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Friday, March 24, 2017
NABBW - National Association of Baby Boomer Women

Why Math is An Aging Woman’s Friend

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By Leigh Anne Jasheway, NABBW’s Associate for Boomer Humor I’ll be 59 next month and it’s got me thinking about math. That’s right, MATH, that subject near and dear to the hearts of so many… nerdy girls like me. My knowledge of math lets me honestly tell people I’m only 32. This statement is absolutely true when I calculate my age in base 19 instead of base 10. Using the same system, I also still weigh in at my birth weight. Booyah! Prime numbers aren’t the only way math pays off – geometry is also helpful. For example, I also know that my knees hurt if I sit like an isosceles... (Read More ...)

Seasons Change and So Do You

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By Ann Leach, NABBW’s Associate for Loss and Change I saw this meme on Facebook the other day: I got the point and immediately began to do a life scan of what in me and around me needs to die. That sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? I don’t believe it has to be. I think it simply comes down to a decision. That decision can do one of two things: contribute to your comfort or nudge you forward to something even better. But why is it so hard? Why do we hate letting go? My head knows that I am always connected to my loved one through my memories, but my heart feels the pain of not having... (Read More ...)

Soak in the Serenity of St. Croix

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By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate A single white sail drifts by where I lay on warm sand beneath a fringe of palm trees. Hotel guests on paddle boards and a family of locals floating like a raft of ducklings in translucent water share the unspoiled beach. St. Croix, the gentle virgin, as Cruzans call their sleepy isle, is off the grid for most tourists. Sitting on the horizon nearly 38 nautical miles way, bustling St. Thomas is bombarded with cruise ships three times a day, while St. Croix gets a visit about once a week! Sharon North Pohl, avid horsewoman and founder of... (Read More ...)

Let’s Make Money, Honey: the Couple’s Guide to Starting a Service Business

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Let’s Make Money, Honey: the Couple’s Guide to Starting a Service Business Author: Barry Silverstein and Sharon Wood Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes If you and your Baby Boomer aged spouse or significant other have ever given any thought to owning a business together, this is the book you need to read first. I speak from some experience, as like the authors, my husband and I have worked together – both in a traditional office setting and in our current home-based business setting – for over 20 years. Authors Barry Silverstein and Sharon Wood have us beat however; they have worked... (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 ...)

Your Responsibilities for Paying Credit Card Debt as Trustee

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By Liza Weiman Hanks NABBW’s Estate Planning Associate Dear Liza,  My father passed away recently, and all of his and my mom’s assets are held in a living trust (except an individual checking account), of which I am now the Trustee.  A few collection agencies are now contacting me about collecting on some credit card balances, which are fairly significant.   From what I’ve read online, it sounds like debt collectors might not be able to lay any claims against the trust, but they can collect from the personal estate of the deceased (i.e. checking account or other assets held in the... (Read More ...)

7 Simple Writing Hacks to Improve Your Skills

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By Ronda del Boccio NABBW‘s Associate for Entrepreneurial Authoring I came across this outstanding, to-the-point article guest-written by Ray Edwards on Michael Hyatt’s blog, Your Virtual Mentor.  In this excellent column, Ray shared seven simple ways to improve your writing skills. As a veteran writer, I can tell you that he is right.  Here are his first three tips. Know your reader. This means more than knowing a few demographics (how old they are, their average income, etc.). To know your readers means you understand their fears, frustrations, and aspirations. Writing from... (Read More ...)

In Your Kitchen Making You Fat? Feng Shui to the Rescue!

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By Janice Taylor NABBW’s Expert on Weight Loss and Hypnotism According to the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, your kitchen is the central part of your home that provides nourishment and sustains life. Therefore, it is the most important area in your home. In addition to having a profound effect on your health, the kitchen is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Given the importance of this room on our overall wellness, as well as our healthy weight, I thought I’d share a few Feng Shui facts that may motivate you to close your computer and head straight into your kitchen to clean it up... (Read More ...)

Mid-Summer is Time to Enjoy More Awesome Heart Healthy Allium Veggies!

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By Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, LDN NABBW’s Associate for Healthy Heart Lifestyle You know that you should be eating vegetables every day, but did you know that you should try and get in allium vegetables on a regular basis? The allium family of veggies include onions, leeks, chives and garlic. What’s so awesome about allium veggies? Allium vegetables house a unique combination of polyphenols and sulfur-containing nutrients that have been shown to decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. They also reduce inflammation and prevent loss of bone and... (Read More ...)

Invading My Space

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By Leigh Anne Jasheway NABBW’s Associate for Boomer Humor I’ll admit that I’m lousy at setting boundaries. Words come out of my mouth that in my mind make my desires or lack thereof clear, but what other people seem to hear is, “What you need to do is wheedle, and manipulate, and pressure me into changing my mind.” And by other people, I mean mostly male people. Wish-washy boundaries are why I ended up married to my last ex-husband, a man who proposed to me while he was in the bathtub! He could leave a ring around the tub, but I couldn’t draw a line in the sand. How sad is that? My... (Read More ...)