Don’t Call Me Ma’am

A native Bostonian who loves to spend time with her husband and three adult children, Ronna is a former lawyer who also enjoys sailing, cooking, running, and biking.   I was having lunch with a friend a few weeks ago at a small cafe. It was a cold late winter day, and when the waiter brought over the big bowl of vegetarian chili I had ordered with a pile of cheese on top, I started to salivate.   The food, the …

Imagine: No Empty Nest

Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi she is an AARP contributor. Imagine a world without an empty nest? There’s a big change brewing that could really wreak havoc on our empty nesting cycle.  We’re talking about a change toward online learning. Imagine: your kid does not GO to college, he does college from the comfort …

To Go ‘Brazilian’ or Not?

A native Bostonian who loves to spend time with her husband and three adult children, Ronna is a former lawyer who also enjoys sailing, cooking, running, and biking.   Have you ever seen what a Brazilian looks like?  Do you know anyone who has one?  If you know anyone under the age of 30, then I imagine you do.  Because if my friend is right, “no one” under the age of 30 has hair down there anymore.  A “Brazilian” is the complete …

What’s My Sell-By Date

Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. I was running this morning with my girls, and I laughed so hard I almost tripped over my shoelaces. We’re training for the New York Half Marathon. We were talking about our “upkeep.” “OMG,” my friend said. “I was at Laura Mercier and pulled out …

The Fiscal Cliff: Should We Worry?

Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. I know I shouldn’t worry. I would prefer to have faith, maybe even a little denial would be helpful. Is Washington really going to throw us into recession? Of course not, no way, they would never, right? If  Congress is going on their vacay, …

Madison Avenue, Wake Up!

Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. You may have heard that Oprah just abandoned BA50′s with her announcement this week that “O’s” message will now be directed at the 30-something market.” Ms. Winfrey said she would like to attract women “in their 30s or perhaps their 20s, to be able …