- ... the tales of two sisters
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Dubai: Lexis 2019 World Pediatric Cardiology Congress


I have always wanted to visit this emirate, so when I received an invitation to speak at the Lexis 2019 World Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery Congress held there September 9 and 10, I was thrilled!

It was quite the honor to have the opportunity moderate the conference and to take my place amongst these brilliant surgeons and doctors. 

The countries attending were Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Algeria, India, Greece, Syria, USA and Saudi Arabia. All of the attendees presented their facts, findings, treatments and innovations on various issues pertaining to pediatric cardiovascular diseases. (But also cardiology in general: if you take a statin it should be taken in the evening.)

I spoke at the podium for thirty minutes beginning at 3:10 in the afternoon. The title of my presentation: A Parent’s Perspective:Incompatible with Nature–A Mother’s Story.

My presentation was clearly not scientific, it was however, passionate. In part, here is what I said:

“I’d like to begin my presentation by saying, for those of you whom I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, that I am not a doctor. What I am is a heart warrior mother. I’ve had quite a journey in the fight for my son’s life who was born with an extremely rare form of heart disease. I’ve detailed that journey in my award-winning book, Incompatible with Nature–A Mother’s Story and it is with a great sense of pride that I am able to share my story with you. 

First of all, I’d like to say that I salute all of you, for you are the fortunate ones. You are the fortunate ones because you have the satisfaction of knowing–the very real satisfaction of knowing–that you have a chance at saving a life when you go to work everyday. As a physician, you know that working in medicine allows you the privilege of serving humanity because a privilege is what it is. You are favored, for you have chosen to accept the sacred obligation of bearing witness and being a servant to individual human survival…I am confident, that you are inspired by empathy, passion, compassion and a certain motivation to help your fellow man and with this thought in mind I urge you to stay on course. 

Now, I’d like to take you to the heart of my matter.”

After sharing my story and left them with one final message:

“So as a heart warrior mother I am asking you to be conscientious, competent, and compassionate in what you do. Don’t ever underestimate the impact you are making in the fascinating world of science and medicine, whether it is on the level of an individual patient and their families or on a large public health scale. 

And carry this other standard from the Hippocratic oath always with you: I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug. 

So take care of yourselves because we need you and be remarkable because remarkable is where miracles happen! And that is the heart of the matter.”

And then there was applause. Then, one of the co-chairs, the brilliant doctor Zaraby stood up and approached me at the podium. I thought he wanted to shake my hand. Instead, he grabbed both of my hands and said,  “You are an amazing mother. I want to kiss your hands.” I couldn’t believe it. Then several doctors surrounded me at the podium, congratulating me. Dr. Haweleh said, “Tracie you are our hero! Maybe you will come to Jordan to speak!” I was so amazed, I just remember saying, “Oh my goodness! Thank you all! Thank you!”  I was just shocked and so very humbled!

I’m still reeling. 

Congratulations and thank you to all of the doctors who participated in this congress and to all doctors worldwide for all that they do to save our babies. 

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Welcome to Seattle!

Last night, my family and I enjoyed the artistry of Iron Chef Morimoto at the highly anticipated pre-opening of Momosan Seattle. Watching this famed chef tackle, slice, dice and filet a double digit priced tuna was an experience in culinary artistry at it’s finest. As samples were passed around the chic designed eatery, my son devoured a pork belly slider and raved it was the best ever! The open kitchen will allow diners to see these delectable edibles.

So tonight, along with NYC and Waikiki, you can go get your sake on! You won’t be sorry. 504 5th Avenue S Seattle.

Dim the Lights

Once again the menopausebarbees dim the lights in honour of those who have lots their lives and life as they knew it before the madness of Hurricane Dorian wreaked its havoc.

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9-5 Happy Labor Day!

Yesterday morning while watching CBS Sunday Morning, the program featured one of my very favorite talents, Dolly Parton. I can’t decide what attracts me to her most. Her self deprecating humor, brutal honesty, talent, or that fact that she is purely adorable. Dolly has written and performed some of my all time favorites including Whitney Houston’s rendition of I Will Always Love You. And my BFF Trina’s’ karaoke version of Jolene. I laughed aloud as the interviewer asked Dolly how long it takes to do her hair. Her answer- I don’t know, I’m never there!

So, today in honor of Labor Dy, remember to laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously. Tomorrow it’s back to 9-5!

Happy Birthday Ems!!

Happy Birthday Ems! Thank you for giving me a night to remember!

Imagine over three hundred and fifty years of music brought together and performed on stage. A musical mix that’s sophisticated, classic, hip, and everything in between.

Classical music meets pop. A tradition for over 30 years, it happens at the magical event: “Night of the Proms” (NOTP), the biggest indoor event in Europe.

Here’s the backdrop:

You have a gorgeous, I mean gorgeous, Brazilian Maestra –Alexandra Arrieche–orchestrating. With her arms in the air and her baton in hand, she passionately directs the international seventy-two members of the Antwerp (Belgium) Philharmonic Orchestra. In the mix are five soulful musicians known as NOTP Backbone, bringing in percussion, keyboards, drums, bass and guitar. The background vocalists, the Pretty Vanillas, who hail from Holland, and the twenty-four members of the Belgian symphony choir, Fine Fleur, sing, sing, sing!

And then, of course, for such an event, you’ve got to have some star soloists. How about Peter Cetera? Yes, THAT Peter Cetera–the singer, songwriter and bassist of the legendary rock band Chicago, singing some of Chicago’s greatest hits, like, “If You Leave Me Now” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”. Oh my gosh, I remember going to Chicago concerts in high school!

Roger Hudson–the singer songwriter from Supertramp! How many of us didn’t sing along to “Give a Little Bit”, “Take the Long Way Home” and of course, “Dreamer” which he dedicated to the brainchild of NOTP Jan Vereecke. Rogers songs wouldn’t have been complete without the sweet and sultry sax and harmonica contributions from Michael Ghegan.

How about we add some spice to the mix with former Spice Girl, Melanie C? During her solo career, she’s given us, just to name a few, “Never Be the Same Again”, “I Turn to You”, and “First Day of My Life”.

There’s no way we can’t have some reggae, dancehall and hiphop in the review, so how about we have Culcha Candela setting the party mood with a few of their hits like, “Hamma!”, “Monster” and “Berlin City Girl”. These four musicians from Berlin had the audience dancing, singing along and high-fiving each other!

British rock music vocalist, songwriter and musician John Miles has been with the show since it began and is now considered to be an institution with Night of the Proms. His song, Music (Was My First Love) published in 1976, in part with these lyrics: “Music was my first love and it will be my last. Music of the future and music of the past” is truly the anthem of NOTP. With forty years of live music experience, he brings an invaluable input to the show.

And then, for such a great evening, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll find a sixteen year old pianist who sings, composes, arranges film scores, and plays the piano like you’ve never seen before. I repeat: like you’ve never seen before! She’s simply brilliant. Her name is Emily Bear. Included in her repertoire for NOTP were her interpretations of the songs: La La Land, Skyfall and Crazy.

And then, midstream of her performance, in which she’s smiling all the while her hands are flying across the piano keys, (her enjoyment is infectious!), she does something really special.

NOTP moderator and all around nice guy, Markus Othmer interviews a guest in the audience who shares a story. Then, Emily composes and plays her piano interpretation of the story–right then and there. On the spot. I saw her do this at the Friday night and the Saturday night shows. At the Friday night concert, I had the ABSOLUTE THRILL of sharing my story, Einen Herzschlag entfernt, (Incompatible with Nature–A Mother’s Story). Emily had no idea that it would be the soundtrack to my and my son Marc’s life she would be setting to music. You can see the video here:

I’m so thankful it was caught on film–thank you to Markus Othmer for this video clip! I will treasure this moment forever.

Emily’s further contribution to NOTP were the songs, Bumble Bear Boogie, All By Myself, School, and her participation with all of the great artists in the Finale.

What a night(s)! The Maestra conducted, the singers sang, the musicians played their instruments all to the absolute delight of the audience in the sold out (both evenings) LANXESS arena in Cologne.

One more thing I observed and found to be quite fascinating was the vast age difference of the people in the audiences, which in turn reflected the age difference between the performers. With Emily Bear being the youngest performer (and the youngest solo artist ever to perform in NOTP, I might add), there was an age span of sixty years gracing the stage in the arena. It was in a word, amazing.

A night I’ll never forget.

The last two dates of this tour will be in Mannheim (Friday, 21.12. 2017) and Dortmund, Germany (Saturday 22.12. 2017). If you’re nearby and lucky enough get a ticket, do so! If you miss out, next year is coming–but be sure to reserve your tickets early enough–forty thousand tickets have already been sold!

Music please!


Incompatible with Nature–A Mother’s Story–Amazon link:

Einen Herzschlag entfernt–Amazon link:

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Happy Birthday My Precious Baby Sister

Dani when I think of you I smile. I really do. I am so thankful Mama gave birth to you! She did good! How blessed I am to love and be loved by you my precious baby sister.

There are certain things we never forget and as I write this, I’m reminded of how you talked me into sliding down that huge water slide in Spain–even though I can’t swim–which of course makes me remember the time you had us listen to and get pumped by Tony Robbins in the car on the way to Whistler where you convinced me that I could ski down the mountain and I am now once again, literally laughing out loud at the time Aunt Beverly came to town to visit and you came up with the great idea for each of us to put on one of her wigs and go down to the hotel lobby. The man who did the double take in the elevator…! I was mortified and crying from laughing so hard. Cousin Lisa said it best: “Y’all look like Ike AND Tina Turner.” And the time in the parking garage and you said, “How #@%!”directed at the garage attendant.  I am seriously sitting here laughing out loud.


There are so many moments, memories and times that I treasure with you my baby sister and how I admire the quick-witted, funny, wonderful, caring, generous and thoughtful woman you have become! And funny, did I say, funny??? You are your father’s child and I couldn’t love you more if I wanted to.

Sisterlove on a bridge in Venice

Mere words can not express how very much I love you; how much more of this life I’m looking forward to sharing with you. I may be an ocean away, but you better believe I will by your side in a heartbeat. 

I will always, but always have your back baby girl. Happy Happy Birthday my Boo. I love you.

A Friday Funny

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