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Our Life Reimagined: Repack Your Empty Nest!

Big fun! A quick clip that AARP’s Life Reimagined produced about us! It’s 30 secs of GypsyNester action-packed goodness! What do you think? Leave a comment here!

Fear Conquering & Climbing My First Mountain on My 52nd Birthday

We were going to hike up a mountain, The Boy said. Not climb, hike.

Or maybe that’s what I chose to hear. Certainly, The Boy is aware of my age and the limitations thereof.

He wouldn’t be trying to kill me on my birthday, would he?

(photo taken right before things went terribly awry)… CONTINUE READING >>

Single & Over 50? Why the Heck Would You Live Alone? I’d be too…
I’m not gonna lie and pretend that I haven’t thought about what I would do if David kicked the bucket - we participate in way too many crazy, fear-conquering shenanigans so, yes, the notion has passed through my head.

I know I wouldn’t want to live alone if I were to become suddenly single.

I’d be lonely, wouldn’t be able to afford to travel as I’d want need to, and I’d certainly not want to do a reverse boomerang and move in with… CONTINUE READING >>

Where Do You Go to Recharge? Meet Me at Women at Woodstock!
I wrote extensively about my first experience at Women at Woodstock last year, about how I agreed to go — kicking and screaming a bit — and the immediate benefits I received by attending.

It’s been an incredible year for me and the women I met at WAW have been supporting me all the way!

I’ll be speaking at this year’s main event, and I would love for you to join me there!

Click in to see for yourself how WAW can change your life!

We’re Unorthodox! What are YOU Going to do with Your Empty Nest?
Deseret News intrigued us with some interesting Boomer stats and asked us to weigh in with our thoughts and experience!

With a son who is a pilot and is able to fly and see them often, as well as two daughters who can both be visited by traveling to the same city, the family is reunited often.

‘I’m fairly certain we see our kids more traveling a lot more than if we were in one place’

What have been YOUR empty nest solutions? Are you “unorthodox” too?.. Read the full article and leave a comment here

A Big, Big Week! Thank You St. Louis!
Thank you St. Louis!

The Going Gypsy Book Party was a blast (see pics here!), we had radio and TV appearances – and in the midst of it all our book hit #1 on Amazon!

It was an honor to appear on the Charlie Brennan Show at CBS’s legendary KMOX! Still pinching ourselves!  Listen Now


GypsyNesters on TV – So Much Fun!

Had so much fun on Fox2Now this morning! We filmed in our tiny RV (it was tight!) – and David gave us quite a scare! Give us a watch and let us know how we did!

Rebuilding Together: How to Help the Seniors in Your Community
There is strength in numbers, so by banding together we can accomplish much more than as separate individuals.

Together our team of volunteers completely repainted the home of a retired nurse in need – in one day!

We weren’t the youngest chicks in the coop – but we were enthusiastic, and relentless…. CONTINUE READING >>  

A Big Time at the Going Gypsy Party in Nashville!

A big time was had by all at the Nashville Going Gypsy Book Party at BookmanBookwoman in Nashville!

It was a true Music City event with old friends, new friends and a host of recording artists, songwriters, musicians, authors, and family – SO MUCH FUN!

Click in and see the pics!… CONTINUE READING >>

How to Save Money on Travel Once You Turn 50

Turning fifty sucks, but there is a silver lining!

Not gonna lie, turning fifty was not our favorite thing in the world. Not even close.

Your GypsyNesters heroically sift through all the fabulous travel savings you receive — just by being “of a certain age” — so you have it at your fingertips.

And for your bookmarking pleasure… CONTINUE READING >>

We’re Blown Away. Simply. Blown. Away.

The uber-talented Sundance veteran Anne Flournoy of The Louise Log fame produced this hysterical 50-second short on her experience of reading Going Gypsy! See Anne’s full post on Going Gypsy here or leave a comment here >>

An Empty Nest Couples Tip: Do Something Completely New Together
Like most couples, we entered the empty nest phase of our lives pretty much the same way we entered the world, starry-eyed and clueless.

An anxiety-inducing mixture of excitement and terror.

We had our big now what? moment and stumbled ahead, knowing that we had to do something to reconnect as the couple that fell in love all those years ago.

We’ve found that the key is… CONTINUE READING >>

How to Make Your Mother-in-law Love You Forever

I have known my mother-in-law since I was eighteen-years old.

Now, as a wise woman with over half a century behind me, I can reflect back on our relationship and see things with the clarity and compassion of 20/20 hindsight.

Yeah, right. I haven’t seen anything 20/20 in decades.

We’ve had our ups and downs, like any… CONTINUE READING >>

David Interviews Director Bill Pohlad of “Love & Mercy” – Beach Boys New Biopic
This amazing movie delves deeply into the troubled life of Brian Wilson, the creative genius behind The Beach Boys, from a compassionate and compelling point of view – a must see.

David sits down after the screening with the film’s director and producer, Bill Pohlad (12 Years a Slave, Wild), to chat a bit about the extent of Brian Wilson’s involvement… CONTINUE READING >>

3 Money Mistakes Empty Nesters Make – and One of Them is OURS!

Check us out talking about a BIG lesson learned in U.S. News & World Report!

When your kids leave home, you may worry about how they’re going to handle their money. But don’t forget to worry about yourself, too… SEE FULL ARTICLE >>

And that’s not all! See more Going Gypsy News!

So I Broke Down and Tried Botox (please don’t judge me!)
I’m a squinter. Always have been. My Grandma used to caution me, “Quit doing that – your face will freeze that way!”

In my twenties, David would affectionately tease me about my “worry line.” He would always know when something was amiss, all he had to do was look between my eyes.

Fast forward thirty (or so) years and, still, I squint on. The squinting’s worst when I’m writing – I don’t even realized I’m doing it.

And Grandma was right, my face… CONTINUE READING >> 

Yes! We’re Featured in AARP’s Life Reimagined!

David and Veronica James From Empty Nest to No Nest

Veronica and David James were living on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands when the last of their three kids flew off to college. Some of us might have opted to stay in that tropical paradise, but the Jameses knew they needed a change… SEE THE FULL STORY

And that’s not all! See more Going Gypsy News!

Why We Call Our Adult Kids “The Spawn” (and how they got their nicknames)
Every once in a great while we receive comments like this:

Please don’t refer to your children as “spawn”. It sounds so disrespectful…


You refer to your daughter as “Piglet”…  How would you like being referred to as “piglet’ or “spawn”?” Have you ever asked her?

I’ve wanted to respond for a while now, but it didn’t feel right before I got my hands on the hilarious evidence behind our nicknaming… CONTINUE READING >>

Listen Up! Going Gypsy is Now an Audio Book (or how David may very well become a zombie)
We’re one step closer to our ultimate goal of having Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play us in the movie version of Going Gypsy.

That’s not a long shot, is it?

Click in for the lowdown on the incredible voice actors of the audiobook version of Going Gypsy – and how David may soon become a zombie!

We’re also giving away a copy of the audiobook so… CONTINUE READING >>

Fear Conquering & Skydiving

Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane has become one of those ultimate bucket list items.

Like living to 120 years old or climbing Mount Everest.

Of the three, the most feasible to me was the jump.

Which turned out to be a bit odd, because there was no… CONTINUE READING >>

Veronica Gives Skydiving a Go!

Who knew nostrils could stretch so far? Watch as Veronica “jumps” from 10,000 feet over what has to be the most beautiful place to “fly”!… Read the whole, crazy adventure here! or enlarge video>>

Why Do People Like Us Even Have Kids?
“Tell me why when a person says they enjoy the empty nest another person counters with – Oh, but I am close to my kids. ARGH”

Receiving this sort of frustrated tweet is not uncommon for us, this one came while sitting with our morning coffee in a hotel cafe.

I had just returned from using the lobby bathroom where I overheard a cell phone conversation in the stall next to me.

Yes, I admit I was eavesdropping – but I have two lame excuses.

1) We had just… CONTINUE READING >>

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