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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
NABBW - National Association of Baby Boomer Women

Widowhood – Will We Boomers Find a Way to Reshape It, As We Have Already Done With Funerals?

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I’ve recently read three excellent books – one a novel – by two NABBW members, both dealing with the topic of widowhood. Life as a widow is not a scenario I’ve ever given much thought to, despite being advised, many decades ago in a collegiate gerontology course, that since women tend to live about five years longer than men, if we don’t want to end up widowed  it’s best to marry a younger man.  (In my defense, I was already married by that time, so couldn’t act on this sage advice.) More recent statistics, provided by WISER, the Women’s Institute... (Read More ...)

Insightful Barry Silverstein Article Introduces Our New “Boomer Life Reboots” Section! (And None Too Soon, As It’s Time to Start Planning How You Will Spend the Next Half of Your Life!)

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A NOTE FROM THE “BOOMER IN CHIEF:” Recently, one of my collegiate girlfriends posted photos on on Facebook, sharing that her newly retired husband had just beautifully completed an advanced yard project, and noting that if any friends thought it looked like something their yard would appreciate, she’d send him over, noting that he “has a lot of extra time between yoga and long road bike rides. Works cheap for good food and a glass or two of fine red wine.” One of her neighbors quickly responded, admiring the project, but noting that, “Sam (not his real name)... (Read More ...)

Why I Can’t Find Any Fun With – or Long term Benefit From – the “Generational” Bad Manners of Boomer Bashing

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By  Anne L. Holmes, APR NABBW’s “Boomer in Chief” Recently, Rick Montgomery, a reporter for the Kansas City Star called me, in my role as the Boomer in Chief of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, for an interview. He was seeking my point of view on a generational demographic tidbit he had picked up recently: the fact that sometime this year, the Baby Boomer generation will no longer be country’s largest. Due to our kids’ aging into adulthood, we’ll be losing our famed demographic “pig in the python” position to a younger generation, the... (Read More ...)

Broken Petals: An Appalachian-Inspired Short Story Collection

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Broken Petals: An Appalachian-Inspired Short Story Collection Amazon Barnes & Noble Kindle Nook Author: Anthology: multiple authors including NABBW member Janie Dempsey Watts Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne Holmes Having read and enjoyed NABBW member Janie Dempsey Watt’s novel, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge,” I was anxious to read more of her work. When she told me she’d had short stories published recently in two anthologies, I jumped at the chance to read both collections. “Broken Petals” is a collection of short stories that demonstrate strength, humor, and tenacity interlaced... (Read More ...)

Pressing My Luck: A Doctor’s Lottery Journey

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Pressing My Luck: A Doctor’s Lottery Journey Kindle Edition Author:  Shirley Press, MD Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW As this memoir opens in early September 2010, Dr. Shirley Press is a board-certified, pediatric emergency physician with 30 years of experience treating children with acute medical conditions. She is director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Jackson Memorial Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. A woman busy trying to balance patients, paperwork, her personal needs and the needs of her... (Read More ...)

Join Our NABBW Teleseminar This Thursday August 22nd: “Boomers: Time To Get Wise About Life Insurance!”

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Boomers: Time To Get Wise About Life Insurance! Join the National Association of Baby Boomer Women at 8 PM Eastern time, Thursday August 22, 2013 as NABBW’s  Retirement Planning for Women  Associate, Pamela J. Sams, a Chartered Retirement Planning  Counselor (CRPC), looks at a hugely important topic, “Boomers: Time to Get Wise About Life Insurance.” The call is free, but the information we will be providing is potentially priceless. As a Baby Boomer, haven’t you noticed how many life insurance solicitations you receive in the mail? It seems a week doesn’t go by that you don’t receive... (Read More ...)

God Recycles Too!

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God Recycles Too! By Chloe JonPaul M.Ed. As I fill containers with paper, cardboard, foam, plastic, glass, and metal scraps, I marvel at the thought that I can, in a small but important way, be helping to save our endangered environment.  The hairs on my head stand up like Brillo when I see people throwing trash on the ground – right next to a waste bin located on the sidewalk.  Then we have the careless fools who throw stuff out their car window as they whiz past. With a little effort but lots of determination, I have set up things in my household so that I can efficiently and routinely... (Read More ...)

Four Rooms You Should Visit Daily

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Four Rooms You Should Visit Daily By Chloe JonPaul M.Ed. Well now, let\’s talk about those four rooms that I mentioned in my introductory post.  A wise Indian guru once said that man is a house with four rooms:  the physical, the mental, the spiritual, and the emotional.  The problem is that he tends to spend most of his time in only one of those rooms each day whereas it would be in his best interests to visit each of them every day. But…(I hear you moaning!) how is that possible? you say.  I can hardly keep up with my schedule as it is!  Well, that was exactly what I thought... (Read More ...)

Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life

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Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life Kindle edition Barnes & Noble Nook edition Author:  Lorraine Ash, M.A., foreword by Joseph Dispenza http://www.LorraineAsh.com Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne Holmes  This is a brief but powerful  memoir, whose goal  is to speak directly to anyone who has experienced any sort of personal tragedy, life changing event  or trauma which has left them reeling, trying desperately to make sense of their lives and the world.   As memoirs do, Ash begins by sharing her story: The wrenching trauma of how she and her husband lost their only child,... (Read More ...)

Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law

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Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law Kindle edition Barnes & Noble Nook edition Author:  Deanna Brann, Ph.D. http://www.drdeannabrann.com/ Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne Holmes Dr. Brann, a licensed clinical psychotherapist, begins this book by telling of her own experience with her daughter-in-law, sharing an example of a family thanksgiving get-together that became a disaster  because both she and her daughter-in-law interpreted events from their own perspectives. To make the situation totally clear, she tells us both sides of the... (Read More ...)