Should Oprah Run For President?

“If any figure in the United States bears watching over the next couple of years as our political culture continues the radical transformation that led to the election of Donald Trump, it’s Oprah (Winfrey). I believe she’s uniquely positioned, should she wish to commit herself, to seek the Democratic nomination for president and challenge Trump in 2020,” recently wrote John Podhoretz, a New York newspaper columnist.

Oprah wouldn’t let Trump outshine or intimidate her. She’s a star, she’s rich, and she’s successful. She’s the embodiment of the American dream, he continues.

After reading Podhoretz’ column, we decided to see how the FabOverFifty community would feel if Oprah was a candidate for POTUS. Our Facebook post asking the question elicited almost 1,500 comments, a record number! And if this was a real election, Oprah would be slammed at the voting booth, with almost 97 percent of the “voters” rejecting her.  

Here’s what some of you had to say.

THE NAYS

“The problem with celebrities in politics is that they have no legal background and no idea how the whole process works, because it’s all governed by laws and due process. It sounds great to have a fresh perspective or to drain the political swamp, but all aspects of government are pretty much due process of law. Trying to undermine that process can be detrimental to the country and those in charge.”
Vicky Peters

“I think we have all learned what happens when you elect an unqualified person to the Presidency. I do however, think she would at least take the time to learn the duties of the office.”
Mary Tracy Hollifield (more…)

They Thank Their Lucky Stars

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work the more I have of it,” said wise Thomas Jefferson, implying that luck had nothing to do with his accomplishments. Not everyone would agree. Some of us didn’t have to lift a finger to reap rewards, and others consider themselves “lucky” because they managed to escape a horrendous situation relatively unscathed.

Here, 10 FOFs tell us their versions of LUCK!

I survived a brain aneurysm six years ago.”
Audrey Dawson Benbow

After losing our 1st grandchild, I now am lucky enough to say I have a precious little princess. She is my Princess from Heaven! I’m lucky to have her!!!!”
Dawn Morin Charbonneau

Went 160 miles to Detroit, to hopefully meet Paul Weller’s drummer, Steve White. And, out of ALL the hotels in Detroit, we picked the same one! Met the band, by surprise, in the bar after the gig. Worked out great, as I started to sell lots of vintage drums to Steve and to his brother Alan, who ended up being the drummer of Oasis, one of the biggest bands in the world then.” 
Blair Holben (more…)

Finding and Keeping Love… At Any Age

Fifty-something Cynthia Spillman says she’s “kissed a lot of frogs in her time,” but is now happily married her third husband, Peter, whom she married when she was 48.

“Like many women, I have (in the past) found myself to be ‘relationship-challenged,’ she writes in the introduction to her new book, From Dinner Date to Soulmate, Guide to Mature Dating.  “In other words, we keep banging our heads against a brick wall in our love search, to the point where we really start to believe that we’re going to end up lonely old ladies with cats for company.

“We’re human and we make mistakes, and as we age it can feel petrifying even to contemplate re-entering the relationship jungle. When you’re in the jungle, you need a guide,” Cynthia continues.  Her “mature dating” self-help  book is the guide. “It’s my mission to help you overcome your fears, frustration and apathy, by providing you with a clear blueprint for the journey to finding and keeping love–at any age,” she declares.

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Are You A Dear Abby?

Style-conscious Linda was the perfect friend to turn to for decorating advice. Warm-hearted pal Barbara always offered a welcoming shoulder to cry on when it came to boyfriend woes. And, pragmatic Helen never failed to give me her take on my predicaments at work. Most of us have turned to different friends throughout our lives to help us with all kinds of situations, as many of our friends have turned to us for help.

We wanted to know what others usually ask of you. As always, your responses were clever, funny, honest, and cheeky. We love Annette’s and Linda’s comments!


Most of the time it is for my patient, wise, compassionate, empathetic ear. For me to LISTEN to them and figure out how to solve the problem. I don’t always have the solution, but I think that a big part of it is just listening. I suppose that is why we have two ears and only one mouth.”
Kellie Suzanne

To listen while they vent, no advice wanted.”
Stephane Irwin

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Your Top 10 Friendship Deal Breakers

When we asked you to name a friendship deal breaker, the responses revealed (not surprisingly) a great deal of emotion. Here are your top 10 reasons.

1. Pinocchios

“Being a liar. I’m not going to tolerate a liar as a friend. Every other offense is usually a lie at the root.”
DLynne Garner

2. One-Way Streeters  

“Borrowing money and never returning it. Accepting gifts, clothing, rides, meals, etc., and never reciprocating.”
Eleni Nanos Davis   

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We Love You, Bess (And Your Generous $1,000 Giveaway)!

Bess Heitner, one of our all-time favorite jewelry designers, is generously giving one lucky lady a $1,000 gift card for her online shop, showcasing her magnificent creations.

Bess has just unveiled her Fall Collection, which features Baroque pearls, Brazilian druzy, and fossilized coral, among the distinctive stones and gems she carefully curates from around the world.

Use your gift card for one majestic creation, or select a few pieces for the favorite ladies on your holiday list.

Here we present some of our favorites
from Bess’s line.

◼︎ White Baroque Square Pearls on a Micro Faceted Golden Pyrite Rope
◼︎ Gold Natural Geometric Crystal Coated Collar
◼︎ Grade AAA Golden Baroque Pearl 24K Venetian Collar (one of a kind) (more…)

Sound Advice For First-Time Home Buyers

Whether you’re buying a house for the first time at 69 (like I did), or know a young couple purchasing their first home, we all could use a bit of sound advice before we officially make one of the most important decisions of our lives. Even if you have no intention of moving, pass this on to someone who is. They’ll be glad you did!


“1. Talk to the neighbors if they’re willing. Walk around the neighborhood, don’t drive, walk.

“2. An inspection is non-negotiable, do it no matter what.

“3. The costs are more than you think – window treatments, shower curtains, deposits for utilities, lawn tools, furnace filters, and even your welcome mat are going to cost money.

“4. Ownership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Over the past 22 years we’ve replaced the water heater twice, 3 dishwashers, 2 stoves, 2 washer/dryers, all windows, roof, heat system, flooring and painted the exterior 3 times all due to wear and tear.

“5. As silly as it sounds, think of your furniture placement. Will your giant sectional fit in the living room? Will your king size bed fit the master bedroom? What about that hutch grandma gave you that you love, where are you going to put that? Take measurements for everything, especially the spot for the refrigerator.”
Jodi Smith Rasar (more…)

The Many Minds of Single FOFs On The Subject of Dating

Whether divorced, widowed, or never married, single women “of a certain age” don’t equivocate about about the topic of dating.  They either love or loathe the idea, and have definitive reasons why!  A couple of guys also weighed in.

 P.S. If Mike B. is reading this, send us your email!

“No. And likely never will. I have no desire to raise a man child at my age. Men my age just want a maid and caretaker. No thanks. I’m good.”
Tammy Velasquez

I am newly divorced so I am so looking forward to it.”
Colleen Dungca

I’ve just joined a dating site, fun times ahead. If I find ‘the one,’ then all is good, and if I don’t my life is already complete…..a man is only ever supposed to be the icing on the cake.”
Sarah Tranter

I don’t need it, and I’m not looking for it, but if I happened to meet someone I liked, then I would. But until then I’m content being single. Plus, I have a cat. So. Yeah. I’m good.”
Liz Schwartz  

Nope….men over 50 have more issues than Time magazine.”
Kathy Cooper (more…)

21 FOFs Reveal Their Partners’ Most Memorable Gifts

Candace was hoping for a diamond for her 30th anniversary, but got something else instead. Read on to see her most memorable gift from her partner, and gifts 20 other FOFs will never forget.

“My husband gave me a journal when he came home from Iraq. He’s not a touchy/feely kind of man, but he expressed his feelings for our family in the journal. It gave me a little insight into his experience over there. He always kept things positive when we would communicate during his tour, because he didn’t want to upset me.”
Brenda Billings Frazier

He was the first man to buy me flowers. One dozen beautiful long stem roses”
Kathy Andolina

Besides him ❤, A little folded up sticky note that said ‘one week tropical destination of your choice’.”
Sandra Beally (more…)

“I’ll Retire When…”

The idea of retirement makes many of us giddy, in more ways than one. Every time we read Phil’s, Victoria’s and Nancy’s comments, we start laughing all over again!

“I’m retiring as soon as I’ve paid off the mortgage.
According to the calculations I should be hitting the beach when I’m about 135…”
Phil Hutt

“I retired almost two years ago. I turned 62 on a Thursday and Friday was my last day…I couldn’t wait. I retired the same place I’ve been living, and although someplace without snow sounds great in winter, since I don’t HAVE to go out in the snow if I don’t want to, I’ll just stay where I am. I love my small town rural life.”
Bee Rakar

“Already did, at 52. Spent my life running my own business, and then one day I just knew I was done. Sold it, and never looked back.”
Lucy Gwendolyn

“I retired two years ago come October. Haven’t regretted it for a second. Neither does my husband, who retired.”
Michele Smith

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