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Food preferences change with age

Other Side of 50

I come from a family of cooks. We associate food with caring for others and pleasant feelings. Gatherings in my childhood included my mother’s mouthwatering pies, my aunt’s homemade squash-stuffed tortellini and my uncle’s oven-roasted fresh turkey. There were always too many appetizers, side dishes and desserts. We left the table stuffed and content. While dining out, I used to […]

Give respect to get respect

Ask Ms. Bonnie

Question: I’m concerned about my children’s disrespectful behavior. My daughter is 3 and my son is 7. Although both kids are well-behaved when they’re in school, they’re often disrespectful to my husband and me as well as my parents. We’ve taught them to be kind and polite, and we do our best to model and teach the right words. What […]

Silent Generation has something to say

Other Side of 50

Recently I sent a survey to several Silent Generation seniors who are between the ages of 76 and 93. A great deal has been written about their beginnings as a cohort, but my goal was to understand their thoughts and feelings as they pertain to some of the more recent cultural changes in our society. The Silent Generation is the […]

A time to honor the faithful departed and examine priorities

Roots of Faith

Halloween falls on the eve of a hallowed, or sacred, holiday: All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, which is followed by All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, Nov. 2. We have not one, but two days to honor those who have gone to the Lord before us. All Saints’ celebrates those deemed especially pious or […]

Zoom cameras: Keep on or switch off?

Other Side of 50

During the past year I’ve been on more than my fair share of Zoom meetings. Every such meeting has a personality of its own. Take, for example, the Zoom meetings hosted by Community Care Licensing, a jurisdiction Senior Concerns falls under. With hundreds of people on the call, we are provided with guidance concerning COVID as it affects program protocols. […]

Kids who don’t act their age

Ask Ms. Bonnie

Question: I admit that I get impatient and annoyed with my 3-year-old son. The problem for me seems to be that I expect him to act “older” because he often acts and thinks like his 5-year-old sister. How can I remember that my son is only acting his age? This is a common parenting conundrum with a smart, sweet and […]

Finding support assistance after the health crises ends

Other Side of 50

Right now I’m aware of several neighbors dealing with the sudden health crises of aging loved ones. Once the short-term crisis is dealt with, they will have to decide where to turn next. I have seen queries about these types of choices on Nextdoor. And while I love Nextdoor for restaurant recommendations and learning about wild animal sightings or local […]

Long-range strategies better than bribes

Ask Ms. Bonnie

Question: Ms. Bonnie, I’ve fallen into a bad habit of using rewards and bribes for my 4-year-old son, and when they don’t work, I find myself becoming controlling, frustrated and even giving up. I need help. This question addresses the core of relationship-building in parenting. In a nutshell, there is a better way because, as you’ve experienced, bribes and rewards […]

Funding program for long-term care

Other Side of 50

The Conejo Senior Resource Network, a subgroup of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, convenes monthly to learn about new and established senior solutions. At a recent meeting, I learned about Washington state’s new Long-Term Care Trust Act, which takes effect at the start of 2022. The law establishes a half-percent payroll tax to help fund long-term care for […]


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