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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
Sleep Tight: 10 Tips to Improve Your Health Through Solid Sleep
2 weeks ago

Sleep Tight: 10 Tips to Improve Your Health Through Solid Sleep

I’m nearly 70, and I figure I’ve spent over 203,000 hours of my life snoozing. That’s 8,500 24-hour days, 1200 weeks, 300 months, or 25 solid years of sleep. Call me Rip Van Winkle. I’ve loved every minute of it. Read More

Audiobooks: My Second-Best Friend This Side of 60
2 weeks ago

Audiobooks: My Second-Best Friend This Side of 60

I love audiobooks. I’m an overcommitted woman who’s constantly on the move, either exercising or busy with home and community activities. I treasure literature and love to read…
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I’ll Take Mine Black: A Coffee Adventure for Mature Women with Strong Hearts
4 weeks 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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9 Brain Builders and 3 Brain Drainers Boomer Women Need to Consider in Their Diet
1 month ago

9 Brain Builders and 3 Brain Drainers Boomer Women Need to Consider in Their Diet

As I slide into my 70s, I find myself forgetting names with more regularity every day. It’s getting so common that I often stay out of conversations because I can’t remember the name of the politician…
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6 Ways Adopting a Pet Can Improve Your Live as an Older Woman
3 months 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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It’s Berry Season: 6 Good Reasons to Indulge – and Boost Your Health While You’re at It!
5 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…
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10 Reasons Why Travel Broadens the Life of the Baby Boomer Generation
6 months ago

10 Reasons Why Travel Broadens the Life of the Baby Boomer Generation

I just returned from three weeks in Turkey. My heart was full, my mind replete with warm memories, and my computer teeming with new photos. The best part, though, was that my travel compatriots now love Turkey as much as I do…
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Discover Qigong to Combine the Benefits of Fitness and Massage
7 months ago

Discover Qigong to Combine the Benefits of Fitness and Massage

No need to decide, because you can get both at once with qigong (CHEE-gong), the gentlest form of martial arts. Read More

Change That Behavior – Choose a Reward That Stimulates Positive Change After 60
8 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

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