Welcome Back, Spring!

Anne Holmes - Boomer in Chief at NABBW

Warm weather has been a long time coming here in the Midwest, but I’ve recently seen the weeping willows starting to green (actually more of a yellow) up, and there are robins flitting around my yard, so I know that full-blown green will soon be upon us.

Plus, my son lives in Augusta, Georgia, where the Master’s Golf Tournament has just been played. Watching the final hours on TV, I was delighted to observe that Spring is in full bloom in Georgia!

That aforementioned son turns 30 this month. Wow! It’s hard to believe. I still vividly remember the April he was born. (Perhaps because the weather warmed in to the 80’s the last few weeks of my pregnancy – and I had only one maternity outfit that both fit and wasn’t too warm…)

I hope all of you are also enjoying beautiful Spring weather and planning for a wonderful Summer. If you’re not sure what you’ll do for fun this summer, perhaps we can help.

  • Natalie Caine, our Empty Nest Expert is presenting her Life in Transition: Now What? Workshop several times over the Summer – always at a wonderful spa. Why not join her?
  • Meanwhile, Linda Ballou, our Adventure Travel Expert has posted a fascinating article on adventure travel outfitters – how to vet them in advance of your trip, to make sure your experience is both wonderful and safe.
  • Looking to spend some relaxing time in your garden or yard? Lisa Byrne, our NABBW Boomer Women’s Fitness Expert shares a video on a workout you can do now to prepare yourself for safely managing all the bending and stretching you’ll be doing as you go “Gangbusters in the Garden.”

There’s more here, of course. So fix yourself a cool beverage of your choice, find a place in the sun, and spend a little “me time” with us!

Other Issue Highlights:

  • Meet our newest Associate, Dr. Janet Brill, who comes on board this month as our Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert
  • Check in with our NABBW Associates – 21 new articles on topics ranging from a Gender Gap in Employment to the Power of Journaling.
  • Find out what this month’s hot topics are over at Boomer Women Speak…
  • Check out our Member News. Loads of good info there.

And with that point made, I’ll sign off by reminding you that I’m listening, and I look forward to hearing from you!



PS Be sure to contact me if you have a topic for an NABBW teleseminar . We have some Spring dates available.

PPS Don’t forget to send us your news for our Member News section. (Keep in mind we only publish “news bytes” from our paid NABBW members. But you get a ton of publicity value from a tiny investment.  A real boon if you’re a business owner or want to become one… )

Anne L. Holmes, APR
“Boomer in Chief”

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Boomers In The News

Here Are Other Articles of Interest:

Dancing At the Movies – Recognize These Clips?
Before we had “Dancing with the Stars” on TV, there were Fred and Ginger, Michael Jackson, John Travolta, Jaime Lee Curtis and – well you just have to watch…

Create an Accountability Team to Help You Achieve Your Goals By Barbara Hannah Grufferman in The Huffington Post
Sometimes it takes a village to get where you want to go. Here’s a concept that will help.

A Frugal Twist on Travel: Try a House Swap By Nancy Mann Jackson in SecondAct.com
Staying in someone’s house, as opposed to a hotel, makes a big difference in savoring a destination. Here’s how you can arrange to do that every time you travel.

Seven Baby Boomer Financial Mistakes to Avoid By Mark Patterson in USNews.com
Many boomers have failed at retirement planning. Here’s how you can avoid their errors in making your own retirement preparations.

Deciding Where to Retire: He Says Maine. She Says Florida By Kathleen A. Hughes in the Wall Street Journal Online
Remember the show “Green Acres?” Here’s what happens when spouses don’t share the same retirement dream.

Cook Along Recipe for Blueberry Caramel Sauce By Anne Maxfield in Accidental-Locavore.com
A quick and easy recipe that works as well topping a fruit dessert as it does on pancakes.

How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement Health Costs? By Emily Brandon in USNews.com
Good news: The recent health reform bill MAY have reduced the amount you’ll need to be able to pay for your health costs at retirement.

Recent Forum Topics

I continue to witness women encouraging others in our Virtual Village at Boomer Women Speak Forums.
Won’t you join us?

Here’s a peek at some topics we’re chatting about:

Quotes for Living

I didn’t want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful. ~~ Annie Leibovitz

I think you have to relax about aging. What else can you do? ~~ Felicity Kendal

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. ~~ Betty Friedan

Every industry is going to be affected (by the aging population). This creates tremendous opportunities and tremendous challenges. ~~ Pat Conroy

Upcoming Teleseminars

Authors Kathleeen Logan and Betsy SmithOn Tuesday April 26, 2011, at 8 PM Eastern time, Anne will be interviewing Kathleen Vestal Logan and Betsy Smith, Ph.D., authors of the book, “Second Blooming for Women: Growing a Life That Matters After 50” on the topic of “Opportunities for Women to Bloom In the Second Half of Life.”

Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • What does this term “second life” mean? To whom does it apply?
  • Do you have to be in crisis to benefit from the book (e.g., widowed, divorced, laid off, retired, etc.)?
  • Why do you sometimes refer to this stage of life as Women’s Lib Part II?
  • Exactly what were the seeds of change for women? What happened to make us a transitional generation?
  • Most women dread turning fifty. They don’t see that there’s anything to look forward to, yet you see it as a grand opportunity. Why should they be excited about life after fifty?
  • Losses are usually considered bad, negative, yet you talk about the “good losses” women can experience after fifty. What are some examples of “good losses”?
  • What is the “new reality” for women over fifty?
  • Some women enter their second half of life with fear and trepidation. Do you have suggestions to help them overcome those fears?
  • How can women who have given to others all their lives abruptly start focusing on themselves?
  • What are strategies to enter life after fifty with enthusiasm?

Be sure to mark your calendar now, as this will be a call you do not want to miss.

Register Here NOW!

Kathleen & Betty have a Tip Sheet you’ll want to download before the call.


Featured NABBW Member . . .

Maurita Corcoran

Maurita CorcoranWelcome to NABBW member, wife and mother of four, accomplished abstract painter and soon-to-be published author, Maurita Corcoran, who lives with her husband of 26 years near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

That Maurita and her husband have been married for 26 years is significant, considering that 14 years into it, Maurita discovered that her physician husband was a sex addict. To say she was shocked and her world turned upside down by his betrayal would be an understatement.  Thankfully, however, she has since spent more than 13 years learning to  recover her spirit and reclaim her voice. Thus what could have been a devastating story becomes one of hope and profound healing.

As a result of these life experiences, Maurita discovered a passion for encouraging other women to do the same. She has written a book about her experiences with sex addiction,A House Interrupted: A Wife’s Story of Recovering From Her Husband’s Sex Addiction.” Reading it is a must for anyone affected by the devastating impact of sexual addiction.

As you read more of her story, you will learn that Maurita spends time painting, and also founded a group called the Women’s Life Recovery Network.

Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates

Linda Ballou: Adventure Travel
Not All Outfitters are Created Equal
Lisa Byrne: Boomer Women’s Fitness
Gangbusters in the Garden
Natalie Caine: Empty Nest
Get-Aways for Learning and Relaxation, As Well As, New Friendships
Deborah Clark: Gardening
Now’s the Time to Be Preparing Your Perennial Beds
Jan Cullinane: The New Retirement
Batter Up and the Power of Facebook
Ronda Del Boccio: Entrepreneurial Authoring
Key Journal Writing Prompts: Your Life Transformation Makeover (Step One)
Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW: Male Menopause & Irritable Male Syndrome
Male Depression Rising Due to Western Socioeconomic Changes
Dumont Gerken Owen, Ph. D.: Women & Work
The Gender Gap in Employment: A New Twist?
Leigh Anne Jashaway-Bryant: Boomer Humor
Unaccustomed to the Good Life
Regina Leeds: Organizational Skills
Welcome Grandbaby!
Dr. Dorree Lynn: Boomer Women Sexuality
Building Your Communication Toolbox
Diane MacEachern: Going Green
Is Your Environmental “Glass” Half Empty, or Half Full?
Sherrie Mathieson: Fashion
Going On Vacation and Want Stylish Comfort?
Sheri McConnell: Writing & Publishing
First Quarter’s Over: 10 Simple Steps You Can Still Take to Make This Your Best Year Yet!
Erica Miner: Journaling
The Power of Journaling – Article 6 (part 1) in a Series
Donna Shepherd: Inspiration
Dancing With the Stars
Judith Sherven: Healthy Relationships
A Simple Prayer
Pat Sinclair: Food, Drinks and Entertaining
Serve Fish Twice a Week as Part of a Healthy Diet
Janice Taylor: Weight Loss & Diet
The Value of Mistakes and Imperfections
Barbara Tobias: Thrifting
Thrifting Habit Turns Her Into a Collector of “Orphans”
Mary J. Yerkes: Living with Chronic Illness
10 Tips for Building Resilience in the Face of Chronic Illness

Introducing NABBW’s Newest Associate

Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN, CSSD

Janet BrillA big NABBW welcome to our newest Associate, Dr. Janet Brill. Dr. Janet comes on board this month as our Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert. Her columns will begin appearing in the next Boomer Women’s World Newsletter.

Dr. Janet is a nationally recognized expert in the field of health, wellness and cardiovascular disease prevention and is frequently sought after by the media as a trusted source of nutrition and fitness information.

She holds master’s degrees in both nutrition and exercise physiology and a doctorate in exercise physiology. She is a registered dietitian and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Wellcoaches, Inc. Dr. Janet is the author of two books, Cholesterol Down (2007) and Prevent a Second Heart Attack (Feb. 2011) as well as Nutrition Together (2010), a healthy eating and weight loss program available at all Fitness Together personal training studios, worldwide.

She has been published in noted scientific journals including the International Journal of Sport Nutrition, the International Journal of Obesity, the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal and published/ quoted in leading lay publications including Shape, Prevention, Men’s Health, First for Women, Woman’s World, Today’s Diet and Nutrition, Health and many, many more.

Dr. Janet is the Director of Nutrition for Fitness Together, Inc., the world’s largest organization of personal trainers. In addition, Dr. Janet has served as a nutrition consultant for leading firms such as American Express and Proctor & Gamble, and has conducted health seminars for Fortune 500 companies such as Goldman Sachs, AMN AMRO, AON Insurance, and Deloitte and Touche.

She is the guest nutrition expert on the national television show The Balancing Act (Lifetime). She has been an adjunct college professor at the University of Miami and Florida International University where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in nutrition, health and fitness for many years.

Dr. Janet “practices what she preaches,” having completed four marathons and countless 5K, 10K and half-marathon charity road races. She also enjoys swimming, winter sports and weight training. A “semi-vegetarian” for over fifteen years (she eats fish) Dr. Brill supports the notion of following mainly a plant-based Mediterranean-style diet for good health and longevity.

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NABBW Member News

Linda Ballou
Linda, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Expert, is the first featured adventure-travel writer in the new Travel World International Magazine. The issue is dedicated to adventure travel from “Hiking on the Edge” in China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge to “Following the Herd” in Tanzania. Linda hopes you enjoy the article . Linda also shares her recent Blog Talk Radio conversation with Yolanda Renee on “ How to Make Travel Writing Work for You.”

Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. & Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D
Phyllis and Rosemary recently featured Susan Swartz, author of “The Juicy Tomatoes Guide to Ripe Living After 50 andJuicy Tomatoes: Plain Truths, Dumb Lies and Sisterly Advice About Life After 50” on their blog and invite you to their site to enjoy her honesty, wisdom and humor.

Natalie Caine
Natalie reports that her own empty nest transition story was recently featured in Caroline Dowd-Higgins‘ blog, “ This is Not the Career I Ordered .” In addition, she will be presenting her “Life in Transition: What Now?” weekend workshop at Rancho La Puerta Spa and Resort in the San Diego Area on May 14 -21, 2011 and again on October 29 – November 5, 2011. Come join Natalie at this renowned location, which has been named the “Favorite Spa in America” by Conde Nast.

Lynn Goodwin
WRITER ADVICE announces its Sixth Annual Flash Prose Contest. Mesmerize us with your best short fiction or memoir up to 750 words. Deadline: April 15. First prize: $150. Fee: $10 for processing only or $20 for detailed evaluation. US dollars please. Visit  http://www.WriterAdvice.com/ for complete guidelines. E-mail questions but not submissions to  Lgood67334@comcast.net.

Marilyn Nutter
Marilyn reports that her story, Mixed Feelings was published in the recently released “ Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms.”  It’s her reflection on her daughter’s journey of potty training her grandson as she posted comments on Facebook. Marilyn speaks to Mom’s groups and can be contacted via her website .

Susan Santangelo
Susan is pleased to report that “Moving Can Be Murder,” her second book in the Carol and Jim Andrews Baby Boomer Mystery series, will be launched May 1, 2011 and available on Amazon.com, Kindle and Nook.

Barb Tobias
Barb has returned from Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA, where she toured the consignment shops as a part of her “Frugal is Chic” tour and confirms that the region’s famous and infectious southern charm is alive and well! While on tour, she promoted her new book, “ Tossed and Found: Where Frugal is Chic.” Fun tour details and pix are posted on her blog.

Judith Sherven Ph.D.
Judith and husband/partner Jim are in the beta test stage for new website, Ageless Zoom, which they are building with partners. No launch date set yet. Site is dedicated to making age and aging irrelevant. Curious? Visit, register for free report, “10 Dangerous Beliefs About Aging and How To Avoid Them.”

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Carolyn, an award-winning novelist and poet who is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, shares that her short story “Truth, Fiction, Denial: A Big Bass Story” is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Prose Award where it will also be considered for inclusion in Best New Writing, edited by Christopher Klim. Winners are announced in early fall of 2011.

Give The Gift Of NABBW Membership

There are LOTS of reasons to give a gift of an NABBW membership. Perhaps you want to:

  • Affirm a friendship
  • Share the power of the new NABBW.com site with a colleague
  • Honor a family member (your mother, your sister, your daughter, your grandmother…)
  • Connect with a loved one
  • Mark important events, like birthdays (Hey, the leading edge of Baby Boomer Women are starting to turn 65 in 2011…)
  • Give a little encouragement to someone who could use some support and nurturing
  • Celebrate a new beginning
  • Or just share the many joys (and challenges) of being a Baby Boomer Woman today…

Now it’s easier than ever to give a membership in NABBW as a gift. In the past, we arranged gift memberships on a one by one basis. NOW we’re offering gift certificates., and they’re EASY to arrange. All you need to do is click on the link below. It takes you to a sign-up page, which you need to fill out. Here’s how:

  • In the first set of boxes, you tell us about you. We’ll ask for your name, your email address (so we can contact you) and other simple contact information.
  • In the middle box, where it says “Additional Information,” simply type in your intended NABBW giftee’s name, email address (so we can send her the newsletters) and, optionally, the type of occasion you are recognizing with your gift of a year of NABBW membership. Also tell us whether you want to announce the gift yourself, or have us send an e-card.
  • Finally, in the third set of boxes, you provide us with information on how to charge your credit card, and click the box at the bottom that says “Complete Checkout.”

To Send an NABBW Gift Certificate, click here NOW.