Do not look back with
shame, nor look up with arrogance, nor look around
for blame. Just look ahead with dignity. --- Brahma Kumaris - Daily inspiration at Thought for Today
Many of you may recall my excitement and fear about
entering the empty nest last September as our
youngest two left for college. Well, now I am faced with
those same emotions as our oldest returns after his
college graduation. Ah - midlife, sound familiar? Just
when we get used to one way of life, it changes. The
kids come, they go. The only thing that stays the same
is the fact that Ross and I are always here together; for
that I am grateful. See, we must stay focused on the
positive! Oh, and our son has a job in his major. Lots
In addition to the thrill of our son's graduation
weekend, we've had lots of other neat things
happening too. This month we partnered with Grand
magazine (NABBW members who have not yet signed
up for your FREE one year subscription to Grand,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you
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I also interviewed with a
radio stations and bloggers and had a feature article
in the Baltimore Sun. What does this mean for
members of the NABBW? More benefits and
more traffic to the sites. Members who have published
articles get more visibility and members who
advertise do the same. One of our associates even
signed with a literary agent by having her articles
posted at www.nabbw.com.
The results of our member survey shared that boomer
women are interested in more educational
opportunities. We've taken that call to heart and will
soon launch the Boomer Women's Resource
Center: Expanding Our Minds - Enriching Our Worlds -
Reinventing Our Lives. We'll offer CDs, PDFs and
Audio Files for all topics boomer women at
reasonable prices. Please watch your email for this
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Onward with grace,
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Christine has also appeared in numerous television
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Voted best organizer in Los Angeles by Los
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Caregivers: It is Important To Care For
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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Lorraine Calhoun is a professional coach
who loves to work with women in midlife who are
ready to take the action needed to be successful at
managing their lives and to experience serenity in the
midst of change and transition. She holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from
Thomas Jefferson University, and is certified as a
lymphedema therapist. She is a graduate of Authentic
Happiness Coaching and Coach U, and she is a
certified instructor of Deepak Chopra's Creating
Health and Kay Adams' Journal To The Self.
Lorraine will teach us how taking consistent
conscious actions to keep our health, and improve our
health via a holistic approach, allows us to enjoy the
present moment as much as possible and to look
forward to once again pursuing our dreams and
To visit Lorriane online, go to www.midlifetheownersmanual.com/
Preventing Identity Theft:
Protecting Your Assets was given by
Jennifer Campion Jennifer Campion on April
24, 2007. We sincerely thank Jennifer for providing a
very informative and very educational hour on one of
today's hottest topics; Identify Theft.
If you were unable to attend, the entire Teleseminar
can be heard at NABBW on our Member Benefits
page along with links to all our past teleseminars. If
you prefer to read the Teleseminar at your
leisure, simply click on the PDF version to open or
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and services. This is a service that is FREE of
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are interested in seeing a review of your book,
product, or service.
NOTE: Once your book has been
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Funky To Fabulous
By Eli Davidson
Reviewed by Melinda Cianos,
Those of us who have embarked on creating positive
change in our lives know how daunting this journey
can be. Whether the struggle is with weight, unfulfilled
financial or personal goals, or with patterns of
negativity that we just can't seem to break, Eli
Davidson's Funky to Fabulous uses humor, wit, and
sound advice to identify those struggles and then,
catapults us forward. A motivational speaker and an
Authentic Success Coach with a master's degree in
Spiritual Psychology, Eli is creative, upbeat, and
original. She tackles relationship, career, and body
image issues in deep, yet light-hearted ways,
enabling the realization that, yes, there are serious
matters to tackle in our lives, but the solutions are
relatively easy and right at our fingertips.
While occasionally some self-help books offer
overwhelming and difficult strategies, Funky to
Fabulous provides practical and realistic approaches
to making the absolute most of every day, and every
situation. Eli challenges women to have fun while they
tackle their demons---play and let loose to find the
things that bring them joy. The process of getting to
know ourselves isn't so painful after all. Funky to
Fabulous made me laugh, encouraged me to be
gentle with myself, and empowered me to take small,
yet significant steps to a better me---and it doesn't hurt
that I am enjoying myself along the way!
Elder Organizer: A Journal of Information for
By Joanne Hill, MSW,
Reviewed by Dotsie Bregel,
This self-published book will hold all your important
information for your elders. Heck, it could even be
used for our generation.
It's a simple compilation of lists to keep you
organized. Joanne believes in making all the
important decisions by choice and not in the middle of
a crisis. Plan ahead and when the crisis occurs, you'll
At your fingertips, you will have doctor's phone
numbers, insurance information, a list of current
medications, plus anything you might need in an
emergency. You will also have the medical and
financial powers of attorney, the living will, and last will
and testament in addition to everything else you will
need to take charge of your parent's lives if necessary.
In addition to filling out the lists, the author also offers
information about good nutrition, safety at home and
driver safety guidelines.
If you are blessed to
have living parents or loved ones, you may want to visit
Joanne Hill at www.lifeworkspublishing.com to
Lifeworks Publishing, and
author Joanne Hill, would
like to offer NABBW members a 15% discount
on orders of (1-25 books) for Elder Organizer: A
Journal of Information for Family Elders. To order your
copies, please visit the MEMBER ONLY section of NABBW and look under
FINAL 5 PITFALLS TO
AVOID WHEN DISCUSSING THORNY TOPICS WITH
YOUR AGING LOVED ONE
By Barbara E. Friesner
topics with your aging loved one(s) is difficult even
under the best of circumstances - as many family
members who have tried and failed can tell you. But
since resolving issues is a lot easier before a crisis,
for the past 2 months I've been giving you Pitfalls to
avoid if you want to be successful when you discuss
thorny topics with your aging loved one. Here then are
the final 5 Pitfalls.
PITFALL #1)Thinking there is only 1 solution
Some of the reasons family members may think there
is only 1 solution (theirs!) is because they only know
about 1 solution - perhaps it's a solution that a friend
used or they read about. Or maybe because basically
it's an "ok solution" and since they didn't plan ahead,
there's no time to come up with a different one or
others. Or perhaps because they were thinking only in
terms of their needs such as having their loved one
move into an assisted living because it just solves
everything. Or maybe it's a matter of ego - thinking
their solution is right because it's their solution. Think
out of the box and be creative.
Continue reading at this link: http://www.nabbw.com/columns/barbarafriesner.html
Menopause and Yeast
By Cathy Taylor
Caused by an overgrowth
of Candida albicans, a fungus, yeast infections are the
most common of all vaginal infections. Yeast
infections are not sexually transmitted and are often
caused by menopause. Of all vaginal infections, yeast
infections are one of the main symptoms of
menopause, caused by the fluctuating hormones
leading to bacteria in the vagina going out of
Baths, excess moisture in the vagina, or damp or tight
clothes may lead to yeast infections. The signs of
yeast infection during menopause, as well as
otherwise, are: inflammation, continued itching and
irritation, pain during intercourse, frequent urination,
and a thick, white discharge from your vagina.
With the drop of estrogen levels during menopause,
the walls of your vagina become thinner and weak.
During intercourse, the walls become irritated,
leaving tiny scars and scratches, enabling bacteria to
Continue reading at this link: http://www.nabbw.com/columns/cathytaylor
The FOCUS Marketing
By Sheri McConnell
Entrepreneurs and small business owners know they
need to market their business to make more money
and attract more customers, but they often don't know
how to go about it. That's why my FOCUS Marketing
(Trademark) Method is such a powerful tool. It gives
you specific techniques to make your marketing efforts
"F" is for Filtered. Concentrate on targeting people in a
specific niche market to attract your ideal clients-
those people who you serve well and who you are
most alike. Think about what types of people you best
identify with and what life experiences, interests,
hobbies, and roles you might share with them. Then
consider whether they are people you'll want to work
with in the long term.
Continue reading at this link: http://www.nabbw.com/columns/sherimcconnell.html
By Natalie Caine
month of Mother's Day, kids on the way to graduating
high school and college, getting a job or planning a
May. May we . . .
Empty nesting is the stage of life where the days of
planning meals, carpooling kids and overseeing
homework are replaced with the exciting days of
having time to ourselves to do and be anything we
want. Our new lives can be filled with adventure and
- find excitement in figuring out what is next for
- have new visions of how to relate to our adult
- have faith that our children have learned to make
good decisions for themselves
- feel okay about them not knowing what is next for
- realize they left our nests because they were ready
Continue reading at this link: http://www.nabbw.com/columns/nataliecaine.html
By Prill Boyle
This has been my "year
I said yes to Africa when my Peace Corps friend
invited me, yes to Amsterdam when my husband
asked, and even yes to speech-giving lessons when a
woman I met at a party offered them.
After years of practicing saying no, I'm loving saying
The phrase "the year of yes" comes from a book of the
same title by Idaho native and aspiring playwright
Maria Dahvana Headley.
Feeling like she's "dated and then hated every man in
Manhattan," Headley resolves to stop being so picky
and say yes to anyone (within reason) who asks her
out on a date. No drunks, druggies, violent types, or
cheating husbands. Everyone else gets a
Headley's first date is with her building's Puerto Rican
maintenance man, who shows up to fix her toilet and
ends up asking her out.
The second is with a 40-year old classmate who
speaks mostly Polish.
Continue reading at this link: http://www.nabbw.com/columns/
Dangling Carrots Wilt
By Nan S. Russell
"Red tape. Infighting. Office politics. Employee morale.
Can't get things done. Lack of communication. Layers
of bureaucracy. Not valued. Rude, difficult people.
Indecision. Lack of support. Inconsistency. No clear
direction." These are sample answers from readers to
a Winning at Working survey that asked about the
biggest problems at work. And then we wonder, as
supervisors and managers, why employees aren't
Working with a client on a consulting engagement
recently, the issue came up again and again, "How
can I motivate my employees?" My answer wasn't the
quick-fix the client wanted. "You can't," I said. "But what
you can do is more powerful and sustaining. If you
want motivated employees, create an environment
where people can be self-motivated."
You see, efforts to rouse, stimulate or encourage
behavior are short-lived. That's not to say
expectations, incentives, pay for performance or fear of
consequences don't work to improve results for a
time. They do. But, carrot-and-stick approaches don't
solve the problems that reduce motivation, initiative
and engagement. So results are often fleeting.
Continue reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/
Happy Mother's Day to Meeee!
By Georgia Richardson
Before you say it,
I'm not one of those people who hang on to their
grown children never cutting the apron strings. Not
this independent gal. No sir-ree. As my sons moved
out, first the oldest, then the youngest, I kept a stiff
upper lip and only cried after I saw their tail-lights
disappear down the road. I only called them on
Sundays and Wednesdays and a few Saturday
mornings around 7:00 am. That was it. I swear it. They
cannot prove the other calls were mine. Hey, is it my fault they can't afford Caller ID?
Once the nest was empty, I created my own life and
carried on with only a smidgen of "grief" showing. I
wrote, I stayed up late and ate foods that were bad for
me, and changed channels on the TV over and over,
simply because I could. I ran around the house
without a bra. Ah, the good life.
Righttttt. So much for the first day. The next day, I cried.
Continue reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/
Dancing with the Stars
By Donna Shepherd
There is a time to cry, and a
time to laugh; a time to have sorrow, and a time to
dance. - Ecclesiastes 3:4 (New Life Version)
We seem to have a lot of television shows dedicated
to the 'stars.' Gossip and entertainment shows
abound. Everyday people vie for the opportunity to
interview, dance with, or touch a famous person.
Magazines employ large teams of writers to report on
the latest makeup tips, clothing styles, and private
lives of the celebrities.
Even in Christian circles, we have a few people who
some might be consider 'stars' - pastors of mega-
churches, televangelists, and best selling authors.
Even the disciples felt the need for the spotlight. They
debated who would be the greatest in the Kingdom.
We read the account in Luke 9:46-48, "An
argument arose among them as to which of them was
the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of
their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and
said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name
receives me, and whoever receives me receives him
who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the
one who is great."
Continue reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/
Fat is Your Friend
By Mary Pearsall
Are you thoroughly
and utterly confused about the different types of fat -
what you should avoid and what you should include in
your diet? Join the club! Recent research on the
health advantages and disadvantages of various fats
and oils has left the majority of us confused about
what to take to the checkout stand and what to leave
on the shelf. Low fat diets were all the rage for years,
and now we are told that we actually need to eat fat to
maintain a healthy and well rounded diet!
Yes, it is true that fat is on located on the food pyramid
and is not the evil foe as we were led to believe.
Indeed, fat is our friend and serves many useful and
necessary functions in our bodies. However it is
important to know what kinds of fat to include in your
diet and what to avoid for optimum health benefits.
Following these tips will help alleviate confusion at the
market and contribute to a better understanding of the
Continue reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/
Words Aren't Enough
By Julie Clark Robinson
Usually I can write
my way out of any kind of emotional burden. I've
learned that when my chest is heavy, if I just give
myself enough time at the keyboard, the problem
invariably ends up on the paper in front of me - not
stuck in a knot in my heart. An anxiety that exists on a
piece of paper, I can handle. But this time - with the
sudden death of my teenage niece Sarah - words just
As an author, I know that every
word I select needs to be precisely right for the
meaning I am trying to convey. I don't use "run" when I
mean "dash". I search for "periwinkle" instead of
merely typing "purple". But my wordsmith Olympics
have come to a screeching halt lately as I try to come
up with something to say to help my sister deal with
the loss of her only daughter. And even if I put myself
through a thesaurus-type marathon of a lifetime, the
problem on the computer print-out in my hands
doesn't come close to eliminating the thud in my gut
every time I remember that Sarah is gone.
Continue reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/
"Are You Free to Be
By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. & James Sniechowski,
"Who do you think you
"Don't get a swelled head!"
"Remember where you came from."
"Think you're too good for us?"
"People like us don't go to places like that."
That list of hold-backs could go on and on. And every
one of us-including you- has been subjected to
some form of commandment to NOT break out
beyond where you came from, to not leave
your "station" in order to be truly fabulous.
Whether it came from a demanding and controlling
parent, a terrified and anxious teacher, an abusive
coach, or any number of relatives, romantic partners,
or so-called friends who didn't know any better . . . the
damage happened anyway.
And what's the damage . . . ?
Continue reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/
THE GIFT OF
By Karen Stephen, Ph.D.
Is Singleness a Blessing or a Curse?
I think many single women looking at the title of this
month's column are likely to take exception to the
thought that being single is a gift. Unless, of course,
they have just extricated themselves from an abusive
situation; in which case, they are breathing a
momentary sigh of relief.
But in the long run, most women consider singleness,
whether widowed, divorced, never married, or simply
flying solo as a life status filled with loneliness,
longing, discrimination (in a coupled world), extra
chores, and a sense of unfulfillment. Yes, there are a
scattering of freedoms from having to consider
another person's point of view or demands or desires,
but these don't seem to counterbalance the
To understand how singleness might be a gift and
what psychological and spiritual tools we will need to
see it as such, let's start with the other gifts we have
been given in life.
Continue reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/karenstephen.html
Should You Consider a
By Jan Cullinane
mortgage is a loan against the equity you have built up
in your home. It allows you to receive extra income,
and when you die, vacate, or sell your house, the loan
is repaid. You must be 62 years of age or older to
obtain a reverse mortgage, and the loan applies only
to your primary residence.
There are several
possibilities-you can receive a lump sum, monthly
payments, a line of credit, or some combination of
these options. The homeowner retains ownership of
the home during the reverse mortgage period. Since
these types of mortgages can be complex and involve
fees, you need to be comfortable with how the costs
stack up against how much you will receive in loan
advances and how much equity will remain at the end
of the reverse mortgage period.
There are several types of reverse mortgages, but the
only kind insured by the federal government are the
home equity conversion mortgages (HECMs).
reading at this link: http://nabbw.com/columns/jancullinane.html
The Scoop on High
Cholesterol and What You Should Know
By Robin Miller, M.D.
Many women have
high cholesterol and are totally unaware of it. Nearly
two thirds of women at highest risk of heart attack, and
death from heart disease, are not being treated
appropriately to lower their cholesterol. That is why it
is so important that you know what your levels are and
what they mean!
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body. It is
important for building hormones. When there is too
much cholesterol in the body it can deposit in blood
vessels and cause inflammation. Eventually it can
cause a build up of plaque with narrowing and
eventually completely clog the vessels. This can result
in a stroke or a heart attack. Cholesterol is what is
called a lipoprotein. It is one of many that can cause
Continue reading at this link: http://www.nabbw.com/columns/robinmiller.html
announces the Third Annual Silicon Valley Boomer
Venture Summit, June 19, 2007, 8:30 am - 6:30
pm, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California by Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
and Mary Furlong & Associates. For more information,
please visit www.boomerventuresummit.com.
Phyllis Goldberg and Rosemary Lichtman
are collecting data for a book they're writing
about the Sandwich Generation. Please let us know
how you put family concerns to one side and what
taking care of yourself means to you? Send your
comments to us by visiting our online blog at www.NourishingRelationships.blogspot.com.
is offering a lucky Fearless Fifties an
opportunity of a lifetime; Two weeks vacation at
Villa Pantulan in July of 2008. This does not
include airfare. To win, write a 1000 word essay
on how you experience being a Fearless Woman and
submit to email@example.com Please email Jacqueline
for complete entry details about this contest.
presents "Sharing with Writers and
Readers," www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com a blog for everyone who loves books and wants
to know how to better use what the publishing world
offers them -- to find better reading or to write and
promote their own work more effectively.
Barbara E. Friesner
The AgeWiseLiving Teleseminar "Let's Take Some
Questions" will be on Tuesday, June 12 at 7pm
Eastern time. For information on how to join this NO
CHARGE Teleseminar, please go to www.agewiseliving.com
Doctor Flamingo, aka Dr. Karen Stephen,
updated her website www.doctorflamingo-online.com to include advice for women going through divorce
process and ideas for obtaining low cost mental
health services in your community. She continues her
dual role as a clinical psychologist for the nation's
largest HMO and as an active leader in her union for
mental health professionals. Preparing to be mother-
of-the-bride for her daughter's upcoming July wedding
and working on her second novel (first novel at www.degreesofobsession.com)
fills up the rest of her busy schedule.
Meredith Karen Laskow, jewelry designer
members.tripod.com, says May
21 is my birthday, 57 and still as mean as ever!
Should it be a universal holiday? Of course!! And how
shall we celebrate? By wearing the prettiest and most
fun jewelry imaginable.
"We Are The Women" is born! A New Women's
Movement For A New Millennium. Experience www.wearethewomen.com today
to begin making positive changes in your life.
"Got Teeth? A Survivor's Guide. How to keep
your teeth or live without them" is a guide for
healthy living and a beautiful smile, even with
replacement teeth. Written from my perspective as a
dental patient, with notes and quotes
from dental professionals to arm you with questions
and alert you to potential obstacles. My mission is to
educate and help others save their teeth or accept and
laugh through the fear, discomfort, and surprises of
tooth loss with humor and hope. www.gotteethguide.com to learn
Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D.
will be Guest Speaker and Workshop Leader at The
Unity Church of Hilton Head Island at 10:30 AM on
Sunday, May 20th. From 1:00-3:00 PM, Pam will
conduct a Mini-Workshop called "Creating and
Celebrating The Next Fifty Years: A Workshop for
Women at Midlife and Beyond" based on her book.
Visit www.pamblair.com for more
you are a Boomer business owner or a Boomer
looking for innovative, low cost ways to connect with
your clients and grow your business? Eli Davidson,
proud NBBW member, is a nationally recognized
personal turnaround expert. Using the tools she
shares in her book, Funky to Fabulous, landed
her in www.BusinessWeeek.com.
Second Adulthood is your time to put your long
cherished dreams ahead of society's use of your life.
Is your mind jailing you with doubts and hesitation or
is it setting you free to experience who you really came
here to be? Bring your dreams to The Choice
Women's Weekend Retreat in Toronto, June 8-10
and teach your mind the joy and freedom of
magnificent creation. Details at www.wrightminded.com/public_workshops.html.
Dr. Gayle Carson CSP CMC
has been inducted into the "Legends of the Speaking
Profession Class of 2007." She is the only woman in
a class that includes two National Speakers
Association Presidents, a former U.S. Senator and
Earl Nightingale who is being inducted
Natalie Caine, NABBW Empty Nest
is introducing a new product line for women in
transition and those facing the empty nest. To view
these products, visit EMPTY NEST STORE
My Personal BABYBOOMER RETIREMENT Book is
now available at www.lulu.com/ Content ID
#744391. This is a "record/information" book,
a "memories" book and a "Retirement Journal"--all in
one book. It is focused specific for retiring Boomers to
keep all personal information together in one place.
shares her personal experiences in Edgewise: An
Assignment to Remember, the first of three novels
in her Edgewise series, with the second, Seven
Years 'Til Sunrise, scheduled for release next year.
Emotionally shattered by back-to-back tragedies,
Delaney as her alter ego mentally blocked out the
events, however, she is left in a state of denial and
silent darkness until the psychiatrist issues the
assignment of writing about her memories. An
unexpected vision of youth opens a floodgate of
memories that unfold onto the pages, with
interspersed psychiatric sessions to chronicle her
healing progression and road back to reality.
the following for sharing information about NABBW
Jane Carroll, host of the Loving Life Radio
www.lovingliferadioshow.com/ for including the NABBW as a sponsor in her May
Dr. Karen Stephen (aka Doctor Flamingo),
www.doctorflamingo-online.com for always mentioning NABBW and BWS in all her
for including the NABBW in her ezine, Vitual
Moment of Joy.
Alanna K. at
Widowhood is not Funny
blog for mentioning that Boomer Women Speak had
recently set up a special forum for widows.
Kathy Kreft for creating an original
announcement about the NABBW and sending it to all
the women in her address list inviting them to join!
Taj Mahal Review of
Taj Mahal Review for publishing
Dotsie's article in their journal, Do You Have What It
Takes To Be An Author?.
While looking at the growing stack of books under my
desk, I realized it's been some time since I shared
what I've been reading lately. I hope you'll consider
researching them at Amazon for your next
I Gotta Crow: Women, Voice, and
Midlife Crisis (Yet)
By Toby Devens
PASS IT ON: We all know her. She's at
midlife. She wants to take care of herself but can't
always squeeze it in because she's so busy caring for
the following: her husband, mother, father, children,
grandchildren, in-laws, neighbors, friends,
colleagues, etc. Won't you please help her out by
sharing this newsletter and the NABBW with her?
Thank you for connecting, encouraging and
supporting boomer women. May we all be
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