Monthly Archives: December 2011


“The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.  ~Judith Regan

Tiger Mothers and Me

Nancy Doyle Palmer

The intense mommy buzz created by Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is causing a flare-up of my own parental PTSD — our three girls are all in their 20s now and it’s been years since I worried about a playgroup…

What a Difference a Year Makes

what a difference a year makes

What the heck happened in my life for the entire 12 months of 2011.
Without checking my calendar, I can’t remember a thing that happened in March… or May. It’s like reviewing the ‘80s where whole years happened, hundreds of days……


“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. “ ~Anna Quindlen

Great Things About Women Over 50 (WebMD) Need an upper? Read why women love their age from this WebMD feature including why – post 50 – we’re freeer, more self-assured, have more fun, are wiser and sexier. Of course we at BA50 are in total agreement, especially with one of the last lines which claims we are just getting started. Let…


“We are always the same age inside.” ~Gertrude Stein

20 Ways to Love Your Body (Operation Beautiful) It’s the holidays which means I’m trying not to overindulge and eat (and drink!) sensibly –as the old metabolism doesn’t work the way it used to. Which is why I found this list so inspiring. Though it was posted a while ago, it continues to ring true. Check it out and tell us what…


“Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places.“ – Author Unknown

The Holidays with Teens


This is the week that defines the holidays for us. It’s a time to celebrate life with children, who are more adult than anything else. It’s my time to dive into each of them and to re-establish contact in a new and meaningful way. Let’s face it, they aren’t the same people they were last year at this time.


“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.”  ~Emily Dickinson


“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” ― Maya Angelou


“It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.”  ~Brigitte Bardot