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Puddle Jumper Perks & Pitfalls

[ 0 ] July 10, 2014

When you really want to stretch your travel dollars, your search for the best airfare may lead you to a regional airline also called a puddle jumper. I’m flying a regional airline called Seaport Air next month because I could get to Memphis and then Jackson, MS for half the cost of flying American or […]

7 Carry-On Essentials

[ 1 ] June 25, 2014

Like a modified Goldilocks story, there are three types of travelers  (1) the one who packs too light, (2) the one who packs too heavy and (3) the one who packs just right, including the seven essentials that I won’t get on a plane without. I promise if you pack these items in your carry-on, […]

Why Travel Matters

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014

In a world filled with musts – keeping up your home, your body, your friendships and your 401K – travel is the ultimate option. Choose travel and you receive instant freedom, adventure, memories and new friends.  Skip it and you default to redundancy, routine and a revolving door of the same. I was raised in […]

8 Holiday Gift Ideas that Don’t Suck

[ 0 ] December 12, 2013

Before you stuff that Christmas sock, turn up the heat by giving something better than the equivalent of coal. Socks, ties, sweaters and underwear are practical, but oh so mundane. If you’re still exchanging gifts for the holidays, and no one says you have to, check out my suggestions below. In midlife it’s time to […]

Mother’s Day 2012 Tribute (Part I)

[ 0 ] May 7, 2012

Susie Hadas and her Beautiful, Wonderful Mum I loved growing up hearing my mom read us grand stories of Greek gods, goats, and great cities. Just before my 50th birthday, I had to be hospitalized to remove a benign tumor on my spine. On one of my mom’s visits she pulled out the book, The […]

Menopausal Women Should Skip Dry Martinis and Dry Cereals

[ 1 ] March 12, 2012

The breakfast of champions for women in menopause is warm oatmeal or moist scrambled eggs and green tea – not Bloody Marys, dry martinis, or dry cereal. According to Ayurveda healers of nutritional medicine, women over 50 have moved into the Vata phase of life, which is compared to air and ether.   Vata is […]

Dickey Reinvents Herself in Midlife Creating Jewelry

[ 0 ] February 8, 2012

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think a woman’s second addiction next to shoes is jewelry followed closely by M&Ms. I attended I jewelry party last Sunday and was amazed by the breadth of Sue Dickey’s jewelry in addition to the quality of her work. Sue is a midlife Mona Lisa from St. Louis […]

She Didn’t Tell Me She Was a Screamer

[ 2 ] January 20, 2012

There’s nothing like a jungle retreat for some good female bonding. So when I was told I’d be sharing a room with an Irish free spirit and Jewish mother of two I had no fears. During my first rainforest yoga retreat, I looked forward both getting to know like-minded women and being lulled to sleep […]

Try a Minimalist Holiday and Don’t Stress

[ 2 ] December 6, 2011

Moms are prone to overdo it during the holidays. Not me. I stick to my favorite three holiday things–watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” eating chocolate covered cherries, and opening sock gifts with my family. The rest I pass on. Chiseling away all the excess that you don’t enjoy and keeping the things you love […]

10 Steps to Get Back on Course in Midlife

[ 0 ] October 8, 2011

Here’s 10 simple reminders to keep you on the best journey in being a fabulous swinging soul sister (aka, Mona Lisa) during midlife. Blaze new trails. Reinvention is part of being a swinging soul sister. Inspire others. Every day you have a chance to lift someone up. Bend from the knees and lift. Share your […]