Worldwide, Our Hearts Have Been Heavy These Past Few Days.
And why wouldn’t they be? September used to be my favorite month, full of sunny skies and the promise of new beginnings as we started off a new school year.
But 9/11 changed all of us. And with this being the 10th anniversary of that awful event, everywhere we turned, there was a new message, a new reminder.
Certainly this is a day we must remember, and it commemorates a day and a lesson we must not forget. (Just as we all remember the day JFK was shot, the Lockerbie bombing/highjacking of Pan Am Flight 103, the Chernobyl disaster, the Kent State shootings, Nixon’s resignation and — whether we were alive for it or not — Pearl Harbor Day.)
It is clear to me, and anyone else I mention it to, that the United States — and each and every one of us — has changed since that fateful September day which began with such beauty and ended with horror. Perhaps you have noticed this too: At first, after taking in the unimaginable terror – whether we did this in person or via television — America united. We came close to uniting on a political, economic and social front the way we did during World War II.
We talked to our neighbors, we looked for ways to help each other, and we put American flag decals in our car windows, and flew the flag as often as we could. We came together as a nation. We talked to each other. We respected each other. And we got things done.
For example, according to an email I received from Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup, the idea for Meetup was born in New York City shortly after 9/11 as a way to use the internet to get people off the internet — and to grow local communities.
Today, he says, almost 10 years and 10 million Meetuppers later, it’s working. Every day, thousands of Meetups happen. Moms Meetups, Small Business Meetups, Fitness Meetups… a wild variety of 100,000 Meetup Groups with not much in common — except one thing: Every Meetup starts with people simply saying hello to neighbors.
Once they have said hello, these Meetup members grow businesses and band together, they teach and motivate each other, they babysit each other’s kids and find other ways to work together. They have fun and find solace together. They make friends and form robust communities.
A revolution in local community born out of the solace we sought out in each other right after the horror of that awful September morning.
However I fear that as a nation, we have lost the kinship we found ten years ago. I hate the way our senators and congress people seem to have lost the ability to “give and take” in order to achieve a common goal.
Which is why it seems to me that if anything good can come out of all of the dozens of television programs, newspaper articles and sermons being preached this last week in memory of those we lost that awful day, I am hoping it is that we will once again find common ground.
That we will once again find it within ourselves to put our shoulders to a common wheel – building once again “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
But enough of my soapbox oratory.
Let me just say that my goal for the coming year is to find ways to build upon — and grow — our NABBW community. I want to make NABBW more accessible to all Boomer women, and in the process, grow our community. I have some ideas in the works, and you will be hearing about them shortly. Meanwhile, just think in terms of my current mantra: “Peace, harmony, well being.“
Meanwhile, let’s focus on this issue of Boomer Women’s World. As usual, it is jam-packed with wonderful articles from our experts, book reviews, member news and four – count ‘em four – videos.
You’ll find plenty to enjoy – and think about!
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:
Try Making These Maple Dumplings for Grandparents Day
By Lisa Bramen, originally published in Smithsonian.com, September 7, 2011
Life After 50: The End of Aging As We Know It
By Barbara Hannah Grufferman, originally published in the HuggingtonPost.com, September 7, 2011
Ten Years After 9/11: United We Serve
By Patrick J. Kiger, originally published in SecondAct.com, September 9, 2011
How 9/11 Attacks Reshaped the US Privacy Debate
By Declan McCullagh, originally published in CNet.com, September 9, 2011
11 Businesses You Can Start in Your Pajamas in 2011
Originally published in Inc.com, September 9, 2011
Aging Feet: Menopause, Foot Pain & You!
By Pamela Sissons, originally published in FiftyistheNewForty.net
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 – everyone from Julia Roberts to Bill Cosby. 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.
“Humor is one of the most serious tools we have for dealing with impossible situations.”~~Erica Jong
“I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the world.”~~Peter Ustinov
“Show me a person who doesn’t like to laugh and I’ll show you a person with a toe tag.”~~Julia Roberts
“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything — even poverty — you can survive it.”~~Bill Cosby
“Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.”~~Katherine Hepburn
“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.”~~Charles Schulz
Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates
Meet Our NABBW Associate
Pamela J. Sams
Welcome to our newest NABBW Associate, Pamela J. Sams, who is NABBW’s new Financial Planning Expert.
As NABBW’s advocate for financial literacy, Pamela will not only write a monthly column on financial management, but she will also be conducting financial education seminars.
We see this as a good match, since Pamelas pecializes in working with women, families and small business owners to maximize their personal and financial wealth through sound financial planning, and has been doing this for well over a decade.
Based on her experiences, Pamela tells us that most Boomer women are worried about their financial futures and not sure what to do about their financial challenges. Specifically, we:
- Wish we were more confident about our finances
- Feel behind the curve financially and don’t know how to remedy this situation
- Don’t feel we have the needed skills to change our financial situation on our own
- Suspect that we will never be able to afford to retire
As she puts it, “The sad truth is that a lot of women have not been trained in managing their finances or making financially-related decisions. They are frustrated that they feel behind financially and are not confident about how to work toward securing a sound financial future.” Most of all, she says women want the financial advice they receive to be simple and easy to implement.
In her day to day work, Pamela helps clients successfully navigate the myriad of personal and financial decisions they face during their lives. She assists them in attaining a higher level of financial security through education, understanding and scenario planning. And, she develops a customized approach for each client’s planning needs.
Pamela attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for her undergraduate work, received her MBA in Financial Management from Averett University, and her Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM certification through the College of Financial Planning.
Pamela has received numerous client service and financial planning awards.
She lives in Virginia, with her husband, daughter and two sons.
Product Reviews of Interest to Baby Boomer Women
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NABBW Member News
Barbara Briggs Ward
Barbara reports that that her novel, “The Reindeer Keeper” has been honored by being named a “Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Recipient” in Adult Fiction. It is available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble.
Marilyn writes that she has completed her first book, “Navigating the River of Aging,” which is at the printer and will be available soon. She is currently at work on an e-book version. Contact her for purchase information.
Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. & Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
Rosemary and Phyllis recently featured Maureen Hancock on their blog for a Virtual Book Tour. Her memoir, “The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer” follows her experiences as she strives to balance raising her children and speaking with the deceased.
Dr. Dorree Lynn
Dr. Dorree invites to watch her new “Ask an Expert” videos, filmed as a part of her affiliation with YourTango. She’s just completed filming 20 videos on topics such as how to share fantasies with your partner, dating after divorce, how to improve a boring sex life and tantric sex.
Barb writes that she and Val Sorter have launched a new web radio show, Trash Talk, featuring “…Titillating Talk & Tarnished Treasures.” They even created a fun video to promote it. She invites you to take a listen.
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.
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