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[…]

older women friends walking on beach

Make New Friends When You Lose the Old

Karen Venable, founder of Roommates4Boomers, writes in her guest post on Sixty and Me: In the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it’s suggested that you discard items in your home that don’t bring you joy. The same could be said about friends, I suppose. But what about when a friendship you treasure gets taken[…]

Ann Stoney

Beginners Guide to Publishing in Literary Magazines – Advice from Ann Stoney

One of the many women who impressed me at the Women At Woodstock 2017 Writers Retreat was Ann Stoney. Not only is she a beautiful writer, she gets herself out there. Ann has racked up an impressive list of stories published by literary magazines over many years of writing. She’s a pro. I asked Ann[…]