The Boomer Woman’s Podcast

The Boomer Woman’s Podcast

2024 is the 5th Season of The Boomer Woman’s Podcast. Each episode is a conversation between me – I’m Agnes Knowles, your host – and a guest who talks to a subject that, someway, somehow, is relatable to Boomer Women. The guests can be any age, any gender, as long as their message is positive, informative, pertinent to our demographic. You, dear listener, might need to be open-minded, curious, tolerant, inclusive… and if you are, you will enjoy these conversations, maybe learn something, and I encourage you to share each and any episode! Click the Follow/Subscribe button to be notified of the next great guest.


February 22, 2024 41 mins

From desert combat zones to a battle within, John Lawyer transformed from soldier to spiritual seeker. John’s military service took him to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. 

John is candid about living in war zones with his wife, his culture shock in returning to civilian life, and the VA therapist who may have saved his life.

He explains:

  • What is dharma, why is it important?
  • How do we navigate the spiritual path in the modern age?
  • ...
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After a career in media and entertainment media, Sandy Kaye was a natural to interview all the musicians we know and love across three continents.

In this episode, Sandy has memories, anecdotes, and shares so much about so many music artists.  When I listen to her podcast (which I do now, often!) I'll think "I don't know that musician..." and then "Oh, wait a minute, I love that song!"

Today she tells us:

  • which interviews were ...
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Dave Albin’s company is Firewalk Productions. Firewalking is a 1,000 year old rite of passage ritual and he’s firewalked hundreds of thousands of people.

In this episode, he explains:

  • firewalking
  • glasswalking
  • board breaks and arrow breaks
  • why people don’t get burned
  • why it is SO empowering for participants

Dave also shares his morning ritual for health and energy.

Stay tuned for his Mom’s dating advice and “Elf on the She...

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Dying.  We’re all going to do it, that‘s a given… but what happens to your property, your heirs, your business after you take your last breath?

Scherrie answers:

  • What exactly is estate planning?
  • What are assets?
  • What are they basic legal forms everyone should have, in terms of estate planning?
  • Is planning with a small ,mom and pop business different from a large company with many employees?
  • What are considerations for couples a...
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Social and media pressures haunt us from our early years all the way through to our crone years.  Even we, the wise women, are not immune.

Did you know that, recently, the number of eating disorders in mid-life women has increased dramatically.

In this episode I ask Nicole:

  • Why eating disorders are increasing in mid-life women.
  • What defines an eating disorder.
  • Is there ever a time we might consider pharmaceutical help for weigh...
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Mitch Albom wrote the first book. Rob Schwartz lived the reality. What reality?  Morrie Schwartz… you know, Tuesdays With Morrie, was Rob’s dad.

Almost thirty years after his dad died, Rob has released a book: The Wisdom of Morrie: Living and Aging Creatively and Joyfully – manuscripts he found in his dad’s desk years after Morrie had passed.

I ask Rob about his dad, Morrie and also about his Mom, Charlotte.  I love the warmth and ...

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Sometimes when I interview health professionals, their advice sounds great but when they’re 30-40 years younger than me I can’t help but think their knowledge is based on book learning, not experience.  Carol Ebert is the exact opposite: she's the poster woman for Boomer Women.

In this episode I ask her:

  • What is your definition of "wellness"?
  • Your speaker topic: "Too Busy For You?" - does that topic hit home for mid-life women?...
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Heather Whelpley started life as an audacious, confident, whole-life child… but as she grew through her teens into womanhood, she wore the societal rules so many of us grew up with, that many of us hold true to this day. Until one day, as she says… she woke up.

How did Heather wake up to this reality?

Are rules gender separate or gender neutral?

How did she connect to her “grounded wildness”? How do we do that?

What’s her advice fo...

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Season 4 is done and dusted.  Who can believe it.  Before I kick off Season 5 I review the amazing guests of 2023.  It's a quick and easy review - the link to all the episodes is the show notes!

Find the links to your favourite... or your missed episodes at


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December 21, 2023 54 mins

My conversation with Gila Melamed, released in September was the most listened to episode of 2023.

Gila Melamed is an acquaintance of an acquaintance of mine. I knew Miriam had travelled North America in a camperized van for six months last year and when she told me she was hosting a woman who was travelling North America in a camperized car for a year… I was intrigued. A Mazda CX-5 is a nice car… but to live in it? By choice?  I d...

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Fernando Diez’ story starts with his mother, who fell in love with The Galapagos at age 16.  A decade later she introduced her future husband to the islands and he fell in love with them too.  The rest is, as they say, history!

Fernando calls himself and his brothers the Mowglis of The Galapagos.

Fernando shares some history of Quito, Ecuador and so much interesting info about The Galapagos as well as background around tours of the...

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Barb Giatti experienced dementia with both her parents while she was living internationally, so she moved back to small town, Michigan to take care of them.

Barb discusses some of the experiences with her parents – you’ll be relieved to know your parents aren’t worse than others.

Barb’s mother would never understand a computer or the internet so Barb created hard copy workbooks.  You’ll find the content really interesting… just as ...

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November 30, 2023 58 mins

Taru Fisher has been a guest on this podcast before.  New topic for us, old topic between us… age-old topic between us. 

Ageism is the last socially accepted form of prejudice.

We discuss Internalized ageism, Cultural ageism, Implicit ageism, and Benevolent ageism.  All are irritating, and wrong.

The medical system, tech subjects, are areas where people feel quite free to talk down to elders.

Honest and candid, personal experience ...

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November 23, 2023 67 mins

My guest today had a perfectly fine life… until age 48; Jeanne Andrus then uses the verb “clobbered” to explain what perimenopause did to her. That began her 4 year journey through personal experience, research, and training to understand how and why menopause affects women so completely.

It's hard enough that our mothers probably never talked about menopause, and perhaps we don’t have too many friends we compare stories with, but ...

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Beate Chelette has an amazing story… actually she has more than one. So many good ideas… and almost every calamity except pestilence… and then a gift: the Small Business Administration (U.S.A.)

A smart business woman who could stay one step ahead of the trends – maybe she created them? – the truth lies somewhere between kismet and serendipity.

This podcast doesn’t often pursue a business theme, but Beate’s stories and insights and ...

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Cristina Castignini had an eating disorder.  Once she had her PhD in Counseling Psychology, perhaps it was inevitable that she focus in on eating disorders.

In this episode, Cristina explains eating disorders and blows some myths out of the water.

As women, we tend to think that young women are the prime suspects for eating disorders, but menopause can also be a trigger.

I’m fairly sure I’ve not had an eating disorder but some of C...

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From bullets and bombs in Belfast in the 70s to a variety of civil wars in Africa… not to mention crossing the Sahara on a café racer… Chris Donaldson’s life did not lack excitement and danger in 1979/80.

As Chris’ “trip” unfolded he realized the destination was no longer the “thing” – he was traveling for the sake of traveling (… still on the Moto Guzzi café racer!)

From Ireland down through Africa to South America, L.A. to Vancou...

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Amanda Laden’s medical issues went undiagnosed… or misdiagnosed for decades.  Ridiculously debilitating periods, several miscarriages… until the right doctor happened to be in attendance and recognized all the signs.

As Boomer Women, we are past our baby-making years but this might be vital info for our daughters or granddaughters. We are, however, not past the age of being misdiagnosed, even ignored, as medical patients.

Both Aman...

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From the moment she joins the conversation Swami Nityananda’s warmth and joy shines through.

I start at the beginning, requesting a better understanding of “Swami” and her names.

If, for even a second, you struggle to find your true self… or you define yourself by one of the roles you play in life, Swami will remind you of your strengths, and loveliness… again and again.

Connectedness is a bit of a theme throughout, but Swami also ...

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October 12, 2023 61 mins

Retirement is in need of a reboot.  That is Nan Ives’ mantra and she is the woman to show you how to do that.  Don’t arrive at retirement thinking it will unfold.  In today’s world, you may have 30 years to go after you relinquish the 9-5.

Nan encourages you to consider options, to experiment your way forward… but do it before you get the golden handshake.  There are so many options in a variety of areas of life.

She realized she h...

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