Five Excellent Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

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  I appeared on KIVI-TV Good Morning Idaho to show five new products that can make your life easier. Who knew you could carry reading glasses on your cell phone?   ThinOPTICS is the revolutionary stem-less reading glasses that fit inside your phone case. The ThinOPTICS team tested over 200 prototypes on over 800 users to create innovative reading glasses that … [Read more...]

Airport Bathrooms can Drain Your Soul

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       (Featured on The Huffington Post Travel, March 27, 2015) As a frequent traveler through life and space, I often have the need to use a restroom in an airport. Such necessary actions require tenacity, humility, and tolerance, human attributes that may not eagerly spring into action after sitting four hours on a plane with a middle-age … [Read more...]

When Your Parents were Lovers

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(Featured on The Huffington Post 50 on March 20, 2015) The grainy, black-and-white photographs from 1946 fluttered to the floor, free from decades of bondage among hundreds of photos in my mother's leather albums. I picked up the images and stared at my parents and strained to imagine the young couple in love. My father stood in his Army fatigues in front of a row of … [Read more...]

Jolly Jaunts on the Mother-Daughter Journey

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 Featured on The Huffington Post 50, March 23, 2015. My daughter has purple hair, colorful tattoos, and she teaches physical and mental health to her loyal clients. I have thin hair, gnarly age spots, and I tell jokes until people snort beer from their noses. Though we have varied techniques of pleasing our intended audiences, we guarantee customer satisfaction and life … [Read more...]

Public Breastfeeding can be Expressed in Good Taste

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(Featured on the Huffington Post Comedy on March 16, 2015)   I recently attended an elegant wedding at a seaside resort where the gift table and the guests were well-endowed. However, there was some engorged indignation at the reception as two perky women nursed their babies without discreetly covering the bobbing heads of the darling sucklings. One of the … [Read more...]

How to Thaw a Cold Childhood and Create a Warm Family

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  Grown-up Me traveled to a conference in Nashville last week to speak to a national gathering of women bloggers. I smiled with confidence and prepared to meet, greet, and tweet. Then I noticed the conference sponsor -- a frozen food company introducing a new product -- and Grown-up Me disappeared. A small child stood in my place. As the Little Girl Me, I felt … [Read more...]

The Ugly Reality of Fake Beauty

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  Two photographs of me taken 15 minutes apart illustrate the powerful allure of altered images. In one photograph, I look like a sagging, seasoned but sassy senior citizen. In the other one, I resemble the beautiful actress Katherine Zeta Jones. It’s amazing what a talented professional photographer can do with a new software program that rearranges facial features. I … [Read more...]

Outline for Presentation at BAM Conference

BAM Publishing Panel Getting Published Online and in Print – Elaine Ambrose Getting published is a worthy goal for a writer. I’ve gone both ways (sounds kinky). My book Menopause Sucks was through a traditional agent and Adams Media, one of the country’s top nonfiction publishing houses. Then, I started my own publishing company, Mill Park Publishing. I’ve … [Read more...]

The Midlife Blogger Booster Shot

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Do you want to reinvent yourself? Attend an inspirational conference for midlife bloggers. Not since Scarlett O’Hara transformed velvet drapes into an elegant gown to hide her poverty in the movie Gone With the Wind has there been such an effective way to announce, “I adapted, I survived, I am relevant!” And, there was no need for Rhett Butler. Women came through snowstorms, … [Read more...]

400 Blogs, One Daughter

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  It’s only appropriate that I dedicate this blog to my daughter Emily Nielsen. It’s the 400th blog that I’ve published on this website, and it wouldn’t have happened without her loving guidance and encouragement. “Get off your butt, Mom, and write something,” were her tender words of motivation. They echo as a gentle melody that meanders through my memories. She … [Read more...]

The 6 Benefits of Getting Married at Midlife

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(This blog was featured on The Huffington Post Fifty on March 6, 2015.)   If you're over 50 and planning your wedding, here's a nugget of advice: For a unique musician, consider a little one-eyed Greek playing a goat bladder. That worked for us. Studley and I met after being divorced from marriages that had lasted more than 22 years. We weren't proud of those … [Read more...]

If the Shoe Fits, Celebrate

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  Attention Shoe Manufacturers: Middle-age women have the resources and desire to purchase fashionable, comfortable shoes. Why don't you make any? I’m attending a conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. This resort is so huge that my room is a zip code away from the conference center. I needed to drop little packets of breath … [Read more...]

Call for Submissions: Midlife Anthology

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Mill Park Publishing is announcing a "Call for Submissions" for a new anthology to be published in paperback and e-book format in early 2016.   The working title is Feisty after 45 - The Best Blogs from Midlife Women Women bloggers over the age of 44 are encouraged to enter a favorite blog to be considered for the anthology. •Paperback and e-book due in early … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Add Humor to a Serious Workplace

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(This post was featured on the Huffington Post Comedy Page, March 2, 2015)   Jennifer was a customer service representative for a large technology firm. Though her dreams and aspirations never included sitting in a padded cubicle listening to rude customers, that's what she did for eight hours a day. Usually, the problems were related to consumer ignorance, and … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Music

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  I grew up listening to The Captain and Tennille singing about “Muskrat Love” and The Carpenters warbling “Sing of good things, not bad. Sing of happy, not sad.” I believe those two songs were solely responsible for the rise of heavy metal bands and for Black Sabbath’s song “Electric Funeral” about nuclear annihilation. It’s all about balance. Music should … [Read more...]