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Fifty on Fifty
Wisdom, Inspiration, and Reflections on
Women's Lives Well Lived
Bonnie Miller Rubin

In this beautifully photographed gift book, 50 famous, accomplished determined women celebrate, reflect upon, and embrace life at 50 and beyond.

Hillary Clinton. Faye Dunaway. Linda Ellerbee. Jane Fonda. Sue Grafton. Donna Karen. Diane Keaton. Linda Ronstadt. Christine Todd Whitman. What do these high-profile women have in common? In some way, they have changed the world; they are also about to or have already turned 50. Through lively personal interviews and revealing biographies, these role models (and 41 others) eagerly share the extraordinary experiences and wisdom gained during a half-century of life. Featuring elegant black-and-white portraits of each subject, this unique collection provides a glimpse into the private thoughts of some of this century's most provocative women.

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Women Who Take Care
Choosing to Live With Wisdom, Grace, and Power After 55
Lou Dunn Diekemper

Lou Dunn Diekemper wanted to know how elder women feel about themselves in a youth-oriented culture. She wanted to know their views about aging, death, loss, life's enriching experiences, and their feelings about the importance of their lives.

So she embarked upon asking such questions of women across the United States. Now she presents the results of her study in a very clear, upbeat, and beautifully evocative outline of the role of the elder woman in American society and includes the results of her interviews and surveys of over 250 women, ages 55 and older, regarding their health, outlook, attitudes, beliefs, accomplishments, self-esteem, and self-views.

"Women Who Take Care" emphasizes the increasing possibilities that are open to elder women, explores the critical issues facing aging women and their self-view in terms of body, mind, and spirit, and encourages women to make active and creative choices for their lives as they come "of age."

An excerpt ~


Celebrate yourself. If we are ever to do something for ourselves, we need to do it now! I think we agree that we value time and its passage more than ever as our years have taught us this truth. Explore and learn what you enjoy, and then give yourself a personal gift. I have learned how much I enjoy massages, bubble baths, candlelight, incense fragrances, sharing life experiences with those who are special to me, receiving the gifts of nature in the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, and learning to release areas of rigidity that I see as limiting. Perhaps you celebrate yourself by shopping, by being creative in the kitchen, or in following other ways in which you express creativity in your life.

Choose areas of service. Churches, service organizations, hospitals, charities, and community organizations always need YOU! Find where you can offer your best efforts and volunteer. By now we have learned that the greatest joy in life is service. Your life can be overflowing, not only with worthwhile service opportunities, but with the personal reward of knowing that you are helping to contribute to the well-being of others. What a wonderful way to make new friends, too! I don't know of any organization that does not need more volunteers. Giving back to our communities helps us balance the scales through giving to others as well as to ourselves....

Enroll in learning experiences for credit or personal achievement. There are often local learning opportunities available through colleges and universities, in continuing education as well as in vocational training. A wide range of courses is available for credit as well as non-credit. Some churches also offer courses of varied topics that may be of interest. AARP and various lifelong learning organizations offer regional as well as foreign learning opportunities. External programs as well as correspondence courses also offer possibilities, along with accreditation programs available for any area of interest. As a lifelong student, I find all such opportunities as challenges worth exploring....

Collect friends and relationships as the treasures they are. Our friendships and relationships are special gifts that require nurturing care. We know it is as important to honor long-standing relationships as it is to seek new friendships. Our relationships develop in strength as we give and receive what is needed for their growth and maintenance. Our inner awareness helps attune each of us to what we need. Everyone we meet has something of value to share, and skill can be developed in finding the value each offers.

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