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Barbara Torris
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Aging: Make Mine Beautiful
Note: This is a guest post I did three years ago. When I went back to see it again, links for every sex medication know to man had been added to the text. Read this and see why it would draw that kind of spam.  James Joyce posits the idea: when we are in th...
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Was Yesterday Monday?
I knew I was totally free of work when I began wondering if it was Monday. Really, what day of the week it is doesn't matter. In spite of that way of life, I still love Fridays. Anyway....Monday was a lot of fun this week. I made a recipe based on a post by...
I knew I was totally free of work when I began wondering if it was Monday. Really, what day of the week it is doesn't matter. In spite of that way of life, I still love Fridays. Anyway....Monday was a lot of fun this week. I ...
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Oregon Wine Country: Better and Better
The lovely thing about living in Oregon Wine Country is that every small trip can turn into a vineyard tour. I don't recall having a plan for that day but as we drove home to Hillsboro, Oregon from Corvallis after our grandson's graduation at Oregon State U...
The lovely thing about living in Oregon Wine Country is that every small trip can turn into a vineyard tour. I don't recall having a plan for that day but as we drove home to Hillsboro, Oregon from Corvallis after our grandso...
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How To Make Life Last Longer!
I am at the age when each day seems like the last. The routine dominates each day and time slips through my fingers. However, on those days when I am not busy with the routine, time creeps and crawls. The trick is to not waste the time by losing it in the r...
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Greeting Card Lessons...bad things happen because LIFE SUCKS!
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I don't know about you but the glamor of creating my own greeting cards has lost it's luster. I like to go to the store and buy something, sign it and mail it. I had forgotten how simple it really was. And, everytime I go down tha...
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Married for 70 Years...piece of cake!
2014 Remember back in the day when you were so cool nothing impressed you. The moon could turn purple and you would just sniff your nose and start a conversation about your new shoes. Well, let me tell you, I must be getting younger because it is getting ve...
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Books: Some Walking Away Books
I love beach reads in the summer so I am on the hunt for fast reads that are interesting and different. I just finished reading Lynne Spreen's latest book, Dakota Blues . I think it has been out for a while but I am just a little late getting on board. The ...
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What Type Are You? Z is Me
Ann is the co-founder of Midlife Boulevard. I was looking at Facebook today and I noticed that Ann Paris is speaking at a Type-A Parent conference in NYC.  The conference is for parents that blog.  It all sounds so exotic and appealing. I love NYC and all t...
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What do you pretend to do?
English: Manufacture of self-sealing gas tanks, , . (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I have often thought about pretense.  According to Barbara's Questionable Dictionary of Words, the word pretense  means: pretense : The act of pretending to do stuff while not do...
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Did I Say I Was Going to Keep My Hair Gray FOREVER?
Did I say I was going to keep my hair gray FOREVER? I am so sorry. I think I misspoke. Or I have been misquoted. See, nothing is forever in my life. The thing that keeps me thinking and acting (to the chagrin of my children) young is change. I love change a...
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Married for 70 Years...piece of cake!
2014 Remember back in the day when you were so cool nothing impressed you. The moon could turn purple and you would just sniff your nose and start a conversation about your new shoes. Well, let me tell you, I must be getting younger because it is getting ve...
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3 Pieces of Wisdom
A portrait of the American writer Mark Twain taken by A. F. Bradley in New York, 1907. "Never pick a fight with a man that buys ink by the barrel." (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) It has come to my attention that I know too much. When I spout off on something es...
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Educator, Blog Writer
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Blog writer with a lifetime of knowledge, education and a unique writing style!
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  • the web
    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
Previously
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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