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Senior Momentum by Zoë Tummillo

Zoë Tummillo writes from the perspective of a person with a wealth of experience that she wants to share with readers. You can email her


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2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

My friends and family will probably nod their heads and roll their eyes knowingly!   There is no denying that another envelope will no doubt land in their mail, soon, with something I decided needed to be “shared.” Whether it is just something amusing, enlightening, politically significant, a new archeological discovery, or something I hope might influence a point of view – I just can’t help clipping.   

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

It started for me many years ago when one of my mentors, told me about the useful tool:  Letters Not For Mailing.  Her name was Ruth.  She was the General Manager of a “high profile” women’s clothing department store in Boston.  It was a position unusual at that time, hard won and requiring a lot of diplomacy working with 99% of the managers of that venue being male.  One tool became especially useful.   Letters Not For Mailing was basically just a simple discipline that could save the user a lot of grief, and bring the user clarity and a certain kind of success handling sticky situations.  

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Recently, I drafted out a rough, free-fall piece targeting the issue of more and more persons coming forward with accusations and experiences (some decades old) that they describe with implications ranging over a very broad spectrum from really serious all the way to hardly believable as damaging.  I gave copies to an equal number of men and women, and asked for feedback on how they feel about the subject.  Yikes.... It’s a subject I have thought about before, but it came up sharply recently concerning incidents with Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke.  In Joe’s case, standing behind her, he’d put his hands on the shoulders of a young woman (who’d been working with the political group and all were celebrating something).  He kissed the top of her head, and, he says, whispered thank you in her ear.  Beto’s bad move was to say that his wife was at home taking care of the children, which he helped with when he could!


2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019

Our attitudes about risk-taking definitely evolve.  We certainly have a blaisé attitude when we are kids — it changes when we have kids!  We lay down the law of do and don’t, and save our own childhood risky adventure stories until they are old enough to not want to go out and try them! My own risk-taking doesn’t trouble me a lot, and never has. It’s the powerful risks that others take and that cause ripple effects on me personally, my loved ones, my community and my beloved country that really piss me off!

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