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2024 is the 5th Season of The Boomer Woman’s Podcast. Each episode is a conversation between me – I’m Agnes Knowles, your host – and a guest who talks to a subject that, someway, somehow, is relatable to Boomer Women. The guests can be any age, any gender, as long as their message is positive, informative, pertinent to our demographic. You, dear listener, might need to be open-minded, curious, tolerant, inclusive… and if you are, you will enjoy these conversations, maybe learn something, and ...
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Have you ever contemplated getting into a vehicle and seeing where the road led? A camperized van, maybe a beautiful RV could be your new home? Perhaps you’re flying solo however, and the concept of being out there on your own deflates the dream. Jenell Jones is the solution. Her Wandering Individuals Network is the RV club for anyone traveling on …
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Wendy Battles is on the cybersecurity team at Yale University so she trains and explains to the security aware and the security uninitiated. In this episode, Wendy discusses: Passwords and password managers Phishing emails Scam phone calls How to check for data breaches that might affest you Imitation websites Her Bee Cyber Fit Podcast discusses mo…
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Doreen Cumberford has lived and worked across cultures in 8 countries as a junior diplomat, a corporate climber, an entrepreneur and an accompanying spouse over the last four decades. Doreen discusses: How our past might influence our ability to wander The three facets of “intercultural interactions” Expats and repats Some common challenges expats …
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Greg Kurinec talks to us about “retirement” planning… and what we do with our money as we tackle/plan for this next chapter (and what might happen to that money when we depart this world). Greg discusses: trusts and their efficacy considerations for dealing with the tax-person social security questions to consider when planning While Greg’s info is…
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After my first few (only) highly disappointing yoga classes I was pleased to have Ellen O’Hara address all my concerns and explain what age/joint/health sensitive yoga should look like. Ellen discusses: Yoga through her nursing lens explains vinyasa yoga and trauma-informed yoga how to feel comfortable in class what the props are and how to use the…
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Michael Kay talks to mid-age men about the transition from work to whatever’s next. He approached me asking if he could share how we mid-age women could support the men in our lives, how to have those non-threatening conversations. His request was like having the tables turned when I hadn’t thought about their turnability. Michael explains: Why pos…
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Wendy Green is both a Boomer podcaster and a coach to help people find their vision for the next chapter of life. In this episode we discuss: Estrangement from siblings Estrangement from children Estrangement from friends Interesting topics as both of us have estrangement in our lives… and there’s a good chance you might too. I mentioned Wendy’s a …
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From desert combat zones to a battle within, John Lawyer transformed from soldier to spiritual seeker. John’s military service took him to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. John is candid about living in war zones with his wife, his culture shock in returning to civilian life, and the VA therapist who may have saved his life. He explains: What is dharm…
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After a career in media and entertainment media, Sandy Kaye was a natural to interview all the musicians we know and love across three continents. In this episode, Sandy has memories, anecdotes, and shares so much about so many music artists. When I listen to her podcast (which I do now, often!) I'll think "I don't know that musician..." and then "…
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Dave Albin’s company is Firewalk Productions. Firewalking is a 1,000 year old rite of passage ritual and he’s firewalked hundreds of thousands of people. In this episode, he explains: firewalking glasswalking board breaks and arrow breaks why people don’t get burned why it is SO empowering for participants Dave also shares his morning ritual for he…
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Dying. We’re all going to do it, that‘s a given… but what happens to your property, your heirs, your business after you take your last breath? Scherrie answers: What exactly is estate planning? What are assets? What are they basic legal forms everyone should have, in terms of estate planning? Is planning with a small ,mom and pop business different…
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Social and media pressures haunt us from our early years all the way through to our crone years. Even we, the wise women, are not immune. Did you know that, recently, the number of eating disorders in mid-life women has increased dramatically. In this episode I ask Nicole: Why eating disorders are increasing in mid-life women. What defines an eatin…
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Mitch Albom wrote the first book. Rob Schwartz lived the reality. What reality? Morrie Schwartz… you know, Tuesdays With Morrie, was Rob’s dad. Almost thirty years after his dad died, Rob has released a book: The Wisdom of Morrie: Living and Aging Creatively and Joyfully – manuscripts he found in his dad’s desk years after Morrie had passed. I ask …
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Sometimes when I interview health professionals, their advice sounds great but when they’re 30-40 years younger than me I can’t help but think their knowledge is based on book learning, not experience. Carol Ebert is the exact opposite: she's the poster woman for Boomer Women. In this episode I ask her: What is your definition of "wellness"? Your s…
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Heather Whelpley started life as an audacious, confident, whole-life child… but as she grew through her teens into womanhood, she wore the societal rules so many of us grew up with, that many of us hold true to this day. Until one day, as she says… she woke up. How did Heather wake up to this reality? Are rules gender separate or gender neutral? Ho…
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My conversation with Gila Melamed, released in September was the most listened to episode of 2023. Gila Melamed is an acquaintance of an acquaintance of mine. I knew Miriam had travelled North America in a camperized van for six months last year and when she told me she was hosting a woman who was travelling North America in a camperized car for a …
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Fernando Diez’ story starts with his mother, who fell in love with The Galapagos at age 16. A decade later she introduced her future husband to the islands and he fell in love with them too. The rest is, as they say, history! Fernando calls himself and his brothers the Mowglis of The Galapagos. Fernando shares some history of Quito, Ecuador and so …
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Barb Giatti experienced dementia with both her parents while she was living internationally, so she moved back to small town, Michigan to take care of them. Barb discusses some of the experiences with her parents – you’ll be relieved to know your parents aren’t worse than others. Barb’s mother would never understand a computer or the internet so Ba…
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Taru Fisher has been a guest on this podcast before. New topic for us, old topic between us… age-old topic between us. Ageism is the last socially accepted form of prejudice. We discuss Internalized ageism, Cultural ageism, Implicit ageism, and Benevolent ageism. All are irritating, and wrong. The medical system, tech subjects, are areas where peop…
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My guest today had a perfectly fine life… until age 48; Jeanne Andrus then uses the verb “clobbered” to explain what perimenopause did to her. That began her 4 year journey through personal experience, research, and training to understand how and why menopause affects women so completely. It's hard enough that our mothers probably never talked abou…
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Beate Chelette has an amazing story… actually she has more than one. So many good ideas… and almost every calamity except pestilence… and then a gift: the Small Business Administration (U.S.A.) A smart business woman who could stay one step ahead of the trends – maybe she created them? – the truth lies somewhere between kismet and serendipity. This…
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Cristina Castignini had an eating disorder. Once she had her PhD in Counseling Psychology, perhaps it was inevitable that she focus in on eating disorders. In this episode, Cristina explains eating disorders and blows some myths out of the water. As women, we tend to think that young women are the prime suspects for eating disorders, but menopause …
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From bullets and bombs in Belfast in the 70s to a variety of civil wars in Africa… not to mention crossing the Sahara on a café racer… Chris Donaldson’s life did not lack excitement and danger in 1979/80. As Chris’ “trip” unfolded he realized the destination was no longer the “thing” – he was traveling for the sake of traveling (… still on the Moto…
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Amanda Laden’s medical issues went undiagnosed… or misdiagnosed for decades. Ridiculously debilitating periods, several miscarriages… until the right doctor happened to be in attendance and recognized all the signs. As Boomer Women, we are past our baby-making years but this might be vital info for our daughters or granddaughters. We are, however, …
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From the moment she joins the conversation Swami Nityananda’s warmth and joy shines through. I start at the beginning, requesting a better understanding of “Swami” and her names. If, for even a second, you struggle to find your true self… or you define yourself by one of the roles you play in life, Swami will remind you of your strengths, and lovel…
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Retirement is in need of a reboot. That is Nan Ives’ mantra and she is the woman to show you how to do that. Don’t arrive at retirement thinking it will unfold. In today’s world, you may have 30 years to go after you relinquish the 9-5. Nan encourages you to consider options, to experiment your way forward… but do it before you get the golden hands…
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Paula Harris found herself often helping widows sort out and plan finances after the death of their husband… and thus her business had a focus. Paula shares a few of the very unfortunate scenarios she has encountered and then discusses the realities of “older” folk who are not as computer literate as they might need to be to access financial inform…
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Narcissism… do you know it has both physical and mental effects on people? Narcissists have an over-inflated ego they need to feed… at any cost. Dana Diaz has been the victim of narcissists and the manipulation that goes with that. She’s a smart woman with a good education and yet she still fell victim and married one. In this episode, she describe…
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Money. You’ll hear different financial advisors from time to time on this podcast because many of us are a generation for whom A. it was a taboo subject and B. our husbands made the decisions around money… even though they might have been none the wiser. Lisa Sakai is The Bucket List Accelerator. How do you know what to put on that bucket list if y…
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Tina Davidson has a very unusual childhood story… which she didn’t learn the truth of until she was a young adult. As an adult she became a highly regarded pianist and composer. Tina discusses her road to success with no female role models and her experience now as the subject of dissertations by students who probably do see her as their role model…
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Gila Melamed is an acquaintance of an acquaintance of mine. I knew Miriam had travelled North America in a camperized van for six months last year and when she told me she was hosting a woman who was travelling North America in a camperized car for a year… I was intrigued. A Mazda CX-5 is a nice car… but to live in it? By choice? I do ask some prac…
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This episode almost didn’t happen because Haden and I laughed so much right from the get-go. Creativity is your ‘soul voice’ – you being you – is Haden’s definition of creativity. Phrases like “nurture the magic” “living in flow” “perspective shifts” work in Haden’s view of the world. Other terms like comfort zone and perfectionism and inner critic…
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As so often happens, it’s the clarity of an analogy that opens one’s eyes to the life practicality of the analogy. Such is the case with Alison Smith. And “Landscaping Your Life” was born… tools using nature’s landscapes as metaphors for your life to help you get back on track. It makes sense when you think about how often we use nature terms in ou…
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Liz Deacle and I have a few things in common… which resulted in lots of laughs, right from the get-go. Many people keep the 9-5 even though they aren’t happy because of the retirement plan. Liz and her husband decided to worry about retirement “later”, they cashed in and took their two teenagers on a year-long global adventure. Liz is a fabulous st…
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Katie Snyder educates us on both breast cancer and her breast cancer journey with candid honesty and humour. Strange bedfellows, perhaps, but Katie’s humour helps get us all through the details and anguish of that journey. Perhaps we should warn this episode may not be for the weak of heart. Katie explains how Tillie the Tumor is not a medical emer…
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Rebellious Aging – there are lots of ‘risks’ that come with aging… but Gregory Anne Cox says you still have “choice”. She calls her top tips the Power of Six: Sleep, Fat, Protein, Blood sugar, Mindset, Exercise. Sound hard? Try it anyways, you might surprise yourself. Greg suggests that everything is “food”. That includes the thoughts we think, wha…
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Gender discrimination is part of the discussion today. Many of we Boomers might recognize the theme of Deb Curtis’ stories… only hers are from the 1990s and later, not the 1960s or 70s! Deb took all she learned over her 30-year career however, and built a small business supporting other women looking to acquire a small business, especially women of…
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A few long-distance sound issues today. Amy Ewbank is “a deliciously flawed, complex and wonderful human being, who supports other deliciously flawed, complex and wonderful human beings to live their best lives.” We take an early detour with interesting insights into media’s use of women and the story around them… and male bonding. Many of us have …
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The Power of Positive Thinking. Today’s episode is the story of an eternal optimist with four small children finding out she has a chronic illness and her navigation of life with that illness over 13 years. Leann explains Multiple Sclerosis – her symptoms, what it is and how it manifests… all in lay terms and great analogies. After a good cry and s…
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Clutter. Angie Hyche talks about physical clutter, the to-do list, calendar clutter, brain clutter, gadget clutter. Our possession-seeking and -keeping is a lifestyle thing, as is keeping it to a minimum. Starting with the physical clutter, Angie gives some tips on where to start. With some thoughts specifically for our demographic – whether we’re …
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“If you’re not okay at this moment in time, then it’s not the end.” Great philosophy from Carrie pierce as we meandered our way through this age to writing children’s literature. Carrie’s children’s books may surprise you, but she explains her why and it all makes so much sense. She talks about leaving some of the magic to the reader, whether the r…
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Serendipity brought Alexa Nazarro from her copywriting career to her business of Author Services – editing, publishing and marketing our writing. How do you write a good book? Alexa gives us some great tips! Is an editor a good idea? There are several types of editors, I didn’t know that! Interested in writing fiction? Beware the “information dump”…
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As an American female lawyer in faraway lands, Jamie Bowman has had her share of adventures… and close calls. In this episode she shares some of those adventures – just enough to leave you wanting more. Oh! You can do that by buying her book “Bike Riding in Kabul”! Jamie’s life hasn’t all been work, though - she tells us about her expedition to El …
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Zoom is a little staticky and a bit glitchy for the first bit today – hopefully the fun makes up for it! Thecia Ellis is no stranger to hard work. Homesteading was still a bit of a challenge and a large learning curve but has become her most enjoyed time of life. You’ll learn more than a few things during this conversation, and you might cringe a w…
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Shannon Russell made that all-too-familiar choice to leave a job she loved to be more present for her young children. So… she changed it up from being a television producer to producing her own life. Are you happy right now? Age doesn’t really matter if you’ve made the decision to recreate your life in a different direction. There are so many choic…
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Kristin Mallon is a feminine longevity expert. Sick care is so necessary but well care should be too. And women need well care into the elder years… beyond the reproductive years. Our last decade is called the Marginal Decade and there is no reason we shouldn’t have health and wellness through it, or most of it (and hopefully our age will be triple…
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“Women don’t need more products to buy, they want to learn about managing their finances, from opening the right kind of accounts to learning how to invest their money.” Melinda Satterlee compares connecting with new clients in her business as a “dating period” – you get to know each other, make sure your philosophies and methods are compatible – b…
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Senior living communities. We need to get past the concept of them being for old people! Good meals cooked for you, housekeeping done for you, entertainment and social events planned for you… but you come and go as you please… sounds like an ideal lifestyle to me! Tonia Griffin is a marketer for a senior living complex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an…
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This episode is an important one for both women and men. Dr. Daved Rosensweet starts with an overview of hormones for both women and men and what they do for us. Interesting thought: not that many generations ago there was no such thing as menopause because lifespan was not that long. Dr. Rosensweet gives us the facts behind the breast cancer risk …
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