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

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

At a 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

6 Ways Adopting a Pet Can Improve Your Live as an Older Woman
1 month ago

6 Ways Adopting a Pet Can Improve Your Live as an Older Woman

I’ve always loved dogs, but allergies in the household kept me from having one. After a painful divorce 18 years ago, I decided to buy a little non-shedding poodle/terrier. On the way home from the pet store I tried out a raft of names…
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A Look at Arthritis: Understanding, Combating, and Coping
2 months ago

A Look at Arthritis: Understanding, Combating, and Coping

Arthritis literally means joint inflammation, and it refers to a group of more than a hundred rheumatic diseases that cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. There are two major types of arthritis: osteoarthritis…
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7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Memory After 60
2 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

Love Your Planet? Explore These 10 Ways You Can Prove It
3 months ago

Love Your Planet? Explore These 10 Ways You Can Prove It

Last summer, my friend Jini ranted to me about her campaign to reduce single-use plastics in her life and in our local stores. Her passion impressed me and opened my eyes to a disturbing planet-wide dilemma I’ve watched yet ignored…
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Do You Avoid Doctors? Which of These 6 Excuses Fit You?
4 months ago

Do You Avoid Doctors? Which of These 6 Excuses Fit You?

I actually like seeing Dr. Delfs. Because I see her regularly, she knows me and shows an interest in both my life and my health. She makes me feel better, emotionally and physically, when I visit. Well – usually. I’ve just learned that…
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It’s Berry Season: 6 Good Reasons to Indulge – and Boost Your Health While You’re at It!
4 months ago

It’s Berry Season: 6 Good Reasons to Indulge – and Boost Your Health While You’re at It!

I admit it – I’m hooked. Not generally a greedy person, when I’m faced with bushes of free berries, I go nuts. Ballistic. I can’t stop myself. Not only that, but I can’t pass the berry display in the grocery store without nabbing at least a few…
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Attention Pet Lovers: A Dog Can Make You Happier – and Healthier!
5 months ago

Attention Pet Lovers: A Dog Can Make You Happier – and Healthier!

I have a new puppy, and little Sally is keeping me on my toes. Libby, my small poodle/terrier, was a stellar companion for 17 years – my kayak buddy, canoe tripper, and enthusiastic hiker. When I swam down the lake…
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Change That Behavior – Choose a Reward That Stimulates Positive Change After 60
5 months 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
6 months 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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