Paper Napkins and the Millennials


When we  visit our grown daughters, they serve us delicious food on lovely dishes. On an extra fancy occasion, the table is set with arty cloth napkins. But for a simpler meal, there are no napkins on the table. Upon request, my girls will tear off a sheet of paper towel and hand it to us.

What gives? Surely my daughters, who seem to have their act together quite nicely, can purchase  a pack of kitchen napkins.

Enter an article I found on a Facebook. Turns out the millenials don’t use napkins! Read about it here.

Or top sheets. Turning over the edge of the top sheet is one of the small joys of my life.

“Do you use top sheets?” I asked Kath. “I’ve heard your generation doesn’t.”

“Yes,” she said, “but Thomas didn’t when we got married. I had to convince him.”

I think the millenials are great. I admire them for not staying in a job that makes them unhappy. They’ve got brains and spunk, and they’re hard workers, especially when they do find that perfect job. (And power to Gen Z for their gun control advocacy. I hope they gain steam and never stop.)

But back to napkins. It seems hard to eat millennial foods like black bean hummus or kale salad without getting some of it on your fingers. I still argue we need napkins. Although maybe millennials are more dainty eaters than we zesty baby boomers?

Any opinions on this matter?

Photo Above: The purple dotted napkins I took on a beach trip a few weeks ago.

Photo Below: The eyelet edging similar to edging on sheets I bought for our new house. I took this one from Google images. The eyelet on the real top sheet is kind of crumply. Hey, maybe that’s why the millennials aren’t fond of top sheets. The edge does crumple up once washed. And that reminds me of our grandmothers. They would have IRONED those top sheets.


The Beauty of Dirty Skin: A Book Giveaway


Just off the presses, a fascinating book about our skin. Dr. Whitney Bowe tells it all, from the technical and scientific aspects of  skin care to the emotional and psychological.

Here’s what the publisher has to say about The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking Radiant from the Inside Out.

In recent years, science has shed new light on the connection between the gut and the brain. Now, for the first time, The Beauty of Dirty Skin spells out the connection between the microbiome—the balance of healthy microorganisms that inhabit your body inside and out—and skin health.
In the book, Dr. Bowe provides data-driven knowledge and life-changing, actionable advice, including:
An explanation of the gut-brain-skin axis, the hidden factor of skin health
How you can turn your diet into a solution to myriad skin problems, including 5 fundamental dietary rules about what to eat and what to avoid for glowing skin
How oral probiotics are the new emerging antibiotics, and can work wonders on skin health
Why we have an epidemic of adult acne, rosacea, eczema, and premature aging today (including skin cancer!)
Why some of today’s skincare products, including organics and antibacterials/antimicrobials, can inflict lasting damage
How to send signals of beauty to your skin through 3 lifestyle interventions: the power of sleep, exercise, and meditation.
With simple explanations of the science behind Dr. Bowe’s findings, do-it-yourself practical skincare strategies, and a life-changing 3-week program, The Beauty of Dirty Skin will forever change the way you look at loofahs, Diet Cokes, fat-free milk, energy bars, and antibiotics.
Amazon Link: Here’s the link.
Giveaway: The publisher is offering a copy of the book to two lucky Friend for the Ride winners. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by May 15. U.S. only. Thanks!
Dr. Whitney Bowe is Medical Director of Integrative Dermatology, Aesthetics & Wellness at Advanced Dermatology, P.C., in addition to being a distinguished research scientist and a thought leader in her field. She is one of the most in-demand dermatologists in America and has lent her expertise to programs like Good Morning AmericaThe Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and Dr. Oz. She and her work have been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesAllureInStyleVogueElleReader’s Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine.



I Think My Guardian Angel Drinks: A Giveaway


Hot off the presses from Vikki Claflin. Don’t you love this title and cover? Here’s what the publisher says about Vikki’s new collection on living well for the over-60 crowd. And don’t shy away if you’re well under 60. You can gather some tips!

International best-selling author of four books, including Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch and Chin Hairs & Back Fat, Vikki Claflin brings it home again with her new compilation of her laugh-out-loud look at aging in a society that worships youth.

Vikki bares her most embarrassing moments, and unabashedly tosses in irreverent, hilariously honest advice on marriage (and not just for women), sex, fashion tips, body image, and relationships for the over-60 crowd.

Chapters include “Sexy After 60. Nine Tips to Get You There Fast,” “You Want Sex, She Doesn’t. What She’s Not Telling You,” “Forget Frumpy. These Things Make You Look Fat,” “Mother-in-Law From Hell. Could This Be You?” and “They Said, ‘You Can’t be Too Rich or Too Thin. They Lied.”

Settle in with a glass (Or a bottle. Or a box. We won’t tell) of your favorite wine and enjoy the laughter as Vikki shows you that life just keeps getting better. She’s your new best friend, and you won’t want it to end.

Giveaway: The publisher is offering a paperback copy of the book to  one lucky Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, please leave a comment by May 1. Thanks!

About Vikki Claflin: Vikki Claflin is an international best-selling author, humor blogger, and inspirational public speaker. She lives in Hood River, OR, where she writes the award-winning humor blog Laugh Lines: Humorous Thoughts and Advice on How to Live Young When You’re…well…Not. 

Vikki has been featured on the Michael J. Fox Foundation website, Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Midlife Boulevard, Better After 50, and Funny Times Magazine. She received a BlogHer14 “Voices of the Year” Humor award, and has been a guest on over 40 radio programs throughout the US and Canada.

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Leg Hair Part Two: A TMI Post

WordPress lets bloggers see which posts people are reading. A post on Friend for the Ride that gets viewed almost every day is this one:

A TMI Post: Leg Hair–Score One for Menopause!


My tone is gleeful in that post. I was shocked and pleased to realize back then that the hair on my legs was barely growing.

But guess what?

My leg hair is back. So that post is, yep, fake news.

So what gives? You aren’t supposed to get something good in menopause and then have it taken away again.

On the bright side, the edge of the bathtub in my new house is a way more comfortable place for shaving legs than the tub in our old bathroom. And I get to look at the lovely window above the tub and some of the treasures that escaped my downsizing project.


What about you? Have you noticed a decrease in body hair? Did it go away and come back again?