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Heavens To Betsy–And Michele, Pat, Beverley….

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Momentous Decisions We’ve Made

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Your Happy-Making Accomplishments

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“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” Buddha

“I truly try not to be angry as it makes me get an uneven heartbeat from the stress. 😬”
Sandy Rumsey
“I call Captain Morgan for a chat!”
Paddy Bryant
“Deep breaths, go for a walk and pray.”
Brenda Nelson

“Hold my dogs, and if I’m at work I pretend I’m at the beach.”
Georgette Gerry
“Weed and chocolates…lol.”
Laurie Swanson
“Let it out. Get over it. Apologize if I need to. Open a bottle of good red wine move on.”
Tammy Marafine
“Walk away or clean stuff.”
Keri Hood Gardner
“I shut up and listen to good ole rock n roll.”
Jenny Gail
“Having a shower! Going to my hairdresser.”
Gabriele Mayrhofer
“Swim if I can, anything physical helps!”
Nora Dauser
“Go get a hug from my man, everything’s better when I am in his arms or go and pick up one of our fur babies and hug them for awhile.”
Elizabeth Rinaldi

They’re The Tops

A woman can never own too many tops. You can partner a couple of pairs of basic slacks or skirts with shirts and blouses in different colors, patterns, silhouettes and fabrics to create dramatically different looks. No one would ever know you’re wearing the same slacks or skirt you wore two days ago because your snazzy top will command their full attention.

Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to fill your closet with fresh styles for work and play, day and night, Tuesday dinner with the girls and Easter Sunday strolling with the grands. The JCPenney spring/summer top collection is filled with flair and priced so well, you won’t need an excuse to go wild.

Each top we’re featuring is machine washable and dryable. Even better, you’ll get an additional 25 percent discount if you spend $100 or more. You can buy the five tops we’re featuring for $148.  After the discount, you’ll pay $111. Can’t top that!


This pretty blouse in body-skimming polyester georgette features a flattering split crewneck, dolman sleeves that cover underarm jiggles and an ample length to downsize the tush.


A swingy tunic tee in striking stripes that will complement any skin tone. Made of rayon with just enough Spandex to give body and stretch to this terrific top.


Your button-down, V-neck in Easter egg blue and crisp white stripes will make you think of sailing on the lake while you’re sitting at a meeting with an important client. The ¾- sleeves feature roll tabs. Made in easy-care rayon.


A perfectly adorable cotton and Spandex tee with scoop neck and roll tab, elbow-length sleeves. A happy combination of yellow, white and blue stripes. The go-to top to cool you off on hot summer days.


What’s not to 💙about a charming sweatshirt with kangaroo pockets to hold your phone and wallet when you’re out and about. A blend of polyester and rayon with a tiny bit of Spandex so the top moves when you do!



Sometimes It’s Delicious to be Guilty

Chocolate anything chocolate.”
Roxie Black
Pizza, I could eat it all the time.”
Suzanne Firestein Latocha
Red wine.”
Cheryl Schumacher

Fresh bread, loads of butter and jam 😋😋.”
Lisa Kennedy
Warm brownie & vanilla ice cream on top.”
Cindi Moss-Caraccilo
Mi Mim
Cheeseburgers (done right) no fast food ones.”
Laureen Cobuccio
Doritos. Any flavor.”
Callie Stalcup Chesmore
Ice cream!”
Barbara Kieran
My wife.”
Roger England
Cake, vodka and chips 🍟.”
Allyson Pickering
Barb Cartwright
Borrowing babies!”
Charlene Burton
Cake and glazed donuts.”
Georgette Reed
Peanut butter.”
Nora Coleman Kyle
Made In Chelsea.”
Marie Elliott

Sorbet can take me to heaven.”
Nina Nicolas Fiefe

Joyce Milne Shand

Kerry Stilwell

Laura Lee

“Fried chicken.”
Rose Summers

How to Banish Your Bad Moods

Talk with my Miss Ruby Tuesday. Always listens and never judges! 🐶💖”
Laura Pennington Traverso
Get stoned, go for a walk in the sun, listen to Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, rock and roll. Eat a great dinner, read some tarot cards…. Dream about how the best is yet to come!”
Erica Ellis
Put on a happy face, smiling helps me to remember all the things in my life to smile about😏”
Dawn Wyles

Watch comedies, usually after listening to some loud country music.”
Christine Kaye
Take a long walk on the beach.”
Mindy Hansen-brush
Buy a Michael Kors purse last week. Really cheered me up. Not completely, so I may have to buy another one.”
Patricia Mishko
Walk, read, listen to music & dance like no-one is watching!!!! 😃”
Walesca Abreu
Hug my hubby or go and do some singing on my karaoke in the spare room.”
Lisa J Willis
I try feeding the poor, helping the homeless. Giving back to the world somehow. It always makes me feel better.”
Diana Echevarria Thompson
Call someone who is a very positive person.”
Donna Carozza Donnellon
Pray for strength to change my attitude.”
Dolores Mehia
Look at pics of my grandkids.”
Cindy Gundrum
Clean and sort out.”
Kim Freeman
Yoga, Buti, Barre, or Zumba.”
Linda Thomas
Drink wine.”
Sherry Mcmillon
Eat ice cream.”
Paulie Nesbitt

Horseback ride.”
Elissa Uretsky-Rifkin

Go for a hike.”
Barb Cartwright

Please Don’t Fence Me In

45 years with the wrong person.”
Debbie Best
My in-laws house with them.”
Jacqueline Rinaldi Katchur
Homeless as a kid. But I turned out to be a good person and I believe if I weren’t homeless as a kid I would be a different person.”
Foxee Sunshine

On a ferris wheel…the very top and it was so windy…..stuck up there for over an hour…..that was 40 years ago and never been on one since…..freaked me out!!!”
Faye Garcia
In my wheelchair..still trying to get out of it.”
Genisys Faith
Waiting in a doctor’s  office for hours for them to come in to tell me if I had cancer or not.”
Kathy Boyd
The DMV every single time.”
Dana Cantrell Shaw
In Orlando Airport with 2 young kids. Six hour delay.”
Sandy Hmiel Serefine
Riding in a float plane to the logging camp we lived in, fog was so heavy we had to land plane in the ocean and wait till fog cleared.”
Alice Anne Allen
At my job. 21 years and counting.”
Nancy Macintyre
In the car on the Henry Hudson Parkway for 9 hours!!!”
Elizabeth Gresch-Sokol
Back in 1990 I worked for an answering service in downtown Houston. A torrential rain storm came through and flooded me in for 2 days. I never wanted to answer another phone after that lol.”
Tammy Bentley Frye
On a tube train in a tunnel during a heat wave.”
Lisa Collins
Stuck on a plane in Miami, Florida for 6 HOURS without being able to get off or …eat anything or have drinks ….HOT HOT and HUMID and did I mention HOT???? People had extreme body odor and EVERY SINGLE person was GROUCHY!!!!! Plane had smoke coming out of one of the wings. I was sitting on that wing, watching it pour out smoke for 6 HOURS!!! I kept asking why can’t we change planes or at least get off??? NO answer from ANYBODY!”
Chris Anderson-Montgomery
At Heinz Field for an American Idol audition for 8 hours. Field was hot and people got sick from heat strokes. Terrible.”
Lauren Smith
NYC, 1st year of marriage. No sense of community.”
Karen Carlson

Waiting to give blood only to be told I couldn’t.”
Lisa Kennedy

Waiting area at the top of the Empire State Building.”
Monica Smith- Lasser

Watching the play RENT.”
Starr McMullan Henderson

In a tent during a terrifying storm and gale force winds! We had hiked in and had to wait until morning to hike out! Frightening!”
Ann Loflin

It only seemed like a long time, but in an elevator, alone, on my way upstairs to work. Maintenance came and let me out after about 30 minutes. Did I mention that I’m claustrophobic?”
Pam Dickson

On It’s a Small World  ride at Disney for 90 minutes. They never turned off the music.”
Sheila Bedeila

“In my own head.”
Vera Southard
On the street in NYC after the 9-11 tragedy, I think it was 9-13. I was visiting my son in upstate New York and couldn’t get a flight back home to Florida, so I took the bus. While waiting to get on another bus going south some idiot called in a bomb threat so naturally we were all removed from the area and waited while all was cleared. No bomb found Thank God. That trip by bus took two days and 11 bus changes.
Bonnie Trott

Loving These Ladies

I couldn’t help myself.  Whenever a woman stepped onto the stage at the Oscar ceremony last night, I’d silently critique how she looked. Jennifer Lopez, picture perfect in a metallic dress. What a body and face! Tina Fey looking top heavy in a cheesy strapless gown with pronounced bodice. Sarah Paulson in a puffy hot pink number that exposed her midriff and made her look like a belly dancer.

Helen Mirren and Jason Momoa. Photo Kevin Winter / Getty Images

But when Helen Mirren, Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand came to the mic, I focused on their faces, and thought 70-something never looked so good.

Helen and Bette will turn 74 during the second half of this year, and Barbra will be 77 in April. It seems as if each of them is happy in her own skin, whether or not she had “work” done on it. Besides their superb talents and wildly successful careers,  Barbra and Helen have been married for 20 years; Bette for 35. In the world of celebrities, those are mighty big numbers. What’s more, we never read about them in the gossip columns.

Above photos by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

It would be great fun to interview the three of them together.  I’ve loved Barbra and Bette since the 1960s, and will never forget seeing the “Divine Miss M” perform on New Year’s Eve at Reno Sweeney, a popular New York cabaret, before she became an uber-celeb. I was bewitched watching Barbra during her first TV special, “My Name is Barbra,” in 1965. I wanted to be her! I played her albums so often in the 1990s that the man I was with at the time referred to her as “my girlfriend.” I don’t remember seeing Helen’s early films, but I became a fan once I saw her in the 2006 movie, “The Queen.”  

Continuing to work and get resounding receptions, these three women inspire me, especially their obvious and boundless passion. Passion looks good on everyone!