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.


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

“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

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