Author Archives: Nancy Mitchell


Handling the Hard Work of the Grieving Process

When my husband of 42 years passed away in 2017, I did not grieve. I wondered what was wrong with me. I pretended to be sad, and I was to some degree. But I was not depressed and I was not grieving. Eventually, friends and family saw that I was… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • February 22, 2020
Family & Friends

3 Things Your Grandchildren Will Always Cherish

I asked my daughter what she remembered of her grandparents. She doesn’t remember much of the older grandmother, who passed away when she was 4 years old. Her older grandfather lived to be 99, and she remembers his hobbies, his tall tales, and most importantly, his presence at family gatherings.… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • February 5, 2020
young at heart
Personal Growth

Grow Older, Be Younger

Although I don’t mind becoming older, I mind being old. I want to stay young at heart and keep a vivacious spirit. I'm not alone in this. In a recent study, 60% of people 65 and over said they felt younger than they were. Compare that to the 25% of… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • January 28, 2020
aging in place
House & Home

13 Home Improvement Tips for Aging in Place

I have vowed to live to be 130. Crazy, I know. And I want to do so and continue to live in my own home, often called aging in place. So I’m always on the lookout for tips and products to help me navigate the physical world and my home.… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • January 6, 2020
long distance gifts

9 Ideas for Stress-Free Long Distance Gifts

When my husband and I were first married, we did a lot of Christmas gifting. His children lived in Seattle. His family lived in California and Arizona. My family lived in Colorado and Pennsylvania. Our haul in December consisted of eleven boxes. UPS loved us! Forty-five years later, how I… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • November 29, 2019
blended families
Family & Friends

6 Tips for Smooth Holidays for Blended Families

Holidays are a time spent cheerfully with family. This sounds nice in theory but can sometimes be difficult, especially for those with large families. Budgeting free hours between multiple families can be stressful. Blended families also bring a particular set of challenges. As divorce and remarriage have become more prevalent… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • November 22, 2019
7 things widows should consider if they're thinking of moving
New Surroundings

New Widowhood. New Residence?

Young women don’t think about widowhood – in their minds it’s too far in the future. Middle-aged women may think about it from time to time, if their husbands are not healthy or they see it happening to their peers. Many older women have “been there, done that.” I myself… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • November 8, 2019
A story of progress and pain after a knee replacement.

Knee Replacement Surgery: A Personal Story of Pain and Progress

My left knee had been bothering me. I thought, ignore it and it will go away, and it worked for a while! Then came the day when I couldn’t ignore it anymore. Walking in front of a nurse at my doctor's office, she said, “You’d better get that knee looked… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • October 25, 2019
Caregiving for a loved one with dementia

Surviving Dementia in your Family – What to Expect on the Journey

The Long Road Down a Dementia Diagnosis One of the most feared circumstances of life today is a diagnosis of dementia in a loved one or in ourselves. It may start out as an admission of forgetfulness, evolving into a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Some patients never go beyond… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • October 21, 2019
Airline travel while disabled is possible, with the right planning.

Traveling with a Disabled Family Member

Many American families have a member who is disabled, whether it be a child, an adult, or an elderly person. Formerly, being disabled meant stuck at home, but in this new age, disabled people have gotten out of the closet, pushed for reforms in accommodations and transportation, and taken themselves… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • September 28, 2019
Electric cars are the future

Women and Electric Cars – What’s in Your Future?

I recently read an online article about the fact that women are reluctant to buy electric cars. The only real conclusion the author came to was that women thought ICE – internal combustion engine – cars were more practical than electric cars. The article encouraged electric car makers to aim… Read More
  • Nancy Mitchell |
  • August 17, 2019

About Nancy Mitchell

Nancy Mitchell

The author flew for Pan American World Airways for ten years, then married a pilot and became a stepmother of 5 and then a mother of a daughter with physical disabilities. She enjoys family, travel and consciousness studies.