About Melinda Fargo

Melinda Fargo (‘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 and 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.

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post – Running in heels

The post I’ve chosen to feature from the post-40 bloggers’ community this month is by Lara Slater from Life and Love in London. There is little to add to Lara’s terrifying lucidity in her post about the London incident at Borough Market. My own grown children are in that market weekly and, like, Lara I […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post – How are you?

The post I’ve chosen to feature from the post-40 bloggers’ community this month is by Hilary Farrow. It is her response to our writing prompt No. 122 which asked the question: “How are you?” When we tweeted this writing prompt, we added the words: “No, really, how are you?” Hopefully you get, then, we really wanted to […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post – The day I lost my son to suicide

Parents held their children a little closer after we published David’s post on dealing day-to-day with the death by suicide of his young son Peyton James. (‘When every red headed nerdy kid reminds you of your dead son.’) Earlier this month, we then published mum Jacki’s recollection of the day Peyton died. On October 8, […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post – Is it just me wishing my husband was dead?

The author of the post I have chosen to highlight this month cannot actually be named. The post was submitted to the Post-40 Bloggers’ category ‘Unsigned.’ This is where members submit a post they cannot easily carry (or don’t want to carry) on their own blog, and which is published by us anonymously for the […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

David James’ post on losing his son Peyton to suicide is the post I am recommending to Post-40 Bloggers and BritMums’ readers this month. Despite complaining to teachers and the Principal about his school bullying, nothing much changed for Peyton. His answer was to hang himself in his bedroom. This is not an easy subject […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up Jan-17: If you read only one post…

My first pick of 2017 as the post you should make sure you read this month from the post-40 bloggers’ community is on the subject of anxiety. In the post, ‘My anxiety is not attention seeking behaviour (honest),’ I was struck by Donna of Mummy Central’s powerful honesty and vulnerability. Even those of us who […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

Have you noticed the most ordinary of lives once put on the big screen or written up as a novel transcends the ordinary? So it is with our lives. I’m certain if you started a diary today and read it a year later you’d be fascinated by the person contained in its pages. Sadly, I destroyed […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

Do you know the movie ‘Tail Wags the Dog’ with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman? It’s about a media spin doctor (De Niro) who, days before an election, has to come up with a plan to distract the voting public from a presidential sex scandal. The plan he instigates is to hire a Hollywood film […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

When I first battled breast cancer it was one of the loneliest periods of my life. I had made the conscious decision to not tell my children, family or friends until I knew what was going on. Really knew. I saw little point in a group of people worrying about an uncertain future and, moreover, […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

The post I want to highlight this month came from our Education Editor, Niki Carrick-Steel. Posting in response to our writing prompt – Talk about phobias – Niki came up with a brand new phobia which is understandable to anyone who has children or any young person who looks up to them. I won’t reveal […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

When younger, I realised what separated the young from the old (anyone over 25) was the latter group’s constant reminiscing and squeezing younger people’s cheeks telling them how grown they’d got. The super committed older person would sometimes produce photographic evidence – when you were with your friends usually – because who doesn’t like to see […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

The post I’ve chosen to highlight this month speaks to friendship and best friends. In response to our writing prompt to talk about a best friend, Lisa speaks openly about her challenges in that regard. The first paragraph of her reflection had me hooked. Lisa writes: “I haven’t had what most of you would consider […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

I recently listened to two women on a bus clothes-shaming a young girl who had just got on. Amidst the tut-tutting and pointed stares, I wasn’t sure of their motives. What dark evil were they attributing to this young person in her pink fishnet stockings, short skirt, yellow shoes and faux fur coat? In short, […]

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Post40 Bloggers Round-up: If you only read one post…

If you are surrounded by friends, family and neighbours, sometimes struggling to find ‘alone time’, it is hard to imagine a day when all that noise just stops. The phone doesn’t ring any more with someone wanting advice, a quick chat or a top-up on college funds. No-one pops in for tea and a gossip […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

The quality of writing we feature on Post-40 Bloggers continues, amazingly, to rise. Each month, I think I won’t be able to top the post I recommended in this spot last month. Each time I’m proven wrong. And maybe ‘better’ is not the term I’m looking for, because the writing on our site is as diverse as it […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only 1 post…

You know when you come across an article and you nod at every sentence so hard your head actually does fall off? The Telegraph’s Saffron Alexander’s eloquent and non-parochial article, ‘The authors who prove it’s never too late to write a book’, did that for me this week. Why? Because the article contained more than the authors who first went on to publishing […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

At Post-40 Bloggers we pride ourselves on being an eclectic, smart, funny, insightful, opinionated and generally colourful bunch of people. A group of people who write and blog authentically; defying stereotypes about who we are and what people assume people over 40 will be talking about. That said, we are undoubtedly at that time of […]

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Post-40 Bloggers Round-up: If you read only one post…

It occurs to me that I didn’t have that much time to play with before I took up the busy hobby of blogging. And in the days when I tried to reply to every blog comment, be active on all social media platforms, AND try and read the posts from the 100+ blogs I followed, […]

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