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Claire Fordham
Claire Fordham is a British writer with 25 years’ experience as a freelance journalist. She has worked for the BBC, ITN and SKY News as a producer/reporter and was a weekly columnist for Britain's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun.

Claire's first book, the acclaimed Plus One: A Year In The Life of a Hollywood Nobody inspired the film The Making Of Plus One… starring Jennifer Tilly, Amanda Plummer, Geraldine Chaplin and John Sessions (distributed by Nesht Studios).

Her latest book, Life Lessons for Mia Rose: An Irreverent Guide to Living and Loving Well, was inspired by the birth of her granddaughter. Claire shares her experiences on her own lessons learned.

Entries by Claire Fordham

Transforming Bad Breaks Into Breakthroughs

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Most of us have heard of post-traumatic stress, but few of us are aware that there's such a thing as post-traumatic growth. Survivors and experts have increasingly begun to explore how we can use both the experience of descent and the lessons we learn after trauma, to provide not only...

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Is the Stress of Living in LA Where 60 Is Not the New 50 But the New Dead Causing My High Blood Pressure?

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Photo: Julie Ellerton

Healthwise, being sixty sucks. My dear dad died this year. I was with him at the end and glimpsing my own possible demise, being, gulp, sixty, and mourning my dad was enough to pump my blood pressure to dangerously high...

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You're Never Too Old to Live Your Dream

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 11:45 AM


Lenny Goldsmith, 68, was the lead singer with Tower of Power for two years and other notable bands during the '80s, before hanging up his microphone for 25 years to help raise his two sons from his fourth marriage. Those two sons, Taylor...

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Wedding List Priorities: Location, Dress and Shingles Vaccine

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 1:10 PM

There's a good reason to have children before you get married: your daughter can be your flower girl and significantly magnify the guest gasp factor.

My Man Child's wedding has taught me something else too: you don't need a year to plan...

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Helping Women in Africa Suffering From the Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard of, Fistula

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Fistula occurs as a result of a birth or obstetric injury. It rarely happens in the United States because when there's an obstructed labor that could cause fistula, the baby is delivered by cesarean section.

But in remote African villages, women can be hours, perhaps days away from a...

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The Game of Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 7:31 PM


If we want to play piano, we go to a piano teacher. When we want to play better tennis, we get a tennis coach. To be better at life, why not see a life coach?

Jamie Greene spent 25 years as a marriage...

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Teen Mogul

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Entrepreneur and technology whizz Hunter Nelson is the founder and CEO of his own company, WUPS, that employs five people and sponsors a Malibu baseball team, Red Sox AAA.

What makes Hunter truly extraordinary is that he is only 14 years old and has been running his own company since...

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Two Artists, One Frame

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 11:11 PM

Artists and photographers who want to sell their creations first need to convince gallery owners to put on an exhibition of their work. For every 25 requests they receive, Heather Stobo and Lisa Casoni, co-owners of Porch Gallery, Ojai, California, put on just one show that usually runs...

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The Art of Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 10:43 AM


Artist Melanie Rothschild is on a mission to dispel the myths that art is just for the privileged and that you need to be trained before you can create something wonderful.

"If you only have art that comes from the highly educated and...

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Your Life, Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 8:55 AM

Twenty five years ago, when I wrote a weekly women's page for my local evening newspaper in the U.K., The Dorset Evening Echo, I was involved in a campaign to raise funds to buy a mammography machine so local women could have access to the latest early breast...

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The New 90!

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Beauty expert Martha Weinstein celebrated her 90th birthday with the official launch of her book, The Stay Young Revolution: How To Transform Fear of Aging Into Confidence of Youth.

Guests enjoyed a Tango demonstration followed by a lesson in this...

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One Man's Quest for Standardized Electronic Health Records

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 4:17 PM

When Joe Kanter was diagnosed with prostate cancer 20 years ago, he was shocked to discover that no scientific data was available to show which treatment worked best for patients like him.

Kanter, now 90, learned that most doctors' recommendations since Babylonian times were based on anecdotal evidence from doctors'...

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Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:28 PM


Back home in the United States after three weeks helping fight the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Dr. Suzanne Donovan is flying to Nairobi this weekend -- at the invitation of the United Nations -- to speak about Ebola management to representatives from...

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Into Africa to Fight Ebola

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 11:37 AM


A Malibu mother of two teenagers is walking straight into one of the most dangerous situations in the world. Dr. Suzanne Donovan is one of a team of volunteers who have arrived in Sierra Leone with the World Health Organization (WHO)...

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My Life as a Ghost

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:18 PM

If I had a dollar for every person I've met who tells me their life story should be a book, I'd have $278 by now. The great thing about self-publishing is that everyone can write their life story and turn it into a book. The terrible thing about self-publishing is...

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Zach Galifianakis Helps Us Laugh in the Face of Death

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:16 PM


I can usually find something negative to say about most people, but my friend Suzanne Krull Spruyt was that rare human who was loved and adored by everyone lucky enough to meet her.

Almost eight months ago, Suzanne died from...

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In Tune With the Spirit

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 12:09 PM

At a time when it's getting harder and harder to motivate Joe and Jane Public to buy music, a singer/songwriter from New Zealand has released a CD with that unique selling point coveted by record company executives. No, she's not Lorde, but another platinum-selling Kiwi: Monique Rhodes.

Rhodes, a...

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How to Be a Better Mother to Your Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Sons are great, but there is something special about the mother/daughter bond. And there are specific challenges as well as joys when raising daughters. Yes, opportunities for girls have never been greater, but many teenage daughters pull away from their mother right at the time when they need guidance and...

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Death Becomes Her

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Olivia Bareham is a death midwife. Just as a birth midwife helps bring someone into this world, a death midwife helps them depart from it. Bareham's mission in life is to change the way we think about death.

"Most of us think death is a scary thing to be avoided...

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Talking Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:25 PM


When Valentina Castellani-Quinn saw The Butterfly's Dream -- a Turkish film about love, death and friendship -- she fell in love with it and wanted to help bring the movie to a wider audience.

Castellani-Quinn knows something about love and tragedy. Her...

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