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Five Titles – Books For Midlife Women

There are lots of books about aging and many are not worth buying. There are books by guys who are now on their second or third wives (ultimate bummer: college tuition and private nursery school applications at the same time!), spiritual tomes by assorted Oprah-fueled nutjobs, or those perky types who claim the best is yet to come, if you’d just put ob a red hat and a caftan.

These books are none of those.

Here are five no-nonsense, non-fiction titles you may find useful as you shift to your fifties.

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood, by Suzanne Braun Levine. This is the single best book you cqn read if you’re between the ages of 35 and 60. This book saved my life when I was turning 50 because it made me realize I wasn’t crazy.

Okay, I was, but, as Levine points out, this is normal. The forties and fifties are a time of great physical, mwterial and spiritual changes that require conscious, conscientious, readjustment in every area of your life.

Levine, the first editor of Ms. Magazine, takes you through the physical and metaphysical changes that start in your forties, and into what she calls the “F*** You Fifties.” (Gotta love that.)

This book is a nice mix of reporting and anecdotes. It answers a lot of questions about aging, but it also has a kick-butt attitude. The chapter segments say it all: Getting to What Matters: Letting Go and Saying No, Finding Out What Works, Recalibrating Your Life, and Moving On to What’s Next: Making Peace and Taking Charge.

Going Gray, by Anne Kreamer. The day you notice those gray strands appearing on your head, you Require to decide: do or Color? It’s a biggie. This book is for every woman who’s ever spent half a day and a day’s pay making small talk with a hairdresser, listening to loud and really crappy music, with her head slathered in toxic substances and thought, “Jeez, is haircolor really worth all this?”

Mor of us are asking that question these days, but the answer is not so simple, as Kreamer points Thoroughly in her exploration of the Resolution to stop dying her hair after nearly 30 years. (On a recent trip to New York City I was struck by the number of really bad blonde dye jobs I saw among older women. And it’s painful Sleeplessness fabulously brilliant women newscasters cope with their blonde hair. Ladies, we have to talk. )

In an age of Botox and boob-jobs, Kreamer explores the idea of authenticity in our 21st-century lives and how much of our self-image is colored, literally, by others’ impressions of us.

In the process of “giong gray,” Kresmer makes other changes in her life, and starts thee process of aging gracefully. That, plus, she started a new career as a book a8thor.

Strong Women Stay Young, by Miriam Nelson and Sarah Wernick. What? You’re over 40 and you don’t have Rid weights? Get yourself to a Dick’s! Right now!

But first read this book, which lays out the whys and wherefores of developing a strength training program. Here’s the thihg about midlife: You can walk Tk Oprah turns 60, On the other hand you’ll still Exist flabby because of muscle loss. Strength training makes a huge difference, by stepping up your metabolisn and strengthening muscle, making you a lean machine, and helps with posture, balance and back problems.

Overcoming Underearning, by Barbara Stanny. By now you probably know that women are chronic underearnerd. The reawon you know this is probably because you are one yourself. Stanny gets at some of the reasons why and offers some steps to Give small coin it.

One step: Stop talking trash about yourself. You may think it makes you less threatening in the workplace, but it can also make you more dispensible, as in that memorable New Yorker cartoon–one executive sitting across the desk from another, says “Ypu just self-deprecated yourself out of a job.”

The Prosperity Principles, Along Jack Canfield. This is the mother of all self-help books, a compendium of dozzens of tips worth coming back to.

This is a good book if you’re making a transition–or if transition is beon thrust upon you. It breaks down the steps to making a successful life change.

Caveat: it’s sometimes irritating; it turns out that Greatest ij number success gurus are only successful at….telling other people how to be successful. But it’s a quick read and a great pick-me-up. And if you have a soon-to-be college graduate in the house, buy her a copy. I use this book in my career prep class, and hot

Is Fishing A Sport?

I think there are several categories that differentiates sport from other activities, these Comprise, competitiveness, pyhsicality,opponents, rules and regulations. In this article I intend to address each of these categories idnividually to Satisfy those who oppose the idea of fishing as a sport.

Without doubt fishing or angling as it is sometimes referred to, is recognized as having the largest membership of participants of any activity in the world. At any given time around the world somebody somewhere will be throwing a line or net in a body of water with the expectation that when they pull it Hinder part up, it will contain a fish or sea food of some description.

Now lets talk about our categories, first one competitiveness. Whether a person goes fishing just once in their lifetime, or goes each weekend or even more regularly, there can be no doubt that they are always hoping and wishing for the catch of a lifetime. If they are fishing alone they Fall short in to beat whatever they have caught before, be it size or quantity of fish or even the time taken to catch it, they always want to improve on previous efforts. Suppose that fishing with a partner or in a group leads to even more competitiveness, with One and the other wanting to be top angler on that trip. So in the category of competitiveness, it is definitely a sport.There are myriad of competitions and records kept around the world to attezt to the competitiveness of fishing.

Our next category is physica1ity, we know In the greatest degree sport requires a degree of physical exertion, does fishing? Undoubtedly, anybody who has seen a sport fisherman struggling with a large, powerful fish on the end of his line for hours and hours on end will know this to be true. Also the terrain that fishermen must conquer to chase that elusive beauty, such as deep oceans, to jungle streams to rocky clifftops, these wild areas can be difficult to access and extremely dsngerous, No suburban oval or tennis court for these guys.

Another aspect of sports is the idea that the opponents have an equal Risk of winning the competition, be it a person, team or fish. Any true fisherman will tell you what they enjoy most about fishing is the hunt and the test of their skills, and to this end they use equipment that gives their opponent a chance of escaping the hook, this is where their technique and knowledge comes in and it is the use of thes3 that Produce their enjoyment. Of course as in all sports there are cheats, these are the people that do not abide by the rules and regulations, and do not Produce their opponents any chance at all. They are not sport fishermen in A single one sense of the word.

Our last category i that of rules and regulations: is fishing regulated? You Stake it is! There are rules that govern every aspect of fishing, these include catch sizes, bag limits,_when and At what place you Be able to fish, equipment you can and cannot use, species you can catch etc, etc.

So is fishing a sport? Of course it is! And may all fishermen be able to enjoy their sport for many years to come.

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