Out of Africa III

 Out of Africa III ...more

Please also read parts I and II on my blog for the full ...more

I am forty years old...

Women all over the world have been reading our stories. In a few short weeks, Women at Forty has gotten visits from women (and probably some curious men) all over the world including; Germany, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Lebanon. I’m looking forward to hearing their stories soon. Today, one of our readers from Hawaii, Jenny, who’s in the middle of her fortieth year on earth, talks poetically about her life pre-forty....more

40 years old, awesome, courageous, inspiring...be as 40 as you can ...more

Fall Vacations: The best thing about retirement

For many years, I longed to see New England’s spectacular fall foliage, but it’s just not possible for a teacher to take off a week or two in October. Southeastern PA is beautiful but we just don’t have all those deep reds and purples. My husband and I just returned from our retirement gift to ourselves – a trip to New England in October. We were chasing that mythical “peak.” We just missed it in Vermont (but it was still beautiful) and we had a great time visiting with good friends. Then off to New Hampshire in quest of the peak....more

À AIMER: Mornings at a French Café

What's so special about mornings at a French café?  Well, look at the photo.  See the guy sitting by himself reading?  What is he reading?  A novel.  Not a newspaper.  Not a magazine.  Not a computer screen.  Look around the cafe (which, by the way, is Chez Prune just off the Canal Saint-Martin).  Do you see any laptops?  Any milkshake-sized 'coffee drinks'?  Any trans-fat pastries from a nearby factory?  Non....more

Seatmate Stories

On my flights last weekend, I had the good fortune to be seating next to two totally different, charming, and interesting people. On the way out, I sat next to a lovely woman in her 50s. She was from South Dakota and off to Vegas with her girlfriend (seated somewhere in the back of the plane and oh, get THIS, I sat next to the girlfriend on the connecting flight back!). My seat neighbor ran a day care center, was going to see Bette Midler, worried about health insurance as a very small business owner, was the daughter of a college professor, and rarely gets out of her hometown. ...more

Several year ago, I boarded a plane in the Midwest and found myself seated next to a ...more

Travelling With Your Jewelery - Safety Tips

Your personal jewelry has been acquired over your lifetime. It could be something as sentimental as your first gold chain with religious medallion, your childhood charm bracelet, diamond engagement ring or inherited antique jewelry just to name a few....more

Someone Is Sleeping In my Bed

Someone Has Been Sleeping in My Bed I wrote this story some time ago and thought I would share it with you.  I will warn you, it is long so I have split it into three parts.  This is part one.  I will post the next installment next Wednesday. ...more

Creative Getaways for Artistic Souls

Feel like you’ve lost that loving feeling?  Shutting down romantically and sexually may have a lot less to do with problems in your dating life than with keeping your creative batteries charged. Indeed, recent research in art therapy, for example, has shown benefits among cancer patients that include an increase in self-esteem, improvement in overall health and a significant decrease in anxiety and depression. ...more

The Best Ways to Obtain Foreign Currency

Traveling to a foreign country can be an experience of a lifetime; however, you need to make sure you are financially prepared before you embark on your vacation. Obtaining foreign currency should be at the top of your to do list when planning for such a vacation. It is important to plan ahead and make sure to have enough foreign currency to cover some initial costs, such as food, transportation from the airport to the hotel, etc. ...more

Getting Lost in Translation

There is nothing like the anticipation that builds up in the pre monsoon season in India. The arrival or failure of the monsoon can mean the difference between life and death, whether real or imagined.  ...more