Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Creative Gardens: Allowing Your Inner Artist to Express Itself

If you ever dreamed of a quirky house that was like no other, a yard filled with art cobbled together over decades, or living in an artist's colony, then perhaps your life needs to take a turn toward the unique. In the house, you can feel cluttered by sculpture and decorative items, but in a yard, they can get lost in the vines and grass, bushes and pathways. Others might be okay with the zombie-like suburban tract gardens, but as we age we can finally express our individuality and not care about the Joneses. 

Monday, December 30, 2019

Business Success Late in Life

Post by Sharon 

Our baby boomer's generation ushered in equal rights, freedoms for many, consciousness about earth's delicate balance, the computer era, and so much more.

Our creativity, innovation, and adaptability, as well as the options allowed us by virtual careers online, our generation has had much success and a great percentage finding it later in life with wisdom, experience, and opportunities. 

Here's just some examples - 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Marrying Late in Life

Many of us married young (under 30) and started a family or had a long-term commitment that perhaps for whatever reasons, i.e. death or difficulties getting along, we found ourselves single again. 

What we want the second time around is very different, and here's why - 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Grandma's First Gingerbread House

Post by Julie

I am 61 and a grandma of three. I have made all the holiday treats and items you can think of except one, the elusive gingerbread house. This year, Sharon and I decided to give it a try since neither of us has decorated one before.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Baby Boomers' Garage Bands: Picking Up the Instrument Again!

There comes a time in our "middle years" where we daydream about revisiting a long-ago love. It could be the girl next door who moved away in eighth grade or it could be the garage band of our teen years.

Here's some reasons why revisiting the garage band life is an excellent idea. 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Winter Snow: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It's that time of year - winter in the Northern Climes - and snow is often a visitor. Let's take a look at some of the good, bad and ugly aspects of this beautiful and sometimes deadly weather. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Santas Around the World

The name, the face and the legends are slightly different, but Santa is universally the symbol of goodness.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Urban Exploration of Baby Boomers' Crumbling Infrastructure

Post by Sharon

When my son was in high school he designed art for t-shirts sold at concerts and other venues. The premise of his designs he explained were based on the deterioration of the baby boomers' infrastructure. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Trying Cross Country Skiing

If you live in a snow-prone area you have two choices - you fight the inevitable and hate the white stuff or you see it as an opportunity. If walking on a sandy beach can work your muscles more than on asphalt, imagine what cross country skiing could do for leg muscles compared to simply walking that landscape?

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Movies That Remind Us of Our Youth

Post by Sharon 

There are movies that were popular growing up or perhaps had to do with the decade of our adolescence that make us feel nostalgic and "at home." Here's some of my faves for baby boomers - 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Are You Still Wearing Your Childhood Hairstyle?

Post by Sharon 

Life is funny when you come full circle. Perhaps you started out as a bald baby and find yourself bald in old age or your mom cuts you a pixie cut so you can play without hair in your face and in your 60s you realize you're wearing a pixie again. Let's look at the progression of hair throughout styles each decade and how we end up often times back where we started - 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Honky Tonks

Post by Sharon 

Want something fun to do for your evening? How about you grab your boots and head out to a honky tonk? It's an America treasure! A honky tonk is a bar that plays country/western music. Although they are more common in the south and southwest, you can find these gems all over America!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Why Your 50s Rock!

Post by Sharon 

There was a time many decades ago when being in one's 50s was winding down for old age, retirement, and inevitable death. 

Today, the 50s are when life finally becomes your own! 

When you were young, you were under parents rule. Your young adulthood  you were owned by the boss, spouse, and children. 

But, 50s, ah....the 50s!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Why Cable TV May Be a Dying Industry

Post by Sharon 

In the past decades, we've seen broadcast TV have an almost insurmountable challenge to compete with cable TV. But, at the same time, we saw Blockbuster stores closing down in response. Then, the film industry ran into the very real fact that most folks can stream movies ahead of their release on DVD (which is often months after the film was in the theater). Who wants to go sick in a theater with people cough, talking, and using their cell phones, paying huge sums to do so when the films being released just aren't enticing enough to need to see on a huge screen? With the advent of streaming, cable, and independent films, studios should be shaking in their boots, but perhaps the next giant to fall might be cable and satellite tv....

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Julie and Sharon Suggest Christmas-Themed Romantic Movies

We know it's the season of love, giving, and faith. But it also tends to bring out the romantic in us, from fires in the hearth to candlelight and cozy blankets. Here's Christmas romance movies we love - 

Monday, December 16, 2019

Movies Based on Abandoned Towns and Real Abandoned Towns

Abandoned towns - a delicious subject for curiosity and fear. There were lots of movies based on abandoned towns and scenarios, as well as actual towns in real life - I'm sharing some of the best -

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Bringing Back Ponchos and Dusters!

Some winter coverups are just too hard to resist as they create romantic notions in your mind.  The duster jacket on a man is so cowboy and tough and the poncho on a woman is so cute and trendy. Yes, even though we think of these as old-fashioned garments, they are making a comeback! 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Revisiting Your Childhood Dreams

Post by Sharon

When we were kids, we wanted to grow up so fast. It was in our very genes to study grownups and learn independence. But, what can we learn from dreams we obtained and dreams we did not? Let's have a look in our middle years at those childhood dreams -

Friday, December 13, 2019

Do Copper Bracelets and Magnetic Wrist Straps Work For Arthritis?

Post by Sharon

Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps for the use of arthritis comfort has been a popular concept for an exceptionally long time. In the case of copper, it has been touted for thousands of years!. But, can copper or magnets transmit healing abilities to achy joints?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Stem Cells: Growing New Teeth and Skin

Post by Sharon

Word has gotten around about stem cell work for regrowing teeth. It may be a bit off on our hopeful timeline, but research is being made by universities like USC pertaining to the future of dental work. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Grandchildren Playtime: Instilling Magic From Baby Boomer Era

Post by Sharon 

Finding activities to do with the grandkids can be difficult at times since their lives are usually indoors and electronic, but the things that make them wonder at their universe involve make believe, outdoors, and creative design. You only have to go back to your own childhood to realize what might work - 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Nephilim Stones: Exciting Gem and Mineral Business!

Post by Sharon

Nephilim Stones

Dennis Guern and I have launched our page on Facebook for our Nephilim Stones business. Here is an explanation of what our work is about - 

We are seekers of ancient mysteries, ancient cultures, things of an unexplained nature, and above all rockhounds!

Time in the field gives us the chance to share nature, interesting places, ancient mysteries, and rock finds with the public. You can find our research on https://www.ghosthuntingtheories.com - a top paranormal blog in the world and our videos will be released on https://www.youtube.com/user/psychic62 channel.

Expect us to begin sharing expeditions and research relics and artifacts, Bigfoot footprint casts, and amazing rock finds on the YouTube channel, as well as offering rocks for sale, beautiful jewelry wraps, and Sharon's oil paintings of rock.

We both have a reverence for the energy that stones can put off and Sharon's expertise as a psychometrist (psychic who reads objects) can offer detailed insights into the energy of each specific cut of stone you might be interested in purchasing and how it can be utilized for optimal benefit.

It's all about the fun and discovery, so expect our humor and adventuring nature to come across. When you hang with us, you're hanging with a team of childlike enthusiasts for our amazing world!

After all, the ancients and their megalithic structures proved an understanding of the qualities of stone. Possessing a rock isn't just about a piece of Earth, but a piece of ancient energy that can be utilized for its beauty and its orienting qualities.

Road Trip Essentials

Post by Sharon and Julie

Hitting the road is so easy and so convenient. No driving and parking at airports, waiting in lines, getting security checked, sitting at a terminal, flying in a tight space with strangers and a pilot whose name you don't even know who will escort you 35,000 feet above the earth for several hours, no renting cars, baggage checkout, and all the other air travel headaches. So, as you consider hitting the open road, here are some things we suggest, as we are quite expert at road treks! And, if you are still holiday shopping - these are all super choices for anyone. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Blanket Fort Fun!

Scary movies by candlelight are fun, but what's even funner is building a blanket fort and watching from inside. Blanket forts are a wintertime retreat, romantic, quiet, and warm. 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Blankets, Slippers, Pajamas, and Robes! Winter Obsessions

It's snuggling weather time. Time to pamper. Slippers, robes, and fluffy blankets are the dream. Here's some of the best choices - 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Holiday Memes

Hey, it's the holiday season and there is a lot of hope and excitement, feelings of warmth and appreciation, and the very necessary stress reliever - chuckles. Enjoy these memes! 

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Magical Qualities of Wintry Stones

blue lace agate

Post by Sharon 

Rocks, minerals, semiprecious and precious gems have amazing looks and qualities. Some of them have a very wintry iceberg and snow-inspired look to them. Here's some of my favorites for looks and also for their healing qualities. I carry turquoise and labradorite on investigations.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Winter Decor: Nordic Home Accents

Post by Sharon (Thorvaldsen)  

Touches of the Northern latitude in the wintertime is an ideal marriage of style and utility.  My favorite is everything from the icy climes and with about 80% Scandinavian DNA, I can't help but look at my father's homeland for inspiration that touches my spirit and makes me dream of frost in this godawful desert I live in. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Bone Broth: Collagen For Joints, Gut, and Skin

Post by Sharon

As we go through the regular rhythm of changing our diets for the newest trends, some of the most ancient and logical items remain the best. Bone broth is seeing a brand new following and there are many reasons why this should be a part of your diet. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Indoor Gardening

As an avid  gardener who is also a baby boomer, I think less and less about fighting bugs, critters, weeds, and Bermuda grass on my knees working the earth and more about alternatives that are easier to access, cleaner, and less likely to compete with creatures/bugs wanting to eat my goods. 

Baby Boomers Vintage Skateboarding, Vintage Rolerskating and Vintage Surfing

Post by Sharon 

The 1950s, 1960s and 1970s personified skateboarding, rollerskating and surfing culture. I admit to being a very avid skateboarder and freestyle rollerskating, spending a few hours a day on both! I wanted to be a surfer, but I was on the quiet Chesapeake, so I daydreamed of growing up, moving to LA and surfing like Gidget. There was a whole music, lifestyle, and fun culture built around these things - from Beach Boys and Dick Dale surfing attitude to roller disco skating and half-pipe-loving skateboarders. 
Let's relive some of the fun and find ways to recapture it, even if we aren't willing to get on a board in our middle years -

Monday, December 2, 2019

Choosing Men's and Women's Boots: A Variety For a Variety of Purposes

It's boot season! And you figure a boot is a boot, but they are all VERY different from style, heel, weatherproofing, function and more. Here's some of my faves for men's and women's boots this season - 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Finland: Winter Wonderland Getaways

Post by Sharon and Julie

Santa's Village in Finland is one of many magical getaways in the icy magical North. Imagine saunas, sleigh rides, fine food, and a charming cozy cottage to enjoy the snowy scenery and northern lights? LINK TO SANTA'S VILLAGE

And this is just one northern possibility. Let's look at some more - 

Winter Getaway: Cruises With Casinos and Amusement Parks!

A winter time cruise getaway always sounds like heaven, but if you want more to do than watch movies or lie out by the pool, you might be excited to know there is some action on cruise lines in the form of casinos! 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Delightful Christmas Book

Post by Sharon

Mystic Publishers (the company I publish with), put together a delightful Christmas anthology book, "Christmas Across Time." My story "A Different Kind of Christmas" can be found starting on page 99. A teenage girl's move to the desert right before Christmas has her distressed until the true meaning of Christmas becomes apparent. 

Creative Handmade Christmas Gifts

Post by Sharon 

From the mouth's of babes - the meaning of Christmas

When I was a wee tot of 6 and had no $ of my own to buy gifts, I contemplated the situation.

My mother offered to take me out to buy gifts for my siblings.

I thought about it long and hard and told her.

"Mom, God made me an artist. That's His gift to me. I'll use that gift to make my gifts."

Friday, November 29, 2019

Rockhounding: A Rockin' Paradise!

As a kid, rocks were so fascinating, they became a form of currency. Mom gave you a cookie, you brought her a rock. As a Bigfoot researcher, I can tell you that the most common gift a Bigfoot will leave is a rock, often times a perfectly round pretty one. They leave feathers and flowers upon occasion, but rocks are their I-Owe-You when they borrow something from your yard. And why not? Rocks always bring smiles! 

Thursday, November 28, 2019


Ecovillages and permaculture are becoming huge focuses of baby boomers. There are a few reasons why. One reason is our aging bodies and disease processes have rendered us concerned about what we ingest and Mother Earth (our youthful companion). The idea of growing one's own food and having control over chemicals (remember DDT spraying in our childhoods?) is of grave concern.

This groundswell has created an industry focused on how we can be more self-sufficient. Gone are the days of victory gardens and they are being replaced by community gardens, edible lawns, and food forests.

Let's look at some examples of ecovillages built around the concept of self-sufficient sustainability.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Adventuring: Inspiration For Living

Post by Sharon 

Nine years ago, I went on a HUGE adventure - I left a bad marriage and found myself seeking new experiences, new places, new challenges. Adventurers throughout man's history have shown us that through great challenge and risk, something new was found. But, you don't have to pack your parka and freeze-dried meals to find adventure: It is as close as your car. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Why You Should Visit Arizona

Post by Sharon and Julie

As much we Arizonans complain about the desert, sun, dry, and heat, there are some things to love about this place from November to May. 

You see sights, experience smells and tastes, history, and sounds here you never have before -

180 degrees of sky. With particulates in the air, the sunsets can be quite brilliant.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Outdoor Thrills and Chills - What Do You Dare to Try?

me rappelling

Post by Sharon 

Sometimes, the biggest scares outdoors involve chills and thrills of the daredevil variety.

There are some pretty inventive ways to get your scare on. Let's look at some places with insane challenges  - some of them are mild and others intense!

It's never too early to start planning for next summer and booking your dare. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Homemade Cold and Flu Remedies

Post by Sharon

Tis the season to get sick, but there are some more natural and nutritious things you can add to your drinking schedule that might just help you heal faster, get less sick, and feel better overall.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Scandinavian Christmas

Post by Sharon 

My father came to America from Norway in the 1920s. They changed their last name from Thorvaldsen to Day to be more "American." But, my father kept his fond memories of the homeland and the traditions his father from Norway and mother from Sweden passed on. We had Scandinavian Christmas celebrations every year with a large Smorgasbord spread, live candles on the tree, and opening gifts on Christmas Eve night. To this day, the look of Christmas for me is purely Northern - 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Snowflake Crafts and Snowflake Gifts

Post by Sharon

Snowflakes are a favorite design of many.  There are plenty of crafts and gifts with snowflake themes to be found. Here's just some - 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Preparing For Snow Season and Snow Gifts

While you consider gifts for others, put yourself on the list. There are loads of ways to survive winter and snow and here's some fun ones and some practical ones - 

Reindeer Crafts and Reindeer Gifts

Post by Sharon

Another day, another obsession - reindeer! As I am almost 80% Scandinavian, it's in my blood to love the reindeer. My grandmother grew up in the late 1800s and early 1900s herding reindeer in Northern Sweden. The love is passed on. Here's some reindeer crafts and gifts for the reindeer lovers out there - 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Snowman Crafts and Snowman Gifts

Post by Sharon 

Too early for the holidays? Well, it's ideal craft and gift shopping time now when you're not pushed or stressed and you can sit back and enjoy December. Here's some great options for snowman lovers (most folks).

How to Age Jeans

Post by Sharon People are paying hundreds of dollars a pair for jeans that look aged/vintage/torn/faded/distressed/bleached/frazzled. ...