Le temps perdu...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Le temps perdu...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We will not be posting to the blog this week. Elaine has been battling a brain injury first diagnosed this summer and was hospitalized and had brain surgery on Wednesday. Elaine will be writing about this experience and how it relates to all of us over 40. Don’t be alarmed, she wants you to understand how our bodies change as we age and what we need to do to take care of ourselves. Elaine is a survivor. She is in great shape, walks miles every day with her most constant of companions, her dog, Viking. All your prayers and well wishes are truly appreciated.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
and it is time to step into the darkness of the unknown,
faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen:
Either you will be given something solid to stand on
or you will be taught to fly." Author Unknown
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
You can give your hair body with just a few strategically placed rollers and a little spray or you can set your entire head after you blow out your hair. Use your dryer to heat the rollers up for longer lasting volume. Velcro gently and effortlessly holds the rollers in place. Goody makes three sizes available in most supermarkets and drugstores. We suggest the jumbo roller for maximum body and loose waves. In minutes you can achieve many different looks!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Unemployed? Considering a career change after all these years? We have been there. This is the moment to "turn it around". Everything is transforming so rapidly, it's difficult to regain perspective. The job market is shifting and we are getting older. What to do about it? Everything! This is the second chance you have dreamed about. Anne Martindale explains that "women can have it all. We live so long we can have a family and then a career."
We hope to address options that are available as we face transitions. Not all of us can afford to return to school full time. But we can take a course that will lead us in a new direction. Keep yourself open. We know an attorney who became much happier after she left a lucrative law career behind to start her mobile dog grooming business. Another friend, concerned about social issues of addiction, attended college part-time for five years, (while raising her sons), and hopes to receive her masters in counseling. As we see in this economy, it isn't always about the big salary. It can be about stumbling upon that one idea that can change the direction of your life. We are offering websites here that may be helpful in your quest and will continue this conversation in future posts.
A global book club might help all of us connect the dots and feel less hopeless. According to Tom Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded and Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World, there are positive responses to what's happening in our world that we all can address. When times get bleak, it is important to investigate alternative, imaginative solutions, they suggest. Each author lays out a clear path to restore an optimistic future and insures us that a shift in perception can be the start of reclaiming a better world. Insightful and discerning, these books will take you out of the twentieth century mindset into a twenty-first century view that puts us back in touch with the real challenges confronting us.
Click on this link for a conversation between the two authors.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We don’t know about you, but we love Oprah. Her joyful, grateful take on life has inspired us. It’s not just her story that is compelling, but the way she looks at the present as a gift. She challenges us to be adventurers in our own lives, inviting us to investigate new ways of addressing old problems. Sharing her love of literature, her reading list invokes our interest in stories of personal courage. Her eponymous “Guide to Life” is an authentic manual that helps redirect our thinking. We become more accepting of ourselves and more willing to take the risks that will open us to new experiences. Letting go of all that fear is one of her great lessons. We know because it has taken us a loooong time to get here. Oprah has helped.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Ah… the quest for perfection. God knows we have tried. In retrospect we find that it is in the imperfections that so often we find our true beauty. There is nothing wrong with trying to be your best, look your best, or do your best. Keep in mind that sometimes it can be crippling. It can stop you from trying in fear that you will fail or from exploring something new because you may lose yourself. Hair grows, makeup can be redone and certainly you can change your clothes. We no longer have hobbies; you know… the notion of just doing something for the sheer fun of learning something new. We hesitate to learn to play the piano or to try watercolor painting because we might not excel.
“If you hear a voice within you saying ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint…and that voice will be silenced.”- Vincent Van Gogh
Find joy in the process. We need to simply do; take the class, expand our interests or as a very dear friend of ours is so fond of saying “just leave your zip code.”
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This weekend forget about the economy. Go outside! Take a walk, get out your bike, or take a drive deep into the countryside and pick apples. The foliage in Maine, Vermont, and northern New York is peaking. With cooler mornings this week, the landscape from south of New York is just beginning its glorious color change. Visit Travel Kingdom for peak peek travel tips.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.” George Bernard Shaw
It is especially important during difficult times to allow yourself to daydream. It could be your most productive activity generating innovative solutions to old problems and opening up new frontiers to explore. We have started a Vision Board, a collage, (of photographs, drawings, magazine clippings and inspiring quotes), which represents our dreams. It is a way to keep our goals in focus. A daily visual reminder of what we are working towards clarifies and reinforces our intention. What we pay attention to grows.
We have a friend who, despite a difficult job and a divorce, kept a beach house snow globe on her desk. A lifetime dream that received her attention every day was realized. She now has her morning coffee on her porch overlooking the sea. Another woman tacked pictures of a lighthouse on a beach cliff to a bulletin board over her desk. Looking at her board every day for twenty years, she always believed in the power of her vision. Today she lives in a weathered gray
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
How to start?! Go to Resources: Learn to Knit for easy instructions and Knitty for patterns, ideas,...
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Need a new fall lip color? A purchase from the Bobbi Brown limited edition Pink Ribbon Collection, Pink Glitter gloss and Tulle lipcolor, benefits the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Bobbi Brown is donating $35,000 from sales of this collection.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Mix it up... Ralph Lauren reinterpreted classics by mixing fabrics and proportions, presenting them in elegant settings which we all longed to inhabit. Because his clothes are timeless, we could justify the cost, or we could implement his vision by taking items from our own closet and wearing them in a different way. Mixing velvet with denim, tweeds with taffeta, wearing a cashmere sweater over an evening dress are all examples of how Ralph has infiltrated our clothing consciousness. Somehow, he makes it modern and beautiful to dress this way. We don't feel out of our element in his ideas. He has provided his label at many price points, Black, Blue, RL Jeans, Rugby, the Lauren line and more. J.C. Penney, under the label American Living, now makes dressing in Ralph Lauren a possibility even in a difficult economic time. (A 3/4 sleeve, herringbone tweed jacket is on sale at $112.50!)
You can be stylish and charitable by purchasing an RL tee from his Pink Pony line which contributes a portion to the Pink Pony Breast Cancer Care and Prevention Fund. cause. http://www.ralphlauren.com
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Just in time..Coach will donate $100 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from each purchase of the pink Coach Lexington Breast Cancer Awareness watch. Check out their website: www.coach.com
“I know God promises not to give me more than I can handle. I wish He didn’t trust me so much.” Mother Teresa
For me it started with a routine mammogram. It was October 1999. I can still remember that I was reading the latest Princess Diana tell all. I was totally oblivious to the multiple retakes. When the technician told me the mammogram revealed calcifications in the left breast, I wasn’t concerned. They were 99% sure it was nothing, but I was advised to get it checked. The sequence of events that followed was dizzying. The next procedure found DCIS, also known as ductal carcinoma in situ, the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer. Good news, right? Not exactly. During a lumpectomy to remove the DCIS a cyst was found and removed but they also found more DCIS. The DCIS was considered multifocal. I was told to schedule a partial mastectomy. I was beside myself. It was incomprehensible to me that in the matter of a month, I had gone from 99% of nothing to losing my breast. I had the surgery with reconstruction and went home on Christmas Eve. I was angry. I wish I could tell you I had an epiphany, but I didn’t. I still haven’t 8 years later. But I can tell you what I have learned. There are things we can and cannot control. Family history falls under “cannot control”. I had a great aunt on my father’s side who died from breast cancer. What I should have tried to control was my stress level. I think that what stress does to your body can contribute to all disease. Probably not cause it, but definitely it can make it worse. So breathe. Let things go. Be kind to yourself, keep informed, and by all means get a mammogram.