... 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.

Smile! It’s 2019!

So, another year has come and gone and we’re already into the first week of a new year. 

I’m a year older and hopefully wiser. Perhaps not as wise as I’d like to be, but I am wise enough to know that I am extremely thankful for all of my blessings I received in 2018. I am especially grateful that I and all those who complete my circle of  gladness maintained our health. You know, wellness is happiness–it supports our ability to welcome the goodness in the universe. Trust me.

I am so very thankful for all the special moments in 2018–and there were many. One that immediately comes to mind is the moment I ran into the arms of my sister and co-blogger Dana on the Croce Bridge on the Rio Dei Tolentini in Venice. This picture speaks a thousand words.

Goodness! So many things! A stand out was my Anthony Bourdain moment I had on the island of Sardinia where I met some of the nicest people in the world. I am certain that this one of those times when I discovered EXACTLY what it means to be in someone else’s shoes. You can read all about it here: August 8, 2018.

And of course I received immense pleasure and look forward to future engagements with my volunteer work with the Ronald McDonald House in Cologne, Germany as well as the Parents Initiative for Children with Heart Disease, also in Cologne. There is absolutely nothing like doing something for someone else and putting a smile on their face–just because you can.

And I’m especially grateful for the opportunities I had to share my book, Incompatible with Nature–A Mother’s Story. I am honored by the accolades the book has received. From book presentations to television shows in Germany; winning two book awards and having a second German publishing house publish a pocketbook edition of my story, all of it has all been extremely rewarding.

But nothing has been more satisfying than all the correspondence I’ve received from people who tell me that I have affected their lives, that I inspire and encourage them. This amazes me, I am deeply humbled and I want everyone to know it.

Visit my website at to read the comments about my story from renowned doctors Dean Ornish, Alex Gillor and Aldo Castañeda and Ms. Sonja Klima, the president of the Ronald McDonald House in Austria. And if you have read my story, I would really appreciate if you would leave your thoughts about it here: And if you read and write German, you can leave your thoughts here: or here: Thank you!

Yes, 2018 was a busy year. As you know, Dana and I share our stories/adventures/escapades/highs and lows here on our blog at menopausebarbees. We hope that you enjoy them; find a little something that you can keep for yourself. When you come down to it, we should all be about lifting each other up–life is hard enough. So with that in mind, I wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2019. Did you make any resolutions? I didn’t because I don’t want to set myself up for failure in case I can’t hold my word which will only frustrate me and I do not want and or need any unnecessary frustrations in my life. But what I DID do was set myself some goals. One of them is to awaken each morning and smile. First thing. And in that moment I will be cognizant of the fact that I am thankful for all of my blessings and that I am thankful to be able to be thankful. And I will pray that those suffering will be freed of their pain and that those who are not will continued to be blessed. This is wonderful, don’t you think? It makes me feel good just thinking about it. 

And then I’ll “Get up and get on it!” as Daddy used to say, because “It ain’t no givin’ up and no givin’ out!” Happy New Year everybody! Make it rock!