Thursday - April 25, 2019
 

Castles in the Sky: Mother Nature’s Best Handiwork

April 23rd, 2019

By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate It seems everyone I know has been to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in the Red Rock Country of Utah. It was high time for me to experience the soaring ramparts with majestic views, the splendor of sculptured slot canyons, and the magic of hoodoos millions of years in the making. I chose mid-April for my visit to cash in on wildflowers, cool temps, and waterfalls that are fed by melting snowfields and dry up in the heat of summer. Zion and Bryce are located on the western edge of the Colorado Plateau in the four corners of Utah, Arizona,... Read More

Fashion Advice I’ve Rejected

March 28th, 2019

By Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant, Boomer Humor Associate In Medford a few weeks ago, a woman came up to me after I’d spoken at a conference and gave me a hug and a compliment. “I love your outfit, especially your shoes. You know what they say, ‘The shoes make the outfit.’” They say that, indeed, although I’m not sure why. I never remember anyone’s footwear unless it is so high and dangerous-looking that I have to keep my finger on my cell phone, ready to dial 911 in case they keel over and stab themselves on their own spiky heels. Personally, I think what makes an outfit is lack of obvious... Read More

Hot Tips for Savvy Travelers

March 11th, 2019

By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Each year I attend the Los Angeles Adventure Travel show to get news about travel trends.  Here is what is hot and what is not according to travel gurus like Rick Steves who spoke about broadening your global prospective through travel, and Pauline Frommer who shared lots of money saving tips. All of the speakers at the event want you to use an anonymous computer when searching for flights, hotels, and car rentals. Sneaky algorithms pick up what you have searched in the past indicating what you are willing to spend. The computer selects... Read More

How to Escape the Heat: Summer Travel with Altitude

March 4th, 2019

By Phyllis Stoller, NABBW’s Group Travel Associate This summer is anticipated to be a hot one! Overseas hotels are not always air conditioned; however they are often described as  ‘climate controlled’. The latter is not always our expectation of continual cool air flow. So this year, why not plan a trip to a place where it is naturally cool? If you are OK with altitude, choose high places. Altitude plays as much a part in temperature as does location; remember that when you look for an escape from the heat.  (The “altitude rule,” also called the lapse rate, says that if... Read More

Linda Ballou’s Newest Book, “Lost Angel in Paradise,” is Downloadable via a Free App, So You Can Pack Her Along With You When You Set Out on Her Highly Recommended Outdoor Days Along the California Coast

January 28th, 2019

By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate “I go to the forest to lose my mind and find my soul” ~~ John Muir It is my extreme pleasure to share outdoor days that have helped me achieve balance in my life.  So many friends ask me to take them hiking, but part of my pleasure is hiking solo. Being alone allows me to absorb the beauty of my wanderings and to take time to listen to birdsong and the chatter of the creatures great and small. Which is why I take great pleasure in inviting you to use my newest book, “Lost Angel in Paradise: Great Outdoor Days From Los Angeles... Read More

Russian River Road – Excerpt from Linda Ballou’s New Book, “Lost Angel in Paradise”

January 7th, 2019

By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate To start the New Year off with a bang, I am publishing a collection of my favorite outdoor days along the California Coast. It is my extreme pleasure to have visited all of these beautiful places and to share them with you in Lost Angel in Paradise. I cap off each day with a suggestion for an eatery nearby the trail head, or beach walk. I have also created a new website www.LostAngelAdventures.com spotlighting my travel books, articles. This post, “Day on the Russian River Road” is a sample of what you will find in my newest... Read More

You’re Retired! Now What?!

January 7th, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate Nowhere to go on Monday morning! No colleagues to meet for lunch! No money to pay for lunch! Guess what? News Flash! You are not alone. On a daily basis, thousands of boomers are grappling with these same three bogus realities. Jamie Chamberlin, in her January 2014 article, “Retiring Minds Want To Know,” observes that “Too few people consider the psychological adjustments that accompany this life stage, which can include coping with the loss of your career identity, replacing support networks you had through work, … and... Read More

Travel-Related Books Make Great Gifts for Friends with a Wandering Eye

November 19th, 2018

By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate I love travel narratives.  These are a few of my favorite travel books sure to whet your wanderlust. These are not typical guidebooks, they represent well-written travel literature. Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler Sara travels in a way that I would love to do, but just don’t have the stamina. From soggy sleeping bags, to elaborate dinners at elegant haciendas she shares the highs and lows of Chili—a country of extremes. Home to some of the highest volcanoes in the world, vast expanse of desert and tropical forests and... Read More

Tips for Baby Boomers — Retirement and Panic (Part 1)

November 14th, 2018

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate Until now, you may have thought panic attacks — if they even existed — were reserved for “weaker folks.” You know, people like: Fathers-to-be in the OB-GYN room OR Prima donnas at their stage debut   Likewise, you may have been known for your equanimity, your “sang froid” attitude, your ability to remain composed and cool as a cucumber, assuredly confident that you could handle anything that came your way. Convinced that sudden breakouts of “flop sweat” were solely the domain... Read More

Facing Retirement Without Savings (Part 1)

October 12th, 2018

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate Yikes! Water! Water! My hair’s on fire! Oh, it’s not my hair! It’s my bank account! I have completely smoked it! I inadvertently incinerated it during these last 30+ years of career building. If it’s any consolation, you have loads of company in your current miserable dilemma. Alana Semuels, in a February 22, 2018 The Atlantic article, “This What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like,” says that “… the median savings in a 401(k) plan for people between the ages of 55 and 64 is currently just $15,000,... Read More