“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

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Parents Be Aware: How Teen Drug Use Can Morph into Mental Illness

Excerpt: “Everyone has some degree of mental illness and addiction. Maybe you’re addicted to fairly benign things, like chocolate or coffee. Maybe your mental illness manifests in OCD hand washing or hair braiding when you’re nervous. Weird neurons that trigger, despite your intellectual observation. For others though, the situation is more dire. Meth. Heroin. Voices in their head. It’s easy to judge people on the extreme end of the spectrum. To feel smugly superior. But then one of these desperate cases turns out to be our parent, or our sibling, a friend, or worst of all, our child. Where does that leave us?

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The Effects of Divorce on Children: How My Parents’ Divorce Turned Me Into Jason Bourne

“I always thought I should be a spy. I’d have supreme efficiency in handling numerous vehicles, and would possess a Brazilian passport with a Portuguese name: ‘Gilberta de Piento.’ I felt qualified because my parents divorced when I was three and I orbited two homes as disparate as Jupiter and Mars. My mom remarried a police officer who had two sons that were three and six years older than me and we lived on a 69-foot sailboat in a white-trash, run-down harbor in Antioch, California, where Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped and kept as a sex slave for 18 years.” Keep Reading …

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How My Grandma Took a Stand & Decided to Leave Her Church of 40 Years

Excerpt: I have two daughters. My younger daughter is Lesbian. As with most parents, I found this extremely difficult to accept. Denial was my middle name. I understand people who are homophobic because I was there – I was wrong. When homosexuality presents itself into your home, especially into your heart, it takes on a whole new meaning. About three years ago my daughter told me, ‘Mom, I’m gay.’ Keep Reading:

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The Lengths I’ll Go to Try to Impress You (& be of service)

Excerpt: “I like to brag. And every now and them I’m a cowgirl who’s all hat and no cattle. But I did something I didn’t think I could do in this video. See if you can do it with me!”

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I Thought I’d Fixed All of My Issues; Think Again

Excerpt: “This fear took over every aspect of my life. My ability to enjoy my family. My ability to live in the moment and be in my body. My ability to actually enjoy my life. I knew I had to take radical action and fast …”

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The Best Photographer in Los Angeles & “Write Your Starring Role” Workshop!

Excerpt: “Introducing the Most Interesting Photographer & Comedienne in Los Angeles. This isn’t a sponsored post. It’s all about supporting and loving fabulous women who are doing kickass work! If you need a truly great headshot with loads of personality, or want to Write Your Own Starring Role – Read on”

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I’m Lucky to be Featured in SheSpark’s “Keeping It Hot” Edition

A starlet, a scholar and a stripper discuss sex in midlife and beyond. Fine, I’m one of them. I have the fortune to be featured in SheSparks’s #KeepingItHot August Edition. Read On …

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Smooth, Silky Sex After 50! Here’s How…

Excerpt: “At the tender age of 18, a well-meaning gynecologist working at the USC health center decided to acquaint me with my very own va-jay-law for the first time. She positioned a little handheld mirror between my legs while I lay back on the examining table, feet in stirrups, so I could see.” Keep Reading if you dare…

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6 KickAss Tools for Getting What You Want in Your Love Life!

A lot of things have been going on at my relationship website shannoncolleary.com. So if you’re one of my readers who struggles in your love relationship — or even if you simply want to be get better at having a

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The #1 Killer of Married Sex

Excerpt: “You can’t just run off to Sri Lanka, spending your days filming a documentary on the knitwear sweat factories while visiting opium dens in the evening.” Keep Reading …

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Inspiration From a Teacher With My Daughter When an “Active Shooter” Terrorized UCLA

“As we sat together in silence, I called each of your names, and in the quiet of that room, where the tension was still thick with not knowing, I wanted to say your names over and over again.” Keep Reading

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Is Chad from The Bachelorette a Serial Killer? My Pick to Win!

Excerpt: “How dare he cut in on her private conversations with poor erectile dysfunction salesman Evan? (Who Chad definitely thinks is a pussy) and find dark alcoves to pull JoJo into and kiss her (you just know Chad’s not kissing with a closed mouth!) Keep reading:

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Who Else Wants to Quiet Their Mind and Be Happier?

Excerpt: “Next time your mind gets stuck in a stream of unproductive or destructive thought, notice your thinking. Stay with it briefly and even notice how it feels in your body. But, then, instead of following the twisted path of thinking any farther, kindly say to yourself: “Leave it.” And come back to something that’s happening in the here and now – your breath, a sound or the feeling of your feet on the ground.” Keep reading for zen …

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Blown Sideways: The Day I Left Jack Kerouac

Excerpt: “I’d also leave my aged Beauty Rest mattress.

A forensics team would find remnants of the married actor who showed up to rehearse a scene from “Two For the See-Saw” going commando under his sweats and smelling faintly of citrus that reminded me of the orange trees in my childhood backyard…” Read More

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He Answered the Door With a Gun

Excerpt: “What happened in the hot tub stays in the hot tub. Let’s just say I did not lose my virginity there, but the Kraken had been unleashed. Lance parked his car a good half-mile from my house at 2 a.m. We alighted, both of us with sopping wet hair, me clutching my dripping bikini in my left fist. I felt sexy, beautiful, daring and free right up to the moment when I tried to open my bedroom window and it wouldn’t budge.” Read More …

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5 Wisdom Bites on How to Handle Difficult People

While going through my divorce, my therapist said to me “if he was like this while you were married, why do you expect him to be different now?” The realization really jarred me: it was true. Stop wishing the asshat was different. Don’t expect a change in behavior. Asshats don’t suddenly become aware of their asshat status and reform their ways. Keep Reading …

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How to Build Your Brand in 6 Minutes!

Excerpt: “Your Real Self + Your Alter Ego = Your Brand. What do I mean by that? You can ask Clark Kent, or Bruce Wayne or Beyonce. But if you can’t get any of those peeps on the phone, you can watch my 6-minute video where I spoke on a panel at the fantastic BAM (Bloggers At Midlife) 2016 Conference in Vegas last week.
Viewer Warning: There will be bodacious ta-tas, aged vajaylaws and a heap of good information for wild, renegade mavericks out their building their own business:

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Talking To Kids About Pornography (7 Bullet Points)

Excerpt: “Pornography is affecting young boys’ brains, turning them into misogynistic aggressors who might objectify and assault girls in the course of what they consider to be ‘normal’ sexual practices.” Keep Reading for talking points.

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Guest Post: The “Real Truth” About my Stepmom’s Boobs

Excerpt: “Should any pimply, horny teenage boy appear on my door stoop he was met full-force by this curvaceous nautical figurehead, her prow steaming right through him as if he were nothing more than a ripple in a paddling pool.” Read More!

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“I See You’ve Made a New Friend” & Other Memories of a Boy Gone too Soon

These are the things I remember about the Gone Boy. Hazel eyes. Slippery black hair. Fluidity of motion. Chipped front teeth. Velvety skin. A goofy laugh. A whipsmart brain. He seemed indestructibly alive. I suppose his death was the first that made me realize how permeable the layer is between life and death, but it didn’t help me understand how to feel about it.

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My 74-Year-Old Mother Takes on Ecuador (The Galapagos MisAdventure)

Excerpt: “Whenever I stepped onto foreign soil I became the new, more beautiful, exciting me: worldly, intriguing, champagne imbibing, mysterious with an intellectual bent (spy novel notwithstanding).” Read more!

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The Most Interesting Woman in the World!

“When I was pregnant, I was living in Guatemala city, carrying a glock 9mm (with a 32 round magazine) in my purse. I was riding my dirt bike up staircases in the city to avoid sketchy law enforcement, trespassing on private property, feeling completely entitled to do whatever-the-hell I pleased, and felt immortal.” Keep Reading …

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The Shocking Truth about Women in Lingerie over 50 (Photos)

HuffPo 50 took photographs of 11 women ranging in age from 48-67 in their lingerie then asked them how do they feel sexy today as opposed to in their twenties. Their answers will uplift you … Keep Reading!

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Blog Break: I’m Writing a Book (Beware Asshats)

Excerpt: “The reason a woman over 50 posts photos of herself in lingerie on social media and her blog is that she’s fishing for compliments. She wants you to write stuff like, ‘You are one hot mama!’ or ‘The girls looks great!’ (‘the girls’ in thisShannon Bathroom 2 instance = boobs). Or, ‘How can you write so well when you look so good?’ (Which will offend some women, because the question presupposes that good female writers are unattractive, but it will not offend me.)” Keep Reading …

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Danielle, Embracing Beauty Despite Breast Cancer (LYBN)

Excerpt: “I felt a small lump in my breast in February 2014. When I saw my oncologist and all the results were in, I was told that I had Stage-4 metastatic breast cancer that was in my liver, lungs, sternum and both breasts. I was told in April 2014 that I had two years to live.” Keep Reading …

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