Feisty Side of Fifty/Baby Boomer Women

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The Feisty Side of Fifty / Baby Boomer Women


Hello and welcome to THE FEISTY SIDE OF FIFTY,™ the site that celebrates a truly remarkable generation of women. We alpha boomers, now fifty plus but nowhere near matronly, are rockin’ on and still flaunting our famously bodacious spirit and style.

In truth, how could it be otherwise? We ladies can be deservedly proud of our shared history and far-reaching accomplishments. The determined women of our generation drove through legislation that reversed centuries of discrimination and forever altered the role of being born female in this country. (A rather formidable triumph, I might add!) Better yet, the hormonal changes of menopause make us saucier and more outspoken than ever before. We are truly coming into our own in new and exciting ways.

So join in the celebration!

The latest posts are listed on the left sidebar where you’ll find topics ranging from “aging with attitude,” to “meno-chuckles,” to “your midlife revival.”

And be sure to listen to these feisty friends and many more on FEISTY SIDE OF FIFTY RADIO!

Suzanne Braun Levine

Florence Henderson

Gloria Loring

Peggy Fleming





But that’s not all. If you’re over 50, in a job search and tired of being passed over for younger, less-experienced applicants, you’ll want to know how to best present yourself as a seasoned applicant. For proven job search techniques as well as cutting-edge information to help you navigate the job market of today, please refer to my Post-50 Job Search” articles on Huff/Post 50.

Here we go again!

Boomers are known for spearheading sweeping social reforms, making news, and breaking the mold for what is viewed as the “typical” female experience. And we gals certainly aren’t about to stop that now. In fact, we won’t stand for being shunted to the margins of society or ignored into our “invisible years.” To the contrary, we are ripe and ready to mount one of our greatest and most important cultural revolutions. Without a doubt, the art of aging is getting a whole new look and we will be leading the charge!

This site is dedicated to riding the rollercoaster of aging with information, wit, and even a bit of wisdom thrown in for good measure. So you’ll want to visit frequently and get the latest tips to keep flower children blooming ever more beautifully throughout our years. Here is a forum to share your thoughts, experience, spirit and sass:

  • How do you plan to become an audacious old broad?
  • What ways will you break the age barrier and shine as your maturely magnificent self?
  • How will you age with attitude and style?

Post your comments and check back often to read articles, stories, and postings from fellow boomer bloggers.

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250 Responses to “The Feisty Side of Fifty / Baby Boomer Women”

  1. 1
    Pat DeMasters:

    Look at these 3 beautiful babes….
    What a kick!! You are so innovative.

  2. 2

    What a great idea! I’m looking forward to a lot of humor and relevant info.

  3. 3
    ME friend:

    go girl………..

  4. 4
    Judy Corliss:

    Happy to celebrate each day!!!

  5. 5

    It’s too late! I already am an audacious and obstreperous old broad. We are not our grandmothers, that’s for sure!

  6. 6

    Too Late, I am already an audacious and obstreperous old broad. Go gal!

  7. 7

    Having read your writing, I would like to congratulate you on seeing the bright side in the lives of “women over 50″. – As the older population in general is growing rapidly, it is encouraging to see women mature into powerful matriarchs. By being confident and capable in dealing with many facets of llife, they are assuming ever greater roles of benefactors to their families and society at large.

    Am looking forward to reading more of your very entertaining stories and support for women at this stage in their lives. Your writing conveys the message that “women, like good wine, can become more valuable over time”.

  8. 8

    It’s so nice to have a safe haven where I can come when I’m soaked from a hot flash and can’t remember my name. Thanks so much for all the encouraging info!

  9. 9

    Talk about fun, what an exciting site.

  10. 10

    Thanks for representing the baby boomers, Mary Eileen, and showing the world just how great we were, I mean are –
    You go, girl!

  11. 11
    tricia nickel:

    Thank for all your research
    and good advice to stay
    active and involved with life!

  12. 12

    WOWEE! terrific! refreshing! KEEP IT COMIN’……

  13. 13

    It is a wonderful feeling to know you are not alone. Very uplifting!

  14. 14

    The women in the picture sure don’t look like they are over 50 – looking good girls!
    Go Mary Eileen- this is a great idea with a great future.

  15. 15

    I have always appreciated women and my experience and affiliation is also somewhat north of 50. My question is, are men wanted here? While the 60′s failed to live up to my hopes and expectations, many of us men did manage to grow up supporting equal pay, promotion and yes gratification. You are funny and often wise, but I am nervous to tread where not wanted. What’s the dope? Are crabby but not dim fellow travelers wanted?

  16. 16
    Mary Eileen Williams:

    Thank you all for your great comments! It’s exciting to hear from so many over fifty and feisty friends.
    And a special note to Bob: Of course, we ladies welcome the male viewpoint. We may be estrogen depleted, growing our own whiskers, and pretty crabby ourselves. But, hey, that makes us all the more lovable! Just hope you won’t be the Lone Ranger so feel free to invite a couple of your buddies to tread along with you.

  17. 17

    Being well over 50, wish someone would have thought of this 10 years ago. Thanks for what you are doing.

  18. 18

    Makes me feel happy and proud all at once.
    What’s is the deal with the billy goat chin
    hair anyway? All we need a 10X mag mirror
    and a tweezer to stay fabulous. And fabulous
    we are!!!!

  19. 19

    I love this site’s “bit of attitude”. Looking
    forward to roaring with my fellow sisters!

  20. 20

    Reading Bob’s comments was very refreshing. Since the ladies over 50 do not live in a “female only club”, the view from the other side of the hormonal fence could be entertaining and educational.

  21. 21
    Trish O:

    Write on, girl! Hopefully your words will
    help other women appreciate the wisdom that
    comes from menopause – even if the physical
    trade-offs seem so unfair! I’d love to have my
    figure back but sure do appreciate the woman
    I’ve become in my fifties! And I appreciate
    all of my Feisty Side of Fifty sisters as well!

  22. 22

    I’m way past 50, however I must be on the right track!! I’m sure not my mother or grandmother. Good luck on your writing, you are right on, “Life begins at 50″!

  23. 23

    From one feisty 50ish woman to another, this
    is great fun and “hot” information!

  24. 24
    Kathy Holmes:

    Feisty Side of Fifty – I love that!!!

    And we don’t have to be invisible after 50 if we all take that same feisty spirit our generation had when we were young and use it in all of life. Too many have settled for less than they should. I was more invisible in my 30s than I am now because I sat up one day and refused to sit in the corner any longer. :)

  25. 25
    Beverly Mahone:

    The Fiesty Side of Fifty! Oh yea, I love it too! Just stopping by to meet you and reading your post on Kathy’s site. You definitely need to be a member of my Baby Boomer Diva Web of Fame, honey! :)

  26. 26

    Hey, there. Feisty sounds good. Right now I’m 49. Soon enough I’ll be a member of your tribe…

  27. 27
    Kathie Thomas:

    From one Diva to another – great to meet you!

  28. 28

    Hehehe…I am LOVIN’ your attitude, Woman!

    Welcome to the Baby Boomer Divas!

  29. 29
    Linda Waxman:

    It is truly a wonderful thing to know there are so many of us being confident and feisty!

  30. 30
    carolyn raffo:

    Great website!

  31. 31
    Debbie Stevens:

    G’day Eileen,
    Just came from my email and noticed the latest Addition to our Divas! WELCOME!
    Look forward to knowing you better`

    Cheers from Sydney, Australia

  32. 32

    Your wisdom, attitude and actions are very inspirational.

  33. 33

    Mary Eileen, This is GREAT!!! I had no idea you
    were involved in such a fabulous forum!
    I definitely will sign up for your newsletter
    and make this site a favorite to visit often.
    You hit the nail on the head – saucier and
    outspoken!!! That would be me!

  34. 34
    Mary Eileen Williams:

    Love your comments! Cyberspace can be a blast with so many feisty friends, both old and new, along for the ride. Keep ‘em coming!

  35. 35
    tricia nickel:

    Success on your JFKU workshop on October 27, 2007. The women will leave with so much information to support their changes in life. Your enthusiasm is good medicine!

  36. 36
    Beverly Mahone:

    “We are baby boomers
    Hear us roar
    in numbers too big too ignore
    and we know too much to go back and pretend!…..

    Your commentary is very well said, Diva Eileen!

  37. 37
    Karen O'Bannon:

    I’m 49 (not quite 50 yet) and have been sort of waiting for this time in my life. Not so much the age, but the feeling of being ready to try some things I never had time to do before. I’m a writer. New to the game, but, hope to turn it into something with longevity. I’m ready to try.

  38. 38
    Vicki Lawrence:

    LOVED your workshop and all the materials you
    provided…including the very special napkins!!
    You (and all the ladies who attended) have
    reinforced my belief that women our age are
    wise and have much to contribute.
    Thanks for a great day!

  39. 39
    Meri Lynn:

    I was so getting tired of being a part of the “invisible” age and gender group.I thought all hope was lost. I now see that I am not alone and there are others to communicate with. Yayyyyyy!
    For the first time in many months I feel like I am still a viable,and skilled woman, worthy of all things.

  40. 40

    Go, girls!

    –Kathleen, a boomer like you (kayoungblog)

  41. 41

    I’m looking forward to your newsletter!

    Diva Betty Lynch

  42. 42

    I got a tiara for my birthday (with a magic wand, lol) and immediately wore it out to lunch with 5 other friends with a red feather boa as an accent.

    I would never have had the nerve to do this in my younger years! I love the freedom that I have granted myself as I realized I am old enough to do what I want and not care what others think of me!

    It’s probably a good thing, however, that I do not have a teenage daughter as this would most likely have embarrassed her to death, lol!

    Terri, aka PopArtDiva, The Martini Diva, The DIVA of TINY FOODS ,The Normal Challenged Artist, The DIVA of DIVAVILLE

  43. 43

    Hi Mary Eileen:

    Yes, I’m feisty, fifty plus and loving every minute of it. We will give old age a BAD name! Never felt better, never felt stronger.

    All the best

  44. 44
    Debbie Stevens:

    G’day Eileen,

    You have a wonderful and uplifting blog along with your attitude!
    Wanted to personally say ‘thanks’, for just being you…hope I look this good at 50! :)

    Love your baby boomer diva sister,


  45. 45
    Debbie Stevens:

    Just stopping by this feisty blog to give a feisty big thanks to Eileen, for signing my guestbook! God bless you mate, you are a true-blue champ!

    Love Debbie

  46. 46
    Pam Archer:

    You are right on target, Eileen. We are changing the attitudes toward older women, because there are a fair number of us who are actively working at it. Blogs like yours helps to empower other Boomer women to step out and be noticed. Good for you!


  47. 47
    Pop Art Diva:

    Being invisible has never been an issue with me – being a Normal Challenged Artist™, I tend to be naturally audacious! Being older just gives me more freedom to do so!

  48. 48
    Debra Shiveley Welch:

    Rock on for sure! Delicious article!

  49. 49
    Amy Sherman:

    I’m loving this time of my life. It’s exciting having
    new freedoms and even the challenges are do-able.
    As long as I keep the enthusiasm of my youth, I think
    I’m doing just fine! By the way, keep being feisty – it works!

  50. 50
    Vicki M. Taylor:

    Hi Mary, Guess what? You’ve just been tagged. Head over to my blog at http://www.vickimtaylor.com/blogs and find out what it all means. big hugs!

  51. 51
    Debbie Stevens:

    G’day Eileen…

    Love to you feisty lady!


  52. 52

    I got your name from a friend after discussing the movie “let’s face it” women discussing their relationship to their faces as we age. Cool movie. I love the idea of your site and am looking forward to more inspiring words of wisdom and opportunities to celebrate the journey. p.s. I’m a Mary Eileen too!

  53. 53
    Miriam Hipsh:


    This is great!

  54. 54
    Claudia, NJ Baby Boomer:

    Nice picture, and like the “About”, “celebrating 50 and better”, if “better” means older than 50, than your talkin’ ’bout me :-)

  55. 55
    Joan Ellen Gage:

    Like your style! I too write for women in midlife. We rule!

  56. 56
    Heidi Richards:

    Mature? Who wants to be Mature? I want to be like the rest of you and be feisty, fifty + and fabulous!

    Stay young… and then some.

    Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher & Editor in chief
    WE Magazine for Women

  57. 57

    I just posted a link to your blog on my PopArtDiva newsletter!! It is sent out to my subscribers and it will be online for a month! Enjoy the hits!

  58. 58
    Haralee Weintraub:

    Invisibility; It is real.
    My husband and I, yes men over 50 are invisible too, were at a 30 something party and we were the oldest there. Some were cordial to us but then moved on to their peers and others just ignored us. It is something to get used to that is for sure!

  59. 59
    Dani from Canada:

    After all we’re in “middle-essence”!

    Enjoy! And rattle a few chains :)=

  60. 60
    Sharon Caughill:

    This made me smile — and I’m glad you reminded me of how we thought we were “all that” as we watch another generation think they are “even more all that” — I’m loving learning from them! And I love it when they take a breath and want to learn from me.

  61. 61
    Pop Art Diva:

    Eileen – more posts, more posts! I love what you write so I need more posts!!!!!

  62. 62
    Julie DeRoin:

    I just found your site and read your most recent Apr. 22 blog. Good stuff. I am 50, a three time survivor of cancer, married for 22 years, and my son is 17. I have been through some major changes just recently and your advice that we all come out on the other side of tough times stronger and wiser is so true. I also am trying to empower my 50 plus peers with a new product. I re-invented the hand held fan for the modern woman. If you feel like checking it out it’s http://www.flashinfannye.com
    Keep up the great blogging.

  63. 63
    Pop Art Diva:

    You looked great on the tv interview! LOL – are you feisty? “ask my husband” – Roflol!

    The PopArtDiva

  64. 64
    Dr. Sally Witt:

    Wonderful site and great information!

  65. 65
    debbie mormino:

    cool site, keep it going!

  66. 66

    Lol… This is almost like you’re reading our minds!:) We’re a group for 50+ women, http://www.womenetcetera.com, who chat a lot, laugh a lot and have fun! We share tips, advice, laughs and lend an ear when its needed.. Do join us! We NEED people like you!!!:)

  67. 67

    Well…these are great questions…but I really don’t think of myself as an old broad (I’m 57)… i much prefer the term feisty bitch :) I will shine and break the age barrier in my own small way, by “admitting” my age when people assume I’m 10 yrs younger. As Gloria Steinem once said, “This is what 50 looks like.” And that’s exactly how I answer their disbelief :)

  68. 68

    i think it very refreshing that you as you are, am im a guy that’s about 7 years over fifty… for what it”s worht

  69. 69

    I couldn’t agree more!

  70. 70
    Yana Berlin:

    Forties are the new thirties, Fifties are the new forties….we just keep getting younger and younger.

  71. 71

    Most of us are happy to be 50+, but how do we change the cultural perception that it’s downhill from here?

  72. 72
    carol stanley:

    Just dropping in to say hello..and let you know finally my book will be released in two weeks….Hope you are doing great…carol stanley

  73. 73

    Wow! You all are a powerful inspiration. I agree ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!!! Keep up the great difference making work of making us all feel focused, fantastic and FEISTY

  74. 74

    Stand up for who I know myself to be and embrace frienship!

  75. 75
    Cindi Mladenka:

    I just found this site, and it looks like FUN and FEISTY FEMALES exist everywhere! I plan to bookmark this page, and check back often!

  76. 76

    I love your website. I had never blogged or
    commented until Sarah Palin was nominated VP
    Candidate, but she absolutely energized me to pay attention to and get involved in politics.
    I am starting my career over at 52 and I love seeing women
    who are strong, feisty and full of life after
    50 (I think younger men like that too!)
    My physical goal is to surf again. I surfed as
    a teen and in my early twenties in San Diego
    and Hawaii and I’m determined to get on a board

  77. 77
    Joyce Mason:

    Love the new banner and look to your site! It is so great to have you in the wild and wonderful web of baby boomer women. Rock on!

  78. 78
    Dr. Sally Witt:

    Wonderful, beautiful, vibrant!!!

    Way to go to Eileen and her artist friend, Pop Art Diva!!



  79. 79
    Beverly Mahone:

    Your site has come alive! I agree with Sally—the colors are vibrant and PopArtDiva’s work is wonderful!

  80. 80
    Judith Stephens:

    What a great website! Love your message.
    Women’s power increases with age. It’s important that we use it.


  81. 81
    carol stanley:

    Just dropping in to say hello and enjoy your content. THis is one of my favorite sites..So keep it going…

  82. 82
    tricia nickel:

    October 4, 2008
    This blogsite is so informative and fun! It helps me to remember to ‘be visible’ where ever I am, with family, workings, playing! Best, Tricia

  83. 83

    Exciting site – what a role model you are!Good and interesting information and I appreciate your enthusiasm and good energy.

  84. 84

    good article thank you

  85. 85

    What a fun site! At the wonderful age of 52 (almost 53) this is quite enlightening to know there is a website just for me and my over 50 friends. Peggy was wonderful. She is a very good friend who inspires me everytime I see her, when we talk, walk and just hang out. Thank you for the great words of wisdom, Peg. I am very excited to be a part of this way cool website and will be sending to all my “feisty over 50″ friends.
    thank you!

  86. 86
    carolyn raffo:

    The new art work looks fantastic. And, as usual, so many good articles.

  87. 87
    Charlotte W.:

    Love your banner and more importantly, what you stand for. Hurray for us!


  88. 88

    Love the new look of your website and as always, your interesting articles. Good info and fun to read!

  89. 89
    Lynn Thomas:

    Just found you today! Wonderful site and posts and so glad to sign up to RSS feed. Feels like home already!

  90. 90

    Right on sister!

    Bear((( )))

  91. 91
    Eileen Williams:

    Dear cyber friends and friends in the flesh,
    Thanks for all the encouraging comments regarding Feisty’s new look. Yes, she had a big makeover and I love it myself. Since our generation of women is beyond colorful, the site needed to reflect our tie-dyed exuberance and our unfettered “feisty power.”
    Please keep the comments coming. I appreciate each one of your suggestions, ideas, and remarks. We boomer women are a special breed and it’s great to connect and share our good vibrations over the Internet. At our tender age, we’ve got a lot to say-so watch out cyberspace!

  92. 92

    ME [mary eileen]. Be encouraged by all of your “oldish” fiesty supporters out here. You help each of us do more than hold down the fort. You’re a refreshing light in dark ages.

  93. 93
    Kathy Jones:

    I love the website and all the work you have put into it. I can’t wait for the book to be published and for all the visitors to this site to know about it. Thanks for all the work you do for us feisty women. And I’m not only over 50, I’m now over 60!! Still feisty!

  94. 94

    What a refreshing website. Not only informative but a nice place to “hang out”…keep up the good work!

  95. 95

    I love your new website look, and all the supportive content! I’m far over 50, but with your leadership and encouragement, and the support of folks everywhere, materializing out of thin air, I have confidence and energy and authenticity.
    Keep up the great work!
    “Winnie Wartso”

  96. 96

    I am not going down without a fight.
    I am womam. hear me roar!!!

    Bear((( )))

  97. 97

    I love being on the FEISTY SIDE OF FIFTY. Thank you for celebrating FIFTY. We are FEISTY WOMEN ON THE FIESTY SIDE OF FIFTY and loving life.

  98. 98

    The past is prologue, and this is the time for BBWs to decide what their legacy will be. Thanks for encouraging us to get busy and make this a better world–these old arthritic knees of ours can still take us the distance and let’s vow to do some good before its too late. Keep prodding us–we’ve got many miles to go before we sleep.


  99. 99

    I know I’m intelligent, but I didn’t discover my true self until I reached my 40s. Now, in almost a month, I’ll be 50, and I feel great, don’t look my age, am proud of my childen, and am starting the best years of my life.

    What a great site you have, and I’m looking forward to seeing it and visiting often……………..:)

  100. 100

    I’m not yet over 50, but I work with a lot of fabulous women over 50 and they constantly impress, inspire and energize me. Makes me really look forward to getting older!

    I thought this crowd might get a kick out of a recent blog post one of these great women just wrote — What’s Up With Single Men My Age. You can find it here — http://prime.peta.org/2008/10/whats-with-single-men-my-age.

    Thanks again for the fun blog. I have bookmarked it!

  101. 101
    The Muse:

    FAB blog! Hope to read more soon!

  102. 102
    Ravi verma:

    Boomer Yearbook is based on the vision that Baby Boomers want to connect and reconnect, but
    in our own way and on our own terms. Boomer Yearbook is the social network designed by and
    for Baby Boomers, the largest, most successful and most diverse segment of the
    population. You can visit http://www.boomeryearbook.com for a test drive.

  103. 103

    It is about time we got some recognition! When I turned fifty I bought an untrained Arabian horse, helped train her, and now ride her in the 36 – 54 classes. In addition, I started a new business with another fifty-something year old woman. I feel good, don’t think I look too bad, and enjoy life!

  104. 104

    I decided that I am going to learn how to play the guitar at 70. By then my hubby will really know the guitar and we can jam together.

  105. 105
    James O. Armstrong:

    Men and women have asked me, as the Editor of NowWhatJobs.net, exactly what motivated me to write my book and, subsequently, to start my website? Here’s my response.

  106. 106

    I am so excited about this site! My daughter is 21 and beautiful and stylish and can wear my jeans from back in the day. But…I am not my daughter. I am an awesome old broad! I LOVE that!!! I am also not my college girlfriend who never had kids, did Jazzercise all her life and has now discovered botox and looks 40. But I am jealous.

  107. 107
    Debbie Stevens:

    The site has changed since I was last here, and wow, looks unreal! Like I keep telling people, you just CAN’T keep a good woman down, and this site is pure proof!

    I am 2 years shy of 50 and love knowing I have this place to fall back on lol

    Love Debbie xx

  108. 108

    Sign me up. I’m all about enjoying the ride on the fifties train.
    I have friends that are already planning their funerals. Catch me on

  109. 109

    Melanie-I so want to know ” How do you plan to become an audacious and obstreperous old broad?” Lol, I’m hitting the big 50 next year.
    Love this blog, thanks!

  110. 110

    WOW! I am always inspired when ever I hit this blog!

  111. 111
    Sheri Goddard:

    Hi, what a wonderful group of women! I am 54 yrs, and you are all correct when you say we have become the most empowered at this time in our lives. It is a great feeling to know I can draw upon my life experiences, I have more wisdom to share and have learned some lessons along the way.
    I want to say to Wendy above, don’t be jealous. I am sure you are a beautiful woman and have so much to offer.
    This is our time now. We have taken care of people most of our lives and now we can hopefully give ourselves some time to discover what we want to create in our lives.

  112. 112
    Lisa Marie Mercer:

    I am woman, hear me roar!

  113. 113
    Mary Beth Sammons:

    I love your blog. Stumbled on it because I too am celebrating the other side of 50 and love to see what people are doing. Anyway, I write for a site called http://www.bettyconfidential.com., which you might enjoy as I sometimes write about these things. But another writer wrote a really funny piece I think your community might enjoy about wanting to be a grandma.. It’s funny.

  114. 114
    Flamingo Dancer:

    I also just found your blog – happy to see that there is a community of feisty women out there. Strength and comfort comes from multiple voices.

  115. 115
    Linda Cassidy Lewis:

    Just discovered this site today and immediately subscribed to the feed. It’s perfect. When I decided to quit coloring my hair, I had many women ask me why. My response was, “I’m embracing the crone.” We hippies gone hippy have come into our own!

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    Dorothea Hover-Kramer:

    “so wonderful to know about your feisty network and the great participation. We’re changing the face of aging to vital living with unlimited energies!”

  117. 117

    There is something about my age I won’t trade for firm buttocks: wisdom. I love your blog!

  118. 118
    Sheri Goddard:

    Hi, Check out the interview with Dr. Willey who wrote, What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked? Go to: http://tinyurl.com/cjy534 to hear it. He has had tremendous results with weight loss using foods people are used to eating, foods in their budgets, and foods they like. He teaches when to eat certain foods and his patients lose weight and get healthier.
    See if it can help someone you know.

  119. 119
    Sharon Wilson - Seeing You Soar & Shine in 2009:

    Women of all ages should be treated with dignity and not outcast if they are above fifties. Great to know there is a site which encourages this with lotz of fun. Keep going!

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    The Uppity Woman:

    I’m cheering for Joyce Mason and her feelings regarding her friendship with the 18 year-old girl she’s mentoring (Hot Flashbacks, Cool Insights: “Don’t Act Like a Dinosaur”). I love that so many of us are taking a positive approach to being fifty-something, which is not to say I don’t get a kick out of writing about it from a somewhat satirical perspective. But otherwise, I don’t feel the need to dwell on it. I don’t think it’s healthy to go overboard “defining” ourselves. It can be a bit immobilizing. While my memories of the past are a nice place to visit, I don’t want to live there. My dearest friends range in age from early twenties to eighties. Obliterating ageism may start with our avoiding pigeon-holing OURSELVES.

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    Joyce Mason:

    Great points, Uppity, and thank you for your kind reference to me. For the record, I live on the Feisty Side of Sixty! :) Your last line is why I resist discussions with my husband of living in a 55+ active community. While “active” may be the sales-pitch adjective, which admittedly sounds like a feisty crowd, it’s still a form of age-related segregation that I’m not sure is for me. I even struggle with this issue on my blog. Cool insights are for every stage of life; however, it usually takes us till the the crone stage to have enough accumulated wisdom to write about them on a regular basis! :)

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    Sheri Goddard:

    I had to go to Virginia to attend my younger brother’s funeral. I just want to remind anyone who reads this, please don’t take anyone in your life for granted. This was a sudden heart attack. In a matter of 2-3 hours, he was gone. My brother and I were on very good terms but sometimes that is not the case.
    Try forgiveness if there is someone you need to do that with. We tend to get caught up in “life” and think they will always be there. Unresolved issues weigh us down and sap our energies.

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    rita morgan:

    Great site! I love reading about other boomers’ experiences. Each of our backgrounds gives us a unique perspective on life. At http://www.notjustthekitchen.com we try to present articles that interest a wide audience of women. After all, the baby-boomer generation spans over many years.

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    Yes! We all need to work at overturning the negative stereotyping of aging. I think I see signs that the cultural perceptions are starting to change, but we have a ways to go. My internet magazine, Goldivas.com, celebrates women over 50. We emphasize the positive aspects of arriving at this age.

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    Sheri Goddard:

    It seems everything is changing right now for all of us. What do you do to handle your stress? Stress can do severe damage if we don’t manage it regularly.
    Make 10 minutes for yourself to sit by yourself. As you take some deep breaths, visualize a white light coming through the top of your head, circulating down through your body and eventually exiting through your feet. As you visualize this healing light, say to yourself (or out loud) I release all pain, hurt, dis-ease, anger, and discomfort from my body. Bring the white light into your body again and repeat the process. Try doing this on a regular basis to help manage your stress unless you have another positive way of dealing with it.

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    Chloe Jon Paul:

    So glad I found your web site! I want to network with women everywhere to help dispel notions of what the media,Hollywood, and pharmaceutical companies want us to have about ourselves.
    For more information about me – and my latest book, “Entering the Age of Elegance: A Rite of Passage & Practical Guide for the Modern Maturing Woman”, please visit my web site at http://www.maturingmodernwomen.com.

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    Julie Molner:


    Just a brief note to say that I too want to help dispel notions that society want us to have about ourselves. As a certified life coach I co-authored a self-coaching book for mature women titled, “Your Life Your Way: The Essential Guide for Women. I have met so many women who think they are too old and that it is inevitable that life goes downhill as they mature. Glad to hear about your book…I will visit your website.

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    Britax Marathon Sale:

    What a great idea. I am not that far from 50 so it would be an interesting read.

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    When I turned forty I “disappeared”. People looked right thru me. Called me ma’am. The only time a male approached me was to help me across the street. At first I was depressed. I read so many books that said to get over it, that my purpose on earth was over. I should take up knitting and do volunteer work and hit the porch rocker.
    Well I refused to go into this new decade of my life passive and useless.
    I am no longer that naive young women whose sole purpose was to please society. I have faced down my fears that held me back.
    Each day brings wonderful new experiences, friends and a new insight into myself. I look forward to the next 40 years with excitement.

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    baby carriers backpacks:

    Feisty! Rarr! :)

    Loved your site! Forever Psychedelic


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    Vibrant Nation:

    Vibrant Nation is an online community dedicated to 50+ women. We wholeheartedly agree with your blog and would love to see you on the site!

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    What is this 50? Didn’t notice it. Or 60 (too busy) 65 began to have time to walk over the scenery. Shall we think 70?

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    Russell Serrano:

    I am a 49 year old male who loves women in their 40′s. I can hardly wait to start meeting women in their 50′s. Nothing better to be with, talk with, do anything with than a woman in her prime (at least till she gets in her 60;s and that becomes her prime…ect ect ect ect.).

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    I like this site and want to tell you about a new FACE book group ’50 is the new fifty’ which celebrates being fifty… looking for some joiners?

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    This is such a great cheerful rant and good to read. Thanks for the energy! But let me tell you, pals, that us over 60s are keeping on going too. Have a look at my new blog – http://www.ageingexploring.wordpress.com – and join in!

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    Pretty good post. I just found your site and wanted to say
    that I’ve really liked reading your posts. Any way
    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

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    I love us midlifers. Keep on blogging, everyone!

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    Barbara Marville-Kelly:

    Good morning,
    What a great sight featuring fellow baby boomers with an appreciation for the “good times and good life”, and great attitude. Turning 61 in October, I qualify ! That, being said, I do have some things to share with my “boomer sisters”, who may be able to help me, help other women, in turning back the clock, and helping women step into their “greatness!”
    You may go to http://www.barbaramarvile.com, AND http://www.mylifecompass.com/BarbaraMarville
    Looking forward to checking back with you grand ladies
    “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded!” Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Barbara Marville-Kelly

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    Sheri Goddard:

    I can remember when my parents were in their 40′s. I was a teen and that seemed old. Funny how our perpectives change as our age changes. But for the better, I have noticed. I am much more open, wise, have more self-love, did I say wise, wise, and more wise than ever before from life experiences. We all gain wisdom and that feels so good.
    These can be the best years of our life. We are changing what the medical profession and society have always told us about “over the hill, dried up, and all those other negatives things about us.” Couldn’t be further from the truth.

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    I listened to a few of your radio shows today. Loved Jill Bolte Taylor. I learned something new from each of the shows. You’re wonderful at finding good women with good topics. Keep up the good work. We need you and the added inspiration!

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    What a wonderful site. Glad I found it!!

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    Interesting blog, Eileen, but it’s missing an important part of the equation: Generation Jones (born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and Generation X). Part of what blogs bring to the table is their ability to keep readers very current with prevailing trends, so this blog appears behind the curve now. The Associated Press’ annual Trend Report chose the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009. Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten a ton of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. A blog like this should certainly be using ths term as well.

    It is important to distinguish between the post-WWII demographic boom in births vs. the cultural generations born during that era. Generations are a function of the common formative experiences of its members, not the fertility rates of its parents. Many experts now believe it breaks down this way:

    DEMOGRAPHIC boom in babies: 1946-1964
    Baby Boom GENERATION: 1942-1953
    Generation Jones: 1954-1965
    Generation X: 1966-1978

    Here is an op-ed about GenJones as the new generation of leadership in USA TODAY:

    Here’s a page with a good overview of recent media interest in GenJones:

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    Renee Brown:

    What a great site…Looking forward to reading more. 50 is fabulous

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    Donna Satchell:

    I love this website. It is great to find a site celebrating women being 50+! I am one of those women and I am loving and celebrating life every day. Keep up the great work.

    Donna Satchell

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    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

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    Tiny Tenay:

    Hello Young at Heart Boomers, this was my lucky moment finding this site, I was beginning to think that me, my sister, and our friends were the only ones still thinking, playing,and planning younger heart filled events as we have becomed seasoned-cougars….hahaha. As I look forward to approaching my early retirement date of 55, I feel now more than ever that our birthday date is just our born-day, because your personal celebration must be everyday. A new day that can change into a new walk, a new thought a new you!!!!

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    Camille Olivia:

    I just found your site…and I’m DELIGHTED. I, too, have a Blog on ‘aging’(Chin Hair & Other Nasty Surprises ~ Humour In Lieu of Night Cream) …and thought you might like to have a gander. I’ll be adding your blog to mine…cuz we need to keep ‘em laughing!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Camille Olivia

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    Living large after fifty makes perfect sense to me. Lots of experience in those years. It would seem like a “really open to knew possibilities” stage of life. Usually the kids are grown and out of the house and women of a certain age have the time to open their worlds up to new adventures. Perhaps travel or new hobby are in store for her. Mabey even a new career or love life. Never say die, the best years may still be ahead of you.

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    I’m not going gracefully into oblivion. I intend to squeeze as much out of life as I can while I can. This is the time when, money permitting, I can do what I want,without having to worry what anybody else thinks. I’m dressing up for Halloween that morning and going about my errands. People need more reasons to smile and I’m going to give them one, or perhaps a reason to run away.I know I’ll have a good day either way. Feel free to look in on my crazy life at any time. Michele AKA bodaciousboomer.com

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    Hi Eileen. With the healing vibes you sent me yesterday, the evil, but conservative, gypsy Madame Zelda’s curse has been quashed. I’m much better today and back at the blog. (I guess that’s a good thing). Anyway, just wanted to say hi and thanks for your help overturning that evil gypsy. Talk to you soon. Michele AKA bodaciousboomer.com

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    Nancy Rock:

    Buy the Ticket,
    Take the Ride!

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    Devon Ryan:

    Loving the blog. Have you ever checkout out myheartwill.com? it’s a website where you can store all your memories, photos, documents etc and deliver them at a later date in the form of a will. such a cool way to leave a legacy.

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    Linda Thomas:

    Love your blog! Look forward to checking back often and receiving the newsletter!

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    Deb Kime:

    Thanks for introducing us to Debbie Zipp, all my gal pals who worked/used to work outside the house tidied up before the housekeeper came. Used to tell Cindy, if you can’t see the floors in my sons’ rooms just change the sheets & don’t bother vacuuming…..

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    What an empowering, uplifting site. I love the color, but I think I love the spirit more. =) I am delighted to be here in the company of so many smart, attractive, feisty women.

    I noticed you have a link to NABBW. I am featured on their blog right now. Check it out at http://www.nabbw.com/blog/ if you have the time.

    B. Lynn Goodwin
    Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

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    Joan Adams:

    Oh this is a fun site! I am a good bit past the 50′s, but I think my senior years are the best years yet! I look forward to reading more of your happy posts!

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    Wow! Nice to find fellow baby boomers on the web. Great blog!

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    What a great site, another fabulous group of women.

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    feisty.. i love that word. :) keep it coming! :)

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    Jesse Mendes:

    Hi Eileen

    I found you through Suzanne Braun Levine’s site (Women in Second Adulthood), whom I met through a mutual friend. I love what you are doing and was wondering if we might do an interview for radio some time.

    I am a writer, editor and journalist deeply committed to helping to change the way older women are perceived in North America. I am a passionate advocate of the inherent eroticism and wisdom of the older woman, and am working with two men building a dating site that will celebrate that.

    I hope to hear from you — I am on Twitter, and write about this and related topics on my blog.

    All the best,

    Jesse Mendes
    SeptemberMay on Twitter

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    I’m ready to roar too!

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    Sylvia B:

    I’m glad that I found another place to connect with women who are not losing their scrappiness with age. Hope you’ll check out my blog at http://www.forthefirstime.ca which is all about women retiring with gusto.

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    Man…I love this age. After years of compromise..I have left my very angry and controlling husband, joined a dating site, made some fabulous new friends, had some of the best sex of my life…its been a romp and I’m loving every minute of it. Capain of my ship and ready to sail…

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    Karen Charles:

    You guys are a hoot! I have been listening to the archives and absolutely love’em. It is so refreshing to find other women who feel like we do about crossing over 50!

    Come see us at thebabyboomers.org sometime!

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    i am so glad the rocking chair stage is gone.
    is the book in stores now.?

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    What a great site. This is a site that is full of humor, education and receive support. All of which we can use a little bit more of it. I am looking forward sharing your blog with my clients this afternoon. Stefan

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    Ramblings of a Woman:

    This looks like a fabulously FUN site! I am NOT quite 50, but will be before I know it! I am going to subscribe here just because it looks like so much fun!
    I author a blog for women over 40, so that includes you ladies too, click on my “name” above to visit me!

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    You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material

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    Love what you’re doing!

    To answer your question, I plan to become an audacious and obstreperous old broad by pushing it in the gym and helping other women over 50 do the same. You can’t do much without health! I’ll be around for another 40 years, I figure, so I plan to be vigorous and productive!

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    That is fantastic. I learned so much from your post and am looking over the rest of your blog now. I will let others know about your blog. Dirk

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    So glad I found this site.I have recently started a blog for “women of a certain age” and it is wonderful to know that there are so many women who share my feelings about aging.I am 58 and I feel in some ways as if my life is just beginning.


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    Miss Ferjerang:

    You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material.

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    I’ll never stop shimying in my mini

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    Growing GRACE-fully in German:

    Call me GG. Wow, what an opportunity this forum brought to extend my network of kindred spiritted women 50 and over!

    Never be ashame of your age! Show your Driver’s license proudly, never whisper your age when asked publicly in a public place. Ask for AARP discount anywhere, anytime. Stand tall. Feel good about your age and wear your inner feelings outside. Be interested in the other person more than yourself. Being able to listen deeply to someone and not let conversations be about you just because we at this age have accumulated many more life experiences. Let go of an attitude that converys to someone Done that, Did that to minimize someone’s experience. Imagine how young people, can contribute to your wisdom, only if you allow it. Then do it.

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    Keep up the great blog posts! I am glad I found this great resource for baby boomer related articles and information.

    Become a Facebook fan for discounts on Baby Boomer products and more!

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    Karin Lippert:

    Feisty Side of Fifty is a breath of fresh air for Boomer Women. I love the radio programs too and the fact that they are archived, so you can go back and listent to programs again and again…

    I just put you on my list of favorite sties at http://www.suzannebraunlevine.com

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    Denise G:

    Just found your site awesome!! I also have a new blog. Feel free to come and join and contribute to the discussions


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    Glenn @ Be A Successful Entrepreneur:

    Just wanted to drop in and congratulate/notify you that your blog was noted in the Top 12 Baby Boomer Blogs Of 2010 See Article & Details here >> http://www.beasuccessfulentrepreneur.com/top-12-baby-boomer-blogs/
    Continued Success (and fun)


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    Linda Lee:

    Hi Eileen- I think this is fixed now

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    Aging and Disability:

    Just the picture of the three of you gives me confidence. Feisty! I like it.

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    Again, it all comes down to our attitude. We ladies over fifty have earned the right to know that our work has meaning beyond a paycheck. This truly is our time to express ourselves, both at home and in the workplace, in all our wondrous maturity.

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    Bonnie Pond:

    Wow! I’m so glad I discovered this site. Just reading the other posts from feisty, the “Baby, I’m not done yet” woman is inspiring and energizing. I’m 61 and so glad to be at the age where I feel free to try new things without wondering what people will think. Who cares? This is OUR TIME — time to follow our dreams, time to make a difference (again!), time to create the lives we were meant to live.

    My “retirement” lasted just a few months. I’m not ready for the rockin’ chair. So, just before I turned 60 I launched my own business, ReLaunch Your Life, and I’m lovin’ it. I help women age 40 and beyond figure out ways to create work they love. ReLaunching is about so much more than just work though. It’s about deliberately designing the kind of life you want and then living it.

    I hope you’ll stop by my blog, ReLaunch Your Life. I write about living with passion and purpose, building confidence, overcoming fears and self-doubts, and finding your way in a world that’s changing rapidly. Here’s the site, http://therelaunchyourlifecoach.wordpress.com. Drop by and say “Hi.”

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    Hi Great articles I am writing a special Report and it will be for free with videos with lots of free advice for us babyboomers

    Life is Golden with celia johnson

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    Balanced Hormones and Health:

    Great site! Love that you are putting a positive spin on the Baby Boomers! We believe 50 is the new 35 so lets embrace it! Great job ladies!

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    Margaret Nicol:

    Thanks goodness! A site I can relate to and that can help me to put the ‘get up and go’ back where it’s been oomphed out! Cape Town, South Africa.

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    Joi @ Self Help Daily:

    Great website but, even more importantly, great attitude! Attitude is 75% of everything and the vibe you have going on here is deliciously contagious!

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    new tires:

    I just discovered this amazing weblog post and I should say to you thank you very|extremely much for giving this 1 to us.

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    USMLE books:

    Thanks You learn a new thing everyday!

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    I had to laugh when Suzanne Braun Levine said in her interview that 10 years from now we’ll all be looking back at ourselves today and thinking we looked pretty good — it’s a thought I’ve had many times lately as I look back at photos from 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. On my last birthday, I finally realized that I’m younger now than I’ll ever be again. Strangely enough, it helped me come to terms with my 56th year. I started exercising and am now feeling more fit than ever before. Many happy birthdays to all for many years to come!

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    William May:

    This site is just wonderful! It really addresses the despite our age, we can have fun! I addressed this in my latest book. Thanks again for your positive outlook on this!

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    Karin Lippert:

    I think Feisty women across America would be interested in The Transition Network community of vibrant, empowered, fun women. They now have 13 chapters from New York to California. They celebrate our ‘Pride of Age’ birthdays and gather for conversation, events and more…

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    Lizzy Conway:

    I don’t feel like I’m 58 but I am and I love it! This site is awesome. Go girls! We have just arrived!

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    sally smith:

    Check out what my 8 yr old son thinks about being 50!


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    Katie Mancuso:

    I though Baby Boomer Women will get a big laugh from the blog entry entitled “Top of the Morning?” on: http://readkt.blogspot.com/

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    Ann alka WorkingBoomer:

    I can so relate with all your blogs. I really enjoy reading all of them. Laughter and humor gets me by on a daily basis. I will have to read the books that you mentioned. Thank you!

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    facebook banners quotes:

    Merely wanna comment on few general things, The website style is perfect, the subject matter is very good : D.

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    Pamela Powers Lawson:

    Well over 50, just published my book, It’s Going to be OK (but not like we thought) http://www.theOKbook.com

    “Plowing forward with promotion” check out my video of me snow plowing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1L1LRGuRDI&feature=g-crec&noredirect=1

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    Diane D:

    Curiosity has taken hold! Been wanting to talk with other women, over fifty, about many topics for a long time. I’d like to blog, be a part of a discussion, and will still think about it. However, am glad to have found this blog. I will explore during the next week and try to make some comments. Looking forward to starting!

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    Deb Hockenberry:

    I’m sooooooo loving this idea & looking forward to the newsletter. Later!

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    Unfortunately, ourselves trumpeting ourselves will not make it happen.

    I have always been invisible, but more so now at 64. I think I’ll go shoplift to see if any one actually notices. (No, I won’t; that’s stealing and I don’t believe in theft.)

    So what does a mild Milquetoast do to get some notice? I have a quiet voice but loud thoughts.

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    I am a 58 year old female. I spent 20 years as a law enforcement dispatcher and last year I decided it was time for a new career. I now am a security officer for a private security company. I spent yesterday at the shooting range practicing tactical shooting skills with a wonderful group of much younger men who now treat me as an equal. At my suggestion my company is hosting a “shooting skills for the 50+ female” class in March. The response has been overwhelming. Women have always loved shooting guns as much as men and it is never too late to learn a new skill that is not only liberating and builds confidence, but also a wonderful method of protection. Not to mention it is fun. I now own several firearms. I also am a wife, mother, and grandmother. My other hobbies are reading, gardening and knitting. My husband says he is very proud of me and feels more secure knowing that I can defend myself if the need ever arises. He is a military contractor and works overseas.I did not have to ask his permission to pursue my dreams. He is one of those rare men who has always told me I am capable of doing anything. So if you feel old and useless just remember you’re not! Go learn something new….you got this!

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    Nice and helpful piece of information about getting old. It’s a difficult process and I’m glad you shared

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    Dating after 40:

    What an insightful article and inspiration to the baby boomer generation. I have added this blog to my google reader and am glad to have discovered it.

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    Senior Living:

    Great article. I think that this is an empowering take on aging which you don’t see so often. Older women are definitely more admired and adored than ever before. They are still looked at as intelligent, beautiful contributors to society. In the past, women over 50 were ignored. They are no longer ignored – they are beautiful and fabulous.

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    Carol Liege:

    We are the flaming, female boomers and, world, watch us roar! This is a very fun and exciting site! Glad to read comments from my fellow female boomers. Getting old is fun with lots of beautiful memories and stories.

    I guess you might have inspiring stories to share. We’re collecting stories about things that make a difference to others at http://www.1000WaysToMakeADifference.com. I’d love it if you’d share some of these there!

    ~ Carol Liege.

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    Suzie Ivy:

    I became a police officer at the age of 45 during my midlife crisis and empty nest fallout. I’m now 50 and a detective. Love my job and life. Great to see a positive 50+ blog. Thank you!

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    Susan Helene:

    I first started designing and making jewelry after the age of 50 and have a shop on Etsy,…http://www.susanhelenedesigns.etsy.com

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    Julie Wise:

    Delighted to discover soul sisters!!! I started a new blog on my 55th birthday last November (Fab Fifty-Five) as a way of thoroughly enjoying this journey into my upper fifties and beyond. I’m working on completing 55 things that push me out of my comfort zone and/or bring me joy. It’s wonderful to find so many others out there with a similar mindset. Go girls!

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    I just found your website, and I think it’s wonderful. I’ll be back.

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    Dr. Michele Scott:

    I just turned 55. I left Wall Street after 25 years in August 2010. I finished my Doctorate at GWU last year. Cliche but: I’ve only just begun. I am an adjunct at several local universities. I am teaching entrepreneurship in workshops throughout Newark NJ wards. I am also learning about Urban Farms, I will be teaching hydroponics and the whole ecosystem of healthy eating and healthy living. I am also facilitating an “Express Yourself” workshop at a Wellness Lounge. Most everyone says I have a full life but I’ve only just begun. My dissertation committee members have encouraged me to present internationally (June, ENgland) and to write a book from my dissertation. Dizzying!!!! I need to now focus, find my niche, learn to market “ME”, live and maybe find a husband.

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    Erica Tevis:

    What is this 50 that you are speaking of? While I hear it is fabulous, I’m still a few years off! Wonderful website!

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    Nancy Thompson:

    What a great site! I’ve survived the hot flashes and many interesting twists and turns of the 50′s and now in my early 60′s my husband and I are exploring downsizing and creative retirement. I decided to create a blog of my own to share my musings and experiences with others in the same boat at justabackpackandarollie.wordpress.com (if it doesn’t fit, we don’t need it. I’d love to hear from you all! We’re all in this together.

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    Sallyann Phillips:

    What a fantastic,funny and informative website. It’s an inspiration to me. I’m just starting yet another phase in my life and getting ready to leave the UK and start up a retreat in Greece to enable menopausal women to connect with the Shirley Valentine experience and find themselves again. Just started work on my website Helpwith the menopause and looking forward to meeting women from all over who want to get their old self back or find their new life.At 57 and a teacher I find I am working with many Baby Boomer women who have given such a lot to so many, but who have run out of steam and need that extra oomph and tlc. I’ll be recommending your website to show them they are not alone.Thanks Sally

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    Vena Jensen:

    Dear Eileen,

    I am interested in helping women entrepreneurs learn how to do social media and online marketing. I’m 51 myself and I know it’s a bit of a learning curve to learn these new techniques (which I see you are doing fabulously well, Eileen.)

    I am patient, understanding and knowledgeable. Anyone who would like help with their business please feel free to contact me! http://www.vibrantinternetmarketing.com/contact/

    Kind regards,


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    Sallyann Phillips:

    So I ask you is it my age, is it because I’m blonde or can I blame my Mother?

    There comes a certain time in your life when other people can use your age as an excuse for those funny little moments you have and for those episodes of complete bizarre behaviour you exhibit. This has become a great bonus to me, as for many years it was the fact that I was and am still blonde that was accredited to my strange behaviour and my husband would quite often blame it on my mother and come to think of it I now believe all have a part to play in my ‘peculiar little ways’.

    Take the time I went to fill up with petrol. I’ve got a lovely little black Peugeot 207 and I recognise it by its ‘Blackness’ and its ‘cute little shape’. So imagine how surprised I was to find this rather bemused and somewhat irate man trying to get me out of it. It was only when I realised the Interior upholstery was red, a colour I loathe and detest that I accepted I was in the wrong car and got out. He drove off so fast that I’m surprised he didn’t leave the rubber of his tyres behind. He didn’t swear though so was he being respectful of my age?

    Then there was the time I decided to pamper my feet, soft soap, massage oil , removal of nail varnish etc. I couldn’t understand why the varnish wouldn’t come off and I noticed that the usual smell of pear drops smelt remarkably like Blueberry but it still didn’t occur to me that I was using shampoo.

    My husband usually just laughs at my little ways even when he finds his new razor blades in the freezer and even my cats get used to it, although Harvey really didn’t expect to be locked in the Airing Cupboard all day and I was lucky he didn’t have any mishaps.

    I do wonder though, just how much my Mother has influenced my behaviour as many years ago I invited my College friend to lunch and we all walked up to the pub for a quick drink while the dinner was cooking. When we returned home, the smell was horrendous as my mother in her hurry to come out with us had put her slippers in the oven and the chicken in the shoe rack.

    So I ask you is it my age, is it because I’m blonde or can I blame my Mother?

    Ron thinks it’s all three.

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    Diana Very:

    I am so glad that I’ve found you. It’s nice to know that others feel about their 50′s the way I do: that I’ve just begun to live. With kids on their own, PMS a thing of the past, time to think and play, life at this age is better than I thought it would be. By next May, I hope to have my doctorate in Public Administration and set off on another adventure. Still working on what I’ll be when I grow up. And, again, we’re all doing this together. So much fun!!

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    Rosalinde Block:

    60-Year Old Hoop-Shooting Bombshell Knocks The Sneakers Off A Young Rapper.
    On any given mid-morning, one knows where to find Rosalinde Block: on the basketball court at New York’s Reebok Sports Club. This 5’1” powerhouse shoots hoops as a meditative wind-down after pummeling a speed bag and heaving battle ropes. Up until now, she has been known around the club as their resident muralist—her installations covering the walls of the two Reebok daycare facilities. Who knew that also bouncing under that mass of wild blond curls was a veteran singer/songwriter with a back story that reads like a page-turner? Boom baby boom!!

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    Love this site. I’m an ex teacher who’s recently delved into the world of e-publishing. Here’s my issue – looking at all these great posts, and observing the many personalities and talents out there – how come I don’t seem to meet women like this at my local community center or anywhere else for that matter? Where are you all when I need to hang out with ya?

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    Christina Gregoire:

    Hi Eileen,

    I still love your site, so I added Feisty Side of Fifty to my short A-list blogroll.

    Your hippie-trippy website is the inspiration for my hippie-chickie site.

    Tina Boomerina

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    What a great website so much information to read! Count me in as a Diva…lol. Love your attitude reminds me of myself! Rock on…

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    I love your site, so grateful to have found it.

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    Mary Jo:

    Your site is fantastic! I deal with fellow boomers all day everyday as I work for a disability law firm and write some of the blog articles http://www.johntnicholson.com/ohiolawblog/ . Those of us over 50 must make it together!

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    Just discovered your website. Nice to know I’m not the only Fab-after-50 Soul Sista! Will return soon to live, laugh, and love!

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    Thanks Eileen, for some great insight. Love this site. Keep it up

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    I love your site! My new mantra is, “I may be getting older but I’ll never grow up.”

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    Great to see that there is a celebration of fabulous women on this page. I travel with a classic rock/RB band playing bass. Always wondered if there were other professional musicians out there who may not be famous but are still in the groove over 50. Thanks for a forum for the celebration of who we are and who we are becoming..

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    Dianne Morris:

    Thank so much for your very useful article on ZestNow.com about how to find a new job after 50!

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    I just found your site and love all the intelligent comments by obviously interesting, feisty women. I’m far above 50 but still reinventing myself and enjoying being an Encore Woman – one who long ago got tired of working for somebody else and have had several businesses of my own since then.

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    Just found this groovy site! At 52 (2008) I started the Independent part in my municipality and became the first female (as well as non-Republican) elected to office (rather sad when you think about it)… looked to initiate change where I could… made farmland/open space preservation and environmental issues a top priority. Did not run for second term… wanted time for enjoying life with my many fellow-hippie friends… just had a weekend-long Woodstock-like festival this past weekend… lots of great local music from the 60′s-70′s. Peace & Luv to all my fellow hippie sisters and brothers!

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    Rosy Brewer:

    Love your blog though I am on the feisty side of 60! I have just started blogging and would like to add you as one I follow and if you are interested, you might want to check me out at http://rosythereviewer.blogspot.com/. I try to put a humorous spin on aging, empty nesting, and retirement. Rosy

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    Antionette Blake:

    Hello ladies, glad I found you, will definitely be checking out the blog regularly!

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    Dianne Morris:

    Hi Eileen,
    I’m delighted we connected at Women at Woodstock. I’m looking forward to continuing to share ideas on how to explore the wonderful and active world of women over 50. Between this site and mine, http://www.ZestNow.com, we have a lot to work with.

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    b+ (Retire in Style Blog):

    I have never been sure what “audacious” or “obstreperous” really mean but even when I was young, I wanted to be those things. I suppose at the age of 72 I am whether I want to be or not. :)

    Best wishes,


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    Karen Tucker:

    Hello everyone! I just found this site this morning and have been reading and laughing and crying all day. Love, love, love this “Feisty Side of Fifty/Baby Boomer Women” and all of its members. I finally feel like I belong, as opposed to feeling as if I’m interrupting or am in the way somehow. No more of those negative feelings for me cuz I’ve found a whole bunch of new pals and I’m on my way to becoming the “hip chick” I once was. I cannot thank you enough–all of you. Looking forward to laughter and tears throughout the next several years. Take care. Be good. Have fun. Enjoy life!!!!!
    Karen (the one who’s back on track and ready to rock n roll baby) hahahahaha

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    judy miller:

    I love this blog. I am a ‘boomer’ who never wants to stop having fun. Thanks for creating this lovely space.

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    Hi.. I’m new to this blog but it looks fun. Love being older, about to turn 65, but still feeling alive. I feel so FREE to make my own choices. Looking forward to following you… Suzanne http://www.chapter2twotoo.blogspot.com

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    Dianne Morris:

    Hi Eileen,
    Thanks again for the radio interview. You’re such a good interviewer. We covered a lot and I really had fun.
    http://www.ZestNow.com for Women 50 and Forward

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    Antionette Blake:

    Great blog – looking forward to reading and following along.

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    Stacey Gustafson:

    You are really rocking the over 50 community. I am so happy for your success and lucky to have met you through Not Your Mother’s books. You gave me the inspiration to put my stories into a book. Thanks for the support.

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    Karen Branum:

    Just found your blog and I WILL be back to read more. We are a unique group – Boomers. No other generation has seen the level of change that we have in everything from every day life, world events, relationships and technology advances. Living \all of the changes we have seen in our lifetime certainly makes for a very different perspective on life.

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    Sweet Sticky Rainbows:

    It great to find a site like this!

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    Accidental icon:

    I love the name of this blog feisty side of fifty because I have never felt more rebellious or feisty in my life. I am expressing myself through blogging about fashion. Move over…young bloggers

    Accidental Icon

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    women over 50:

    It is a great blog site for us over 50s. You guys are a group of nice people with positive attitude. You are right that we can still rock and roll in our age. Thank you.

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    Alex Iristine:

    Thanks for the information.

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    Ina Britton:

    It’s really great to get you all here. I am proud to be a Boomer. Thanks a lot for making this suitable space for us. I also have the best romance novels particular for the women over 50.

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    Dating After 60:

    Your blog is also great for us over 60. The Feisty Side of us are all the same. Proud to be one of your readers.

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    Janie Ellington:

    Soon to be 68. Recently retired. Spent a while really lost. Then, out of desperation, took an art class. I had painted all my life, but no instruction until now. Somehow, the class has infused a passion–vacuuming and other housework is now a lot lower on my radar, and I can’t bring myself to put down the paint brush. Not only that, but the studio where my class is held and my class are both full of more mature people, a lot of whom are in my boomer age group! I just couldn’t figure out what to do with myself until now. This has opened up a lot of new friendships and passions! Now I find your blog. I kind of wish there was a way for people on the blog from the same locale to at least connect by email. Loneliness is a big factor at this stage of life.

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    Morgan Cooley:

    I love this blog, it is a fantastic page for boomer women. Am looking forward to reading more and following along.

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    senior dating:

    It is a great blog site for us seniors. Thank you.

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    Graham Forbes:

    Great blog, important issue. Anything that inspires, energises and affirms we boomers as we age, is good for us and good for the community.

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