Midlife Cabernet: Old Advice for New Parents

 My children grew up to become happy, productive adults without an arrest record or implanted horns and they still talk to me, so I’m qualified to offer some advice to new parents of healthy children. Here are a few easy suggestions that are all legal:Your children should:...more

Vintage Friends and Wine get Better with Age

I recently attended a garden party with a dozen feisty middle-aged women. We all once worked for Boise Cascade Corporation, and as our lives have evolved, most of us are still jumping in and out of hot water when we should be lolling around at a fancy resort sipping fine wine and receiving a massage from a bodybuilder named Thor....more

How to Plan and Survive Your Midlife Birthday

My most memorable childhood birthday could be a case study for why some people need therapy. My mother’s baby died during childbirth a few weeks before my 8th birthday, so my gift was a big doll with all the clothes that had been intended for my dead baby sister. There weren’t any inflated jumping castles or face-painting clowns at this party. Just my mother, weeping in the corner....more

Celebrate the Empty Nest and Empty Plate

 After decades of raising children and preparing them for the realities of the world, most middle-aged women are jubilant when their young adults are without a criminal record, gainfully employed, and off of the family nickel or teat. For us, the empty nest is a positive experience because our children are doing fine on their own.“My son got a job and has a new apartment!” Cheers and toasts....more

Midlife Cabernet: Go Hang a Banana

The world is smoldering toward catastrophic self-destruction, so it’s only sensible that I take a brief moment of clarity to offer this lovely tidbit of advice before the final tragic calamity ignites the end of civilization. If you want to appreciate form and function, escape chaos and crisis, and experience inner peace, you should hang a banana....more

Midlife Cabernet: What's So Funny?

The words “Cook in your underwear” aren’t that funny. But in the context of a speech I gave last week to the Idaho Association of School Administrators, the phrase prompted 500 people to spontaneously laugh out loud. For a speaker and an incorrigible clown, it’s a delightful feeling to say a few words that cause people to explode with laughter....more

Midlife Cabernet: Learning from the World's Great Chefs

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Midlife Cabernet: Cruising the Slow Lane

Studley and I escaped for a few days and drove to the resort town of McCall, Idaho. While driving on the narrow, winding mountain road, we anticipated summer traffic and took our place in line behind campers, a tour bus, logging trucks, and pickup trucks pulling recreational vehicles and/or boats and commercial rafts. We were among the crowds wanting to get away from the crowds....more

Midlife Cabernet: Being Awesome behind the Waste Basket

Last week I attended the BlogHer ’14 Conference in San Jose with several thousand other women and a few brave men. For most of the conference, my photograph was hidden behind a waste basket in the exposition hall. It was the last photo....more