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[17 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 9,036 views]
Celebrate Your Girlfriends Today!

You Gotta Have Girlfriends!
by Suzanne Braun Levine

My first ebook – You Gotta Have Girlfriends – A Post-Fifty Posse Is Good For Your Health – came out this week and I’m sharing the news on blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Huff/Post50 has a feature that I’ve written – with a slide show of personal photos, movie clips and famous quotes on friendship. I hope you will visit the page, and Comment, Tweet and Share it – widely!

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[15 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 6,283 views]
Celebrate “You Gotta Have Girlfriends” on  “Feisty Side of Fifty” Radio, April 16th

by Mary Eileen Williams
Feisty Side of Fifty


It’s been said that, as we age, our body-mind connection becomes even more important to our overall fitness. How we view our lives, what we think about growing older, and the importance we give to taking care of ourselves are major factors in the state of our wellbeing. But, perhaps not so surprisingly, it’s a different type of connection that impacts our health in a major way. It turns out that those wonderful women who share our lives rank right at the top of the list—especially during the second half of life.

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[28 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 20,248 views]
You Gotta Have Girlfriends – A Post-Fifty Posse Is Good  For Your Health – My First Ebook Coming Soon!

Suzanne Braun Levine
Open Road Integrated Media

You Gotta Have Girlfriends – A Post-Fifty Posse is Good For Your Health is the fourth installment of my on-going exploration of women’s lives after fifty – the stage known as Second Adulthood – and my first ebook. The book will be available on April 16th from my digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media, a company co-founded and run by my friend Jane Friedman, the CEO.

The special nature of our friendships with women – Our Circle of Trust – is one of the main themes in all my books, blogs, lectures, and interviews and it is at the core of the on-going story of my generation as we grow, change, age, and discover our authentic selves.

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[19 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 4,338 views]
Female Friendship–The True Gift of the Season

by Mary Eileen Williams

By the time we reach 50, we’ve gone through a lot. We’ve lost loved ones to death and through the breaking of relationship ties. We’ve endured injured pride, damaged self-esteem, and crushing disappointments. We have sustained significant blows to the ego through painful experiences of rejection. And we’ve seen our nest empty, watching our children build their own lives while our loved ones (and we) grow older. We need our friends now more than ever before!

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[13 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 4,501 views]
A Touch of Mothering for a “Mother’s Helper”

by Karin Lippert

Long before Ann Martin wrote her bestselling series The Baby-Sitters Club® I was a baby-sitter on Long Island at age 12. Looking back, I continue to be amazed that a family – a mother – would trust me to take care of three children [one an infant] at that age. It was the ‘50s and I was paid 50 cents an hour in a far more innocent time. I loved the family, enjoyed the kids. I also remember I tried one of the mom’s Lucky Strike cigarettes – cough, cough! Not good.

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[24 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 6,315 views]
The <em>Ms.</em> “Family” 40th Birthday Party – Celebrating Sisterhood,  Wonder Woman and Why We [Women] Won the Election!

by Karin Lippert

“To this day, it’s one of the ways I define myself: I worked at Ms. It’s my badge of pride,”
Hagar Scher

We came together to celebrate our collective pride and three generations of connections as a “family.” To remember the conversations we started with each other that became articles, sparked a dialogue with our readers – with women everywhere – and transformed our lives and theirs.

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[24 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 1,896 views]
Thank God It’s Thanksgiving

By Suzanne Braun Levine,
Mothering In The Middle

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite day of the year. The way I do it, it has all the advantages of a holiday with none of the oppressive side-effects. There are no presents, so there is no guilt or financial stress. The food is wonderful and comforting (with lots of leftovers). I can enjoy a jello mold or sweet potatoes with marshmallows without shame.

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[5 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 2,330 views]
Unfriending Is Hard To Do,  <br />But Toxic Friendships Take Their Toll

By Suzanne Braun Levine

Like most women my age, as the years accumulate I get more and more selective about who I consider real friends, while at the same time, more and more committed to those who form my “circle of trust.” The trouble is that paring down my inner circle can be hurtful, guilt-making, and very hard to initiate.

I practice the “drift” technique — fewer calls and dates, slower responses to e-mails — hoping that distance and silence will dissolve the tie.

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[30 Jul 2012 | One Comment | 2,616 views]
Seeing Charlie’s Quilt Up Close…

When I got to the end of the Mall where the stage is, my friend and AIDS activist Sean Strub was there waiting to greet me. So was Jennifer Morton of POZ, who had finally managed to find out where Charlie’s quilt was; what’s more she had brought it to the front of the whole exhibit, right at the stage. What a doll!

It more beautiful than it looks in pictures; there is so much more artistic detail. It was lovely to be able to look at it up close and among so many touching and imaginative panels.

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[19 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 3,106 views]
A Quilt For Charlie: Remembering<br />My Brother Who Died Of AIDS

By Suzanne Braun Levine,
Huff/Post50, GAY VOICES

When my brother Charlie died of AIDS in February 1985, the epidemic had barely begun. The disease, first reported in 1981, had come out of nowhere, and no one had any idea what caused it or how to treat it. But there was plenty of uninformed panic and prejudice.