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Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Love Letters from a Scammer

May 24, 2017

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By Joan Larsen   A true story, a cautionary story for all women is about to unfold.  My beautiful young friend in her 40s was about to experience the downside of life in a way that many of us discover in that decade.  Caring for dying parents, one after the other, drains you and often […]

Joan Larsen Writes: No Stiff Upper Lip – Prince Harry Speaks Candidly and Emotionally About His Life Struggles

April 19, 2017

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By Joan Larsen In a voice that is both moving and articulate, England’s Prince Harry has only now come out to the world – to us – about his severe emotional problems following the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Still struggling in his late twenties – almost two decades after losing his mum – […]

The Cat’s in the Cradle and the Silver Spoon: Slow Down, Parents

December 5, 2016

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Andrea Petersen recently wrote a Wall Street Journal article, “A Nanny Who’s Always On Vacation.”  Far from being on vacation, these specialized nannies make their livings by accompanying families on their vacations, to attend to the children while traveling and to give the parents their “adult time” sans kids. I’m not sure what I think […]

Keeping the Elderly Relevant

November 21, 2016

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Every holiday season, and in some other seasons too, we will make the traditional pilgrimages to our relatives’ homes, and within a couple of days, we are reminded of why we moved out in the first place.  You know what they say:  fish and house guests stink after three days. On this year’s Thanksgiving odyssey […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Cynthia

November 7, 2016

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By Lauriate Roly Would you like to read a story about me?  It’s true and has hardly ever been revealed to anyone. Our newly bought clothes always needed alterations and adjustment, and Mrs. Allen, my mother’s good friend, was a great seamstress and expert on the sewing machine.  An ancient Singer, which she and her […]

Joan Larsen Presents Katrina Kenison: This is 55

October 5, 2016

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“To really value life is to know this:  the best moments are often the ones we might miss altogether if we weren’t paying attention.” Katrina Kenison As we too become immersed in the latest chapters in our lives, there is something so reassuring to know that we are not alone.  And so it is as […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: The Aftermath – Love Letters from a Scammer

September 21, 2016

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By Joan Larsen All of us deserve to have happy endings in life.  For my own “adopted” daughter, Diane — a mother with children just out of the nest — the door had been opened for her . . . a new chapter in life seemed to hold great promise. She was older now, more […]

Joan Larsen Presents Eileen Rockefeller: The Rewards of Labor in Beauty

September 14, 2016

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In this week following Labor Day, we are delighted to welcome writer-author Eileen Rockefeller to join us.  Her words are always deep – and deeply felt… and this week is no exception.  We too believe that spending time in the natural world tends to help wash away our worries and concerns.  It can wipe clean […]

Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders: The Joy of Having Older Friends

July 27, 2016

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By Joan Larsen     Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. –          Eleanor Roosevelt   I am often known for my good taste in people.  And so, for years, the friends I hold the most dear are the beautiful older people that are presently living the […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Hughie’s Story

June 6, 2016

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Lauriate Roly recalls a compelling story from an unlikely source. By Lauriate Roly Hughie was a hermit. He was about sixty years old at the time. He was completely uneducated, couldn’t read, nor write, and how he managed to survive was a mystery. He lived in a tumble-down shack, without walls and almost no roof. […]

The Gift of Nina

March 23, 2016

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By Joan Larsen Death is a part of life.  We must accept that.  .  . and do.  We find that the joys jointly shared will become the emotions that will remain with us forever.  Nina remains in my heart.  . and always will. My thoughts leap out.  I find it rare to find a woman — […]

Joan Larsen Writes: Live Life to the Fullest – A Room of Our Own

January 20, 2016

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By Joan Larsen So often, we do not have time to smell the roses, do we?  Sometimes, it feels as if we have just run a marathon  .  .  . and yet there is still more to do.  Perhaps I am prejudiced, but women are responsible for so many things in our world of today.  […]

Lauriate Roly: A Back-Handed Compliment?

July 27, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly   My wonderful daughter Madeline does so many things for me. She and her wonderful husband Larry have lived with Frances and me since they were joined in happy matrimony, when they decided to come and live with us in our oversized house. They’ve always been so supportive in so many ways.  If […]

Ten More Turns: The Little Gold Watch

June 22, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly She probably played with this lovely watch many times.  Trying to set the time or trying to wind it so it would keep running, or watching to see that it is wound enough to keep running until to-morrow. How many times a day should it be wound, and how many turns of […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Life Stories – Love Letters from a Scammer

May 27, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   A true story, a cautionary story for all women is about to unfold.  My beautiful young friend in her 40s was about to experience the downside of life in a way that many of us discover in that decade.  Caring for dying parents, one after the other, drains you and often […]

A Valentine From Joan Larsen: Love Letters

February 11, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Now, all but past the middle age of life, I still remain a total romantic.  I don’t expect to ever get past that phase.  .  . and I often wonder how many others feel the same way.  I feel a life without love is no life at all.  And, as the years […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 24, 2014

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By Joan Larsen At this season, as another Christmas draws near, we find there are moments when we look back — back at a lifetime of memories of Christmas past . . . many times wishing they could be the simpler times we once had   I speak for all of us, longing – I […]

Joan Larsen’s Book Reviews: An Inside Look – Remarkable Women of Our Time

October 15, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   For those of us who are “middle-aged” or a tiny bit above, reading books is in our blood. Some of us have libraries of books we cannot part with. You can count me as one of them. I am counting on heaven as being a library in fact . . . […]

Bridge the Divide Between Young and Old: Write a Book For Your Family

September 15, 2014

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It never fails that at family reunions, the “old folks” are sitting around reminiscing about grade school and about people that the younger folks have never even heard of, much less met, and maybe the time that old Fred turned the school bus over in that ditch down by Carl’s place. The young think it’s […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

December 18, 2013

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By Joan Larsen At this season, as another Christmas draws near, we find there are moments when we look back — back at a lifetime of memories of Christmas past . . . many times wishing they could be the simpler times we once had   I speak for all of us, longing – I […]

Joan Larsen’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House: My Thoughts the Day After

November 29, 2013

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By Joan Larsen You have caught me lounging  . . . not planning to get up anytime soon. Outside, out that big window, I can almost watch the ice, no longer near the shore, creeping onto the main body of the lake. Flocks of geese, perhaps the last of them, vie for places in what […]

Mark and the Deer

November 25, 2013

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How a dead deer brought up memories of a friend As I have written before, we live in one of the few quasi-rural areas left in the DC vicinity.  We get a lot of wildlife in close quarters here – foxes, groundhogs, possums, raccoons, deer – and I think we see them so often because […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Growing Up Rockefeller

October 23, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Back in those long-ago teenage years – when dreaming seemed to be a major pre-occupation –the newspapers were filled with the lives of the rich and famous.  “Oh,” I am sure I must have thought, “oh, to live the life of a Rockefeller!!”  The grainy black-and-white newspaper photos of their mansions, their […]

Joan Larsen: The Chapters of Our Lives

September 4, 2013

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A close friend — a bit younger than I — suggested that I might share my own private letter to her with a larger audience who, too, have been reflecting on the chapters of our lives.  We often need that wisdom within from one who is further along the road of life, she said.  The words […]

Children of Adultery: Not Your Proudest Parental Moment

August 23, 2013

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Simon Cowell and Kim Kardashian have something in common, and it’s not pretty. A-dul-ter-ate, v.t. [<L. adulteratus, pp of adulterare, to falsify <adulter, an adulterer <ad-, to, + alter, other, another], to make inferior, impure, not genuine, etc., by adding a poor or improper substance.  adj., 1. Guilty of adultery; adulterous.  2.  Illegitimate through adultery.  […]

Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders: The Joy of Having Older Friends

July 31, 2013

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By Joan Larsen     Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. –          Eleanor Roosevelt   I am often known for my good taste in people.  And so, for years, the friends I hold the most dear are the beautiful older people that are presently living the […]

When the Low is This Low, the Relationship Isn’t Worth It

July 8, 2013

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A man who throttles his wife in public during an argument can hardly claim he is not an abuser. Well, being rich and famous is no guarantee of domestic bliss.  The “Domestic Goddess,” celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, has just been served with divorce papers by her soon-to-be ex, art collector Charles Saatchi.  Elizabeth Sanderson’s article […]

Joan Larsen: The Gift of Nina

July 3, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   My most special friend died yesterday afternoon.  She was walking down the stairs in her home, but suddenly said she would have to sit down on the stair where she was.  She did. . . and, in an instant, she was gone. She left us bereft beyond reason.  She also left […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Love Letters from a Scammer

June 26, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   A true story, a cautionary story for all women is about to unfold.  My beautiful young friend in her 40s was about to experience the downside of life in a way that many of us discover in that decade.  Caring for dying parents, one after the other, drains you and often […]

Joan Larsen Reflects: The Third Chapter of Our Lives

May 22, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Happiness is like a butterfly:  the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and softly sit on your shoulder.  Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)   Writing a heartfelt, personal letter to a friend — so dear that I […]

But I Can Dream, Can’t I?

May 21, 2013

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Lauriate Roly ponders:  is all that we see and seem but a dream within a dream? By Lauriate Roly I knew it would never happen, but each time I bought a ticket, I thought about it. Even if the whole thing came about as it would in my daydreams, I knew it wasn’t possible because […]