Popular Phone Scams, Part II . Some of these schemes are truly brilliant. By Lauren Lynn Bradley 15 Popular Phone Scams, Part III . Some of these schemes are truly brilliant. By Lauren Lynn Bradley My Idea Bank is Overloaded . Just when I thought I had reached the age of forgetting things. By Robin Oakman Things We Love By How my “crowning glory” has evolved (devolved!) over six decades. Hair! Long, Beautiful Hair! Deb Groves Harman If The Shoe Fits: Buy It Again . My athletic shoes confirm the obvious: I’m a true Dad. By Ron Wayne Geezer Tour Buses are Rolling Again . The rush to make up for two years at home. By Sharon Johnson Humor Did I Embarrass My Mother? They told me I wasn’t wearing the proper attire. By Brian Dickens Barrabee Backpacking Almost Got Me Killed . I was so much more adventurous when I was young. By Mary McGrath By A week into Covid, I told my daughter I had brain frog. The Upside of Covid: Remedial Geography. Kate Stone Lombardi Two Kickers You Don’t Want to Miss Pigeon-gate . . . Or: no good deed goes unpunished. By Patricia Ross Express Yourself . Psychologists say the first teenage love is experienced at around 17 years of age. By Brian Dickens Barrabee