Barbara Hannah Grufferman

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Archive for February, 2011

Do You Feel Pretty?

There have been quite a few articles published recently about how people, especially women, “deal with” getting older. I thought some of the articles, and some comments, were a tad too critical of women who want to look attractive as they age. News flash: there’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel pretty. Nothing, no matter how old you are. Yesterday, . . . Read More

What Can Arianna Huffington Teach Us About Women, Power and the Art of Being Fearless?

When I looked up the definition of “power,” several words came up that were accurate, but disconcerting — authority, control, strength, force — often connected to “over” as in “control over, authority over” and so on. In the introduction to her excellent new book, “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power,” feminist and activist, Gloria Feldt . . . Read More

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE . . . FREE?

Ah, Money. Money. It’s something we all need. Whether you work for it, inherited it, saved for it, married into it, won the lottery, or some combination thereof, when you start to inch toward midlife, just make sure you have a plan so there’s some left over for you to live on… and enjoy. Financial issues can be complicated, frustrating . . . Read More

THE SEVEN BIGGEST MISTAKES WE MAKE IN MIDLIFE (and how to avoid them)

A few months ago the editors at Health.com wrote an article –”11 Mistakes Women Make in Middle Age” — which was based on an interview with me about my book,“The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More.” It generated so much attention that other media outlets have run the story since then, including Yahoo . . . Read More

IN PRAISE OF OLDER MOTHERS

Full disclosure: I am an older mother. My first daughter was born when I was almost 38, and my youngest entered the world three days before my 41st birthday. Even though I’m 54 and going through the tumultuous teenage years, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Usually, I don’t think about it, except when I attend a meeting at . . . Read More