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About Ann Marie Mershon

A retired English teacher, Ann Marie Mershon lives on a lake in northern Minnesota with her husband, Jerry, and their two dogs. She’s published three books as well as numerous articles and columns. You can read about her years of teaching in Istanbul on her blog http://amershon.edublogs.org
Latest Posts | By Ann Marie Mershon
9 Behavior Patterns of Healthy Senior Weight Loss: Forget Diets, Think Behavior!
3 weeks ago

9 Behavior Patterns of Healthy Senior Weight Loss: Forget Diets, Think Behavior!

“Thin behavior” has fascinated me for years. I just don’t get it. I don’t mean the kind of behavior where skinny kids squeezed through fence slats in the alley, or where my teenaged friends stretched thin, nubile bodies on the beach at Shady Oak Lake as I huddled on my towel. Read More

10 Tricks to Squeeze Exercise into Your Day in Your 60s
2 months ago

10 Tricks to Squeeze Exercise into Your Day in Your 60s

Would you rather read a book than take a walk? Do you prefer cooking to working out? Well, you’re not alone. Read More

4 Easy and Achievable Practices to Guide You to a Longer, Healthier Life
2 months ago

4 Easy and Achievable Practices to Guide You to a Longer, Healthier Life

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” – Frank Lloyd Wright Read More

The Christmas Mirror: How Do You Rank on Holiday Spirit This Year?
3 months ago

The Christmas Mirror: How Do You Rank on Holiday Spirit This Year?

Are you beginning to tire of the Holiday Rat-Race? Sick of hearing how many more shopping days until Christmas? Take this Christmas Cheer Continuum Calculator to see whether you’re more Christmas Elf or Grinch. Read More

I’ll Take Mine Black: A Coffee Adventure for Mature Women with Strong Hearts
4 months ago

I’ll Take Mine Black: A Coffee Adventure for Mature Women with Strong Hearts

“I love coffee, I love tea. I love the boys, and the boys love me.”

I chanted that silly jump-rope jingle hundreds of times on the Oak Knoll Playground, certain that I’d never acquire a taste for either coffee or tea. Little did I know.

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Oh, My Aching Feet! Why I FINALLY Decided to Toss My Heels
5 months ago

Oh, My Aching Feet! Why I FINALLY Decided to Toss My Heels

At a recent gathering with women friends, our discussion ran to the unglamorous topic of feet. You know, this little piggie and all that. I had to chuckle as we raved about the comfort of our less-than-fashionable footwear. Read More

8 Tips for Staying Social When Traveling Solo
6 months ago

8 Tips for Staying Social When Traveling Solo

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain Read More

9 Ways to Live Longer by Reaching Out to Make Women Friends
7 months ago

9 Ways to Live Longer by Reaching Out to Make Women Friends

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”

Yup. They’re beyond precious, my women friends. They’ve reveled in my joys, shared my adventures and pulled me through my crises. I treasure every single one of them. Read More

7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Memory After 60
8 months ago

7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Memory After 60

“It’s the nouns that go first,” a good friend quipped when she couldn’t remember a favorite author’s name. How true. Every year, it seems to take me longer to learn names and phone numbers, and lately, I need an extra hour to pull some words out of my memory – if they ever come. Read More

Want to Make Extra Money in Retirement? Why Not Rent Your Room, Apartment, Cabin or House with Airbnb?
9 months ago

Want to Make Extra Money in Retirement? Why Not Rent Your Room, Apartment, Cabin or House with Airbnb?

Do you yearn for more spending money? Have you always wanted to visit Barcelona? Or perhaps you enjoy meeting new people. Whatever the reason, you might consider opening your home to strangers through a vacation rental like Airbnb, VRBO, or a host of other online rental agencies. Read More