Skincare in Your 40s, 50s, and Beyond

In my previous two posts about caring for your skin at different life stages I emphasized the need to gently wash your face every night, use skincare products with antioxidants in them, exfoliate regularly, and use a retinoid product.  And of course you are still using your sunscreen daily and remembering to reapply. ...more

The "F" Words - 50, Fitless and now ... Failure

Ok, so this past weekend I was going for a walk.  It didn't happen.  Saturday my son played cricket, that lasted until around noon.  Then I went to the supermarket, then I did the laundry, then I started cleaning the house.  Then I made dinner, did some ironing and ... the walk didn't get slotted in. ...more

The "F" words - 50 & Fitless

Is there such a word as fitless?  If there is that perfectly describes the state of my being.  Next October 2011 I shall be turning 50.  I remember freaking out badly when I turned 30, I also remember not celebrating when I turned 40 because my husband was turning 38.  But I'm getting close to 50 and I cannot wait.  Maturity is a wonderful thing. ...more

You're right - you can be a normal weight and not be fit. Good luck in your quest to leave ...more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Our Sex Lives: One Response | Women's Voices For Change

Another pre-Valentine's Day blip: a note for the editors of Our Bodies, Ourselves, whose query about women's sex lives we posted last week. We were delighted at the good news the writer reports, though due to the delicate nature of the subject she has chosen to remain anonymous....more

Mean Girls All Grown UP

Last night I watched The Housewives of Orange County, one of my guilty pleasures. Only I came to the conclusion that maybe it wasn't a guilty pleasure for me anymore. I won't waist a lot of space to describe the show other than to say that last night was particularly painful. The half baked realty show was a little too real and reminded me of some of the mean girls we have all encountered at some point in our lives ...more

Please Help Tell the Story of Our Sex Lives

Many of us remember the day we first ran across Our Bodies, Ourselves, as something of a revelation; perhaps you even picked up the more recent edition of the same book focused on menopause. But have you wished your voice was in there too?...more

He Ain't Seen Me Crazy Yet

Amy Cates is a Birmingham-based freelance writer specializing in national and regional publications. Read more at and Preface I pride myself on writing a blog that is appropriate for all ages. And I will maintain that standard here, but I offer a caveat to you women: This one's for the girls. Not the boys. Not the men. Content isn't salacious or R-rated; it just won't interest them. And to be completely honest, they wouldn't understand it anyway. ...more

Fuzzy Brain: A Menopausal Phenomenon

Fuzzy brain is a weird condition of menopause...a well-documented syndrome in which the afflicted struggles to have a complete thought as a result of the cataclysmic evacuation of estrogen from the system....more

Thanks for the comment BB.  I agree!  Couldn't have made it without a little ...more

Blogging Virgin Often Qualifies for Senior Discounts

 I decided to learn about and begin blogging for a couple of reasons. I need to keep my brain challenged by learning new things.  I want to understand the challenges my daughter is facing as a parent in this constantly changing world where technology has created an entirely different environment for her to be parenting in than what I was faced with raising her and her sister. ...more