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Mary’s Nest: Making Food Delicious, Nutritious and Affordable Resonates with Viewers

Mary Bryant Schrader is the host of “Mary’s Nest”, a Youtube channel with over a million subscribers. She teaches the simple pleasures of cooking highly nutritious and affordable foods from her Texas kitchen. A native New Yorker, Mary learned cooking from her mom and began cooking “in a sliver of a kitchen.” She thinks preparing a beautiful roast chicken, soup or bread can be its own kind of therapy in these unsettling times. Her style is so inviting that even viewers with no interest in cooking tune in for her classes. Find out more at

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Considering Using the New Weight Loss Drugs?

There’s been a lot of buzz about the new weight loss drug like Ozempic. Celebrities are singing their praises. But are they appropriate for midlife women who are frustrated by their menopause midsection weight gain? Do they work? Are they safe? 

I had a very eye opening conversation with Peg Doyle, an expert in the field of nutrition and lifestyle. Peg is committed to the vital link between food and health, especially for women over age 50. Her book, Food Becomes You – Simple Steps for Lifelong Wellness is an easy how-to on eating well and preventing the diseases of aging. She talks about the pros and cons of the new weight loss drugs and some of the facts that are not discussed on the catchy ads. Learn more about her programs here:

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Using Nature and Art to Process Grief

After a particularly painful break up and the death of his father, artist Day Schildkret began using materials in nature to make designs–what he calls “morning altars” by gathering stray twigs, flowers, pinecones and leaves, and turning them into beautiful works of art. He calls his technique “Impermanent Earth Art”. He’s developed a curriculum to teach this technique to people all over the world through his workshops, both online and in person.

Morning Altar public installations have been commissioned internationally by parks, museums, galleries, corporations, festivals, community centers, cemeteries, and weddings. Large scale installs have also been featured at The 9/11 Memorial Plaza, NYC. Find out more at

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Award Winning Author Champions Writers Over 50

Julia Daily calls herself a late bloomer, but that’s really not the case. Instead, she bloomed throughout her life with various careers, from teaching to public relations and marketing to non-profit work. She even shadowed Martha Stewart. But, as her age topped six decades, she ran a marathon, wrote two novels, and began a podcast to celebrate those like her who published their first books after the age of 50. So what is there left for her to do? Well, she’s taking pickleball lessons and assisting a scriptwriter in Hollywood with the treatment of her stories. Find out more at

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Addressing Quality Health Care in Indigenous Communities

Dr. Peter Rohloff is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer for Maya Health Alliance, a primary care organization working with indigenous Maya communities in rural Guatemala. He never intended to move to Guatemala, but when he went to visit on vacation and learn Spanish he found his calling. 

Rohloff soon learned that Guatemala has one of the largest Indigenous populations in the Americas, and more than 20 Indigenous Mayan languages. These languages are becoming endangered there which affects the health and wellbeing of the Maya people who speak them. Most health care providers do not speak the Mayan dialects, and many indigenous people do not speak Spanish. Rohoff shares his time between his home in Guatemala and teaching at Harvard Medical School. He’s an avid hiker and birdwatcher. Find out more about Maya Health Alliance:

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Walking Vacations; A Better Way to Travel

Have you ever considered hiking in Europe but think of hiking as too strenuous? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Cassandra Overby is the author of “Explore Europe on Foot” and several other walking-based travel guides that promote hiking as a better way to travel. She describes it as a more intimate experience because you get to know your surroundings, and you are able to get a taste for the local culture. You might have seen the New York Times recent article on ‘the year of the long walk”. People are longing for a slower and more mindful experience when they travel.

Cassandra also teaches classes and offers trip consultations to help people plan the walking trip of their dreams. She’s a specialist on the Camino de Santiago and is likely one of very few who got married on the steps of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. She was also travel host Rick Steve’s guide on the Camino. Learn more about the appeal of walking vacations here: .

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Emme — Supermodel Dismantles Unrealistic Beauty Ideals

Known for over two decades as an iconic American supermodel and a two time “beautiful person” by “People” magazine, Emme is a trusted voice in the beauty, wellness, fashion, and news industries. Although Emme is known as the first “plus size” model, that term has fallen into disfavor. The reality is that Emme’s size is more in line with the average American woman. 

Her mission is to dismantle the unrealistic beauty ideals that have caused so much harm for women and girls. A tireless advocate for body acceptance and body positivity, Emme’s mission is “To feel free in our bodies and live our most inspired lives.” Find out more at

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Kim Scott — Author of Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want By Saying What You Mean

Kim Scott is the author of “Just Work” and “Radical Candor” and co-founder of a company that helps people put the ideas in her books into practice. Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google. Find out more at

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Jane Delury — Author of HEDGE, a Gorgeous Book About Midlife Longing

“A midlife landscape historian in an unhappy marriage, a handsome fellow scientist, a lost garden in the Hudson Valley…..” 

Award winning author’s book HEDGE is about a middle aged woman with conflicting yearnings. Where does her energy belong? Her daughter is having mental health problems, her marriage is unfulfilling, and she loves her work as a landscape historian. Her passion has been reawakened by a fellow scientist. But that’s complicated too. This book is about all of us who wonder where our priorities belong as we age and we realize that there’s more life behind us than in front of us. Find out more:

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