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Welcome to This is Your Best Year!!!

Welcome to your best year.  You and I are on this journey together.  Together and collectively, we will give suggestions on living life to the fullest.  This is a blog for women who thought that when they reached this age, life was over.  This is for all of those women who thought their mothers were old at this age–well they may have been, but that’s not the case anymore. maricia 21

We will discuss everything from health, beauty, faith, life, children, grandchildren, exercise, careers, retirement, starting all over again in love and/or career. We will talk about learning the word no, taking time to be who we are.  With this blog we will have fun, we will talk fashion, food,travel and all kinds of products–in other words, we’re going to talk about us.

You can always email me at: and “like” us on Facebook (thisisyourbestyear).

Let’s get excited ladies, and stay tuned.  Remember–“THIS IS YOUR BEST YEAR”!

Oh Well–Plan B

I got up early, checked off needed items and got dressed. Then I went downstairs to make sure transportation would be coming at about 8 am.  After he located my name I ran to Starbucks to grab a cup of coffee and oatmeal. Then I sat and talked a while with people I had met over the last few days.

As the transportation arrives they called names to get on board– yep you guessed it my name was not on the final list. The guys are running around telling me to wait and wait I did. The bus was full but I could catch the next one.  No thank you I wanted to be on the one where I kind of sorta knew some of the people.

As a woman of a certain age I have learned that if it is not life threatening–let it go. They credited my card and are still apologizing as I am typing this on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2– trying to find something else for me to do. I keep thinking that if I could get a strong cup of coffee I would be fine because in less than 4 hours I have something else planned.

I can remember the time when it may not have gone this way, but again it is not life threatening.  I step back and the guys and I talk about other things to do, and we come to a sense that I am okay. Life happens, and sometimes it does not happen the way you want it to.

As I read my book and look at what God has created I remember that “thisisyour(my)bestyear”,  and I am gonna enjoy it. I am off to Old San Juan in now less than 3 hours. Educators always have plan B.

Women–No One Mold Fits All

Remember when women were limited to certain careers?  I can, and they were very good careers, but this is no longer the case.  At the Mayor’s Luncheon benefitting the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) I ran into many women with so many fascinating careers.  Some were just staring their careers while others were onto their second even third careers, and even others were reinventing themselves.

A few of the women I met are below.  At the top left is Dr. Tahita Fulkerson, president of the Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College (my boss). The top right picture is of Ms. Gyna Bivens, Fort Worth City Council Member for District 5.   Ms. Cindi B. on air personality at BOOM 94.5 is at the left.  At the bottom right is the Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.   Your career–your choice.  The mold has been broken.

Women Who Made The Men

Just a thought, and I know it is just television.  It’s not real life or is it?  Why is it that strong, smart women give up everything for the man they love?  Recently on three television shows I noticed that three women basically made these very successful men. She worked and payed for him to go to school, gave up her ambition for his, went to prison and more.  Now the men treat them like dirt (this is a PG) site. I’m not saying I would not have done it–except I know the prison one would never happen–orange is not my color.

What’s your take on this?  I know we all know someone who has done it?

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Guest Post – Alzheimer’s–Not Remembering


I did a guest post on “HarsH ReaLITy”, and I think the post speaks for itself.

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As a woman of a certain age, long before the world really talked about Alzheimer’s, I can remember as a child when I would visit relatives and they could not remember my name.  It seemed funny back then.  It seemed funny when they didn’t remember how to do certain routine things–when they didn’t know how to get to places where they had gone many times before.  I now know that some of them were suffering from the dreaded disease called Alzheimer’s.

I’ve seen many people stricken with this disease from my beloved paternal grandmother who kept the cleanest house in the world.  That’s how we basically knew something was not right.  My grandparents had a guest room that we joked that no one stayed there except the pictures of Jesus and JFK and Jackie. Then one day all of a sudden the house wasn’t neat anymore.  It seemed as If it…

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Late Bloomer–No Such Thing

You are never too old, you may just need to change your direction. Thank you CBS News Sunday Morning for this wonderful segment. Late bloomer? It may just be your time.

What Are You Waiting For?


It’s your time–you are a woman of a certain age.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Go for it.  Adventure and life await you.

We Have Sunlight–Let’s Move

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Academy of Country Music Awards Comes To Texas


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The collection of recordings will celebrate the ACM Awards’ 50-year history and will feature 2 discs as well as a digital collection of ACM award-winning songs. The first disc will feature recent contemporary hits while the second will include timeless classics.

The complete track listing for NOW That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years includes those listed below and much more:

DISC ONE (1990-2015)

  1. Jason Aldean (with Luke Bryan & Eric Church) The Only Way I Know 2012
  2. Lee Brice I Drive Your Truck 2012
  3. Luke Bryan Country Girl (Shake It For Me) 2011

DISC TWO (1965-1989)

  1. Clint Black Better Man 1989
  2. Hank Williams Jr. There’s a Tear in My Beer 1989
  3. Randy Travis Forever and Ever Amen 1987

Digital pre-order for the album is available at: Additionally, from now until March 30, 2015, fans can enter for a chance to attend the 2015 ACM Awards in Arlington, TX. One lucky grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two, three nights deluxe hotel accommodations as well as two tickets to the 50th ACM Awards, ACM Party for a Cause Festival and ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! taping. To enter and review complete sweepstakes rules visit: *ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! taping will be held at ACM Party for a Cause Festival on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Comes To Fort Worth

Looking for something wonderful to do on a Friday night?  Gather your friends and/or family together and get ready to experience the beauty and majesty of dance as performed by the world-famous Dallas Black Dance Theatre.  This performance is for one night only and will feature the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II. The company is coming West to showcase their stellar performance of such works as “Mourners Bench”, “Doll House” and much more.  Tickets will go fast–don’t miss your opportunity to witness beauty in motion.  If this company performs near your city mark your calendars to make sure you see (enjoy) them.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Dallas Black Dane Thater Comes to Fort Worth

I Agree With Ann Brenoff

Well Ann Brenoff and I are on the same page.  I agree with her–I am not ready to go gray!  I remember telling the stylist that I needed to come in because there was some white stuff in my hair that would not go away.  He laughed when I came in, and it was the gray.

I have thought about it though, but in all honestly my gray is just ugly.  It didn’t come in like a friend of mine–you know that nice salt and pepper look.  The very bright white which is so pretty.  I do think some people can rock gray, just like I think Mary J. Blige can rock blond and Sharon Osbourne shade of red.

I’ve decided that Ann Brenoff and I will become good friends as we hoard hair color.  Take a look at Ann’s post that appeared on the Huffington Post.

You can follow Ann on Twitter at: @AnnBrenoff.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–to go gray or not is your choice!  Thank the Lord!


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