Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Baby Boomers in the Hood

When I was growing up "neighbors" were something like an extended family. Everybody knew everybody and all of the grown-ups always had permission to spank anybody's child if they got out of line. During the holidays neighbors visited each other and brought goodies and swapped presents.

That was the community I came from and I still have that sense of "community." When I moved into my neighborhood three years ago, I immediately wanted to know who my neighbors were. Not because I was trying to find out their business so I could turn around and gossip to my friends...but rather because I wanted to know what things we had in common and to develop a sense of trust between each other. All of us share one thing in common---we're baby boomers!

Immediately I discovered my next door neighbor Kathy is a cat lover and loves to square dance. She's from Ohio. She also has a hidden talent of writing deep inside of her and she could do her own series on "Ms. Home Improvement." The things she can do with a drill are nothing short of incredible!

My other neighbors, Adair and Vickie are nurses. I don't get to see them much because of their schedules but when our paths do cross we find plenty to talk about. Up the street, there's a James Taylor look-a-like. I remember the first time I saw him I thought he was the "Handy Man" and I told him so. He said he's been told that before but doesn't see the resemblance. He has two children and a wife who's also a nurse. Much to my surprise his next door neighbor is a guy I used to bowl with in a league. We weren't on the same team but he was friendly then and remains true in spirit now.

This past Saturday my neighbor (and friend) Kathy invited my husband and me to her home for a celebration party. She earned a long-awaited degree from NCCU and she and her friend Ray were also celebrating birthday milestones. We didn't know anybody at the party but Kathy and Ray but by the end we made some new friends. My husband hit it off with some fellow "boring" engineers and I had an absolutely fabulous time mingling with people I probably would've never met otherwise. We talked about the good old days and how much things have changed,

Do I know my neighbors? Yes...and in case of an emergency I know I can call upon anyone of them. Can you do the same?


Need a last minute Christmas gift? Give the gift of humor and inspiration with a copy of "Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age" Available on amazon.com or get an autographed copy at: www.talk2bev.com

Friday, December 08, 2006

How to avoid having your gift "re-gifted" this year

Every year thousands of Christmas gifts are “re-gifted.” The truth of the matter is your friends and loved ones don't necessarily have the same taste as you, therefore, may not love the gifts you've chosen. Or they might give you one you're not crazy about.

In a survey conducted last year, nearly 40 percent of the respondants said they re-gifted a present they didn't particularly care for. Why?

1) It wasn't the right size size.
2) They didn't like the color.
3) It looked "cheesy"
4) They already had one.
5) It was a fruitcake!

If you want to make sure your present will be appreciated and used this year, purchase a copy of “Hope for the Holidays.”

This CD Project is a combination of Spoken Word & Music and is also “personalized” to the recipient with a special poem.

Instead of re-wrapping it and giving it away to some unsuspecting soul, your loved ones will “Thank You” and play it for their friends while complimenting you for giving them such an inspiring and unique gift.

Order your copy now by going to: http://www.talk2bev.com/holiday.htm

And the best part of it all is the price is UNDER $10!!!!


Beverly Mahone is the author of the book, "Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age and inspirational speaker who put together the "Hope for the Holidays" CD Project.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"Hope for the Holidays"

"Hope for the Holidays" is a heart-warming collection of spoken word put to some of your favorite holiday classics by Author and Inspirational Speaker, Beverly Mahone. (There are 8 selections, along with some closing remarks and credits).

This is a labour of love--inspired by God.

Pre-order sales are being taken RIGHT NOW. I encourage you to go to the site and listen to a sample of the CD.

http://www.talk2bev.com/holiday.htm


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD's will go towards various charities.

The first 25 people to order will also receive another little special gift.

This makes a perfect gift for yourself, family, friends and it will last as long as the CD does. Make sure you specify who you would like the poem to be personalized for.


Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone
Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age
http://www.talk2bev.com

“I’m not a writer because I wrote a book. I wrote a book because I was inspired by God.”

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Name My CD

This holiday season I’d like to partner up with one of you to make a generous donation to our favorite charities.

I have put together a Holiday CD, complete with Spoken Word and Music. It's a project I started working on before the book promotion and now it's finally complete. If you've gone to my website recently and listened to "Who Stole My Body" you'll have some idea of how I mix spoken words with music.

I need a name for the CD. Here's what's on it:

"Twas the Night before Christmas" (music: Winter Wonderland)

"Not Only Christmas Day" beautiful poem written by a woman named Mary Fairchild www.christianity.about.com (music: What Child is This)

"The Birth of Jesus" (music: O Holy Night)

Plus TWO light-hearted pieces including “12 Days of a Menopausal Christmas.”

This project has been on my heart for awhile. It's just my way of giving back because of the blessings I've received.

O.K...so here's the deal....If you come up with a name for the CD and it's chosen (I think I'll let my husband make the decision), I'll give you a free copy AND donate a portion of the proceeds to YOUR favorite charity. I already have one of my own that I'm planning to donate to. I expect to sell tons of these CD's & downloads (both on and off line) so your charity will love you love you love you love you.....

So, that's it. I'd like to have a name by Sunday so I can start the promotion on Monday. You can come up with as many names as you can think of.

As always I appreciate your support!


Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone
Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age
http://www.talk2bev.com

“I’m not a writer because I wrote a book. I wrote a book because I was inspired by God.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Free Teleseminar on Book Marketing & Promotion

Do you have a good book just waiting to be read by the masses? Do you want to know how to take your book to the next level? Are you trying to finish writing your book and wondering how you can successfully promote it?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, then you’ll want to attend a FREE one-hour teleseminar on Successful Book Promoting with Author Beverly Mahone.

Learn how this “unknown” writer took her book from the bottom of the barrel on Amazon.com, with a ranking of 1,622,326, to the Top 400 OVERALL and a #71 ranking in Women's non-fiction in less than 24 hours.

Find out how I moved hundreds of books successfully without spending thousands of dollars.

Selling your book to family and friends is easy because they know you and want to support you but marketing to the “general public” is another story altogether. Learn how to market on and off line in this FREE teleseminar on Tuesday, December 12 at 8pm (EST).

If you know you’ve written a good book, this is your opportunity to show the rest of the world know just how talented you are. Sign up for this free teleseminar today by sending your name and email address to: mahonebeverly@ yahoo.com. A confirmation email will be sent to you, along with the access number for the seminar.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR SEATING NOW!!! I look forward to chatting with you on Tuesday, December 12, 2006. Please feel free to share with your fellow writing buddies.


Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone
Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age
http://www.talk2bev.com

“I’m not a writer because I wrote a book. I wrote a book because I was inspired by God.”

Thursday, November 23, 2006

What a difference a year makes

For as long as I can remember, I spent every Thanksgiving at work. That's because television news doesn't take breaks for holidays. Even though it tends to be the one day out of the year when crime is down, the show must always go on. I spent the last 25 years in the business---most recently at an ABC Affiliate in North Carolina.

Year after year, I would be one of the ones "stuck" in the newsroom, behind the Assignment Desk, waiting for news to happen. More often than not, I would have to put on a creative thinking cap and make something happen myself. It didn't matter that I was a single mom who had to cart her child off to some other family. It didn't matter than I was a "seasoned veteran" who should've been given more respect for my years of service.

As a thank you for being forced to come in to work, management would provide a Thanksgiving meal consisting of dried turkey and other less than desirable items. And you would be forced to enjoy your thanksgiving meal with some less than desirable colleagues.

But things are different this year. I no longer have to work on Thanksgiving or any other holiday for that matter (if I choose not to). After more than 25 years in the business, I was forced to throw in the towel. Television news isn't anything like it was when I first started out as a rookie reporter. News is LESS about news these days and MORE about "showcasing" individuals or fiercely competing with other stations for the right to be #1. It doesn't seem to matter anymore if all of the facts aren't quite right in the story or if the reporter is "clueless" about the subject they're trying to report on or if managers show a total lack of sensitivity to the REAL ISSUES.

That's not a business I want to be a part of anymore. I'm sad to say that because I believe I was one of the last voices protesting in editorial meetings when managers insisted on portraying African-American male suspects in such a negative light while giving a free pass to their white male counterparts. I was one of the last voices to insist that reporters act like journalists and not like some prima donna TV stars.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, even though I'm unemployed, I can honestly say I am so thankful I don't have to leave my daughter at home alone (she's old enough now) while I go in and wait for BREAKING NEWS.


You can read more about Beverly's days in television in her book "Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age." It's available on amazon.com or through her website at http://www.talk2bev.com

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Michael Richards Giving Baby Boomers a Bad Name

His racist comments are a wake-up call on the state of race relations.

My daughter came home from school today and asked if I had heard the racist comments made by someone from the Seinfeld show. I had not. She proceeded to tell me all she could remember from the discussion in her African American History class.

Needless to say, I was shocked but wasn't quite sure what to believe since it was coming from my daughter--who doesn't always pay the best of attention in class.

But sure enough, she was right! Michael Richards, who played Kramer in the Seinfeld series, apparently went off the deep end during a stand-up comedy routine at the Laugh Factory over the weekend. There were some hecklers in the audience. They just happened to be African-American males.

Richards was reported as saying, “Shut up! Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a [*fucking*] fork up your ass.....You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now [expletive]. Throw his ass out. He's a nigger!” Richards shouted before repeating the racial epithet over and over again.

If you watch the video, you can hear some laughter in the audience as Richards is ranting and raving and then someone can be heard gasping “Oh my God” and people respond with “ooh” after Richards uses the n-word.

You can also hear someone say: “It's not funny. That's why you're a reject, never had no shows, never had no movies. Seinfeld, that's it.”

There is outrage being expressed. Comedianne Mo'Nique has been on the radio urging folks to ask televisions around the country to cancel Seinfeld.

But you know what? Michael Richards did us all a favor. He made us painfully aware that racism is still very much alive and well in America. He said what many of us are afraid to say. His comment about Blacks hanging upside down 50 years ago sounds like it came from something deeply rooted in him. He didn't just come up with that off of the top of his head. It was in his heart and it was ugly.

How far this story will go will depend on how far the media chooses to carry it. As a journalist, I know the make-up of many newsrooms around the country. They consist of white men in suits who make editorial decisions daily without much input from African-Americans because we are rarely hired for decision-making positions.

Yes, Michael Richards did apologize...some 48 hours later...but the damage has already been done.

Thank you Kramer, for keepin' it real!

http://www.tmz.com/2006/11/20/kramers-racist-tirade-caught-on-tape/

Friday, November 17, 2006

Baby Boomer Women Rock the Casbah!

Here are some comments from my fabulous baby boomer cheerleaders!!!

Bev,

I am thrilled at what you have been able to accomplish.

I've been thinking about my book for quite a while now, and quite honestly, I was feeling overwhelmed at the thought of trying to get a publisher, and an agent... I just wasn't sure if I could go through that painstaking process.

Spending time with you last night turned my thinking around. You are an inspiration.

If you can do this, so can I!!!!! I've seen your process - it is perfectly repeatable (ladies - ANY of YOU can do this!!!!), and I'm going to go for it! AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Thank you for your words of encouragement. I'm solidifying my outline and I'll begin working on the book itself after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thank you Beverly, for sharing your story with us. Thank you for being so accessible, so open, and so giving of information.

You are an amazing woman. You deserve all the glory that's coming to you - just look at how many people your book is going to help through menopause.

You took Amazon by storm. You go girl!

You are an inspiration. THANK YOU!!!!

Warmly,
Jenn
Business Empowerment Coach
Create a Powerful Business.

Business tips and advice for women entrepreneurs:
http://www.jgivlercoaching.com/newsletter.htm



Hi Beverly,

As an author myself, I have to applaud you and the success that you had with your Amazon #1 Bestsellers day. You and the women here at Ryze created quite a stir on Amazon. It is no wonder that people are calling you now trying to find out what your secret is.

I praise God for your success and continue to pray for the best of everything as you move forward as an author and a speaker.

Blessings,

Rebecca Simmons http://www.NCCMRadio.com
Author, Speaker and Radio Show Host
http://www.NBBTA.org/Radio, http://www.DPC-Books.com
Books, Radio and Speeches that Make a Difference!


Hi Beverly,

You made a wonderful showing and we are all very happy and pleased to be a part of your success.

You know being number one isn't always about the "1,".....our plan and "the plan" sometimes takes a different route.

I believe this is only a stepping stone for a higher plan.
From your post I know that you believe that too, so, I would say you are a big winner this first time out.

I'm looking forward to reading your book and the next one, and who knows?

Congratulations!!

A November To Remember!

Bea Kunz
http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com
Eat Well-Be Well


Beverly, my dear!

I was one of those people at work, but clicking over every hour on the hour to watch you leap forward to that #1 spot. I got caught up in the excitement and to me, YOU ARE # 1. I'm so proud of you!!!

Hugs and Blessings,

Betty


OK...that's the power of internet marketing and the laws of attraction. It really does work!

Oh, by the way, the book they were really pumped about is: Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age. it's still available on amazon.com or thru my website: http://www.talk2bev.com

"Unknown" Baby Boomer Author takes on the Literary Big Dogs on Amazon

It was a hard fought campaign. I was up against some stiff competition. The Big Dogs of the Literary Field with all of their money and other promotional resources were fierce. Meanwhile, it was just little old me---unknown, baby boomer author, Beverly Mahone, with no money, no publisher, no connections……trying to take the #1 Amazon ranking by storm. But I was STILL determined to become the #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon on Thursday, November 16, 2006. (OJ Simpson was on the Best Seller’s list with his book, “If I Did It”)

“If?” WHATEVER!

My book, Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age started at the bottom of the barrel on Monday with a ranking of 1,622,326…Folks, that’s ONE MILLION, SIX HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX. Slowly, it started to make its move. When I went to bed on Wednesday evening, my book had jumped up into the 30,000 (plus) position. That, to me, was a very positive sign. People were starting to buy the book.

On my BIG DAY—I awakened to a ranking of 15,496. And then I started to see significant jumps. From 4,564 to 3,376, to 1,726 and them I cracked into the Top 1000. Hour after hour I watched the rankings. I continued to climb.

3pm #811
4pm #913
5pm #700
7pm #552
10pm #498
11:59pm #521
Midnight #502

My phone was ringing off the hook. My email was overflowing. The ladies I network with on WIN (Women In Networking on the Ryze Network) had me pumped up! They were just as excited for me as I was and I don’t know how many of them actually have day jobs—but I don’t think any of them got any work done on Thursday!!! They then turned around and threw a Fabulous “virtual party” in my honor at 9pm—complete with prayer, praise and worship for the Creator from whom all blessings flow.

In the end, I didn’t make the #1 Best Selling Author’s List. The highest ranking I received was #498. So I went from 1,622,326 to #498 all in ONE DAY. And I did with some absolutely fabulous help. There are way too many to mention here—but I will send you a personal thank you in the coming days.

Am I disappointed that I didn’t make it to the #1 spot? Well, if this had been “all about me” I would say yes…but since I know this is all a part of a greater plan that God has in store for me, I will tell you I’m elated at the results. I don’t know many people who could’ve done what I did in a day with all of the obstacles I faced. As far as I’m concerned, on November 16, 2006 I was a best selling author because I moved LOTS OF BOOKS (with YOUR help).

And you know what, since I know God still has the FINAL SAY SO…that #1 Ranking may still be in His Plan.

Again, thank you so much for all of your support.

Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone
http://www.talk2bev.com

“I’m not a writer because I wrote a book. I wrote a book because I was inspired by God to write.”

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Why OJ Simpson, folks?

OK...I've spent the last several months working on a promotion to take my book to the #1 spot on Amazon.com. I did it without a Publisher, financial resources, or Oprah.

So now TODAY IS MY BIG DAY. What do I see? OJ Simpson on the best Selling Author's List with a book called If I Did It. "If"? WHATEVER!

What is wrong with you America? How is it that this man has been able to generate enough PRE SALES to earn him a "Best Selling Author" tag? No way!
How many of you sat and watched in horror as the jury read the "not guilty" verdict in the Nicole Simpson/Ron Goldman murder case? Weren't you outraged? And now, here you are giving this man a status by making him a Best Selling Author. I guess it proves the notion that money and fame and murder makes for a great read.

So my little old book on hot flashes, weight gain and menopause is small potatoes in comparison. But I beg to differ. is a great read and on top of that it's funny and inspirational. Oh yes, I even talk about MURDER because in the heat of a hot flash that's an act that crosses my mind!

So America, do me a favor. Give this unknown baby boomer author an opportunity to show you what a talented writer she is. My book is called Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age

Order your copy today by going to: http://www.whateverpromotion.talk2bev.com

Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Finding the right doctor is one of the most important decisions a woman can make as she is entering into menopause. This transition of life is one that requires a physician who will candidly discuss what it all means as well as offer all of the alternative forms of treatment. Often times, treatment of menopause results in anti-depressive medication or unnecessary hysterectomies.

Years ago, menopause was as taboo as mental illness. There was a stigma attached to women going through "the change." In his book, (published 1966), Dr. Robert A. Wilson wrote, "Many women endure the passing years with cow-like passivity and disinter; and a disturbingly high number take refuge in sleeping pills, alcohol and sometimes even in suicide...The tragedy of menopause often destroys her character as well as her health." It was that kind of attitude, from a so-called expert, that forced many women to suffer in silence, for fear of being ridiculed or labeled as crazy because of their hormonal imbalance.

But in this day and age, there is no reason women have to sit back and suffer in silence. The menopausal years are a time for us to take charge of their lives. When deciding on the right doctor, you should ask the following questions:

1) What is your health care practioner's training in menopause and in aging?
2) How knowledgeable is he or she about the menopause transition?
3) What classes on menopause and on aging have they attended or taught recently?
(You want a health care professional who's up to date on current treatments)
4) Can you talk to your doctor openly?
5) Does he or she explain things in a way you can understand?
6) Is he/she willing to consult with other professionals on alternative treatments?
7) Does your health care provider give you information to help increase your
knowledge about menopause?
8) Does he/she review the pros and cons of Estrogen Replacement Therapy and
Hormone Replacement Therapy?
9) Does he/she discuss the side-effects of synthetic drugs?
10) Is your health care provider readily available? Having to wait a month or
more may not help you.

Remember, it's your body. Keep asking questions until you get the answers you're seeking so you can make a wise decision about your healthcare.

Monday, November 13, 2006

12 Days of a Menopausal Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A HEADACHE ‘CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
FIVE HOT FLASH FANS
4 BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
SIX BOTTLES OF ESTROGEN, FIVE HOT FLASH FANS---FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me
SEVEN PACKS OF BEDSHEETS, SIX BOTTLES OF ESTROGEN, FIVE HOT FLASH FANS---FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
EIGHT BAGS OF ICE, SEVEN PACKS OF BEDSHEETS, SIX BOTTLES OF ESTROGEN, FIVE HOT FLASH FANS---FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
NINE PAIRS OF GLASSES, EIGHT BAGS OF ICE, SEVEN PACKS OF BEDSHEETS, SIX BOTTLES OF ESTROGEN, FIVE HOT FLASH FANS---FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!


On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
TEN MEMORY PILLS, NINE PAIRS OF GLASSES, EIGHT BAGS OF ICE, SEVEN PACKS OF BEDSHEETS, SIX BOTTLES OF ESTROGEN, FIVE HOT FLASH FANS---FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
ELEVEN CHOCOLATE BARS, TEN MEMORY PILLS, NINE PAIRS OF GLASSES, EIGHT BAGS OF ICE, SEVEN PACKS OF BEDSHEETS, SIX BOTTLES OF ESTROGEN, FIVE HOT FLASH FANS---FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
TWELVE PINTS OF GIN, ELEVEN CHOCOLATE BARS, TEN MEMORY PILLS, NINE PAIRS OF GLASSES, EIGHT BAGS OF ICE, SEVEN PACKS OF BEDSHEETS, SIX BOTTLES OF ESTROGEN, FIVE HOT FLASH FANS---FOUR BLANK CHECKS, THREE MORPHINE TAPS, TWO ASPIRIN—FOR A HEADACHE CAUSE HE WOULDN’T SHUT UP!

Recording available by going to: http://www.hotflashkit.talk2bev.com

copyright 2006 Beverly Mahone

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I'm still Hot...It just comes in Flashes Now!

I started having a glimpse of what's known as peri-menopause about ten months ago. First, there were the hot flashes and then my menstrual cycle became very sporadic. My gynecologist said once I go into full blown menopause, my cycle will stop completely, to which I say “Hallelujah”!

As far as the hot flashes go, they can be very annoying and inconvenient. The first one I clearly remember having was at work right around the same time I was trying to handle some breaking news. All of a sudden I felt this intense heat rush from the base of my neck up to the top of my head. It felt like I was on fire! It only lasted about a minute but that was just long enough for me to consider murder if anyone had said something I didn’t like right at that moment.

You see, I’ve chosen NOT to suffer in silence which makes me eager to let my colleagues and anybody else I come in contact with know when I’m having a “moment.” This is their warning to steer clear until they’ve been given the “everything’s OK” signal. When Sweaty comes in, it triggers a not so pleasant personality change. I become uncomfortable and irritated. That’s when Bitchy takes over and she can hang around a long time if aggravated. Now there are some who might argue that Bitchy and I have been acquaintances for quite some time. You know what I have to say to that?

Whatever!


Who needs Oprah when I can have you to help me become the #1 best selling author on Amazon

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Gerald Levert's Untimely Death Should Be a Wake-Up Call

In the wake of the untimely death of soulful R&B singer, Gerald Levert, the issue of good nutrition and healthcare must once again come to the forefront of discussion in the African-American community.

Yes, it's a tragedy that the life of such a naturally gifted and talented individual ended so abruptly. Gerald levert was only 40 years old. He contributed greatly to the music world and he did it without stealing other people's music or cursing every other word. But we cannot overlook the fact that he was overweight and that may, very well, have played a factor in his death. Excess fat, lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits can all lead to cardiovascular disease. This should be a wake up call to African-Americans everywhere who may fit the profile of being considered "obese."

What can individuals do to decrease their risk of developing cardiovascular disease?
The most effective steps all people can take to prevent CVD and stroke are as follows:

Control your weight
Control high blood pressure
Stop smoking
Eat a healthy diet, including five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
Exercise regularly, such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes on five or more days of the week
Reduce stress
Control cholesterol

I'd rather be healthy and wise...than to be wealthy and in need of serious medical attention. What about you?

Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone
Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age
http://www.talk2bev.com
6 DAYS LEFT UNTIL BEST SELLING AUTHOR DAY!!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Murder in Dallas

I was actually going to write about something else today but the death of the brother of a dear friend of mine takes precedent because it causes a moment of reflection in the life of this baby boomer.

My friend Ora called me yesterday from California to tell me the news. Apparently her 47-year-old brother was murdered by a boy he was caring for as a foster parent. It is also alleged that the boy's mother was also involved in the crime. It was a gruesome scene and there is also irony in this story; The reporter covering the story is another friend of mine: Emily Lopez. I think they call this six degrees of separation.

Ora was amazingly calm to me as she gave me the details of her brother's death. She also told me how she asked her brother more than once not to take in any at-risk kids--especially teenagers and those on medication. She was so calm...it was me who was torn up about his death and I didn't even know him.

But knowing Ora, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, she has the peace of God deep down in her soul. God is comforting her in ways I don't understand. He has lifted her to a place where she can rest assured that her brother will be OK in the arms of Jesus.

This, for me, is a time of reflection. Although life is precious, it can be taken away from you in an instant. As a baby boomer...as one who has stood up for the rights and welfare of at-risk kids..., I now have to question is there any hope for them once they reach a certain age. Have they been damaged so severely by parents and passed from foster parent to foster parent so much that they have the "I don't give a damn!" attitude? These are questions I will ponder for awhile as I grieve with my dear friend and sister in Christ.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Who is Beverly Mahone?

Beverly ’s own mid-life journey began a little more than two years ago. She was a divorced mom attempting to raise a teenager alone, while maintaining her career as a television journalist. Then she found herself dealing with emotional and physical struggles she couldn’t quite get a handle on. The struggles of weight gain, forgetfulness, mood swings and depression seemed to be overwhelming at times. To top it all off, her body temperature seemed to be out of control more and more frequently. As a result of these symptoms, Beverly started a journal as a form of therapy and later learned through her gynecologist that she was in the early stages of menopause. It was at that point that she decided to reclaim her life by learning ways to overcome what seemed like a no-win situation at the time.

Prior to the book being published, Beverly ’s life appeared to be spinning out of control. Her depression, mood swings and hot flashes were getting worse. Coupled with that was the fact that she was passed over for a promotion at work by a woman ten years younger, making her feel even less significant in life. It wasn’t long after, that Beverly decided to call it quits after more than 25 years as a journalist. At that point, she became more determined than ever to prove to herself that she could overcome the fears of growing older that plagued her. She joined a health club and began working out. She started dating again and has discovered a new ministry with her writing.


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Baby Boomers Rock the Vote!

When I woke up yesterday morning I had every intention of going to the polls to vote. I have always been faithful about voting because as a baby boomer I recall the images of those days when some people were trying to keep my parents from voting---and every relative made it a point to remind us younguns' of the sacrifices that were made on our behalf.

But when I woke up, it was raining. And I don't mean a light drizzle. It was raining cats and dogs. It looked like I had awakened to day #39 of raining 40 days and 40 nights.

I kept saying to myself, "I'll go as soon as the rain lets up." But every time I said it, it seemed to rain harder and harder.

Finally, it was 6pm. I looked outside. It was STILL raining pretty hard. The polls close at 7:30pm so it had to be now or never. But then I thought, "There's probably nobody at the polls anyway. Who in their right mind would come out in this rain? But then there was that little voice inside my head. It sounded alot like my mother's and I ALWAYS OBEY THAT VOICE so I got dressed and drove to my polling place.

Whoa! Much to my surprise, there were cars everywhere! At first I thought it must've been some kind of PTA Night since I was voting at a school. But once I walked inside--I saw the crowd of people---all waiting to vote!

Wow! An off-year election and the baby boomers were out in droves. It didn't seem to matter that it was raining--that's why they make umbrellas. And there were parents out with their kids, who were taking part in a special kids voting.

I wondered what drove them to come out and let their voices be heard. Was it the fact that voters were passionate about the District Attorney's race---which became heated after the Duke LaCrosse scandal? Or were people sick and tired of "business as usual" and wanted to make a clear and concise statement? Was it because we, as baby boomers, are mindful of the future of this country and as the dominate population we have to have a say so in what goes on. After all, it really affects us.

Well, whatever! it was, I was actually happy to stand in a line to wait my turn to vote. I was voter #1011. Now for those of you who live in major metropolitan areas that may not seem like a huge number, but considering the fact I was # 186 in the previous election, that was an awesome showing! My ancestors would be proud.

Reminder: WHO NEEDS OPRAH...when I have YOU to help me take my book, "Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age" to the #1 best Selling Book List!!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

"Not tonight Honey, I'm all dried-up!"

OK...that's probably not something you would say to your mate but if you're going to be honest and real, that is the case sometimes when it comes to intimacy.

As women age, there is a decrease in our hormone levels which causes changes in our vaginal tissue. It becomes thinner and less elastic. There is less vaginal wetness even when we become aroused. Sex can become uncomfortable--even painful for some. But there is relief in various creams and gels.

These are issues men don't understand unless we are willing to establish an open dialogue. It's the same with them. As they age, an erection is not as easy to attain and they don't want to let on to their mate that there is a problem. That's why Viagra was invented.

OK...So here is another reason why you should purchase a copy of Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age on November 16th.

Excerpt from Chapter One:

Some people call it a midlife crisis. I call it cruel and unusual punishment. My middle-age years have resulted in some spreading, sagging and cellulite--- while my breasts, belly and lap are getting better acquainted. Gone are the days when I could chow down at the all-you-can-eat buffets and never gain a pound. All those burgers, fries, pork chops, ribs, fried chicken and late night cocktails seem to have caught up with me. These days everything I eat goes straight to my waistline. Sometimes all I have to do is look at food and I gain weight. Over a two year period, I gained about twenty-five pounds. That may not sound like a lot to you, but for a diva who bragged about being a Miss Size Four it was very traumatic!

My doctor said the weight gain is a result of my metabolism slowing down. It’s all a part of the aging process. But there is good news according to her. “Just cut back on your calorie intake, Beverly, and exercise,” she said. “That will keep your weight under control.” Oh, that’s just great. Not only do I have to eat like a bird but then I have to sweat like a pig in the gym!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstruation stops permanently. It's a gradual process and could begin as early as the mid thirties.

Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed. Most women go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. In the U.S., the average age for menstrual periods to stop completely is 51.

I refer to the symptoms of menopause as the "seven dwarfs" but I have since learned that the dwarfs have a lot of other relatives who pop in an out from time to time. In addition to hot flashes, night sweats, and headaches; there's also dizziness, fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, mood swings, urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness.

Doctors say menopause usually begins at a time in life when other dramatic changes are taking place. Some of these changes may include loss of parents, adjustment to children growing up and leaving home (empty nest syndrome), becoming a grandparent, retirement or career changes. These changes, in addition to the changes in a woman's body, may result in psychological or emotional stress.

Next time I'll talk about how vaginal dryness can result in major problems when it comes to intimacy. Stay tuned...and don't forget to purchase a copy of my book Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age on November 16.

Come visit me sometime at http://www.talk2bev.com and take the weekly Health Quiz and play the Baby Boomer Trvia Contest

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Baby Boomers & Health

How much do you really know about good eating habits and nutrition? Test your knowledge by taking the all new health quiz on my website. The first two correct answers will have their names (and picture if they choose) posted on my website as a "Health Nut"

Congratulations to last week's winner: Loretta Scott Of Maryland

Go to: http://www.talk2bev.com (click on quiz)

Good luck!


Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone
Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age
VOTE FOR ME ON NOVEMBER 16!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

You know you're "too old" to trick or treat when.....

Top Ten Reasons you know you are Too Old to Trick or Treat

You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when:

10. You get winded from knocking on the door.

9. You have to have someone else chew the candy for you.

8. You ask for high fiber candy only.

7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.

6. People say: "Great Boris Karloff Mask," and you're not wearing a mask.

5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or ." and can't remember the rest.

4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.

2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.



And the number one reason should not go Trick Or Treating...

1. You keep having to go home to pee.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Free Medications Available

In addition to being an author, I write press releases and help folks get media exposure. I guess that would be the natural thing to do since I spent more than 25 years as a journalist.

So I wrote this press release on behalf of a woman who says she can show you how to get FREE MEDICATIONS. So here it is:


Why Pay for your medication when you can get them for FREE? That’s right! Find out how you can get all of your medications for free in a new workbook, written exclusively to assist patients in need.

The workbook is the brainchild of patient advocate Rebecca Templet. She says, “Most people, who are on a limited income and don’t have prescription coverage, don’t know where to get assistance. My workbook shows them the process of getting their medications free from the drug manufacturers.”

Ms. Templet’s efforts have assisted several hundred people over the past three years, as well as helping to save them thousands of dollars in prescription bills. “I believe in the concept of paying it forward,” says Ms. Templet, who adds, “if I’m able to get the information,then I believe it’s my obligation to share it.”

For more information on how you can receive the book, How to get your Medication Free, contact Ms. Templet at 931-721-3683 or go to her website: http://www.getmedsfree.com Ms. Templet is also available for interviews.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

What if?

What would you do if you were told by a doctor that you only had a short time to live as a result of breast cancer?

What would be your response?

I invite you to listen to the compelling and inspirational story of a woman who was given only a SHORT TIME TO LIVE. That was 20 years ago!!!

She is an awesome example of God's goodness and healing power.

Tune into my podcast: Whatever! http://www.babyboomerbev.podOmatic.com

It will make you appreciate every day of your life, no matter what's going on.

Peace & Blessings,
babyboomerbev
Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age
http:www/talk2bev.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Why is America afraid of strong African-American Women?

My mouth nearly dropped to the floor when the announcer said baby boomer diva Vivica A. Fox and her partner were in the bottom two in the latest round of competition. How could that be? She and fellow competitor Monique Coleman gave stellar performances and, according to the professional judges, they both earned the right to move on to the next round.

But wait a minute! America had a say in who would stay and who would have to leave. So I guess that explains why Ms. Vivica was voted off the show.

Let's face it, since the beginning of this year's dancing competition, the actress has made us all aware of how good she is. If she didn't say it verbally, her facial expressions surely did. There were even times when we might've thought she was dancing alone since she rarely allowed her partner to make any comments. But nevertheless, she gave a top notch performance week after week which has to make you question the actions of the voting public. Maybe if Vivica's demeanor had been more like Monique's she would be moving on to the next round. Maybe if she had a sad story to tell about a near crippling injury during childhood, she would be returning to the dance floor. But no - -all this self-confident diva had was "attitude" and plenty of it. That may have proven to be more than America was willing to tolerate.

I can just hear someone in America's Heartland saying as she is dialing in her vote, “Vivica, darling, you can dance around and look gorgeous all you want but we'd rather not have you point out your superior dancing skills and exuberate such an air of confidence."

Not long ago, there was another African-American female who displayed an air of confidence and made a lot of noise on "The View." She gone now too.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Things Your Mama NEVER Told You!

Menopause, Breast Cancer, Depression, Fibroids and Sexual Abuse are just a few of the health-related issues middle-aged women find themselves facing, according to Baby Boomer Author and Expert, Beverly Mahone...that me!

Beginning the week of September 17, 2006, women from all walks of life with share their near death experiences and stories of survival against the odds with me on my internet radio program called Whatever! I wrote about my experiences of dealing with perimenopause, fibroids and depression in the book, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age. I don't think my mom ever fully understood what was going on with her physically or mentally because back then menopause and its symptoms were as taboo as mental illness.

The first guest in the series is an Oregon woman who talks about the dark journey she ventured off into after going into full blown menopause at the age of 36. She also informs listeners on how she finally saw the light after several drug induced years.

The month-long health series is designed to inform and educate women on the symptoms and signs they should be on the lookout for in determining a health issue. But even more importantly, it's hopefully going to help men understand how to help and support the women they love.

Whatever! can be heard on http://www.successtalk.com or http://www.babyboomerbev.podOmatic.com

Sponsors for the program are RickandJune.com and Lisa's Delicious Diet Cookies. Additional sponsors are welcome by contacting me at mahonebeverly@yahoo.com.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Joy and Pain of Middle Age

If you're a woman who was born between 1946 and 1964, you’re considered a baby boomer. So what does that mean? It means, you are now journeying into a new phase of life. It means when you look in the mirror these days, you may see a woman you’re not quite sure you recognize. She has strands of gray hair and wrinkles in places easily seen. That drop dead gorgeous body has been replaced with some cellulite and unattractive bulges. These are just a few of the road signs pointing to your middle age journey.

Aging is a fact of life. You may be able to slow down the process but you will not stop it. All the plastic surgery in the world will not help. It doesn’t matter how may face lifts, botox shots or tummy tucks you receive, at some point you will FEEL what it’s like to grow older.

Here’s some of what you can expect as you age:

After 30 years old, your metabolism starts to slow down which means you burn fewer calories. In some cases, the level of activity also decreases. So if you’re eating more but burning fewer calories, you’re going to see an increase in your weight.

Aging also impacts your cardiovascular system. Your heart muscles begin to weaken, making, it harder to pump the same amount of blood through your body.

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting baby boomer adults. One in three people over 60 years old have significant hearing loss, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic.

The desire for sex may also decrease, especially for middle-aged women. Vaginal dryness is one the reasons why. The lack of lubrication in the vaginal area can make physically intimacy painful and uncomfortable.

The healthy head of hair and glowing skin that used to make you the envy of your girlfriends also starts to take its toll. As we age, our bodies produce fewer natural oils which, in turn, make our skin drier and more wrinkled. In addition, our hair starts thinning out.

Even though aging is a natural part of life, there are a number of things you can do to ensure good health for a long time. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes loads of fruits and vegetables is a good start. Nutrition really is the key. Many health experts say you need food to jump start your metabolism first thing in the morning. That, in turn, will give you the energy needed to put in a 30-minutes walk or good aerobics workout, because exercise is also a key component.

Since we know we can’t turn back the hands of time, let’s just celebrate this new phase of life together!

Peace & Blessings,
babyboomerbev (Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Hiring the LEAST qualified

Last year I was passed over for a promotion, which ended up being given to a woman nearly half my age. She became my boss. Although she was very physically attractive, she left much to be desired mentally. She constantly sought help from her subordinates who, because they were hot-blooded males, were more than happy to oblige. I, on the other hand, wasn’t into information sharing. I figured if she was getting paid double my salary to do what I had already been doing, then she needed to figure out on her own how to do her job.

What happened to me is indicative of what is happening to many of my fellow baby boomer buddies in the workplace today. We are being shoved aside for younger, but not necessarily brighter, employees. It’s a disturbing trend that is bound to make matters worse as businesses look for cheaper way to run their operations.

Corporate America must take some of the responsibility for pitting the young against the old. Many companies don't want to pay for experience. They would rather hire someone with the ability to do the job for less money than pay top dollar to a more experienced older employee. Some businesses aren't as interested in quality as they are in the bottom line: PROFIT.

Young people, eager to get a foot in the door, often times will accept less money and learn just enough to move on. What some businesses fail to realize is knowledge and years of experience go a long way in keeping them from making the same mistakes over and over again.

According to a researcher from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, potential employers are more likely to discriminate against older workers. Johanna Lahey sent out 4,000 resumes, of people between the ages of 35 and 62, to firms in Boston, MA and St. Petersburg, FL. Her findings indicated younger workers were 40 percent more likely to be called back for an interview than an older worker, defined as 50 years and older. Furthermore, she cited the top ten reasons why employers said OTHER employers might be reluctant to hire older workers:

1) Shorter career potential
2) Lack of energy
3) Cost of health and life insurance and pensions
4) Less flexible/adaptable
5) Higher salary expectations
6) Health risks/absences
7) Knowledge and skills obsolescence
8) Block career path of younger workers
9) Suspicion about competence
10) Fear of discrimination lawsuit


The truth of the matter is baby boomers are living longer and need to make ends meet just like their younger counterparts. Corporate America must be willing to recognize the pool of talented applicants no matter who old they are.

In case you’re wondering what ever happened with my younger boss…well, after I left the company, she decided she wanted to be a stay at home mom.

You can read more about this subject matter in my book: Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age.