• God has taken me to a new place – both physically and figuratively. My husband and I have recently become part of a new church plant. We didn’t...
    Come Wake Me From My Sleep
    By Deb DeArmond
    August 14th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • My church keeps sending me email invitations to the Prime Time Ministries group. Prime Time? That’s code for “old” isn’t it? And if that’s t...
    Not Ready for Prime Time
    By Deb DeArmond
    August 07th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • “Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.” It’s what the fortune cookie in my hand predicted. I sw...
    The Prime of Life
    By Deb DeArmond
    August 21st, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • “How’s your elbow?” I asked on our bi-weekly call.“A little better. Doc says it’s as good as it’s gonna be. Just have to make do,” Lyn...
    Making Do
    By Deb DeArmond
    August 28th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • “I wish I had a picture of my mom, “ the young man said. “You look just like her.”Sounds nice, yes? Fail. Just five minutes earlier I learne...
    Power Up!
    By Deb DeArmond
    September 04th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • “I can take care of your mom,” he said.  It took me by surprise—not because it was the first time Ron had offered his help, but because of t...
    Now That's Love!
    By Deb DeArmond
    September 11th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • It’s the test of any girlfriendship: the vacation without husbands or kids or other friends to cushion the shock of 24 hours together. On the ocean...
    On the HMS Friendship*
    By Deb DeArmond
    September 18th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • There are times in life you make a commitment to something without full understanding of what that entails. Kind of a leap of faith, a let’s roll ...
    It's a Matter of Choice!
    By Deb DeArmond
    September 25th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • “Exactly what is a recovering supergalaholic?” I inquired of the perky gal with the pink boa. There was a familiarity in the term, but I wanted ...
    The Lie of the Self Made (Wo)M...
    By Deb DeArmond
    October 02nd, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • I watched my son’s face as he changed his first really messy diaper for his newborn son—his first child. Only a few days old, my grandboy had tak...
    THE POO RULE
    By Deb DeArmond
    November 06th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • Fair Weather FriendI have been blessed in life with good friends. Some I’ve known since we were kids. Some were added to my life in the last few yea...
    Fair Weather Friend
    By Deb DeArmond
    December 04th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • 60 Life Lessons – Well, it has arrived … the week and the month of my 60th birthday. Although that may not mean anything to you … it means some...
    60 Life Lessons –
    By Carol McLeod
    December 18th, 2014

    Freedom at 50+
  • GIVE ME ANOTHER MOUNTAIN!
    By Carol McLeod
    January 01st, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • Six Attributes of Really Great FriendshipsOne of the greatest gifts that I have been given, this side of heaven, is the gift of good friends. Faithful...
    Six Attributes of Really Great...
    By Carol McLeod
    January 15th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • The lock on the high-rise restroom door seemed a little loose. I wasn’t sure I could trust it. So when I heard another woman enter, I cleared my thr...
    Early Warning System
    By Deb DeArmond
    January 22nd, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • Tell me … how many times is it possible for one woman to say good-bye without having her heart irretrievably smashed into a million unmendable piece...
    When It's Time to Say Good-Bye
    By Carol McLeod
    January 29th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • I celebrated my 50th birthday recently. Notice I said "celebrated"-- not "ignored" or "shrugged at." Ok, originally, my thought was that 50 doesn't have qu...
    Getting Older Isn't So Bad: 7 T...
    By Cindi McMenamin
    February 05th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • You know some things in life are worth celebrating and I believe that significant birthdays are one of them! I am not ashamed of being 60 … but I m...
    7 Priorities for Living Life W...
    By Carol McLeod
    February 12th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • Can you believe it?! I’m at the beach in February …AH-H-H-H-H!! (That was a happy scream in case you were wondering!) What is it about the beach ...
    LIFE'S A BEACH
    By Carol McLeod
    February 26th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • I have a friend who says that one of her New Year’s Resolutions is simply to be a better friend. Now … it’s difficult for me to believe that it...
    Friends
    By Carol McLeod
    February 19th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • I was that kid. Taunted, teased, persecuted, bullied. Not by all, but by enough. Enough to cause me to believe the lies. Enough to fall prey to the ...
    Leaving That Kid Behind in my ...
    By Anita Agers-Brooks
    March 05th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • “Let’s get together for lunch soon.” How many times have I said those words in the past few years without actually doing it? Too many to count, ...
    Nurturing Relationships – Or...

    Freedom at 50+
  • Does getting older bother you? For years I've heard women balk at their age, lie about their age, and joke about being "forever 29." And I never got it. ...
    Five Things I Appreciate About...
    By Cindi McMenamin
    March 19th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • My washing machine broke down not long ago, forcing me to revisit a place I hadn’t been to in years—a laundromat. While there, I found myself watc...
    Accepting Ourselves
    By Dorothy Johnson
    March 26th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • A recent late night discussion with one of my sons reminded me how things change as we grow older.“I’m really proud of you, Mom. At this stage of ...
    Role Reversal
    By Deb DeArmond
    April 02nd, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • Why are women so concerned and sensitive about their age? I remember when I couldn’t wait to turn 18—then 21. The next year, my dad died of pancre...
    Sensitive about Your Age?
    By Karen Jordan
    April 09th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • It all started with my mirror. I didn't like what I saw—gray hair, wrinkles, and an extra chin. I could only see my faults—weaknesses, mistakes, an...
    Facing the Mirror
    By Karen Jordan
    April 16th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • #AgingFamilyWeLove In February, 2012, my grandfather, who was a month shy of 95, suffered a fall which ultimately led to his death approximately ten ...
    Aging Family We Love: A Place ...

    Freedom at 50+
  • Almost a year ago, my oldest son was in a horrific accident leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. In the space of one phone call, my mom-tendenci...
    The Pain of Letting Go by Jenn...
    By Jennie Atkins
    May 14th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • How healthy are you these days? While you can try to steer clear of germs, eat more nutritionally and exercise regularly, one of the healthiest habits...
    How Healthy is Your Heart? By ...
    By Cindi McMenamin
    May 07th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • I have a birthday coming up. I look in the mirror, see new wrinkles, a jawline beginning to sag. I call and make an appointment at a clinic far from h...
    Birthday Facelift
    By Leslie Leyland Fields
    May 21st, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • This Father’s Day: will you ever outlive your usefulness? By Dorothy BrothertonOriginally Published for Westside Weekly, Used here with permission....
    Honoring Our Aging Fathers

    Freedom at 50+
  • Life flies by, doesn’t it? Have you ever stopped for a moment and achingly wondered, “Where has it all gone?”“Why … I was just a teenager y...
    The Impact of Today
    By Carol McLeod
    June 04th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • During the writing of the book Nourished, with my daughter, Rachel, I experienced a long season of multiple crises and burn-out from chronic over-givi...
    Suffering and the Hero Within
    By Becky Johnson
    June 18th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • In a world that measures success by how much we accomplish, it's natural for us, at times, to ask "Am I doing enough for God?" The older you and I get, t...
    Am I Doing Enough for God?
    By Cindi McMenamin
    June 11th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+
  • Midnight PraiseAgain last night, as so many nights in recent years, I was up at midnight. And one o’clock. And two o’clock. Staring at the ceili...
    Midnight Praise
    By Julie-Allyson Ieron
    June 25th, 2015

    Freedom at 50+