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Aging by Dr. Ellen McMahon

Growing old is not for the faint of heart. There are lots of things that change whether you like it or not. Suddenly things that you took for granted as a constant are no longer there and that includes people! continue reading »

Building a Fire

I have a fireplace in my house in the city and in my cabin in the woods in Northern Wisconsin. When I am at home in the city, on very cold weekend days I like to build a fire continue reading »

Creating a Season

There are seasons of the year when we spend lots of time and energy even money on decorating. We decorate the house inside and out. We wear festive clothing and even costumes continue reading »

Little Changes make a Big Difference

I recently purchased a car after going 18 months without one. I took public transportation, I am proud CTA card carrier, and on the few occasions I needed a car I rented one. continue reading »

Paying for College after Graduation

There is no doubt that the cost of a college degree is going up. Even those schools that have chosen to limit any increases still increased tuition and fees. Public colleges are up about 6.4% and private schools are up 5.9%. continue reading »

Learning by Doing

For the longest time I have been fascinated by all the things you can do with concrete. I wanted to make planters or garden patio blocks or even larger troughs for water. I bought several books and read like crazy. I went to see what other people did, continue reading »

Your Personal Learning Network

Who is in your personal learning network (PLN)? Or maybe we should first ask, What is a personal learning network? In this knowledge economy with every single thing continue reading »

Learning through Stories

I think most of us like a good story. We grow up asking for stories to be read or told to us in the off times when the action of the moment or day has slowed down. We may think of them as kids’ stuff, continue reading »

Global Competence

In this day and age with all the technology at our fingertips the world appears to be getting smaller and smaller. Technology makes communication to the far reaches of the world spontaneous. continue reading »

The Wisteria Effect

This time of year my wisteria, which I nursed for about 5 years, is in bloom. It has a short flowering time lasting only a few weeks. But in those few weeks I find so much pleasure continue reading »

Fruits of our Labor

Here is a secret. I love to iron. Now I don’t like to iron everyone in the households clothing but I really do enjoy ironing my stuff. As a young girl growing up ironing or more specifically mangling continue reading »


There are moments in our lives that can appear quite routine but actually are momentous. I recently found some essays I wrote and saved. It seems quite apropos at this moment as one daughter is about to be married and the other daughter is establishing herself continue reading »

Old Dogs and New Tricks

I find that it is very easy to get stuck in the familiar. It doesn’t require much effort to get through the day and the familiar offers a level of safety that is quite reassuring on some days. continue reading »


This year I celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary, and in fact my husband and I have been “an item” for almost 34 years. I have worked at the same university for 22 years. continue reading »

Writing for Health and History

I am a writer. I have always written. I come from a family of writers. I have sisters who are masters of poetry and prose. My father who is as unlikely a writer as anyone wrote a few poems in his day. continue reading »

The Job of Parents

As parents we have lots of responsibility for the details of our children’s lives. We cover the basics, food and shelter, which gets harder and harder in this economy, and we have their education. continue reading »


Serendipity is the ability to find things by chance. It can be good fortune or luck but the emphasis is on the luck or chance part of the finding. continue reading »

Violence and Language

It is hard to not to be thinking about the violence that recently took place in Arizona. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were present at the shooting, but I am also thinking of us, the American public, as a whole. continue reading »

Surround Yourself with Positive Energy

Those around you have a big impact on how you are feeling and your ability to attract other people. Positive people help you build your own self confidence and help you see the possibilities around you. Negative people chip away at your confidence and add very little to moving forward. continue reading »

Tamale Day at the McMahon’s

My youngest brother married one of the brightest and most talented women I know. She has even spoken in my classes as someone who started and sold a business and the students loved her as well. continue reading »