Episode 106- “Does Life Begin At Fifty?”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guests: Bruce Frankel And Mary Radu



Mary Radu:


Contributor to Live Smart after 50!

Pathmaker Coaching

Transforming uncertainty into values-based choices for your best life today and the future.

 Bruce Frankel:

Bruce Frankel is a co-writer of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict in Pictures (2001), a New York Times bestseller. From 1997 to 2001, he was a senior writer at People magazine. From 1989 to 1996, he was the national news reporter in New York for USA Today, where he covered major breaking news and trials, politics, organized crime and terrorism. He began his career in journalism at Gannett Westchester Newspapers, in White Plains, New York, where he won numerous awards for depth reporting, spot news, and columns.





Mary Radu, Sonoma County Midlife Change Coach and Bruce Frankel, author, writer, reporter, and poet. Both were editors and contributors to Live Smart After 50! The Expert’s Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times. Both Mary and Bruce are board members of the National Vice President of the Life Planning Network. Mary is national Vice President and Bruce is Communications Chair.

  1. LIVE SMART AFTER 50! was written by 33 experts to help its readers prepare for the second half of life, that you describe as a new and distinct life stage that requires careful planning and preparation.

Why so many contributors? What is this new stage of life that requires a roadmap?

  • We’ll describe who wrote the book

  • Describe new stage of life
  • Give overview of what the book offers
  1. Can you tell us about some of LIVE SMART AFTER 50! exercises, checklists and tools? What are they designed to do? Tell us about the quiz in preface covering 8 aspects of life planning such as Home and Money and how the book is organized.

  • We’ll explain what the exercises, checklists and tools are for

  • We’ll give examples

  1. Tell us a little bit about the Life Planning Network, what types of professionals and organizations are involved and your network’s mission.

  1. How can our listeners find a Life Planning Network Consultant and also learn more about the organization’s book LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times?

  • To find a consultant, they can go to www.lifeplanningnetwork.org and use the Find a Consultant page where they can enter their state (CA) to find all those providers in California or here in the Bay Area.

  • The book, available in both paperback and ebook formats, is available at the website: www.livesmartafter50.com and through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ITunes and Indiebound.

  • You can contact Mary with any follow up questions at mary@pathmakercoaching.com.


Tortured Sentences:

Above all, and since the very first meal served, the same ambition is simple and beautiful guiding the owners. At the turn of the 19th century, the idea was to serve for a very small price a real hot meal to the blue collar and the people of the neighborhood: the wellknown “broth”, a mixture of meat and vegetables.
Today, only the diversity of the customers and the menu Have Changed.

Word of the week:






adjective: Pretending to have high moral principles; sanctimonious, hypocritical.



After Seth Pecksniff, a character in Charles Dickens’s novel Martin Chuzzlewit. Earliest documented use: 1844.



Charles Dickens describes Pecksniff like this: “Some people likened him to a direction-post, which is always telling the way to a place, and never goes there.”

From http://www.wordsmith.org




It’s NaNoWriMo Launch! What are you writing about? What about writing just the first 1,667 words of a novel and that’s all? I’m thinking of you Damien. Put it aside, and pick up the book again next year.



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