Mary Schmidt

My favorite saying:  Life is too important to be taken seriously. ~ Oscar Wilde
Mary is a proud Corporate America refugee, having long ago decided that quality of life is far more important than quantity of stuff.  However, that said, she thinks money is a very good thing – when used as a tool, not a success measurement.  She’s happily and extremely single, but wouldn’t mind being married again (to THE man, not “a” man) as long he didn’t live more than 15 minutes drive away.  At the age of – ahem –

50+, Mary’s not ready for her step-in bathtub yet. It is her fervent hope she’ll /never/ need adult diapers. And, what the Hell is that thing with the two bathtubs in the Cialis ads? /Hey, honey, let’s go sit in our tubs in the meadow, watch the cows and hold hands/.  Then there are the denture commercials. /Wow! We can make out like teenagers in the back of this limo and not lose our teeth! / Oh, heh – this is supposed to be her bio. (Yes, lazy marketers’ assumptions about us aging baby boomers is one of her BIG peeves.)

ANYWAY…

In addition to writing for us, she blogs about business development and marketing at Mary Schmidt and about marketing to and by women at Lipsticking.  In her consulting business, her clients have ranged from mega-corps such as Hewlett-Packard to local Mom & Pops.

She’d like to leave the world a bit better than she found it, so Mary also works with non-profit clients and is active in her community.  Her adopted motto (from Oscar Wilde) is “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

I hope you will enjoy my posts.

The Power (and Fun) of Single

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The Hardest Part of Changing the World

I had a post almost finished.  All about how for (less […]

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What Can I Do? I Only Have So Much Money!

Some quick math for the ATSGF Adopt-A-Village project: […]

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Saving the World Is Boring.

Following on my post from last week, We ALL Need A Vill […]

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We ALL Need a Village.

…Virtual, real, or some combination thereof.  We extrem […]

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In Defense of Butter (and Paula Deen)

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” ― Julia […]

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No, I Don’t Want A Salad

“We’ll be having prime rib; if you don’t want to eat th […]

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A Good Goodbye (or How To Die Well) By Gail Rubin

Gail Rubin decided to write a book.  And, it wasn’t jus […]

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Are You Authentic … Or Lost In (Following) The Crowd?

I love old, retro authentic “stuff.” Rusted boxes? Anci […]

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Happy and Sad All at the Same Time

Recently a friend posted this on her Facebook status: “ […]

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The Thanksgiving List

The Thanksgiving List …and don’t forget the real whippi […]

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White Trash ‘Toonis

Recently a friend was coming over for Friday martinis. […]

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Acting Like a Grown-Up

Some believe this means being boring. Staid. No fun. Al […]

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The “Thing Thing” (Clean your cabinets!)

I recently moved my mom, aka “The Momster” to Albuquerq […]

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I Hope Happiness IS Contagious

Friends and regular readers of my writing here and at L […]

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Southern Fried Rice

Yep, that’s what I said. Southern fried rice. I also do […]

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Yes, It CAN (Will?) Happen to You

Sure, we’re all fun and fab and over 40 (or 50, or 60). […]

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Five Reasons I Don’t Date

(No, Not Because There Aren’t Any Men) Sure, as I get o […]

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White Trash Cocktail Parties

Honey, where’s the Miracle Whip cookbook? Does the head […]

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Flea Markets Are Like Dating, or Maybe Not

I enjoy flea markets. I love fleaing.  Ur, no, no &#821 […]

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The Art of Eating

As M.F.K. Fisher said, in her introduction to The Art o […]

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Oh Be SERIOUS Mary!

Humor is also a way of saying something serious. &#8211 […]

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Why Life is Like Leftovers

Sometimes it’s better the next day…other times not. Som […]

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A Tomato, Some Butter, and Thou

Come to think of it, I don’t need thou.  Give me a toma […]

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I Want Annette Bening’s Hair (She can keep Warren Beatty)

And I’ve tried…and tried…and tried.  I’ve finally had t […]

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Why I Laugh at Fashion

The short, snarky answer is because it’s a (often mean- […]

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