Author: Liz DiMarco Weinmann

DARE-Apparent: DARE-ing Mentors We Love

We salute these DARE-Apparent Over-40 women who made the news this week because they DARED to LEAD with responsibility, GUIDE through fate, and urged all mothers to MENTOR their children. DARE-ING LEADER Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) With her solo pro-vote…

DARE to Guide Their Big Idea

Surely, you’ve heard that if you want to become an expert in a particular subject or skill, then you should try teaching it. Maybe you feel that once you’re 40 or 50 or 60, you’ve become a “subject expert” in…

Cougar Town: A Disappointing Start

I had modest hopes for ABC’s premiere of Cougar Town (Sept. 23, 2009), the sitcom starring Courteney Cox–I hoped it would at least be a funny if not enlightened view of what real women over 40 go through if they’re…

Jenny Sanford Gets DARE-borne

The September 2009 issue of VOGUE features an article and several color photos of a professionally-styled and airbrushed Jenny Sanford (wife of the South Carolina governor who thinks he’s the Adonis of the Andes) posing in the entryway of her…

DARE-Salon: Start Your Own Discussion

Sick of Liz sucking all the DARE out of the room while you’re there, gasping for DARE?  Tell us about it!  The DARE-Salon will be your forum–it’s coming soon to Facebook. In the meantime, please comment on this post. Share…

How DARE They! Non-Starters We Wish Would STOP

… Media reports persist about the so-called impending retirement of baby-boomers. How DARE they! Boomers aren’t some monolithic species of zombie lemmings!  People over 50 who retire now are either securely wealthy or delusional.  Even the securely wealthy are engaged…

DARE-Supply: Start with the Experts

Starting something new is fraught with anxiety. Believe me, I know! Before I decided to spend more than the GNP of a third-world nation to pursue an MBA in my 50s (and suffer the terror of sitting in finance classes…

Need Some Fresh DARE?

Start Here! Start Now! For many other women, particularly those over 40, the idea of Starting something new is filled with anxiety or dread.  And, right now, Starting something new may seem more reckless than DARING.  But, if staying put,…

Go DARE: Starter Tips

Right now, you’re probably thinking – â”Hah, who is SHE to tell ME to Start something new?” It’s not easy to DARE Start. Not even for someone relatively fearless like me! It was cruelly humbling to squeeze my middle-aged middle…

DARE-Plan: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

The government owns our banks, and General Motors, too. Job fairs have always swelled with thousands of people; now there are 60-year-olds in line with the 20-somethings. The supposedly recession-proof food industry (where my husband and I have spent our marketing careers for two…

How DARE They! Just Say NO To …

… All those who disapprove of the toned bare arms of 45-year-old First Lady Michelle Obama: Why not focus instead on the hugs her arms bestow on all the children she meets, or her open arms welcoming military families who…

Go DARE: PLAY!

A poll conducted last year by Opinion Research Corporation found that 29% of American workers took no paid vacation time in 2007, and another 24% took a week off or less.  According to ORC, in 1980, people in only 10…

DARE-Supply: We BRAKE for These Experts

Here are short snippets (hey, I need a BREAK, too) on three books that helped me DARE-Out my head: Flow: The Psychology of Optimum Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. All About: How to understand, seek out and master experiences that…

HOLD It Right DARE!

Whether you consider it a luxury, or just for high school or college kids, consider that the person who could probably use a BREAK the most right now is YOU.  Before you think I’m going all warm, fuzzy and poofy, HOLD ON!  Remember that I’m a crazed…

DARE-Apparent: FUN Dames Over 40

If you’re like most people, the last thing you want when you need a break is anything work-related.  When I need a break, I call friends who can make me laugh so hard I practically forget about everything else. Likewise, I gorge…