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My First Article on Next Avenue

I read and loved the book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, by Priya Parker and wrote a blog post about it. I so enjoyed what I learned from this book that I was inspired to seek an interview with the author, and the Q&A was published on Next Avenue

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Introvert, Extrovert and Why It Matters

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?  You’ve probably wondered this about yourself. It’s likely you’ve been asked this question. Maybe you’ve even picked up on the trend that introverts are now “cool,” from bestselling books like Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It’s easy to

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Cool-Jams Sleepwear for Night Sweats and Hot Flashes

Are you a hot mama like me? By hot, I mean do you suffer from night sweats and hot flashes from menopause? If so, you’ll love this sleepwear! Created by an over-50 mermaid (yay!), these nightgowns and pajamas by Cool-jams wick away the moisture, and keep you cool and comfortable. I’ve been wearing this sleepwear

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Change the Conversation

Earlier this year, I read the book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, by Priya Parker and wrote a blog post about it. I so enjoyed what I learned from this book that I was inspired to seek an interview with the author, and the Q&A will be was published

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Living in the In-Between

One of the highlights of every week is my Yin Yoga class with fellow mermaid Heather Berg, of Soul Garden Yoga. Yin Yoga is a type of yoga that includes stretching, meditation and relaxation. Since many of the poses are held for several minutes at a time, Heather provides snippets of yoga wisdom throughout. In

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Venting or Helping? That is the Question

The other day my daughter started telling me something negative that happened to her. Before she got deep into her story I asked, “Are you venting, or do you want my advice?” She answered, “Venting.” That was one of my better parenting moments. But I’ve been guilty of interjecting my thoughts, ideas, feedback, etc. when

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Father’s Day Gift Guide – Mermaid Approved

Yes, it’s Father’s Day gift time again! Time to honor the fathers we love – husbands, sons, uncles, brothers, grandfathers, grandsons, nephews and more. Whether your favorite father is a techie, traveler, fashionisto, or just a guy who likes nice stuff, there’s something here for him. Here are my top 5 picks for this year.

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Thinksport Sunscreen

About a month ago, I broke out in a “sun rash.” I remember when it happened. I had been outside earlier in the day and I could feel my face getting the sun, but I didn’t reapply the sunscreen. After a few days, the rash was really bothering me. I went to see my dermatologist

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