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Barbara Torris
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Attended Eastern Oregon University
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An Open Letter on Surprises
My Garden Continues to Grow...in real life and symbolically! Dear Reader and Friends, You always surprise me. One day I will post an article with no notice from you whatsoever. On another, I can't turn my back before you are all over. It is one of the great...
My Garden Continues to Grow...in real life and symbolically! Dear Reader and Friends, You always surprise me. One day I will post an article with no notice from you whatsoever. On another, I can't turn my back before you are ...
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The Quietest Classroom of 2nd Graders in the World!
I visited my grandchildren's "Year of Learning" open house last night. I am a retired teacher so this sort of thing just makes me happy. Brycen and sister Shay My youngest grandson, Brycen, read a book and shared his books about the farm. He is in kindergar...
I visited my grandchildren's "Year of Learning" open house last night. I am a retired teacher so this sort of thing just makes me happy. Brycen and sister Shay My youngest grandson, Brycen, read a book and shared his books ab...
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A BOOK WORTH READING: WHAT THE DOG SAW
What the Dog Saw : And Other Adventures (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I have been a fan of Malcolm Gladwell for years. In fact, I have most of his books and actually carry them back and forth with me to Arizona. I know...weird huh? But there you have it. I fin...
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On Wasting Time
Pia Savage wrote an article on her blog at Psychology Today about how much smarter she has become as she matured. She set 40 as her bench mark for actually figuring out what it was all about. The story she told rang true with me...why? Well, it seems the mo...
Pia Savage wrote an article on her blog at Psychology Today about how much smarter she has become as she matured. She set 40 as her bench mark for actually figuring out what it was all about. The story she told rang true with...
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On Growing Rice
We just returned from Arizona and are now at home in Oregon. Our trip this year took us through the center of California where much of the produce we find on our tables is grown. Rice is one of those crops that somehow seems out of place and yet there it is...
We just returned from Arizona and are now at home in Oregon. Our trip this year took us through the center of California where much of the produce we find on our tables is grown. Rice is one of those crops that somehow seems ...
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Lois, Let's Go to Bed So These People Can Go Home
Goodbye little Doll House! It is tricky to know just the right minute to leave. Going home from and party is only one time when we face that dilemma. Leaving our home in Arizona is another. When we are at a party, I usually am ready to go home before it is ...
Goodbye little Doll House! It is tricky to know just the right minute to leave. Going home from and party is only one time when we face that dilemma. Leaving our home in Arizona is another. When we are at a party, I usually a...
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Politics: Supporter or Evangelist
Hillary Clinton at the 2004 March for Women's Lives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I received a "Support Hillary" bumper sticker this morning. I don't really think I have ever had that happen before...no politician has ever noticed me at all...my husband yes b...
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On Being Invisible
I have a "friend" that shuns me. I am assuming you know what that involves but just in case you have never hear about the practice here is what it is: Shunning  can be the act of social rejection, or emotional distance.   To   refuse   to   accept   sociall...
I have a "friend" that shuns me. I am assuming you know what that involves but just in case you have never hear about the practice here is what it is: Shunning can be the act of social rejection, or emotional distance. To re...
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There's a Girls in the Boy's Bathroom? So????
There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom ,  Miss Nelson Is Missing , transgender bathrooms  and me. I taught small children for many years. Every child between the age of 3 and 9 in our community knew my name. I was a substitute teacher. In those 13 years I subs...
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How Does Your Garden Grow?
The oldest known version [of Mistress Mary] was first published in  Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book  (c. 1744) with the following lyrics: ♬ Mistress Mary, Quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells, And so my garden grows...
The oldest known version [of Mistress Mary] was first published in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book (c. 1744) with the following lyrics: ♬Mistress Mary, Quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With Silver Bells, And C...
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Leaving Arizona!
 Leaving this behind in Arizona so we... ...can go to Oregon to this! Life is good! b+
Leaving this behind in Arizona so we... ...can go to Oregon to this! Life is good! b+
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Leaping Off the Cliff
Have you ever read an article in the newspaper or online and felt the need to write about it? The headline just makes you want to say something that you really shouldn't say and yet there is a rant waiting to be posted. Have you done that? I do it more ofte...
Have you ever read an article in the newspaper or online and felt the need to write about it? The headline just makes you want to say something that you really shouldn't say and yet there is a rant waiting to be posted. Have ...
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Blog writer with a lifetime of knowledge, education and a unique writing style!
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    Educator, Writer, Blogger, 2006 - present
    Barbara write for herself at Retire In Style Blog and posts good shopping tips at Gift Boomer. She occasionally writes a guest post when she is asked.
  • Retired
    Educator, 1962 - 1995
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Portland, Oregon metro area
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Tucson, AZ - Huntington, Oregon - Hermiston, Oregon - Ontario, Oregon - Huntington, Oregon
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Writing about retirement out here where the rubber meets the road!
Introduction
Need information RV/parkmodel living after retirement?  Need information on the snowbird life?  Like a new book or a new look...for your home or yourself?  Want to learn about travel up close and personal.  Here is a blog that does it all.

The author, Barbara Torris,  is a retired educator, traveler, writer...she may be the Cliff Claven (Cheers) for the blogging senior set. Humor and personal insights flavor every page for this snowbird.  She has gathered a long list of websites for her readers. This could be just the place to begin your search for the information you need about the retirement lifestyle.
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After 50 years of marriage to the same guy, 3 children, 11 grandchildren + 13 years of substitute teaching I still have a sense of humor. Surprise!
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Dead Wake - Erik Larson
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Subtitle: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania I read this for one of my book clubs, though it seems I've been on an "oceans" kick of late. I

Photography: It said so on the bathroom wall.....!
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What do you take pictures of when you travel? I mean, I do like pictures of the Arno in Florence and the Rhine River in Frankfurt and the Is

Nine Reasons I Regret Being a Stay at Home Mom
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What I hadn’t realized, as a stay at home mom, was how my constant focus on my family would result in my aspirations for myself slipping awa

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
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I got the recommendation for this book from a blog I follow. The blog's author reflects on retirement and full time RVing and posts reviews

"I've tried to meditate, but it's really hard for me to stay still. I'd ...
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It was comforting to find Ellen DeGeneres’ words. I thought I was the only one with this reaction. When I talk about meditation I feel lacki

Sift Through the Offal of My Life
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This weekend will be the first of what will hopefully be limited to, at maximum, the bicentennial Pickleope Garage Sale. It seems as though

Welcome Back An Old Friend
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Just a few of the ham radios in my "shack" One of the hobbies I became rather heavily involved in after retirement was ham, or amateur, radi

I Can't Remember!
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Just a line to say I'm living, that I'm not among the dead, though I'm getting more forgetful and mixed up in the head. I got used to my art

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." Alphonse Karr
retiredgrump.blogspot.com

This chapter contains great thoughts. I assume that in our dotage we can pretend to have great thoughts. Why let all of that experience go t

Six Trends for Spring 2014 That Make me Say.....No Way, Jose!
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This image was in my in-box the other day, from Vince.com. I have a few pieces from Vince, a tee shirt and a couple of wonderful turtlenecks

House Haven Tour: Caught in Grace
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Hi everyone! My name is Jaime and I blog over at Caught in Grace. I’m honored to be a part of A Woman’s Haven Home Tour Series. We moved int

Travel Arizona: Biosphere 2
www.retireinstyleblog.com

Young students study in a lab designed for just this purpose. I never grow tired of going to Biosphere 2. I am always a little at a loss for

Downsizing and Boomerang Children: How small does it need to be?
www.retireinstyleblog.com

Okay, here is the deal...boomerang children can just keep bonging back! And it might keep happening until you move into a tent. Is that okay

Just a Minute...I'm Busy!
www.retireinstyleblog.com

One of our favorite things to say (or think in my husband case) is "Just a minute...I'm busy!" Most of the time we are on the computer stari

Weird and Wonderful
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What a great night! Eighteen of us headed off to Spook Mountain (in the desert, of course). Our goal was to view the strange mists that appe

The Perfect Dripless Candle (Trader Joe's) ++ more!
www.retireinstyleblog.com

March 2013 update: I am told that these candle are available during certain time of the year when candles are more popular. I think Christma

Travel to Puerto Penasco, Mexico: Where the USA and Mexico Rub Shoulders
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Pto. Penasco is on the NE shore of the Gulf of California Travel is one of the great joys of my life. I love learning about people and watch

Shopping for Shoes with Maddie and Amelia!
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Many, many years ago my now 16 year old granddaughter picked out a pair of shoes for me. They were Teva's and I have always loved them becau