To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.     — Henri-Frederic Amiel

aging
Art by Mary Englebreit

 

Like all children, I looked forward to my birthday.  It meant a party, cake, gifts.  I was one year closer to some milestone of maturity and freedom.  To five and to kindergarten, to 6 and first grade, to 10, the double digits, to 16, to 17, to 18, to 20, then 21, then 25.  At 30 begins the, oh dear.

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My handbag addictionproblemfetishmaniapassionhobbycollection.

Kate Moss carrying one of my handbags, the Mulberry Bayswater
Kate Moss carrying one of my handbags, the Mulberry Bayswater

 

A few days ago, I went to my closet, drawers and cupboards, pulled out all of my seriously fine, painstakingly collected handbags and put them on a bed in the guest room.

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You know grilled cheese?

Do you want your grilled cheese to look like this?  Keep reading.
Do you want your grilled cheese to look like this?

 

Ha.  This is one of those things like rolling suitcases.  You know, as in why did it take civilization so many centuries to put suitcases on wheels…grrr…

To wit:  Why has it taken so long for the secret to crusty melty grilled cheese to be revealed?

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The Twenties:   It’s a checkered affair.

Ten years ago...A lot has happened since then.
Ten years ago.  A lot has happened since then.

 

My darling son,

Life in your Twenties is a challenge.
Life in your Twenties is not turning out to be what you thought it would be.
No matter what you are doing, no matter where you are, you think you should be somewhere else, doing something else.   [Read more…]