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Interview: Carole Brody Fleet on Love, Loss and Facing the Holidays

By Stacey Gualandi/December 3, 2014

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are looking forward to the endless shopping, decorating and gathering of friends and family. But there are some who look at this time of year with dread. They are dealing with loss—be it the death of a loved one, or even a job—and facing the holidays alone.

Carole Brody Fleet/Happily EVEN AfterGrief recovery expert  Carole Brody Fleet is a good friend of TWE and me. I first met and interviewed her on TWE Radio after she published the breakthrough book Widows Wear Stilettos, her personal story of losing her husband right before the holidays in 2000.

Her follow-up, Happily Even After, won the Books for a Better Life award. She has another book and other exciting projects ready to launch in the new year. She works tirelessly, reaching out to those who need support, because she understands. She’s been there.

With people close to me experiencing tremendous loss this year, I hoped Carole could share her own story and guidance.  In this interview,  we discuss what it means to be single at the holidays, how to cope with loss and loneliness and what tools can help you face the future with determination, not dread.

For more information, visit Carole’s website Widows Wear Stilettos.

TWE Talk: Beth Friedman on WOMEN A.R.E.’s Inaugural Summit


By Stacey Gualandi (@StaceyGualandi)/November 5, 2013


When I covered the first Salon for a new women’s networking group called WOMEN A.R.E. earlier this year, I was confident that co-founders Angella Nazarian and Beth Friedman were going to be empowering women everywhere. Through their efforts, they bring together influential leaders to help create positive change on important issues that effect women worldwide.

Their first successful year is culminating in an Inaugural Summit on November 7 in Beverly Hills, CA. In this “intimate forum” for 300 women (which is already sold out), those attending will be able to connect with 25 prominent CEOs, entrepreneurs, artists and philanthropists. Sharon Stone is receiving their Trailblazer Award for her ceaseless dedication to charitable work.

Women A.R.E. logo

I spoke with Beth Friedman just days before the big event to find out what’s in store for these lucky women attending the Summit. I only wish I could be there, but she assured me that there will be more gatherings like this in the future.

TWE TALK: Ann Murray Paige On Surviving And Thriving With Cancer

By Stacey Gualandi (@StaceyGualandi)/July 19, 2013

TWITTER: @AnnMurrayPaige

Over the past two years, on TWE Radio and here on The Women’s Eye, we have followed along on Ann Murray Paige’s emotional and inspiring life journey…sprinkled with a lot of humor, tips and …oh yeah, cancer.

Ann Murray Paige on Skype with Stacey Gualandi, The Women's Eye

Ann talks to Stacey on Skype

This seasoned journalist, former New England anchorwoman, wife and mother of two, says her life changed in a “profound and permanent” way when she was diagnosed, at 38, with breast cancer in 2004.

Not one to retreat into a pool of pity, Ann chronicled her journey in The Breast Cancer Diaries; she started a non-profit called Project Pink, and she became a masterful blogger for projectpinkdiary.com.

Then, in 2010, she was told the cancer had metastasized to her lungs. Again, she faced it head on by writing the ultimate “cancer CliffsNotes,” Pink Tips. She even took her on-air talent and writing skills and produced a one-woman show, “In the Pink.” She was ready to take it on the road after two performances when, earlier this year, she was told … again… that the cancer had found its way to her brain and liver.

But we’re not worried. This gal has got what it takes to beat this… and a lot of that she says is having the right attitude. Ann took time during her recent chemo treatments to share how she’s doing, her thoughts on Angelina Jolie’s recent headline-grabbing surgery and winning The One Hundred award in front of a hometown Boston crowd.

Here’s her moving acceptance speech after receiving the award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center hosted by “The Office” star John Krasinski.




TWE TALK: Laura Munson On Finding Creativity At Her Haven Writing Retreats

UPDATE November 24, 2013: Laura hosts a special HAVEN writing retreat in Boston 12/6-10/13

By Stacey Gualandi (@StaceyGualandi)/June 21, 2013

TWITTER: @LauraMunson

The EYE first met acclaimed author Laura Munson at the More Reinvention Convention in 2011.  She was the star of the show as she discussed the story behind her first New York Times bestseller This is Not the Story You Think It Is. She has appeared here on the site, and shared a lively conversation with me on The Women’s Eye Radio Show.  But Laura is not one to rest on her laurels; she has now turned her own writing experience about facing a “crisis” into helping others do the same.

Laura Munson Haven RetreatLaura is now hosting “Haven Writing Retreats” literally in her own backyard.   She lives in Whitefish, Montana, a place she says has been “her best teacher” and is giving budding writers—and non-writers—a chance to experience it with her.  She says it’s a chance to find your own creative mojo and  “to meet you where you need to be met in the way of getting unstuck, breathing your writing alive, and re-purposing your life through creativity.”

And more good news. In between these instructional, “restorative vacations,” Laura says she is writing another book…this time, a novel. I can’t wait, but in the meantime,  I got the chance to talk with Laura this week via Skype to find out what we can learn on her retreats … see you in Montana!!!

To find out more, go to Laura’s website.



Roz Savage, Champion Ocean Rower and TEDx Speaker, On Saving the Planet

By Stacey Gualandi/February 26, 2013

Wherever Roz Savage’s adventures take her, The Women’s Eye is sure to follow. We have been covering Roz ever since she became the first woman to successfully cross three oceans in a row boat. When her plans for a fourth trip rowing across the North Atlantic was derailed by icebergs last year, one door closed but another one opened.

She became a Yale World Fellow, one of only 16 individuals selected from 13 different countries to do so. It was, as she describes, a crash course in global affairs. It’s a subject that has become near-and-dear to her heart, as she has seen the effects of humanity on our planet first-hand.

Well, TWE wanted to know first-hand how the recent graduate is doing, so we just caught up with Roz via Skype following her appearance at a TedX Yale event in Connecticut … it’s just the beginning of a whirlwind schedule that will have her speaking on a variety of topics across the globe.

To learn more about Roz Savage’s whereabouts, and what is driving her passions, check out the video!

Follow Roz Savage on Twitter: @rozsavage