Fiera: Help for Low Libido (and a Giveaway)



Here’s information from the makers of Fiera:

Fiera is the first of its kind, hands-free, personal care device for women that enhances physical arousal and interest in sex. Fiera was created with OB-GYNs and has multiple scientific studies showing it works. Fiera helps women who have changing levels of arousal, interest, and vaginal dryness, enter a sexual experience with enhanced levels of excitement and interest.

Fiera uses gentle suction and light stimulation to enhance blood flow and increase lubrication in advance of sex, in as little as 5 minutes.

Fiera is now available with and without a remote control to give you the fullest flexibility in choosing the experience that is right for you.

Note: Fiera is not a replacement for a vibrator as it is designed specifically to spark genital arousal and sexual interest.

Dr. Leah Millheiser, MD Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/GYN and Director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University, writes: “Women can now warm up, before jumping right in. As we age, give birth and enter menopause, our hormone, estrogen and testosterone levels shift, causing up to three-quarters of women between the ages of 45 and 58—to experience a drop in libido and challenge arousal due to less sensitivity and blood flow to our lady parts. Don’t give up. Remember, we don’t give up reading when our eyesight gets worse, we get a pair of reading glasses.  Women can compensate by taking more time, energy, and attention to awaken or re-awaken lost sensations.”

Here’s the Fiera website, with lots more information.

Giveaway: The makers of Fiera are offering a device to one Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, enter a comment by February 20 or email me at the address on the right. Thanks!

Showtime for Mattie the Maid! (Almost)


Three years ago, I made my theater debut as Jeri Neal McFeeley in the Dixie Swim Club. I had a blast! You can read about it here.

This year, I’m Matilda, a member of the housekeeping staff at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Neil Simon’s California Suite. Our director, Lisa Woodward, was kind enough to add the part for me and my fellow actress, Susan. You can see some of our props in the photos.

What we do with those props during the play is a whole different story (and our secret for now). If you live in the area, do come to the performance. These are the showtimes:

Here’s the link to the Orange Community Player’s website, where you can buy advance tickets. (You only really need advance tickets for the Saturday night dinner theater.)

I haven’t gotten my costume yet, but my guess is that it will look something like this:

I’ve always hated making beds, but so far, making beds as Mattie the Maid is tons of fun. Just as long as I don’t trip and really break a leg…


The Greatest Love: A Book Giveaway



As a girl, I loved tracing patterns with my hands. I did this often in church, going over and over the symbol on our red Lutheran hymnal. Turns out that tracing can bring us peace, harmony, healing, and forgiveness. The technique is called “Tao Source Calligraphy.”

Here’s one figure that you can trace. Give it a try right now, and as you do, think of someone you need to forgive or a sadness you’d like to overcome.

The Greatest Love was written by  Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha, a world-renowned healer, humanitarian, spiritual master, and 11 time New York Times bestselling author (along with two other contributors). I knew little about ancient Chinese wisdom until the publishers sent me this neat little book to review.

While the book discusses chanting as well as tracing, I was most struck by the tracing. Here’s a link on The Greatest Love website that shows the official way to do the tracing  (toward the bottom of the page). 

Here’s a description of The Greatest Love sent to me by the publisher:

Feel the greatest love. Experience the greatest love. Embody the greatest love.

The greatest love is love that truly lasts and has no conditions. It is the love of a mother for her child. It is the love we read about in poems. It is the love we long to have.

We all have challenges that keep us from experiencing this greatest love. These challenges may present themselves in your health, relationships, or finances. With this book, learn how to unblock your life in 30 minutes a day with the power of unconditional love, the greatest love, which surpasses the human and enters the love of all creation.

Practice the simple, joyful exercises within this book, and receive powerful blessings from Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, a world-renowned healer, humanitarian, spiritual master, and 11 time New York Times bestselling author, Master Maya Mackie, who also embodies the purest love and compassion, as well as Master Francisco Quintero.

The power of greatest love can melt all blockages and harmonize all separation and all that is not love. Carry this treasure with you to apply its wisdom anywhere, anytime, to enrich and bless your health, relationships, finances, intelligence, and every aspect of life.

Read more about the book on The Greatest Love website.

Giveaway: The publisher is offering  a copy of The Greatest Love to one Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by February 15.  U.S. only. Thanks!

Amazon: You can find the book here.

Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha is a medical doctor trained in Western medicine in China and is certified in Traditional ChineseMedicine and Acupuncture in China and Canada. A renowned spiritual teacher and 11 times New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, he is also a Grandmaster of several Eastern Arts, including qi gong, kung fu, Tai Chi, feng shui, and the I Ching. He has been recognized as a Shu Fa Jian (National Calligrapher Master) and appointed to the position of Yan Jiu Yuan (Honorable Researcher Professor) by the State Ethnic Academy of Painting in China.

Master Sha is also the founder of the Love Peace Harmony Foundation, dedicated to raising consciousness worldwide and to helping to provide direct assistance to people living in need. He has received widespread recognition for his humanitarian work, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award, the honor of September 21, 2014 being named “Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha Day” by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Commendations from both Los Angeles County and the Hawaii Senate.

Master Maya Mackie is a UN Ambassador for Peace and a Certified Master Teacher, trained by Master Zhi Gang Sha. Born in Lebanon, as a young child Master Maya lived with her family in West Africa and observed the great inequality in living conditions and opportunities that exist in the world. Now based in Europe and a mother of three children, she is honored to support the United Nations development programs through fundraising events for the underprivileged and underdeveloped areas in Lebanon and the Middle East. With compassion and unconditional love, she offers classes and workshops worldwide, teaching spiritual wisdom and practices.

Master Francisco Quintero is a Certified Master Teacher trained by renowned spiritual teacher and humanitarian Master Zhi Gang Sha, and the author of Divine Joy: How to Find Joy in Daily Life. A leading teacher at the Tao Academy™, Master Francisco has developed training programs worldwide. With his expertise, wisdom, and knowledge, he has assisted in training over 6,000 soul practitioners and teachers around the world.


Paintings for Children and Other Whimsical People: Art with a Story


When I began my acrylic painting class last February, I mostly did it for adventure. Something new! Playing with paint! I posted my paintings on Facebook so my friends could see what I was up to.

I was delighted when my friend Rachel commented that she loved the colorful, simple quality of my work. She thought the kids she worked with would love it too. She commissioned three paintings for her office at Dogwood Psychology Center for Children and Families. She requested an elephant, a giraffe, and an owl.

Elephant is giving advice to two bird friends. Giraffe is making a tower of magic spots. Owl is deciding what color frosting she wants on her birthday cake.


Rachel’s idea that I paint for kids hit a happy chord with me. Next, I painted a scene for a favorite second grade class at Hillsborough Elementary School where my friend Julia teaches. The school’s mascot is a dolphin, and their motto stresses kindness and cooperation.

Here is Dolphin kindly rescuing a baby bunny, who landed himself in big trouble by NOT cooperating with his parents and going out too far on his boogie board. A highlight of 2017 was delivering this painting to Julia’s classroom and talking with her students about the creative process.

A few weeks later, my friend Binnie asked for two paintings for her granddaughters. Binnie wanted the elephant (at top), and she asked for a giraffe and two bunnies going to Stinky, a Brooklyn restaurant frequented by her daughter.

Here are the paintings, framed by Binnie and on their way to Brooklyn for Christmas.

My friend Nancy encouraged me to donate a painting to a fundraiser for the Burwell School, an historic house in downtown Hillsborough. I got carried away and did three paintings, all Hillsborough scenes (with a twist).

This is Yveette, the Giant Frog, trying to decide if she wants to move into the Stickworks sculpture on our riverwalk.

In the painting below, Stegosaurus and two bird friends arrive in Hillsborough. Wouldn’t that be a blast!

Here is Hippo pondering history on the lawn of the Burwell School.

At the fundraising event, I really sweated it as people selected art to buy. I’d told mysel I was NOT going to get upset if my work didn’t sell, but I could hardly concentrate on the white wine or the delicious mint brownies.


One painting sold at the end of the event and the site manager had offers on the other two, thanks to Facebook publicity.  I’m pleased that some grownups bought my paintings just for themselves.

Hippo landed herself in the after-event publicity.

Murphy School

Close to Christmas,  interior designer Vicki McDaniel, requested Dolphin for her grandson and a hot air balloon painting for another child. The little girl’s name is Nellie Jane, and her mom is wild over hot air balloons.   


Thanks to the enthusiasm of these kind folks, I’ve decided to launch a small art business. Here’s the description:

I create custom paintings for nurseries, kids’ rooms, medical offices, schools, and  other places where kids and whimsical adults will enjoy seeing them.

Each of my paintings comes with a bit of a story. The owner gets to fill in the rest!

For more information, email me at Paintings may be any size you like and done on canvas board or stretched canvas, ready for you to frame or hang without framing. Prices range from $25 to $100. Shipping is additional.


I’m into painting toys, too. This is grandson Maze’s toy turtle and a favorite ball. Sadly, they’ve lost their kite. Turtle is gently nudging Ball back to the beach cottage after this unfortunate occurrence.