November 2010


Anne Holmes - Boomer in Chief at NABBWAs I write this introduction, the hours left in the month of November are dwindling down to a precious few, and there are light snowflakes in the air. Around me everywhere, I see signs that the month is fading away, and people are looking forward to the festivities that come with the month of December.

But we’re doing our best to get this issue to you while it is still technically November. Why? Because we promised ourselves we would launch the new NABBW website in November. And now that we have, I want to send this message sharing the new site with you while we are still enjoying the month of Thanksgiving.

Steve and I and the rest of our production team are blessed by the opportunity to share this new NABBW site with you. We are delighted to finally be able to show off what we have been working on for over six months now.

I’m pleased and proud to tell you that over 1,000 “man hours” have gone into the production of the new site. And yes, “man hours” is the proper term, as while I have brainstormed on what I’d like the new site to do, and advised on the new site’s development, the actual production work has been done by our all male BoomerCo production team – ably led by my husband, Steve.

Not to get too technical, but this new site is built on a WordPress Multi-User blog platform, and most of the technology used to make it function as it does has been initially developed just for this site.

This amount of content on this new NABBW site is just huge.

There are over 1,200 articles contained in it. All on topics of interest to Baby Boomer Women. The majority of the content is written by our talented NABBW Associates, each an expert in her (or his) field.

Because we think this shared expertise is such a huge part of what makes the National Association of Baby Boomer Women such a valuable asset for Baby Boomer Women, we have now pulled this Associate content front and center and made is easily available from the front page of the site. That’s one of the big new changes you will see as you review the site.

The member articles are easy to find from the front page of the new site as well, and we encourage all members to continue sending articles for publication. Due to the WordPress foundation of the site, in the coming year, paid members will actually be able to sign up to have your very own blog on the site. More news on that coming soon.

Another big change is that we now offer a tab on the front page called “Seminars” and from it you can get information on our fabulous, thrice-monthly NABBW teleseminar series.

  • Upcoming topics will be promoted there, as well as an archive of descriptions of each of the more recent events.
  • Recordings and transcripts are now easily available for almost 100 teleseminars.
  • Of course, while the live teleseminar events are open to the public, we continue to make access to the transcripts and recordings available only to NABBW members who have paid their annual dues. They remain one of the best perks of NABBW membership.

Please find time soon to explore the new NABBW site.

We’re excited about it. We hope you are too. It is our gift to Baby Boomer Women everywhere, as well as to the people who want to know what makes us who we are.

We also know there will are bound to be some “glitches” here and there. It’s to be expected when such a large site goes live. As you explore the site, should you find things that are misfiled, don’t link properly, or don’t work, please let us know about it. We are combing the site for these glitches and gremlins ourselves, but we’re delighted to hear from you with any challenges you find.

Just click on the link above, if you find a problem. It takes you to a handy email form you can use to send us word on problems you’ve located.

A Few Quick Parting Thoughts

  • Now that we have the new NABBW site live, our next big effort is to grow the membership of NABBW and bring on corporate sponsorships.
  • Watch for news on how you can give a gift membership to NABBW, and ways you can make money promoting memberships to the site.
  • Also, if you work for or know of a company or organization who your believe would make a good corporate sponsor for NABBW, send me a note. We have several entities we’re currently talking to, but we’re open to discussion with any organization whose primary audience is you — Baby Boomer Women.

Now for a Few Words on the November Issue of Boomer Women’s World:

As usual, we have lots of fabulous content to share with you this month!

  • 14 new NABBW Associate columns on juicy and important topics
  • A fascinating Member Profile featuring Linda Ballou, one of our favorite authors
  • Exciting Member News
  • Wonderful book reviews
  • A thought-provoking video shared by NABBW member Anne-Marie Aigner, who recently celebrated a milestone birthday in a unique way
  • A quick survey we hope you’ll take if you’re an author. Our intrepid NABBW Entrepreneurial Authoring Expert Ronda Del Boccio Ronda is asking for your help. She wants to make sure she can give you exactly what you need to get 2011 off to a prosperous start. The survey will only take you 5 minutes tops. Ronda’s doing this because she and I have some big plans for 2011 for our many NABBW authors. Plans that will help you become more profitable and teach you how to market and promote your writing. And if you give us 5 minutes of your time to take the survey, she’s even giving you a gift!
  • And as a special treat, links to recordings of our November month’s teleseminars. (Yes, I know you normally have to be a paid member to have access to the recordings. But hey, I ‘m in a giving mood, and want to share these fabulous recordings with as many people as possible.)

Happy November to you! Now that we’re live with the new site, I’ll make a point of getting back to schedule, with this issue coming out mid-month – and regular weekly Member Updates.



PS Don’t forget to send your member news, your member articles, your ideas for new teleseminars – and let me know if you’d like to be profiled on our NABBW blog. The current profile, of Lucinda Sue Crosby, is fascinating! I’m sure your story would be, as well…

PPS Don’t forget to take the NABBW Authoring Survey if you’re an author who wants to make more money in 2011 and beyond! Just click on the hyperlink to go to the survey.

Please take a moment to send me your thoughts, ideas, suggestions. You know me, I’m always listening!

Anne L. Holmes, APR
“Boomer in Chief”,,,,

Boomers In The News

Here Are Other Articles of Interest:

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

“Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” ~ Brian Tracy

“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it — every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.” ~ John D. Rockefeller, III

Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates

Lisa Byrne: Boomer Women’s Fitness
Activate your Power
Natalie Caine: Empty Nest Expert
Do You Worry About Your Emerging Adults?
Ronda Del Boccio: Entrepreneurial Authoring Expert
How to Write a Book That Invites the Reader Into Your World
Barbara E. Friesner: Eldercare Expert
The Silent Generation – Another Key to the Eldercare Code
Leigh Anne Jashaway-Bryant: Boomer Humor
Why Isn’t He Laughing?
Regina Leeds: Organizational Skills Expert
Holidays on the Horizon!
Dr. Dorree Lynn: Boomer Women Sexuality
Hot and Heavy
Diane MacEachern: Going Green Expert
Why Climate Change Matters to Women
GRAND Magazine: Grandparenting Expert
Blowing the Whistle: What’s the price of trying to protect a grandchild?
Sheri McConnell: Entrepreneurial Publishing Expert
Beauty in Life Comes from Letting Go
Erica Miner: Journaling Expert
The Power of Journaling: Part 3 in a Series
Carol Sorgen: Boomer Travel Expert
Travel to A Fairy-Tale Chateau in the French Countryside
Barbara Tobias: Trifting Expert
Holding a Diva Garage Sale – Part III
Mary J. Yerkes: Living With Chronic Illness Expert
A Brand New You: Rebuilding a Meaningful Life with Chronic Illness

Teleseminar Recordings from November

Diana Kirschner / “Yes, You REALLY Can Find True Love in 90 Days”
Recorded November 9th
Dr. Diana Kirschner Ph.D. is a love expert, media psychologist and bestselling author. She shared key secrets for creating the companionship and love you want—in an exclusive teleseminar for Boomer women based on her bestselling book, Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love, as seen on the Today Show, the Fox Morning Show and in The New York Times. Dr. Diana’s sage love advice for Boomer Women is also the focus of a PBS Pledge Special on love. Find out more about Dr. Diana here

Ann Leach / “5 Steps to Holiday Grief Survival”
Recorded November 11th
Bereavement coach Ann Leach discussed her 5-step Life Preservers process for shifting beliefs about death from grief, fear and dread to acceptance and celebration. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could learn to make peace with grief before the upcoming holidays? Ann will share her story and outline the steps she teaches. Learn more about Ann at

Julie Hall “The Estate Lady / “Dealing With Your Parents’ Stuff”
Recorded November 11th
The Estate Lady, Julie Hall, got into her current line of work partly out of anger. As an antiques dealer and appraiser in Texas, she saw dealers, neighbors and even family taking advantage of elderly clients, stealing or offering pennies for collectibles worth hundreds. She decided elderly people needed an advocate. The Estate Lady was born.Learn more about Julie at

Product Reviews of Interest to Baby Boomer Women

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(Once submitted, please allow ample time for reading/reviewing. Books and other products will not be returned.)

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Re-Branding Yourself After Age 50: Re-Charge your Career, Start a Business or Achieve More Professional Success in MidlifeRe-Branding Yourself After Age 50: Re-Charge your Career, Start a Business or Achieve More Professional Success in Midlife
By Marva L. Goldsmith, AICI, CIP
Every Little Step She TakesEvery Little Step She Takes
By Carolyn Steele Agosta
Courage and Croissants: Inspiring Joyful Living – A Story and Life GuidebookCourage and Croissants: Inspiring Joyful Living – A Story and Life Guidebook
By Suzanne Saxe-Roux, Ed.D and Jean P. Roux, Ph.D
Emerging VoicesEmerging Voices
By Laurel D. Rund
“I’ll Be Seeing You” Performed by Vicki Lynn King“I’ll Be Seeing You” Performed by Vicki Lynn King
By Vicki Lynn King

Featured NABBW Member . . .

Linda Ballou

Linda BallouAdventure travel writer and novelist Linda Ballou believes the secret to youth is to fill your mind with beauty. She says the age-old quest that prompts millions to spend billions on potions in a jar, or on surgical nips and tucks, ends with this truth: The absorption of the beauty, found free of charge in nature, is what will keep your heart clear and your mind cleansed.

“I have sold Real Estate in the city of Los Angeles for thirty years. Without my daily sojourns into the Santa Monica Mountains, I would not be able to divest myself of the inherent stress generated in this most worldly of professions. My walks allow me time to digest the constant stimulation of urban life and the opportunity to reflect and recycle my thoughts into a format that is, hopefully, satisfying to my readers.”

Blessed with a double dose of genetic wanderlust, Ballou loves to explore. At thirteen her pioneering parents took her to Alaska where she became firmly grounded in nature.

Linda says her connection with Mother Earth began with those teenage years in Southeastern Alaska. “Lonely walks along misty shores allowed tumultuous adolescent thoughts to settle. According to an anonymous source who etched the following into a cliff wall at Anza Borrego Desert, “Solitude is not something you hope for in the future. It allows a deepening of the present and without it you will never find it.” The desert landscape supports this theory. From a distance it looks barren, but as you come closer and examine it in silence, you see creatures scurry at your footfall and plants spring to life from parched soil.”

Her quest for genuine solitude has taken Linda to far flung places. “As a lone hiker on the Seduction Trail in Haines, Alaska, while keeping a constant vigil for bears, I stumbled into the pond of a bull moose; in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay, I nearly got “caught out” for the night by a fast rising high tide. I made the hand over hand climb to the top of Mt. Manaia, the Protector on the North Island of New Zealand, a sacred place to the Maori people, to view the world unfettered by the flotsam of mankind.

“Fired by the vivid, loving descriptions of John Muir for his Range of Light, I followed in the wiry, little Scotsman’s footsteps to the Sierra Nevada. An unfortunate misstep brought about the story Falling in the Footsteps of John Muir, written after I was airlifted out of the Sierras with two broken ribs. The pain of my injury has passed, but the magical beauty of the alpine meadows veined with luminous, tinkling rills is with me still.

Wai-nani High Chiefess“My appreciation for nature’s jewel box took me to Kauai, the most luxuriant of all the Hawaiian Islands with velvet, pleated cliffs and treacherous seas fending off newcomers. Here on this sacred isle where the mantle of mana (spiritual power) is so great that Kauai evolved in unmolested solitude, I plugged into the cosmic mainline. This was the beginning of a thirty year love affair with the Islands and the People of Old that culminated in my historical fiction/fantasy novel, Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawai`i : Her Epic Journey. For Hawaiians, all life on the land comes from the sea. My protagonist, Wai-nani, or Beautiful Waters, is half-human, half fish without the benefit of a mermaid’s tail.”

Over the last decade, she has kayaked from island to island in the Sea of Cortez, hiked, biked and kayaked around New Zealand and Costa Rica, and ridden on horseback into the untrammeled mountains of the wild west of North America. An equestrian capable of evaluating any riding opportunity, she is proud to call herself a horse-person and has had articles published in Equus, Horse Illustrated and Western Horseman.

Linda’s travel articles have also appeared in American Fitness, Northwest Travel Magazine, and Specialty Travel Index. She is a regular contributor to Travel World and Real Travel Adventure–both prominent e-zines.

Most recently, Linda has taken on an Outdoor Adventure column for Los Angeles. You’ll want to check it out to discover some of her favorite ways to spend a day outdoors in the Los Angeles area.

These days Linda’s mission is to get to as many naturally beautiful places as she can before they are no more. “I have hiked, biked, kayaked, and ridden on horseback through some our most precious wilderness areas. My collection of travels essays, Lost Angel Walkabout speaks of the healing power of the wild. Gretel Ehrlich, of “The Solace of Open Spaces” fame, reminds us that ‘we humans do not save beauty; rather, beauty saves us.’”

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NABBW Member News

Dr. Suzanne Saxe-Roux, Ed.D.
Dr. Suzanne Saxe-Roux, Ed.D. reports that Courage and Croissants, Inspiring Joyful Living, a Story and Life Guidebook, the book she co-authored with husband Jean Roux MFT, Ph.D., is now available in Amazon’s Kindle format. You can download it by visiting Additionally, the book was featured in the November 2010 issue of Marin Magazine.

Natalie Caine
NABBW Empty Nest Expert Natalie Caine was quoted extensively in the article Empty Nest Doesn’t Have to Mean Emptiness on

Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Barbara Hannah Grufferman shared a look at “Who’s Who in the Over 50 Club” in her recent article in the Huffington Post.

Mary Anne Hahn
International Association of Professional Ghost Writers
Mary Anne Hahn announces that she is close to unveiling a totally renovated website design for the IAPGW. The new site will feature a new logo and layout which she feels will better represent the professionalism of the organization.

Emily Gardner
Emily Gardner sends a link to a video and explains that each time someone views it, United Healthcare will make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. The group performing is “Team Ra-Ras Kick Breast Cancer,” and their goal is to get a million hits, which will lead to $100K raised. Please share this link onto your network of friends, family and colleagues, as it benefits a very important cause!

Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. & Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D.

Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. & Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. recently held a Virtual Book Tour at their blog, featuring parent educator, Dr. Ilene Val-Essen, who answered questions about her recently published book, “Bring out the BEST in Your Child and Your Self”.