Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Neighborhood Potluck Ahead? How About Taking Butterscotch Cashew Blondies – A Nice Change from Traditional Brownies

May 28th, 2015

By Pat Sinclair NABBW’s Cooking for Two Associate Here’s another easy bar cookie recipe. I often take these bars to potlucks because there are always lots of plain brownies. This gives an alternative, especially for people who can’t enjoy chocolate. The opposite of a brownie is a blondie—the colors are different but the texture of the bars is similar. It is much easier to determine doneness in the blondies than in the brownies. If the blondies are not done, you can see the batter move under the top crust when you shake the pan. Because of the high amount of sugar in these bars,... Read More

“I’m Not You In Love With You Anymore” ~~ How Many Spouses Have Heard That Statement? (And What to Do When It Happens)

May 26th, 2015

By Jed Diamond PhD, LSCW, NABBW’s Associate for Male Menopause The beginning of the end or the first step toward real, lasting love? ––– Marcia was devastated when her husband of twenty-five years told her, “I’m not in love with you anymore. The life has gone out of our marriage and I don’t think we can get it back.” Two days later her husband Mark moved out of the house. He said he needed to sort things out. The couple’s two children were distraught and afraid. Marcia called me in full panic mode. “I feel blind-sided,” she told me. “We’ve had our ups and down... Read More

Who Inherits When There’s No Beneficiary?

May 18th, 2015

Dear Liza: My dad named his mother as his beneficiary, but she passed away in 2004.  My dad died in 2013 but didn’t change his beneficiary. I am my father’s only child and he has no wife, so who gets the money ?  When a person dies and there’s no surviving beneficiary named for an account, the assets would go that person’s “estate.” You don’t say what kind of account this is, but the most common kind of account with beneficiary designations would be a retirement account, so I’ll make that assumption (though most beneficiary accounts work the same way). What that means is that,... Read More

Confused About How to Be An Earth-friendly Consumer? Eco Labels Make Green Shopping Easier

May 18th, 2015

By Diane MacEachern NABBW’s Going Green Associate We read food labels to avoid trans fats, sugar, and salt. Why not look for eco labels on the cleansers, personal care products, furniture, clothing, carpeting and home improvement goods we buy so we can shift our spending to those that best protect the planet? For example, the green-and-white Organic label issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates food that has been produced according to a set of standards intended to eliminate use of pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals. You can find this eco label on fresh... Read More

As You Celebrate the Special Life Events the Spring and Summer Bring, Remember: Someone Believes in You

May 14th, 2015

By Natalie Caine, MA, for the NABBW Think about all those special life milestones and events: Wedding, Graduation, New job, New parenting, A new grandchild, A relocation, Even a new day — All these are happy changes. And behind your smiles and raised glasses, there are people standing up for you. Supporting you. They believe in you. They give to you because they want you to understand that you matter. They want you to have bricks under your feet. They want you to feel hugged. We forget to visit happy memories as moon light to help you stand, over and over when you collapse, and when... Read More

Where Do the Retirement Gurus “Retire?”

May 12th, 2015

By Jan Cullinane and John Brady for the NABBW Most of us know that one size cannot fit all when it comes to choosing our best place to retire. Just look at the tons of books, magazine articles and websites that try to answer that very question. Your authors, Jan Cullinane, and John Brady decided to take a different approach, and go right to the source by asking a half dozen retirement gurus, including the authors of this piece, where they chose to “retire.” The word “retire” is in quotes since most of the experts are still working (some more than others), although their work is free from... Read More

Glacier Bay: A Place You MUST Come and See

May 8th, 2015

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate John Muir explored the fiords of Glacier Bay in 1879 in a sixty-foot, spruce canoe with a Tlingit Indian guide. I’m glad to be aboard The Spirit of Adventure, a 150- passenger catamaran with two glass-enclosed decks to roam, and an open deck on top for viewing. Our Captain, a jaunty young woman with a ponytail down to her waist, is wearing a crisp naval white and blue uniform. The introduction to the cruise, given by the ship’s naturalist, a national park ranger, is interrupted by the sighting of a sow with two cubs. While I scan the... Read More

Don’t Give Up on Love: Six Things to Consider When Your Relationship is in Crisis

April 23rd, 2015

By Jed Diamond, PhD, for the NABBW Let’s face it, we all want to have a joyful relationship that lasts through time, but many of us despair at having what we so desperately need. Many of us are single and long to be married. Many of us are married but are unhappy and are thinking of leaving. I’ve been counseling men and women for more than 40 years and I have seen more than 10,000 couples. Clearly there are some people who should not be married and need help separating in a way that is least destructive to the couple, as well as their children. However, I’ve found over the years that divorce... Read More

Are You Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places? How to Stop Choosing Type Z and Find Type A

April 21st, 2015

By Jed Diamond, PhD, LSCW NABBW’s Associate for Male Menopause We all want love, but we often have a hard time finding it and keeping love alive and well in our relationships. According to statistics compiled by divorcerate.org, 40% to 50% of first marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. Most of us marry again, but the odds are against us. 60% to 67% of second marriages don’t last and nearly 75% of third marriages fail. Many have become fearful of “marriage” and look for a healthy long-term “relationship” without “typing the knot.” Divorce statistics are notoriously difficult to... Read More

Senior-focused Tips for Enjoying Summer Travel

April 15th, 2015

By Phyllis Stoller, NABBW’s Associate for Group Travel  Read More