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Barbara Younger

Barbara Younger's blog, A Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster, takes an upbeat look at menopause and midlife. She welcomes guest posts! Shoot her an email at the address on her "About the Blog and Me" page. The author of over twenty books for adults and children, Barbara holds an a MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Barbara lives in a 180-year-old house in the small town of Hillsborough, North Carolina with her husband Cliff and collections of everything from dolls to Golden Books to butter boxes. She's the mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to one adorable baby boy.

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Long Time Love x 2

When my mom was nine, her best friend Bona Lockwood gave her a panda for Christmas. Mom named the bear Myrtle. It’s not hard to guess, from her appearance, that Myrtle has led an exuberant life. Lots of love.  Plenty of adventures. Myrtle’s favorite piece of jewelry is a red wooden heart. My Uncle Byrt made the pin …

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midlife, acceptance, spilled milk, middle age, midlife women

Do You Cry Over Spilled Milk?

As a writer, revision is my middle name. I revise, almost, until the cows come home. But what about as a menopausal woman? Do I need to turn myself into ice cream? Or should I just be happy with spilled milk, no crying allowed?  Cliff, my husband the engineer, goes into semi-heart failure if he spills …

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menopause, memory loss, menopause brain, losing your marbles, marbles, midlife, midlife women

Losing Your Marbles at Menopause

Nope! You aren’t losing your marbles. Menopause just makes you feel that way sometimes. Names skip away. Car key escape. The brownies decide to burn. For years, women nicknamed this condition “menopausal fog.” The results of a recent research study confirm that menopausal brain fog is for real. And the best suggestion for working through the …

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An Enormous Woman

Cliff and I were en route to Bald Head Island off the coast of North Carolina. The day was gorgeous. September in all her brilliance. Puffy, proud clouds painted the sky in front of us. “As a girl, I found shapes in the clouds,” I said. “They’d pop right out at me. I  can’t do …

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