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NINA MISHKIN is a retired Boston lawyer now living in Princeton, New Jersey.  She reads, writes, gets published once in a while, daydreams, exercises (not as often as she should), and tries to keep in touch with her two sons and four grandchildren (also not as often as she should).

She does tend to see the glass as half full most of the time, despite the fact that she and twenty-first century culture seem to be drifting farther and farther apart.

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  1. kathybjones

    Great blog, Nina! Welcome to the community of “older folks” learning “newer” tricks!! Including the appreciation of those of a feline sensibility.

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    • I suspect most thinking folks born before 1950 feel the same (self-referential) way. Judging by the photograph on your Uncle Bardie’s Stories blog, I am guessing that category includes you, as well as me.

      Thank you for dropping by and liking some posts. Come again any time. 🙂

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    • Glad to have you here, Kate. I confess I looked you up before replying to your comment. Getting old (“aging”) I am certainly experiencing, although not yet — knock wood — as a problem or condition for which serious accommodation must be made. Dementia I know nothing about, other than what I read, so cannot be illuminating in that regard. (In fact, as you will discover, I tend to be ostrich-like about what may lie ahead, which could perhaps offend you. No offense will be intended.) Your Gravatar photograph shows you with a dark grey cat looking very much like my two; so we have that in common to begin with. I am curious about your references to Facebook and Twitter. I don’t do either of them. How did The Getting Old Blog turn up there? 🙂

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      • Great to hear back from you… and thanks for looking me up! I do the same. Re who highlighted your blog on social media, I’d have to go back to find out as can’t remember! Anyway, rest assured, it would have been a friend of mine who highlighted your great writing. I like the idea of being ostrich-like… we do it often here, but call it the denial bubble. Nothing will offend me either, what could,really, after a diagnosis of dementia? And yes, that is Boris, my darling Russian Blue cat. Our other one Star died from cancer in September, from which I am still grieving, in fact we all are,
        including Boris. Take care, and great to connect. Happy New Year, Kate

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  2. Jools

    Hi Nina – I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can see how it works on my award post here (http://awritersnotepad.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/versatile-blogger-award/) and if you decide to participate, you just need to follow the rules for the award, which are:
    • Display the Award Certificate on your blog (just cut-and-paste it from my post)
    • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you – that’s me!
    • Nominate 15 other bloggers (I’ve kept to 10 as 15 seemed quite a lot)
    • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
    • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
    Whether you join in or not, I just want you to know that I nominated you because I really enjoy your blog and thought you might like to see it shared with some new readers.

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    • Dear Julie — Thank you so much for the honor. I’m really glad you enjoy the blog. (It’s hard to tell sometimes who is reading and who isn’t because not everyone who reads and enjoys a post, including me, always remembers to click “like.”) So I really and truly appreciate your including me in your ten Versatile Bloggers list. I may, however, decide to pass on paying it forward. I’ve already gone through that process with The Shauny Award, and although it took a lot of time, almost all of the ten bloggers I then identified let it drop. Let me think about it for a bit. (And think about what 7 interesting things about me I could identify that I haven’t already covered in my all-over-the-place blog!) But again, thank you thank you. I enjoy following your blog, too!

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  3. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. To accept, you answer the questions on my Liebster Award post and pass it on by nominating ten other blogs you love. I hope you “do” awards, but if you don’t, no worries. I enjoy reading your blog and want to include it on the list of ten I recommend.

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    • Dear Nanette, Wow! Thank you so much for your appreciation and kind thoughts. I’m glad you enjoy reading TGOB (The Getting Old Blog), and am very pleased at your recommendation. Unfortunately, I decided at the last nomination I received (see above) that I really don’t want once again to invest in the time it takes to pass the honor forward. It does require considerable time I don’t have right now. I hope you don’t mind too much. I enjoy reading your blog, too — and would like to think that when you say “no worries,” I shouldn’t worry. Again, thank you. Thank you squared, even! 🙂

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    • “Retired” comes to all of us sooner or later, Ella — voluntarily or not, as the case may be. If sooner and voluntarily, you have to plan ahead. But you’re already doing that, as I see from your own blog. Anyway, welcome to “Getting Older” — the blog, not the age. 🙂

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    • Thank you for your good wishes, Vlad. (My mother’s father was a Vladimir, too.) Your English is very good for a fifteen-year old in Novosibirsk. (You see, I have visited your blog!) I’m glad you’re enjoying what you read here. 🙂

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  4. Thanks for visiting my site and for liking my post, A Heart for Salt! And thanks for the follow and I will do the same. You’ve got a wonderful site! I love your about page.

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  5. Nina I love your blogs, you’ve inspired me (and gave me the courage!) to begin writing my own blog. I wanted to create one for awhile but never had the time-now I have the time and am hoping I still want to! This is new territory for me but you seem to do it so easily!
    Thanks for letting me into your world,
    Florence

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    • And thank you for the appreciation, Florence. It really isn’t easy at all, and I do approach almost every blog post as a serious piece of writing, even though it comes out, as it’s supposed to, sounding as if I just knocked it off. But I certainly wish you much good luck with yours. It will take some time to find your blog voice. However, you seem to have begun with plenty of energy, and several good friends cheering you on. By the way, you might want to alter your home page format to permit “liking” and “following.” I didn’t see any place to do either, and I’m sure you’ll have lots of “likes” and “follows” if you make it possible for them to come your way.

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  6. Dear Nina,
    You’re an outstanding writer with a great voice. Thanks for sharing. I’ve earned my living as a writer for almost 30 years, and I know good writing when it makes me jealous that I didn’t write it myself. I’m feeling a little green right now.
    Looking forward to more,
    Steve

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    • Dear Steve, Your terrific comment came at just the right time. I’m knee-deep in packing boxes, right after selling a house and buying an apartment (both yesterday), throwing things out and at the same time trying to get past Bill not being here anymore. I am obviously not writing at the moment. Hearing from you reminds me of what I need to get back to — not just for my relatively few but devoted followers but also for myself — once this move is over and I am moderately settled in the new place. Thank you for the lovely compliment (and nudge).

      With respect to “more,” please have a little patience, until I can get to the computer keyboard again.

      As a matter of curiosity, which post or posts triggered your response? It’s always nice to know when I hit one out of the ballpark…..

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  7. Nina,
    I just loved reading your blog. I was looking for other similar blogs to my own and came across yours. Your writing is wonderful, whilst your thoughts are insightful and encouraging. I shall continue reading.

    Mike

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  8. Just reading some of your writing again and thinking how impressed I am. Being English, I write in dependent clauses and such like. Americans cut out that superfluous and go straight to the point It’s a Hemingway thing. I used to want to be Hemingway. You really amaze me. Can I share some of your work to my blog?

    Mike

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    • Sorry to be so late in getting back to you. As I noted in response to your prior comment, I was about to take off for a five day visit to family on the West Coast. (I live on the East Coast.). Just got back late last night. I can’t say I think I’m anything like Hemingway as a writer. (From your lips to God’s ear.) But you may certainly share, as long as you give proper attribution to each thing you reblog. That means, of course, you give me and The Getting Old Blog credit each time.

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    • It’s not a bad idea to reread what you write, a day or so after you’ve written it, and before posting. Strike what looks like superfluous crap when you’ve slept on it. You’d be surprised how much you can cut. Who ever said writing wasn’t work?

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      • Cheers, Nina. I have tended towards writing every day after having first written a lengthy tome and then re-writing it as I was posting. I find that their is an essential immediacy and honesty gained through doing this. I shall continue to read your blog. Mike

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