Iris Ruth Pastor, a lifestyle guru, advocates Preserving Your Bloom – encouraging women to use their talents and resources to be the best they can be. Iris is a regular blogger, sought after speaker, and author of the book “The Secret Life of a Weight – Obsessed Woman.” To sign up for her weekly newsletter, read her slice-of-life blogs: www.irisruthpastor.com.

Latest Posts By Iris Pastor

5 days ago

Acknowledging the December Dilemma in Multi-Cultural Families

I’m traveling with a friend. We stop at an artist’s cooperative in a university town on our way back home. We spot a dizzying array of Christmas tree ornaments. As always, we ignore them – they have no relevance in our Jewish lives. Abruptly, my friend…

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3 weeks ago

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep an Aging Marriage Sparkly

When we were first married, my husband would sit on the edge of our king-size bed every morning and circle my slim waist with his massive hands. Facing him, with a large toothed comb in one hand and globs of conditioner…

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1 year ago

Estrangement: The Secret So Many Hide

Estrangement – what an ugly, harsh-sounding word. Jarring to the ears, in fact. The dictionary definition of estrangement is “to turn away in feeling or affection, make unfriendly or hostile, alienate the affections of.” Estrangements are…

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1 year ago

Pandemic Fatigue: What Is It and How to Beat It?

The first thing that happens is that I burst into scorching tears of anger. What prompts this awkward response? An email message from Instacart popping up in my inbox canceling the order I had spent over an hour placing…

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2 years ago

5 Secrets to Living Happily Ever After in Your 60s, 70s and Beyond

Secrets are tantalizing. And to think I finally cracked the code on the secret to living happily ever after. Read More

2 years ago

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Out of a Funk After 50

The other day, I innocently asked my grandson what he would like for his upcoming ninth birthday. He thought for a moment, then gazed intently into my eyes and answered explicitly, “No books, Nana. And nothing you knitted…”

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2 years ago

The Only Two New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Ever Need After 60

What’s easy to do? Spend life in rigid countdown mode – ticking off backwards down to zero. Read More

2 years ago

Do You Offer Comfort the Wrong Way? In Grief, Every Word and Deed Counts

There is no gentle way to say this: My husband and I lost three special friends within a two-week period. Their ages: 83, 72, and 65. Two had health issues, but their deaths were nevertheless unexpected…

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3 years ago

The Secret Life of Weight Obsessed Women

Most people think it’s just skinny 16-year-olds that develop anorexia nervosa and teenagers of all sizes that develop bulimia. ED (eating disorder) is a restless lover, attracted to potential lovers of all ages. And he’s made great inroads with women in midlife and beyond. Read More

3 years ago

4 Simple (and Unexpected) Actions an Empty-Nest Woman Can Do to Successfully Jumpstart 2019

My brand-new day planner for 2019 arrived from Amazon yesterday, and I eagerly began rifling through it – entering key dates and events. Read More