Hot, Hot Hot! It’s Late Summer!

Anne Holmes - Boomer in Chief at NABBW

Welcome to another information-packed issue of Boomer Women’s World.

It’s suddenly August and the weather continues to be hot and stormy here in the Midwest. Earlier this week, our little corner of the world experienced an intense rain. Water, water everywhere.We had somewhere between twelve and fifteen inches of rain fall in twelve hours. Much of it coming down in the first three hours.

Thankfully my basement is only a little damp, and no harm came to us physically. Not everyone was so lucky. Many roads and homes were destroyed by this storm, and at least three lives were lost.

This experience had me counting my blessings, which is probably what led me to compile the bodacious list of inspirational quotes you’ll find in this issue. We’ve included memorable quotes from Oprah, Mother Jones, Indira Gandhi and Lady Gaga…who knew so many different women have said so many inspirational things?

I’m not sure which one is my favorite…  Be sure to check them out, and let me know which ones speak to you!

Other Issue Highlights:

  • Check in with our NABBW Associates – More than a dozen new articles on topics ranging from what you can learn from celebrity garage sales, to weeding; from acing the job interview to creating a delicious dessert – meringues with summer fruit.
  • Find out what’s been on our collective Boomer Women’s minds this month with the links to Boomer Women Speak… our posters just may have figured out how to eliminate Federal debt by the time you read this!
  • Be sure to check out BOTH Member of the Month stories. We’re featuring two inspirational women: Nancy Gotter Gates and Mara Purl. Very different lives – yet both have accomplished so much.
  • Don’t forget to visit our Member News section. We’ve lots of good stuff there, too.


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 Summer and Fall 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”,,,,

Boomers In The News

Here Are Other Articles of Interest:

Stealing Style: Bette Midler vs. Lady Gaga: Who is the Style Original — Bette Midler or Lady Gaga?
By Gerit Quealy – Life Goes Strong ( , July 20, 2011)
Recent news has Bette Midler, 65, venting her ire at Lady Gaga, 25, for stealing her style… But did she?

Baby Boomers and Alzheimer’s Disease
Opinion by Dr. George Bartzokis – Good Morning America (ABC News, July 18, 2011)
Apparently we Boomers started to walk off the Alzheimer’s disease cliff this year, age-wise…

Heart Health Care Gender Inequality Can Be Fatal for Women: Report
By Mikaela Conley – Good Morning America (ABC News, May 3, 2011)
Symptoms of heart disease in women usually appear at an older age than men, and often times, many women have symptoms without any history of the disease.

Is Google Ruining Your Memory?
By Jonah Lehrer – Wired Science Blog, “Frontal Cortex” (, July 15, 2011)
New research shows the internet is changing the nature of what we remember.

Poll: Upbeat Baby Boomers Say They’re Not Old Yet
By Connie Cass – Associated Press, Stacy A. Anderson ( Associated Press, July 13, 2011)
Baby boomers say wrinkles aren’t so bad and they’re not that worried about dying. Just don’t call them “old.”

Kids Fare Better in Crashes When Grandparents Driving: Study
By Serena Gordon, HealthDay Reporter (, July 18, 2011)
New research suggests that children are actually safer in auto accidents when a grandparent is at the wheel instead of a parent.

10 Cities Unaffected By a Bad Economy
By Jason Notte, The Street (, May 9, 2011)
Recently the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis found 10 U.S. cities that have not only withstood the economic downturn, they’ve ignored it.

16 Cool Ice Cream Desserts
From Real Simple
Yum! Try choosing between these fabulous recipes built around ice cream. They’re perfect for a hot summer night-or, pretty much anytime.

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

This month we bring you a wealth of inspirational quotes from a variety of amazing women – everyone from Oprah to Eleanor Roosevelt, from Mother Jones to Lady Gaga. If you have some other quotes which guide you, please feel free to send them so we can share them with the rest of our audience.

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself, which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.
-Maya Angelou

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
-Louisa May Alcott

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

If you feel incomplete, you alone must fill yourself with love in all your empty, shattered spaces.
-Oprah Winfrey

“Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.”
-Susan B. Anthony

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
-Margaret Fuller

My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.
-Mother Jones

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
-Peace Pilgrim

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
-Oprah Winfrey

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
-Janis Joplin

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
-Marian Wright Edelman

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
-Diane Ackerman

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
-Helen Keller

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
-Anne Frank

As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.
-Oprah Winfrey

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.
-Margaret Mead

I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.
-Oprah Winfrey

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
-Indira Gandhi

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead

I think the key is for women not to set any limits.
-Martina Navratilova

Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.
-Lady Gaga

Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
-Anne Frank

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Upcoming Teleseminars

Ronda Del BoccioOn Tuesday August 9, 2011, at 8 PM Eastern time, Anne will be interviewing NABBW’s Entrepreneurial Authoring Expert, Ronda Del Boccio, author of several #1 Amazon bestsellers, on the topic “Free Online Tools for Authors.”

We will be discussing the Best Free Online Writers Resources.

This call is all about tapping into the best free resources for writers – from publishing to freelance jobs to book promotion and motivational tools – this call is a treasure trove.

Participants will also be encouraged to share your favorite resource websites – meaning those that offer writers access to tools, references and training such as:

  • Free self-promotion
  • Writing prompts
  • Reference sources for writers
  • Places to publish
  • Freelance job boards
  • Writers forums
  • And more

Join us Tuesday, August 9 at 8 PM Eastern (7 PM Central, 6 PM Mountain and 5 PM Pacific) when NABBW’s Entrepreneurial Authoring Associate Ronda Del Boccio will reveal the sites that have brought her the most website traffic, prestige and connection with readers.

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

Here’s the link for all your call details!

Finally, watch your email for details on other August teleseminars still in the works!

Featured NABBW Member . . .

Featured Member for July

Nancy Gotter Gates

Nancy’s taken the concept of a second career seriously. She retired early from her career as a public relations professional so that she could seriously pursue her hobby of writing, which she had enjoyed since childhood.

At first she concentrated on writing articles and poems. Next she moved on to mastering the short story genre. After publishing about 30 short stories Nancy turned to novel writing. She’s been writing novels for about fifteen years now, and has six to her credit.

The first four are mysteries featuring protagonists Tommi Poag & Emma Daniels, and the last two – Sand Castles and Life Studies – are women’s fiction. All of them, she says, have a common theme, which is that older women are clever, hard-working, intuitive, and caring.

To find out what motivates her, read more here.


Featured Member for August

Mara Purl

NABBW was honored to host “Day Two” of Mara’s virtual book tour promoting her first Milford-Haven novel, What The Heart Knows by actress turned author Mara Purl. As a part of the event, she offered all NABBW members a free, downloadable copy of her Milford-Haven short story, “When Hummers Dream,” a prequel to What the Heart Knows. Don’t miss the story before the story…the short story that happens right before Book One.

Learn how to receive the book, and learn more about Mara


Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates

Linda Ballou: Adventure Travel
Purposeful Lollygagging
Dr. Janet Brill: Healthy Heart Lifestyle
Lisa Byrne: Boomer Women’s Fitness
Get Real and Get Moving… Now!
Natalie Caine: Empty Nest
Summer of Changes
Deborah Clark: Gardening
A Word on Weeding
Ronda Del Boccio: Entrepreneurial Authoring
Writers Resources:
Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW: Male Menopause & Irritable Male Syndrome
Jed’s Travels with the CIA (Crisis Induced Awakenings)
Dumont Gerken Owen, Ph. D.: Women & Work
Women Boomers: Promote Your Unique Soft Skills & Ace the Interview – Part 1
Leigh Anne Jashaway-Bryant: Boomer Humor
You Say Neanderthal Like It’s a Bad Thing!
Regina Leeds: Organizational Skills
Summer Parties
Dr. Dorree Lynn: Boomer Women Sexuality
Mirror Mirror, on the Wall, Can I Still Be Sexy at All?
Diane MacEachern: Going Green
Fracking: A Clear and Present Danger
Sherrie Mathieson: Fashion & Beauty
Summer bags can be stylish,inexpensive, and eco-friendly…
Sheri McConnell: Writing & Publishing
5 Tips for Living In the Space Between Dreams & Reality & Why You Should
Erica Miner: Journaling
The Power of Journaling – Article 8 in a Series: Journaling Equipment (addenda), Creating a Ritual, Methods
Donna Shepherd: Spirituality
Watch Your Mouth
Judith Sherven: Healthy Relationships
Can You Be Loved for Being Different?
Pat Sinclair: Food, Drinks and Entertaining
Meringues with Summer Fruit
Janice Taylor: Weight Loss & Diet
Need a Kick in the Tush? 8 Tips for Living a Balanced Life
Barbara Tobias: Thrifting
Come on … Celebrities Holding Garage Sales?
Mary J. Yerkes: Living with Chronic Illness
Living Well with Chronic Illness: Small Choices Make a Big Difference

Product Reviews of Interest to Baby Boomer Women

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By Chloe JonPaul

Inspiring Video


NABBW Member News

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Carolyn writes that her poem “Inevitably Walls,” inspired by her extensive travels has been published in the literary journal Solo Novo Wall Scrawls Vol. 1. You can learn more about Solo Novo and order a copy at: Here is a quote from the poem:

    [This wall] like the one we found
    years ago when we lost our way

    in a dark forest somewhere
    in Germany, cried when we
    found it there-unexpected…

Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. & Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
Rosemary reports that she and Phyllis are hosting another Virtual Book Tour Wednesday June 29th, with guest author T.B. Fisher. His book, “Bought In: Reignite, Retool, Rebrand,” helps motivate readers to get out of a rut and move toward personal empowerment.

Linda Gravenson
Linda shares that the essay collection, “IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME: 32 Women on Life After 50“, which she co-edited with Emily W. Upham, is in its second printing! They recently held another capacity filled reading/panel at the 92nd St Y in New York. She credits ongoing interest in the book to its theme of loss and change, “which Boomers deal with every day.”

Sandra McLeod Humphrey
Sandy sends us a link to the trailer for her new book on bullying, “Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-downs.”

Dr. Dorree Lynn

NABBW’s Expert on Boomer Women Sexualityis as busy as ever. She was the featured guest recently on the BlogTalk Radio show, Magnificent Menopause… And Beyond, hosted by Gail Edgell, of and Carrie Pierce, founder of Her topic: “Healthy and Vital Sexuality- during and after Menopause.”

Diane Black

Diane continues to create innovative new products at New Mexico Soap. Her latest is Chile Button Bars. She also reports they have a Facebook page where you can “Like” them and post about your New Mexico Soap experiences, ask questions, and/or offer tips to other customers.

Give The Gift Of NABBW Membership

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  • Give a little encouragement to someone who could use some support and nurturing
  • Celebrate a new beginning
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