March 2012 Archives

Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Howard Stephen Berg

By Bob on March 30, 2012 5:16 AM | Read More

You have to be F A S T to catch up with Boomer Howard Stephen Berg. Yeah, the writer, speaker, product spokesperson and frequent talk show guest has a lot on his plate. But, that's not the only reason.

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The Ides of March

By Bob on March 29, 2012 1:10 AM | Read More

Politics is the only blood sport I enjoy. There's nothing better than two, or in the case of the primaries - 5, or even 8 - candidates matching wits with each other. George Clooney's, The Ides of March, perfectly captures the blood-sport world of politics with a style, humor and intelligence wrapped up in a story that will keep you guessing until the credits roll.

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Guest Room

5 Tips for Getting Your Financial House In Order

By Bob on March 28, 2012 4:03 AM | Read More

By Jane Honeck

It's easy to feel like a deer in the headlights when talk of retirement comes up. "How did I get here so fast?" "Am I really ready for this next phase?" "And, what does really ready mean anyway?"

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Daily Distraction

Take Your Daughter to Work Day is Really Getting Out of Hand

By Bob on March 27, 2012 7:20 AM | Read More

They grow up sooooo fast...or for this Mom, maybe not fast enough.

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Don't Try This At Home

Bank on It, or Don't. We Don't Give a Sh**.

By Bob on March 26, 2012 4:42 AM | Read More

Charlotte has this theory that women of a certain age are somehow "invisible". Not Claude-Rains-invisible, but "HEY I'M STANDING IN LINE HERE. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD HELP ME?" invisible.


For the longest time, I've ignored listened intently as she described one experience after another. This week it's the 20-somethings at Banana Republic. Next week it's Ann Taylor. The week after that it's a server at a restaurant. Stuff like this happens often enough, you're gonna get a complex. Or, maybe just tell me. Either way, I'm good.


At least I was good, until IT HAPPENED TO ME.


That's right Boomerverse. Now I'M invisible, too. Here's the deal.


Invisible Bob with Text - 640.jpgI went to the bank to make a deposit one morning last week. It was one of those inside-the-grocery-store branches with a name that rhymes with Wells Fargo (Ooops). I'm standing in line patiently waiting my turn, when I realize the math isn't right.


There are 4 tellers and 1 customer. The 1 customer was cashing a check (easy transaction) so it left 3 tellers to do...? My rocket scientist brain sprang into action and figured it out.


The other 3 tellers were divided up like this:
* One female teller flirting with a male teller
* Two female tellers eavesdropping on the flirt-fest while trying to be inconspicuous and avoid looking at any customers (by now there were 2 of us invisible people) standing in line



Now, before you can say "Oh, no you just didn't."



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Give Boomer Skin a Natural Boost ... Free

By Charlotte on March 23, 2012 4:58 AM | Read More

Lasers. Fillers. Facial Peels. With birthday 55 coming up, I could use MAJOR help perking up my skin. After all, I'd like to keep that I'm-afraid-it's-inevitable face lift off my Bucket List as long as possible. Skincare Essentials 450.jpg

But wouldn't it be nice to find a natural path to better skin? The folks at Clairvoyant Beauty want to help some lucky Boomer Babes do just that. They've joined us to give away two of their popular Skincare Essentials Kits (each an almost $250 value).

You could win Clairvoyant Beauty's Skincare Essentials Kit, a sensational six-step system to a naturally beautiful complexion:



We're giving away two of these approximately $250-value prizes, which are Clairvoyant creator Lexie Masterson's personal prescription to better skin.


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest ends April 5!


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Don't Try This At Home

Cloudy With A Chance of Canvas

By Bob on March 22, 2012 5:40 AM | Read More

We've been lucky enough to have some drought-ending rain down at the ranch during the past couple of months.

Thank You, Photoshop

Ranch (2)-underpainting-672.jpgThese storm clouds rolled in just as I was leaving and I took this picture with my iPhone.

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Remotely Possible

5 Favorite Travel Apps for Women

By Bob on March 22, 2012 5:11 AM | Read More

Charlotte and her girlfriends are a traveling bunch. There's nothing they like better (with the possible exception of shoe shopping) than getting together on a new trip adventure.

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Here's the Dish

Super-Satisfying Chicken Spaghetti

By Charlotte on March 21, 2012 6:30 AM | Read More

Chicken Spaghetti is a go-to dish at our house. Our long-time friend, neighbor and fellow Boomer Shelley Tyler turned me on to this yummy casserole. She got the recipe while on a ski vacation with her family, and has been perfecting it for almost two decades (though you'd never guess it to look at her!).

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Daily Distraction

He Didn't Just Pass the Bar...

By Bob on March 20, 2012 6:32 AM | Read More

He passed the (bill)board...

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Don't Try This At Home

Green Acres

By Bob on March 20, 2012 5:25 AM | Read More

Remember that old TV series about the New York lawyer who moves to "Hooterville"? (how did they get away with that name in the 1960's?) Well, now that we've finally had some rain down at the ranch I think of Green Acres every time I go down there.

Don't Call This Place Hooterville

Gap Landscape - 650.jpgI took this pasture picture a few weeks ago.

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In the Mirror

Water Color Nails

By Charlotte on March 19, 2012 6:09 AM | Read More

Tangerine prod-swatch.jpgOrange tops my list of must-have spring shades. Besides being 2012's color of the year, it's fun, full of life and packs some heat. That's why I had to have Hidden Reef, the simply gorgeous shimmering coral nail polish that's part of SpaRitual's new Water collection. 

2012 Color of the Year: Pantone Tangerine Tango

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Jane Honeck

By Bob on March 16, 2012 5:46 AM | Read More

Jane Honeck is always busy. As a speaker, author, frequent talk-radio guest AND a Certified Public Accountant, just squeezing a minute out of her very busy day is next to impossible.

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My Week with Marilyn

By Bob on March 15, 2012 5:43 AM | Read More

Marilyn Monroe is arguably one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century. Director Simon Curtis', My Week with Marilyn, pulls back the curtain on the Hollywood legend to reveal the Marilyn known only to her inner circle. It's a captivating behind-the-scenes story told with humor and heart that keeps your eyes glued to the screen until the credits roll.

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Guest Room

What to Do When You Fall Off Track

By Bob on March 14, 2012 4:21 AM | Read More

By Amy Wood, Psy.D

One major advantage of being a seasoned Boomer is that you know the routine by now. You set a new goal - or goals -- you feel passionate about. You're filled to the brim with a newfound sense that you really, positively will change your life this time.

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Daily Distraction

When Grandma's Go Bad...

By Bob on March 13, 2012 6:22 AM | Read More

I hear she was picketing Victoria's Secret and needed a time out...

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Don't Try This At Home

BP Day (Or, How Bill Murray Became My Hero)

By Bob on March 12, 2012 6:21 AM | Read More

Remember the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? You know the one where Murray plays a TV weatherman who is doomed to reliving the same day (Groundhog Day) over and over again?


Well, this just in...IT'S NOT FICTION.


I'm in a sequel to the movie right now. It's called BP Day. Lemme 'splain.


Waaaaaaay back in July 2010 we filed a claim with British Petroleum for damages related to the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. You remember that don't you? It's what they now refer to as the WORST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN U.S. HISTORY. The one we told you about here and here and yeah, here. 


This Is How The Beach Looks in 2012 - Gorgeous!

Groundhog Beach.jpgAfter filling out the form - providing three years of tax returns - property deed - business owner's license and three years of income statements, we finally had the documents we needed to file the "official" claim.  BP - true to its word - DID pay us a modest "interim" payment. They ALSO promised to review our remaining claim and reach a final settlement.


None of this was great, but at least we were paid something and we had an actual "person" assigned to our claim. Then the s**t hit the fan tar hit the sand, because that's when the Federal Government looked at how well BP was handling things and said, "Dude, we got it from here."


Oh, no they didn't.


They replaced BP's 12-page claim form with a 27-page form. They fired-relocated-sent-to-a-bureaucrat-reeducation-camp most of the BP claims adjusters. They offered all the folks with damage claims a FINAL SETTLEMENT OFFER. This is the sign-here-and-agree-not-to-sue-us-forever-and-ever-and-we'll-give-you-pennies-on-the-dollar deal.


Guess what? We were ready to take it.



We Were Greeted At The Door By An Armed Policeman

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Finding Strength in a Storm

By Charlotte on March 9, 2012 6:37 AM | Read More

Polites REBEL WIFE jacket 150.jpgA genteel Southern belle must summon all her strength to survive a family crisis in investment administrator-turned-author Taylor M. Polites' The Rebel Wife (Simon & Schuster; February 2012). Set in Reconstruction-era Alabama, this suspense-filled story revolves around Augusta (Gus) Sedlaw Branson, who we first meet as a delicate lady accustomed to a privileged life.


For the past 10 years, Gus has been trapped in a loveless, though lucrative marriage to Eli Branson, an influential businessmen 25 years her senior. The arrangement was the only way the girl could guarantee an income for her once-wealthy family, which was impoverished by the Civil War.


After losing Eli to a mysterious plague, Gus is shocked to learn she's practically penniless. Secretly cash-strapped and hip-deep in shady business deals, Eli has left her and their young son Henry with little more than debts.



We're giving away three autographed copies of Taylor M. Polites' spirited debut novel, The Rebel Wife.


Set in Reconstruction-era Alabama, The Rebel Wife is a captivating story of Southern belle Augusta (Gus) Sedlaw Branson, her controlling family and their former slaves. When her husband's death changes her fortunes, Gus finds rebuilding life for her young son will require solving long-held secrets, letting go of convention and forging surprising alliances.  

Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest ends March 22! 



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Wine Hug

By Bob on March 8, 2012 5:51 AM | Read More

I've got a question for you. Have you hugged your wine today? Well, then you definitely need the Wine Hug!

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Don't Try This At Home

Snow to Go

By Bob on March 8, 2012 5:23 AM | Read More


3-8 Snow to Go-625.jpgIt's been a crazy winter and it's just about over. I took this picture during a walk up Canyon Road in Santa Fe, where the snow was pulling a disappearing act. 

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Here's the Dish

The Parchment Paper Cookbook

By Charlotte on March 7, 2012 6:02 AM | Read More

If you love cooking but hate messy clean-up (guilty!), Brette Sember's The Parchment Paper Cookbook: 180 Healthy, Fast, Delicious Dishes (Adams Media; November 2011) belongs on your bookshelf.

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Daily Distraction

One of the Drawbacks to Living in a College Town

By Bob on March 6, 2012 6:09 AM | Read More

I think the answer is 70...
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Don't Try This At Home

Happy Cat

By Bob on March 6, 2012 4:59 AM | Read More

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Charlotte and I ran across this fat feline on our trip to Napa Valley. This chubby cat was sunning himself on the steps leading up to Chateau Montelena and the back lighting made him look like he was posing for a movie publicity photo.

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In the Mirror

Algenist Overnight Cream

By Charlotte on March 5, 2012 6:33 AM | Read More

I walk a fine line when it comes to face creams. Being almost 55 (it's not April yet!) means I need a seriously strong wrinkle fighter and all the hydration I can get. But my sensitive skin tends to rebel if pushed too far.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Barry Frangipane

By Bob on March 2, 2012 3:13 AM | Read More

We all know that Baby Boomers like to travel, but Barry Frangipane is a Boomer who takes it to the extreme!

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By Bob on March 1, 2012 4:51 AM | Read More

If you know anything at all about 50/50, you probably know that it's a movie about cancer. What you probably DON'T know is that it's also laugh-your-ass-off funny, based on a true story and has more Oscar-worthy performances than you can count.
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Guest Room

Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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