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  It began with a pair of purple-and–tortoise-shell readers. According to my latest numbers, I could no longer indulge in Ben & Jerry’s Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, Nathan’s Fries, and Tate’s Mint Chocolate Chip cookies. I had to do something. So I bought a pair of funky purple-and-tortoise-shell readers. had dubbed them Goo ...Read More

Take Good Care of Yourself

Button up your overcoat when the wind is free, take good care of yourself you belong to me!  This is a line from a song and to be totally honest I cannot tell you the rest of the lyrics.  I just remember hearing my Aunt sing it when I was a child.  Taking care of others is important to many of us. I posted a survey a few weeks ago asking what part ...Read More

Looking in the Media Mirror

Ali McGraw is 77. It was all over the news, a few days ago. Yes, that Ali McGraw. The coltish, flip actor who embodied Jenny Cavilleri from Love Story and Brenda Potemkin from Goodbye, Columbus, is in her eighth decade and the big news was that she has not had plastic surgery or a lot of hair maintenance. She’s doing age naturally. The praise poure...Read More

Unsupported Evidence

  Are women better off without wearing bras? This topic on nighttime news, squeezed between Korea’s nuclear threats and the start of baseball season, had women voicing some strong opinions. I, of course, am one of those women. My first reaction was a resounding, “OMG! YES! YES! YES!” Jean Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche Com...Read More

Laverne’s View: Human Body Shops

As a result of modern medicine, medical advances, and public education, the average human life span has risen from age 45 in 1840 to 85 in 2000. Bruce J. Klein, director at the Immortality Institute in Alabama, questions whether we will find a cure for aging altogether, or will life span peak at some natural limit.  I believe I have a viable sugges...Read More

Shades of Grey

Recently, I’ve seen a spate of internet and magazine articles touting the advantages of letting your hair go grey.  If you believe the media, we Baby Boomers are all about to embrace our inner Silver Vixens, abandon Clairol and L’Oreal, and jointly march into the future alight with the aura of age, sophistication and and sagacity.  Kumbaya!  I’m he...Read More

High Heels Health Tips

The women’s shoe industry is nearly $40 billion annually. Women love shopping for them. But the pleasure of that cute new pair may not be worth it. A recent article offered experts opinions on the down-side of high heels. High heels can cause pain and injury to your feet, legs and back. The high heels affect the way you wa...Read More

Photograhic Memory

Look at the top of this column.  There’s a current picture of me.  It’s a measure of how much I wanted to write for you that I sat for a current picture.  My husband took this photo with a portrait setting. It shows everything. I love my husband.  I’m not so crazy about this picture. It’s not a bad pictur...Read More

4 Things You Hate About Getting Older (And…How To Fix Them)

Aging is, as they say, preferable to the alternative. But as you creep past forty, fifty, sixty, and later in life, your body changes. Suddenly, staying out late with friends drinking or working an all-nighter comes with unexpected consequences. There are many myths about getting older, but there are a number of truths too. Just because your b...Read More

Black, White, and Shades of Gray

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. has recently published a thought-provoking article, The Beauty Paradox: When Feminism and Vanity Collide, in the Huffington Post. Diller says that Boomer women are in conflict – over our looks, our appearance and how it all plays out given feminism philosophy. Diller says we have two distinct messages we are trying to pro...Read More

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