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A friend called me last night.  The conversation went something like this: Her: “Ummm. I read your post about your mom.  About how you pray she will die soon, even though you don’t believe in god.” Me: “Yeah. That seemed to strike a nerve.  I had a lot of feedback.” Her: “I also read your […]

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Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, I know my spirits will be lifted considerably by visiting the comments section of my blog. No, not the sane, thoughtful comments that are visible to you, the reader.  While your insightful, mainstream offerings are very much appreciated — please do keep them coming — today I am referencing […]

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Mike and The Rambler

by Nancy Wurtzel on October 8, 2012

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Mike is now my main man. Let me explain. Early last summer, when it was warm and lovely and the warm weather seemed as though it would never end, I decided to buy a home.  I found a rambler (what is commonly called a ranch home in many areas of the country) in the twin […]

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It seems as though I’m always late to the party.  In September 2010, I launched Dating Dementia when there were already close to 150 million blogs in existence.  Now, just as I begin to hit my stride, I learn blogs have probably had their day in the sun and now are on the way out. […]

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A year ago, I became a somewhat reluctant Twitter convert. Launched in 2006, Twitter already had 300 million users when I joined. Was I simply too late to the party? I’d long been a Facebook fan. Yet, after spending close to a year on Twitter, I now view Facebook as a family reunion, while Twitter […]

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Divorce brings up all sorts of emotions, and sometimes people find themselves acting  a little crazy.  Those who have ended marriages have their own personal divorce story — some are sad, some are scary and some are just plain funny. My somewhat twisted divorce tale starts when I had been separated for about a year. […]

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The Birds Return

by Nancy Wurtzel on April 12, 2012

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They are back.  Returning one-by-one, in small groups and in huge formations that cover the sky.  They fly, squawk, chirp, sing, soar, float on lakes, make family nests, occasionally fight and poop everywhere. They are the Minnesota birds.  And, the ducks.  And, the geese.  And, the loons.  They are everywhere. Yesterday, I came upon two […]

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I first noticed signs of my mother’s dementia symptoms during a trip home to Minnesota about four years ago.  I remember feeling panicked.  You see, my dad had Alzheimer’s disease and needed full-time care for years.  That long, awful journey took a terrible toll on him as well as my mom, who was his primary […]

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Life in my small Minnesota town is markedly different than living in sprawling Los Angeles.  I’ve taken to keeping a journal handy so I can write down some of my experiences that I find amusing, irritating or sometimes just plain startling. Sadly, I’m probably the only one here who thinks these happenings are unusual — […]

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Small town living.  I was terribly worried two months ago when I relocated back to my rural Minnesota hometown.  How would I ever cope with small-town living after calling the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles home for so many years? What about the snow, the epic cold weather and the dearth of natural sunshine — […]

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This is a re-post from last November when I had just started blogging.  So much has happened since then. I’ve relocated to my small hometown in Minnesota after living in sunny, warm California for 33 years.  I think I’m still in shock! Today we are getting our first big snow storm and I am so […]

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She’s officially launched. The girl who writes, laughs, reads, feels deeply and longs for adventure. The girl who has never been away from home for more than three weeks, yet chose a large urban college far, far away from her suburban roots. The bright and talented girl who can drive me to distraction and then […]

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This is my 100th blog post — a personal milestone.  It’s especially fitting that I’m choosing to note this milestone by writing about my virgin experience at BlogHer’11, which I just attended in San Diego.  While I’d researched and read about the famed event, I still wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. So here’s what […]

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I’m a bit obsessed with dreams.  Sure, the experts all say that everyone dreams, but for whatever reason I rarely could tell you about one.  I simply don’t remember mine. Which leads me to last week. I overslept on Wednesday and when I did […]

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Is it wrong to sneak a wine cooler into the movies?  I’m not above bringing a water bottle in my purse or the occasional iced tea, but wine?  Actually, it wasn’t really even a wine cooler.  It was wine with ice cubes — which were keeping the chardonnay cool.  So, you could call it a […]

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If you’re a frequent reader, you know that usually I’m a fairly consistent blogger.  Yet the last month has been pretty sparse.  Sure, there have been a few straggly posts here and there, but mainly I’ve been taking a Blog Nap. Blog Nap?  Yep, I’m learning that life in the Blogosphere is pretty demanding and […]

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Over the years my daughter has given me an array of wonderful Mother’s Day gifts.  When she was little, they were all handmade items like sweet cards and pictures, decorated wooden boxes and hand-strung jewelry.  I’ve kept them all.  They are treasures beyond value and each one brings a smile and a cherished memory. My […]

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This week my email provider sent me a message indicating my account was at capacity — yet again. After checking, I found that I had received over 3,700 messages in the past two weeks, so I either had to trim down my incoming mail or buy more server storage space.  In the past, I’ve always […]

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Today is the start of a new Dating Dementia tradition: Vocabulario Viernes. Vocabulario Viernes, which means Vocabulary Friday in Spanish, is best said with a bad accent and a great deal of enthusiasm.  You can add in some hand waving should you be so inclined.  I can’t speak Spanish, but my lovely daughter had three […]

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Generally, it helps to die young if you want a really big turn-out at your funeral.  Once you pass your seventh decade the numbers start falling fast.  If you add in bad weather, like rain in California or a snowstorm in up-state New York (it’s all relative, folks), then you can be assured of much […]

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I’ve already had three phone calls and numerous emails from friends and family voicing their strong reactions to yesterday’s post: Cupcake or Muffin?  Honestly, I never would have thought that I had so many lightweights, er I mean cupcakes, in my life. Where are all the solid, upstanding muffin-lovers? Come on muffin-fans, proclaim your preference […]

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Do you prefer cupcakes or muffins?  It’s a long-standing debate that can really rile people up. It all started the other day when my daughter informed me that she was unequivocally a cupcake person. This didn’t surprise me in the least since most kids and teens will opt for a cupcake over a muffin any […]

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I’ve been spending the last month upgrading my blog and moving it to its own domain — remember the Sexy Bookmarks and the Big Ass Save Button post?  If you missed it, then click on the link to get caught up. The next phase in my quest to be crowned Blog Goddess of the Year […]

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Elderly Often Experience Financial Challenges Last week I wrote about making the trip home to Minnesota to see my 90-year-old mother.  The week-long visit was a mixture of experiences and emotions.  Mostly it was good, but sometimes it just wasn’t. The night I arrived home, I noticed that Mummy — as we affectionately call her […]

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My daughter got up this morning (after sleeping for 15 hours) and suggested that we go to the Huntington Library and Gardens.  If you have never been, and you live in the Los Angeles area (or will be visiting), I highly recommend it as one of the most wonderful destinations in all of Southern California.  […]

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The Long Trip Home

by Nancy Wurtzel on March 10, 2011

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We’re at 10,000 feet and everyone is reaching under the seat in front of them for their electronic devices. Ear buds and iPods abound while dozens of laptops are fired up with the familiar logging on tones echoing together. Window shades are lowered, the movie starts and seats recline. Logging on to wifi, I discover […]

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Frequent Dating Dementia readers will see that my little blog is sporting a new look, its own domain and some fun additions, like Sexy Bookmarks. Sexy Bookmarks?  Yup, it’s actually the name of a plugin, which are basically features to customize a blog. I’m now using Sexy Bookmarks to display social networking buttons at the […]

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Let me say this right upfront.  I happen to think labels are mainly good — and necessary.  After all, we need labels to communicate effectively and maintain societal order. They help us make sense of our world. If I write the word ‘toaster’, for example, then you would know that I’m talking about a small […]

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Last week Nancy bought 12 exercise classes online at a ridiculously low fee of $29 — saving more than 88%.  On the down side, Nancy must now drive to Nevada to redeem the coupon for the classes. Since Nancy lives in California, this is a problem. “But it was such a terrific deal, I just […]

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Today I met with my accountant so he can prepare my tax returns.  It was the first time that I have not filed jointly since 1989. This was another in a series of sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always sobering experiences to remind me that I’m no longer part of a couple.  Partner-less, you can […]

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Nobody wants to talk about dementia.  Bring up Alzheimer’s in a social setting and watch the reaction.  People squirm, they become uncomfortable, their gaze wanders, they stop making eye contact and finally they clam up like a librarian at a strip club. Dementia affects almost everyone these days, and you would be hard pressed to find […]

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Last night I repeated the mantra: “I will have pleasant dreams and remember them upon waking,” and this time it worked like a charm.  That’s the good news.  The not-so-great part is that my dream — which involved two dear friends — was not so charming. In my real life, one friend is coming to […]

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Is It Wrong to….

by Nancy Wurtzel on January 31, 2011

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Is it wrong to covet your ex-husband’s bathtub?  Wait, don’t answer that yet.  First, you must hear my side of this wet, weird story — then you can judge me. This little dilemma actually started yesterday.  It was raining and I was attempting to take a picture of my daughter and her friend.  They were […]

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Sometimes life gets a little overwhelming and a gal just needs to chill. When I hit the wall it’s usually when I have lots of stuff to do around the house.  My best intention is to start the laundry or clean the bathrooms, but instead I find myself ensconced on my couch watching Law and […]

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The other morning my daughter woke up very upset.  Lizzy had had a horrible dream, and although she couldn’t remember the details, she knew it was disturbing. I’m always interested in other people’s dreams because I rarely remember any of mine. Usually I love to hear about what other people dreams.  My family because my […]

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On the surface, New York City and Los Angeles seem to have little in common, other than the fact that they are both very large cities. One is big, noisy, intense, exciting and known as the city that never sleeps.  The other boasts palm trees, freeways, the beach, yoga, Hollywood and is commonly called La […]

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I’ve done the math.  It’s now day 23 — and counting — since all the decorations and lights were taken off my artificial Christmas tree. Those who read my blog will know that I was just too tired New Year’s weekend to take the tree apart, box her up and store her away in the […]

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I consider myself a highly organized person.  I like a neat office, home and car.  Ask anyone who really knows me and they will tell you that I’m always creating files, labeling, cleaning out drawers or recycling stuff no longer needed. I am also a list-maker.  At any one time, I’ve got three or four […]

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Not me, silly.  I’m referring to my artificial Christmas tree.  If you didn’t read my recent blogging about my lovely green goddess of a tree, then take a look at my January 17th post: “I Think That I Shall Never See….” This year while taking down my Christmas decorations, I completely ran out of steam […]

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The old girl is standing in the living room, naked, tilting a bit to the left and devoid of decoration.  She hasn’t moved since Thanksgiving weekend and it doesn’t look like she’ll be going anywhere soon. She’s my artificial Christmas tree, or as I like to call her, “The best $40 I ever spent.” I […]

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