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Family Heirlooms: Placing the Past in the Present

By Iris Ruth Pastor It all begins with this couple: my husband’s parents, Herb and Hotche. This picture was taken shortly after Herb was discharged from the Army during the closing days of World War 2. Herb had witnessed the horrors of the concentration camps in Europe firsthand –...

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Appreciating How To Live In The Moment

By Iris Ruth Pastor Looking back on my life, I realize most of it has been spent in rigid countdown mode – ticking off backwards down to zero. How many days until I start kindergarten? How many days until I can ride my bike past the end of my...

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At Halloween: Who Says the Dead Can’t Speak?

By Iris Ruth Pastor When you have kids, you plan their birthday parties, organize grill-outs with neighbors and throw baby showers. Then comes more time behind you than ahead. After attending a third funeral in less than a month, fresh in my mind was the grief and the logistics of death. Surely there is room for some originality and humor.

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Hurricane Irma – Shaking You To Your Core

Hurricane Irma – Shaking You To Your Core

Posted in Blog, Boomer Life

By Iris Ruth Pastor I live in Tampa, Florida two blocks from Tampa Bay in a house surrounded by century old oak trees.
On Friday night, September 8, things were looking very ominous for Tampa. Hurricane Irma was fast approaching with a vengeance — the one hundred year perfect storm.

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Think It’s Hard Sending Your Kid Off to College – Think Again

By Iris Ruth Pastor Who doesn’t send off children anywhere without a pit in their stomachs? Whether it’s college, summer camp, or kindergarten? Is it really going to happen? Have we have done all we could to prepare them for leaving the nest? Are they well equipped and knowledgeable...

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