Oldest Woman in NYC Marathon Finishes Race, Dies the Next Day

At 86, distance runner Joy Johnson was a remarkable athlete. A retired gym teacher from the San Jose area who took up jogging at age 56, Johnson competed in scores of races around the country and amassed a string of 25 consecutive finishes in the New York City Marathon – one of the most legendary streaks in the history of recreational running. Two years ago, at 84, she became the oldest finisher ever in that event, clocking a time of …

Golden Days, Quiet Memories

The leaves of the maple trees have turned an iridescent gold along the Oregon coast and in the inland woods, suggesting that each leaf shines from an inner glow generated by the sun. Among them in perfect harmony are the deep reds of the amber leaves, adding to the chromatic mix that creates the beauty of nature’s clock, ticking off the days to winter. It is autumn, after all, and the beauty is but a hesitation between seasons, when the …

5 Boots That Work To Slim Heavy Legs

Boots are our seasonal obsession. Those of us 50-plus with heavy legs hate when sales people say, “Athletic muscular legs are hot; look at Beyonce and Serena Williams.” Or, “They’ll stretch, leather gives,” or “let me help you get those off.” Unlike tummies, you can’t suck in big calves or cankles (shapeless ankles) with heavy-duty Spanx and because genes are mostly to blame, diet and workouts won’t help either. Still, you can find boots to fit, no matter your shape. …

5 Best Fall Shoes All For Under $50

I love shoes. But finding really fabulous styles for women over 50 can sometimes be frustrating, and very expensive. Just as challenging, styles are often so young (too high!) or so frumpy (too flat!), it’s enough to make me want to go barefoot. Not good. However, scouting around recently for some great shoes to use in in an upcoming video for “The Best of Everything” series for the AARP YouTube Channel (watch the first season here!), I came across a …

Get Ready for Seasonal Gardening Bargains

“Mum” is the word this fall gardening season, literally.  When nurseries and home improvement stores start to sell colorful fall mums (aka “chrysanthemums”), it’s time for frugal gardeners to keep their eyes open for some spectacular end-of-season bargains. In many parts of the country, when the mums arrive at garden centers, those retailers begin marking down their remaining summertime nursery stock, including trees, shrubs, and other perennials.  These fall liquidation sales are often progressive affairs, with initial markdowns of maybe …

Fall Fashion: The 5 Best Buys For Us

Fashion is in big trouble. Labor Day is over and we’re just getting the itch to shop … maybe. After all, what’s in it for us? As a postmenopausal fashion expert and the former fashion director of two major women’s magazines, I attend the runway circus known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (the next one begins Thursday in New York City). Let’s be honest. Runway shows are about editors hooking up with advertisers (for financial partnerships), stylists hooking up celeb clients …