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December 18th, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Sadness and Winter Holidays by Charlene Mason-Reese MSW, LCSW

Photo by Raymond Horner

You think about those who used to walk the road with you.

I read the article below by Charlene Mason-Reese with personal interest. Yes, I am among the ranks of so many  baby boomers that struggle with seemingly increased grief during the holidays. After too often writing obituaries and getting ready for funerals between my mom, uncle, mother and father in law during past Christmas and New Year holidays, only  the Lord gets us through.

I found Charlene’s article refreshing and insightful. Her tips actually are helping me to be there in “real time” for others who get sad like me. And the truth of the matter is that sometimes we are helped when are are sensitive to the pain of others.

 

SADNESS AND WINTER HOLIDAYS

by Charlene Mason-Reese MSW, LCSW

Gaiety, joy, good wishes appear to dominate the weeks from Thanksgiving until New Year. People want to be happy, families want Thanksgiving meal to be full of good memories, because family members have not seen each other in sometime. Their mouths are already tasting the comforting foods they know will be served; stuffing themselves, telling stories of remember when…..

The watching of the Thanksgiving Macy Day Parade, marking the end of fall and seeing Santa bring in the winter season, along with the holiday cheer. In the United States, Santa brings in remembrances of many holidays, even for those that don’t celebrate Christmas. To name a few Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Felice Navidad, and there are others that author does not wish to discount, but these days bring feelings of joy and grief. For some because the realization of their loss that may occurred yesterday or ten years ago. It brings the challenge of what does one do with those feelings? “I cried it out, right?” There are no more tears to cry. No one wants to hear about my sadness, they are talking about what bargains they are going to pick up Black Friday.

The stress of Black Friday, a holiday all its own and the special meaning it is given, because each night the newscasters tell us how many shopping days there are until Christmas, now that tightens the noose, because that is a reminder of all that has not been done. This does not take the people into the season over the edge, because the joy that is anticipated of watching the children open the hard fought for gifts, the long lines stood on. The looking and waiting for parking spaces, on to have someone else pull in it-remember it is time for good will to all men

There are segments of the population that all of this happiness, the season especially !….makes their world seem even dimmer – that is the people who GRIEVE for what they have lost.

The loss may have been recent or may be one that other people feel they should have gotten a handle on, the death occurred so long ago. It is difficult to be in around people who are openly expressing their happiness and then there is the person who feels as though their heart has broken and the pieces are free floating. As the person who is experiencing these feelings, you also have feelings of guilt. You don’t want to take away the joy others are feeling, but you really can’t understand how the world is continuing as normal, while your universe has shattered. Who can you go to, people may be tired of hearing about your loss, but don’t they know, don’t they see that earth has stopped, it is no longer revolving around the sun.

Family, friends are you aware of the grieving person in your midst? Are you aware that they are sitting at the table – you see them, but they see an empty seat where the deceased used to be, even if it is occupied? Yes, others at the table may also feel the absence of the departed, but grief is unique to each person, it depends on many things. For one, it depends on the relationship of who died: spouse mother, father, child, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or someone who was a confidant.

The person at the table who is suffering the acute grief has burden of not showing the feeling, but putting on a mask and responding, “I’m okay, everything is fine”.

How do all of you get through this “happy season”?

One important way is to remember the person, where appropriate. Talk about the deceased, they are a part of the “remember when stories”. It is important not to act like they never existed or it is a “no no” to bring the name of the individual up in conversation.

Think of the good times, how the individual enriched the lives of those around them, how having him or

her in your world for whatever amount of time they were in your life outweighs the sadness that is legitimately felt at this time. The loss and sadness may be so overwhelming right now, but it can get better. If we permit it the deep painful sadness will become more of a shadow, a fog. The memory of the love one keeps the best part of them alive. As long as they are remembered there is a terminal death, because they will always be with us, we will feel the love.

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November 11th, 2013 at 3:27 am

Ever Think About Warming Your Buns With a Terracotta Warming Tile Bread Warmer?

When I was young, only yesterday, I never thought about using a bread warmer. You know , something to keep my bread always ready to melt the butter regardless of how long we sat at the table.  I always put it back in the oven or nano seconds in the microwave and hoped it would not get hard.

Today I opened a package that had my new cooking toy.  It is a Bread Warmer on a Terracotta warming tile.  Terracotta, Terra cotta or Terra-cotta (Italian: “baked earth”, is  from the Latin terra cocta) is a clay-based unglazed ceramic. Without getting super technical I found out that Terracotta holds heat a long time so my buns on top of a terracotta stone will keep them toasty and tasty for a long time.

Now I plan to do more gluten free cooking for myself and wonderful traditional rolls for hubby and guests. So I am looking forward to using this beautiful basket on my dinner table from the folks at Crabby Nook.

This is a great gift for yourself or anyone who loves to put pretty things on their table plus smiles on the faces of everyone at  the table. You put this stone in the oven then place it in the round basket under that decorative towel that will hold your buns.   So click this link if you want to order a beautiful Bread Warmer for your buns. Enjoy!

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March 4th, 2013 at 4:11 am

Have Inflammation? 6 Foods That Help To Fight Inflammation

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I fell in love with Olive Oil after reading this post on foods that fight inflammation.  Probably because I am a boomer that has felt pain that this article makes so much sense to me. Take a few minutes to read about the 6 anti-inflammatory foods by clicking this link.

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February 5th, 2013 at 12:37 am

Need To Learn A Excel, PowerPoint, Resume Writing, Publisher, or Get Ebooks ALL FREE?

Today I had an engaging and empowering discussion with a fellow motivational speaker, Donna Satchell about blogging. We motivated each other by discussing some cool tips and techniques and then she asked. “Rosie, do you want some great online training?” I had just decided this morning that I wanted to pump up some of my skills in Outlook and Excel so I shouted, YES.

So she  shared with me a site that can be used when you have some evening down time, scheduled training time or even while recovering from work, illness or retirement. The site is called Learn Free and is produced by the wonderful folks at the Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC.

Now you probably have the same question I had “What’s the catch?”

So, I looked for the “catch” and here it is right on their website under the section on Support was a Frequently Asked Question about how they were able to offer these classes free. The answer is below:

Have you ever thought about what Goodwill does with the proceeds from their retail stores? When you donate your gently-used items to Goodwill, you are supporting programs that provide education, employment, and life enrichment opportunities for people in your community.

GCFLearnFree.org® is one such program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC, Inc.®, based in Eastern North Carolina. The funds raised through the Goodwill Stores make GCFLearnFree.org possible, not only for the residents of Eastern North Carolina, but for people all around the world!

So if you are a baby boomer that wants to Learn Baby Learn check out Learn Free. And, if you want, there is a well deserved opportunity to donate to the organization in appreciation.

 

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January 13th, 2013 at 4:13 am

Busy Baby Boomers Find Time to Explore Cooking Passions

I just read a post from one of the busiest baby boomers I know about cooking roasted broccoli. Now this baby boomer, Heidi Caswell, is not a professional chef and does not cook for a living. But in her living she cooks for family and friends. I hope that made sense. You see, I know Heidi as an entrepreneur, super  blogger and blogging mechanic.

I say mechanic because if your blog is broke she helps you fix it. If you need blog training she will train you. And if you want to send a special card to a love one she will help you do that also.But in t he midst of her busyness she finds time to work her other passions.

So, take a few minutes to explore two of her blogs. The first one to grab her insights on roasting broccoli on her blog Boomer Empowerment.  And if you want to see some great videos and glean gems on the art of blogging visit WordPress101.

And if you want to make that very special connection that goes beyond the text send that special recipe to a friend in a card. Visit Connect Simply.

Now, I must say that Heidi did not endorse this message and I only decided to post about it on impulse and impression after seeing her Facebook post about the vegetables in her garden. I was actually in between a marathon posting on Ebay and looking at the post about the recipe was a true boomer break.

I guess what I am learning more  and more is that we must take time to explore our passions. And since I am a baby boomer I am not surprised.

November 30th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Attention All Baby Boomers Who Love Old School Music Living Near Newark NJ

If you are a baby boomer who loves “Old School” music you don’t want to miss this event. Read the note below I just got in the mail.

The UMDNJ – African American Heritage Committee has tickets for its annual “Evening of Creative Expressions” to be held on Friday, December 7th at The Priory, Newark, NJ at 6 p.m.   Please feel free to share with others and let us know via e-mail if you are interested in attending.  Donations from the event will support scholarships to UMDNJ students and to the Clinton Dozier Scholarship Fund.

I hope you can support this event! We have tickets and can answer your questions.  For information you may email:  Avril Lecky leckyal@umdnj.edu; Winston Watson watsonwi@umdnj.edu or Carl Chase chasecg@umdnj.edu .

Thank you for your support and hoping to see you there.

Also, there will be two artists exhibiting, Derek Dent and Ray Horner.

So, if you want to have a great time and support some worthy scholarship funds please consider attending. Also, if you come please tell them that Baby Boomer Rosie sent ya.

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February 16th, 2010 at 3:44 am

My 5 Word Review of Avatar

Yes, my baby boomer hubby and I saw Avatar in 4D Imax. Now, notice that I said 4D that was not an error. When you are sitting in the theater with those funny looking glasses and look at everyone else hypnotized by the virtual reality of the screen, it is really 4D.

But here is my review in five (5) words.

DON’T MESS WITH THE FOREST!

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February 3rd, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Have You Ever Wanted to Change the Endings of Some Movies?

I am an avid movie lover. I view, review and cite them in workshops and keynotes.  But so often I look at a movie and decide on how I would create a different ending. For example, the movie I posted the other day Dodsworth had one of those endings most of us would cheer. I mean after all he had such a horrid time with his wife. Why shouldn’t he be happy with a lonely woman his age who appreciated his gifts?

Yet, I came up with an alternative, rather controversal new ending. It goes something like this:

His selfish, self-centered and cheating wife goes home alone after he leaves her for another woman. While on the cruise ship she meets a dynamic baby boomer grandmother who provides some character building advice. The woman goes home and gets trained to be a therapist.  Her clients are emerging baby boomer women with a need for a new perspective on life.

Later she becomes remarried and before the film is over actually apologizes to her daugher and hubby.

So, that is my version but do you have movies you would provide a different ending?

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January 8th, 2010 at 2:34 am

10 Things You Should Know About Facebook Privacy

I just reviewed an excellent post about Facebook privacy. For example, did you know that you can insure that you are not tagged in a photo? Ok, some of you are saying what is a photo tag?

But seriously, even if you never knew about these issues read this article and more will become clear. Read 10 New Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know.

Remember, many babyboomers are not on Facebook because they are concerned about some of these issues.

PS Be sure to read the 131 comments that come with this excellent post. 

When you finish tell me what you think.

December 9th, 2009 at 1:31 am

Super Soups-Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup/Stew by Cindy Shields

Special thanks to my guest blogger today, Cindy Shields

Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup/Stew

I make big batches of this soup and some times I thicken it and add dumplings. The left overs are frozen in plastic containers, making great meals to heat in the microwave at work.

2 lbs stew meat
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp Heinz 57 sauce
1 large onion,chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
12 cups beef broth (3 jugs)
4 cups V8 juice
3 bay leaves
1 tsp Spicy pepper medley
1 tsp Roasted garlic and peppers
2 tsp Basil
2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Thyme
1 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp crushed chilies
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp seasoning salt

1″ spaghetti in your fist, broke into 1″ pieces

1 turnip
1 large parsnip
4 large potatoes
6 large carrots
1 leek, chopped

If making dumplings, add dough to soup when vegetables start to boil. Cook covered for 10 minutes, uncover and continue to cook another 10 minutes. Remove dumplings to a bowl and keep warm in oven. Continue to make either the soup or stew. Always thicken the stew just prior to serving so it will not burn.

1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen peas

Sour cream (optional)

Brown the stew meat in the butter and shake Worcestershire on top of stew. Add the next 16 ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Add the spaghetti broke into 1″ pieces and bring to a boil, stirring several times so the spaghetti won’t clump together. Add the next 5 vegetables, peeled and cubed into the same size pieces (I like bite size pieces). Bring to a boil again (add dumplings if desired) and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender crisp. Add the peppers chopped into pieces and the peas. Bring to a boil once more turn off and serve with a dollop of sour cream on top. For stew, thicken with a mixture of either 1 cup corn starch, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup Bisto traditional gravy mix or with flour, water and Bisto.

Dumplings

2 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp fresh parsley chopped

Mix flour, baking powder and salt well. Add the milk oil and parsley mix until it forms into a ball. Drop tablespoons of dough into boiling soup. Simmer covered for 10 minutes, uncover soup and continue to simmer another 20 minutes. Remove dumplings before thickening for stew.

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