Monday, October 26, 2020
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Welcome! You can’t pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the TV or radio without getting a constant onslaught of bad news about the economy. But there’s good news related to this: Many experts predict that we Boomers are going to be the force that brings us out of the economic mess we’re in right now… There Are a Number of Reasons For This: A greater percentage of us still have jobs: According to recent New York Times and Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, by far the largest group of unemployed is the 15-to-24 cohort at a whopping 16.7% (in July this number soared to... (Read More ...)

Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey Author:  Fran Padgett Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This beautiful book, a compilation of 30 poignant breast cancer survivor stories visually supported by author Fran Padgett’s stunning, original works of art, is her tribute to all women who have been “chosen by breast cancer,” as she herself has been. After her diagnosis, Padgett launched a passionate mission to fund breast cancer research projects. She established The Weathervane Foundation, Inc., a Texas 501 (c) (3) – a non-profit organization dedicated... (Read More ...)

Your High Risk Pregnancy: A Practical and Supportive Guide Author:  Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN with Errol Norwitz, MD Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW When the core of this book was originally released in 1987 (under the title, “Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant: A Guide to High‐Risk Pregnancies“) it was a pioneering title.  I know, because I’d actually searched for a book of this type ten years earlier during my first of two high-risk pregnancies, and had it existed, my old copy would be dog-eared, sticky-noted and full of underlining... (Read More ...)

You Lost Your Marriage Not Your Life: How to Create the Life You Want – Your Way Author: Barbara Miller Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Al and Tipper Gore are not the first Baby Boomers to divorce after a long marriage, and they will no doubt not be the last.  A recent AARP story, written after their announcement, noted several reasons Boomers are divorcing with more frequency then our parents. One of the most significant reasons, of course, is that we are living longer, and we aren’t like our parents and grandparents who chose to soldier on, even... (Read More ...)

Changing Shoes: Getting Older – Not Old – with Style, Humor and Grace Author: Tina Sloan Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for NABBW While many women hide signs of aging with tight clothes, heavy makeup and plastic surgery, 67-year old Guiding Light legend Tina Sloan learned to welcome each phase of her life with effortless grace  — all while living a very public life. In the book Tina recalls how she made her first appearance on soap operas in the 1970s as the sex kitten on Somerset, and hit it big when she was cast as nurse Lillian Raines on Guiding Light, a role... (Read More ...)

Savvy, Sassy and Bold After 50! A Midlife Rebirth Author: Vicki Ward Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for NABBW This book is a handbook for living vibrantly after 50. It’s an excellent resource, for women, by women. And it validates the experiences of those of us who have crossed the timeline into the second half of life. But it’s more than that, as it is peppered with quotes from women who took the Sistah Survey, which according to author Vicki Ward, was developed to reveal the essence of what it’s like to be a woman in the esteemed “Over 50 Club.” While... (Read More ...)

Lost Angel Walkabout: One Traveler’s Tales Linda Ballou Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a spirited collection of travel narratives, a beautifully written collection of personal experiences of Linda’s many travels to different continents and environments. It is easy to see why Linda Ballou is a well-known adventure travel writer, each of the stories takes you to a special place and allows you to share the sensual experience of being there without straining a muscle, getting altitude sickness or losing control of your horse. Her use of words is... (Read More ...)

A Boomer’s Guide to Cleaning Out Your Parent’s Estate in 30 Days or Less: How to Empty the Family Home Without Losing Your Mind By Julie Hall (The Estate Lady) Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This step-by-step guide is a companion book to Hall’s masterpiece, “The Boomer Burden- Dealing With Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff.” It’s a small book, six sections and 80 pages – but don’t let the size fool you. This is the nuts and bolts of what you will need to actually wade into your parents home and get it cleaned out. It is chock... (Read More ...)

The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff By Julie Hall (The Estate Lady) Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW According to Julie Hall, every day, approximately forty-eight hundred Baby Boomers become middle-aged orphans when their elderly parents pass away, leaving them with a lot more than just memories. Having worked with thousands of clients over the past two decades in her capacity as “The Estate Lady,” a leading national authority on conducting estate sales, personal property appraisals, liquidations and removal... (Read More ...)

Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for the last 45 years. He is the author of 9 books, including Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Male Menopause, The Irritable Male Syndrome, and Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome. He offers counseling to men, women, and couples in his office in California or by phone with people throughout the U.S. and around the world. To receive a Free E-book on Men’s Health and a free subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go to When I began training as a psychotherapist in 1965, I wanted to save... (Read More ...)