Regular Contributors

Cyma Shapiro

???????????????????????????????Cyma, 56, is the writer and creator of NURTURE: Stories of New Midlife Mothers, and the creator of NURTURE, the traveling art gallery show, features a collection of stories, told through words and photos, of women from across the country who chose motherhood over 40. Both endeavors are intended to celebrate midlife mothers – women choosing motherhood over 40 through adoption, IVF, natural childbirth, surrogacy, fostering, guardianship and blending stepfamilies. A former journalist, now an online contributor, blogger, and businessperson, Cyma brings years of varied personal experience to all her endeavors. In addition to being a mom to 9 and 11-year-old children and 29 and 31-year-old stepchildren, this is her latest ‘baby!’

Hanni Beyer Lee

Hanni Beyer LeeVeterinary Nurse Hanni, 50-something, has worn many career hats.  She recently moved from Northern California to Northampton, MA where she created her dream business of traveling to people’s homes to help them care for their elderly pets.  She is mom to a 32 year old son, and daughters ages 22, 21 and 16.  Her daughters were all adopted at older ages from China.  She has been to China nine times.  She loves traveling, learning languages, dancing and writing, to name a few passions.

Michelle Eisler

michelle eisler photoMichelle, 43, became a mother at the age of 38 through the incredible, taxing, emotional crazy beautiful ride called adoption. Having worked as a restaurant hostess, fragrance demonstrator, visual merchandiser, and spa manager she was intent on going to return to work after her maternal leave was up. Today, Michelle is now a SAHM (stay-at-home- mom) who loves to cook, read and has learned a lot about food intolerances, specialty baking and label reading since her daughter arrived. In addition, she loves to do laundry half way, run the dishwasher but not empty it, and pretend she’s not home when the doorbell rings because she is horrified to be seen without make up.  She hopes that her entrance into will be the start of a beautiful thing.

Melanie and sonMelanie Elliott, 50, is a mom, wife, producer, blogger, and the Executive Director of the Elliott Family Residence.  In her blog, Mom To The Littlest E (, Melanie writes about parenting and life as a transracial, international adoptive parent.  Before starting her own blog, she wrote for LIFEclectic online parenting magazine.  Melanie serves on the board of directors for Connect-A-Kid Once upon a time, she acted with California Shakespeare Festival (SF Bay Area), Eclectic Company Theatre (NoHo), and was a founding member of Woman’s Will.  You can catch Melanie on Twitter tweeting @Mom2TLE. Littlest E is five years old.

Andrea Lynn

floridaAndrea, 41, a Toronto writer, is mother to Claire, 6, and Anna, 3. She credits the international organization “Single Mothers By Choice” with informing and inspiring her journey to motherhood.


 Marc Parsont

marc.jpegMarc, 52, together with his wife of seven years, is a parent to a four-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son, born 13 months apart. A nationally certified massage therapist with 17 years of experience, Marc resides in the DC Metro Area. His previous incarnations involved work in the hotel and convention industries. Marc loves to cook, watch bad television, read Sci-Fi and murder mysteries. He collects way too many things and is not allowed to fix the plumbing in the house anymore.

Nancy La Mar-Rodgers, 51 1/2, is an educator, writer and therapist.  For the past seven years, she has worked in the public school system, teaching in an inner-city environment.  She also developed and directs and after-school creative writing program for at-risk youth.  Nancy also holds a M.A. in Mental Health/ Community Counseling and works as a therapist with troubled teens and their families.  She is currently building her own private practice and will focus on women, especially those experiencing the many changes and upheavals of midlife.  A freelance writer who has been featuredon NPR, This I Believe, Breakaway Books, Ink Magazine, Artistic FX Magazine, she is currently at work on her first novel which is loosely based on her experiences working in an adolescent psychiatric unit.  Nancy is the mother of two children, ages 19 and 9 and lives in the wilds of  Connecticut.

DeAnna Scott

DeAnna ScottDeAnna, 46, is the mother of twins, Robert and Pheobe (born via a traditional surrogacy in June 2013) and wife of 18 years to husband, Rob. DeAnna works p/t in the corporate world, p/t in photography and full-time as mom! Prior to motherhood, she was active in little dog rescue. She lives in Ventura, CA, with her seven Chihuahua mixes and with three cats and four doves thrown in for good measure. 

Ellie Stoneley

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Ellie, 50, became a mother for the first time following IVF treatment in England and Spain at the age of 47 3/4. Her world is now ruled and brightened by her miraculous daughter, Hope. Californian by birth, Ellie is based in the UK where she is a passionate advocate of breastfeeding, baby-led weaning and trusting your own instincts when it comes to motherhood. Ellie’s blog, Mush Brained Ramblings,   followed her pregnancy and the traumas leading up to Hope’s birth, and continues through her first year of motherhood. Ellie also writes for the Cambridge News, and contributes to blogs on the subject of being an older first-time mother. She is a social media marketeer, researcher, champion of local and the underdog, and has worked with the UK Government and the Prince of Wales to support local communities to thrive. Ellie has volunteered with transformative projects locally in her home town of Cambridge, and in China and Madagascar and enjoys sunshine, Bruce Springsteen and margaritas … and hanging out tiny vests and dresses on the washing line.

Guest Contributors

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Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. are family relationship experts who deal with marital stress, acting out teens, aging parents, boomerang kids or difficult daughters-in-law. Their blog is Visit to learn about “Taking Control of Stress in a Financial Storm.”

Lori StrobelLori Pelikan Strobel, forever 49, lives with her husband of 27 years. She is also a mother to two adult daughters and a dog named Louie. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lori’s work experience has ranged from pharmaceutical sales representative, Pilates instructor, community college teacher, to real estate agent. Her favorite job has been, and will always be, mom. You can currently find Lori walking her dog, Louie, or working hard on her upcoming children’s book series based on Louie. Lori can be found at:

John Simmons PhotoJohn M. Simmons, 50, is the award-winning author of The Marvelous Journey Home and To Sing Frogs. Both books are based on adoptions from Russia. Orphans and orphanages changed Mr. Simmons’ entire view on life. He recently resigned from the position of President/CEO of White Knight Fluid Handling, Inc., a company that he started, so that he could spend more of his time focusing on orphan and adoption awareness. Simmons is Chairman of Ele Lembra (He Remembers), a 501(c)(3) public charity that assists children as they age out of orphanages. He can be found at

maggie lamond simone Maggie Lamond Simone, 51, is a national award-winning columnist and author. Her books include From Beer to Maternity, a USA Book News Finalist for humor, and POSTED! Parenting, Pets and Menopause, One Status Update At A Time. Her essays are included in “P.S. What I Didn’t Say” (2009), multiple “Chicken Soup for the Soul” editions, Cosmopolitan magazine, and Notebook: Magazine (Australia). She is a professor of journalism and public speaking at SUNY Oswego, Oswego, N.Y., a monthly columnist for Family Times in Syracuse, N.Y., and a blogger for The Huffington Post. She has a 14-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.

WendyWendy Sue Noah is 47 years young, and a single mom of five children ranging in age from 7 – 15 years.  She is blessed to have a home office with several clients, working in the Social Media world. Her personal slogan is “Social Media with a Conscience.”  The flexibility of a home office allows her to be the supportive and loving mom she chooses to be, which includes retrieving her kids from the nurse’s office when sick, attending her children’s award ceremonies, or volunteering to speak at their school’s “Career Day.”  As for cooking and cleaning, she gets by OK but prays for enough money for a nanny helper someday!  Wendy can be found at:

Austin_Wimberly_headshotAustin Wimberly, 40, is the adoptive father of four children from Russia. Inspired by his adoption experiences, his first novel, Sobornost, was published in 2012 and was a quarterfinalist for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He lives in Alabama with his wife, four children, a chocolate lab and black cat. When he isn’t earning a living as a software engineer, parenting, or keeping peace between the dog and cat, he writes. He can be found @ Sobernost can be found on Amazon, Kindle, etc.

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Lora Freeman Williams, 45, is a writer and life coach in Boulder, Colorado. She has recently completed the book The Wilderness of Motherhood: A Memoir of Hope and Healing, to be self-published in 2014.


Tracy Franz

Tracy Franz, 40, is a writer, the wife of a Zen Buddhist priest, and the mother of two young children (Boy, 5, and Girl, 3). Originally from Alaska, she lived in Japan for ten years and recently relocated with her family to Eastern Canada. Her musings on Zen, parenting, and place can be found at One Continuous Mistake (

dhaDeatra Haime Anderson, 50, is a freelance lifestyle and beauty writer and blogger. Her work focuses on telling stories from her perspective as a woman of color and on midlife mothering. Her daughter, amazing Grace, is 7.

Previous Contributors

Deb Adrian, Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, Julie Donner Andersen, Cindy Bailey, Kathy Caprino, Patricia Cohen, Douglas Crawford, Pamela Cytrynbaum, Ilana DeBare, Mia DeBolt, Dr. Barb Depree, Niki Dewart, Vivian Diller, Alice Domar, Ramona Duoba, Janice Eidus, Michelle Eisler, Cheli English-Figaro, Len Filppu, MeiMei Fox, Lisa Garon Froman, Julia Garstecki, Jenilyn Gilbert, Valerie Gillies, Amy Wright Glenn, Beverley Golden, Jan Graham, Elizabeth Gregory, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, Donna Henes, Judith Lee Herbert, Barbara Herel, Randi Hoffman, Karen Hug-Nagy, Josie Iselin, Cynthia Wilson James, Fay Johnson (CSP), Nancy Davis Kho, Serena Kirby, Casey Kochmer, Faydra Koenig, Linda Anderson Krech, Maddisen Krown, KnowsyMoms, Lori Luz Lavender, Lauri Leadly, Suzanne Braun Levine, Evelyn Lim, Karin Lippert, Aviva Luria, Janet Madsen, Jennifer Magnano, Karen Maezen Miller, Denise Mooney, Joely Johnson Mork, Denise Naus, Robin Gorman Newman,  Susan Newman, Peg O’Neill, M.D., Wendy Sue Noah, Susan Paget, Adam Pertman, Liz Raptis Picco, Lisa Qualls, Heather Rancourt, Lewis Richmond, Winter Robinson,  Jane Samuel, Carolyn Schweitzer, Lori Shandle-Fox, Ann Sheybani, Deborah Siegel, Joanie Siegel, John Simmons, Maggie Lamond Simone, Kris T. Smith, Rachel Snyder, Kriste Stevenson, Lori Pelikan Strobel, Aleta St. James, Shana Sureck, Flora Sussely, Laura Sussely-House, Karen Synesiou, Stephanie Tillman, Tina Traster, Jamie Walters, Linda K. Wertheimer, Jo Beth Young

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