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Separated at Birth?

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, July 1, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

If I’ve been on your Social Media radar lately, you know that I just had a week-long reunion with my so-called “childhood friend.” Actually that was a convenient phrase for online usage, though not really the truth. I met Loui when my Dad took a pastorate in Muncie, Indiana with The Church of the Nazarene in 1956. Her name was Louanna then, and she was four years my senior – my brother’s pal. Because our parents were also friends, I spent a fair amount of time in her home over the n...


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I Have Everything I Need Right Here, Right Now (Revisited)

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, June 20, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

Could it really, truly be that we have everything we need right here, right now? If we look? If we are open to it? If we trust that we do? It’s a philosophy that I’ve been experimenting with for the last few years. And if you’ve been sloshing along with this blog for awhile, you may recall the incident last year when I put this claim to the test. My friend, Sandi and I, had little more than a day to erect a storage space in her back yard—with no pre-existing foundation. (If you want...


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Reclaiming an Unlived Spring

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

The sun found Portland today long after it was due, showing up as if right on cue like a   celebrity late to her own gala sans apology. My granddaughter, Abby, a bona fide nature nymph, could not be contained. Her well-being had been compromised by the lack of spring and outdoors she flew, beckoning me to join her. Nothing to do but scoop but the eight-month old baby, grab a blanket, and head for the front lawn. We settled in semi-shade for the sake of Garen’s bald head, yet close enough to...


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Online Dating Lesson

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

I’m happy. I’m single. I’m happy I’m single. (Get ready, the “but” isn’t far behind—or instead, let’s make that an “and.”) AND after an adult lifetime of long-term partnerships, there’s a part of me that asks, “Is there someone else out there?” Or, more importantly, “Is there someone in there—someone inside me who is willing to enrich and complicate my current level of contentment?”  I have to admit that despite that satisfaction, I’ve been attracted to the...


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Life Changes...Us

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

When I came to Oregon last year, I “met someone.” Why do we say that, anyway? We “meet someone” all the time. Yet we also understand those mundane words to mean that something ordinarily so ordinary is, in fact, extraordinary. And so it is for me. A beautifully bald guy—quite a bit younger than me--is sprawled out on my couch, dozing. We’ve only known each other a few months, and though I haven’t told him so, he’s captivated me. I can tell he likes me a lot and we spend time t...


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Betty White Doesn't Do Lunch

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, April 1, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

 “As much as I love my friends, I wouldn't think of going out to lunch with a woman. I can't think of anything less interesting, except hen parties and showers — and I avoid them like the plague.” Thus spake Betty White in a not-so-recent edition of AARP magazine.

Obviously, Betty White never had lunch with Jill Kuykendall. (Or dozens of other women who will go unnamed only because my blog gets cranky when I go too far over its word limit) I chose Jill because she’s a lunch companion e...


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Giggle Baby

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, February 24, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

When a baby blesses the cosmos with a first laugh, we’re likely to run for the baby book and jot down the date with a grin. But there are cultures that take laughter more seriously—that is to say, see meaning in the virgin giggle. The Navajo believe that for the first few months of life, a baby is a citizen of two worlds: heaven and earth. But the first laugh signals the soul’s desire to join their earth family and be part of its community. And the person who induces that first laugh? I...


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French Press to Free Press

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, In : Women at midlife 


There’s French Press. There’s Wine Press. And there’s Free Press! 

I’m a lifelong coffee fan, pressed or unpressed. Do you remember percolated? I started drinking the big, black stuff when I was about eight – before people realized that late-night coffee drinking might constitute child negligence. (Lucky for me.) In the beginning, I garnished it heavily with cream and sugar. The cream went in my college years due to lack of availability dormside. Then I kept decreasing the sugar unt...


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How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

I paid homage to St Valentine yesterday by procuring a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's, throwing in a balloon and some party accoutrements and delivering myself and the goods to my grandchildren’s door. According to my granddaughter, this constituted “the BEST Valentine Day EVER” which is quite the compliment since the first three of her five celebrations she doesn’t remember. Score while it’s easy, friends.  

All this set me to musing about the “holiday” that is the bona f...


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Back in the Blogger's Seat

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Sunday, February 13, 2011, In : Women at midlife 

Greetings!
I’m back at the wheel of the blogging machine, but all has changed. Somehow when I titled my blog, “Moving to Maui” it was with a lack of foresight saved for the networking naïve. Blogs are meant to endure and serve as a foundation for one’s platform and presence online. How long can I be “moving to Maui?” So I hereby change the name of my blog to exactly what it says (and has always said) at the top of this page: “Evolving Journey Blog.” That, my friends, is the su...


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Maridel Bowes "Shaking up a cocktail of soul and spirit with a twist of laughter!" The dazzling concoction of being human on a daily basis...living our unfolding paths with wit and whimsy... and radical trust in our own evolution...creating a community of shared soulfuness here in our midlife prime...all sponsored by a host of laugh-out-loud Angels!
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