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12

You don’t have to be a shopper to love Mall of America! I wrote about 10 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop for USA Today 10Best!

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“my cousin rachel” movie tickets and book giveaway!

My Cousin Rachel

I just saw the trailer for My Cousin Rachel the other day, and it looks so good.

Based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote the classic thriller, Rebecca, the movie stars Rachel Weisz as the cousin of a young Englishman, who plots revenge against her, believing she murdered his guardian. Things get complicated when he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. (That’s from the official synopsis, and I love the word “beguiling,” which immediately puts me in a moody kind of mood. Cutie Sam Claflin, above, also puts me in a moody kind of mood.) [Read more…]

“beauty and the beast” giveaway!

Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time. True as it can be.

Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly.

Ha ha! You really just need to read that first line and I bet you’re already humming along. [Read more…]

get your summer boxes of books!

 

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the big summer reading season. So, back by popular demand, I’m offering another Boxes of Books promotion!

Many of you have been asking me to do one before the Fourth of July so here you go, my fellow book lovers.

All you have to do to get a big fat box filled with books meant for long flights or chaise lounges is follow these steps: [Read more…]

Looking for a great gift for a woman who travels – like yourself? I wrote about 10 Travel Necessities You’ll Want to Buy Immediately for USA Today!

http://midlifeattheoasis.com/learn-something-new/43103/

i’m off to denmark with author sara blaedel!

Sara Blaedel

I’m heading to Copenhagen today to join one of my favorite authors, Sara Blaedel, on a personal hygge tour of her homeland.

What?!” you’re probably thinking.

I know! That was my first reaction, too! [Read more…]

california women’s conference – uniting and empowering women by rebecca olkowski

California Women's Conference

Women have enormous power, as we’ve seen in recent months.

Last week, female entrepreneurs and thought leaders gathered in Long Beach for the annual California Women’s Conference. Attendees came from all over the world to be infused with motivation, inspiration, empowerment, mentoring, and sisterhood. I was thrilled to be one of them. [Read more…]

“a quiet passion” movie review

A Quiet Passion

As a writer, I’ve always been enamored with Emily Dickinson. so I was really looking forward to learning more about the reclusive poet — and her beloved Newfoundland, Carlo — in A Quiet Passion.

Well — spoiler alert — Carlo never appears in the movie, which pretty much ruined it for me and made me wonder just how much, uh, poetic license was taken by director Terence Davies about her life.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic. But I do think the dog-loving Emily would agree.

There’s no question that Cynthia Nixon is outstanding, showing us the Emily Dickinson we always hoped for: not a mousy wallflower but a fiery, rebellious woman who was complex and smart and surprisingly funny. If she were alive today, she’d be wearing a pussy hat even though she might not join the march.

We’d all want to be her friend. [Read more…]

“the dinner” movie review

The Dinner

There’s a really fascinating, thought-provoking plot line that’s finally introduced late in The Dinner. It’s shocking and timely and worthy of intense discussion.

If it were actually the focus of the movie, I would have been hooked. Unfortunately, by the time they got to it, I was so disgusted with the unlikeable characters that, like a few other uncomfortable dinners in my life, I just wanted it to be over. [Read more…]

heifer international invites you to #joinhertribe

Heifer International

Most people know Heifer International for their animal gifting program — in fact, you may remember that I “bought” a goat from them for the holidays — but they also do critical, impactful work to support and empower women, as you can see from their philosophy, above.

They, like I, believe that women have limitless potential, but limited opportunity so they equip and empower marginalized women with resources and training as a means to sustainable livelihoods and community leadership positions.

Take a look at these astonishing facts: [Read more…]

Bring on the April showers! I wrote about 10 Stylish Items That’ll Keep You Dry in a Downpour for USA Today 10Best. Bet you’ll especially love the cute boots and the heart-shaped umbrella!

http://midlifeattheoasis.com/learn-something-new/43080/