• Midlife Women,  Pleasure,  Retirement,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    Traveling Solo: The Myths and The Magic

    Not long ago, a  good friend shared with me her horror story of the travel companion from Hell! She had asked someone she knew casually in her hiking group to join her on a week-long Road Scholar Grand Canyon hiking trip. This travel companion made the trip miserable for my friend–very demanding, moody, rude, and inflexible with just about everything. After that trip, my friend said, “No more , never again will I invite someone I don’t know really well to travel with.” Fortunately, she has continued to travel solo and had some wonderful experiences. When we were younger, leisure travel was most often with a spouse/partner, children, or girl…

  • Midlife Women,  Pleasure,  Self-Care

    3 Surprising Ways to Add Sensuality in Your Life

    Last year I enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing vacation. The kind of vacation I returned from feeling refreshed and relaxed. My body and spirit nourished. A vacation where each day flows one into the other. Simple delicious well prepared meals eaten slowly. We stayed in beautiful peaceful resort in a stunning natural environment. It was a week of dramatic landscapes, vibrant colors, warm clear skies, brilliant sunrises and sunsets, and the fresh unique scent of the high desert. We hiked through red rock formations, native trees and colorful desert flowers. Quiet stillness with faint breezes were interrupted only by occasional cars and people passing by. I enjoyed the refreshing contact of…

  • Creativity,  Midlife Women,  Pleasure

    3 Reasons You Need to Create More and Consume Less

    When last did you create something, using your own hands or mind to make something? When last did you see a marketing ad that wasn’t trying to get you to buy something? I don’t recall any. Advertising is always about getting us to buy something–a product or a service. We have become a nation of consumers and no longer creators. I grew up in a middle-class family where my dad fixed his own car and taught his children to do simple auto maintenance. We also had a garden with flowers and vegetables. Every summer, my sister and I helped our mom preserve fruits and vegetables. We also had fresh flowers…