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As Mother’s Day Approaches, Linda Ballou Recalls Her Recent Visit to “Mom’s Meadow” – And Delivering the Fruitcake

April 22nd, 2021

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate After eleven years, I decided it was time to deliver the fruitcake my mother had sent me in 2009 just before she passed away. I would take it to the meadow where I had scattered her ashes.  I had kept it in my freezer (even through a severe downsizing) because I just couldn’t bear to throw it out. Her fruitcake was much too heavy for me to eat, and I didn’t want to give it to anyone. Taking it to where she rested seemed a logical thing to do. The day could not have been more gorgeous. White clouds smeared across the baby blue heavens,... Read More

Phyllis Stoller of the Women’s Travel Group Advises: “What to Expect for Summer Flying”

March 29th, 2021

Masks Are Mandatory Inside Airports and On the Plane  Which means you really need to bring along more than one mask. This is important, in case you drop yours or sniffle into it. You need to be aware that even in “no mask” states, federal law requires masks at airports and on the airplane.  (Once you are outside the airport –  hailing a taxi, for example – local laws prevail.) You’ll also find free sanitizer dispensers in airports and elsewhere. These days there seems to be a lot of free sanitizer available. Use plenty of it on your hands, even if you wash them... Read More

In Honor of International Women’s Month, Terese Wallen Invites You to Learn How to Ignite Your Passion

March 15th, 2021

NABBW member Terese Wallen is hosting a 3-day workshop on re-igniting your passion, which is specifically designed for empty-nesters. Here’s a flyer with the details, or go to www.msbigshot.com: Terese is a Chicago-based life coach & teacher. She is founder of Ms. BigShot, a company dedicated to helping women find their purpose and passion in their life. Terese spent most of her career working for many Fortune 100 companies such as HSBC, Sears, and Essendent until following her dream into entrepreneurship. She believes women can find their passion and create an amazing life no matter... Read More

In Writing ‘Embrace of the Wild,’ Linda Ballou Hopes to Turn Covid-19’s Lemons to Zesty Limoncello

February 24th, 2021

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate In writing Embrace of the Wild I hope to have turned the lemons of Covid-19 into limoncello—a zesty elixir that excites and satisfies the senses. In early 2020, I returned from a whirlwind tour of Australia just in time for the Covid-19 lockdown. I was grateful to be back on U.S. soil, but in shock to see the streets of downtown Los Angeles empty.  A new world order was upon us. I had no idea how long this was to last, but I did know my travel wings were clipped and I needed to do something to save my sanity. According to many a centenarian,... Read More

Adventure Traveler Linda Ballou Sees COVID-Generated Silver Linings for Those Seeking to Travel Again in 2021

January 18th, 2021

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate It is hard to think good has come from the virus that has forced all of us to isolate ourselves and not be able to move freely in the world. But, there have been many beneficial outcomes for those eager to tick travel experiences off their bucket list. Airline Ticketing Changes One of the most exciting benefits is that airlines are dropping fees to make changes in your itinerary. Last year, I had to fly home from Australia a day early for personal reasons. Qantas Airlines charged me $400.00 to reschedule my flight. I felt this was punitive,... Read More

List Making and Chronic Illness — How I’ve Finally Learned to Turn My Daily List-Making Habit From “Foe” to “Friend”

January 13th, 2021

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW: I have always been a list maker. That is how I, as a dyslexic, had learned to accomplish the things that had to be done. I would start my day by listing what I needed to accomplish. Then come the weekend, I would list what I wanted to accomplish in two days instead of one, so the list got longer. I would place my list on the dining room table and cross off each item as I accomplished it. My list was always so long that looking at it, one would never think I had accomplished much in a day. On a good day or two, the most I could accomplish would have been 4-5... Read More

Linda Ballou Shares Her Recent ‘Wander to the Edge’ Podcast Interview with NABBW

December 14th, 2020

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate It’s a wrap! 2020 is coming to a close. Adventure Travel Writer, Linda Ballou, shares highlights of her year in this interview with Adam Asher and Zanne Merkel on their podcast, Wander to the Edge.   Topics in our discussion included: Why I need to be on the travel edge. What it takes to write a travel book. How to make travel writing work for you. Taking time to be in nature each day Forest Bathing and Hozho Seizing opportunities opening up in the travel world. Some of my favorite daytrips on the Coast of California My latest... Read More

Whether or Not You’ve Been Diagnosed, It’s Important to Take A Closer Look At The Effects of Type 2 Diabetes On Us Boomer-Aged Women

December 7th, 2020

Diabetes in us older women can have negative effects as we age and experience menopause, making it crucial for us to know the warning signs and steps we need to take to live with it comfortably. The month of November flew by so fast I didn’t get everything done! Perhaps, you’ve also noticed that even in these COVID times, when we are staying home as much as possible, it’s very easy to get distracted from our best-laid plans due to having to focus so much on just simply coping with day-t0-day life as it unfolds. As your “Boomer in Chief” of the NABBW, I had intended... Read More

Shirley Meerson Shares 5 Quick Tips To Relax and Comfort Your Body

December 3rd, 2020

By Shirley Meerson, CHWC ~ NABBW’s Ageless Wellness Lifestyle Associate Learn to relax with these 5 quick tips to comfort your body and then your mind will take the pressure off and allow you to relax.  It’s so very important to take good care of your mental wellness and physical stress. Comfort is defined as a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. Your body wants you to be healthy.  Unfortunately, there has been too many times when you’re feeling overcome with stress.  And this mental discomfort leads to physical discomfort. I’m suggesting that you start... Read More

Wings COVID-Clipped, Linda Ballou Shares How She’s Experiencing Jubilation in the Year of the Virus

November 7th, 2020

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate The Mexican people call retired persons “Jubilants.” I was so busy I never thought much about retirement, but suddenly, due to COVID, here it is. I am unable to sell real estate because dealing with the public is just too dangerous now. My partner, who has been loving and supportive for 35 years, is convinced he will die if he gets Covid-19. Consequently, I have not gone out to dinner, hiked with a friend, or had a haircut for eight months. The virus didn’t just clip my travel wings, it ripped them out of their sockets. I was flying... Read More