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Living Abroad as an International House Sitter

January 14th, 2013

If you have ever dreamed of living abroad, you are not alone. There are a growing number of boomers who have packed up their belongings in order to establish residency in a new country. Americans and Canadians often wander south to warmer climates found in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, or Ecuador. Northern Europeans have moved in droves to Spain, Italy, Portugal and other locations. However, did you know that there is a way to live abroad without settling in one specific location or setting up housekeeping for good? I am referring to international house sitting, a form of long-term travel... Read More

Change It Up

October 24th, 2012

Change It Up By Natalie Caine, M.A. NABBW’s Empty Nest Expert When I was in Boston last week, I tried something new. While walking, and this sounds silly I know, I would stop and look up. People in windows, staircases, cranes, flashing tall lights, birds and squirrels, shoes, the moon, stars, planes, lanterns, animals in the clouds. When I have the fun of taking photos, I photograph a different perspective rather than only what is right in front of me with the object. In my morning support group of transitions, we made a list of what we are going to do differently this week: 1. Not start... Read More

Art and Creative Self Expression: Tools for Transcending Chronic Pain and Illness

October 24th, 2012

Art and Creative Self Expression: Tools for Transcending Chronic Pain and Illness By Mary J. Yerkes NABBW’s Living with Chronic Illness Expert Can tapping into our creativity help us transcend chronic pain and illness? Can art heal not only our bodies but also our soul and spirits? Questions like these have been part of my ongoing quest to live well with chronic pain and illness. While some answers remain elusive, others are more readily apparent. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases in 1997, I have found artistic self-expression a valuable tool for transcending... Read More

Be Sure to Laugh & Play

September 24th, 2012

12 Secrets To Great Romance For The Rest Of Your Life By Judith Sherven, Ph.D. NABBW’s Healthy Relationships Expert Perhaps you\’re in a long-term relationship and the joy is gone. You don\’t want to be with anyone else but you wish it could be more fun, more exciting. Do you miss when you were younger and felt more comfortable being silly and playful as a form of real romance? Did you get married and decide you had to act like “grown-ups” and a lot of the fun went with it? Or have you always thought you needed to be serious in matters of love? Maybe you’re... Read More

Jumping Work-Hurdles

September 22nd, 2012

Jumping Work-Hurdles By Nan S. Russell NABBW’s Winning At Work Expert It feels great at the end of a workday to know you\’ve made progress on a mounting to-do list, resolved a persistent problem, dealt with a difficult challenge, or accomplished an important objective. Yet, too often we get to the end of a day and haven\’t felt feelings of satisfaction, accomplishment, or progress at work, at least not as much as we\’d like. Instead, frustration, bureaucracy, and unresponsiveness creep in to thwart our well-being. The days when frustration rules are difficult progress... Read More

25 Ways to Feed Your Soul: Stop the Insanity

September 22nd, 2012

25 Ways to Feed Your Soul: Stop the Insanity By Janice Taylor NABBW’s Expert on Weight Loss and Hypnotism Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — Albert Einstein Instead of obsessing about food, fat, your weight and your multiple failures to lose “it,” imagine what your life could look like, the shape it might take, if you shifted your focus to bringing joy to your heart, giving fresh energy to your day, and to feeding your soul. Envision what will happen when your thoughts no longer pull you astray but rather connect your... Read More

3 Tips On How To Increase Your Odds Of Staying Married The Second Time

September 22nd, 2012

Without intervention, divorce rates look like this: First marriage: 50 percent end in divorce Second marriage: 64 percent end in divorce Third marriage: 74 percent end in divorce I believe it is possible to lower the higher divorce rate for second marriages. Before entering into another relationship, you must be willing to take the time for your own personal development and learn healthy relationship skills that will move your life forward after the first divorce. Becoming single again is scary, and it may feel like you are on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Unfortunately, being single again... Read More

The Story of the Grunions

September 22nd, 2012

The Story of the Grunions By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW’s Organizational Skills Expert Grunions are small fish who appear once a year off California beaches. It is possible to catch them in containers the way children back East might capture fireflies in a jar. Many years ago a friend of mine told me this story. “When I was 18 I took a girl to my high school prom in my father\’s brand new Cadillac. After the prom my date wanted to go to the beach and capture grunions. Like any dutiful 18 year old boy, I took her and we quickly scored a bag of the tiny fish. We... Read More

The Perfect Vinaigrette

September 22nd, 2012

The Perfect Vinaigrette By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW’s Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Why is it that when you eat out, the salad dressing tastes so much better? It’s all in the proportions and ingredients… Start with a good extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to ensure that the oil base is comprised of the healthiest oil there is. Olive oil, called “liquid gold” by Homer, is the main fat used in Mediterranean diets—the pattern of eating proven to decrease the risk of such diseases and disorders as heart attacks, stroke, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. EVOO contains... Read More

Sullie Saves the Seas

September 21st, 2012

Sullie Saves the Seas Author: Goffinet McLaren http://www.sullietheseagull.com Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This wonderful children\’s book introduces the world to Sullie the Seagull, Author McLaren\’s newly hatched “spokesbird” for clean oceans. This is a parable told by Sullie, an old seagull. Sullie\’s tale begins on Turtle Beach, the morning after Memorial Day, and provides a lesson about the dangers of trash in our oceans. Sullie\’s information is correct: All the experts say the solution to our trash-choked oceans begins at home, since most... Read More