Melinda Fargo

Melinda Fargo
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Melinda (‘Mel’) is the Editor-in-Chief of Post-40 Bloggers, a community website showcasing and featuring (free of charge) the talents of bloggers and writers aged 40+. She is a freelance writer, successful blogger (‘What Mel Did’), a newspaper columnist for the UK’s largest regional newspaper, an amateur photographer and public speaker. To pay the bills, she is a project management professional. A mother of four young adults, Melinda remains a widow, but will marry Denzel Washington after the sudden and unexpected disappearance of any of his wives.
Post40Bloggers - unhappy female writer
When my children were younger, I wrote them an original story about four children. The characters in the story were loosely based on them (okay, a lot based on them) and my writing seemed to delight their budding imaginations. Spring forward several years and my young people are now adults....
Post40Bloggers - woman reflecting on white beach porch
This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give you at the end) the essence of who you are. ‘That’s easy,’ may be your first thought. Your second thought may be, ‘Shit, who am...
Post40Bloggers - woman typing on beach
This question of a true calling, the purpose upon which we were put on this earth is one that has gnawed at me in some form or other. And on the days (years) I thought this itch to know my calling had passed, or at least quieted itself for...
Post40Bloggers - 2017 New Year clock
In writing my last blog post of 2016, I feel a sense of hope. This comes as a surprise given the series of unfortunate events populating the latter half of this year. (Although 'Surprising' was my word of the year so it is quite fitting.) From the embers of 2016,...
Post40Bloggers - frustrated screaming woman
Christmas is on us next week and with it come friends and family in close captivity. And as well as the love and camaraderie walking in the air, there is sometimes the unsaid and unforgiven bubbling beneath the surface; grudges we ought to move on from, but hang onto...
Post40Bloggers - happy black couple
This week's writing prompt was inspired by Tattooed Mummy. In her post (The Secret to a Long and Happy Marriage), she talks about, yes you guessed it, the secret to a long and happy marriage. (She and her husband have clocked up 30 years.) The post is funny, poignant...
Post40Bloggers - Thanksgiving turkey dinner
This week’s writing prompt was chosen from the community of our extremely talented post-40 bloggers and writers. It is also a good fit for this week as tomorrow is Thanksgiving. For an explanation of what that means when the Pilgrims and Native Americans met, see here (courtesy of Today.com). This is...
Post40Bloggers - scared man
This week’s writing prompt is about tricky or difficult situations. How do you deal with them? Are you a rip off the plaster get on with it sort of guy/gal, or a hide under the covers type until the problem is ‘somehow’ sorted? Certainly in recent times, many parents are...
Post40Bloggers - DW doll
The doll shown in the featured image is not mine. She is called ‘DW’ and is a character from the children’s show ‘Arthur’ my daughter loved when younger. I recently found this doll and sent it to my now grown-up 21-year old. She was ecstatic to have found her...
Post40Bloggers - Young man leaving home
Empty nest syndrome can hit us in unexpected ways. As you'll see from a post I wrote recently on my old and new blog, I didn't expect to be affected. On reflection, I think the fact my youngest son was with me when we got the news about his father's...
Post40Bloggers - baby and father
A featured post this week by Kym ('A reflection on trust') inspires this week’s writing prompt. When someone has my trust, there is little I would not do for them if it is within my gift. And it’s not quite a one-shot deal if that trust is abused, but something...
Post-40 Bloggers - strange man in blue face pack
The strange thing is that no matter how many times I encountered this guy who worked in the same department as me, he would jump back as though I had just asked to sleep with his dead grandmother. In truth, all I would say on each encounter is: “Hello,...