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High on Positive Energy, Member Maggie Davenport Discusses the Importance of HOPE (Especially If You’ve Let Your New Years Resolutions Slip)

February 9th, 2022

By Maggie Davenport for the NABBW Winter. A time of natural rest and retreat, of wrapping ourselves in fluffy blankets and settling down, reflecting (or not!). Meanwhile, in perfect sync with nature, our furry and winged friends are nesting, mating, and traveling to warmer climates – making ready for a flurry of activity in the spring. Resolutions With January in the rear view mirror, and many of us still feeling stuck in the doldrums after  coming  off of the winter holiday season, lots of us are still a bit out of sync with our usual routines. But despite this disorientation, millions... Read More

In Which Trina Clarifies the Difference Between Journals vs. Diaries, and Shares Her Personal Journaling Journey

November 26th, 2021

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW In reviewing the blogs that I have written over the last year and a half, I have discovered they have some common themes. These themes are: – The Pandemic – Change – Loss – Grief In some of my posts, I have shared the thoughts and feelings I have had while dealing with these issues. But I have not discussed the major tool/process that I have used for the last 29 years, which is journaling. To begin with, I want to be clear that journaling should not be confused with keeping a diary, though they ARE often confused with each... Read More

In Which I Realize The Pandemic Experience Has Helped Me Finally Figure Out What It Means to “Stop and Smell the Roses”

February 18th, 2021

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW I have heard the expression, “stop and smell the roses” since I was 19 years old. This has been 56 years of my life. That is the entire length of my marriage. Until I was 19, my parents believed that they needed to keep me busy so I wouldn’t get into trouble. (Translation: so that I wouldn’t get pregnant.) This was the 50s and early 60s, so that was their greatest fear — to have a daughter get pregnant before she was married. The message I understood from their attitude was that ‘if you do not stay busy all your life, you will get into trouble.’... Read More

What’s A Grandmother to Say About the COVID-19 Pandemic?

May 8th, 2020

By Meryl Ain for the NABBW It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood and a wonderful morning for a walk. It’s early so hardly anyone is out yet, enabling me to pull my mask low on my face breathing in the sweet fragrance of the season, noting that this is exactly what spring smelled like when I was a child. I stop to take photos of the gorgeous pink and yellow and orange tulips, which remind me of how my mother lovingly planted the bulbs in our backyard garden each year.  I spot a couple of robin redbreasts. I haven’t yet encountered a cardinal, but sure as it’s spring, I know I will. Ever... Read More

Never Underestimate the Power of a Menopausal Woman

June 18th, 2019

By Phyllis Coletta, JD, for the NABBW Menopause is an unexpected visit from a relative, showing up on your doorstep without invitation all fat and cranky. You must let her in — she’s stronger than you — and before you know it, there’s hair in the sink and she’s sticking her face in the freezer. Before this intrusion, before your body starts morphing into your mother, men stop looking at you, just like that. Gravity takes its toll; your waist disappears so you basically look like a vending machine, and you become invisible. Sounds awful, but there are great advantages to all... Read More

How to Put Passion Back into Your Career and Personal Life — Have an Adventure!

September 17th, 2014

By Bonnie Michaels For the NABBW Are you lacking excitement and passion in your life? Do you feel stuck in your career plan and want to reinvent it? Boomers who are in transition looking for a way to” kick start” their lives might consider taking some risks and have an adventure. After years of helping corporations and individuals with work and family issues, I took a break and went off with my husband to explore and volunteer around the world for a year. Sound crazy? It was one of best decisions I made about jump-starting my life. With one suitcase each and a round-the-world ticket, we each... Read More

Navigating Your Future: Thoughts From The Wisdom Keepers To Help You Minimize Obstacles & Maximize Opportunities In This Brave New World

March 18th, 2014

Navigating Your Future: Thoughts From The Wisdom Keepers To Help You Minimize Obstacles & Maximize Opportunities In This Brave New World   By George and Sedena Cappannelli For the NABBW Those of us who weren\’t born yesterday and haven\’t been hanging out with Rip Van Winkle in Sleepy Hollow, know we are in a time unlike any before. In addition to the many challenges we face — climate change, energy, education, healthcare, immigration, wealth inequality, gender and minority inequality to name a few — we are also in a demographic revolution that will, over the next several... Read More

No Need to Hibernate All Winter

February 14th, 2014

No Need to Hibernate All Winter By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. For the NABBW Were you too busy on Super Bowl Sunday watching the commercials to notice that groundhog Punxsutawney Phil had emerged from his burrow? He saw his shadow and went back in to hibernate predicting that the blistery winter weather much of the country has been experiencing will last for another six weeks. For many of us, winter weather does seem to drag on longer than we\’d like. And being stuck at home in February and March doesn\’t usually lend itself to the same kind of staycation... Read More

Navigating Life\’s Twists and Turns

October 11th, 2013

Navigating Life\’s Twists and Turns By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. Remember playing car-racing games at the arcade, trying to stay on the virtual road while going as fast as you can? In those videos, sharp curves keep switching and obstacles suddenly appear, causing you to crash and burn if your reactions aren’t fast enough. It may be fun to play a game, but what about when life itself mirrors this wild ride? Whether you\’re actually on a dangerous road or navigating the twists and turns of life, you don\’t always get advance warning of the risks ahead.... Read More

A Simple Walk

October 2nd, 2013

A Simple Walk By Tracey Barnes Priestley On a recent weekday, I found myself with an unexpected two-hour lunch break. What to do? The obvious choice would have been to tackle my bills but one look outside and I knew that wasn’t going to happen. The sun was brilliant and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The answer was obvious. I’d dash home, change clothes, hitch up the dog, and we’d have a glorious walk in the sunshine. Was I really considering such an irresponsible choice? I had a brief pang of guilt and quickly double-checked my decision. Paying bills vs. the countryside on a sunny afternoon?... Read More