Archive for September, 2011

“Embrace Your Age” Winner of the Week: Dorothy Hoffman Sander

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I came across Dorothy’s website–Aging Abundantly–many months ago, while researching resources that appeal to women over 50.

Dorothy’s site stood out because she enthusiastically embraces her age, and encourages other women to do the same.

With her frequent Facebook posts, beautiful photographs, and fantastic website which is filled with interviews, blogs, book reviews, and so much more, Dorothy is urging all of us to rethink how we view–and talk about–aging. (more…)

The Perfect Rosh Hashana Brisket

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

When I married my husband, who was raised Jewish, I knew that making the perfect brisket would be on my personal “to do” list.

My mother-in-law always made beautiful, delicious, meaningful High Holy Day (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Passover) meals for the entire family, but in recent years it became too much for her to handle.

I decided to take it on.

This week we celebrate Rosh Hashana–the Jewish New Year–and once again I’m bringing out my “Barbara’s Brisket” recipe, putting on my apron, sharpening my knives, polishing my silver, and getting down to business. (more…)

Weekly “Embrace Your Age” Award Winner: Sally Prangley

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I adore this woman . . . and we’ve never met.

We’re Facebook friends, and with each exchange I become even more enamored.


How Can You Have the Best of Everything?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

It’s simple:

Love yourself.

Love your life.


A True Miracle

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

My daughter, Sarah, was a premature baby. She was born at 27 weeks, weighing 2 lbs., 2 oz. . . . and looked little a tiny 14″ bird. Not an ounce of fat on her.

She just turned 17, is a senior in high school, and we’re looking at colleges.  There were many times during the first few days of her life we didn’t think we’d ever be looking at colleges, 17 years later.

But, here we are.   (more…)


Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Yes, I remember.

I remember being at a meeting at my daughters’ school, as the principal came into the room to tell us that–unbelievably–a plane had “lost control and hit one of the World Trade Center buildings.”  We rescheduled the meeting, feeling unnerved.

I walked home, very quickly, hearing bits of conversations people were having in the streets about “terrorists,” “suicides,” “President Bush,” and on and on. I was almost running.

I remember trying to call my husband, who was on his way to the World Trade Center for a meeting, but no calls were getting through. The lines were overwhelmed with calls. (more…)