Diane Gottlieb writes open-hearted stories about people in pain who choose to grow.


How Many More Will We Be Asked to Remember?

It’s Memorial Day, a day on which we honor those who died in active military service. It’s also a day I can’t stop thinking about the schoolchildren who were gunned down by a young man carrying military style weapons. Some Numbers To put things in perspective (if that’s even remotely possible), I’m going to start…

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HOPE — It’s Not For The Faint Of Heart

I’ve never been a doom and gloom type. Never. I know things can get pretty bleak and very complicated—I see that. And still. Still. I’ve always held onto hope. Hope (according to dictionary.com) is “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” That definition doesn’t…

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Say NO to Body Shame–Yours and Mine

Okay. I’ll admit it. I’ll confess. Sometimes, when I see plus-sized models, I snicker. Out loud. Sometimes, I comment. It’s never a nice comment. I’m not proud. I’m actually ashamed. And … but … that’s the last thing I should be. “Why?” you might ask. “Diane, that’s awful of you!” you might say. “You—who claim…

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What Can I Offer?

What Can I Offer? Hi everyone! I wanted to connect with you again in February. February’s a short month but has historically been the hardest for me—so cold, so dark, so “I’m so over winter!” February is much kinder now that I’ve moved to Florida, but I’ve been missing you all, so here I am!…

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From Giving Thanks … To Giving

Happy December everyone! December!!! Can you believe it’s already December? Another year flown by. This year felt different to me. Personally, it was a year of tremendous change and growth—I moved from New York to Florida—huge! My writing life has thrived: I wrote several hundred pages of my novel! (I hope to complete the first…

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Uncover Your Voice

This year’s Emmy’s recognized women of a certain age. Yay! Kate Winslet, at 45, won her Emmy for her wonderful performance in “Mare of Easttown.” Hannah Waddingham, at 47, won for her role in “Ted Lasson,” Julianne Nicolson, at 50, for “Mare of Easttown.” Gillian Anderson, at 53, for “The Crown,” and Jean Smart for…

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Labors of Love

It’s Labor Day, and along with our national holiday, this evening marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. At first glance the two have little to do with each other but leave it to me to find a connection.   When I think Labor Day, I am immediately brought back down memory lane. Labor…

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Sex Over 50? Sign Me Up!

Here’s a joke for you: An 80-year-old man walks into his doctor’s office. “Do you still have sex?” the doctor asks. “Almost every day,” the man answers. “Interesting,” the doctor responds. “Yes, doc,” says the 80-year-old man. “Almost on Monday. Almost on Tuesday. Almost on Wednesday…”   Funny right? I laughed! But why? What’s so…

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Sheroes For The Ages

I’m continually inspired by women—and am always on the lookout for wonderful stories about fabulous women who are moving through the world with spunk and courage. I’ve come across a few lately, from all walks of life, whose stories make me want to cheer, say thank you, or make me smile.   So … I…

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The “R” Word–I See You!

So … here’s something we haven’t talked much about in WomanPause—the “R” word: REJECTION! I put it in all caps—and in bold—because that’s how big rejection can feel!   There’s rejection in love—ouch! Then there’s the rejection at job interviews or career setbacks, and the—all too common lately—rejection for having different political views. But there are…

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