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Best Reads for Women of All Ages

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If anyone knows me, they know that I consider myself an “Accidental Author,” who happened upon her own story later in life and decided to write it down one morning at her kitchen bar. Though my writing happened accidentally and spontaneously, my love for reading has always been ingrained. I am definitely an “Intentional Reader,” with a deep love for many classics and modern literary works. This month, I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you – books that have stayed with me into my “Later Dating” years.

 

“Love Story” by Erich Segal

This 1970s romance novel is funny, romantic, and tragic – all great ingredients for a passionate read that’ll make you feel. It’s been a favorite of mine among those written in the 1970s. When love […] READ MORE



What Do Later Daters Talk About?

When dating, there are generally some common questions or topics that come up, whether you’re in your 30s or 50s – with variation. As a later dater, it can be hard not to focus on the negatives you’ve experienced along your romantic journey. Baggage, pain, regrets; it all floats to the surface, whether you bring it up or not.

As long as you’ve been dating, you might even grow tired of discussing the same things over and over, although it might be necessary. It’s also possible to feel the urge to go into detail on some less comfortable, deep topics, which you are more fixed on at this time in your life. It may be too early for those right now; keep it light at first, and let that happen […] READ MORE



From Bollywood to Hollywood: Fashion, Diversity, Charity

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If you know me, you know my closet. It’s large, filled to the brim, and coated in all colors and fabrics. I am a lover of fashion, how it makes me feel, and the confidence the right scarf and pair of shoes can give to someone. I’m always willing to try new looks, especially unique ones, so any opportunity to be involved in a style-related something, I’ll take it. Enter my friend and Dallas designer Ruby Bhandari of Silk Threads.

Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this fashion queen, who takes her Indian culture and infuses it into her couture designs. I’ve tried on multiple custom-beaded pieces designed by her, as well as worked with her on a podcast and a few videos, all of which got […] READ MORE



Dating Differences: Millennials & Boomers

There’s no doubt that dating is different today than it was ten, twenty, and fifty years ago, but the mix of generations from spry millennial to seasoned baby boomer all coexist in this modern, connected world. Dating is certainly different among each generation today, but commonalities still exist in this universal pursuit of love, relationships, and the courtships they entail.

The Millennial Mindset

One of the biggest differences between generations is the kind of technology they group up with. Millennials have always had the internet and cell phones, whereas computers were just getting started in the boomer generation. What does that mean for dating? With Millennials, it means they tend to be in constant communication via texting, chat apps, and social media. They’re used to being able to reach their significant other […] READ MORE



Five Tips for Approaching Your New Love

There’s a sweet scent rolling across the fields. Can you sense it? Do you feel it? That’s the aroma of new love in the air.

It’s a glorious feeling, isn’t it? There are secrets untold, mysteries yet to be discovered and new avenues to pursue. Finding a new love is like finding a new favorite movie — you’re breathless and exhilarated and want to hang out with it again and again (preferably with food) until you’ve memorized every word.

But you must tread lightly. Love is vulnerable but new love is particularly fragile. One wrong move can send your beautiful new partner running for the hills. Or you could be the one who turns away, even before you get to explore all that unchartered territory.

Here are a few tips on how to […] READ MORE



Recap from Last week in California

Last week I spent some time signing books at Troys is on El Paseo Drive, and Stein Mart is in the Ranchos Des Palmas shopping center. I had a wonderful time in Palm Desert, CA meeting new readers and making wonderful new friends!

Thanks to everyone who came out!



Upcoming Events!

I’m very excited about some upcoming events that I get to take part in!

First up, I’m excited to be in Palm Springs next week for a book signing! Thanks to my dear friend, Catherine Ekland Mares, for arranging everything. For more information on how to take part, and who else will be there, here’s a link to some event details!

Then I’ll be in Keller, TX on February 6th, meeting some new friends and Cinderella’s at the local steinmart! More details on that are available here!

February is off to great start, Palm Springs, CA on February 5th, and Kellner, TX on February 6th. It’s sure to be a whirlwind, but I can’t wait to see you there!



Sirens and Sex

If your passport affirms a birthdate before the middle half of the last century (20th century that is) you are more than qualified to decide your own sexual behavior.

When being questioned by your Women’s Bible study class, it is tempting to be coy. Fred was the only man for me; he was the first and will be the last.

Your sinless sisters look at you with various states of belief. Some nod their pin curled coifs with thin straight lips while patting their freshly starched skirts. Others look at you in pity, mouths slightly open, while clearing their throats. Monthly cut and color jobs are necessary for their avid hunting trips to the Bingo games on Friday nights. They refuse to accept the theory, ” Abstinence […] READ MORE



“Hey, did you see Dad’s new girlfriend? Wow, what does he see in her?”

When Stepchildren Don’t Play Nice

Looking for love again “later” in life brings another level of complications to the relationship. The stepchildren. Just beware: repeated stomping on your toes produces giant blisters. Whoever coined the term, “stepchildren” must have been bleeding profusely from the wounds inflicted by the little Darlings.

The first thing to determine as you are eyeballing your Prince, dreaming of the Princess crown, is what strategy his kids are scheming in regards to you. Detour? Delay? Denial? Or the most noble game of all . . . Derail?

Here are insights to keep in mind when difficult stepchildren are in the picture:

Ah, you think, but ours could be a later-in-life fairy tale. “There will be no problems,” you’ve already assured each other. “Our children are grown.” However, grown children […] READ MORE



Cinderella at Steinmart!

Author Donna Arp Weitzman was joined by Prince Charming himself at her latest Stein Mart Book Signing. Vistors and fans like Kim and Terri Gill were able to have their photo taken with dynamic duo before walking away with their signed copies of Cinderella Has Cellulite!

Here Donna is pictured with the Stein Mart team! Thank you to Stein Mart and all of the readers that came by to meet Donna, and purchased the book!