Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Part 2: The Storm Over the Crater

March 30, 2014 by Emily Kelting


By Emily Kelting

The trail became wider. We passed people coming down from the summit. “You’re close,” they said, their faces as blue/green as the glaciers.

We weren’t close.

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On the Kilimanjaro Crater’s Lip: What’s a 60-Year-Old Doing in a Place Like This?

March 29, 2014 by Emily Kelting


By Emily Kelting

All hell broke loose. The moon and stars disappeared. The sky shook with thunder and lightning. A fierce wind kicked up. Snow fell sideways and froze onto our faces. We turned on our headlamps so that we could see in the dark. It’s a good think we couldn’t see the narrowness of the switchbacks we were negotiating.

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Out of the Vortex, into the Sun: Long-Weekend Getaways for Midwesterners

February 28, 2014 by Karen Weiner Escalera


By Karen Weiner Escalera

Splendid accommodations: Luxe warm-weather resorts a long-weekend’s distance from icy Minnesota.

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Minnesota, Colder than Antarctica: Winter-Coping Tips from a Native

February 28, 2014 by Diane Dettmann


By Diane Dettmann

Tip No. 7: Invest in a high-powered electric blanket. Before retiring, crank the dial to “high.” Wait two hours. Pull on your flannel pajamas and socks. Crawl under the covers. Snuggling and hot sex optional, but highly recommended.

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Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion

February 23, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson


By Susan B. Johnson

“Here you are at last,” says your mother, reaching up to embrace you. Her brittle body trembles like that of a twisted, fragile bird. Dismayed, you wonder if this is how you will be in twenty-five years.

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Traveling in Style

February 22, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

I lament, as do so many of you, that airline travel today is often worse than taking the Greyhound bus. But I believe that we can each do our part to raise the fashion bar for air travel, starting with new luggage.

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February 21, 2014 by Karen Weiner Escalera


By Karen Weiner Escalera

Eight sunny, luxe resorts close enough to let Northeasterners flee the Polar Vortex for a long-weekend getaway.

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Curtain Bluff—Another Oasis for Northerners

February 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger


By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

Curtain Bluff in Antigua is an all-inclusive place where the owners and management also dine every night. My husband and I have visited often enough over the decades to have earned an engraved plate!

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The Transition Network: Helping Women Savor the Second Half of Life

January 28, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

The Transition Network is a community of professional women 50 and up, and therefore each member is going through a different kind of “what’s next?” transition: children leaving home; elderly parents coming back; pondering the risks of changing careers; retirement; being widowed; being newly remarried; navigating the single life as a mature woman. TTN provides intellectual stimulation, entertainment, and support to women going through these transitions.

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Christmas in Paris: Magic, Mystery, Romance

December 25, 2013 by Tish Jett


By Tish Jett

As Ernest Hemingway famously said: “Though I often looked for one, I finally had to admit that there could be no cure for Paris.” In my opinion, Paris is the cure for just about everything, and that includes Christmas ennui.

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Danish Christmas: A Festival of Lights

December 24, 2013 by Suzanne Russell


By Suzanne Russell

Danes are crazy about candles; they light tea candles everywhere to create the cozy atmosphere referred to as hygge. There are special Christmas tree candles to light the tree, and on St. Lucia’s Day, the children dress in white and carry candles or wear wreaths of candles on their heads as they sing away the darkness.

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TEDWomen 2013: What Moved Me

December 23, 2013 by Kathleen Rogers


By Kathleen Rogers

The women of TEDWomen 2013 touched and inspired me; even at 50, I learned about achievements made that I would not have thought possible.

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Notes from Resilient Rwanda

December 22, 2013 by Lauri Romanzi, M.D.

By Lauri Romanzi, M.D.

This is not the Kigali of the genocide. I repeat, NOT the Kigali of the genocide. Rwandans, demonstrating unfathomable resilience, have restored the country to its organized, dynamic, industrious ways of being many years ago.

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TEDWomen 2013: Savoir Faire Get Me Through

December 16, 2013 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“I have a great TEDWorthy idea that has guided me through my socially hapless life: Just show up and great things will happen.”

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The Girl with the Notebook

December 3, 2013 by Grace Ali


By Grace Ali

Chaffe Jenetta is not another nameless village in another ubiquitous story of poverty in Africa. It is a challenging but wealthy place—albeit not material wealth. It is not a place to flee from, but one to be nurtured and supported. The little girl I met could one day turn out to be a powerful voice for Ethiopia. She might become a writer herself, sharing with the world its multiple stories. And to do so, perhaps she will find herself returning to those very notebooks.

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