Can You Believe That 2012 Is Almost Half Over? Where Has The Year Gone?

Anne Holmes - Boomer in Chief at NABBWI don’t know about you, but for me it’s kind of mind-boggling. Before I know it, we will have reached one of my favorite summer days – Summer Solstice – the longest day. Always a great time for celebrating. Especially if you, like me, feel more energetic when the sun is shining!

Just thinking about this takes me back to my college days in Madison, Wisconsin, where we used to celebrate the solstice with a day of summer activity, capped off by swimming from the pier at the Wisconsin Memorial Union, then sitting on the dock enjoying a cool drink while watching the sun set over Lake Mendota. Talk about the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” Those days, which I’ve never been able to relive, were pure perfection!

But fast forward to current times: With the exception of some recent high humidity, we’ve been enjoying beautiful weather here in the Midwest. And, with the sun up so much later, we can get our work done during the day and still have more time to take a walk, jog in a park or enjoy some sort of water fun.

What’s your favorite summer activity?

These days, one of my favorite summer things to do is to drive to Lake Galena, sit on the porch at the marina, and watch the birds and the people with their boats. There are nearby trails if we decide to take a walk. And if we get there early enough, we can usually enjoy watching a few hot air balloons drift by. Regardless, we always stay late enough to watch the sun set over the lake. Sort of a salute to my old college days, I guess.

Whether we choose to get active or just sit and people watch, we know we’re also benefitting from just spending time outside, enjoying nature. Of course, this is not only entertaining, it helps lower blood pressure, reduce stress and calm the mind. Who doesn’t want that?

Speaking of entertainment, we hope you’ll find time to treat yourself to time to read this issue cover to cover. It’s packed full of “good stuff.”

Don’t miss the fact that we have two more great teleseminars this month, and be sure to check out the two teleseminars we’ve had since our last newsletter if you missed them.

  • Our next teleseminar is this Thursday June 21st with Marla Heller. She’ll be talking about Her DASH Diet action plan.
  • Then we’ve got Kelly Connors on June 28th, with her upbeat topic: “How I Found the ME in Menopause.”

But There’s More than Teleseminars

Beyond the teleseminars, this issue is full of great new content on from our many knowledgeable Associates. So find a moment for a little “me time,” put on some fun background music and enjoy this issue. As Martha and the Vandellas told us years ago, “Summer’s here and the time is ripe“… right?

And remember, NABBW is dedicated to supporting you and helping you live the best life possible. Be sure and use all your benefits, and if you’re not yet a member join now! Exciting things are happening here!

Anne L. Holmes

“Boomer in Chief”

PS Be sure to send us your news, and tell us what you think of this issue. As always, “I’m listening.”

Boomers In The News

Here Are Other Articles of Interest:

Boomer Women's World May/June 2012 NewsletterDr. Oz Confirms Green Coffee Beans Burn Fat
Originally published on by Lindsey Duncan, ND CN on April 25, 2012
Dr. Oz’s nutritionist normally doesn’t promote “superfoods,” believing instead that the key to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise. But the green coffee bean is creating major media buzz…


Boomer Women's World May/June 2012 NewsletterJob Hunting? You Must Know the Difference Between A Resume and a Bio
Originally published in by Bill Vick on April 14, 2012
Confused about the difference between a professional bio and a standard resume? This article looks at the three key differences between the, and offers tips to keep in mind when creating them.


Boomer Women's World May/June 2012 NewsletterRhubarb – The Indestructible Fruit
Originally published in the blog “Confessions of a Grandma,” by Olga Hebert on May 21, 2012
Apparently once you plant rhubarb, you’ve planted it for life…



Boomer Women's World May/June 2012 NewsletterSelf Care for the COPD Caregiver
Originally published in Thrivinginthe by Kathleen Cleary on May 15, 2012
Being a caregiver for a loved one who has COPD can affect both your emotional and physical health. Because of this, people who care for someone with a serious illness like COPD are at increased risk of having health problems of their own and dying prematurely.

Boomer Women's World May/June 2012 NewsletterGiving Money to Your Grownup Kids?
Originally published in the blog “Sightings From the 60s,” by Sightings on May 20, 2012
This post comments on a recent survey by Ameriprise Financial, “Money Across Generations” that finds that “Nearly all Boomers surveyed (93%) say they have provided some form of financial support to their adult children.”

Boomer Women's World May/June 2012 NewsletterWho Can Resist Mocha Brownies?
Originally published in by Michelle on May 18, 2012
Our favorite baker, Michelle, was in the mood for frosted brownies, but she’s also been loving some divine mocha cupcakes. Which to bake? Voila! Here’s her twist: luscious mocha frosted brownies. Yum!

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 on laughter from a variety of amazing people. 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.

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” ~~Bob Newhart

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” ~~Woody Allen

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” ~~Jean Houston

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” ~~Milton Berle

“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” ~~Robert Frost

“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” ~~Maya Angelou

Upcoming Teleseminars

We planned four fantastic teleseminars for May and June.

The May event with Tara Allmen, MD, All the Info on Menopause That Can Be Packed into an Hour, was a fabulous call covering hormone therapy, non-prescription alternatives and diet, exercise and lifestyle alterations that can help ease hot flashes, etc . Dr. Allmen offered a free copy of her 2 DVD set to 10 of the callers, and her offer was well-received. You can still listen to that call via your computer, by following the link above.

Our first June teleseminar, with Judith Geiger, Reinventing Your Life Via Soul Coaching, was a great call about rediscovering love…love for you, your life and your relationships, living the life you know you were always meant to live, and much more. Judith offered all listeners a Mini Soul Coaching® Oracle Card reading by phone or Skype. You can still listen to this call via your computer too, by following the link above.

Now here’s the information you’ll need to participate in the calls we have scheduled for June:

Marla Heller, MS RD – Making the DASH Diet Work for You – June 21st, 2012 – 8 PM EST

Marla HellerMarla Heller, MS, RD has been a featured nutrition expert for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post,,, the Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, Chicago Health & Beauty, WGN-AM and WNUR-FM. She is a frequent speaker at corporations, schools, health clubs, and athletic facilities. She has also been a spokesperson for the Greater Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

Marla’s specialty is translating nutrition science into real life. She felt compelled to write The DASH Diet Action Plan to move DASH from the research setting to practical advice for real meals in a healthy lifestyle. The DASH Diet was recently ranked as the best American diet by U.S. News & World Report and now it has become a New York Times best seller.

Even though the first research report was published in 1998, fewer people today are eating in a way that is consistent with the DASH diet. Heller is focused on spreading the word about DASH and making it understandable and easy to follow.

Heller was a civilian dietitian with the U.S. Navy, at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, where she counseled active duty military, their families, and military retirees. She also worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including helping on the Healthy Weight Collaborative.

During the call we will be discussing:

  • The DASH diet, including Marla’s practical tips, strategies, meal plans, and recipes.
  • Painless ways to add exercise to your daily routine.
  • Additional lifestyle changes to support reaching your health goals.
  • How low sodium needs are built into the DASH diet.
  • How people with diabetes or metabolic syndrome can use the DASH diet.
  • How the DASH Diet Action Plan helps you set objectives, and develop your own customized strategy, step-by-step.


Kelley Connors, MPH – Finding the ME in Menopause — June 28th 2012 8 PM EST

Kelley ConnorsKelley is the host of Real Women on Health. A healthcare marketing and communications expert and advocate for women’s health, her life mission is to help wellness organizations, pharma companies, hospitals and insurance companies create a health or wellness brand women trust most. She does this by providing programs to sponsors that help them reach the women they seek to reach, influence and build relationships.

Throughout her career she has worked across diverse areas such as vision care, medical devices, women’s health, urology, disease prevention, public health, pharmaceutical marketing, broadcast media and more. She has helped life science and medical device companies – from pre-commerce to post-marketing initiatives – build their brands and businesses using the new rules and tools of PR and marketing in a socially connected world.

Kelley has spoken in front of the following organizations in the last three years:

  • 2009 Public Relations Society of America Health Academy Annual Meeting
  • MedAd News’ PharmaMedia Conference
  • US Small Business Association’s SCORE
  • US Small Business Association’s SCORE
  • Go Red for Women Summit on Women’s Health
  • Marketing to the New Healthcare Consumer
  • World Congress’ Leadership Summit on the Business of Women’s Health

She received a Masters in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health with a Certificate in Public Communication from BU’s School of Public Communication and the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

During the call we will be discussing:

Menopause as we now know it. Specifically, since we now know that menopause is a time of estrogen-deficiency, and not a crisis at all, we can use it as a virtual gateway to the next 30-40 more years of life.

Kelley says that she has chosen to see this time of life as a time of awakening, of realizing our potential, and potentially a very “free-ing” time in our lives.

She says, “I’d like to be one of the increasing numbers of “old” women, who might see 92 from the third seat in a scull, and rowing in a Master’s rowing event instead of succumbing to osteoporosis, one of my biggest risk factors.

“So, with my vision for how I wanted to be at 92, I’ve become more interested in creating a foundation for wellbeing, a pathway that would give me the tools for a positive mindset, a flexible and strong body, and the energy to be creative – all factors in assuring longevity.

Research shows us that doing all we can do in our 50’s is critical to setting a foundation for living well throughout our life – emotionally, physically and spiritually.”

Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates

Linda Ballou: Adventure Travel
North Fork Ranch Interview
Dr. Janet Brill: Healthy Heart Lifestyle
Fresh Veggie Pita Pocket Sandwich
Natalie Caine: Empty Nest
Father’s Day
Jan Cullinane: The New Retirement
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Ronda Del Boccio: Entrepreneurial Authoring
How to Write a Book: Writing Chapter Titles that Turn Browsers into Buyers
Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW: Male Menopause & Irritable Male Syndrome
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7 Not So Simple Steps
Barbara E. Friesner: Eldercare
Stand Up & Speak Out for Real Wellness
Anne Holmes: Baby Boomer Expert
Mixed Feelings About the CDC’s Recent Call to Boomers
Leigh Anne Jashaway-Bryant: Boomer Humor
I’m No Cougar
Regina Leeds: Organizational Skills
The Beauty of a Quickie: Rock your world in 8 minutes a day!
Dr. Dorree Lynn: Boomer Women Sexuality
Day Trips & Hotel Sex
Diane MacEachern: Going Green
Safe, Effective, Non-toxic Sunscreens Protect Against Sunburn & Skin Cancer
GRAND Magazine: Grandparenting
Five Fun Free Activities to do at Grandma’s House
Sherrie Mathieson: Fashion
Should Style As You Age Become Theatrical Costume?
Margaret May Damen: Philanthropy
Trust, Transparency Critical in Philanthropic Quest
Nan Russell: Winning at Work
It Takes Time
Pamela J. Sams, CRPC®: Finances
Retirement Rules of Thumb
Judith Sherven: Healthy Relationships
12 Secrets To Great Romance For The Rest Of Your Life
Pat Sinclair: Food, Drinks and Entertaining
Country French Green Bean and Potato Salad
Carol Sorgen: Travel Columns
Walking Vacations
Barbara Tobias: Thrifting
The Thrift-Mobile
Liza Weiman Hanks: Legally Speaking
Recovering Stolen Property in Probate
Joanie Winberg: Divorce
The Beauty of Our Wounds
Mary J. Yerkes: Living with Chronic Illness
Remaining Positive When Facing a Chronic Illness

Inspirational Video


NABBW Member News

Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
Rosemary and Phyllis recently held a Virtual Book Tour with guest Roger Frame, Ph.D. on his new book, Don’t Carve the Turkey with a Chainsaw: Resolving Family Conflict. Phyllis says Frame is known as the “Conflict Whisperer” for his work helping families resolve their feuds and restore harmony. Catch a transcript of the conversation to benefit from Roger’s insight and conflict resolution tools.

Mara PurlMara Purl
Mara writes that she was thrilled earlier this month when Amazon selected her novel What the Heart Knows as their “Daily Deal,” temporarily pricing the e-book edition of her novel at $.99. We hope this honor allowed her to introduce thousands more to the wonderful citizens of Milford Haven.

Laurel RundLaurel Rund
Laurel writes that in addition to authoring, she has been working on her photo art. She recently entered three of her pictures – “The Web of Life,” “Reaching for Sunset,” and “Kismet” – into an online photo contest.

Barb TobiasBarb Tobias
Speaker, author, columnist and NABBW Associate Barb Tobias has added a new title to her resume: Colorado New Day Summit Event Director. Barb and her fellow hosts are presenting three live events and several free teleseminars designed to help women change their game: “From ‘Invisible’ to ‘Invincible.'” If you’re going to be in the Colorado Front Range area in the next few months, you’ll want to check out the details on the New Day Summit website. There are over a dozen powerful speakers

Dr. Dorree LynnDr. Dorree Lynn
As always, NABBW Associate Dr. Dorree is busy with counseling, speaking engagements and article writing. At the same time, she’s taken on a life-altering move: After eight happy years in a commuter marriage, she’s made the decision to make her husband’s digs in Florida her primary home, with DC as her secondary one. A New Yorker born and bred, this is a big transition. Knowing how stressful moving can be, we wish her well.

Barbara HollaceBarbara Hollace
Barbara has alerted us that she’ll be speaking at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership International Conference in Indianapolis on June 21st. She’s the first speaker on the first day, speaking about “My Journey with Servant Leadership.”

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