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Make Mine Middle-Pause!

And see our pet version: Middle-Paws!

Stars of the blockbuster hit — Dogs are from Mars; Cats are from Venus, show off their paws. Photo by Andrew S on Unsplash

Not yet, but maybe.

One of these days, maybe we’ll have a puplication for pets going through the change of life. Even though you’d probably have to be an insect to have a set of middle-paws.

Two fore. Two hind. And two in the middle.

In the meantime, let’s focus on ourselves and our sisters.

Not only do we have some powerful stories, but we are also powerful women.

We may not fully realize just how powerful we are until something happens where we get to see our strength in action. But, as we get ready to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, I’m reminded of their saying, Women hold up half the sky.

Which is true.

Except for those times, we hold up more than half.

Which I imagine is more often than we realize.

So let’s use that to remember how strong we are and stay united as we support each other. One way we can do that is to read, clap for, and comment on each other’s stories.

There are some amazing conversations taking place in the comments on some of those listed below.

If not, you can kick it off by sharing with the author what you got from reading their story. Or what you share in common.

Commenting is part of what Medium calls engagement.

Not only does it build community, it’s one of the ways writers get paid. That’s why I try to comment on every post I can. As well as underline passages that touch my heart, or blow my mind. That’s another form of engagement, by the way.

So is accepting a marriage proposal. But Medium hasn’t figured out how to pay us for that yet, so I haven’t proposed to any writers. But once Medium figures that out, who knows?

In the meantime, enjoy these stories!

My Furnace Named FlashThoughts a Thinking

Menopause Matters: Bridging the Gap in Women’s HealthLove, Lisa

Am I a Shero? Dr. Barbara Christie

Where Does Love Go? Mary Lou Heater

Please Don’t Make Me Exercise!Linda Spangle

I Hope She Sues Him a Fourth TimeKatharine Valentino

The Success of Envying Your Adult Child’s RelationshipSharon Johnson

An Honest ApologyWendy Slates

What’s Wrong with Being Young and Beautiful?Sheri Jacobs

Meet the Five Superhero Superwomen of Middle-Pause! Debbie Walker

The Ties That GrindLa Verite

What Emotion Is the Hardest for You to Express and Why (If You Know)?Marilyn Flower

The Unusual Way My Parents Disciplined Children Barbara Carter

The People in Your Life Are Better than FictionDeb Palmer

Check This Out!

Buy our anthologies for your friends, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, or sisters that you love.

We have published 3 three books in our series, The Menopause Anthologies.

They are funny and empowering, and some stories make you want to cry. They are what MP is all about!

See ya next Friday!

May the Mighty Women of Middle-Pause be with you!

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Until next time…

Peace & Blessings!

Your Superheroes!

From Debbie, Krista, Cindy, Margie, Marilyn, and Meg

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