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April 01, 2007

About 50-Something Moms Blog & Our Contributors.....

About the 50-Something Moms Blog

Welcome to 50-Something Moms Blog -  Hot flashes and hot lunches, perimenopause and puberty, saving for retirement and paying for college--you've really got it all, even if you're not sure this is the all you really wanted. You're a 50-something Mom.

50-Something Moms Blog is looking for a few more great writers. If you can write about your life and parenting with coherency and humor, let us know. Include links to previously published blog posts or at least two sample posts.

50-Something Moms Blog is a member of the Silicon Valley Moms Group. Other blogs in the group include Silicon Valley Moms Blog,  DC Metro Moms Blog , New York City Moms Blog, Chicago Moms Blog, Los Angeles Moms BlogOhio Moms BlogNew Jersey Moms Blog, Deep South Moms Blog, Canada Moms Blog, Philadelphia Moms Blog and Rocky Mountain Moms Blog.

Our contributors:

AlexandraAlexandra is a first generation American, whose family arrived here from South America in 1959. She has spent her entire life with one foot in both cultures, an experience that has left her with rich stories to tell and a life that is colorful. She lives with her husband of 16 years in a quaint tourist town alongside Lake Michigan, in Wisconsin. She is mother to their greatest blessings, their 3 sons, ages 15, 14 and 8.

Evenings and weekends she can be found working with the best caterer in her small town. Her days are spent homeschooling and playing "Guess Who."  She embraces the concept of the new domestic goddess, as in do all things for your home with relish: farmer's markets, gardening, family outings, and pie crusts.

She tries to do all with the deliberate intent to create memories in her children's lives. She has always been happy with a pen and paper, and now a keyboard and a screen. Her purse and pants pockets are often filled with scraps of paper with bits of writing as thoughts and ideas strike throughout her day. Alexandra spends her days practicing the art of living in the moment. She co-blogs about this life along with her 8 year old son, writing with humor and poignancy, at their personal Good Day, Regular People.

Alexandra has wished to be a mother since she can remember, and is grateful for each day she is blessed with living the role of her dreams. Her second dream has always been to write. She hopes to one day put together the last chapter on her novel, but the story never seems to want to end. Alexandra is thrilled to be contributing to 50somethingmoms!


Alicia describes herself as "the best damn copyeditor you'll ever find." She's been a writer, an editor, and an editorial supervisor, and she's taught writing and editing classes. She's done this part-time, full-time, as a consultant working from her home, and as part of "other duties as assigned."Alicia took some time off from working in an office to stay home when her children were born. Her consulting business was just starting to thrive when her husband died, so she took some more time off from work.  She was just starting to look for employment in an office again when her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, so she took some more time off from work.  Basically, Alicia has been taking time off from work for the last 11 years -- unless you consider raising two boys, running a household, and keeping the family afloat in the wake of death and catastrophic illness "work."

Alicia loves theology, politics, and poetry, and she's finally started working on "that book inside of her." She blogs about her life as a mother-daughter-widow at Forever Changed. Having lived all over the country -- Los Angeles, Boston, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Chicago, and Washington, DC -- she's not sure where "home" is anymore, but she currently lives near Tucson, Arizona, and daydreams about the Sonoma County coastline.

Amyz Amy has been married for 23 years, her husband says it has been the happiest 40 years of his life – he is very funny. You may sometimes see her referred to by her married name, Levinson. After 23 years she is still contemplating a full name change. Professionally it is Zimmerman all the way.  She is the mother of two teens, Danny – a HS junior and Jana – a college sophomore. They are both the light of her life – a crazy woman who just happens to love teenagers.Amy is a graphic designer by trade and works in the PR, Marketing, Pharmaceutical, Special Events and Corporate Design industries. Her work includes creative strategizing and project management as well as art direction and design. She has worked in just about every market, from beer to blood pressure meds. Blogging is her latest passion, a medium she has been waiting for her whole life.She has been a WAHM since way before we had a name for it. In fact, at the beginning of her motherhood women had to say things like, “I am sorry, I can’t make that meeting, I have a conflict” which translated into: “Sorry, I have to take my kid to the doctor”.Thankfully the working world has evolved and women are now able to strike their own balance, retaining a professional life while still being the kind of parents they want to be – a fact she celebrates every day. Amy blogs about the antics and absurdities of everyday life at i could cry but i don't have time. She also keeps a photo blog, leaving the zip code, that encourages living outside the comfort zone. Reader submissions are encouraged.



Ann Bibby is an American ex-pat living in Alberta, Canada. An internet bride, she emigrated in 2007 and is currently blogging for 50 Something Moms and at Care2's education blog. While working on a writing career and earning her teaching certificate as a yoga instructor, Ann is also wife, mom/step-mom who writes a fair amount of fiction in addition to spouting her opinions whenever she is allowed. She hopes to finish her memoir in 2010 and that chick-lit novel she started back in 2006. Ann's blog is anniegirl1138.

_MG_1834-2 4 5BW Brenda calls them “Credibility Stats.” It’s numerical shorthand to condense a journey through life that actually defied stats. She attended fourteen elementary schools. She never saw a Christmas tree two years in a row in the same house until she was twenty-six years old. Her father married nine times. Her mother married four times. Three of their marriages were to each other. Brenda has married five times. Her first husband died of complications of multiple sclerosis from Agent Orange in Vietnam. Her second husband died of lung cancer. Her third and fourth marriages were ill-considered stabs at finding herself. Her current and last husband is an incarnate blessing and she treasures the richness of their life together.

While an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Brenda prefers an irreverent spirituality honed in the trenches of life. She holds a Masters Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications and a Master of Divinity. Brenda was Senior Advisor for Religious Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, Executive Director of the first religious-left political action committee, Clergy Leadership Network, during the 2004 Presidential Election and has pastored several churches. She speaks, writes and coaches from an authentic center that she has cultivated from a life of challenge, success, grief and joy. Her raw honesty and irreverent humor insures that everyone walks away with a new truth for their own journey in life.

When Brenda is not blogging for 50somethingmoms she blogs at and you can book her as a speaker at that same site.

Photo by Global Village Studio,

Cynthia_2 Cynthia Samuels has been blogging for three years and has an extensive background online, on television and in print.  In addition to the four years she spent at iVillage, she served as Children’s Book Editor for and one of the first site reviewers for EXCITE.  She spent most of her professional life as a broadcast journalist, as senior national editor at NPR, political producer of NBC's Today Show, where she worked for nine years, and Executive Producer of the teen newscast Channel One.  Author of It’s A Free Country, a Young Person’s Guide to Politics and Elections (Atheneum, 1988,) and dozens of articles and book reviews, Samuels is a partner in Cobblestone Associates, LLP, is married and has two grown sons, both of whom work in the computer gaming industry.  She and her husband Dr. Richard Atkins, currently a first-year law student, live in Washington DC.   She also blogs at her personal blog Don’t Gel Too Soon. ( ).

Dpphoto Darryle Pollack started her blog,"I Never Signed Up for This", in honor of all the times she has said those words--as a mother, breast cancer survivor, artist, writer, chocoholic, tv journalist, Yale graduate, procrastinator, and wife (because her husband always says he comes last on her list).   Absolutely nothing turned out the way she expected---and the path of her life continues to be as disorganized as her desk and as jagged as the pieces in her mosaics.  This includes her entrance into the blogosphere----via the Huffington Post---- and the creation of her latest project, Cluttercast, Connecting Through Clutter. 

DebbiePrior to marrying in her late 30's, Debbie Moore worked 14 years in university student affairs. Her experience included positions in residential life, student activities, and recreational sports. Born and raised in Texas, she spent two years in Hartford, Connecticut proving her independence. Feeling like a fish out of water, she returned to Fort Worth where she met her husband.

Debbie started blogging in 2009 in search of her mid-life voice. Opinionated, even as a child, she finally found a way to get her “two-cents worth” in, whether asked for or not. When not blogging at Diaries of An Older Mom, she attempts to keep up with her 12-year-old daughter, serves as the community watch coordinator of her neighborhood, and volunteers at her daughter's school.

Feb082150x150 Donna Schwartz Mills has been a rock journalist, a television production assistant, a freelance sitcom writer, a meeting and convention planner, and a mom who blogs. If she had been born a cat, she’d now be halfway through her nine lives, which she figures is just about right. Donna lives with her husband, middle school daughter, two cats and a goldfish in Southern California, a locale that provides her with plenty of fodder for her main blog,SoCalMom. She also writes reviews at SoCal Stuff, and contributes to the political blog,Momocrats . She is an emeritus member of the Writers Guild of America.

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Jennifer Wagner writes the popular blog, Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology. Parents can often seem to be behind the curve since whats "hot" in both technology and pop culture often changes so rapidly. Having had to be tech-savvy for her recent jobs and being a pop-culture addict helped Jennifer actually appear slightly cool to her teens so she thought it would be fun to share that knowledge. Jennifer has both an M.L.S. and a J.D. degree and has been working with Internet research for years now. She was also the coordinator of a conference program titled “Multitasking Millennials” and previously ran a computer school for kids. She also writes both a Parenting Teens and a Television page for the

JoanneJoanne has always been crazy about Washington, D.C., but finally got to move to the area in 1988.  After spending a decade in the "glamorous" world of broadcast news, Joanne gave law school a spin, practicing law at firms and a government agency in D.C.  It finally became apparent to Joanne that writing (not the legal kind!) was her real passion, so to ring in the new century she bagged her law practice and took up freelance writing full time.

Joanne has a eight-year-old daughter who she and her husband adopted from China.  She is also stepmom to two adult daughters.  When she's not writing, blogging or mainlining Project Runway reruns, she's thinking about how she can get more stamps in her passport and how to convince her husband that it's time to drink those bottles of Ornellaia and Solaia he's been saving. Joanne lives with her daughter and husband in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., just close enough to be able to almost-honestly say she lives in Washington! Joanne's freelance work has appeared in many national and regional publications, including The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Examiner, as well as on The Huffington Post, MSN and Marketplace Radio.  She's trying to compete with Sarah to see how many blogs she can write for.  Joanne blogs and exercises her punditry muscles as PunditMom, her personal/political blog, as well as blogging at  MomsRising, MOMocrats and is a Contributing Editor for Politics & News at BlogHer.

HeadshotKalisa has a confession: She's not quite 50-something yet. But as the mother of a high school junior, she feels like it most days. Kalisa attended the University of Memphis, where she acquired both a journalism degree and a husband. She and Chip have one son, Elijah, who is 16 and won't friend his mom on facebook.

Balance has never been Kalisa's strong suit. She has a tendency to swing to the extremes and expects people to hang on if they want to share the ride. The thought of being an empty-nester next year has Kalisa a bit freaked out, so after her beloved Saints won the Superbowl she went to Mardi Gras and came home with her first tattoo — a fleur-de-lis on her ankle. Elijah can't decide whether she's an embarrassment or the "cool mom."

Kalisa blogs at I'll Be the One in Heels and writes a fashion blog called No Excuses Fashion, where she spreads her fashion philosophy that women can be fashionable no matter their size, time constraints or financial status. 

3919881879_83ffed9d1b_m Laura Scarborough began blogging at Adventures In Juggling in 2004 in order to cope with what she saw as her crazy life as a juggler. With five children at all ages and stages of life. a darling husband in the midst of his own personal mid-life crisis and a career as a registered nurse clinician in a busy Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, what else would she be doing but juggling?

Blogging about her life as the master juggler in her own three-ring circus, she has survived, coped and enjoyed life loving her darling husband,  raising her five clowns, caring for her youngest child with complicated medical and developmental special needs, becoming a grandmother to the most amazing grand daughter ever, and learning to cope with randomly unannounced peri-menopausal hot flashes that make her want to re-think her personal philosophy that it is ‘great being a girl’.

Laurie-Fabrizio Laurie Fabrizio is a humorist/writer, wife of twenty-six years, mother of two college age daughters and three dogs. She is not quite 50 yet, but according to all of the AARP mail she has been receiving, you’d think she was.  The frozen Tundra of Minneapolis Minnesota is her home.

For twenty-two years, she played a soccer Mom, and corporate wife- alias June Cleaver/Jill Taylor, depending on the day of the month. Tired of housework and carpools, she realized that becoming a writer was a dream of hers.  Both daughters are still in college, (one has moved back home and the other comes home regularly) and suffer from “run-outta”: run-outta food, clothes and /or money.  The two family dogs, AKA the Fur-ball Duo, became the Fur-ball Trio, after her husband agreed to adopt number three following one too many Mojitos.  Their scheming and pantry heists, have led to many of her pet stories.

Her husband’s wit and childish behavior make him the butt of much of her humor writing.  In an apparent act of revenge, her husband has become a “Top-Gun” wanna-be.  He now touts a private pilot license and provides ample opportunity to validate her fear of flying.

Laurie is a contributing author of the book, “Laugh Your Shorts Off.” When she is not trying to keep her husband on the ground, you can find her on her personal blog, “Married to Middle-aged Maverick” or on Twitter at lfab24 .

Leah 2Leah is a 50-something mom of a teenager, a recognized expert and dynamic speaker in educational wellness committed to nurturing health and empowerment through imaginative play and yoga.  Currently, through her company, Yoga Playgrounds, Leah leads workshops and trainings nationwide while also developing new resources for kids and their parents and teachers.  Pizza Party is Yoga Playgrounds first DVD.  It offers a complete yoga-based creative movement class for young children and an ideal indoor active play resource for pre-schools and parents of youngsters.  In development are two new products are soon to be released, including a 9-DVD movement enrichment series called Move With Me Action Adventures and an instructional manual and DVD for how to teach yoga to children with special needs.  

She is a dedicated yogi of 20 years and a graduate of the Yoga Works Teacher Training Program in Santa Monica, CA and a Yoga Alliance registered ERYT 500 hour.  She holds a BS in Dance Education from New York University and a MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. As former Program Director of Yoga Ed, Leah developed and co-authored all Yoga Ed. Pre-K – High School curricula, materials, programs and trainings for both yoga and classroom teachers as well as students. She has also co-created several successful products with other companies including the Yoga Pretzel and Planet Decks by Barefoot Books.

Leah and her husband, Bruce, also host Family Constellation workshops in Encino,CA, where they live with their teenage son, Mack.


MaryK50somethingbio Mary Kraemer studied English literature in college simply because she liked it, without any regard to a career path except she knew that a teaching job would inevitably result in a one-way ticket to a padded room with soft lighting and bars at the windows. So, she worked in a Watergate law office for a short while before landing a sequence of jobs in the solar industry before it was cool. That choice would guide the next decade of her career, becoming an editor and desktop publisher using a Mac 512K and PageMaker 1.0 to create industry trade magazines while living in the mountains of Colorado with a husband and new baby, forging into a new realm of what’s now called being a Work at Home Mom.

The seduction of the Macintosh became so enticing that she left solar (and the husband) for the glamour of microchips and hard drives in Silicon Valley (as well as the ability to attend frequent Grateful Dead shows). She packed her stuff and the baby into her Volvo and moved into a phase of life called being a Single Mom.

Eventually, married to the man of her dreams and three children (including a set of twins) later, she became disenchanted with fat paychecks for editing hundreds of pages of software manuals with endless revisions for companies that continued to go out of business, and tapped into a genetic predisposition for travel. Her friends exclaimed, “You are so good at this, you should do this professionally!” and she believed them. Kissing the 5-foot-tall confines of CubicleLand goodbye, she began living the dream of being a travel agent (and working from home). She now spends her days planning magical vacations while doing the Sandwich Generation balancing act of caring for her 90-year-old lung-cancer-survivor dad, her husband, her kids, and a new Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. She scrapbooks and trains for half marathons in her spare time.

Her motto: Life is a journey—be sure to have a good travel agent!

Melanie Melanie Hayes is a 50-something Mom of nine year old gifted twins who is utilizing all of her skills and life experience to survive the adventure of parenting. Her kids amaze, exasperate, thrill, and frighten her on a daily basis with their unique outlook on life. Melanie homeschools her twins and they often join her in her daily activities of gardening, cooking, reading, sculpting, painting, and traveling. However, they do not willingly join her in grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, pet care, or any other repetitive, mundane daily task. Melanie spends A LOT of time with her children and she is intimately familiar with the joys and hardships of raising and educating exceptional children.

If that weren’t enough, Melanie is also a professional educational consultant specializing in the needs of gifted children. She has made it her life’s work to help gifted children find their niche and achieve their goals. She is passionate about creating a world where all children are encouraged to wonder, play, explore, and think. Melanie holds an MEd with an emphasis in the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented children. She is also a credentialed teacher and has experience in evaluation, assessment, intervention, professional development, teaching, and mentoring.


Nancy Giehl lives Boulder, Colorado with her husband of 30 years, three dogs and a cat. She is the mother of three college students, a 21-year-old daughter and 19-year-old boy/girl twins, who are generally wonderful but occasionally not. (And yes, that’s a lot of tuition payments.)

In her "before kids" life she worked as a financial analyst, earned a MS in nutrition and wrote college curriculum. Then came three kids in 18 months, 200 diapers a week and little to no sleep; a time period of which she mercifully remembers nothing. Fast-forward ten years during which she did the full-time mom thing, to 2006 when Nancy and her long-time friend, Joan, started a small downsizing and organizing business, Simple Moves and wrote, Organize Pack Move! Strategies and Money-Saving Ideas to Simplify Your Move.

With kids growing older, lifestyles changing and parents aging, Nancy and Joan discovered things that worked for them in the past weren’t working anymore.  After long discussions over cheese enchiladas and margaritas they decided to launch a blog that searches for cool, practical stuff and ideas for women who are switching gears. And that’s where you’ll find Nancy blogging at Just the Right Things.


Sharon has been a California Central Valley girl all of her life. She has been a registered nurse for about 30 years. Sharon holds a master's degree in nursing administration and works as a neonatal intensive care staff nurse because she "would rather hold babies than manage anything."

Blissfully, happily married, Sharon has one son. She is a former antique dealer, and still likes to dabble in buying and selling collectables. Sharon is guilty of always planning her next vacation. She blogs about "mostly nostalgia, most of the time" at her personal blog: Channeling Ricky

Valri Valri is an advertising sales professional who, after an abrupt economically induced layoff from a 15 year career at a major entertainment company, turned to blogging to get the anxiety of unemployment out of her head.  A year later, and newly employed again, Valri still writes to express herself since none of her kids pay any attention anymore.

A mother of 4, Valri has three daughters in college and one in the 5th grade and she is arming herself for another battle with the teenage years just around the corner.  She hopes to survive.

Happily married (almost all of the time), Valri resides in Southern California and keeps hearing that 50 is the new 30.  Mostly, she hears herself saying it to other people.

You can read more at Dumping My Purse.

Me square1Varda Steinhardt is a mother, a daughter, a wife and a writer.  In her former life, B.C. (before children), she was a TV/video/media producer and also worked off-off-Broadway as a director and dramaturge helping writer/performance artists mold their one person shows.  She used to travel around the country and the world, now she feels lucky if she makes it out of her neighborhood once a week.  That neighborhood is Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where, as an older mother of twins, she feels quite at home.  It’s also where she started out.  She loves being an “urban mom” and thinks raising kids in the city is a wonderful thing. Her 7 year old twins are fraternal boys, and one of them is on the Autism Spectrum.  This has opened up a whole new chapter in her life as an amateur sleuth: an educational and medical investigator constantly looking for ways to help her son unlock his amazing potential.  Her philosophy as an “Autism Mom” echoes that of Temple Grandin’s mother: “Different, not less than.” 

She also has a very elderly mother who recently became a widow.  The intensity at the end of her father's life, when the responsibilities of being a mother and care-giving daughter crashed together into a perfect storm is what begins her personal blog: The Squashed Bologna: a slice of life in the sandwich generation. The name is pretty self explanatory, she feels like the squashed meat in the middle, pretty much all the time.  She is thrilled to be blogging with the other wonderful mother/writers at the NYC Moms Blog, and the 50-Something Moms Blog.

50 Something Moms Blog is a member of the Silicon Valley Moms Blog Group.

The management team:

Jill_asher018_2 PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP & CO-FOUNDER: Jill Asher is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Moms Group.  The idea came to Jill over two years ago (March 2006) to start Silicon Valley Moms Blog, after she finished her one year "Presidency" of PAMP. After inviting friend after friend to join this "crazy idea"  that moms would want to write about parenting experiences in their regional area, Jill has watched Silicon Valley Moms Group blossom into over nine collaborative blogging communities. By far, her biggest challenge and greatest joy is motherhood. Jill and her husband are the proud parents of two elementary school aged daughters.  Jill admits that she is NOT A PERFECT PARENT and fears her daughter's teenage years. Her girls can be heard running around the house screaming, "Mommy is blogging again!" and she needs to bribe from time to time them with treats.  Is she allowed to admit that? On the bright side, Jill really digs living in Silicon Valley and tries her best to blend in, praying that no one will hear her "New Jersey accent". Unless, of course, she is royally upset. Jill handles PR, Marketing, Business Development and outreach for this collaborative community. 

Tekla_n_017crop_2 MANAGING MEMBER, SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: Tekla S. Nee, a cofounder of the Silicon Valley Moms Group, serves as editor-in-chief and CFO for the network of blogs. She has been writing about parenting for more than 25 years for magazines like Parenting, BabyTalk, Working Woman, Special Reports: Family, and Better Health and Living. She blogged for five years before there was such a word, writing a weekly column about about her life with three kids for the Palo Alto Daily News. She's published three books, The Mommy Rescue Guide First Year; The Mommy Zone: Tales from the Trenches of Parenthood; and The Everything Baby's First Year Book (also published in Russian and Chinese). And that's just in her spare time, during the day, she masquerades as a mild-mannered technology journalist working for a major metropolitan magazine.

Bethblecherman1718depolophotographyPARTNER AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY MOM: Beth Blecherman (Beth B.) PARTNER (Co-Founder) - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY MOM:
Beth Blecherman is a techie turned blogger mom who is in charge of blogging technology and development for the Silicon Valley Moms Group network. She also works on the outreach/development to obtain new bloggers and organizing events for the network.  Beth started her career in application development, then system auditing and her last role was Senior Manager, Computer Process Integrity, for Deloitte.  Beth's personal blog is on tips, tricks, and discussions about parents use of technology for their families (Techmamas).  When not blogging, she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and tooling around other new online social networking sites...

Linsey Krolik profile-1 PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: Linsey Krolik joined the management team of Silicon Valley Moms Group as a Partner in October 2009, after serving as the company's lawyer, book club editor, and a contributing writer for Silicon Valley Moms Blog since July 2007. Linsey has been a technology, media, and business lawyer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for the past ten years.  Before operating her solo law practice, which she started shortly after the birth of her twins in 2004, Linsey was Corporate Counsel for ARM, Inc., a United Kingdom-based intellectual property company and worked for a variety of tech companies in the Silicon Valley, including Palm, Inc, OmniSky Corporation, and 3Com Corporation. Linsey holds a combination JD/MBA degree from Santa Clara University School of Law with a concentration in High Technology Law and in Marketing and has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 2002. She is the co-author of the book "Virtual Incorporation: A Lawyer's Guide to Forming Virtual Corporations," which was published by the American Bar Association in 2009. She is a speaker and teacher, having spoken at BlogHer'08 and taught at Solo Practice University and Outside the Cube. Linsey is very active in her community, sitting on the board of several local organizations as President and in other Board of Director roles. She is a twin mom (plus one more makes three kids aged 6 and under), a twin herself, and a cancer survivor. In addition to writing at Silicon Valley Moms Blog, she writes at her personal blog, Me Too You, and at her twins club's blog Mad About Multiples. Linsey handles business development, advertising and legal issues for SV Moms Group.



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