About this Blog

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The Author:  I’m Ann Coleman, a woman in my late fifties who loves reading, writing, working with shelter dogs, working on my house and yard, and helping my extended family.  My son and daughter are all grown up and married, so these days I share my home with my husband and a neurotic dog named Lucy.  I’m still a little surprised to realize that I’m middle-aged (and then some), but I’m also learning that there is plenty of good in this stage of my life.  Living a creatively and fully is not just for the young!

The Blog:  This blog was originally intended to write about the issues of being middle-aged and coping with all that changes that this particular phase of life brings.  But the focus soon evolved into recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of aging:  a stronger sense of self, learning to overcome old fears, ditching at least a few of my bad habits, and most of all, realizing that there is still so much good in the world if we are only willing to look for it.

91 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. Sadly, it only gets worse as you get older! Thanks for following my blog, and I look forward to reading more of your posts! Dogs really do make life better, don’t they?

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  2. Ms Coleman, when you “like” a post at my site, and I appreciate that, and I then try to go to your site I reach a wordpress.com that says…”dcoleman1044.wordpress.com” is no longer available. Now this could be a system mistake or if you changed your blog name, you may want to go to your profile page and check your account settings to make sure your primary site and the web address you are leaving when interacting with another site is correct. No big deal but just wanted to let you know.

    Regards,
    Doug

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  3. Thank you so much for letting me know! I’ll look into this right away. It might be a mistake I made when I was first trying to set up the blog, but I’ll find out. Thanks again!

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  4. I think the problem was that the I had mistakenly made the dcoleman1044.wordpress.com my website when I was first setting up the blog, and then realized that made it my blog’s name, so I deleted it. As far as I can remember, anyway. I saw that it was still listed as a website in my personal settings, and have now changed it to the website of my blog. I hope that fixes the problem! Thanks for letting me know, I really do appreciate it.

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    • Thank you Rosie! I really appreciate your thinking of me! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to participate this time. I only post twice a week, and so I tend to keep the content kind of similar to my theme. I answered the questions about me for the Creative Blogger Award, and don’t have anything new to add (sad, but true). But I do appreciate the nomination, and really enjoy your blog. Your writing is very honest and interesting, which is why I follow it and read it! Thanks again!

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  5. Dear Ann,

    My name is Ashlee. I’m co-founder of the Youshare Project, with the mission to connect people around the world through true, personal stories. I recently stumbled across your blog and read several of your posts, including “No One Told Me.” It’s so honest, beautifully written and compelling. As you mention, this is a topic that few people talk about, especially in mainstream media, but is something that does or will affect us all. That’s why I think it would make a wonderful Youshare.

    If this sounds interesting to you, I would love to email you directly with more information and formally invite you to share your story with the project. You have my email address and website. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Best,
    Ashlee
    http://www.youshareproject.com
    ashlee@youshareproject.com

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  6. I love that you said trying to live your life positively! And I love that you are an open person willing to put your self out there! You have a follower here!!!

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  7. Hey! Another blogger I follow posted about another bloggers “Meet and Greet” post. In it you can meet other bloggers and post a link to a favorite blog post from this past week. Thought you would like to know I posted one of your blog articles. While my comment is awaiting moderation, here is the link to it if you want to see what I’m talking about. 🙂 Oh! I shared Pass It On with them. Hope that is okay!

    https://therichnessofasimplelife.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/weekend-meet-greet-4/

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  8. Ann, I’m so glad to find your blog and look forward to following you. “Muddling” is exactly the right word for navigating through middle age. It’s great to meet a kindred spirit!

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  9. Hi Ann! I’d like to say “thanks for the follow” like everybody else, but darn it sounds too.. formal.

    So i’ll say it’s a pleasure to meet you, Ann. I’m far from middle-aged but who says I can’t enjoy some MA humour and life? 🙂

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  10. Hi, Ann. This resonates with me very much. I read your post about anger and I felt it could have been written by me. After escaping a particularly nasty road rage incident last year, I was overwhelmed with a sense of “What are we DOING to each other?” feeling. I also have to say that only after completing my master’s in Aging Studies did I feel any bit at ease (or at least a little more so) about getting older than I did before completing that work. I, too, am mid-fifties, and am learning as I go. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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    • I’m so glad that it spoke to you! The anger seems to be getting out of control, and it’s kind of scary! And dealing with middle age can sometimes be overwhelming, which is why I am always glad to hear from other people who are coping as well. Loved your blog, too, and am now following!

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      • Yes, very true about the anger. It took me a while to realize that when people act out, when they bully, it is usually about them, not you. Hard to detach in the moment and not take personally, and, I don’t believe in letting people off the hook because they are “going through a rough time.” We all experience rough times; it’s no excuse for bad behavior. You expressed what I’ve been noticing about anger very, very well. I’ll be back to read more. And, thanks for the follow as well. 🙂

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  11. I love your bio. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am retired and I guess I am past middle age but never thought about it that way. You know how we still see the world through the same eyes and it is only how the world sees us that reminds us that we are of a more mature age!

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  12. It’s true. You woke up and found yourself in Uncle Bardie Country. Now that you have followed Uncle Bardie, you may find yourself at that fork in the road that you have to take. With Uncle Bardie for a guide, you can be comforted that you may stub your toe on a pun, find you can’t resist laughing at those things you never thought funny, and wake up to wonder what Uncle Bardie is up to. It’s okay. That itch can be scratched. Simply tune in to the next Post, It could very well be a doozy or not. Either way it will be coming from the whacky mind of Uncle Bardie. So thanks for following Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. It beats bananas any day. Unless…but that’s a whole ‘nother thang. And one last thing. Have a great day (or night, depending on your perspective).

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  13. Wow, it sounds like we have a lot in common! Same place in life and the same family make up (husband, son and daughter) but we have a cat, no dogs here! Otherwise we might be interchangeable! I too am working my way through this life transition, one step at a time. Love your blog!

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    • Thanks so much for thinking of me, Mike! (and Kali)! If you don’t mind, I don’t think I’ll participate because I did an award a while ago, and figured that is about all anyone wants to hear about me. But I really, really appreciate your nomination and am flattered that you thought of me. It’s just that I don’t post very often, so have decided to keep the posts focused on my blog. Thanks again!!!

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  15. I love finding other women on here who are expanding their lives or re-creating it. It’s a great reminder that art can still find relevance. Enjoyed the 1st post by you I read immensely. So looking forward to more.

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  16. I came across your name/blog in the “Discovery” area on the WordPress Reader and after reading just a couple of your older post I found them enjoyable and relatable. Like you once were, Ive been writing for years but never had the confidence or time to publicize anything I write until recently.

    I’ve been writing/blogging since I was about 21-years old; I’m now 37 and have two sites that I am currently working on. The earlier post that I read were very encouraging & positive. They definitely motivated and inspired me to get the ball rolling!

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