When my husband, Howard, turned 60 this fall, I gave him a trip to Berlin. Rivaling London and Paris, the German capital has emerged as a mecca for food, historical sightseeing (of course) and fashion.
The leaves of the maple trees have turned an iridescent gold along the Oregon coast and in the inland woods, suggesting that each leaf shines from an inner glow generated by the sun. Among them in perfect harmony are the deep reds of the amber leaves, adding to the chromatic mix that creates the beauty of nature's clock, ticking off the days to winter.
Boots are our seasonal obsession. Those of us 50-plus with heavy legs hate when sales people say, "Athletic muscular legs are hot; look at Beyonce and Serena Williams." Or, "They'll stretch, leather gives," or "let me help you get those off." Unlike tummies, you can't suck in big calves or cankles (shapeless ankles) with heavy-duty Spanx and because genes are mostly to blame, diet and workouts won't help either. Still, you can find boots to fit, no matter your shape. So get ready to splurge, these five chic boot solutions are worth it.
"Mum" is the word this fall gardening season, literally. When nurseries and home improvement stores start to sell colorful fall mums (aka "chrysanthemums"), it's time for frugal gardeners to keep their eyes open for some spectacular end-of-season bargains.
The phone calls from my Dad have come all too often. "Amy, your mother has had a fall," he'd say. I'd slide out of bed into my shoes and race to my parents' apartment, sometimes meeting the emergency squad when I arrived. We'd spend hours in the emergency room, grateful every time she came home without any broken bones or a concussion.
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