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This week’s post is a mixture of things I thought you might enjoy, including a fun summer dress; an easy dessert recipe; and an update about the FABULOUS TRIP FOR WOMEN OVER 50 I’ve invited you to take with me this coming spring.

And because I’m a breast cancer thriver/survivor, I want to share a few words about Olivia Newton-John, the amazing woman so many of us admired.

Olivia Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, then again in 2013, and again in 2017. When she was first diagnosed, she went public at a time when people didn’t talk about the “C” word. Olivia Newton-John walked the cancer path for 30 years… Can you imagine? Nine years with Stage 4, metastatic breast cancer. By all accounts, even when she was in great pain, she savored life and was joyfully aware of every bird she saw, every flower that bloomed, and friend she encountered. Other than her family, she was proudest of the state-of-the-art cancer center she built in Australia. She was a mixture of soft and steel, a symbol of hope to everyone with metastatic breast cancer that they, too, could have a longer life.

Olivia Newton-John was 73 when she died. She taught us to live with grace and gratitude, and generosity of spirit, and the world will miss her. ❤️


I feel bad, segueing from Olivia Newton-John to something so frivolous as a dessert. Please forgive me. Last week I found this recipe in Garden and Gun’s online magazine. It’s a rustic, easy-to-make fresh fruit tart, sometimes called a galette, from Brian Noyes who’s the Culinary Institute of America and L’Academie de Cuisine trained owner of the beloved Red Truck Bakery in Marshall, Virginia. Brian has a new cookbook, The Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Comfort Food from America’s Favorite Rural Bakery. It’s packed with small-town charm and mouthwatering, unfussy comfort recipes like July Heirloom Tomato Pie and Crab Cakes Dabbed with Jalapeño-Cilantro Mayonnaise. Hello! Brian’s cookbook has my name all over it!

Those are not spots on my dress, but the patina of a mirror that’s over 100 years old.


My new favorite brand of women’s clothing is Jenni Kayne’s, California-inspired, laid-back, but put-together lifestyle brand that includes apparel and home design products. Both focus on design, quality, and living well every day. I’ve purchased her Riviera Slip Dress in both Safari and Black and wear them with a short-sleeved t-shirt underneath. I’m crazy about this dress, and I love the fabric. The dress looks great on those of us who are slender as well as curvier women. I like to wear mine with espadrilles, a Panama hat, and my Julie Vos bracelets. BTY, if you make a Jenni Kayne purchase, I don’t receive a commission. In fact, Jenni Kayne has no clue I exist, but I’ve become her biggest fan!


My travel expert friend, Joanne Socha, and I are in the process of putting the finishing touches on our trip to Tuscany this coming spring! Yes, Tuscany, and even if you’ve been there before, this trip will knock your socks off, because it’s more than just a trip. It’s an “Invitation to the Rest of Your Life.” In addition to the amazing… fabulous… jaw-dropping places we’ll stay, the people we’ll meet, and the food, oh the food and the wine… we’re going to explore where we see ourselves in the next chapter of our lives and what’s holding us back from being the woman we want to become. As soon as the contract on our villa (I’ve given you a sneak peek at two of the rooms) is signed, I’ll share the details.

It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime!

Love, Brenda

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