The best of the best Five for Friday ever…

skin organic Until next week anyway. I admit it, I love all the Five for Friday’s – probably because I’ve tried most of the products and sites I feature each week. But this week in honor of Women at Forty reaching its year milestone, I’m highlighting the best of the best. Five of my favorite Five for Friday posts… (Image: Real Organic Skin Line)

1. The Women Blogger’s Rock Edition – Blogging aint easy, I should know. But these fellow female bloggers make it look easy. From a site for curly girls to an organizing buff’s dream site, these five women bloggers are worth checking out. Let’s share the love. *Since I first ran that post back in May, I’ve found quite a few more women bloggers I admire, Minka over at Aural Notes being just one. Watch for a Women Blogger’s Rock – Part II coming soon!

2. The Earth Day Edition – Technically it was “The day after Earth Day Edition” since Earth Day fell on a Thursday this year. But never mind, the Earth Day finds are awesome, no matter what day of the year. A one-stop green marketplace makes green living easier, RealOrganicSkin offers a line of, you guessed it, real organic skin care products and Gap Adventures offer adventure seeking travelers authentic, sustainable travel experiences. Check out the post for site links and more great finds. Continue reading The best of the best Five for Friday ever…

The best of: What’s sexy…

man-cooking With the exception of the day our story ran on CNN.com, the “So, what’s sexy” post drew the most traffic to the website. Ever. While the title had something to do with it, I have a sneaking submission that the majority of site hits came from women (of all ages) with the solitary mission of staring intently at Alex O’Loughlin’s absDisclaimer: I have to admit that even today when I look at that picture, my eyes glaze over and I think “that is just absolutely ridiculous” (in a good way) — And while the devil on my shoulder (intent on helping me increase site traffic) toyed with the idea of including the words “Alex O’Loughlin, abs and sexy” in each and every future post, the mature, 40-year-old woman in me realized that that just wouldn’t be sexy.

So, what is sexy – besides the abs of course? Confidence, a man with a great voice, romance, intelligence… Here’s some of what Women at Forty find sexy…

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I’d forgotten all about that…

Teaneck High School Thanks to the magic of Facebook, I’ve recently reconnected with quite a few friends from high school. A couple of them remember the classes we had together, the teachers who taught us and even the conversations we had during those classes. One even remembers us being in chorus together in middle school! I’m thankful they have those memories and even more thankful they share them with me because here’s the thing – I don’t remember anything. Ever. My brain is like a cold battery that requires frequent jump-starts by other, fresher brains. In fact, I’m so bad, I’ve been accused of rewriting history. There have actually been occasions where I’ve been surrounded by family in the midst of recalling, and telling, a really great/funny/interesting story (in my really-great-story-telling voice) only to have my handlers (my sisters) announce to everyone in attendance, “ummm, yeah…that never happened. Not even a little.” (Photo: My Alma mater -Teaneck High School, Teaneck, NJ)

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Just me

Hey, it’s just me here. I’ve decided to create a separate category where I can take off my editor hat and write about anything and everything that interests me, which, after 40 years on the planet, is an awful lot.

If you know anything about me you know I love to read, love to write, and have an opinion (unfortunately) on just about everything. I wanted to create a space where I could freely share some of these opinions and life observations. I should warn you, at times what you’ll read here may be shocking. For instance, I have bought, read, and *hangs head in shame* enjoyed all four novels in the Twilight Saga (hey, I never said I’d be proud of everything I’d be writing about.)  In this post I want to talk about my professional skills – or lack of it, as some of you have correctly suspected – as a writer.

I’ve been involved in writing on the corporate level for years and as legend goes, practically started reading before I could walk. While elementary classmates were involved in baseball and basketball, I was determined to excel in my elementary school’s read-a-thon, and win the Pete Rose Reading Award. I read 72 books that summer (ok, so most of them were 10 pagers) and won that award and an autographed Pete Rose baseball bat – Booya! Back then books were my friends and my refuge from a bunch of tough Philadelphia kids who weren’t quite sure what to do with me and my thick Jamaican accent. Continue reading Just me

The best of: Our proudest moments, biggest regrets and dreams in the making

Back to school About a month after launching the site, I had a thought – well a question. Five to be exact. I wondered: what women our age most regretted, what was the one thing we couldn’t shake, of what we were most proud, what was the most exciting thing we planned to do (or did) at 40, and what were some of our biggest dreams.  The challenge was to answer in 3 words or less. To date, I’ve received almost 100 answers and although less than half answered in 3 words or less (what was I thinking?) all the answers were interesting. Here’s some of what you had to say…

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