Required Bio

Renee’s entire life has been formed by her naturally curly hair and her having topograpanosia, a real disorder of the frontal lobe that results in a complete inability to orient herself in space, as well as an inability to remember people’s names. Because of this disorder, she gets lost a lot.  If you see her wandering around anywhere, don’t call anyone.  Just get her ice cream.  That will calm her down.  For the hair, there’s not much you can do.

She is, indeed, a former hula hoop champion, as well as the co-author of two books for women over 50.  They are Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 and Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives After 50.  She is also a Featured Blogger on Huffington Post.

If you are a very important publisher, a wealthy donor, or if you would like Renee and her co-authors to speak or lead a workshop for your group or organization, you can contact her at

62 Responses “Required Bio” →
  1. Perhaps all the hoola-hooping resulted in the inability to orient herself in space. It’s my first time here – laughed out loud at the I-phone apps post. Glad I found you. Although I can’t remember how I did – perhaps I have blogograpanosia. And maybe I should use that doctor app to determine if I do.

  2. I nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. Not sure if you’ve been nominated before or have the time for it…but wanted you to know I enjoy your blog!


  3. cirtnecce

    February 13, 2012

    Hi Rene…your Valentine blog drew me here and I must say I love it! I know the ups and downs(more ups than downs) of curly hair and I too gave up on Shantaram! It’s fun to meet a kindred spirit….Anyway, you write awesome stuff….please keep them coming!

  4. Freshly Pressed is the best of all the gifts from WordPress!
    Glad to have found you!

  5. I’m loving your refreshingly witty blog. :)

  6. Well done! Indeed…you are truly well…done!!

  7. You’re funny. I like that.

  8. “just get her icecream it will calm her down”
    I love the way you think!
    great blog!

    • Hey, welcome to Life in the Boomer Lane, and thanks. Yes, most of my brain cells are normally occupied by thoughts of ice cream and/or chocolate. It simplifies life quite a bit.


  9. Stephanie C.

    February 15, 2012

    I enjoy your sense of humor. Your V-day blog drove me to your “required bio,” and I thought, what a great way to put it. I have a hard time with the biography’s. Maybe one day I’ll get one down. Thanks for the laughs. *Smile*

  10. I absolutely love your blog! I’m flying to New Orleans on Saturday and my boyfriend has been telling me to find a book for the flight and I’m excited I stumbled across your blog to find your books. I ordered Invisible No More and I can’t wait to order Saving the Best for Last. Will that be available on Kindle eventually as well? Thanks for the laughs and I look forward to reading more posts! :-)

    • Wow, thanks, Mona, I’m honored. Saving the Best for Last includes the entire text of Invisible No More, plus adds new chapters and has exerices at the end of each chapter. We advise people not to get both. Since you have already ordered the first one, read that, and if you’d like to see the expanded version, I’ll send you one. Let me know and give me your mailing address. I’ll even personalize it. The first is supposed to be going on Kindle. Then, I suppose the second will follow.

      • I finished reading Invisible No More and I LOVED it! I’m normally not one to use caps throughout an entire word, but I felt it was necessary in this case! The book was hysterical, eye-opening, and inspirational all at the same time. I, too, am not the best with anatomy, but if I happen to experience what you experienced, at least I will now somewhat know what is going on! Where can your other books be purchased? I find myself checking your blog daily to get my fix of your writing, so purchasing other books probably isn’t a bad idea.

        • Wow, thanks so much for your comments! Invisible No more and Saving the Best for Last are the two books I’ve written with my two friends. But don’t buy Saving the Best for Last, unless you want to spend the money to read the three new chapters we added and see all the discussion questions. The only book I’ve written myself is a novel, King of the Gypsies, which can be ordered on Amazon.

  11. You’ve Just Been Tagged: check it out at

    I think you’re awesome and dreamy :-)


  12. carolcovin

    April 3, 2012

    Invisible, with age that is an imaginary number.

  13. Just so you’ll know, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award!

    I did it because your blog is not only creative, it’s wonderous!

    PS: Love your blog — great fun!

  14. Wow – chance has lead me to my snark sister, amen.
    LOVE your blog. Can’t wait to read through the entire archive. In the meantime yes, that was me this morning snorting iced coffee out of my nose as I read “Putting the 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy to Bed.” I am fortunate to have sampled only a few paragraphs of a friend’s copy while sitting on the beach where proximity to the salt water and open air quickly restored my equilibrium.
    And I can already predict that your “i read too much” page is going to start cropping up on my Amex bill…

    • Oh my, I am a complete whore for this kind of feedback. Excuse me while I smack myself back to reality. OK, I’m back. I’m glad you enjoy my blog, especially since I am currently in the midst of wondering if I should even continue. I step back and wonder what, exactly, it is that I’m doing. There’s no money in it, and it’s not helping the economy or the environment or even getting rid of the bee’s nest under my front porch. Maybe this malaise will pass. Maybe I need chocolate. A lot of chocolate.

  15. Greetings Renee (I looked up your real name by searching on Amazon),

    We’ve met before, but this time I have something to ask of you. A. you are hilarious. and b. I would love if it if you guest posted on my blog. The idea I had for a topic is what you would tell a 23-year-old trying to make it as a writer/blogger/what you wish you had known. If those are boring, you can choose something else.

    Don’t forget that you’re awesome.


    Snotting Black.

  16. I barely know you but already love you (thanks to Snotting Black). (I fall in love with anyone who makes me smile first thing in the morning.) Thanks!

  17. Hi, I just did a post on my blog where I named you as one of the recipients of the Lovely Blog Award. This is a little like a glorified chain letter but it might bring more followers to your site. Please consider passing it on but if you don’t I will be the first to understand. Jeanne

  18. Hi there. I just wanted to leave a note saying how much I love your fresh take on life and your writing draws this reader in like a child to a hot fudge sundae!! (Or me to one, frankly.) And you know, I have the same lack of response from both committees mentioned in your bio. Maybe it’s a clerical error. ;) All the best.

  19. Hi there. What’s your favourite blog of the year? You can still nominate it for the 2012 transatlantic diablog award. Maybe one of your readers nominates you, too? All that is possible. Here’s all you need to know: See you all…

  20. On the recommendation of Peg, I’m now following your blog. I can’t resist a funny blogger who pokes fun at life in the fast lane (over 55)! :)

  21. I’ve already left my appreciation of your blog but there was so much popping up today from your blog, I just had to stop by to see what the fuss was about. And we can never read too much. Although I never write down what I read. I need to just have someone input all the books in my library and archived in kindle into Goodreads. Too much boring clerical work. Who needs it? I reference your reading page as I am amazed that you have done this. I lack the patience. Keep us smiling with your sense of humor.

  22. I am a “boomer’s” daughter, so just based on this fact I know i will enjoy reading you…thanks, alexandra

  23. Hysterical!! Not certain what blog hole I fell down to fInd you. But sure glad I did.

  24. Hello! I had to nominate you because I love reading your blog…..Your gifts have earned you the Versatile Blogger Award nomination, congratulations! For all the small print head on over to Versatility Award at:

    Please, no need to participate, but I wanted to acknowledge you as part of the blogs I love. Blessings,

  25. I’d love to be fifty again! But this post-boomer loves your blog anyway. (I’ve always done everything late. Including getting too old to laugh.)

  26. This is what I love about Freshly Pressed! Glad to have found your blog. I need this!

  27. Hello! I couldn’t find a contact email for you, so I’m posting this here. I nominated you for an “award”. Hope it makes you smile!

  28. Renee,
    Me, too – I won the Hula Hoop contest in my small hometown…My cousin and I tied for First Place – it didn’t hurt that our dads owned the toy store in town and we had a leg up…
    The BoomBoomGeneration has been a passing passion in my writing – for years.
    Hey, so many awards- so little time? A fan…

    • I am thrilled t meet another hula hoop champ, even though you might have had an in. Reminds me of the time when I won the school Easter bonnet contest, in which my mom was a judge. There was a charge of nepotism, entirely unfounded of course. Thanks for visiting Life in the Boomer Lane!

  29. You’re a featured blogger on Huffington Post? I love Huffington Post! I’ll keep a lookout for your blog posts on there. Remind me again what ice cream is . . . and no, it’s not because of anything so nasty as a diet but rather that it makes my face break out. Go figure. I had a clear complexion all my life until two years ago (a few months before I turned 60). Guess I’m going through adolescence again. Nothing like being young at heart, or in my case, face, eh?

  30. Hi Renee I’ve added your RSS feed to my blog tonight – right hand column( sorry, left hand.I can’t find my way about either!). Also thinking about sending you a guest post. Would you like one?

  31. I am so glad to have discovered your blog! Your thoughts have been running around in my head for quite some time. Thanks for sharing. Having recently entered my fifties, it’s terrific to see others with the same issues. I look forward to digging around in your archives and reading more.

  32. Renee… the email address listed above comes back as not valid. Could you leave a message on my blog?

  33. Just found you. Great blog. My therapy dog and I also are highly motivated by ice cream. We write about the Hunan animal bond. Looking forward to reading more!
    Jill and Junior

  34. Thanks. Really pleased to have discovered your lively, entertaining blog. Look forward to lots more reading. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

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