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About Iris Pastor

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
3 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep an Aging Marriage Sparkly
1 week ago

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep an Aging Marriage Sparkly

By  •  Family

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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Estrangement: The Secret So Many Hide
4 weeks ago

Estrangement: The Secret So Many Hide

By  •  Family

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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Pandemic Fatigue: What Is It and How to Beat It?
4 months ago

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

By  •  Mindset

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

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

By  •  Mindset

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

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

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

By  •  Mindset

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

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

By  •  Mindset

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

Preventing a Thanksgiving Meltdown May Be Difficult (or Impossible!) But It’s Worth a Try
12 months ago

Preventing a Thanksgiving Meltdown May Be Difficult (or Impossible!) But It’s Worth a Try

By  •  Lifestyle

I don’t excel in the kitchen. No magnificently stuffed, basted and roasted turkey will ever
emerge from my seldom-used oven to my gleaming Lenox serving platter – unless someone else makes it. I must confess, I am more interested in what goes on around the table rather than what dishes get
placed on it…
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Do You Offer Comfort the Wrong Way? In Grief, Every Word and Deed Counts
1 year ago

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

By  •  Mindset

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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The Secret Life of Weight Obsessed Women
2 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

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

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

By  •  Lifestyle

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