Author: Donna Ryan

Donna Ryan, a frequent contrbutor to thirdAGE, is the founder and editor of the blog www.50plusstickingtogether.com.

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My Little Princess

Posted by Donna Ryan

My cellphone was on mute, but from the corner of my eye I noticed her name and sensed it was going to be sad news. I gave myself a moment […]

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Don't Buy It Now!

Posted by Donna Ryan

I recently heard a commercial for a furniture store that said, “Buy now! No interest until 2025!” I had a vision of my parents sitting in their living room years […]

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Living with Joy

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The New Year had arrived, and the day after the ball dropped in Times Square, we were packing the car and heading home. I made a resolution not to cry […]

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Bring Back Respect

Posted by Donna Ryan

While I’m not a huge television watcher, I do enjoy a good awards show. With my remote control, a cup of tea, my pj’s on and my coziest blanket, I […]

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Sunday Dinner

Posted by Donna Ryan

Do you remember being a kid when all you could do on Sunday was go to church and then spend the rest of the day with family having dinner? I […]

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How Do You Like It There?

Posted by Donna Ryan

As I sit on my balcony on this quiet morning, I cannot believe it has been over a month since we packed up the car and left our life in […]

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Life at Francesca's

Posted by Donna Ryan

I happen to think beauty shops are interesting places, and I wonder why the thought of doing a television show based on one never occurred to anyone.  But I have […]

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Taking Good Care of Myself

Posted by Donna Ryan

Button up your overcoat when the wind is free, take good care of yourself, you belong to me!  I remember hearing my aunt sing it when I was a child.  […]

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Tape Measure

Posted by Donna Ryan

I have been feeling overwhelmed for the past few months. My husband Kevin and I have wanted to move out of our Queens, New York apartment for way over a […]

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Relax

Posted by Donna Ryan

It’s a beautiful post-holiday afternoon in December, and I’m relaxing with a cup of coffee and my laptop. I’ve lived to celebrate almost 56 Christmases, and I’ve learned that this […]

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I Wasn't Her Friend

Posted by Donna Ryan

When I was a young girl there was a woman in my life who did not care if I liked her; her role was not to be my friend. I’ll […]