My Inspirational Word for the New Year: It’s All About “Balance” in 2024
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by Judi
3w ago
I had hoped to publish my inspirational word for the new year about four weeks ago. Needless to say it didn’t happen. Time flew by and now it’s February 1st and I’m finally sitting down to write. It’s a bit serendipity because my #oneword for 2024 is balance. These days I find life is a balancing act.  That’s why balance is my focus for the next 11 months. As I get older I’m finding it harder to create balance in my life. You would think that being 10 years into retirement that I would have found a better rhythm. Yet I haven’t. Perhaps it’s because there are so many things I want to ..read more
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Looking Back on 2023 with Gratitude, Love and Good Health
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by Judi
2M ago
Last week, I looked back at my daily journal. I flipped through the past 12 months to see what I did each day. My daily journal has become a nightly ritual. I write before I go to bed, jotting down the top three things I hope to accomplish the following day and the three things I’m grateful for. I also record a note about my health. Am I faring well or is something brewing that worries me? (BTW the health journal is very helpful when I go to my doctor, especially at my age when I forget things.) In 2023 I’m grateful for my family and friends and my health Gratitude is overflowing As I re-rea ..read more
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Hudson Valley Road Trip Part II: A Visit to The Culinary Institute of America and Stopover at Storm King Art Center
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by Judi
2M ago
Earlier, I told you about my 3-day fall road trip to lower Hudson Valley in New York State which included time at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and FDR’s home in Hyde Park, exploring downtown Beacon, and a lovely stay at The Roundhouse Beacon Falls. Now I’m back to share Part II of my journey featuring my visit to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Storm King Art Center. It was my first time visiting the Culinary Institute of America Getting a resy at the Culinary Institute of America is not easy Being a foodie, I had always wanted to visit the CIA ..read more
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Hudson Valley Road Trip Part II: A Visit to The Culinary Institute of America and Stopover at Storm King
A Baby Boomer Woman's Life After 50
by Judi
2M ago
Earlier, I told you about my 3-day fall road trip to lower Hudson Valley in New York State which included spending time at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and FDR’s home in Hyde Park, exploring downtown Beacon, and a lovely stay at The Roundhouse Beacon Falls. Now I’m back to share Part II of my journey featuring my visit to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and stopover at Storm King Park. It was my first time visiting the Culinary Institute of America Getting a resy at the Culinary Institute of America is not easy Being a foodie, I had always wanted to ..read more
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It’s Time For My 2023 Holiday GIft Guide
A Baby Boomer Woman's Life After 50
by Judi
3M ago
I can’t believe it’s the holiday season. Each year, I have good plans to get my gift guide out in advance however it never seems to happen. If you haven’t finished your shopping, I’ve put together some suggestions. My list includes my favorite things from the 2023 Summer NY NOW Lifestyle and Gift Show and other appealing items that have been sent my way for blogger review. Many of the items are made by inspiring artists and entrepreneurs. There are gifts for home, jewelry, and other accessories. I’ve also featured a few wellness-focused items and 2024 calendars from my fav Workman Press. Plus ..read more
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A Well-Paced 3-Day Road Trip to Beacon and the Lower Hudson Valley: Part I
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by Judi
3M ago
When I lived in the Bronx as a child I remember going to upstate New York to go apple picking each fall. We picked tons of apples and then would make baked apples and apple cake and end up eating lots of apples for weeks. The area was mostly farms back in the 1960s and 70s. Now the towns along the Hudson River are known as Hudson Valley in Dutchess County and are trendy with the millennial generation, especially since the pandemic. Some bouchie millennials have second homes in the area. Some baby boomers have retired to the Valley too. Hudson Valley, especially lower Hudson is a few hours rid ..read more
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Exploring New Food & Beauty Trends at the 2023 Natural Products Expo East
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by Judi
4M ago
It took stamina to navigate through more than 1000 exhibitors and 16,000 registered attendees at the 2023 Natural Products Expo East in Philadelphia Convention Center in September. There were 900 brands showcasing the latest and greatest natural and organic products. After reviewing my notes, photos and stash of samples, I’m ready to report on the new food & beauty trends I discovered.  I wonder if I consume these natural foods, beverages, and supplements and apply all the organic beauty treatments, whether I’ll move closer to living to 100. Daily Crunch is a line of sprouted nuts ..read more
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Going Back in Time to My College Days During Cornell Homecoming
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by Judi
4M ago
With all the pain and suffering in the world, it’s been difficult to focus the past two weeks. Lately l feel more comfort in looking in rearview instead of looking forward. Maybe that’s why I’ve decided to share highlights from my recent 2023 Cornell Homecoming. Last month, I went back in time to my college days to see what it was like to be on campus again. It had been 40+ years since I set foot on my old Ivy League stomping grounds. My boyfriend E, who joined me, was excited for his first visit to Ithaca, NY. Speaking of rearview, before my mom passed a decade ago she gave me a pile of ..read more
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Road Scholar Shares Senior-Friendly Tips for Traveling to Europe
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by Judi
5M ago
A guest post from This week on my blog, I’m featuring a European travel guide for seniors written by my friends at Road Scholar, the travel organization that hosts educational European trips for ages 50+. While I’ve yet to take a Road Scholar trip (but definitely plan to in the future), I talked to friends who recently went on Road Scholar vacations. S&S went on “The Best of Portugal” and D&J went on “Hiking the Cinque Terre.” Both couples enjoyed their Road Scholar travels. You’ll hear firsthand about their trips and why they recommend Road Scholar European travel programs. I’ve int ..read more
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A Memorable and Magical Wedding Day As Mother of the Groom
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by Judi
5M ago
As the summer comes to a close I’m usually sad. Not this year. This September will go down as most memorable. That’s because last weekend I celebrated the marriage of my son D to my new daughter-in-law S. It was a right of passage for D as well as for me. Walking my son down the aisle for his nuptials as mother of the groom will go down as one of my happiest days ever. I wish I could have invited you to St0newall Ranch in Malibu, California last Friday. It was magical. The sun was shining bright. Champagne and cocktails were flowing. The dance floor was in full swing. And there was so much LO ..read more
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