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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's Caption Day!

I'm sure we've all "been there-done that!"

Give us your best caption.

(Personal experience welcome!)

And, while you're at thinking, BUY WOOF!

Mary - aka, Milkbone
Mary Cunningham Books

Monday, September 14, 2009

Suzanne Braun Levine...Questions WOOFers!

Eileen Williams of Feisty Side of Fifty fame has done a number of interviews with Suzanne Braun Levine. You may remember Levine was the founding editor of Ms. Magazine.

Well, Levine's also written several books on boomer women and related topics. (Levine's website) Her newest endeavor is a book on love, sex, and intimacy as we age. She's even created a questionnaire. Check it out at Feisty Side of Fifty!

To read more about boomer women...

Diana (aka d.d.dawg) www.dianablack.net

Monday, September 7, 2009

Must Love Dogs - Claire Cook

Hers is a story to make any WOOFer proud!

Bestselling author Claire Cook, Must Love Dogs (See below for a complete list of her books), teaches workshops for aspiring writers and women coming into their own at midlife, and has had previous stints as a fitness teacher and dance and aerobics choreographer. She lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts, often called the Irish Riviera, with her husband, where they are occasionally visited by their borderline adult children and their laundry.

In Claire's own words:

"After decades of procrastination, I wrote my first novel in my Ford Windstar outside my daughter's swim practice at five in the morning. It was published when I was 45, and at 50 I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel. Midlife rocks! I love telling my story, because I think so many women (and a few good men!) have buried dreams like mine. My advice: dust them off and go for it!"

Featured Monday on The Today Show!

(Anyone who writes a book titled, "Must Love Dogs" is great in our book!)

Claire's Cooke's Website:

Click for more Books by Claire Cooke.

How have you "dusted off your dreams?" Share your story with WOOF.

Mary Cunningham - Milkbone

Coming Soon from author, Mary Cunningham - Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle (Quake - DEC 2009)

Thursday, September 3, 2009


One of the disadvantages of an older marriage is the fact that you may not have the opportunity to know your in-laws.
My father died two years before I met Tom, and both of his parents are deceased. Since we will never have the chance to meet these in-laws in person, Tom and I decided we would get to know them through shared memories and old photographs.

I enjoyed telling Tom stories about adventures with Dad, who definitely marched to the beat of a different drummer. We have spent hours pouring over photo albums as I recalled things I experienced with Dad, weaving in tidbits about his personality, his likes and dislikes, values, etc. I think Tom particularly liked the story about when Dad was teaching me to drive—and the brakes decided to go out on our 1952 Cadillac limousine that my father had purchased in 1964 as a “real steal.” But that wasn’t the worst part. We were traveling (actually careening at that point) down the steepest hill in Eugene, Oregon! I can’t repeat the words Dad used when he was ordering me to stop the car before we hit a very busy intersection. To his dying day, Dad told everyone how I had the presence of mind to pull on the emergency brake; in the midst of all those unmentionable words that—needless to say—did not help the situation!

Tom brought me a photograph of his parents taken shortly after they married in 1943 and we framed it. Tom’s father died when he was only four, so sadly, he doesn’t have many memories of him. But hearing all about Tom’s mother, Alice, has been wonderful. Like—the time she made Tom a red vest when he was chosen to serve at his school’s father/daughter banquet. He was so proud that day, and still has the vest. Through his eyes I saw the sweet, gentle soul who sacrificed so much for her son.

Tom would have liked Dad and I know Alice would have been one of my favorite relatives. And somehow I know that Alice and Dad would have approved of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lyons.