Aging, Menopause, Menopause Symptoms

Hot Flashes! A Video and a Poise Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I posted a guest post by Lori Jo Vest. She’s blogging for Poise as part of the 2nd Talk.  I have a friend getting ready to give her daughter the 1st Talk: periods and growing up. The 2nd Talk is, you guessed it, menopause, and Poise is adding energy and information to the discussion.

As part of the 2nd Talk, Dr. Jennifer Berman, menopause and intimacy expert, speaks about hot flashes:

She introduces Poise’s new cooling gel and their body cooling towlettes, designed to take some of the steam out of those flashes.

The New Products:  To learn more about the 2nd Talk and the new line of Poise products, please visit

Giveaway!  Poise  was kind enough to offer tubes of the cooling gel to FIVE winners. Please  post a comment, saying you’d like to be a winner, by September 28 at noon E.S.T.  I’ll choose the winners using a  random number generator.

Photo:  The photo was taken at the Poise booth at BlogHer. The young women, confereence attendees, don’t look old enough for the 2nd Talk. But it’s good to learn what’s ahead. I wish I’d paid more attention! I think it would have helped me ready my mind and spirit for the roller coaster ride.

Aging, Children, Life, Menopause

BlogHer ’12 Report: Hot Time in the City

This is your brain during menopause.


This is a Hot Wheels track that sticks to the wall. Looks like red hot fun to me.

At the Hot Wheels suite at BlogHer, you can pose as a hot model and get  your picture taken. I don’t think I look hot. I think I look like a grandma, but a grandma who’s all set to play with Hot Wheels:

At lunch today, I met Josee, who has a hot future as a blogger. Right now, she’s pretty happy playing with her Hot Wheels:

I heard Katie Couric speak about her upcoming hot new TV show. She’ll be covering a range of topics especially interesting to women, including MENOPAUSE. The banquet room where she spoke is huge, and I was so far from Katie that she looked even tinier than she does in real life.

So I watched a screen in the lobby, and I liked what I heard about the upcoming show.

Things were so hot in the Hershey’s suite that you could make a real s’more. Cliff, this is my kind of camping!

Last night, the Poise Comedy Cellar featured a hot menopause comedy show. Poise is introducing a new line of menopause products. They’ve also launched a hot but cool website about the second talk. I’ve posted two videos lately about the first talk. Poise is calling menopause education “The 2nd talk.”

And one of the hotest topics of conversation at BlogHer is the Pfizer booth with its motto: GET OLD.

I took this photo yesterday, thinking I could use it in one way or another for an upcoming blog post. Did some musing about the motto last night.

Today, at a session for midlife bloggers, I listened to women who are furious because they feel the motto is ageist. Others said, “No. It shows a positive spin on getting old.”  Some thought the phrase should be “Grow old” or “Grow older.”

Our goal of course, is to live long lives. To suggest that talk of being “old”  is ageist, seems odd to me.

Old isn’t bad. Sure, the thought of old makes me sad, sometimes, but to be “old” and to be called “old” should not be considered a negative. That’s what we boomers are fighting to change. Shying away from the word “old,” especially when used with positive intentions, seems counter-intuitive.

Opinions, oh hot and wonderful readers?  Do you think Pfizer is off base or do you like the motto?