Monday, May 21, 2018

Linda Ballou is Remembering Days in the “Bu” (Malibu, California)

May 13th, 2018

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate I hiked the half mile around Malibu Lagoon to what is famously known as Surf Riders Beach, aka “Buns Galore” Beach. Barefoot surfers joined me on the shade-less path carrying their boards tucked under their arm or over their heads. Unzipped wet suits, folded down on slim waists keep them half-way cool. These are real he-men if you ask me. I wear sneakers for the trek and carry supplies of water and fruit for when I get dry. At the entrance to Malibu Lagoon State Park I was snagged by a couple of gay caballeros from Italy who wanted their... Read More

Done With the Crying: Help and Healing for Mothers of Estranged Adult Children

May 6th, 2018

Title: Done With the Crying: Help and Healing for Mothers of Estranged Adult Children Available in paperback, Kindle and Audiobook formats Author: Sheri McGregor, M.A. Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes   In writing  Done With The Crying: Help and Healing for Mothers of Estranged Adult Children, Sheri McGregor, M.A., hopes to help parents whose adult children have chosen, for one reason or another, to leave the family unit. She writes not just from her professional expertise as a life coach, but also from her personal experience — one of her five adult children, a son, is... Read More

Move or Improve? The Baby Boomers Guide to Housing Options: How to Choose What’s Right for You

April 27th, 2018

Title: Move or Improve? The Baby Boomers Guide to Housing Options: How to Choose What’s Right for You Available in paperback and Kindle formats Author: Debbie C. Miller Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Author Debbie C. Miller is a licensed Realtor with over 20 years’ experience specializing in assisting older (55+) home buyers and sellers. With her additional certifications as a Certified Senior Advisor, and a Lifestyle Transition SpecialistR ,  she knows that her clients have a myriad of decisions to make. And she knows that sometimes the maze of moving-related decisions,... Read More

In ‘Isosceles’ Day’ Young Readers Share a Day in the Life of a Happily Rescued Dog

April 23rd, 2018

Title: Isosceles’ Day   Available in hard cover, paperback and Kindle formats Author: Kevin J. Meehan Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes What a fun book, both for young readers – and those who enjoy hearing someone read them a story! Author Kevin J. Meehan, whose “day job” is as  an integrative health care practitioner with expertise in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, lives his life according to a favorite quote: “With the eyes of a child, we learn how to see!” He has clearly used this philosophy when writing and illustrating his book. Each page... Read More

Lollygagging at the Olallieberry Inn

April 4th, 2018

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate The Olallieberry Inn is located in the East Village of Cambria on the Central Coast of California. This quaint Victorian-style inn nestling on the sunny side of the Santa Rosa Creek offers all the comforts of home, and then some. The Inn, in service for over 40 years, has received a facelift by new owners providing modern amenities without losing its charm. Cooks in the sparkling new kitchen deliver gourmet breakfasts at two settings each day. One at 8:00 for those eager to get out and explore this gorgeous region, and one at 9:15 for those... Read More

Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You

March 16th, 2018

Title: Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You Available in: Kindle and Paperback Author: Ann LeFevre, PhD, LCSW, CMT Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Every time I start to write this review, I hear a song in the back of my brain: Firework, by Katy Perry. You know, the one with that great, very insistent and upbeat music, that’s almost stressful — and the  lyrics that begin like this: “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag Drifting thought the wind Wanting to start again Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin Like a house of cards One blow from caving in Do you ever feel... Read More

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Death

February 13th, 2018

Title: Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Death  Available in large print paperback format Author: Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes   Today’s world is not as safe as the one we grew up in, in the 50s and 60s. Back then, we did not read about school shootings on a regular basis, for example. Yet even as we are only seven weeks into this year (2018) as I write — and we’re we collectively reeling from 17 deaths in Parkland, Florida — news reports tell us there have already been 8 school shootings that resulted... Read More

Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children

February 5th, 2018

Title: Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children Available in large print paperback format Author: Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., Illustrated by Polona Lovsin Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes When our daughter was five and our son two, my former husband and I had to explain to them that we were divorcing. The term “conscious uncoupling” hadn’t been invented yet, but we did everything possible to separate ourselves from the marriage with as little angst as possible, precisely because we didn’t want to cause trauma and pain for our children. I’m not sure... Read More

Let the Adventure Find You in Puerto Varas, Chile

February 3rd, 2018

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate NOTE: My sojourn in South America began and ended in Buenos Aires where half the population of Argentina reside. Like most Americans, my knowledge of the geography of South America is a bit fuzzy. The journey took me to less-traveled parts of Argentina and Chile providing an overview of the landscape and high points I will be sharing in a series of pieces. This is the second:  Puerto Varas, nestled sweetly on the south shore of Llanquihue (“yan key way”) the largest lake in Chile, is the adventure hub of the Chilean Lake District. ... Read More

Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple

January 16th, 2018

Title: Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Peter Likins Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes   I am a huge fan of the cozy mystery genre. When I’m not reading and reviewing books on behalf of the NABBW, I’m always deep into a cozy of my choice. So I was delighted to be invited to dig into Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple, by Peter Likins, which is described as a “whimsical murder mystery novel.” (In other words, a “cozy.”) If you’re not familiar with the genre, think Jessica Fletcher.... Read More