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So What If We Turn Into Our Mothers?

Michele Willens | Posted 09.08.2013 | Fifty
Michele Willens

I am well aware that many folks have mothers they truly don't want to emulate: those who were not nice ladies, who didn't have the energy or compassion to grandparent well, who couldn't find a way to age with grace. I pledge never again to say, 'I have turned into my mother' unless I make it very clear that I am, in fact, bragging.

How To Be Alone But Not Lonely

Michele Willens | Posted 07.29.2013 | Fifty
Michele Willens

When I told friends I was heading to Portland, Oregon for 10 days by myself, the responses were pretty uniform: 'Do you know anyone there?' 'Won't you get lonely?' 'Aren't you too old for a road trip?' The answers were 'no,' 'no,' and 'no.'

How To Break Up WIth Your Hairdresser

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

My last hairstylist worked just one block away from my apartment. It was convenient on those Saturday mornings I'd wake up really late, but I dreaded ...

FACE IT: Must Boomer Babes Face An Empty Next?

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

As we move into middle age--where the pimples may have been replaced by sunspots but the insecurity is right up there in intensity--there seems a big Empty Next up ahead.

FACE IT: Politically Correct Aging Ain't Easy

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

We are so much more than what's on the outside -- so why can't we just accept it and move happily into the next chapter? Why can't we internalize our older face?

Face It: Those Masks Are Made For Hiding

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

Another step in dealing with our changing appearance is confronting the "masks" we employ. Yes, I said employ, not wear. We are not talking about Halloween playthings.

FACE IT: Spontaneity Is The Ultimate Anti-Ager

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

A rigid and inflexible approach to daily life makes people seem well, OLD. To go a step further, I contend that lack of spontaneity not only leads to premature aging but to failure.

Face It: Is 50 The New 15?

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

The pimples have been replaced by the sunspots, but there are numerous similarities between the age of adolescence and the age of what many of us consider obsolescence.

FACE IT: Experience Is Back

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

I was at a friend's 60th birthday party recently and noticed that, far from impaling herself with the cake knife, she was beaming. She hasn't looked this fit in years, and is writing her second book.

FACE IT: Your Inner Dialogues Speak Volumes

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

It should be pretty clear by now that these IDs are rarely of the self congratulatory variety. More often we use them to scold and judge ourselves. I know mine rarely take a breather.

FACE IT: We All Have Our Uh-Oh Moments

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

Many women come to their doctors for other symptoms, but eventually focus on how they feel about the role appearance has or had in their lives. Therapists call this important step the "uh oh moment."

FACE IT: We All Have Our Pet Peeves

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

Let everyone else do their Ten Best lists and their Persons of the Year. I say it is time to own up to some of the stuff that is really bugging us.