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[…]

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The Tragedy of Body Shame in Women Over 50

by Nicole Christina, LCSW Imagine this scene: You are at the coffee shop with a few of your female friends who are talking about their current diets, whether or not they were “good” over the weekend, and their successes or failures according to their fitness apps. Or this: You are at your favorite clothes shop[…]

What is a questionologist? (and how can one help you?)

By Laura E. Kelly When you’re innocently finishing up your breakfast and you see a group of women across the room putting their heads together while looking at you, you know something is up. You just hope they aren’t talking about the way you’re scarfing down your delicious granola. The group beckoned me over to[…]

Diane Baranello

What Matters Most At This Career/Life Stage? Questions Only You Can Answer.

Guest Post By Diane Baranello, Career/Personal Branding Coach & Accountability Partner, Coaching for Distinction Are you clear on what matters most in your career and your life today? Not last year. Not last month or yesterday … today. We live life ‘in the moment’ and asking ourselves thoughtful questions about where we want to put our[…]

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Finding Your Muse for Life and Writing

A Guest Post by Angela Kaufman Do you pay attention when your Muse calls to you? Do you heed the voice, the nudging, or the burst of energy that brings you from the seed of a thought, not fully formed, to a completed work?  Perhaps you have had many seeds planted and are still cultivating[…]

Janet-Krier-Riccobono

Looking Back – This is What Janet Told Me

I wrote to one of my oldest  friends from Women At Woodstock, Janet Riccobono. I said I missed her, as she had to skip Women At Woodstock last year, so it’s been nearly two years since we’ve seen each other. I still remember Janet spending a day with me here in Redondo Beach a few[…]

A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE by Mary K. O’Melveny

Kindness – A Poem by Mary K. O’Melveny

Mary’s new collection of poetry, A Woman of a Certain Age, is available for pre-order now from Finishing Line Press. . . . . . . . . . Mary K O’Melveny, a recently retired labor rights attorney, lives in Washington DC and Woodstock, New York. Her poetry has been published in a variety of[…]

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The Company of Women

[Editor’s Note: Susan Smith, an alum of more than one Women At Woodstock gathering, wrote to me saying that she’d just had a somatic breathing session, and it unleashed some wonderful thoughts – among which was the memory of writing this piece on her blog many months ago after she got home from Women At[…]

Brenda Rush

Swimming in the Ocean – Brenda Rush On Being a Writer

I sat on a bench with Brenda Rush one beautiful morning at Women At Woodstock last October and listened to her explore the possibilities of life as a writer. It was one of those suspended days: balmy, a slow breeze, blue sky. Is it spring? Is it fall? In what I have come to know as[…]

Queen Up! book cover

Author Angela Kaufman Talks About the Influence Women At Woodstock Had on Her

Angela Kaufman has been coming to Women At Woodstock for many years. Now her first book, Queen Up! is being published (release date: April 1). I’m very proud to know Angela, and very excited for her success. She just wrote to me about how her experiences at Women At Woodstock shaped her transformation from wannabe writer[…]