Diary of a Life Extended


A Tale of Two Homes

Yesterday Mike and I visited two potential “forever homes”. The wish being to find a residence with low or no maintenance, accessible for all ages, surrounded by a spirited/caring community, sited in an environmentally acceptable location. The first one was a three bedroom, two bath, exquisitely sited and maintained single family […]


Advocacy Takes Many Forms And Has Many Advantages

AARP is well-known for providing discounts for seniors on travel, entertainment, and other purchases. We recognize them for partnering on the sale of trips, tours, health insurance, auto insurance, and gadgets like life-alert products. But do you know that there’s another side to AARP, one that is interested in protecting […]


A New Take on Old Ideas 1

I got an unexpected and much appreciated call from my first friend yesterday. We’re coming up on the Jewish New Year and Lynne, who I’ve known since the fifth grade, phoned from New Jersey to span the distance and reconnect for a few precious minutes. Within the flow of our […]


Stay in the Moment 4

In spite of all my spiritual study and meditation, my husband Michael does better at living in the moment, and he does it oh so naturally. The past two weeks this attitude of acceptance was an especially good trait to have as the moments went up and down and up again […]


Where O Where Have We Been? 6

I am nowhere. I am now here. It’s all about perspective, isn’t it? I feel as if I’ve been on a journey down Alice’s rabbit hole the past month (maybe longer). But as of today, I believe I’ve finally found the light of day. Where Has Sharon Been The Past […]


What I Learned on the Mountain 2

Warm enough today to stroll with a light jacket, unzipped. Yay! Lenten roses and daffodils blooming, cherry trees and star magnolias swollen and almost ready to pop. First serious allergy attack last evening. Spring is definitely marching closer (no pun intended.) I walk the forested hills near home. Believing that relocation […]


Taking Inventory 2

November 20, 2015, is the ninth anniversary of my liver transplant. Almost a decade into Act 2. That’s almost as long as my first career in public education on Long Island, half as many years as I worked in corporate settings, and longer than my tenure in economic development at […]


How Old Am I?

Remember when our television choices were pretty much ABC, CBS and NBC? In simpler times, the recognized life stages between birth and death were simple too: childhood, adulthood, old age. Each was associated with fairly straight-forward “developmental tasks”. Childhood: to learn from your elders and grow into yourself Adulthood: to […]


All’s Well That Ends Well

When I got my hair cut the day after Christmas, my stylist asked how the holiday had been for me. “Well,” I said, “My husband has the flu, my Mom’s second chemo treatment was postponed, and our dog went blind. Do you want to hear more?” 2014 wasn’t the best […]