View from the Empty Nest: Food Fatigue

I fully understand teamwork. Division of labor makes all kinds of sense. But somewhere along the line, the division of labor over here has become depressing. At least to me. Of course, I am sure that my husband must get tired of mowing the lawn. But he only has to do it in the summer, and only once in awhile. And being outside, strolling behind the mower and stopping to talk with the neighbors … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Just Your Average Joe

I read an article recently that made a lot of sense, and it also caused great relief. The gist of the article was that our common perception of what is “average” has been vastly inflated by the media. The result is that most of us think what is “normal” is actually far above it. Let me cite an example: Granite countertops. Whenever I watch HGTV, all the young couples looking for their … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Flu 101

Are you one of the few people in the US who hasn't had the flu yet? You might need some tips from the rest of us who have had it. Follow these, and perhaps your flu experience will be more pleasant and fulfilling! For heaven's sake, stock up on tissue. I find that the kind with the lotion is overrated. Your nose will get all chapped anyway. So: Stock up on Vaseline. Actually, this is an … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Reach Out and Touch Somebody. But Not Literally.

Sherry Turkle is an MIT professor who has written a number of books. She began as a real fan of social media. Oh, gosh. Some of you may not know what that is. Facebook you know about, right? Well, that is one social media platform. There are HUNDREDS. Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Tsu, Reddit. The list goes on and on. Millions of us—maybe billions of us, use social media every day. … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Wrong Number

Remember land lines? When the phone on your kitchen wall would ring, and you would answer it and talk to somebody? And that was it? You couldn’t see people’s lunch photos on it, or get a text message? Life was so much simpler then. Now, we feel compelled to stay in touch with everybody all the time. I think that the population of the world really needs to see the latest pictures of my … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: What We All Wish We Could Ask That Doctor at the Cocktail Party

1.) I have been having these pains behind my right eye when I watch more than three hours of HGTV  at one sitting. Could this be a tumor? Would eye drops help? 2.) Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy? Don’t you just love it? 3.) Whenever I blow my nose, my ears itch. Is this serious? And can people drown using Neti Pots? 4.) How do you know if you have hemorrhoids? 5.) I get backaches … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: The Status Quo

I read an article on the Huffington Post, I think, about being a grandparent. The woman who wrote it said that she has no real desire to be one. I guess she thought that this was very controversial and would cause all kinds of furious comments, thus making her viral and famous. Of course, I may just be a bit contentious myself today. Because here is the thing: of course you don’t … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Dreams

I have recurring dreams. They are very strange. I guess some of them are common. I have looked some of them up on “dream analysis” web sites. What I have learned about myself isn’t pretty. But some of my readers might share these dream topics, and so I thought I would share my dreams and their meanings, in case you want to know yourself better. Something terrible has happened, and you need … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Paris Awaits

People who have the courage to just stop what they are doing and start all over are heroic, in my opinion. Reinventing oneself is unbelievably courageous. Once most of us are on a path, living in a place, doing a job, and making a living, that is it—whether we are happy or not. So it was with great admiration that I watched the latest episode of House Hunters International. Wow. I had to … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Facebook 101

Social media is an essential part of today’s “always in touch with everybody all the time” lifestyle! Who knows when you might want to take a picture of your lunch? And what would you do with it if it weren’t for Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? I mean, the people in Australia may have never seen a tuna sandwich on rye. So since some of you may not know how to use social media … [Read more...]