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20 YEARS – Looking Back, Moving Forward

Sept. 27, 2018, Vol.16, Issue 5 “If it doesn’t work out, you can always wait tables.” That was the advice doled out to me twenty years ago when I decided to go out on the skinny branches and start my own speakers agency. Thank goodness it’s been successful because, twenty years later, waiting tables is… read more

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Melanie Carvell: Making Wellness Fit

July 14, 2016 Vol.14, Issue 6 “Oh boy, we’re going to exercise!” No kidding: that’s what I heard a little boy — about 4 years old — say enthusiastically to his pal and to the adult who was holding both their hands. Bella and I, out for our daily dog walk, were headed toward the… read more

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Which Diet is Better, Vegan or Paleo?

Zonya Foco, conference keynote speaker

July 31, 2015, Vol.13, Issue 8 One of the qualities I most admire in a speaker is curiosity and the willingness to dive deeper into a topic. That may even mean becoming the subject of her own research, and that’s exactly what Zonya Foco did to prepare for her hot new topic, Diet Smack-Down: Vegan… read more

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Meeting Planning – The Changing Landscape

March 26, 2015 Vol. 13, Issue 5 I am constantly amazed by what is available to us in technology today. When we were helping my husband’s daughter look for housing in Lake Oswego, her real estate agent told us that when his car needs attention, it notifies him via email. The washing machines in an… read more

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Grab Your Favorite Things!

Feb. 19, 2015, Vol. 13, Issue 3 Do you ever start a new project or a adopt a new lifestyle goal and immediately overwhelm yourself because it’s all just “too much.” I know I have, so when someone suggests how doing just a few things a little differently can make a big difference, I’m all… read more

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For Your Well Being: Get Young Families in the Door

July 11, 2013, Vol. 11, Issue 14 Dear Friends, Are you marketing and attracting women in various younger generations to your special events? What’s important to the Generation X’ers? When it comes to health and wellness, what are their motivations and expectations? How do you reach out to them with programs and messages that appeal… read more

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For Your Well Being: DIET FREE Debuts

June 30, 2010, Vol. 8 Issue 6 Dear Friends, Earlier this month, I enjoyed a long weekend yoga retreat led by Britt Bensen Steele  with a spring-cleaning theme. We ate vegetarian organic meals, assumed yoga poses for opening our bodies and minds, and learned about Ayurvedic principles and practices. There was also lots of free… read more

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For Your Well Being: Weight A Minute

March 30, 2010, Vol. 8 Issue 3 Dear Friends, I’m sure I’m not the only woman who was discouraged to see the story last week about women, weight and exercise. A sample headline:  “Older Women Need 1-hour Workouts to Fend Off Flab.” The story said that at least an hour a day of moderate activity… read more

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For Your Well Being: Topsy Turvy

April 2, 2009, Vol. 7 Issue 4 Dear Friends, My whole week was literally turned upside down last week when my cat, Drella, flipped my laptop off the desk. Heaven only knows how an 8 pound cat managed that but she was the only one in the room when I heard the thud and found… read more

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For Your Well Being: Move It

Nov. 6, 2008, Vol. 6 Issue 19 Government guidelines for physical activity – the exercise version of the food pyramid – were released last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They are science-based and were created to clear up confusion about how much physical activity is enough, and what kind of… read more

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