A Page in Your Life – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com Thu, 17 May 2018 19:59:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png A Page in Your Life – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 A Beginners Guide To Readers //wp.readers.com/blog/beginners-guide-to-readers Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:13:26 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=13478 So it’s time; you begin to have trouble reading the fine print in front of you. We’ve been there; coming to the realization that it’s time to wear reading glasses can be a troubling feeling at first. Don’t worry; we are here to help you see how easy it can be. Our teams’ goal is […]

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So it’s time; you begin to have trouble reading the fine print in front of you. We’ve been there; coming to the realization that it’s time to wear reading glasses can be a troubling feeling at first. Don’t worry; we are here to help you see how easy it can be.

Our teams’ goal is to provide you with the roadmap to your new path, to prevent you from making any wrong turns along the way. We hope to offer information about reading glasses in general, with some small pieces of advice that we found helpful. We also understand that everyone is different. Therefore we offer different tips tailored to match different lifestyles. Please, allow us to help you bring your life into focus.

Each section provides an assortment of advice that helps you incorporate readers into your life:

-What Is My Lens Power

-Which Frame Works Best For Me

-Making My Readers Last

What Is My Lens Power:

The first step we recommend taking when you begin to notice a cloud of fog is obscuring the text in front of you is to see an eye doctor. While online tests and other methods can be helpful in determining what power you need, they will be even more accurate if you have some basis of what your true eye prescription is. An eye doctor will provide you with the precise information you need so you can make the best judgment on where to start. Be aware that the glasses sold at the doctors can be pricier than other options. You can find specialized readers online for the same quality, but lower price.

As you age, your eyes age with you. We recommend doing an online exam to determine if you need to move up or change powers. Remember, if you decide to take the test – always refer to the lower power, meaning if you can see +2.5 and +2.25 clearly, use the +2.25 power

Be aware that wearing readers does not weaken or strengthen your eyes in the long run. Choosing to not wear readers can only cause temporary headaches or eyestrain. If you are experiencing these symptoms while wearing readers, it might be due to an incorrect power or fit, be sure to consult your doctor and the company you bought from to ensure you have the right fit for your eyes.

Lastly, if you are in need of a powerful strength and are worried that your eyes will be blown up through the lens magnification, consider wearing aspheric lenses. Using the same technology as cameras, aspheric lenses weigh less and reduce distortion without compromising optical quality.

Which Frame Works Best For Me:

While there are numerous different frames and styles, we recommend starting off with something simple such as either full frames or half frames.

Full Frames 

  • Full frame black readers Entire lens is magnified.
  • Typically worn only for a short period.
  • Most common pair with the widest variety of colors, designs, and shapes.

Pro: Provide a full clear vision when working on detailed tasks or single focused projects. 

Con: Frequently having to take glasses on and off when switching between near and far-sighted views.

Half Frames

  • Half Frame Semi-Rimless Bronze Reading GlassesEnhance nearsighted vision while giving you an unobstructed view of the distance.
  • Lightweight and easy to store.
  • Common styles include the pocket readers and foldable readers.

Pro: Provides ease as you shift focus between two different tasks.

Con: Some of the smaller designs tend to be more fragile and delicate than other styles.  

Once you become accustomed to your readers and want to try another type of style, see if bifocals are something that works for you.  

Bifocals

  • Full Frame Bifocals black and brownClear lens with a magnified portion on the bottom that focuses on nearsighted items.
  • Common to wear for long periods throughout the day.
  • Popular styles include sun readers which allow you to use your readers outdoors and still have protection from the sun.

Pro: A solution for those who find it tiresome having to take their glasses on and off throughout the day.

Con: Can be difficult adjusting to the different magnifications for those wearing readers for the first time.

Something that I am sure you will learn in the coming months is the frustration of misplacing your readers. As you settle into bed, turn your lamp on, and open up your summer book, you realize you cannot remember where you last placed your readers (unfortunately, our eyesight isn’t the only thing that fades as we grow older). If you are not prepared this will happen to you and trust me, no one wants to get out of bed to search for a pair of glasses. When you purchase your first pair of readers, be sure to buy more than one pair. You’ll thank us later.

Computer Readers

Silver Computer ReadersIf your job entails looking at a computer screen for a multitude of hours, then be sure to check out computer readers. These glasses are designed to protect your eyes from the glare of the screen to prevent eye strain. The lens also has a modified magnification to adjust for the typical distance between your eyes and the computer. Check out this post to learn more about the benefits of computer readers.

Take a second and go over your daily routine. Think about when and where you’d need readers throughout the day and prepare ahead. For those of you who like to read the morning paper, keep a pair of half frames in a kitchen drawer, while having another pair at work or in your room. Blue Readers Case Check out all the different cases and accessories that you can store your readers in so you don’t have to search around each time you need to read.

Finding the Right Frames for Your Face

If you need help finding a pair that matches your face, check out our face shape guide. Once you know what power and frame you want, go to Readers.com where you can find a wide selection of options and styles.

To find the best fit, make sure that you choose the correct size for your face. No matter how much you like a certain style, if the frame is too narrow you will be disappointed with how they look and feel on your face! Use our printable ruler to learn more about which readers will fit you best.

If you are still stumped, call our customer happiness team, and they will help you find the perfect pair that matches not only your facial texture but your lifestyle in general.

Making My Readers Last

Now I am sure you are wise enough to understand basic concepts behind taking care of something as fragile as glasses, the goal in this section is not to repeat common rules, but to provide you with handy tips to ensure that the quality glasses remains the same as the day you bought them.

  • Blue Microfiber ClothMicrofiber cloths are your new best friend. We strongly suggest having a couple of different ones placed in your car, workspace, kitchen, and bedroom.
  • When dirt, sand, or dust get on your readers, run the lenses under water, add a touch of dish soap and then use your fingers to wipe away any remnants.
  • Do not use paper towels, tissues, or other household rags to clean or dry your glasses. The texture can cause scratches on the lenses. Use the microfiber cloths that you now have handy all over the house!
  • To avoid your glasses from stretching, be sure to use both hands when putting your glasses. Never put your glasses on top of your head for that same reason.
  • Taking your glasses on and off is even more frustrating when you have to search for a safe place to set them down. One way to get around this is to wear a cord or chain attached to the frames. With a wide selection, find one that matches your style and taste.

For more detailed specific information, learn more on our maintenance and cleaning page.

In the construction of this piece, our team kept two main points in mind:

  1. To provide information and tips that can be viewed and shared by new members of the readers community.
  2. To understand that everyone is different in how they go about their daily lives in regards to reading glasses.

We hope that you find guidance in this piece and that you pass this information to those around you because eyesight is a pivotal aspect of our lives that we often take for granted. It is not until that ability starts to fade that we realize the challenges we must now face each day.

If you have any personal stories, advice, or tips you would like to share, please feel free add comments or suggestions so we can continue to update our information so that no runs into trouble as they bring their life back into focus.

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The 5 Best Books of Fall 2015 //wp.readers.com/blog/best-books-fall-2015/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:21:53 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=13131 1. Genre: Fiction Purity by Jonathan Franzen From the prolific author who brought you The Corrections and Freedom, Jonathan Franzen has returned with another opus full of unique characters and artfully crafted plot. Set aside the wispy summer beach reads, this is a heavy book (literally and figuratively) that will spark a healthy reflection of […]

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Books for Fall 2015

1. Genre: Fiction

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

From the prolific author who brought you The Corrections and Freedom, Jonathan Franzen has returned with another opus full of unique characters and artfully crafted plot.

Set aside the wispy summer beach reads, this is a heavy book (literally and figuratively) that will spark a healthy reflection of self.

2. Genre: Non-Fiction

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert delights readers with another inspirational work in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. By walking us through her own creative process, Gilbert encourages us to live the life we’re meant to live.

A book that combines both practical strategies and motivating insights, Big Magic will move you to finally get started on living your passions.

3. Genre: Memoir

M Train by Patti Smith

M Train by Patti Smith

If you enjoyed Just Kids, you’re sure to love the next piece of work in Patti Smith’s canon, M Train. Described as a “roadmap of her life” Smith takes readers through the cafes, bungalows, beaches, and graves that shaped her journey as an artist.

From a writer whose words we never get sick of reading, this memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything else in between.

4. Genre: Cooking

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

Get behind the science of food with a new cookbook hitting the shelves this fall, The Food Lab. This textbook for home cooking features hundreds of easy-to-follow recipes accompanied by over 1,000 full-color images.

Learn how to transform your everyday basics into culinary creations with Kenji’s latest experiments in the kitchen.

5. Genre: Mystery

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Continuing Stieg Larson’s Millenium Series (which you know from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lisbeth Salander’s story lives on with another installment in the saga: The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

If you’re looking for a thrill-ride of a read this fall, you won’t be disappointed with the plight of your favorite hacker-punk heroine.

Need some reading glasses to go along with your new reads? We can help with that.

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Real Yoga for Real People: Meet Dr. Melissa West //wp.readers.com/blog/yoga-tips-for-midlife/ Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:42:33 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=11277 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page […]

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A Page In Your Life

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their life.

Today’s post is all about Dr. Melissa West, a yoga instructor who also has her Ph.D. in communications and cultural studies. Melissa is the creator and instructor of Namaste Yoga TV, a YouTube channel which features a weekly yoga class designed for all skill levels and ages. Read our interview with Melissa below for helpful tips and advice (plus some easy-to-do instructional videos!) for anyone who is curious about yoga!

Dr. Melissa West

To start, tell us a little about yourself and how you started teaching yoga.

Melissa: I started teaching yoga when I was in graduate school. At that time, I realized that becoming a professor, or teaching in the traditional sense, was not going to work for me. I was already teaching fitness classes, and I showed a lot of strength with the mind + body approach. The rest is history!

How has yoga impacted your life?

Melissa: There is probably not one corner of my life that yoga has not impacted. From the food I eat, to the way I live, to my relationships, it has affected all that I do. We recently moved our family across the country from Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia, and I would say that yoga and coming to know my true self more intimately definitely impacted that decision to live on the West Coast as well.

What has kept you motivated to do yoga daily? Do you have any tips or tricks for beginners on how to stay motivated?

Melissa: Yoga helps me deal with the everyday stressors that we all experience. Without it, I don’t know how people stay grounded and free from anxiety. Yoga helps me stay healthy physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. For beginners, what worked for me was to start small and set your goal to practice every day for 20 minutes. When you start to reap the benefits of your daily practice, you won’t want to give it up.

Why would you recommend yoga to men and women in their midlife?

Melissa: For men, as they come into midlife, they may start to deal with issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, lack of flexibility, stressful jobs, and sciatica from sitting for long periods of time at work. The list goes on and on, and yoga can help them with all of these things.

Women are dealing with many of the same issues as men as they come to midlife, yet for them they have the unique issues of peri-menopause and menopause. Yoga can help to ease the hormonal transitions through this challenging time.

As a 41-year-old woman yourself, would you say yoga has kept you healthy?

Melissa: Yes, yoga has kept me healthy. I know that when I have my vitals taken at my medical doctors he looks at my charts with disbelief and wishes that he could get other people my age to look as healthy as I do on paper.

What poses would you recommend to those suffering with knee pain? Back pain? Neck pain? Hip pain?

Melissa: Whenever you are dealing with pain, it is always important to get it checked with a medical doctor first, to find out what you are really dealing with.

Ask your doctor:

  • What exercises will make my condition better?
  • What exercises will make my condition worse?
  • Are there more details about my medical condition that are important for me to know if I am going to start exercising?

Once you have the go-ahead from your doctor, here is a video of mine that can show you how to help ease your knee pain:

Back pain can have many root causes, so here it is particularly important to work with a medical professional to know the root cause of your back pain so that you can treat it correctly. For example, if you’re suffering from sciatica, this video might be helpful:

For neck pain, there are some great neck release techniques demonstrated in this video:

And for hips, this video is great, too:

What advice would you give someone who may be interested in starting yoga, but might not be sure if they’re physically or mentally up for the challenge?

Melissa: My advice for someone starting yoga is to look for a teacher who resonates with you. We love new students! We have created 17 free beginner classes to get our beginners started on the right foot.

The video below goes through some of our most common beginner FAQs:

We hear every day from beginners about how these videos have allowed them to get into yoga in a way that no other videos or classes have allowed them to in the past. Our motto is “real yoga for real people” and it seems that this intention creates a safe and welcoming environment for all people. But if it doesn’t work for you, keep looking — there are so many yoga teachers and different styles of yoga out there. You will definitely find one that works for you.

What would be a good pose for a beginner to work on? Do you have any favorites?

Melissa: I think the best pose for beginner’s to work on is savasana, or corpse pose. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing at all. Letting go, resting, and allowing your body to be nourished and restored is vital in our fast-paced culture.

One of my favorite postures is Goddess Victory Squat. I love the feminine quality and strength in this pose, and who doesn’t love feeling like a goddess?

Thank you so much to Melissa for all of the knowledge, advice, and videos on yoga! We can’t wait to try some of these poses ourselves.

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Meet Dr. Rose of Foundation Fighting Blindness //wp.readers.com/blog/dr-rose-foundation-fighting-blindness/ //wp.readers.com/blog/dr-rose-foundation-fighting-blindness/#respond Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:32:39 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10656 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their […]

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A Page In Your Life

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their life.

Today’s A Page In Your Life post is all about Dr. Steve Rose, the Chief Research Officer for Foundation Fighting Blindness. Foundation Fighting Blindness is an organization that strives to find preventions, treatments, and cures for the full spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases that cause blindness and loss of vision. Read on for Dr. Rose’s tips on eye health, preventative care, and his personal connection with the great mission of his foundation! We know you’ll be inspired by his story.

dr rose

To start, could you tell us a little about yourself? What’s your backstory? 

Dr. Rose: I have always been fascinated by science and was without a doubt a “geek” from a very young age. I built my own stereo and had one of those chemistry sets. I collected many animals and brought them home, much to the dismay of my mother. But, she put up with it, and I watched tadpoles grow into frogs and caterpillars turn into butterflies. This curiosity stayed with me and led to my continuing pursuit of science, my undergrad degree in Biology, and my doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Immunology. Today, I continue to explore all sorts of biological interests and really enjoy wildlife photography, especially birds, including raptors.

What led you to work in the field of retinal research?

Dr. Rose: I have two main reasons for my interest in retinal research. One, is that I have a relative who is blind from X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, and two, is that macular degeneration runs in my family. My ability to bring my knowledge to the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ pursuit of treatments and cures feels personal.

What does a typical day look like for a Chief Research Officer? (Or is there even a “typical day”?)

Dr. Rose: Certainly, like all jobs, there is routine work that has to be done — the typical administrative work just to keep the enterprise running. But every day does bring a new opportunity, whether it is reading about a new scientific finding that could have an impact on our work, or talking with a parent of a newly diagnosed child to answer their questions and ensure there is hope. I always relay to parents that major advances are being made to find the preventions, treatments and cures patients need. I let them know that the Foundation Fighting Blindness, with the researchers and clinicians we support throughout the world, is working day and night to move promising therapies to the clinic as fast and as safely as possible.

What motivates you in your commitment to finding treatments and cures for retinal diseases?

Dr. Rose: As I said, it is personal for me due to a family member who is blind from an inherited rare retinal degeneration disease. But that’s not all, it’s the affected individuals, their families, and my personal mission, as well as the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ mission, to do everything we can to prevent anyone from losing their vision due to these diseases.

What’s your proudest accomplishment from your time at Foundation Fighting Blindness?

Dr. Rose: Even though the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ support for the many years of research leading to the successful Leber’s congenital amaurosis gene therapy clinical trials started before my time, the fact that the clinical trial was supported while I was in charge of the science team here at the Foundation is highly gratifying. A lot of research I did in school was on gene therapy, and to see this approach successfully restore useful vision to so many individuals is the culmination of a dream I have had for many years.

In light of National Healthy Vision Month (May), what advice would you give our readers on how to protect their eyes from vision problems?

Dr. Rose: There are three things that everyone should do to protect their eyes:

  • Eat properly, including leafy green vegetables.  Remember what’s good for your heart is good for your eyes.
  • Wear UVA and UVB blocking sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat in bright light. Unfiltered, very bright sunlight can cause damage to the retina if there is prolonged exposure.
  • Get yearly eye exams. Early detection of retinal degeneration is essential in prevention!

Why should we make our eyes a priority in terms of healthcare?

Dr. Rose: Just think about your daily life and how much you rely on your vision. Try doing your daily routine with a mask on, and then you will understand what it is like to lose your vision.

We are a reading glasses store, so we have to ask: What is your favorite pair of glasses from Readers.com?

Dr. Rose: This is a nostalgic walk in the past, I must say. I still have the picture of my mother in her cat-eye glasses, and it is one of my favorite photos of her. Remember, I am a child of the ‘50s, so while they may not be as popular today, these cat-eye glasses bring back so many wonderful memories.

Browse Dr. Rose’s favorite cat-eye shapes here!

Thank you to Dr. Rose for taking the time to answer our questions! We’re inspired by the positive mission of Foundation Fighting Blindness!

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Meet Landscape Architect Billy Goodnick //wp.readers.com/blog/billy-goodnick-landscape-architect/ //wp.readers.com/blog/billy-goodnick-landscape-architect/#respond Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:20:26 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=10376 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their […]

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Today’s post features the multi-talented Billy Goodnick, a landscape architect from Santa Barbara who is also an accomplished author, educator, speaker, and musician! With spring in the air, we’ve got gardening on our minds, and Billy is an expert in creating functional, beautiful outdoor spaces. Read his interview with us for some back-to-nature inspiration, and make sure to check out Billy’s website for further reading!

Billy Goodnick - Landscape Architect

To start, could you tell us a little about yourself? What’s your backstory?

Billy: I started life in Brooklyn, New York, when I fell in love with drums at the age of five after listening to some guys jamming under the boardwalk at Coney Island. We moved to Los Angeles when I was eight and I started drum lessons. Drumming was my life into my twenties, doing studio work and touring as an opening act for the Jackson 5 for a year. Now, I live in Santa Barbara.

What made you want to become a landscape architect? Was there a particular event that led you to this passion/career?

Billy: I had what I consider a “premature musical midlife crisis.” I had fallen under the spell of houseplants and bonsai, then discovered the exquisite world of Japanese gardens. I quit music, went back to school, and then worked for a while. Later, I went back to school again for landscape architecture.

What does a typical day look like for you as a landscape architect/educator/writer? (Or is there such a thing?!)

Billy: A typical day for me looks like a Road Runner cartoon with a little Tasmanian Devil thrown in. It’s a constant balancing act to meet writing deadlines while also keeping my clients happy. I teach a college course in the fall, making life crazier. Also, I fly around the country speaking and promoting my book, Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space into the Garden of Your Dreams.

Is there a certain person, object, or place that you look to for inspiration with your landscape designs?

Billy: My inspiration comes from my clients. Every client is different, each with specific needs, varying site conditions, and different ideas about taste and style. I ask lots of questions to figure out what they need. Then, I wait for my muse to show up. Sometimes her bus runs late!

Do you find it difficult to constantly be thinking of new ideas for your designs?

Billy: I’m not that concerned with every solution being unique or original, as long as it meets my client’s needs. My job is to create a garden that’s a stage for outdoor living. Appearance is secondary. One tactic I use is composing a “concept statement” for each space I plan to work on. For example, a concept statement might go as follows: a cool, secluded retreat where my client can relax and listen to the sound of birds. If I nail the concept statement, the design flows from there.

Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space into the Garden of Your Dreams

In addition to being a landscape architect, you are author of Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space into the Garden of Your Dreams. Can the everyday Joe really do what you do?

Billy: Maybe not as well as a professional, but they’ll certainly be better informed and have a good idea of their needs. I’ve figured out how to demystify a very complex process and break it down to understandable, doable steps. I wrote for two audiences: do-it-yourselfers who want to improve their skills, and informed consumers who want to use their knowledge to work with and hire a professional.

If you could give one piece of advice to people who are looking to upgrade their underperforming yards into beautiful gardens, what would it be?

Billy: Form follows function. First, create a landscape that works for your space. Start with a list of needs and desires, and create spaces that supports those. Then, you can deal with the visual enhancements.

You’ve been spreading the mantra of “beautiful, useful, sustainable gardens.” What does it truly mean to have a sustainable garden? 

Billy: “Sustainable” is so overused. To me, it means creating a garden that’s as close to a natural system as possible: not needing a lot of unnecessary inputs like water, fertilizer, labor, and money. In addition, a sustainable garden doesn’t generate negative outputs like polluted run-off, toxic byproducts, green waste, or air pollution.

We are a reading glasses store, so we have to ask: What is your favorite pair from Readers.com?

Billy: I’m an adjunct college professor, so I love The Bookworm!

Thanks to Billy for spending some time chatting with us! You can learn more about Billy’s many talents on his website.

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Meet Lifestyle Blogger Tamera Beardsley //wp.readers.com/blog/meet-tamera-beardsley/ //wp.readers.com/blog/meet-tamera-beardsley/#respond Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:48:18 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=9950 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their […]

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Before children, Tamera Beardsley owned a successful fashion accessories company that was featured in top fashion magazines such as Italian Moda and Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). After the birth of her third child, Tamera realized she could no longer dedicate the amount of time needed to maintain her business while raising three children under the age of four. She made the difficult decision to shutter her business.

Tamera Beardsley

 Tamera’s sporting The Iris Sun Reader above! 

Nearly 16 years later, Tamera’s once full, busy nest emptied out, and she found herself feeling lost and broken-hearted. As a cathartic way to rediscover her own interests, Tamera began blogging. Now, after two years of blogging, Tamera has found her way back into a career owning a jewelry business. Read our interview with Tamera for inspiration on life, personal style, and well-being!

What does a typical day look like for you, and how has that changed since you’ve transitioned from being a full-time mom? 

Tamera: My typical day begins with coffee and candles before sunrise. This has always been my perfect time for reflection and planning for the day ahead. Next, I answer emails and then work on my blog. Since this often takes several hours, I usually can’t wait to go out and do something physical like hike, mountain bike, surf, yoga, hit the gym, or even take a walk. For me, being active is an important aspect of feeling my best. Since transitioning from full-time motherhood, I have been working on finding a new daily rhythm — now that my time is my own, for the most part. While I’m out I run errands, then return home to work on some projects. I have dinner and then after, I try to get a little more time in the studio.

Interview with Jewelry-Lover Tamera Beardsley!

Can you give our readers a little more information about your jewelry business? Was the transition back into the business world after a 16-year break a difficult one for you?

Tamera: After shuttering a successful fashion accessory business almost 18 years ago to raise my three children, transitioning back into the business world has definitely been a journey — mainly because the journey ended up being different from what I expected.  I thought, after kids, I would jump right back into the shoes I left in the business world and hit the ground running, only to realize when I got there that was a life I no longer wanted. During my time away from the business world, I have learned I am far more interested in a well-rounded, creative, and beautiful life than the “business success” I was seeking in the ’90s. Today, I am even more confident in my designing abilities, but now I am trying to construct a life with more soul. Transitioning back into the business world is still a plan in progress.

What advice would you give other women who are transitioning outside of the realm of motherhood into an empty nesting role, who may be feeling lost and broken-hearted, too?

Tamera: After 18 years of being a full-time mother, transitioning out of that role hit me harder than I ever expected. After years of thinking I would just return to my business when the time came, I was cut to my knees in feelings of loss and grief as first my daughter left for college, and then my oldest son’s departure. I hadn’t prepared myself for my next phase. The advice I would give any mother transitioning to an empty nest: give yourself compassion and grace. Learn to nurture and invest in yourself and give yourself time to discover and grow into your next chapter. It doesn’t happen overnight. Patience and self-kindness make for comforting traveling partners on your new journey.

Tamera Beardsley

She styled our Architect readers to perfection.

What first inspired you to start blogging, and how has blogging about your journey and interests — such as style and accessories — helped you cope with your transition over the years?

Tamera: I started blogging because I was lost. I didn’t know who I was outside of being a wife and mother. As a designer, while I raised my family, I was still constantly doing projects and pursuing a beautiful life. So when I began my blog, my intention was to share projects and party and wardrobe ideas. But it soon turned into an online journal for me, as I worked through my life transitions. I began through writing, reflecting on who I was and who I wanted to be, giving myself time and self-compassion to work through my heartbreak. I began to develop a vision of how I wanted my next chapter to go. I was able to rediscover my own passions, especially when it came to personal style. Through blogging, I was able to realize I wanted to make my life my art, one day at a time. I wanted to invest in living a beautiful life and hopefully inspire others to find their own joy in personal style.

What have you discovered as your must-have closet staples? What pieces do you think no woman should be without?

Tamera: As a big proponent of personal style, I think every woman should have “comforting pieces” in her closet. I am not talking about just comfortable clothing, but rather, clothing pieces that can provide comfort in a situation — whether the situation  calls for the confidence-building armor of a perfect jacket or the cozy enveloping drape and texture of a cashmere robe to sink into. Life is fraught with challenges and “comforting clothing” can be part of a lovely supporting cast.

On a pragmatic dressing level, I spend much time in a daily uniform of jeans and a tunic, to which I can easily add accessories at a moment’s notice and show up anywhere looking stylish and polished.

Tamera Beardsley

We love these aviators on her, too!

We have to ask, what are your favorite readers from Readers.com?

Tamera: I am quite smitten with several of Readers.com glasses, as they too are a perfect way to add functional style panache in a flash! Right now, my favorites include The Dean in black, The Architect in tortoise, and The Iris Sun Reader in black. I am so excited about adding these glasses to my collection. I spent this weekend rearranging my closet, so I can now see my entire collection of glasses in one place, which makes choosing a pair of readers or sunglasses to complement my outfit of the day a piece of cake! Being able to see clearly and being organized are certainly two building blocks in living a beautiful life!

You can visit and read Tamera’s blog hereTamera, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! We enjoyed getting to know you better, and we think you make our reading glasses look magnificent!

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Meet Lois Alter Mark: Inspirational Lifestyle Blogger, Writer, & Travel Enthusiast //wp.readers.com/blog/midlife-at-the-oasis/ //wp.readers.com/blog/midlife-at-the-oasis/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:57:46 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=9409 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their […]

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their life. 

If there’s someone that we can truly say makes us have #happyeyes (and a much happier outlook on life), it’s Lois Alter Mark of Midlife at the Oasis. Our most recent Page in Your Life feature is an avid writer (for her blog and for big-time publications), a world traveler, and a motivator — she has such an amazing perspective on just about everything! Take a look at our interview with Lois, and get inspired to start living every moment to the absolute fullest!

Lois wearing the Penny

Lois wearing our Penny readers.

To start, tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your backstory?

Lois: Well, I just turned 55 so the backstory is pretty long! I was a journalism major in college, got my master’s degree in public relations, and worked for some great companies like MGM/UA, WBZ-TV and Liz Claiborne. I met my husband in college and was 22 when we got married. 32 years later, he’s still the love of my life. Anyway, we got a chow chow, and I decided to become a freelance writer so I could stay home with her. Our parents were all worried that they would only be dog grandparents, but we had a son a couple of years later and a daughter a couple of years after that. By that point, I was already writing for a lot of the women’s magazines and was a contributing writer for the newly-launched Entertainment Weekly. I wrote their Parents’ Guide for many, many years and then became the Flicks for Kids editor at NickJr.com. Somewhere in between, we moved from New York City to San Diego, although, of course, both kids are now back on the East Coast!

What does a typical day look like for you, or does that even exist? (We know you are a very active writer, editor, blogger, author, and even a travel enthusiast!)

Lois: Well, I spend the majority of the day in front of some kind of screen (computer, movie, or TV — mostly for, uh, work), so I play tennis almost every morning and go to Jazzercise three or four times a week. I try to squeeze in lunch with a friend at least once a week, and there’s always some kind of event or screening or conference thrown into the mix to keep life interesting. And Starbucks. Lots of Starbucks.

Was there a defining moment that led to writing becoming a passion (and career) for you?

Lois: I won a writing contest in American Girl magazine when I was 12 years old for a story called “Teenaged Grandma,” which was about a grandmother who acted like a teenager. It was not based on real life! I wish I had kept a copy of it — this was waaaaay back before computers, remember. Interestingly, I’ve never written fiction since.

Why did you name your blog “Midlife at the Oasis?” Is there meaning behind it?

Lois: In 1974, Maria Muldaur had a huge hit with a song called “Midnight at the Oasis.” It had silly lyrics about sending your camel to bed, but it was so catchy and so popular. I wanted my blog to be really upbeat and positive, and I loved the wordplay and the idea that midlife could be an oasis. And I knew once someone got that tune in their head, they’d never get it out again! Anyone who remembers that song should be reading my blog!

Lois Alter Mark wearing our Stanford readers!

Lois showing off the Stanford readers.

You mention you are celebrating midlife through rediscovery. Could you provide a few examples of how you’ve been able to accomplish this?

Lois: I’m realizing what’s important to me and trying to really focus on those things. That means writing, traveling, and spending time with the people I love. And if there’s something I want to do, I’m just going for it. I didn’t start blogging until midlife, and it’s changed my life in so many ways. Because of blogging, I was chosen by Oprah to go to Australia with her when I was 51. I’ve made some of my closest friends in real life through a Facebook group of midlife women bloggers. I auditioned for Blogger Idol, which took me far out of my comfort zone — and I won! I was named Humor Writer of the Month by Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, which was a huge honor — even though I don’t think I’m always funny intentionally. This has been an amazing time of my life, and I can’t wait to enjoy all the good things still to come!

Why do you enjoy traveling often? Is it a part of your celebration and rediscovery? (Please share some of your favorite travel experiences, too!)

Lois: Travel has always been important to my husband and me, and we took the kids all over the world when they were growing up. We don’t seem to have typical travel experiences, though, as you can see from my stories about our family trips to Idyllwild and Amsterdam. Travel is the one thing we splurge on — we don’t care about buying stuff. It’s the experiences that create memories, and travel gives you those more than anything. We went on a safari in Africa last summer — a trip I’ve wanted to do forever — and it was so profound, I still haven’t been able to write about it.

What advice would you give to others who want to celebrate their midlife years? Is there a “best way” to do it?

Lois: The best way is to just do it! Don’t sit around thinking about all the reasons you can’t or shouldn’t. In both 2013 and 2014, I’ve made “do” my word to live by for the year, and it’s totally motivated me to “do” whatever I want, rather than convince myself I’m too old or too this or too that. It’s liberating and so rewarding. And, honestly, when you think about the alternative, I never understand how people can complain about getting older. There’s so much to celebrate every single day.

We are a reading glasses store, so we have to ask: What is your favorite pair from Readers.com?

Lois: Ooh, that’s a hard one because you have so many cute ones! I think my all-time favorite is the Stanford (wearing them above). I love love love the metallic green temples — which is a term I never knew before, so thank you! I posted photos of all my new pairs on my blog so readers can decide which is their favorite. I hope your readers will come and weigh in on which ones they like best, too. Now that I can read the comments more easily, I promise to respond to each one!

Lois, we think you look wonderful in all of your new pairs. 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us!  

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Meet Michael Ruhlman, Accomplished Cook & Author //wp.readers.com/blog/michael-ruhlman-interview/ //wp.readers.com/blog/michael-ruhlman-interview/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:26:08 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8663 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in their […]

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Our most recent Page in Your Life feature is the amazing Michael Ruhlman. Michael graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with a passion for cooking and writing, and has since written over a dozen books on everything from chefs and cookbooks to nonfiction. (Take a look at all of them here!) He’s also appeared on such television shows as Cooking Under Fire, The Next Iron Chef , Iron Chef America, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Want to know what it’s like to be a big name in the food business? We sat down with Michael to dish on the chef world!

Michael Ruhlman, Author and Chef

Could you give a brief introduction for our readers about you, your interests, and your hobbies?

I write and cook, and now that my kids are getting older and one just left for college, I hope to do more of both.

Was there something that first inspired you to be a chef?

Hunger. I was a latchkey child. If I wanted to stop feeling hungry, I had to cook.

What is a typical day like as a chef?

There are many different kinds of chefs: corporate, personal, restaurant, R&D, chefs who become administrators, chef-instructors. Me — I’m a writer. I learned how to cook at the Culinary Institute of America (to write a book about it) and cooked at a restaurant for a short time, but I’m not a chef. A chef is someone who leads a kitchen. My day is divided between writing, creating, and testing recipes, and setting up photo shoots for my wife, Donna.

What is your favorite dish to cook for a family dinner? What’s your favorite cuisine?

Fried chicken. I love the dynamism of Vietnamese cuisine.

You’ve written a variety of books on cooking and the life of a chef. Of all your publications, is there one you are most proud of? 

Ruhlman’s Twenty because it distills so much of what I’ve learned, and it was my first true and satisfying collaboration with my wife, who did the photography.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering going to culinary school and writing about their passion for cooking?

Do what you love because of the love, and don’t expect to make any money.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a chef?

The most rewarding part of working in the chef world are the people I get to hang out with. Cooks are the best, most life-loving people I know.

What’s been the most rewarding part of being an author?

Being able to make money at the activity I love most.

We are a reading glasses store, after all, so we have to ask: What is your favorite pair from Readers.com?

I wear contacts and have no sense of style, so feel free to choose for me!

We accept the challenge, Michael! He’d look good in The Actor Bi-Focal or The Morris  — don’t you think?

Be sure to stop by Michael’s website to learn more about food, cooking, recipes, techniques, and the life of a chef, and be sure to follow him on Facebook. A special thanks to Michael for taking the time to talk to Readers.com! 

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Meet Patrick of Ask the Pilot //wp.readers.com/blog/patrick-smith-interview/ //wp.readers.com/blog/patrick-smith-interview/#respond Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:52:26 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8259 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to do something else for the day? Whether it’s choosing a different career path or stepping out of your comfort zone, this series dives into the crazy-interesting lives of those we’ve always admired. From pilots and chefs to charities making a difference, go ahead and read a page in […]

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Our first A Page in Your Life feature is Patrick Smith. This airline pilot, air travel columnist, and author of Ask the Pilot has appeared on over 200 radio and television shows dishing out his air travel expertise. Want to know what it’s like to be an airline pilot? We sat down with Patrick to talk about his job, his favorite cities and airports, and his advice for those getting ready to take flight.

Patrick Smith of Ask the Pilot

Could you give a brief introduction for our readers about you, your interests, and your hobbies?

I live in Somerville, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. I’ve been an airline pilot since 1990, when I was hired as a copilot on a 15-seat turboprop, earning about $850 a month. Nowadays, I fly the Boeing 757 and 767 on routes both domestically and overseas. I enjoy global travel (eighty countries and counting), ’80s underground music, and urban beekeeping.

And writing.  For ten years, I was the author of Salon.com’s popular “Ask the Pilot” column. Salon discontinued the feature in 2012, and I moved it to my homepage, www.askthepilot.com. My book, Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel, was published this summer. It’s a collection of frequently asked questions, essays, and memoir.

I’ve always had a latent compulsion for writing — at least as a hobby — dating back to the early 1980s when I self-published a punk rock fanzine, then later a homespun poetry zine. The first piece of writing I ever got paid for was a music review for the Utne Reader, about twenty years ago, but it wasn’t until I was laid off in the wake of the terror attacks of 2001 that I began to take it more seriously. All of a sudden, air travel was on everybody’s mind, and here I had these two great interests, flying and writing.

Was there something that inspired you to become a pilot?

For almost all airline pilots, their infatuation with aviation goes back to childhood.  This is certainly true in my case, but I’m probably different from most of my colleagues in that the thrill of flight, strictly speaking, was only part of it. As a kid, the sight of a Piper Cub meant nothing to me. Five minutes at an air show watching the Blue Angels do barrel rolls and I was bored to tears. What excited me then — and still — is what I like to call the “grand theater of air travel”:  the airlines and the places they fly to.

In grade school, I’d pour over the route maps and timetables of the world’s great carriers — Pan Am, Aeroflot, British Airways — memorizing the names of the foreign capitals they flew to, then drawing up my own imaginary airlines and tracing out their routes. Airplanes turned me on to geography, travel, and culture. By studying the airlines as a kid, I was inspired later in life to visit places like Botswana and India and Mali. It was a direct connection. For most people, whether they’re headed for Kansas or Kathmandu, the airplane is a necessary evil, incidental to the journey but no longer a meaningful part of it. We’ve so coldly separated the means from the ends, and part of my mission as writer-pilot is putting them back together. That’s a tough sell, I know, but how can you not find something exciting about the idea of stepping onto a 747 and, only hours later, stepping off again half a world away?

What is a typical day like as a commercial airline pilot?

There’s really no such thing. We don’t think of our assignments as workdays. We call them “trips,” and they last anywhere from one to ten or more days. And so much of this depends which airline you work for and which aircraft type you fly. One pilot’s month might consist of four or more three-day domestic trips with short layovers at airport motels; another pilot might be enjoying 72-hour layovers in Hong Kong or Budapest.

Where is your favorite city to fly to? Which is your favorite airport (in terms of amenities)?

Picking a city is tough: Cairo, Cape Town, Istanbul, and Budapest top my list of favorite layover spots, each for different reasons. Generally I prefer more offbeat destinations. I spend a lot of time in Accra, Ghana, and have come to really dig the place. Ghana has great food, great sightseeing excursions, and the nicest people on earth.

I have some layover videos posted on YouTube, including a great one from Cairo. Check out the *sounds* at the beginning of this footage, which I managed to capture totally by accident. It’ll give you the chills.

A two-part video from Senegal is here and here.

When it comes to airports, nowhere in the world beats Korea’s Incheon Airport for amenities and flyer-friendliness. For sheer impressiveness, I’d go with Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The central terminal at Suvarnabhumi is one of the most aesthetically spectacular buildings I’ve ever seen. Compare either of these, if you dare, to most major terminals in America. There’s an essay in chapter three of the new book where I talk about the depressing state of U.S. airports.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a pilot?

Getting to do exactly what I always wanted to do. Parts of my job, like any job, are stressful, tedious, and generally a pain in the neck, but I try never to take it for granted. There’s a story in the book where I talk about flying into Boston for the first time as an airline pilot and looking down at Revere Beach, where as a little kid I spent so much time as a little kid looking up at the incoming planes. That was a moment for sure.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a pilot?

Know what you’re getting into. Understand the good and bad of the airline seniority system, and understand that the path to a high-paying job with a major airline is, for most pilots, long and unforgiving.

The industry has changed so much over the past 25 years or so. The regional airline sector — those smaller “Express” and “Connection” jets that operate as subcontractors for the major carriers — now accounts for over half of all flying.  It used to be that pilots worked at these companies only briefly, as a stepping-stone before getting hired by one of the majors.  Because this sector has become so large, while major airline expansion and hiring has slowed, pilots are figuring out that a job with a regional airline might well mean an entire career with a regional airline. Salaries at these carriers can be as low as $20,000 a year; this, after a pilot has spent six figures for his primary training and then worked several years at low-paying jobs to accrue the necessary flight time.

We are a reading glasses store, after all, so we have to ask: What is your favorite pair from Readers.com?

Well, there’s no accounting for taste, right? But I have a pair very similar to the ones you call The Brookside. I’m good testimony to the myth that airline pilots are required to have perfect eyesight.  For the Air Force this might be true, but for airlines today, so long as it’s correctable to 20/20, we’re fit to fly.

 

For a deeper look behind the scenes at the airline industry, read Patrick’s book: Cockpit ConfidentialA special thanks to Patrick for taking the time to talk to Readers.com! Be sure to check back next month for round two of A Page in Your Life.

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