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losing weight after 50
Nutrition

The Plan that Worked for Me: Losing Weight after 50

Disclosure:  I am a 52-year-old woman who is moderately short at 5’ 2” with historical weight ranging from 119 lbs. to 156 lbs. between the ages of 22 and 52 (except during pregnancy because I don’t remember and don’t care). During those 30 years, I primarily weighed anywhere from 130… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • March 22, 2018
Marriage & Divorce

Valentine’s Day Rituals to Practice All Year Long

The history of Valentine’s Day is gruesome, yet this day is a celebration of romantic love for the modern adult or of platonic love for preschoolers. How did it come to be that the complicated melding of the Roman feast of Lupercalia and the celebration of the martyrdom of St.… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • February 14, 2018
define success
Family & Friends

How Does a Woman in her Prime Define Success?

When asked his opinion of the President for a recent article in the Washington Post Magazine, a third grade student replied, “I don’t think we need a President. I think we should be free.” This response caused an upwelling of understanding and agreement in me about the President and myself:… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • October 19, 2017
college tour
Family & Friends

What You Need to Know About the College Tour

This past summer my daughter, a rising high school senior, and I embarked on a college tour. I was looking forward to a road trip with my youngest child, not only to collect information about different schools, but also to spend time with this emerging adult whom I know and… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • September 15, 2017
visiting scotland
Featured Destinations

Fierce Beauty: Visiting Scotland, By Way of Iceland

Admittedly, visiting Scotland had been a dream of mine since high school when I watched a re-run of the 1954 Gene Kelly movie, Brigadoon. I loved the Scottish accent, the plaids, and the craggy, rugged beauty of the land. My interest was further piqued by Chariots of Fire, Braveheart, and,… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • August 3, 2017
fractional CO2 laser
Anti Aging

Could Your Sex Life Improve with a Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment?

I’m back at lunch with my friend Kitty Gahlorre. Last time we had lunch she told me all about a new laser procedure she was going to have done. This wasn’t your usual laser therapy for your eyes or hair removal or even acne; this was laser therapy for your nether… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • May 21, 2017
pale ales
Food and Wine

Ales or Stouts – A Question for Craft Beer Lovers

The craft beer question: Stouts, or ales? “No contest,” says Katie, “Stout. Hands down.” “What?” says Ellen, “Ale – there are so many varieties, from Brown Ales to Blonde IPAs.” Tricia smiles, “Neither. Give me a dry red wine anytime.” Stacey, though, is thoughtful, “Either. Both. All.” And so begins… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • May 6, 2017
MonaLisa Touch
Anti Aging

Mona Lisa Wasn’t Smiling About Vaginal Atrophy

It's not fun to talk about, or to experience. Menopause, chemotherapy, a hysterectomy and other life events can cause a reduction of estrogen, which leads to thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls. The physical symptoms can include vaginal discomfort, dryness, atrophy, laxity and painful sex. Unlike generations before,… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • April 1, 2017
female brewers
Food and Wine

Abbess Hildegard and Her Hops: Cheers to Female Brewers

Hildegard of Bingen Knew a Thing or Two About Beer In Diana Gabaldon’s popular book series Outlander, her heroine, Claire, brews the beer while husband Jamie tends to the whiskey. This casual mention of Claire’s beer production opened my eyes to the possibility that women actually brewed beer. Call me… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • February 10, 2017
craft breweries
Food and Wine

Are You Crafty? A Short Tutorial on Craft Beers

When I go out on the town with my girlfriends, wine is usually our drink of choice: sweeter whites for most of my friends and dry, hearty reds for me and my more daring companions. When I go out with my husband, we have beer, but not the beer I… Read More
  • Colleen Walacavage |
  • January 20, 2017

About Colleen Walacavage

Colleen Walacavage

Colleen Walacavage is a freelance writer and editor based in Washington, D. C. Her company, CW Editing Service, specializes in all degrees of editing. She recently moved to Northern Virginia from Colorado with her husband and three children. As a woman in her prime, Colleen is interested in expanding and sharing her knowledge and interests in a wide range of areas including literature, travel, and epicurean delights.