My mother is just 2 years and 1 month away from 100 years old, but I’m not asking her if she wants to get there.

My mom when she was a hell of a lot younger. Photo owned by Marie A Bailey

A few weeks ago, Anne Emerick posted a funny and insightful story on whether why she refuses to self identify as “old” or as a “senior.”

After reading her story, I commented that my mother would be 98 in October so I don’t dare call myself old. Anne asked if…

If I had known then what I know now, I might have stayed put and missed out. Trigger warning: Spiders and snakes.

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Thirty-some years ago, my husband and I opted to leave our cozy one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco, California, and move to Tallahassee, Florida. Why did we do that, you ask? Well, we ask ourselves that a lot now, but that’s not the point of my story. Yes, there are a…

Meeting the challenge of your marriage vows might come sooner than you think.

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In February 2001, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I was 43 and scared shitless of cancer. My husband was scared too, but kept it to himself for the most part. I was freaking out. Somebody had to stay calm and it was him. That March, I underwent a total…

Marie A Bailey

Life-long writer. Four-cat mama. Introvert who loves solitude. Fledgling nature photographer. You can also find me at

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