Author Archives: Lorrie DeFrank

About Lorrie DeFrank

Retired and relishing the time to write about anything concerning people 65 and older, which is everything.

Friends forever. Finally, Boston.

Reading Dan Buettner’s “The Blue Zones of Happiness” on a flight from Massachusetts to Florida this weekend I smiled at this part about how to be happy: Create a circle of at least three friends with whom you can have … Continue reading

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Heirlooms? No, thank you.

Consumable. Remember, consumable. So went my self-talk this afternoon as I shopped for a gift for a friend. At our age, we don’t need anything else sitting around. The best gifts are those you can eat, drink, spray, lather, dab, … Continue reading

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Hurricane binging, girdles and pantyhose

This one’s been making the rounds the past few days. You’ve probably seen it: Here in Florida, we identify. My boyfriend referred to my house as the “world’s best bed and breakfast” while we rode out Hurricane Irma there. He … Continue reading

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After Irma, deep gratitude

A little levity two days after Hurricane Irma, courtesy of a neighbor who still has not removed this window board: Paranoid that the historic flooding in my beloved Jacksonville, home for 21 years, will somehow cause a massive sewer failure, … Continue reading

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Exploring Old Florida ~ Cedar Key and more

A 12th Stone travel post: A wonderful thing about retirement is the freedom to wander at will. Just pick up and go with no plans. Do people actually do that? Back in Pennsylvania when I was still working and our … Continue reading

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Cumberland Island ~ shore to remember

An hour’s drive and 45-minute ferry ride away, it took me 20 years to make it to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Since I started dating a guy who loves to travel four years ago we’ve been from Alaska to Panama … Continue reading

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Skal! To Iceland, and a new decade

A 12th Stone travel post: Hmm, maybe not. Perhaps I’ll write a travel/humor/birthday piece. Whatever, how can a retiree be too busy to blog? My first 12th Stone post featured a photo of a champagne toast to my 65th birthday. … Continue reading

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