February 2011

Anne Holmes - Boomer in Chief at NABBW

Late February Greetings,

Wow! I can’t believe it is February 28th already!  I had planned for this issue to be mailed on the 13th, and I apologize for our tardiness this month. Too many irons in the fire, I guess!  That combined with the challenges of the month’s amazing weather. Hope all of you are warm and safe – Can you believe it actually snowed in Tucson and San Francisco this past week?

I’m amazed that my one year anniversary as NABBW’s “Boomer in Chief” is almost upon us.  The actual anniversary date is March 8th. Time sure has flown, and I love the work we are doing here at NABBW.

Are You Running Your Own Business – Or Thinking of It? We Thought So…

I am excited to share with you that beginning in March, we will be running one teleseminar a month on topics related to Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs. This is a subject close to my heart – my first website related to Baby Boomers was “Boomerpreneur,” and coaching Baby Boomers, especially Baby Boomer Women, to start their own businesses was what I did before becoming your Boomer in Chief. While that web site is really not active any more, I haven’t lost my zeal for helping Baby Boomers figure out how to turn a hobby into a profitable – and fun – business opportunity. And I think the time is ripe for NABBW  to address the issue of entrepreneurship:

We’re seeing more and more “boomerpreneurs” in action these days – and I love it that so many of you write and tell me about how you are doing this. If starting your own business is on your mind these days, you’re not alone. I just read two articles about this in the Huffington Post last week. Here are links to those two stories:

New NABBW Boomerpreneur Teleseminar Series

OUR first NABBW Boomerpreneur Teleseminar will be on how to monetize  social media. It’s titled “Reinventing Yourself? Social Media Expert Shares How Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter Can Help You Launch and Market Your New Business”

  • Be sure to save the date: March 24th – 8 PM EST (7 PM Central, 6 PM Mountain, 5 PM Pacific)
  • We’ll be sending out more detailed information as this teleseminar gets closer.

Our presenter will be Marissa Sweazy, Director of Digital/Social Media at Aigner Prensky Marketing Group.  We thank Janet Prensky for her help in getting this event underway… (Oh, by the way, if her name sounds familiar, that’s because she and her partner, NABBW member,  Anne-Marie Aigner, are the fabulous “Boomer Broads” – two Boomer Women with attitude!

This is a jam-packed issue full of fabulous content you won’t want to miss. Be sure to find some time to enjoy all of it.

Among this Issue’s Highlights:

  • Learn what’s cooking with our new NABBW Associate, Pat Sinclair, who is our expert on “Cooking for Two”
  • Meet our member of the month,  Judith Geiger, who coaches women on life after divorce
  • Check in with our NABBW Associates – 14 new articles
  • Find out what this month’s hot topics are over at Boomer Women Speak…
  • Check out our Member News. Loads of good info there: Being an occasional back pain sufferer, I am especially excited about Kathi Casey’s upcoming teleseminar on “Quick Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief.

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 dates available for March and April.

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”

www.NABBW.com, www.BoomerWomenSpeak.com, www.BoomerWomensWorld.com
www.BoomerLifestyle.com, www.BoomerDomains.com, www.BoomerCo.com

Boomers In The News

Here Are Other Articles of Interest:

Medical Treatment Abroad – The Latest News By Dr. Eva Mor for BabyBoomers.com
A good list of points you need to consider before you opt for overseas medical care…

Retirement planning for Boomers a study in contrasts By Paul Briand in Examiner.com
When it comes to retirement planning, are you a Snoozer, Wood-knocker, Plan B-er?

Jobs Outlook: Careers Headed For The Trash Pile By Jenna Goudreau, Forbeswoman, in Forbes.com
Is yours one of the 10 dead or dying career paths? Jenna says it’s not too late to change.

When and How to Get Back with Your Ex: 12 Signs You Need to Know By Dr. Diana Kirshner
Thinking of reuniting with your ex? Dr. Diana says words are cheap: You need to watch his actions…

Chair Yoga: Seated Postures for Everybody By Marika Stone in 2Young2Retire.com
Not flexible enough for traditional yoga? Chair Yogo brings yoga benefits to anyone who can sit…

You Can’t Parent Your Parents By Kay Paggi, LPC, NCGC, CMC in SilverBoomerang.com
As a parental caregiver, you must learn to use tact, diplomacy, deception, peer pressure and more…

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

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” ~~  Walt Whitman

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” ~~  Lucille Ball

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ~~  Golda Meir

“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.” ~~ Elizabeth Bibesco

Featured NABBW Member . . .

Judith Geiger

Judith GeigerWelcome to NABBW member, country living and horse enthusiast Judith Geiger, who makes her living as a relationship coach, specializing in life and love after divorce.

Judith uses her own life as an example of why she advises her coaching clients that it is never too late to live the life of your dreams.  Her first marriage ended in divorce and she has never forgotten the loneliness and the sheer chaos she experienced during that stressful time.

Happily married for seven years now, she and second husband David have, says Judith, “managed to make almost all of my dreams come true — and most of his as well.”

Judith’s childhood dreams revolved around horses and country living. So it’s no wonder she and David now live on a small horse farm in Central New York. But her story gets better: She started riding lessons at age 46 and purchased her first horse, Dee, two years later.  A perfect example of living your dreams!

As you read more of her story, you will come to understand why Judith spends her non-horse time coaching other Boomer women to live their dreams.

Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates

Linda Ballou: Adventure Travel
Get Ready for Good Times –Part II
Lisa Byrne: Boomer Women’s Fitness
Fix These 5 for Outstanding Posture
Natalie Caine: Empty Nest
Valentine, Do You Believe In Love Anymore?
Deborah Clark: Gardening
The Garden in Snow
Ronda Del Boccio: Entrepreneurial Authoring
Three Questions to Ask Before You Publish a Book
Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW: Male Menopause & Irritable Male Syndrome
The Irritable Male Syndrome and Male Menopause: Regaining Our Balance at Mid-life
Dumont Gerken Owen, Ph. D.: Women & Work
Networking: The Bigger the Better?
Leigh Anne Jashaway-Bryant: Boomer Humor
Stressed Out Women, Here’s Your Sign
Dr. Dorree Lynn: Boomer Women Sexuality
Good Food for Good Sex
Diane MacEachern: Going Green
Fill Your Heart with Organic Chocolate
GRAND Magazine: Grandparenting
Banned forever! “One slip of the tongue cost us our granddaughter”
Sheri McConnell: Entrepreneurship
How To Avoid Getting In The Way of Your Mentoring Results
Erica Miner: Journaling
The Power of Journaling: Article 5 of a Series
Pat Sinclair: Food, Drinks and Entertaining
Enjoy a Valentine’s Dinner for Two
Janice Taylor: Weight Loss & Diet
The “Freeze Your A** Off” Diet: Perfect for Our Frosty New Year!
Barbara Tobias: Thrifting
Fifteen Reasons to Fall in Love with Thrift… Cheap Doesn’t Need to be Chintzy
Mary J. Yerkes: Living with Chronic Illness
How You Can Support Those Living with Chronic Illness

Introducing NABBW’s Newest Associate

Pat SinclairA big NABBW welcome to Pat Sinclair, our newest Associate. Pat is joining us as our NABBW Expert on Cooking for Two.

We are excited to add an expert in the area of foods and nutrition, as we’ve been pretty sure Baby Boomer Women are into cooking and baking as a hobby based on personal experience and  observation. But a recent Harris Poll confirmed this.

According to the Poll, which was conducted last May among 2,503 online U.S. adults ages 18 and older,  over half (55%) of Baby Boomers watch cooking shows very often or occasionally, while over half  of those 33 and under say they rarely or never watch these shows. Harris also reported that 78 percent of Boomers enjoy cooking and that 90 percent prepare meals at home moderately/frequently.

What Cooking Shows Do We Like Best?

As a group, Boomers like to watch Rachel Ray, who has built a food empire with her 30-minute, easy-to-prepare meals, according to Harris. She’s followed on the popularity scale by Paula Deen and Emeril Lagase.

Rachael Ray is the queen of easy meals and manages to get people cooking rather than dining out. According to Americans who watch cooking shows, 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray is their favorite cooking program. Tied at number two for favorite cooking show are two Southern cooks – Paula Deen with Paula’s Home Cooking and the king of “Bam,” Emeril Lagasse, with Emeril Live. At number four is the uber-cooking competition, Iron Chef, and number five is Good Eats.

In at number six is Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and number seven is Top Chef. Three females round out the top ten: the Barefoot Contessa hosted by Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Everyday Italian with Giada de Laurentiis.

While many of the great chefs are male, and according to the Poll, men say they love to cook more than women do (32% versus 28%), women are more likely than men are to watch cooking shows very often or occasionally (54% versus 46%). And much as they are more likely to watch these shows, Baby Boomers are also more likely to purchase both food (60%) and kitchen gadgets (41%) because of something they’ve seen on a cooking show.

The Harris Poll, combined with our own love of cooking — and boredom with using the “same ol’-same ol'” recipes, led us to Pat. She is a food consultant and a recipe developer with over 25 years experience.

Her newest cookbook, Scandinavian Classic Baking from Pelican Publishing (http://www.pelicanpub.com/ ) has just been released. Baking Basics and Beyond, her first cookbook, received the Cordon d’Or- Gold Ribbon Award from the Culinary Arts Academy in 2007. She is currently working on a cookbook perfect for us baby boomers:  Dinner for Two-Easy Healthy Recipes to Fit Your Lifestyle. As the “chief cook and bottle washer” in our two-person household, I can’t wait to see that one go to press!

Pat’s career has involved recipe development for corporate clients includes Land O’Lakes, Pillsbury, General Mills, Publications International, Smuckers and The National Pork Board. She develops recipes that are easy, fast and practical for the home cook, keeping consumer’s busy lifestyles in mind.

During her career she has tested hundreds of recipes included in diverse cookbooks including “Breakfast in Cairo, Dinner in Rome” for the International School of MN (winner for the Midwest of the 2000 Tabasco Community Cookbook awards), and “75 and Still Cooking” for Lutheran Brotherhood. She appears regularly on KARE 11 Today (NBC) in the Twin Cities.

She has a degree in Food Research from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Foods from the University of Maryland. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Twin Cities HEIB.

Contact Pat at www.PatCooksandBakes.com. Or via her blog.

Product Reviews of Interest to Baby Boomer Women

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Scandinavian Classic BakingScandinavian Classic Baking
By Pat Sinclair
Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting LoveSealing the Deal: The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting Love
By Diana Kirschner, Ph.D.
Tossed and Found: Where Frugal is ChicTossed and Found: Where Frugal is Chic
By Barb Tobias

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NABBW Member News

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.

Diana Kirschner
Dr. Diana Kirschner has been having a fantastic month. On the 16th She appeared on the Today show to promote her new book, Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting Love, which was released on the 14th and has already made it to #135 of all books on Amazon, #1 in Happiness, #3 in Love & Romance and appeared on many other Amazon bestseller & Hot New Releases lists. Meanwhile, Episodes 5 and 6 of her Love Life Makeover have now been posted to YouTube.   Hint: Nadette decided to use Sealing the Deal principles to reconcile with her ex in Episode 6.

Natalie Caine
Natalie Caine, founder of Empty Nest Support Services, and LIFE IN TRANSITION, was a featured speaker at Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle event in Los Angeles earlier this month. The Three-Day Intensive Conference was for Current & Aspiring Small Business Owners.  Though you may have missed that event, she invites you to join her at her upcoming Empty Nest Workshop in Boulder, CO, March 4th and 5th. “It will be great and Boulder is especially beautiful in the Spring.”  More details here: www.emptynestsupport.com/events/

Barb Tobias
Barb’s new book, “Tossed and Found: Where Frugal is Chic,” was released on Amazon February 16th. She’s delighted with the response. One Amazon reviewer said: “This is a fun, flirty, slightly irreverent look at the world of thrifting, garage saling, and repurposing, with great advice for the frugal decorator or fashionista. The story of this full-on diva buried, willingly, to her armpits in secondhand toss-offs and how she got there, presents a strange and humorous contrast of worlds that makes you want to hear more… The Diva quips are hilarious, the practical tips priceless.”

Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. & Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
Rosemary and Phyllis invite you to their latest Virtual Book Tour at their blog, to be held Wednesday, February 23. They will feature sex educator Pamela Madsen, and her recently published book, “Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Somehow Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner.” Join them for their interview and ask Pamela your own questions through their blog.

Linda Ballou
Linda Ballou shares a link to enjoy her recent fun interview, “Conversation with Author Yolanda Renee,” on blog talk radio. They discussed Linda’s new book Lost Angel Walkabout, filled with chills, spills, giggles, and squeaks; along with her secrets on “How to Make Travel Writing Work for You.”

Kathi Casey
Kathi invites you to her March 8 teleseminar, Get Rid of Sciatic Pain for Good.Attend this free event and you will discover the number one most effective step for relieving your back and shoulder pain, how this proven technique works and how you can use it to STOP Your Pain – in as little as 5 Minutes!

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.