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An Elaborate Mother’s Day Picnic in La Grange, Texas

May is the Perfect Month for Mother's Day Aren't you glad Mother's Day was designated to be celebrated in the month of May? Yellow and pink flowers are blooming everywhere, the sun is shining, and the birdies are chirping. I don't know about you, but all of those things put together sure make me want to go on a Mother's Day picnic! Mother's Day Traditions What traditions does your family have on this Sunday in May when it's all about Mom? When I was growing up in Amarillo, Mother's Day was a big deal for lots of reasons, but

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Ways to Help Our Aging Parents

If you ask me, one of our biggest challenges as Over Fiftyers is helping our beloved aging parents. The Kids are Finally Raised Just when we get our teenagers raised and are maybe even seeing some light at the end of the tuition tunnel, our parents begin to need our help. We love them so dearly, and we are always eager to do it, but, man, there’s a learning curve for sure. There are Lots of Gears to be Shifted Number one, it's just flat out hard to think of our parents as aging. Sure, we see some normal signs of all that goes

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Why I Decided to Write a Blog and Call it Austin Over Fifty

As a child, I loved to write. Letters, diaries, notes to pass to friends sitting down the pew at church.  "I wish you were here to help me go through all these pictures and stuff," she said. "Who would have ever thought we could have stored all of this in that little hall closet?" she mused. "Now that we've moved and I'm going through it all here, there are huge piles of pictures and papers everywhere. I'll just leave them like they are until next time you come to Amarillo, ok?" From my side of our telephone conversation, I

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Are Millennials Less Cluttered than Boomers? – Austin Over Fifty

In case you haven't noticed, the subject of clutter seems to be a hot topic these days. Whether we're talking about the world's trash crisis or just the state of a neighbor's overflowing garage, we're all starting to feel the pull toward a simpler relationship with our stuff. I have wondered, though, is this mainly the problem of my generation? Are millennials less cluttered than boomers? Millennials or Boomers? Who has more stuff? Y'all know I love millennials. This whole group is very interesting, highly educated, and they're

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