drawing of angry person at computer

My Stupid Computer

Anger and shame… does that describe what’s roiling inside you as you gnash your teeth in front of your computer, once, twice, six times a month (or maybe six times a day)? Are there questions, glitches, hurdles, mysteries, “can’t for the life of me figure it out” frustrations that plague you in Word, Excel, online[…]

older woman's hands writing

Memoir Writing

Do you have a story to tell?  Do you have a need to preserve a family legacy, break your silence, explore an ancestor’s past? Do you have a desire to find the next step on your path, show the world that you are more than a worker, sibling, friend, parent or partner?  Do you have[…]

man & woman walking together away

Life After the Love of Your Life Retires & (Oh God!) You’re Spending All of Your Time Together

Spending all day with the person you love, doing what you’ve both talked and dreamed about for years, sharing meals without the noise and confusion of a family all around, laying your head down next to that person each night knowing you’ll wake up together and live the dream all over again sounds so… WHAT???[…]

Janet Krier Riccobono portrait by Lisa Levart

Janet Riccobono

Janet retired from Verizon after 31 years as a, trainer, coach, and sales person on the same day as her life partner, Rob.  She then went on to become a Certified Life Coach and opened her business, New Life at Mid Life where she developed her wellness program called ALIVE & Well. ALIVE = A[…]

Early afternoon walk

This is What I Wrote When I Launched Women At Woodstock 7 Years Ago

Three years ago I was sitting in my hotel room in Simi Valley, sipping an early-morning cup of coffee and enjoying the sunshine and the quiet, and the warm memory of the past night’s joyously raucous celebration at the wedding of the son of my dear old friends Joan and Terry. I was thinking about[…]

Ann Voorhees Baker and Diane Stark

“Change of Lanes” – A Reading of My Short Story at the Book Launch in Mendocino

I was honored to be asked to read my flash fiction short story, “Change of Lanes” at the launch party earlier this month in Mendocino for this year’s edition of the Noyo River Review, the journal in which it was being published. So, I decided to make a weekend out of it: I took the[…]

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You’re Invited to a Launch Party!

I mentioned many months ago that one of my short stories is going to be published in the literary journal, The Noyo River Review. Well, the time has come; the upcoming edition will be out next week, celebrated with a book launch party on Sunday, May 19 in beautiful Mendocino, California right on the coast![…]

Brenda Rush

Women At Woodstock Has Been a Beautiful Answer to the Quiet Question That Prompted My Search

by Brenda Rush It began as a feeling, a soft wordless whisper that grew into an insistent urging. Finally, a relentless nudge propelled me. I began searching online for answers to a question for which I only had a few words. Over time, those keywords took me to retreat sites. Unfortunately, most retreats have only[…]

Ann Baker on Sheree Clark podcast

Sheree Clark tricked Me Into Talking About My Laundry…

Sheree Clark tricked me into talking about my laundry – not my dirty laundry, mind you; in fact it was my very clean laundry… but it was an odd moment in our recent phone conversation, which incidentally also happened to be a recorded interview for her upcoming podcast series, It’s YOUR Time: Turning the Midlife Crisis into[…]

Worst Ex Stories – An Entertainment and Healing Workshop

Do you have an ex story? Most of us do. And chances are, you’ve told it over and over again. But are you satisfied? Probably not. Somehow, that story lives on in you and, though you may not think of it often, it can click into “play” at the oddest moments. It won’t go away, because something[…]