At NABBW, We’re Giving Thanks for You!
Here in the United States, we’ve just come to the end of our long Thanksgiving weekend. By now, most families across the country have gathered around their tables – literally or figuratively — to share love and give thanks. Personally, we did most of our sharing by phone and email, as our gang was not able to physically get together this year. Whether you get together in person or in cyberspace, I DO hope you have the opportunity to enjoy spending quality time with your families sometime during this month or in later, in December.
While I didn’t always feel this way, I have grown to appreciate the Thanksgiving holidays… as a time dedicated to Gratitude. One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that the more I can live my life from a place of gratitude for all the gifts I’ve received… the better everything in my life goes. In every way.
Giving thanks and reflecting on our blessings is important. No doubt that’s why almost every country or religion has a day of reflection and Thanksgiving. Often these days are held during the harvest season, as our ancestors liked giving thanks for the bounty produced by a year’s worth of labor.
While that’s not as obvious to those of us who don’t work the fields, Thanksgiving should still be a celebration of abundance and blessings in our lives. Which is why I find so distasteful the decision by so many retailers to open their doors for big holiday sales on Thanksgiving Day. (And why the madness that ensued in some communities – from tasering to pepper spray and shoppers robbed in parking lots — was just so wrong.
Personally, I will not be doing any shopping for the year-end holidays — whether they be Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Bodhi Day, St. Lucia’s Day, Hogmanay, Twelfth Night, New Year’s Eve, Omisoka, Eid-al-Adha, or the Lunar New Year — until December. (By the way, if I forgot to list your favorite December holiday, drop me a note and tell me about it.) As I see it, there’s no reason to rush through the year too fast… The years go by fast enough on their own!
So my Thanksgiving wish for you this year is that you will find time in all the flurry of activities to spend a few quiet minutes thinking about something in your lives for which you are grateful. It might be as simple as appreciating the weather, or that you have the opportunity to spend some time with your family. Or it could be appreciation for your brain, your life, or the fact that you are able to work and contribute to the world a large…
Meanwhile, I am grateful for you and the opportunity to bring you the content we provide via the NABBW and Boomer Women Speak websites, as well as this one, Boomer Women’s World. It is truly a blessing for me to be able to serve you in this way.
Speaking of serving, we will be making some more changes in the next few months to serve you better. Based on what you have told us, we understand that you love the content we provide, but the volume of content would be better appreciated if it were spread out over the month, rather than hitting you all at once. So we are looking into starting to publish smaller newsletters, more frequently. Probably three time a week to start, and perhaps moving to five times a week by early in the coming year.
Look for more news to come on this next month. Until then, enjoy the wonderful bounty we have assembled for you her in November.
I’ll sign off for now, you’ve got lots of wonderful stuff to read!
Don’t forget, 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
Great T-Day Leftovers: Turkey Tetrazzini
Originally published in Pioneer Woman on November 17, 2011 by Ree
Ree’s photos and instructions make this yummy recipe so easy you’ll want to roast a whole turkey just so you can make this with your leftovers. But even if your plans don’t include turkey roasting this Thanksgiving, you can always make almost the same recipe with a rotisserie chicken…
50 Percent of Americans Suffer From this Silent Killer
Originally published November 12, 2011 by Dr. Mark Hyman.com
Dr. Hyman says that when it comes to chronic illness – obesity, heart disease, cancer, dementia and type 2 diabetes – conventional medicine often misses the underlying causes and more subtle manifestations of these illnesses.
Six Tips to an Easy Thanksgiving Without Looking Like a Slacker
Originally published in The Accidental Locavore.com by Anne Maxfield
Among her tips, Anne suggests that we delegate some of the work, pare down the number of courses in the meal, serve some vegetable faves as combos and cut down on the number of desserts served. All good concepts.Check out the article for more ideas…
Most Boomers Don’t have Living Wills
Originally published November 16, 2011 in LifeGoesStrong.com by Karen Springen
In an AP-LifeGoesStrong poll conducted this spring, 64 percent of Americans Boomers said they don’t have a health-care proxy, living will, or advanced directive that spells out what care they would like to receive if they’re unable to communicate with their doctors. Yikes.
For the Cheapest Holiday Flights, Move the Holidays
Originally published November 11, 2011 in FareCompare.com by Collin Quick
With so many blended families and work schedules that are difficult to change, more and more people are celebrating the holidays in on non-traditional days. Now comes another reason to move the holidays: cheaper air fares.
Boomers: Why Working Longer ISN’T the Answer
Originally published in RetirementRevised.com on November 17, 2011, by Mark Miller
Washington deficit cutters often attempt to justify a higher Social Security retirement age by pointing toward rising longevity and the need to work longer. This article points out why that won’t solve the problem.
Mental Health First Aid
Originally published in HealthyAgingfor Women.com on July 11, 2010 by Barbara Phillips, NP
Remember the old chestnut, “Count to 10 before you say anything when you’re angry?” While it has endured over the years, much has been learned that can help when needed. Here’s a great adjunct to that, a quick list for First Aid for Your Mental Health.
Sleep Apnea and Sex Problems
Originally published November 9, 2011 in The Insomnia Blog by Michael Breus, Ph.D.
We don’t talk nearly enough about the detrimental effects of sleeplessness and sleep disorders on our sexual relationships. But here, Dr. Breus gives us a number of reasons why we should pay more attention to what can be a serious issue…
Iraq Vet Speaks Out About America’s Future at Occupy Wall Street
Originally published in Over 50 and Out of Work.com
Fascinating video interview with an Iraq War veteran on the state of the United States…
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 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.
“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” ~~Irv Kupcinet
“A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen.” ~~Kin Hubbard
“Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.” ~~Joseph Auslander
“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 experience.” ~~Eleanor Roosevelt
“If you have something to do that is worthwhile doing, don’t talk about it, but do it. After you have done it, your friends and enemies will talk about it.” ~~George W. Blount
“Just one mental shift — focusing on the abundance of your environment–switches your psychological settings so that your life automatically improves in many areas you may think are unrelated. This is essentially a leap from fear to faith.” ~~ Martha Beck
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~~William James
“Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill.” ~~Jacob Braude
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.~~Johannes A. Gaertner
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In their latest episode, the Boomer Broads count their blessings and talk about the Penn State Scandal, Black Friday, and extra taxes offered by millionaires.
Also this week, the Boomer Broads talk about women’s lack of sleep, the Conrad Murray verdict, and the accusations against Herman Cain.
NABBW Member News
Mara sponsored an 11/11/11 contest on Facebook. First 11 readers to post a review of “What the Heart Knows” on Amazon.com win! Plus, she’s also holding a separate contest to win a Kindle. Check it out!
B. Lynn Goodwin
Lynn invites you to share 50 to 500 words of prose or up to 24 lines of poetry about a moment that altered your world forever with Writer Advice. Due: December 10, 2011– E-mail your submission to Lgood67334@comcast.net. Details: http://www.writeradvice.com
Chloe reminds you that her Facebook bookstore is now open at author Chloe JonPaul. If you are thinking about buying Christmas gifts, she is offering a 25% discount on my paperback editions of This Business of Children and Entering the Age of Elegance.
Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. & Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D.
Rosemary and Phyllis invite you to a Virtual Book Tour about THE ART OF FLOURISHING, Wednesday, November 16. Log on anytime to chat with Dr. Jeffrey B. Rubin, who has practiced and taught Eastern meditative and Western psychotherapeutic disciplines for more than thirty years.
EllynAnne invites you to join her in celebrating the 6th annual National Tie One On Day™ , celebrated on the eve of Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 23. It’s an opportunity to share our bounty by wrapping a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, along with a note of encouragement. Then be sure to enter the NTOOD Goodie Giveaway! (Note: NABBW is again a sponsor)
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…
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