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The Privilege of Aging: Portraits of Twelve Jewish Women

The Privilege of Aging: Portraits of Twelve Jewish Women (Gaon Books) offers an indepth exploration of Jewish women’s lives beyond age 75. You’ll meet twelve women from all over the country, women with different lifestyles, experiences, backgrounds, and connections to Judaism.            

You’ll read about the courage of a Holocaust survivor, the strength of a teacher to stand up for women’s rights, the determination of an artist to nurture a long-term relationship. Their lifelong journeys reveal how their earlier years prepared them for life as older women and what they learned from those experiences.

The book explores what gave them the support, the spirit, and the resilience to master challenges and changes in their long lives. Was it an understanding parent or compassionate teacher? A good education? Growing up in a small town, or simply old-fashioned good luck?

These women, who are often invisible in our society, have much to give younger women as role models and mentors, yet they have not received the attention they deserve. This is an important book, especially for aging baby boomers.

 

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Coming Home to Yourself: 18 Wise Women Reflect on their Journeys
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Coming Home to Yourself:
Eighteen Wise Women Reflect on Their Journeys

Coming Home to Yourself: Eighteen Wise Women Reflect on Their Journeys honors the changing face of aging and shatters stereotypes about older women.  The diverse, multi-cultural group of women featured in this book are vital, resilient, and continue to grow. They’ve all experienced a turning point later in life, which has brought them home to their deepest selves.

No matter what their culture, religion, lifestyle, economics or personal challenges, all the women arrived at the same internal destination: a place within themselves of comfort and familiarity, of harmony and wholeness, and of acceptance and love for themselves.  Their moving stories of self-discovery and empowerment will inspire women of all ages to continue their quest to find their own authentic home.

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Yoga for Women at Midlife & Beyond:
A Home Companion

WINNER OF
Best Health Book - 2007 New Mexico Book Awards

Would you like to age with grace and vitality? Increase your strength, energy and flexibility? Sleep better and be sharper mentally?

You can achieve all of these if you practice yoga on a regular basis. Many women go to class once or twice a week and want to practice at home but just don’t know how to begin.

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Always My Child:
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Supporting Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter

—Coauthored with Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Up to ten percent of young people will identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered and nearly a third of teens go through a “questioning phase” or wrestle with peer pressure around sexual identity issues. Driven by the need to be accepted, teens who feel they don’t conform hide their struggle. Before long, as they become more closeted or confused, their self esteem plummets and isolation sets in. And an isolated child is a child at risk.

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Heart To Heart:
Deepening Women’s Friendships at Midlife

Friendships move to center stage at midlife, after years of having been set aside for children, husbands, and careers. As women try to make sense of the kaleidoscope of changes within them and around them- especially the physical and emotional upheaval and shifting family ties-their friends keep them anchored and grounded. Not since their teen years have friends been so crucial to women's lives.

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My Turn
Women's Search for Self after the Children Leave

Everyone knows that for children to mature and become independent they must leave home and separate from their parents. But the reverse is seldom recognized: that this separation is necessary for a woman's growth and development as well.

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Childhood and Adolescent Depression

 

A Parent's Guide to Childhood and Adolescent Depression

If your child had a change in mood or behavior, or is so sad or irritable that it prevents him or her from functioning normally at school, home, or play, these symptoms may indicate clinical depression.

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Women, Mentors and Success

Women, Mentors and Success

Women have made enormous strides in the past three decades, but equality in the workplace is still elusive when it comes to saleries, promotion into the higher echelons of management, and overall success. One reason is that women have been denied access to a fundamental business or professional relationship, that of mentor or protege, in which a young (usually male) professional is taken under the wing of an older one who serves as his role model, teaches him the right moves, helps formulate goals, and generally opens the doors for advancement.

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