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Saving the Best for Last! January 24, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, People, Writing & Writers.

This afternoon, I went to a book signing at Ginny and Jane E’s on the island to meet a blogging buddy, Renee Fisher (right), and her co-authors, Jean Peelen (left) and Joyce Kramer (seated).

What a blast!

Some of you may know Renee as the author of  Life in the Boomer Lane, a witty and humorous blog for “women of a certain age” . . . and for anyone else who enjoys laughing hard (even if they do need to take a quick potty break to avoid having an . . . um . . . accident).

Renee’s most recent series dealt with her good friend Susan’s exploits in the hairy scary world of on-line dating:  Sex and the Sixty (Year Old) ~ Part 1 through Part 5.  The series ended with a hue and cry from Renee’s readers for “More!” . . . and a Rebuttal from one of the men Susan dated who wanted to clear his good name.

If you haven’t yet met Renee, swing round Life in the Boomer Lane next time you’re in the mood to be amused.

Back to the book signing:

Renee, Jean, and Joyce met 17 years ago at a transformative workshop, Lifespring.

They became fast friends and have since co-authored two books together:

* Invisible No More ~ The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 (2005)

“For these three brave women, life began at 50 years of age when they made a decision to be honest about themselves.  Thankfully, they have shared their stories with us.”

~ Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique

* Saving the Best for Last ~ Creating Our Lives After 50 (2009).  From Amazon:

Due to the overwhelming response to the authors’ first book, Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50, Saving the Best For Last incorporates several new chapters, as well as an exciting interactive element throughout.   You, the reader, can not only read Renee’s, Jean’s and Joyce’s enlightening and very real experiences of aging and reinvention, you can also participate in powerful life changing individual and group exercises and processes that will forever change the way you see the years after 50.  The three authors speak candidly about many topics, including:  sexuality *  dating and mating * money * faith and spirituality * our mothers * loss * friendship.

As you, too, pass the threshold of fifty, you may discover, as these women did, that this is a moment in your life to celebrate ~ a beginning, rather than an ending.  This is a journey you will not want to miss.  Saving the Best For Last is your roadmap and your guidebook.

For more information on these amazing, FUN, talented, and vibrant ladies:  Invisible No More

Related post:  Anna Maria Island ~ The Beach.  The Beauty.  The BLTs. (Life in the Boomer Lane)


1. Lisa Wields Words - January 24, 2012

How fun! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you went and met Renee!

nrhatch - January 24, 2012

She’s even better in person that on her blog!

And Jean (a “recovering attorney” and recently elected commissioner for Holmes Beach) and Joyce (who just started a business, The Wholesome Table ~ specializing in Organic food and Weight Watchers cuisine) are equally AWESOME and awe inspiring.

The three of them make me feel like a slouch. 😉

2. Andra Watkins - January 24, 2012

It is always a joy to meet people in person once I’ve carried on with them in the blogosphere……..oh, um, that doesn’t sound right, does it? 🙂

nrhatch - January 24, 2012

I know just what you mean, Andra.

I’ve met two bloggers face to face (so far). And have tentative plans to meet you, Pix (Sweet Days Under The Oaks), and Barb (Passsionate About Pets) in the not too distant future.

Woo hoo!

3. suzicate - January 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing…I can’t wait to zip right over there for a good laugh!

nrhatch - January 24, 2012

Excellent! I expect that you’ll enjoy Renee’s sense of humor. She’s a hoot!

4. sufilight - January 24, 2012

My sister has started dating again after 25 years of not doing this. She is in her early 60’s. Not a fun experience for her as she has met a few toads, but she is not giving up in her quest for companionship with a nice gentleman.

Will check her blog out!

nrhatch - January 24, 2012

If you read through the comments on Renee’s recent series, you’ll see that she met her current husband (of 5 years) through on-line dating. Renee discusses “speed dating” in the books.

Love is in the air! Best of luck to your sister.

5. souldipper - January 24, 2012

I definitely will be exploring these links, Nancy. I will welcome a good laugh – and especially from women of a special age! 😀

nrhatch - January 24, 2012

Excellent! Renee’s blog is FUN . . . and the books address the commonality women share as we mature.

6. cuhome - January 24, 2012

Sounds like a ton of fun! Books sound fun, too ~~ I just might have to check them out !!!

nrhatch - January 24, 2012

Hi Janet! Hope you being here means that YOU are on the road to recovery. 😀


7. jeanne - January 24, 2012

Looking forward to reading the books listed…now that I am a woman of a certain age.

nrhatch - January 24, 2012

I’ve been reading Invisible No More . . . eye opening, thought provoking, and amusing.

We are strong powerful beings . . . let’s celebrate!

8. Pocket Perspectives - January 24, 2012

What dynamic, energetic looking women they are….and sounds like they have lots of positive ideas and insights too! I’ll have to check out their books.

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Dynamic . . . energetic . . . positive . . . . EXACTLY! They exude energy and enthusiasm for “what is still to come.”

9. jannatwrites - January 25, 2012

Sounds like you had a great time! Glad you got to meet up with more ‘blogosphere’ friends.

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Two met . . . 100’s still to meet! Including YOU!

I’m excited about meeting Andra, Vix, and Barb when they visit Florida this year ~ Barb’s coming to the states from Australia!

Woo hoo!

10. Just A Smidgen - January 25, 2012

An excellent guide for women, I think, it’s about time some of the myths were replaced by honest observations:)

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

For the most part, they paint a rosier picture of life after fifty than I’ve heard elsewhere . . . but the chapter on body parts heading for the EXIT sign made me gulp a bit. 😯

Enjoy the NOW!

11. barb19 - January 25, 2012

Hmmm, I will have to get ‘Invisible No More’ – sounds right up my street, being as I am well past that certain age!

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

It’s a spirited trifecta of a memoir ~ full of insights and observations by three women who decided to BE exactly who they are. Very liberating.

12. eof737 - January 25, 2012

Lovely! They look happy! 🙂

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

They exude happiness and shed positive energy . . .

People are drawn to them like moths to a flame or vampires to our life force. 😉

13. Victoria-writes - January 25, 2012

Ah love blogging meet ups!

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Yes! I met Jeanne (Flying G’ma) and her husband last February and am hoping they’ll “fly south” again this winter. Renee is the 2nd blogging buddy I’ve met ~ I planned to swing by for 1/2 an hour or so to say “hi.”

I ended up staying for 3 1/2 hours of high energy conversation . . . which ended with a short ride in an open-air electric buggy. Whee!

14. Team Oyeniyi - January 25, 2012

I have to get this book!

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Saving the Best for Last includes chapters on Bodies, Dating, Weighing, Memories, Breast Cancer, Money, Rational Women/Irrational Patterns, Faith & Spirituality, Mothers, Loss, Friendship etc.

Plus . . . it builds on Invisible No More by pulling readers INTO the discussion with exercises at the end of each chapter.

15. Tori Nelson - January 25, 2012

So much fun. I bet Renee is a pretty fun lunch date!

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

She is! And she shared her potato chips with me! 😉

16. sweetdaysundertheoaks - January 25, 2012

I love this post Nancy and want to purchase these books! Saving the Best for Last for sure!! Glad you met these smiling beautiful faces 🙂 Fingers crossed here!

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Saving the Best for Last pulls readers INTO the book to think about their experiences with exercises at the end of the chapter. You can take a peek at in on Amazon.

Fingers crossed! On February 4th, the Island Library is holding its Annual Book Sale from 9-1 pm with BARGAINS GALORE! If you want to go with me, let me know.

Also, Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival is that day. Info: http://www.sarasotahighlandgames.com

17. Jackie L. Robinson - January 25, 2012

How lovely! Authentic and inspiring women…who model for us what it is to fully embrace our lives. Felt myself smiling as I read your post….xoxo

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Very authentic and very inspiring . . . they shed positive energy, creating smiles as they go! 😀

18. ceceliafutch - January 25, 2012

I look forward to checking out the books….sounds like great reads for this woman “of a certain age . . .” 🙂

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

It’s great that you are exploring possibilities, embracing challenges, and learning something new every day, Cecelia!

19. 2e0mca - January 25, 2012

Made me immediately think of Marc Cohn’s ‘Saving The Best For Last’… Being honest about ourselves is very important – sounds like they have a good thing going 🙂

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Seems so, Martin . . . when we know WHO we are, we know HOW to live.

20. thirdhandart - January 25, 2012

I clicked over to Life in the Boomer Lane and was very impressed with all of the energy and enthusiasm. Thank you for the links. 🙂

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

Excellent, Theresa. Glad that you had a chance to check out Renee’s blog. It’s generally a FUN place to visit. 😀

21. Booksphotographsandartwork - January 25, 2012

I am going to run, no wait, walk right over as soon as I go pee again for the millionth time today!

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

You go, girl!

I am drinking more water. I know it’s good for me . . . even if I have to make more frequent visits. 😉

22. bluebee - January 26, 2012

Renee’s blog looks like a real eye opener!

nrhatch - January 26, 2012

Her posts are true + funny . . . the best mix!

23. viviankirkfield - January 27, 2012

Nancy, I always read your posts with joy…and a little trepidation…I know that I will often be sent on another journey of thinking and/or reading. 🙂

I will definitely check out the books (right up my alley) and the ladies and their blogs. What inspiring women!

nrhatch - January 28, 2012

Thanks, Vivian! And YAY! That’s my #1 goal . . . to inspire thinking, pondering, wondering, and wandering. 😉

Hope you enjoy their exhuberance.

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