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About Iris Pastor

Ruth Pastor is a slice-of-life storyteller, author and speaker whose mantra is “Preserving Your Bloom” – encouraging women to use their talents and resources to be the best they can be. While doing so, Iris tries not to be judgmental, whiney, overly sensitive and overwhelmed. Sometimes she even succeeds. Visit her website at http://irisruthpastor.com and follow her on Facebook.
Latest Posts | By Iris Pastor
How a “Running Away from Home Soirée” Feeds the Soul
4 weeks ago

How a “Running Away from Home Soirée” Feeds the Soul

By  •  Family

I’ve been busy since my mother passed away three months ago. I have been re-orienting myself to a new status: A Parentless Adult. Read More

What Losing My Mom Taught Me About Life, Love and Devotion
3 months ago

What Losing My Mom Taught Me About Life, Love and Devotion

By  •  Family

Tuesday, New York City

The call came around noon on Tuesday. It was from my son, who was in Cincinnati for business and had stopped to see his grandmother.

“Mom,” my son beseeched, “you need to get to Ohio as fast as you can. Nana’s not doing well.” Read More

The Secret Life of Weight Obsessed Women
5 months ago

The Secret Life of Weight Obsessed Women

Most people think it’s just skinny 16-year-olds that develop anorexia nervosa and teenagers of all sizes that develop bulimia. ED (eating disorder) is a restless lover, attracted to potential lovers of all ages. And he’s made great inroads with women in midlife and beyond. Read More

The Only Two New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Ever Need After 60
7 months ago

The Only Two New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Ever Need After 60

By  •  Mindset

What’s easy to do? Spend life in rigid countdown mode – ticking off backwards down to zero. Read More

10 Ways to Have a Happy Visit with Out-of-Town Kids and Grandkids
8 months ago

10 Ways to Have a Happy Visit with Out-of-Town Kids and Grandkids

By  •  Family

Ever wondered how to have the most successful visit with your adult children, their spouses and your grandkids? Especially when living a long distance away from them prevents short and frequent visits? Read More

Staying Social After 60: How to Make Someone’s Day by Watching for Opportunities to Connect
9 months ago

Staying Social After 60: How to Make Someone’s Day by Watching for Opportunities to Connect

By  •  Lifestyle

What’s the first thing you do every morning? I used to stretch, touch my toes and take a few deep breaths. Now I instinctively reach for my iPhone to see what new disaster looms on the horizon. And so the day begins. Read More

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Out of a Funk After 50
10 months ago

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Out of a Funk After 50

By  •  Mindset

The other day, I innocently asked my grandson what he would like for his upcoming ninth birthday. He thought for a moment, then gazed intently into my eyes and answered explicitly, “No books, Nana. And nothing you knitted.” Read More

Learning How to Accept Yourself, No Matter What the Mirror Reflects
1 year ago

Learning How to Accept Yourself, No Matter What the Mirror Reflects

It took me a while to realize I was not a natural beauty.

The first inkling came when I was 11 years old. I figured out how to maneuver the mirrors in the bathroom to get a look at my profile. I was horrified. My nose had far too many bumps. My lips stuck out and a layer of fat marred my hopes of a chiseled sharp chin line. Read More

5 Secrets to Living Happily Ever After in Your 60s, 70s and Beyond
1 year ago

5 Secrets to Living Happily Ever After in Your 60s, 70s and Beyond

By  •  Mindset

Secrets are tantalizing. And to think I finally cracked the code on the secret to living happily ever after. Read More

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