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About Pat Skene

Pat Skene retired from the corporate world of banking to find her voice. She is the author of several books for children and founder of Press Here to Start Publishing. When she’s not writing books for kids, Pat is busy posting humorous reflections for boomers on her blog at http:/boomerrantz.com. Pat keeps her imagination fed and watered in Oakville, Ontario.
Latest Posts | By Pat Skene
Forget the Wine and the Attitude! Here’s What Starting a Book Club Really Requires
4 months ago

Forget the Wine and the Attitude! Here’s What Starting a Book Club Really Requires

By  •  Lifestyle

I have never wanted to join a book club. Oh, I know there are many excellent groups out there, whose members cherish their time together, but there are just as many dysfunctional book clubs that could turn any warm book-lover’s heart stone cold. Read More

10 Ways to Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself After 60
8 months ago

10 Ways to Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself After 60

By  •  Mindset

Sometimes it’s very hard to think nice thoughts when your hip is in constant pain. Your hair is getting thinner and your waist is getting thicker. To top it all off, you woke up this morning with a spikey black whisker on your chin! Read More

A New Word for Retirement – “Arrivement”
9 months ago

A New Word for Retirement – “Arrivement”

By  •  Lifestyle

How do we really know when it’s time to retire? What images do you have of the term “retirement?” To some it means enjoying life and golfing every day. For others, it means moving to a warm climate in places like Florida and Arizona. Read More

Boomer Ranting and the Joys of Blogging After 60
11 months ago

Boomer Ranting and the Joys of Blogging After 60

By  •  Lifestyle

Okay, let’s not sugar coat this – getting old is a bitch!

There’s no instruction manual to read or special training we can take along the way. The Scary World of Aging is filled with shocks and surprises around every wrinkled corner. Read More

Surviving Breast Cancer – Learning to Be Flat and Fabulous
12 months ago

Surviving Breast Cancer – Learning to Be Flat and Fabulous

In October 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of sixty-nine. In a matter of hours, I was thrust headlong into a whirlwind of doctor appointments, consultations, biopsies, scans and x-rays. Through waves of gut-wrenching vulnerability, I felt my world closing in and choking the life right out of me. Read More

What I Learned About Downsizing and Condo Living – The Inside Scoop
1 year ago

What I Learned About Downsizing and Condo Living – The Inside Scoop

By  •  Lifestyle

I realized early in the process that downsizing from my big-ass house and moving to a condo wasn’t going to be easy. Although it was the right decision at the time, I was overwhelmed by the jaw-clenching enormity of the job. Read More

The Tradition of Oral Storytelling: A Powerful Gift for Our Grandchildren
1 year ago

The Tradition of Oral Storytelling: A Powerful Gift for Our Grandchildren

By  •  Family

It’s my belief that teaching the art of oral storytelling is an investment in the futures of our children and grandchildren. It gives them a basic training in sequencing events, and organizing thoughts and experiences into chunks; an invaluable skill to have at any age. And it teaches them how to listen and be heard; a basic ability so many adults have never mastered…
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