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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![…]

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[…]

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On Her Deathbed, His Mother Said…

One of my dear Women At Woodstock friends, Janet Riccobono, came to town last month – but instead of getting together for lunch or a bike ride as we’ve done in the past, this time she and her partner Rob came to our home and stayed with us for a couple of days.   It was[…]

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Feedback Is a Gift

A couple of weeks ago, I sent an email to all of last year’s Women At Woodstock attendees. In the email, I filled them in on what I’d learned from the survey I’d asked them to complete at the end of October; the workshops they liked most; things that maybe fell a bit short of expectations;[…]

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Two More Info-Packed Podcast Series – Nearly 4 Dozen Experts to Teach You a Thing or Two

I guess January has become the time to start out our year by learning a lot and opening our mind to new ways of thinking about things – about relationships, living healthy, starting a business, investing, trying new adventures – what have you. So last week I told you about Sheree Clark’s podcast series, and now[…]

Sheree Clark interview series

New Podcast Series on Healthy Living After 50 – Sheree Clark

I just met Sheree Clark, a very interesting woman whose work is helping women lead a happy and healthy life – physically and mentally. Sheree is a healthy living coach who’s just started a podcast show and is kicking it off with an interview series called “The Magnificent Midlife Woman.” She’ll be talking with more[…]

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I’ve Been Texting With A Dead Woman

I’ve been texting with a dead woman. But let me explain… Someone from my group of writer friends recommended a book to me. She said it was as quirky and out there as some of the work that I’ve written.  So I got the book, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The author,[…]

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Could You Do This? Talk About Overcoming Fear…. Debbie Nigro Does the “Mrs. Claus Rap”

She says she yaps – ’cause, yeah, it’s not really rap. I prefer to call it Patter – a la Gilbert & Sullivan. No matter, whatever you call it, it’s frickin’ brave, and talented, and crazy. Is this climbing the Swiss Alps? No. Is it pulling children from burning buildings? No. Is it speaking out[…]