Menopause Blogs!

First Post

Above is the heading for my first post.

Seems like yesterday!

Today I’m pleased to report that Friend for the Ride was selected by Healthline as one of the best menopause blogs of 2013.

I’m in fine company! Check out the other blogs here:

Health Blogs with Link

As the article states, “There’s more to menopause than moaning and groaning.  Take control of your health and your life during menopause by taking the time to pause and reflect on this important topic for women.”

Thanks to writer Robin Madell, who put the list together, and to all of you for your enthusiasm and support.


Celebrations, Menopause

Friends for the Ride!

Roller Coaster

This is my 250th blog post!

Thanks to everyone who has guest posted (I’m always looking for more!  Email me at the address on the right.)

And thanks to everyone who has supported Friend for the Ride.

My mom painted this watercolor for us.

The rider in the front reminds us that menopause is our own ride, since each and every experience is different.

We endure those dips and swoops with the help of our friends, in person and online. Those are the riders in the background.

So here’s to all of you, my friends,

In happy honor of friendship, email, call, or send a card to a friend who could use some extra cheer today!

I’m going to do the same.

Roller Coaster

Foods That Harm/Foods That Heal Giveaway Winner:  Congrats to Haralee!

Celebrations, Menopause

Cake in Fridge!

At Piedmont Community College, where I work as a writing tutor, we get a lot of emails. Most of them have to do with grading rosters that need to be turned in or  an upcoming college event.  I scan the email headings to see which emails I need to read.

My eyes almost popped out of my English tutor head when I read this one:



I love cake. I love it for the flavor, but I love cake too for the the celebrations it represents: birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, promotions, book signings, holidays, store openings, and lots of other happy times.

Today, Friend for the Ride is one year old.

And so, to each of you, for reading my blog, I’m sending:

A cake in the fridge 

Albeit it’s an imaginary one, but it comes with my love and thanks!

Photo is courtesy Laura Younger. I’m not sure if this was her birthday cake or Matt’s, but I could take a big old dollop of that butter cream right now.

Aging, Menopause

Seeking: Man Brave Enough to Write Guest Post

If you are a man reading this post, say this out loud: Real men write guest posts for Friend for the Ride.

If you are a woman and you’re reading this post in earshot of a man, say this out loud:  Real men write guest posts for Friend for the Ride.  (And please send this post to some upbeat, fun, and clever men!)

I find that men are pretty kind about menopause, mostly because I bet they are tickled pink (or should I say manly blue) that they don’t have to go through it themselves.

But when I ask male cronies to write a guest post for the blog, they mostly shake their heads.  One friend, James, says he’s writing one, but I have yet to see the words…

So here’s my offer:  write me a guest post and then come to Hillsborough, North Carolina. Come by foot, bike, motorcycle, plane, car, truck, or train.  I’ll buy you a really cold beer at our funky watering hole, The Wooden Nickel.  In fact I will buy you several beers.  Here is the beer list.

Or I’ll take you to Bandidos Mexican Cafe for the very manly Conquer El Gigante, the giant burrito.  They snap your picture and put it on their wall, and there’s not a single photo of a lady, just real men.  Granted this guy is pretty young, but I bet you could do it!

Or we can go to the Nickel first and THEN for the giant burrito.

So please?  You can write about your take on menopause, how men feel about gray hair (their own or women’s), or anything else that strikes your gut.  (I first wrote “fancy” but then decided that didn’t sound like guy talk).

What an opportunity to be a REAL man!  Shoot me an email to the address on the right.  Thanks, REAL MAN.

Photo above is my husband Cliff blowing out candles on delicious birthday cupcakes in November.  He’s been a good manly egg about the blog, that’s for sure, but has yet to agree to write a guest post. Maybe that’s because he can go to the Wooden Nickel any time he wants to.

Photo of Cliff is courtesy Katherine Younger.  The other two photos are from the restaurant websites.