Hi Y’all, I’m Beth

I’m Beth Gramling Sanders, an empty nester, married since 1986, and mom of two wonderful grown women.

Way geekier than most women my age, along with my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, I stood in line for 12 hours in 2007 for the very first iPhone.

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Hi Y’all, I’m Beth

I’m an empty nester, way geekier than most women my age. I consider myself too old to be a hipster and too young at heart to be a geezer. I’m a Christ follower, life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, crossword puzzle nerd, wordsmith and all-around technology freak and early adopter.

I was a stay-at-home mom for 14 years, as my husband, Jim, and I raised our two daughters. I enjoy my girls as adults more than I ever dreamed and love being free from enforcing curfew, nagging about homework, and throwing down a four-course dinner every night.

This blog is my personal thoughts and insights on life, family, faith, the expression of experiences and wisdom gained through 60+ years of life, and things I enjoy.

My professional self is on my website, aptly named BethGSanders.com.

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Charlie

Charlie

It's 2008. Me, to my 16-year-old daughter, broken hearted after the end of a friendship: Sweetheart, I'm so sorry you're hurting. What do you think would make it better? I expected to hear "cookies," or "a sweet tea from McAllister's," or even "a new top." Instead she...

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New York: Upper West Side and Fifth Avenue

New York: Upper West Side and Fifth Avenue

My last New York post ended with the following riveting cliffhanger: Did Beth really touch the side of Paul Simon's former apartment building? Did they see Art Garfunkel on Fifth Avenue? The answers are yes and no. After the Circle Line, we made our way to the Upper...

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New York, Day Two: Circle Line

New York, Day Two: Circle Line

What a wonderful thing it is to wake up in New York City. Our first outing of the day was the Circle Line cruise. Yes, it's touristy, but neither of us had ever done it, so I think that makes it OK. The boat goes all the way around Manhattan. We started at Pier 83 at...

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New York, Day One

New York, Day One

Yesterday's flight went smoothly, after the minor glitch with my boarding pass was settled. I don't love flying one bit, but I survived the flight nicely, thanks to my iPad, New York Times crosswords and my "calm" playlist. And what may have been a tiny glass of wine....

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New York, Here I Come.

New York, Here I Come.

Tomorrow morning I'll leave for New York City for the first time since 1993. I could not be more excited; it's one of my favorite places. My mom is treating me to the trip, since Jim isn't working now (see this post if you need to catch up). We'll see two Broadway...

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Are You Creative?

Are You Creative?

I just ran across an interesting article on Lifehacker about the creative personality, called The Seven Elements of a Creative Personality. I read everything I can on this topic because it pretty much describes me. Especially this: You're creative if: Your Mind Has an...

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The Gift of Baseball

The Gift of Baseball

So, baseball is back. The season could not have come at a better time — especially now, when we're not going out much anywhere, due to the unemployment thing. One of our simple pleasures is putting our feet up and ending the day with the Cardinals on TV, win or lose....

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On the Occasion of the 21st Birthday of My Youngest Baby

On the Occasion of the 21st Birthday of My Youngest Baby

My youngest baby is 21 today. It makes me a little misty eyed, I'm not gonna lie. I tried to resist the motherly instincts last night when she told me she was going out at midnight to buy her first legal drink. Me: Be careful. Are you taking Ethan (longtime...

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3 Reasons I’m Not a Petrie or a Cleaver

3 Reasons I’m Not a Petrie or a Cleaver

I love to watch old sitcoms like The Dick VanDyke Show, Leave it to Beaver, and The Andy Griffith Show. They are relaxing to watch, as the characters' problems, always wrapped up neatly in half an hour, would earn a #FirstWorldProblems hashtag in today's world....

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Why What I Don’t Know is Totally OK

Why What I Don’t Know is Totally OK

Y'all are going to think there is something wrong with me. So a few caveats are in order before I tell this story: I'm an intelligent, educated woman, and have, in the past, supported myself quite well. I am not a backwards ninny who has to ask her husband's...

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Bad News and Good News

Bad News and Good News

We're about two weeks into the unemployment and, of course, there are big changes around here. Some good, some not so good. I wrote about it last week.  Bad news first: We're in only-spend-money-on-necessities mode. That means no extras; no restaurants, no...

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Clean Out. Move On.

Clean Out. Move On.

Earlier this week, I wrote about Jim's sudden layoff this past Tuesday morning. One of the things that made it difficult was that he and the others were asked to leave the building immediately and make arrangements to pick up personal effects after business hours. So...

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Rethinking Necessity

Rethinking Necessity

Taken on Greers Ferry Lake. A place that always feels peaceful. Early this morning as I got ready for work, I tweeted this: Getting in the shower & forgetting to put the shower curtain inside the tub: the new mopping the bathroom floor. #emptynesters #fb — beth g...

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Insomnia and Creativity: Story of My Life

Insomnia and Creativity: Story of My Life

Insomnia. It comes and goes, and I never know when it’s coming or when it will go. It perpetuates itself; the longer you go without sleeping, the more you worry because you’re not sleeping. The anxiety keeps you awake, so you can’t get to sleep, because you’re worried...

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Stan Musial, Daddy, and The Jersey

Stan Musial, Daddy, and The Jersey

Stan Musial died today. And it made me cry. Stan Musial, for those who aren't baseball fans, is the greatest Cardinal who ever played the game. He played his entire career — 22  years — in St. Louis. His statistics are impressive, to be sure, as he was the consummate...

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For Gracie: Godspeed, Tiny Puppy

For Gracie: Godspeed, Tiny Puppy

If we're connected on any social network, you know by now that we lost one of our four dogs on Christmas Day. We're not really sure what happened, but the best guess is that she had an illness we didn't know about and just found a place in my mom's back yard to curl...

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The View From 54

The View From 54

I never try to hide my age; I'm proud of each and every year. I always say, no cancer survivor complains about growing older. I cherish and revel in my birthdays, because each one is another little triumph over the big C. For those of you who dread getting older,...

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Post-Election Thoughts: Sportsmanship Award or Penalty?

Post-Election Thoughts: Sportsmanship Award or Penalty?

Thank goodness this election is over. Never in all my years of voting (and that's quite a few) have I seen such divisiveness and bitterness. I've seen rifts between friends over who is voting for whom. Over the past few months, many of my Facebook friends have talked...

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5 Ways to Get Ready for the Empty Nest. With Charts.

5 Ways to Get Ready for the Empty Nest. With Charts.

One of the things I'm proudest of is the fact that Jim and I will celebrate 26 years of marriage next month. No small feat to find someone who will put up with me for that long. We have learned a lesson or two in the process, so I thought I'd share a few. First, you...

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