All Eyes on a Boomer

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Classes for Clutter?

Are you someone who finds it hard to let go of belongings? I am talking of those things that find their way into the spare room, that empty shoe boxes and the like?
It isn't always something we NEED to store away, not like a receipt of payment or important paperwork such as a birth certificate, mortgage papers and so is usally cards, nick nacks and bric-a-brac......the christmas card you just CAN'T let go of because dear old Aunty 'Jane' sent or the collection of post-cards so out-dated you can barely make out who the sender is?? Those gorgeous pieces of art your adult child drew, from EVERY year of school....we are all guilty of this in one way or another, but we ARE human. This is what we do. But what happens when you become obsessed with hoarding??? To the point you need to attend a WORKSHOP to 'unclutter' your lives......I am serious! While surfing through google, I pondered a subject which many of us could identify with, clearing out clutter came to mind. Upon my first page at Google, I happened upon this:

Clutter blocks the energy in your life from flowing
Clutter can create prosperity and abundance to stagnate
Clutter will clog up your cash flow
Clutter can create difficulty within relationships
Clutter can create ill health
Clutter limits your ability to Focus and Learn
Clutter can create lack of inspiration personally and professionally
Yes, a workshop to teach us how to 'let go' and move on...Well,I was amazed by this and thought just how many people NEED this kind of help just to 'spring clean'??? Well folks, for $220 {AU} you can learn more...

I wish these classes well, but at the same time hope those who DO find it hard letting go of their 'clutter', can do so WITHOUT the need to attend a class???

Maybe save that $220 and put towards hiring a rubbish skip instead!

Saturday, 26 January 2008

POST-Blogging Seminar

For those of you may have missed today's seminar, here's a sample of the topics that were discussed:
With the help of the panelists, Beverly Mahone, once more went through the motions like the pro that she us, the listener, a variety of sub-topics which were answered by each, highlighting some very important key-notes on everything that surrounds the blogging world.
We began with an introduction to each Divas, Heidi, Karlyn(who for a few minutes we almost lost in cyberspace lol) Betty and Kathie.
I was prepared as always, notepad and pen, my phone set on loud-speaker so I had ample time to catch everything being discussed and jotting it all down eagerly.
Thanks to today's seminar, i have come away with some wonderful and exciting ideas of my own and already planning bringing a much-loved website onto a blog!
The women were on the ball, listing numerous tips for ways to attract attention to your blog, knowing what kind of content is best suited to your field, the world of search engines and pinging[that was alot of fun, lol] The various types of platforms used for blogging ie; Blogspot, Wordpress and so on...great ideas such as using your blog's link within your signature when sending emails...very good idea!
There were also assorted questions put to the women, asking if there's any downsides to owning a blog, which i noticed the only REAL one being we become hooked on them! lol Good one Kathie! Can you post too much? How often should you be posting? Overall, a lovely learning experience and I sincerely look forward to further seminars of this description!
I also highly encourage others out there to stay tuned for such events because it is all about working together, in a friendly enviroment, and learning from others.
This class act delivered a wonderful service today, and although it took me awhile to actually hook up, I am thrilled I took the time to do so.

Well done ladies, and thank you to each and all who took the time to be involved.

Debbie Stevens

Friday, 18 January 2008

Blogging Tele-seminar!

This teleseminar is for you if:
You've been thinking about blogging but don't know where to begin.You're not sure what to "blog" about.You want to learn more about how to attract more readers.You don't quite understand the "technical" aspectsYou want to make money from bloggingThese are just a few of the topics that will be covered with a panel of experts:

Heidi Caswell
Betty Lynch
Kathie Thomas -Nominated for the prestigious Australian of the Year Award!

Definitely worthwhile to many new bloggers, and for those wishing to expnad their horizons!If you wish to sign up to be a part of this seminar, please visit http://www.talk2bev.comI highly recommend this as Blogging can open doors to a wide variety of possibilities....listen to what the expert panel have to say about their own unique experiences and be sure to have a note-pad/pen handy for their tips!

When: Thursday, January 24th, 2008 @ 8pm EST

Debbie Stevens

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Blogging Tele-seminar!

This teleseminar is for you if:You've been thinking about blogging but don't know where to begin.You're not sure what to "blog" about.You want to learn more about how to attract more readers.You don't quite understand the "technical" aspectsYou want to make money from bloggingThese are just a few of the topics that will be covered with a panel of experts:

Heidi Caswell
Betty Lynch
Kathie Thomas -Our nomination for the 2008 Australian of the year awards! Kathie turned a blog, into a BOOK! Listen to what she has to say!

Our expert panel are not just 'bloggers', but Divas, who have excelled in their own business, and use blogging for many purposes. It could hold the key to your future success!
Would you like to sign up? Then stop by and get your name in NOW!

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

V for VOICE!

V IS for victory and in the case of the Baby boomer Divas, it also represents the power of Voice!
After our recent brush with 'pornographic advertisements', it didn't take long for the mighty spirited women that make up Beverly Mahone's list of Divas to take action!
We quickly got our heads together and started Blogging our disappointment and disapporoval of the way a couple of filthy ads found their way next to our names in a recent Press release!
This blog post was to profile the wonderful efforts and inspiration of women over fourty, all making a huge difference to the country's they represent and that of the world!
The article had been published through Free-press, and the moment it went 'live', it sadly became attached to what i can only describe as 'gutter-trash' first glance we assumed these ads were courtesy of Google's Adwords, but upon closer inspection and investigation from some of our more 'computer-savvy-sisters', it was found to have been connected to a site known as
Like many others I had never heard of the network but am aware that when using keywords/meta-tags on websites/blogs they can be picked up by google via their crawling of sites and then place ads that resemble them in order to make some extra $$$$-
This is quite common as i have always had ads on various sites mentioning cancer organisations etc, because I include alot of Ovarian cancer topis/issues at my pages. I have NO problem with this, but I have a HUGE problem when such boundaries are breached!
See how Etology almost destroyed our good names and our work!
After reading the release, and the comments I ask you this..."How did manage to associate such filth from something so decent?"
SHOCKED? AMAZED? Well folks, as part of this sophisticated group of women I would simply like to add my final warning....THIS SORT OF TRASH WILL NEVER BE TOLERATED AND IS JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE OR APPROPRIATE! Those responsible might want to tread more cautiously...never underestimate the power of women on the move!!!!

Congratulations to our Diva Queen, Beverly Mahone for allowing her sisters to unite to make a stand against the demoralising of women everywhere!
Please drop over to her wonderful website:

Monday, 7 January 2008

Google GOOF!

It is no secret I love to write-this is what I do and usually, when i write on one of my many blogs across the internet it's to either share a piece of history, an intersting article or words of inspiration. Not so today my fellow bloggers! Today, I come here to blog about the apparent lack of protection we as Bloggers appear to be dealing with...and from the most unlikliest of sources might I add! Now, it is a well-known fact that most Blogs such as the one I am typing from now, have Google as their host. I have come to admire the many tools Google has to offer the serious and devoted Blogger, especially now as I join ranks with a family of other great bloggers within my Baby Boomer Diva group. We came together, as women on a mission! All of us age 40+, and all with some wonderful backgrounds. The vast talents we bring to the table are too numerous to list but let's just say we are a collected group of women in many roles, either running a business from home or a career in another work-place. We share a common goal and dream. To show others that there's no limit to your goals, and no reason not to get out there and pursue that dream! We are living proof it can be done, and as part of this team-effort, we alos share our ideas with others so that the message is passed along....Using the world wide web helped to unite an amazing group of women, and today, our head Diva went one step further by releasing a Press release for others to read-Yes, on a Blog. We have stepped up the pace and many are now being featured for their efforts and contributions to society-We happily took turns today in adding our own comments to this release, so you can imagine our disappointment and disgust when we noticed a couple of advertisements popped up, with absolute profanities and filth beside our names! Where did they come from?? Well, it seems Google are slipping BIG TIME! These two degrading ads belong to them. How did they wind up on a blog?? We have NO IDEA but as DIVAS, we won't stop until this problem has been sorted and the putrid words removed!
So, Google, if it can happen to us, where else are they popping up? Let;s hope we see an answer to this and a guarantee it doesn't happen again!

Saturday, 5 January 2008

It prompted some JAZZ!

VOICES FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONEYou own a 1930’s art deco radio; it speaks impulsively without being switched on.
A wonderful prompt which prompted the following......
And all that Jazz

Thank GOD it’s Friday! Emma declared as the bell rang the close of another busy working day. She had felt trapped all day in a daydream, never able to snap out of it long enough to really focus on her tasks. The very thought of escaping the dark dreary brick walls of Harriet’s Fashion for the next two days were nothing short of bliss and even though Emma’s social life was nothing to write home about, her own company she had always preferred over others. Even with her gorgeous raven curled locks, that cute pug-like nose and those deep ocean blue eyes, she never entertained any notions of romance, not even when many suitors desperately wanted to BE entertained by her mere presence.
At thirty-four, Emma-Rose Perkins was far from too young or too old to take on the world with her charm and sharp wit. She simply chose a simpler life.
She lived alone within a small block of units which probably would have best suited possibly one ready for her twilight years…but strangely enough Emma could easily fit this bill for she lived as if she HAD come to that stage in life and everything within the walls of her sanctuary displayed signs of an older person.
Her pet budgie; Samuel, the only other living creature that took up space as a border would be there to greet her each afternoon after work. She’d found him at the market which she so often frequented and although she wasn’t there that day looking to buy a pet, something made her return to the stalls where he sat perched in his wire cage, almost shaking in fear as the crowds shoved pieces of dry crackers into his already cluttered cage. As she approached her heart felt a sudden tug on her heartstrings. For a quick haggle and final offer, Emma claimed her bird for next to nix, and opted to spend the extra cash on the helpless creature by purchasing the largest cage on show! Then off she trotted, her full curvaceous hips swinging whilst Sam swung happily beside her, all the way to his new home. What a pretty picture they made. Once more, Emma had found yet again another great bargain at the markets but it wouldn’t be too much longer before she would be back, this time to check out the gorgeous retro styled radio she had carefully eyed off on her way out!
Her mother had always called her a vower bird, but Emma had a need to surround herself with objects that she knew others would find amusing or fascinating. Her theory being should she ever be entertaining guests, she would at least have topics of interest bound to intrigue. It was for that reason alone Emma decided to return that weekend for the out-dated timber grain radio and did so with great haste in fear of another beating her to it!

As Sam sat on his perch, whistling away Emma unpacked her bags.
This was the first time she had managed to get in and out of the markets without much fuss and was anxious to plug in the radio to see if the reception was as good as it had sounded back at the stall.
I LOVE it! she muttered while wiping it over with a rag. The dials and its settings were all in working order and the speakers crystal clear!
Finally selecting the radio station of choice, Emma stepped back to see how well it matched all her other décor. Well Sam what do you think? And to her amusement the bird actually seemed to be swinging his swing in time to the music.
She was still amazed at the fine condition it was in considering its age and couldn’t WAIT to call her neighbour from downstairs to have a look. Old Mrs. Shenstone was very curious to see the radio for she herself remembered her own mother owning something similar when she was a child. Oh, my it looks almost brand new!! She exclaimed with delight. Does it work?
Emma nodded, adding how she had made certain of this before buying-
Well how about I put on the kettle and make us a pot of tea? delighting in the interest the old woman was taking.
Oh my this brings back such fond memories for me…you know Emma, my mother’s living room comprised of only a few things…our warm comfy sofa and table the open fireplace, my father’s favourite rocking chair and mother’s old radio.
Emma’s apartment faced east so on a sunny day, she would often sit outside on her small balcony where she had neatly placed a few pot plants. Sam’s bird cage sat in full view of the outside world, and as he and the two ladies sat peacefully taking in the sun’s glorious rays, the sound of the music blended gracefully into the background of a perfect afternoon.
Sunday’s usually consisted of Emma getting her early paper from the local newspaper stand, stopping off at the café for a latte then back home to do her laundry. She always planned her spare time meticulously in order to make the most of it, no distractions ever allowed to disrupt the plan.
But today would be different, for as she awoke to her alarm bell, she could also hear the chattering of strange voices. Voices which for some reason, appeared to be coming from her living room? Emma put on her nightgown and slowly got up, a slight feeling of fear came over her. Was there a stranger lurking in her home? Was she being robbed? All these thoughts and more racing through her head as she slowly moved towards the doorway. The closer she got, the clearer they spoke and Emma reached for her mobile phone., ready to dial for help!
One step closer…And now, for the weather! Said the man’s voice and Emma immediately burst into laughter as she now realised it had come from her radio.
She looked puzzled though. That’s weird! I’m SURE I switched it off?!
With a sigh of relief, Emma gave it a quick once over then turned it off.

She didn’t have time to waste trying to figure out whether or not she had indeed left it on, so got dressed and headed off to the paper stand. Another glorious day so she pulled up a chair outside the café and sat sipping on her frothy latte while reading her paper . A couple of regulars dropped by to join her, and soon they were all chatting away about their past week and other exciting events. Poor Emma always felt embarrassed when it came her turn to share with them but this week she could tell them of the radio. Jeff, an Antique collector was always keen to learn of items of value, just in case they were for sale. He ran a small business buying and selling online, but had never seen any radios as Emma described.
I know you don’t want to sell Emm but I’d still love to see it!? So after she’d finished her second latte she took the ride back home with Jeff to show him her little beauty. As the pair approached the front door, the sound of voices were again coming from Emma’s living room and this time, Emma wasn’t laughing.
What’s up Emm? You look like you’ve seen a ghost! Jeff chuckled but Emma felt goose bumps all over her body, a strange eerie feeling that she’d never experienced before. Emma slowly eased her door key into the lock, her hands visually trembling. She paused and turned towards Jeff and relayed what had happened earlier. Now he too was intrigued and as the door swung open, sure enough, the radio was playing some old tune that sounded something like jazz music. Emma didn’t like it at all, saying it gave her the creeps! The trumpets were roaring in time with the bass and the chords seemed to be jumping right off the piano as the jazzy little number kept on playing-Why jazz?? Why not rock or pop? She pondered. Funny that something made around that era in time should be playing a tune that just happened to come from around those days?? Jeff took it upon himself to walk over and investigate while Emma stood frozen in her tracks. He turned it off, and they both just stood there, neither saying a word. Well that IS weird said Jeff but there’s got to be some explanation, maybe there’s a loose wire? Emma still had no response. Well maybe it would be best if I unplug it from the wall? He asked her, and proceeded to do so. It’s still a great buy though kiddo! You did really well to score her, she’s a little ripper! Emma snapped out of her mood and quickly apologised for ignoring him. Perhaps it was all those long hours at Harriet’s which had her unsettled. It had been a rather demanding week what with new stock coming in and the back up of orders. The boss had asked Emma to put in a couple of extra hours on top to help train the new girls so it was highly possible it was all beginning to show its mark. Shrugging her shoulders and throwing back her curls, she promised she wouldn’t think any more on the subject and proceeded to show Jeff the latest little collection of ceramic pots she’d bought from another antique dealer. They spent a good hour or so surfing the internet so Jeff could see if there were any items on ebay that might be worthwhile, then called it a day. Emma picked up her washing basket and keys and made her way downstairs to the laundry. The washing machine sat empty and there was still enough sunlight in the day to dry her small load.

Too nice a day to be just washing clothes she thought so once it was all on the line, Emma chose to wander across to old Mrs. Shenstone’s in hope she might want to get out for awhile. She knocked a few times on her door but got no response. As she began walking away from her front door, Emma heard a slight thud, then nothing. Is that you Mrs.Shenstone? She called…no answer. Again Emma went to walk away when another noise got her attention, a voice which seemed very faint but definitely coming from within the old lady’s apartment.
Mrs.Shenstone, it’s me, Emma..are you okay? But then there was a complete silence.
Emma didn’t want to be a pest to the poor old woman so opted to leave well enough alone thinking that maybe it was nothing. She took two steps facing the stairwell when a trumpet began to play, followed by a piano. It was coming from Mrs. Shenstone’s place…and it sounded a bit like…like, like jazz music!
Emma’s heart raced as she ran back to the door, her fists pounding as hard as her heart! MRS SHENSTONE, MRS SHENSTONE!!! And another door opened where Mr & Mrs Paisley lived, the pair asking what was wrong.
Emma screamed they call an ambulance IMMEDIATELY! She had a terrible sinking feeling and if she had learned another valuable lesson in life from her mother, was to always follow your first gut feeling and Emma’s feeling was she sensed Mrs. Shenstone was in trouble! Within the first few moments of Emma knocking on the old lady’s door , the paramedics were right behind her coming up the staircase. They had to force there way through in order to save Mrs.Shenstone, who had somehow tripped, then fallen bumping the knob to her gas oven as she fell! She lay barely conscious on her living room floor just inches away from the front door. She had heard Emma and it was her voice which managed to get her to move her body closer to help.
As Emma watched the paramedics wheel the old lady out on a gurney to the back of the van, she remembered the radio and the memories it had brought back for old Mrs.Shenstone-Was that a sign? A warning of things ahead?
From that day to this, the retro radio works just like any other, and occasionally plays some good old jazz!

By Debbie Stevens 2007 Ó
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