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Month: September 2012

Women Helping Women: My Favorite Time Of The Year

Mom and DadFor those of you who are of the Jewish faith, this starts our New Year with Rosh Hashanah followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  I reflect on my life from the past year and look forward to making a difference in the coming year.  I feel very lucky to have both my parents, who are well into their mid and late 90’s, along with my children and grandchildren.  We all celebrate together by breaking our 24 hour fast. I look around and truly feel blessed.

This morning, as always, I walked my adorable little dog Maxie, and noticed that the trees are now changing color.  The days are shorter and the mornings are much cooler.  With this change in weather comes a change in our skin.  Less humidity makes my skin a little dry and itchy. The last thing I want to do is aggravate that by using soaps that contain high levels of Surfactant.

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My Inspiration, My Mentor…My Mother

I am one of those lucky people who have both my parents. My father is almost 97 and Mom is 91.

My mother taught me how to take pride in my body and how to keep my body looking and feeling good. She always set a good example:

Jack LaLanne Exercising
The Jack LaLanne Show

I remember when I was a small child I would go off to school as Mom was turning the television on to exercise with Jack LaLanne.  That took place every day and for ½ hour she concentrated on her routine.

When she would go out, which was almost every Saturday night, she would prep herself by putting her feet up high on her headboard with cool tea bags on her eyes.

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Menopause: The Great Equalizer

I am so thrilled to welcome Dr. Miriam Greene M.D. as a contributor to the Olga’s Secret blog. Dr. Greene has played a pivotal role in the development of Inner Intimates. The following insights were written by Dr. Greene after a very extensive consultation with a woman approaching menopause.

“While it’s true that menopause is the great equalizer, the side effects and potential issuesMother Daughter associated with it are not equal for everyone. I believe that menopause is good for some but for others not so. While some women have every side effect of menopause in the book, others have nothing. Nada.

And of course there is a range of menopause side effects. So while you are getting worked up about those pending symptoms, menopause can be freeing and energizing.

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Wendy Collett | (Dance) Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone

I am honored to Welcome Wendy Collett from Dry Babe as an Olga’s Secret Guest Blogger, take it away Wendy:

Hot Flash Mob 5
Dr. Eve Agee, Wendy Collett, Olga Cohen and Jeanette De Patie Hot Flash Mobbing in Greeley Square, NYC

We women can be so many contradictory and wonderful things. We can be buttoned up
and professional as well as highly irreverent and silly; we can be a tireless support and an active helper to friends and family while also requiring quite a bit of alone time; we may also be the kind of person who can break out into dance in the middle of NYC while also inwardly cringing at the idea of doing so.

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Where Did My Libido Go and Is It Just Us Women?

If you think that some women have a hard time talking about their private lives and their Hope Springssexuality, you should see this very revealing movie “Hope Springs”.  Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones give a commendable performance of an over middle aged couple whose 31 year marriage just exists with no passion.  They sleep in separate rooms, they have not had sex or sexual intimacy in over 4 years, and there is no conversation or interest in each other’s lives.

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