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Barbara Torris
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Attended Eastern Oregon University
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There Is A Rule for That!
I know I have written about rules a lot. My daughter has rules for napping. I have rules for counting calories. I play golf so rules* guide everything I do on the course. So I have started golfing with a women's group again. I know...I must be nuts. But it ...
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Did Your Charmed Childhood Include a Trip to the Dump?
Where did we shop before Goodwill and yard sales and Craigs List? I don't believe I know anyone that doesn't have a story about how they acquired that wonderful old chair or table on the sunporch. Without those second hand places we would be lost. How did w...
Where did we shop before Goodwill and yard sales and Craigs List? I don't believe I know anyone that doesn't have a story about how they acquired that wonderful old chair or table on the sunporch. Without those second hand pl...
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700,000 Views...but whose counting?
Just because pictures make the post more interesting. Local hangout in Tucson AZ. Saguaro Junction Bar and Grill I do check my stats. I went over 700,000 last week. But I don't believe that 700,000 have stopped to read this blog. It is just simply not possi...
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Aging with Pogo: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us
Back in the day when I was a young woman I would chuckle at the things my Mother-In-Law would say. She was living in a nursing home near us. My husband and I would go for a social visit on Sunday evenings and she would tell us about her week. The stories we...
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Books: What is Your Cup of Tea?
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Have you ever read a book and endorsed it based on your own personal preference? Did you do that because you thought the subject matter was bad or the writing horrible or because "it just wasn't your cup of tea"? Book reviewers ...
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Bullying...Monitoring Your Own Backyard
Facebook logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Pam Lutrell has written an article that is featured on Huffington Post. It is titled  Another Life Lost   When Will We Pay Attention . Pam wrote about the loss of a student she knew when she worked for a private scho...
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Sarguaro Corners in Tucson Az...Friday night just the way I like it!
We love our life in the desert for a lot of reasons. Here in Tucson (The Old Pueblo) we get to live the best of city and village life with a little Harley motorcycle crossroads thrown in the mix. We experience this when we golf, eat out, take road trips and...
We love our life in the desert for a lot of reasons. Here in Tucson (The Old Pueblo) we get to live the best of city and village life with a little Harley motorcycle crossroads thrown in the mix. We experience this when we go...
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What can you control in your small world?
My own little world revolves around family and friends. I try to make it a good place to be. My friend and I were talking yesterday about how hard it is to be civilized. Really, really hard. As civilization has evolved, man has learned that it is not okay t...
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Facebook Says I Need Updating!
Facebook says I need to update my image. I was a little surprised because I thought I looked pretty good. Did they think that I had shrunk or what? Honestly, a girl could get insulted! I have been a Facebook user for a long time. During that time I suppose ...
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Aging with Pogo: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us
Back in the day when I was a young woman I would chuckle at the things my Mother-In-Law would say. She was living in a nursing home near us. My husband and I would go for a social visit on Sunday evenings and she would tell us about her week. The stories we...
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For the Love of Pete (Apple) and Trolls
Apple IMac(de) (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) We owned on of these back in the day...unfortunately I did not name it.  I am sitting in front of my new iMac computer, a modernized version of my old computer, needing to write but not filled with focused inspirati...
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Eyes in the Back of My Head
"How did you know that Mom?" they would ask when I would predict the arrival of a friend at the front door. "I have eyes in the back of my head!" was always my answer.  I explained that, when you have eyes in the back of your head, you just know things. As ...
"How did you know that Mom?" they would ask when I would predict the arrival of a friend at the front door. "I have eyes in the back of my head!" was always my answer. I explained that, when you have eyes in the back of yo...
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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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Currently
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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  • Eastern Oregon University
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Dead Wake - Erik Larson
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Photography: It said so on the bathroom wall.....!
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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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I Can't Remember!
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"The more things change, the more they stay the same." Alphonse Karr
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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
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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?
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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!
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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!
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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