Best ATM and Credit Cards for International Travel

Thumbnail image for Best ATM and Credit Cards for International Travel by Barbara Feldman May 29, 2013

I’ve been asked this question so many times, I had to finally answer it publicly. First of all, back in the day, savvy travelers would stock up on traveler’s checks before hitting the friendly skies. Traveler checks had the advantage of being replaceable if they were lost, and could be converted to local currency at a bank or a hotel (hotels never give the best rate, but they sure are convenient.) But today you get the best exchange rates (and convenience) from ATMs, as long […]

My 60th Birthday Wish

Thumbnail image for My 60th Birthday Wish by Barbara Feldman May 14, 2013

Psst… can I tell you a secret? I’m turning 60 in three weeks. Okay, so maybe it’s not such a secret, but it’s a big milestone, and one that’s been on my mind for about a year. 60? Wow. As many have said before me, it’s just a number. But I believe it’s a number that deserves some recognition. So I’ve decided to do something amazing for a child that needs heart surgery, but can’t afford it. I am raising money for a group of […]

11 Things Mom Tried to Teach Me

Thumbnail image for 11 Things Mom Tried to Teach Me by Barbara Feldman May 6, 2013

In no particular order, here are eleven things I learned from Mom, along with my own comments on her life lessons. 1) Travel the world. Okay Mom, I’m with you on this one. 2) Gold jewelry is always in style. Yeah, you’re probably right. 3) You can never have enough jewelry. Well I might have agreed with you on this, until I found out exactly how much jewelry you actually had. 4) Garage sales are fun. Up to a point. 5) When putting a tip […]

Do These Jeans Make Me Look Graceful?

Thumbnail image for Do These Jeans Make Me Look Graceful? by Barbara Feldman March 29, 2013

I am writing today as part of the Generation Fabulous blog hop on the meaning of aging gracefully. I believe grace is an internal quality. It’s about feeling content, and accepting one’s whole self. Sometimes my wrinkles and age spots shock me … that’s the opposite of grace! But mostly, I am taking them all in stride. And I try to keep in mind that the opposite of “aging” is “dying.” I strive to be healthy and grateful (with a shout out to Lois Alter […]

Multicultural Holiday Greetings

Thumbnail image for Multicultural Holiday Greetings by Barbara Feldman January 9, 2013

I just answered a note from a teacher thanking me for my words about Newtown. (My words can be summed up by saying I was speechless, and didn’t have any words.) Then he wished me a Merry Christmas, and hoped if I was Jewish I would forgive his faux pas. I replied as follows: “And regarding your holiday greeting, I accept good wishes and good sentiments from everyone of all faiths! No need to worry about being offensive. Hope your Christmas was merry. And, yes, […]

FreeTime Unlimited

Thumbnail image for FreeTime Unlimited by Barbara Feldman December 7, 2012

I am over-the-moon excited by Amazon’s new Kindle Fire content subscription service for kids 3 to 8. FreeTime Unlimited offers a nearly unlimited supply of apps, videos and ebooks for a low monthly fee of just $2.99 for Prime members. (You already are a Prime member, right?) The service includes Parental Control over content and the amount of time spent on the device, and can accommodate multiple kids with separate profiles (this requires a family subscription for $6.99 a month.) Content providers include all the […]

Texting Gloves

Thumbnail image for Texting Gloves by Barbara Feldman December 6, 2012

Also called touch screen gloves, or smart gloves, these lifesavers will let you use your smart phone WITHOUT taking your gloves off. Now that’s clever! Texting Gloves