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Better After 50

How To Say Goodbye To Your Family Home

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

My father died in our family home in 2011, my mother this past November. Now it is time to say goodbye. No 'thing' has ever been part of my life for over a half century. So I am not really sure how to properly say goodbye.

Trying The New Hair Coloring Trend In Midlife

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.05.2015 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Perhaps you are one of those who wince at the idea of a tattoo but are intrigued by personal beauty experiments? Plenty of 50-somethings have a Tat tucked away somewhere, but many of us are not ready for that kind of procedure or permanent memento.

OMG the Kids Are Moving and I Failed the Positivity Test

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I'm working really hard at dealing with last week's news. After all it's so last week and I should be way beyond that now.

The Many Benefits Of Yoga After 50

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

We need to keep our expectations in check about our bodies. Our bodies do wear out. We have some control by taking care of it and keeping the bits and pieces moving. But, when you have had it for a long time, things shift. It is a natural occurrence and it is nothing to feel guilty, or resentful about.

Sorry, Ben Affleck. Marriage Should NOT Be Hard Work.

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.08.2015 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Contrary to what everyone seems to think -- experts in the field, friends, therapists -- even Mr. Ben Affleck -- I don't believe marriage has to be work. I know this because I have been married 31 years, and I don't consider my marriage work at all. And neither does my husband.

Can It Be Better After 50... With Breast Cancer?

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Just when I thought I might be running out of things to write about, God blessed me with a whole new topic that will keep me busy writing for weeks, perhaps years.

Arianna Huffington On Finally Finding Work-Life Balance

Felice Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I was thrilled to have an opportunity to interview Arianna Huffington this past week. She has been a mentor to me (even though she doesn't know it). I followed her closely after her sale of The Huffington Post to AOL three years ago, which was the impetus behind starting www.betterafter50.com.

50 Things I No Longer Feel Guilty About Now That I'm 50

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Because it's (almost) always better after 50, I'm done feeling guilty ... how about you? Here's what I'm not feeling guilty about any more...

My Hysterically Funny Fashion Crisis

Felice Shapiro | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I have always loved vintage clothes. My Nana was the most stylish woman I know and I wore everything she gave me from age 13 and beyond. When I find an outfit that resembles Nana's style, I am thrilled. That is why, what I wore to the dinner dance party this past Saturday night was particularly fun for me.

How I Finally Quieted My Mind

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

My eyebrows need a good tweezing, my hair is a tangled mess of curls, and I haven't even thought about makeup. I've been wearing the same shorts for the past four days. I haven't been to the gym. Every morning I wake up in a big, overwhelming fog. And I haven't been reading. Sound like a case of depression? I understand if it does.

The PMC: A Community That Makes a Difference

Felice Shapiro | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Every rider has a story at this event and cancer is our common thread. This disease impacts us all. Personally, cancer has attached itself into my closest circle of friends and family and shifted the very fibers of our lives. And frankly, like so many, I feel helpless.

4 Good Reasons Why Weighing Yourself Is A Bad Idea

Felice Shapiro | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I used to weigh myself two times a day all through college and until I had my first child -- and began again after my second was born. It started because the daily dorm breakfast of buttered cinnamon toast (three slices) ended up pushing on the seams of my jeans. When I finally got on the scale - it turned out I was up 8 pounds - Never had a weight issue before and now I was freaked.

5 Reasons I Hate When You Are Late

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

"Sorry, I'm late" whether in person, by text, or by carrier pigeon, just doesn't do much for me, because you can't give me back the time I have wasted waiting for you.

Why I Decided To Learn A New Language After 50

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my ability to converse with the locals.

Today's Dinner, Tomorrow's Lunch Ideas

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

We hadn't even pulled out of the ferry lot and the women were in menu planning mode. Meanwhile, the guys had stacked the bikes, golf clubs and bags into our embarrassingly oversized car (we call it "The Beast") and were instantly in deep conversation about biking routes.

What My Mother Had To Say About My Hair

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I was sipping on a glass of Chardonnay. My niece was sipping on an iced tea; my mother was drinking water -- apparently the "unfiltered" kind.

Women In Media: Marissa Mayer Is Making a Difference

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.07.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

There's no question that our demo loves to cozy up to a good read and not just flit from Twitter to Instagram. We are still gluttons for a "story" that transports us. This is why digital niche magazines are becoming Mayer's focus.

The #1 Fashion Accessory Every Middle-Aged Woman Needs To Wear

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Ok ladies, there happens to be an acceptable fashion accessory this season that we all have in our closets. Hint: it's leather, you used to borrow it from your boyfriend, it covers your arms, it makes you feel Bad Ass.

11 Reasons Why You Need Do To Wash Your Jeans More Than Once A Year

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Last week, Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Company, caused quite a stir. In response to a question about how often we should wash our jeans, he admitted that he hadn't washed the jeans he was wearing in a year. Really, a whole year.

30 Great Experiences For Your Travel Bucket List

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

My travel bucket list just got really long because I stole my friend's and added a few of my own to it. Just this past winter, I was on a women's ski trip and met a new friend from Toronto. We were talking about travels and she told me she had a travel bucket list. I loved that she had it on her iPhone. I asked if she minded sharing it with me and so she did.

What The Contents Of Your Purse Say About You

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

In front of us, piled on a highly glossed wooden table, was an assortment of keys, lipsticks, mascaras, and hand creams. There was one tube of foot cream, two bottles of Advil, one bottle of Excedrin, and assorted prescription drugs. There were tea bags, nail files, perfume, hair brushes, make up, one extra large bobby pin, a dozen hair elastics, pens, and several bottles of hand lotion.

Why We Pick the Partners We Do

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Fisher's takeaways shake up some of our belief systems about men. My first stop from the Fisher study was to focus on personality traits to see if I picked the "right partner" in both of my marriages. I loved what I discovered and yes, I did well with both my picks.

43 Things Every Woman Would Like To Say To Their Hair

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.22.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

At 50-something, my hair still seems to be the bane of my existence, and I know I am not alone.  Hair seems is big topic of conversation amongst women of all races, ethnicity, and age. But at midlife, there is a big part of me that wants to look in the mirror and say to my hair, 'enough about you already!'

How's My Hair?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

The snowfall was higher than my 9" tall dog Jazz. When we looked out the back window and saw that there was yet another 12 inches of snow on top of the 8-inch base we both felt defeated. T

The Good Mother GPA

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

The other day I was sitting around with some girlfriends and we were talking about our role as mothers. How do we rate ourselves as moms -- what kind of GPA would we give ourselves?