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Interview with Deb Krier – The Spotlight


New York Times bestselling author, Christiane Northrup, MD, had this to say about our book:

“Anything that changes the language and beliefs we have about midlife is a really, really good thing—because…our beliefs have a profound effect on our biology and thus our experience. So I love the way you reframe “middle age” to “middlehood.” And also encourage women to tell themselves a new, empowering story.  As you say, not a fairy tale– but a truly empowering new story full of possibilities… Bravo. Well done!!”

Dr. Northrup is the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, and the author of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” and “The Wisdom of Menopause.”


Book Review

We have recently received a FIVE STAR review and wanted to share it with you.
The Story Circle Network is a national organization dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and raising public awareness of the importance of women’s personal histories. The Story Circle Network was founded in 1997 by internationally known author, Dr. Susan Wittig Albert.
28561073 Story Circle rated a book 5 of 5 stars


Women & Middlehood Halfway Up the Mountain

by Jane Treat and Nancy Geha, Ed.D.

The bold title of Jane Treat and Nancy Geha’s book speaks volumes: Women & Middlehood: Halfway Up the Mountain. First of all, the authors, understanding and honoring the power of language, have chosen to throw the more commonly used term, “middle age” out the window. Instead, they use “Middlehood.” Second, they toss the idea of women from 40-65 as being “over the hill” right out the window. Instead, they stress that they are halfway up the mountain, liberated from many of the misconceptions of youth and ready for whatever new challenges come their way.

“If we think of life as climbing a mountain, then Middlehood begins at the halfway point on its upward trail…we are not done yet, not by a long shot; we also have a future: new dreams, loves, accomplishments, failures, and discoveries waiting to be explored. We are right in the middle and can look with equal ability and enthusiasm in both directions.”

I tend to be very, very skeptical of self-help type books, and approached Treat and Geha’s book with a bit of cynicism. After reading two chapters, though, I was hooked. The authors don’t paint Middlehood as a fairy tale time in which we all love ourselves and look back with scorn at the folly of youth. Instead, they take a realistic look at various aspects of this time in our lives and provide us with tools to face it with hope and even enthusiasm.One of the most powerful of these tools is their “Equation for Transformation” that aims to assist the woman in Middlehood deal with the changes that inevitably come her way. The first step is simple: Start with an Ending. With this we say goodbye to what was in order to be able to face what is going to be. The second step is Go into the Middle. Here we find a quiet place and simply listen to ourselves. The third step is Pass Through to a New Beginning, in which we enter that which is new, whether it is something tangible, like a new relationship, or something more elusive, like a new attitude.Something else that makes the book unique is Treat and Geha’s use of interviews with women who are experiencing Middlehood. They celebrate the importance of story in our lives by bringing us the words and examples of others to use as guidelines for ourselves. This makes the book even more valuable and unique to readers, giving them a gift that is so often lost in our society.Women & Middlehood is not your average self-help book. Instead, it is an uplifting and powerful tool for all women, one that deserves to be passed on and shared within the circle of our sisterhood.by Khadijah A.
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women


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Jane Treat & Nancy Geha, Ed.D.

Jane Treat & Nancy Geha, Ed.D.


Women and Middlehood: Halfway Up the Mountain

From the book
“We are experienced climbers and guides now and we know how important it is to pace ourselves. We know to savor the precious moments when we can take a break and enjoy the view, because there will surely be challenges and surprises on the mountain trail ahead.”