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A Growing Arts Scene in Lancaster

May 28th, 2010

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is justifiably famous for its picturesque countryside, its Amish farms, its Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and more. But this quaint—yet growing—small city is turning into a thriving arts center, which is drawing both tourists and new residents alike who want to be part of the scene. On a recent trip to Lancaster, which coincided with the American Quilt Society’s national quilt show (held in the recently unveiled Lancaster County Convention Center, attached to the new Lancaster Marriott), I took the opportunity to stroll along Lancaster’s aptly named Gallery Row.... Read More

A Fairy-Tale Chateau in the French Countryside

May 28th, 2010

Who hasn\’t had thoughts that in a previous life she was, if not a princess, perhaps a countess, a duchess, at the very least a mere lady of the manor? So when my friend, Nan, and I drove up the long approachway to the fairytale-like Chateau d\’Esclimont outside the pocket-size French village of Saint Symphorien-le-Chateau, is it any wonder I thought, “I am home!” (Nan, by the way, harbors no such illusions herself; I, on the other hand, am a semi-permanent resident of “Fantasy Island.”) Tucked away in the midst of a 150-acre park just 60 kilometers from Paris is the 16th century... Read More

The Best of Everything After 50: The Expert\’s Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money

May 27th, 2010

Author: Barbara Hannah Reviewed By: Anne Holmes I loved the introduction to this book. Author Grufferman starts out by saying, “I wrote this book for me.” She goes on to explain that once she got over the shock of turning 50, she wanted to do it right. That is: She wanted a plan for dealing wither new reality. She wanted to streamline her life down to the essential elements She wanted a go-to reference guide to her changing body and lifestyle She wanted a straightforward book that would put all the most useful information in one place, with... Read More

Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50

May 26th, 2010

Author: Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., Reviewed By: Anne Holmes If you\’ve tried looking for a job lately, you\’ve no doubt discovered that the process of finding employment has changed significantly over the past twenty years. To be sure, some of the basics remain the same, such as: Treat everyone you meet with courtesy and respect Network, network, network – and recognize that you\’ll need to spend some significant time on this aspect of your search Don\’t speak ill of your former employer Be prepared with a resume and references Send... Read More

River Passage

May 25th, 2010

Author: p.m. Reviewed By: Anne Holmes Note: This is a true story. As author Terrell tells it, her book technically falls into two genres: creative non-fiction and historical fiction. She\’s deservedly proud that her original manuscript was admitted to the Nashville Government Metropolitan Archives for use by future historians and researchers. It\’s also winner of the 2010 Bengal Book Awards. But you probably won\’t be thinking too much about this once you start reading. No, you\’ll just be turning the pages as fast as you can… Terrell weaves... Read More

Say Nothing

May 25th, 2010

Author: Carol Reviewed By: Anne Holmes Say Nothing is Carol Bergman’s first foray into the murder mystery genre, but since the cover indicates that is “A Margaret Singer Murder Mystery,” I suspect she has plans to write more about her 58-year old private investigator, who prefers to be called Peg. Readers learn from page one that Peg is a strong, independent woman who’s oblivious to her age, lives in upstate New York, has been unmarried for 20 years and is happily encumbered with a 30-something daughter whom she loves dearly. It’s 2008 as we’re quickly... Read More

Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal

May 25th, 2010

Author: Vikki Stark, Reviewed By: Anne Holmes In this book, Vikki Stark shares her painful story and provides plenty of stories from others, as well as, help and support as she writes of “Wife Abandonment Syndrome.” She explains that WAS is a pattern of behavior in which the husband leaves his wife out of the blue, without ever having previously told her he was unhappy with the marriage. And worse, as soon as he leaves – which he may do very publicly – he usually immediately moves in with a girlfriend, and replaces his former caring demeanor with one of anger... Read More

Women\’s Secret Sex Hormone: 6 Things You Must Know

May 24th, 2010

Somewhere around the time I turned 50, my sex life took a turn for the worse. My wife and I had always enjoyed each other, but now things seemed out of balance. It was like being an adolescent again. I didn\’t feel at home in my body, mind, or spirit. When we would kiss, our noses would get in the way. We both seemed awkward around each other. Worst of all, I was having what would euphemistically be called “erectile dysfunction.” I was terrified. This was before Viagra had come on the scene. My doctor suggested I have my testosterone levels checked. Long story, short, I did get... Read More

How to Live with a Chronic Disease

May 24th, 2010

Millions of people are diagnosed every year with a chronic disease. Billions are living with one. How do you find a way to make positive changes in your life after such a diagnosis, to live a life that is as full as possible, with the highest level of independence and comfort as possible? It\’s important to do some planning, make changes in your lifestyle, and take charge of your health by doing the following: Empower Yourself: Do research on your condition and educate yourself. Learn about the condition, treatment options and how to make the most of your treatment, so it will be successful.... Read More

Boomer Experts Share Top Secrets for Deep Love, Playful Intimacy — And Great Sex

May 20th, 2010

The NABBW MAY TELESEMINAR “Boomer Experts Share Top Secrets for Deep Love, Playful Intimacy — And Great Sex.” Thursday May 20th, at 7 PM EST with guests NABBW Expert Jed Diamond, PhD., Jed is Founder and Director of the MenAlive, a health program that helps men live long and well. This program is also for women who care about the health of the men in their lives. A licensed psychotherapist for over 44 years and author of seven books including the international best-selling Male Menopause, Surviving Male Menopause, and The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding... Read More