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Look Who’s Celebrating an Amazing Milestone Birthday, Turning 70!

February 1, 2023
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Thoughts on Getting Older

Around the time I was having a milestone birthday, and turning seventy, my younger friend was celebrating one of her own. She turned fifty. The interesting thing about Sara is that her dad also had a milestone birthday. Sara’s father was nearly fifty years old when she was born. On his ultimate, milestone birthday, her dad just turned one hundred!

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Off Target 1,000,000 A Million Broken Hearts

September 14, 2019
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A Million Broken Hearts: A Grandmother’s Campaign for the Awareness of Violence and Suicide

The Goal: To put up monuments in communities to bring violence or gun violence and suicide awareness to communities.

The City of Malad, Idaho has approved the monument for victims of violence and suicide to be placed in the Malad City Cemetery and dedicated around Memorial Day in May, 2020.

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Camping With Kids

August 3, 2019
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In the Middle of Nature

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When my husband was away with the Navy Reserves, my sister-in-law Jean and I decided to take our kids camping without the help of our husbands. Together we had eight kids between the ages of 1 and 12–four each. We would have so much fun! After all, how hard could it be?

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Being Older–A Surprisingly Joyful List of 25

July 14, 2019
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Twenty-Five Reasons to Enjoy Being Older

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What could be better than getting a senior discount at movies, getting paid for staying home, and being able to drive like a grandma? Getting older definitely has it perks!

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May I Ask Who’s Calling? One Grandma’s Unusual Escapades

June 24, 2019
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The Phone Bandit, Being an Absent Minded Grandma

At times I may seem like the typical absent-minded grandmother. I have had the same hairdresser for years and we are very good friends. The only problem is that I have moved two hours away. When I’m in Salt Lake City I make an appointment for a haircut. We sit and chat and catch up on what’s going on with each other’s families. Terri was showing me pictures of her grandchildren, her husband, and her grown kids. Then we chatted and I paid her. She showed me the new colors of nail polish she had. Then I noticed that I had been an absent minded grandma. I had picked up the money I had already paid her. Shaking my head, wondering what I was thinking, I paid her again.

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