I had the good fortune of meeting an extremely inspiring woman while  visiting my favorite florist a few months ago.   I first heard her effervescent voice as she responded to the florist’s greeting. She has been a regular customer since the shop opened. No surprise that she is their favorite customer. […]


Flourish Beyond 50-Coming Clean @ 15!-Jane Stinson

by Judy Griffin on July 8, 2014

  The summer after my sophomore year in high school was a time in my life that I felt self-confident, powerful, happy and content. I went to an all girls’ catholic high school and in sophomore year we had to declare whether our studies would be college or commercial (typing, stenography, dictation, etc.) I loved […]

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Flourish Beyond 50-with Samyak Yamauchi

by Judy Griffin on June 18, 2014

A Tourist In Chinatown The temperature is chilly, but the sun is too bright. Her big,Hollywood sunglasses can’t protect her eyes, so she shuts them, and WHACK – a fortune cookie hits her on the head! She can’t read the signs at the bus station. She doesn’t hear the announcement on the loudspeaker. She misses […]


Flourish Beyond 50: with Polly Leaf

by Judy Griffin on June 9, 2014

                        I met Polly Leaf in yoga class and I have always admired her beauty, grace, vibrancy, and youthful attitude.  Not to mention her flexibility. I am usually sitting behind her and am always in awe. We can learn a lot from Polly so […]


Flourish Beyond 50~Aunt Marie

by Judy Griffin on May 22, 2014

            I had the pleasure of interviewing the charming and vibrant woman Marie Magnani aka Aunt Marie. I found Aunt Marie through her niece Lorri, who shared her aunt’s zest for living when I told her about the book I was writing.  Flourish at 50 & Beyond: Stepping into your […]


Somersaults and a Magic Blue Baseball Mitt

by Judy Griffin on December 19, 2012

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,  but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelo                   Ever since I can remember he was always there with a loving smile, twinkling eyes, and the best belly […]