This piece (My
Life and Hard Drive) is clever and charming. Laura Haywood writes
well, with a light touch that's really appealing.
Dorothy Mills via e-mail
You just made a sunless
day much brighter. My mother-in-law who died in 1980, left me a
box of costume jewelry. I recognized the name of Coro and disposed
of those a long time ago. The name Weiss meant nothing to me so
I did nothing with those pieces. After reading your articles (Buying
and Selling On E-Bay, Part
One, Part Two,
Part Three) I
discovered that I had several pieces left; the others largely say
Kramer of NY, Richard, or Made in Austria.
Thanks for your very
good advice. Jean Pond
I think it is vital for
women to not let their being a woman become a deterrent to seeing
the world or at least places they've never been.
I work as a consultant
and travel alone as my husband doesn't care to travel except to
a golf course. I put about 30,000 miles on my car a year, for work
Prepare to travel by
carrying a heavy coat and good sleeping bag for the car. No, I didn't
use either one, but if I had car trouble or if the weather turned
bad, I'd keep from freezing.
Another tip is to carry
a cell phone for long out of state trips, one with dual bands. If
you decide to wander in areas that are not well marked, be prudent
and at least let someone know of your itinerary.
Always be cognizant of
who and what is around you. I met a lady, now a friend, while traveling
who spent her 75th birthday at the base of Machhu Pichu in Peru.
She travels everywhere, sometimes alone and sometimes with a woman
This year I'm hoping
to plan a trip to Alaska.
Carmen Farnback, Oklahoma
I found your site this
morning - I accessed it because I'm a glutton for punishment - I
should have known you would be like all the rest. First and foremost,
by all means, continue to promote socialism. It never occurs to
those that put together "senior" sites that some of us are alive
and well and wish to continue to enjoy freedom.
Second, by all means,
continue with the "help me I'm falling" routine, heaven knows there
are plenty of seniors that revolve around their doctor visits.
And for icing on the
cake, by all means, continue to consider "home and garden" as an
"entertainment" category. (Editor's Note: It's actually Entertaining)
Your site is strictly cookie-cutter, boring and frankly, not worth
the time it took me to let you know it.
Bonnie Rae via e-mail
In August, 1999, I had
a heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery. Women our age (baby
boomer women) need to know that the symptoms of heart attack are
somewhate different than they are for men. Women are protect to
a large degreee by hormones. So if they've gone through menopause
or have had a hysterectomy, then they need to become even more aware
of the signs. I'd like to see you put something in your webiste
to alert women to this particular problem since I think most women
are woefully unaware of the dangers - I know I was -- and I was
only of of two women in my cardiac rehab program. This silent killer
is only now creeping up on women my age and I'd like to see them
made more aware of it. Mary Watts, Denver, Colorado
(Ed's Note: Betty Soldz's
and Heart Disease - Little Reported and Diagnosed Late focussed
on this underreported topic.
If only you knew the
ray of sunshine you brought to a particularly tough time. My dad
died last year and it was a shock to all of us, especially my Mom.
He was 72 and she is 67. My dad's sister, who is 78, came to stay
with my Mom for a few weeks and help her through her ordeal. Her
grief consumed her.
Your article "The
Stranger in My House" appeared. My aunt shared it with my mom
and she laughed and laughed. The tears at that moment were from
laughter and not from sadness. I think both of them related to the
article more than a little. I think it will always be special to
her because in her time of sadness and grief, you gave her a moment
of laughter. For that I thank you.
You probably do not think
of yourself as an angel but I truly believe that angels are just
ordinary people here among us who do very ordinary things that affect
us on a daily basis and that we remember. Thank you for being an
angel of laughter.
Patricia Hoffman via
I'm interested in exploring
the emotional and psychological issues surrounding early retirement.
I was shocked beyond words at the difficulty I faced because I had
always assumed that because I had so many interests and was so busy,
retirement would be fantastic. It wasn't. It was a blow to the ego,
first! Completely unexpected.
Irene in California,
via E-mail Editor's Note:
Thanks for your article
in SeniorWomen. Although I'm not of the site's average demographic,
I like the site nonetheless, and I loved what you wrote. Of course
I especially loved your reference to Francis
Perkins, who graduated from my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College,
and for whom an entire academic program at the College is named.
The Frances Perkins program
is designed for the special needs and issues for matriculating students
who are not of the traditional college age. I shall be buying your
book myself and love finding women to admire.
Sincerely, Hannah Im
I just found out about
your site and am so excited by it.
I used to be an art director
for an alternative newsweekly; now I'm a web designer. I'll be sixty
in April. I have often thought about the need for a site such as
The other sites I have
seen for people our age turned me off so badly I thought maybe I
was in denial about my age because I just couldn't identify. I have
had a quick look around your site and it looks great. I really look
forward to exploring it in more depth and participating in the forum.
I just know that you
will be successful. I mean, a LOT of us were active, powerful women
in the seventies. We can't all be dead! We're out here, and I for
one really, really look forward to some community.
Congratulations and thank
you for putting it out there.
Mary McDermott firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to let
you know so you won't think I've forgotten my article on long-term
marriages based on the answers I've gotten to the questionnaire
you have been wonderful to include on Senior Women.
I have received some
of the most moving, comprehensive, fantastic letters from women.
You do have the most intelligent, best informed, wisest readers
of any magazine, and of course it's because you attract that kind
of woman to your site. It just gets better and better. Mary McHugh
(Editor's Note: Since
this was written, Mary McHugh has started writing a regular column
for the site called Take
Five but read her Part
Two and Part
Three of Long Term Marriage Survey. Mary is writing a book tentatively
titled "The Seven Miracles of Christmas," which focuses on events
following the death of her daughter over a year ago Christmas.)
I just found your page
when I was looking for a legitimate chat room for women, preferably
grandmothers, over age 50. All I ever find is chats speaking a foreign
language to me.
I wanted to respond to
the the ladies who object to have a sales person ask if they are
eligible for a senior citizens discount. I just turned age 55 and
am thrilled that I can save money on my age. My key ring now has
4 discount cards due to becoming age 55 and I really use them.
Take advantage of all
the world has to offer us - you might as well be happy at age 55!
Natalie Traugh, West
Virgina, via e-mail
Just came across your
excellent accomplishment today as I was trawling for sites to include
in my Senior Corner, a community service for northern Michigan sponsored
by the Traverse Area District Library.
I'd like to include a
link to your site in our "Remote Resources' section. Many thanks
Mike Sheehan Moderator,
The Senior Corner TADL http://seniors.tcnet.org/
I wrote months ago congratulating
you on what was, at that time, a new web site. Just started back
with you and, oh my, how you have grown. Will now include you each
morning and feel more enlightened.
Your site is so readable,
intelligent and as they say "accessible". It's so great to be treated
as being part of a valuable group. Again, congratulations.
Cheers, Beeline6, via
I am interested in corresponding
with anyone who is pursuing housing issues for senior women as alternatives
to nursing homes and presently available expensive assisted living
I am part of a small
network of women looking to form some sort of community in the next
five to ten years. We had a start-up meeting with 11 people and
a consultant out of the co-housing movement.
Please reply to my email.
Thanks, Marilyn Zuckerman,
I'm a mid-life adult
student working on a MA in Library Science and Information Management
and also a second undergraduate degree in English.
I have enjoyed reading
the articles on your site. I have one suggestion. You seem to have
the references and article links scattered around the page. It would
be nice to have one link to articles which would bring you to a
table of contents and links to the senior women authors whose articles
you have published.
I especially like Rose
Mula's writing, and it would be nice to have easier access to her
articles with bio's and titles of other authors at a central page.
Sincerely, Sharon O'Shea
(Editor's Note: New design has done this.)
Sure would appreciate
more articles by Betty Soldz. They are always so clear and direct.
One has no problem with any of the information given or terms used.
Keep her articles coming!
Sharon in California
I just visited SeniorWomen's
page after too many months away, and wonder how I have ever gotten
along without your columns. I, too am a lap swimmer and have my
routine similar to yours. It is a time of quiet and peace and also
I had a go-round with
a x-ray tech that reminded me of your doctor and names stories.
Having had a mastectomy doesn't mean I have to be talked to only
with baby talk! It happens to men, too. Because my father's doctor
insisted on calling him "Willard," Daddy insisted on calling him
Unfortunately, I think
the level of care went down. The best way to handle this sort of
thing is to confront it head-on, nicely if possible. Some people
just need to be told and are embarrassed when they realize what
they have been doing.
In my working life, I
have insisted on having a last name and have encouraged other women
to have one also. Many have not noticed that in big corporate cultures,
men have last names and women frequently do not. It's not only a
put - down, it is stupid. There are frequently several women with
the same first name in a large office and this causes problems if
all you ask for is "Carol."
I am on a one-woman
campaign to have a last name, whether it is a business call or ordering
take-out Chinese. Such a stuffy, up-tight old bird! I love it!
Karlin Campbell via e-mail
| 2 | 3
| 4| 5