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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
Change That Behavior – Choose a Reward That Stimulates Positive Change After 60
5 days ago

Change That Behavior – Choose a Reward That Stimulates Positive Change After 60

Have you kept your New Year’s Resolutions? According to the U.S. News and World Report, 80% of resolutions fail by February, most by January 12th. Really. Read More

Are You Among the Lucky Ones in the Pandemic? 7 Ideas to Pass on Your Government Issued Stimulus Fund
1 month ago

Are You Among the Lucky Ones in the Pandemic? 7 Ideas to Pass on Your Government Issued Stimulus Fund

My husband and I are coping well as we stay at home during the pandemic. We’re actually enjoying this break from our usual busy schedules, starting each day with a morning walk with a few neighbors…
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It’s Not Too Late If We All Contribute: 6 Areas We Can Help Save Our Planet
3 months ago

It’s Not Too Late If We All Contribute: 6 Areas We Can Help Save Our Planet

Last week, my reading group discussed Overstory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about connections between people and trees. Author Richard Powers, a gifted writer…
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9 Behavior Patterns of Healthy Senior Weight Loss: Forget Diets, Think Behavior!
4 months 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

5 Truths the Dying Want to Tell the Living
4 months ago

5 Truths the Dying Want to Tell the Living

I’m mourning my beloved sixth grade teacher, Mr. Ryshavy. In 1960, he was a young, creative, and caring instructor, and every single member of our class adored him…
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4 Easy and Achievable Practices to Guide You to a Longer, Healthier Life
4 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. I agree. My life seems to improve as I age. In spite of my wrinkles, sore knees, and digestive issues, I’m happier. Could it be about increasing wisdom? Whatever the cause, I want more. I want a long life…
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10 Tricks to Squeeze Exercise into Your Day in Your 60s
4 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

Swap Seasonal Stress for Serenity This Holiday Season
5 months ago

Swap Seasonal Stress for Serenity This Holiday Season

Age has taught me a lot, and the wisdom I’ve gained helps me cope with stress. I’m more accepting of other people’s shortcomings, and perhaps I’m even more tolerant of my own (and believe me, I have them)…
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The Christmas Mirror: How Do You Rank on Holiday Spirit This Year?
5 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

One is the Loneliest Number – But Cohousing Can Be a Great Solution
6 months ago

One is the Loneliest Number – But Cohousing Can Be a Great Solution

Lonesome? Well, join the club. More than one in three adults over 45 is lonely, according to a survey by AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons. Are you one of them?
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