60 in Coronavirus Times

I turned 60 on the 29th of March. I had planned to make it a big celebration with my husband, daughter and son-in-law and a few hundred others all attending this big Great Gatsby party at a gorgeous mansion in Asheville. I had my flapper dress and fake pearls and bright red lipstick.  I had also planned a bit of self-reflection. After all, it’s a big decade-changer.

Well, then the Coronavirus happened and that big, fancy celebration is postponed until fall when everyone hopes life is somewhat back to normal. My daughter is an Emergency Room nurse, so she is not going to even visit me that weekend, in fears that she’ll infect me now that I am at the advanced age of 60.

When she first mentioned this, I protested that I wasn’t in the high-risk population (this was still when they thought only old people were getting the virus).

“You will be in two weeks,” she told me flatly.

Wait, what?!

NOT how I wanted to spend my big birthday. But you know what? I got some unexpectedly sweet gifts on my birthday and they may never have happened without this quarantine.

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The Talent of Love

Have you ever noticed that some people just naturally seem better able to love?

I’m not talking about sociopaths here, just the people who don’t have a knack for love.

Is it just the way some people are wired?

There has been some interesting science about what love does to the brain. When you love, you get a rush of endorphins and the whole rush can act like an opioid and get you a little hooked. A little love makes you want a lot of love. So maybe taking that first leap is the first leap to a lifetime of love.

But, whatever you do? Just love.

 

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Sex & Intimacy When You’re Older

Dr. Doree Lynn knows that relationships, intimacy and the whole sex thing can be intimidating when you start over as an older person. But, fear not! Dr. Doree is a psychotherapist who calls herself a media sex-pert and she’s all about ridding us of the notion that good sex ends when youth does. Sex and intimacy are still very much in the picture, no matter how old you are.

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Love Ya, Mean It

When I was growing up, I was taught to guard Love…the L word…almost as tightly as I guarded my virginity. But these days, I’m loosening up, at least about love. Love…the L word…today on Keep it Juicy!

 

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Better to Be Rich Than Smart

A report that came out that talks about what happens to smart kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Apparently, it’s better to be rich than smart!

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Kick-Ass Aging

Chef Emily Luchetti is back and she’s brought friend Erin McHugh to talk about their new book. The topic? Kick-ass aging! As Erin says, older is getting younger all the time.

 

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The Beautiful No with Sheri Salata

Sheri Salata. You may have heard her name as the executive producer for Oprah Winfrey, but Sheri has moved on to new adventures. She’s got a new book – The Beautiful No – what a great name! – and she shares her insights in what she calls part midlife rallying cry and part cautionary tale. Sheri Salata, on Keep it Juicy!

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Letting A Friend Back In

Who you let in your life matters. But who you let back  in might matter even more.

People tell you that you should remove toxic people from your life.

But what if you’ve removed someone from your life not because they are toxic but because you were toxic when you were with them? And what if they want back in now?

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Friends of All Ages

You might remember Honey from Episode 6 when she talked about what she learned about widowhood. Now, Honey talks her new project – a legacy book for grandparents to leave behind – and about her new network that encourages friendships of all ages. You can stay younger when your friends aren’t all exactly like you!

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Great to Good

Have you renewed your drivers license lately? Well, I just did and it threw me into a sort of existential crisis. Do I need to lower my expectations to be happy? I’m going from great to good.

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