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Nancy Roman

Tag Archives: Aging

Tenir

When I was a junior in high school, I missed the same verb on two consecutive French tests. This pissed me off – only I didn’t say ‘pissed off’ at the time – I don’t think anyone used that term in 1968. I think we were just easing ourselves into “bummed out.” In frustration – …

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Sorry, Doc. Part One

I am confessing to a strong prejudice. For a very long time I have held the opinion that doctors will always find something wrong with you, so they can treat you. That is how they make money after all. A surgeon will of course think you need surgery. An ear specialist will think every kid …

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I Missed The Train

(A reprise – one of my favorite posts from a few years ago) I Missed The Train The current heat wave reminds me of the first time I ever wanted to be a grown-up. Some kids can’t wait to grow up; but not me. I liked being a kid. I could not picture life without …

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How Funky Winkerbean Changed My Life

(Time for a summer rerun) ** First, let me assure you that not all of my Life Philosophies are derived from the Sunday comics. That being said, I admit that Funky Winkerbean changed my life. Do you remember hapless Les back in the 70s?  (By the way, I’ve never really understood the word ‘hapless’–why does …

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The Good-Day Do-Good Checklist

One night many years ago I was lying in bed, waiting for sleep and reviewing my day. I hadn’t had a bad day, but I could not decide whether it had been a good day. I realized then that my problem was that I did not have any standard for measuring the success of my …

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She’s Back

One year ago I attended a party and met a woman who truly fascinated me. Or at least, her ego fascinated me. I had described her as “celebrity-lite.” She is a minor (very minor) TV personality on one of the local daytime talk shows.But she wore her negligible fame like a twenty-carat tiara. I was …

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Guilt-Gone Girl

Because I decided I would no longer drive in bad weather, I have essentially been a shut-in here in Connecticut for the last four weeks. And that means I did not get to the store to buy a Valentine’s Day card. I did have some chocolate-covered strawberries delivered, but I thought for sure I would …

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Age-Appropriate

I noticed over the last year or so that my favorite catalogs have changed. Or perhaps I have. There are two retailers in particular where I used to buy almost all my clothes. They were stylish but age-appropriate. What I used to call “Classic with a side of Funk.” But I have been gradually and …

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Man-Words

Over my 63 years, men have said some memorable things to me. So I present to you my Man-Word Awards! Best Pick-Up Line: I go all the way back to 1969 for this one,  I was hanging around at the end of my summer job shift with some other teenagers, and I was wearing my …

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Pig-Headed

It’s my husband’s birthday. I won’t tell you how old he is, but let me say with some glee:  Older Than Me! In celebration of his birthday, let me pay tribute to the good and bad side of one of his strongest traits. Pig-Headedness. My husband is stubborn. Probably the stubbornest person I have ever …

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