Julie Versus A Bee

Julie Versus A Bee: On today’s Satellite Sisters, Julie shares a cautionary tale of organic cherry tomatoes, benign salad-making and an unexpected attack by a killer bee.  Plus FISH FRAUD??  What is this world coming to???

Ryan baby. Call me. Maybe it's not too late for me to teach you a thing or two. Like never lie to your mother.

Ryan baby. Call me. Maybe it’s not too late for me to teach you a thing or two. Like never lie to your mother. And don’t ignore advice from your Satellite Sisters.

Liz is feeling the post-Olympic blues.  Katie? Allyson?? Simone???  What are YOU doing today?   Special thanks to NBC for deleting Ryan Lochte from every single video highlight reel before the games even ended.  Quick work!  Julie thinks Ryan should get advice form Tyra Banks so that she will be teaching Project You about branding yourself at Stanford Business School.  Liz thinks he might get more useful perspective from Tonya Harding.

It’s college drop-off season so we have many comments and some advice from the Satellite Sisters Facebook Group about how to survive this potentially wrenching transition.  More advice to offer, post it there!

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By | August 23rd, 2016|

Satellite Sisters Get Olympic Fashion Advice!

On today’s Satellite Sisters, Julie Dolan shares Olympic fashion advice from Nastia Liukin that she believes Lian and Liz should adopt when in Rio.  But first Liz and Julie make a plea for civility online in all things election-related. Comments bring out the worst in people, so we are asking you to think twice before lashing out. Far be it from us to ask you not to express yourself, but start by asking yourself this one question:  Has your mind ever been changed by what someone posted in your Facebook feed?  No? Exactly. So express yourselves freely but no need to be uncivil. Okay, people??  Julie also speaks out on behalf of the potential First Ladies one more time. It won’t be the last.

Estonian sisters compete in women's marathon at #Rio2016

Olympic identical triplets! Leila, Liina and Lily Luik from Estonia will make history as the first identical triplets to compete against each other at the Olympic games in Rio this summer. All three 30-year-olds will be competing in the women’s marathon. Go sisters!

We are very excited about the upcoming Olympic Games!  Lian and Liz will be attending #Rio2016 starting next week but first we have some comments on the Opening Ceremonies outfits for the USA, the best Olympic sibling story ever and Nastia Liukins beauty tips for the Games.  Can we avoid wedgie picks?  Will our fingernails be expressive enough? And what’s our lucky charm?

Why should we care about doping at the Olympics? Read this fascinating story about Olympic swimmer Shirley Babashoff who was cheated out of Olympic gold medals by East German women at the Montreal Games in 1976. Julie and Liz discuss how it changed her life forever.

Yesterday was Equestrian Day at Nana Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Julie had a slight saddle situation.  It sound like a cartoon but she survived it.

Liz and Monica went to see Jason Bourne this weekend and then came home and watched a Bourne marathon on television. We loved the new one but are especially partial to the second one.

Liz and Monica went to see Jason Bourne this weekend and then came home and watched a Bourne marathon on television. We loved the new one but are especially partial to the second one The Bourne Supremacy.

On cultural front, we tackle the new Jason Bourne movie and how it compares to the earlier versions, the new production of CATS on Broadway and Harry Potter hits the West End in London.

Listen to our show this Tuesday August 9 because Lian Dolan will be back for our complete Olympic kick-off show.  This is the day before Liz and Lian leave for #Rio2016 so we’ll lay out the complete plan.  It’s a good time to subscribe.  Lian and Liz will be covering the Olympics via social media so make sure you join the Satellite Sisters Facebook Group and follow us @satsisters on Twitter and Instagram.

By | August 2nd, 2016|

Approval Junkie Faith Salie Visits.

Thanks, Faith Salie for a fun discussion about your new book Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much. We think many in the Satellite Sisterhood might suffer from the same syndrome. Red flags!

Thanks, Faith Salie for a fun discussion about your new book Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much. We think many in the Satellite Sisterhood might suffer from the same syndrome. Red flags!

On today’s Satellite Sisters podcast, Faith Salie is our special guest.  Faith’s new book is Approval Junkie: Adventures In Caring Too Much. You know Faith from her commentaries on CBS Sunday Morning and as a panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

In our discussion of Approval Junkie, Liz raises three red flags with Faith.  1) Marrying her “wasband”, 2) seeking fame as a sitcom star, and 3) coming out against pets on CBS Sunday Morning.  On this third item, we respect her POV and desire to speak her pet truth on this but for God’s sake Faith, NEVER read the comments!  She knows that now.  We re sorry she learned the hard way.  Whether its about the new Ghostbusters or female candidates like Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, the comments section is where it gets ugly.

Also on today’s show, we discuss the fall of Roger Ailes at Fox News after the accusation of sexual harassment brought forward by Gretchen Carlson.  Julie raised this issue on last week’s podcast.  It takes a lot for a woman to step forward and accuse a man in power of abusing that power.  Kudos to you, Gretchen.  You know what we have to say on this: #staynoisy.  Here’s the New York Times story on the culture inside Fox News that allowed sexual harassment to continue.

Ferris dogs wearing pink socks

This is not Ferris. This is a stunt dog. This stunt dog is wearing the pink socks that Liz talks about on today’s show. Ferris would not pose for a photo.

Liz has a lot of explaining to do about the pink booties she bought for Ferris.  He’s an old guy now and has trouble standing.  He needed some gripping socks but did they have to be pink??

Julie starts Nana Camp in Colorado this week.  Its all about outdoor activities but with plenty of time set aside for naps.  For all.

By | July 24th, 2016|

Satellite Sister Sheila Dolan Explains The Gift Card Economy

On today's Satellite Sisters, Sheila reviews the end-of-year activities for her third grade class and how the gift card economy works for her on vacation. This is a "New To You" Satellite Sisters from June 12, 2011.

On today’s Satellite Sisters, Sheila reviews the end-of-year activities for her third grade class and how the gift card economy works for her on vacation. This is a “New To You” Satellite Sisters from June 12, 2011.

On today’s New To You Satellite Sisters show from June 12, 2011, Sheila Dolan is happy to reach the end of the school year. Her grand finale lesson on South America took the form of a Top Chef South America cook-off for her third graders. Plus, Sheila breaks down how she lives on the gift card economy.  She’s got the range from Peets and Starbucks to Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.

As a local, Julie has jumped on the Dallas Mavericks bandwagon for this year’s NBA Finals. She’s fine being a Julie-Come-Lately. Sheila supports that.

Lian commiserates with Sarah Palin over the release of her private emails. What would happen if the Satellite Sisters emails got released to the public?  Liz may have to file a Freedom of Information Act to find out what the other four sisters have been writing behind her back.

Liz goes to see Bridesmaids and recommends it to Lian who is looking for a way to be creatively inspired to start work on her next book. And Liz also questions the installation of “ass-cams” in a jean story in LA.  Who wants to really see their butt?  Apparently Sheila Dolan does.

By | June 5th, 2016|

Satellite Sister Lian Gets Locked-Down.

You are not going to believe this one.  Satellite Sister Lian Dolan finally went to Washington and got locked-down in the Capitol Building. Listen to today’s podcast here.

Lian Dolan State Department

Lian Dolan and her son Colin having a moment of personal diplomacy at the State Department. Please take note of Lian’s scarf saluting the fine people of France, who helped get our nation started. Merci.

On today’s show, Lian tells Julie and Liz all about her long-awaited, momentous trip to Washington with her son Colin.  The reason for her visit was the ceremony to honor the International Women of Courage at the State Department.  Lian was invited to the event as part of her work for NGO American Women for International Understanding.

Much advance planning took place.  Who knew that spring break/cherry blossom season is a very popular time in town?  Not Lian!   Planes. Hotels. Reservations for tours of the Capitol and the White House.  She got it all locked in.  But then who would have guessed that Lian and Colin would be in the Capitol Building during the incident with the shooter on Tuesday?   They got hustled into a lock-down, held by the Capitol Police and finally released, along with thousands of others.  One problem:  their phones had be taken by the police and they had just one flimsy claim check to get them back.  That took days.

But meanwhile, she and Colin had an amazing day at Foggy Bottom.  The personal stories of the Women of Courage were very moving. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden spoke.  Check of the photo.

After Lian’s report, Julie has a neighbor issue that she needs some advice on.  Is this request appropriate or too much?  Listen and weigh in yourselves on Facebook.

Liz has an update on her Aqua Zumba experiment.  She’s also got a review of her night at the theatre with Sheila.  They went to see Women Laughing Alone With Salad at the Kirk Douglas. Described as a “gender-bending comedy vinaigrette, inviting everyone to savor this complex recipe of desire and shame.” Sheila laughed so loudly that the women next to her asked her to be quiet!!

Coming up this week, don’t miss our Satellite Sisters Meet-Up at Slipstream in Washington DC on Friday night 6 – 8 pm or Lian and Liz’s book signing at the LA Times Festival of Books Sunday April 10 at 11 am.  You will find us at booth #103 Prospect Park Books.

Post your favorite personal photos of celebrations on our Facebook Group or to Instagram. Hashtag is #satsistersytb and once a month on April, May and June, we will pull a winner and you'll get a signed copy of 'You're the Best".

Post your favorite personal photos of celebrations on our Facebook Group or to Instagram. Hashtag it #satsistersytb and once a month on April, May and June, we will pull a winner and you’ll get a signed copy of ‘You’re the Best”.

And today we kick off our new Satellite Sisters Celebrations Contest.  Rules are simple. To celebrate our book “You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship”, we want to see your spring photos of your celebrations.  Graduations. Bridesmaids Luncheons. Birthdays. Mother’s Day.  Father’s Day.  Weddings. Post your favorite photos to our Facebook Group or to Instagram with the #satsistersytb.  Once a month in April, May and June, we will randomly pull a winner from Facebook and Instagram. The special prize will be a signed copy of our book.  Celebrate!

Thanks for listening to our podcast and reviewing it on iTunes.  You’re the best!

 

By | April 3rd, 2016|

Satellite Sisters: Thank you, Boaty McBoatface.

On today’s Satellite Sisters, Liz Dolan and Julie Dolan tackle subjects from the serious to the silly.

First, the awful news from Brussels this week.  Liz was in London when the news broke across the world.  The victims represent many ages, cultures, regions and ethnicities.  Here are some profiles from today’s New York Times of some who lost their lives. And another awful bombing in Pakistan today targeted at children in a park.  These are terrifying times.

Julie uses the latest presidential candidate twitter war about their wives to speak up for the importance of her regular First Ladies Desk features.  As she has always said, leave the ladies alone.

On a lighter note, Julie is just back from a fabulous wedding in New Orleans and she has advice for the world:  HAVE A WEDDING IN NEW ORLEANS!  We’d all feel better. She breaks down all the reasons why NOLA is more entertaining than, well, than almost anywhere else in the world.  If you know anyone who is about to get married, spread the word. Or go get married yourself.

anti-gravity cocooning

Anti-gravity cocooning anyone? Liz is pretty sure she’d injure herself getting in or out of the actual cocoon but otherwise this looks pretty darn relaxing.

Liz wants to talk about three new fitness movements.  First a story from the Wall Street Journal entitled The Gym Class Where You Do Nothing. This class is called Antigravity Cocooning.  We are not too sure that climbing in and out of those hanging cocoons sounds too safe..  Next up, the first 420 Games in Santa Monica.  We can’t even explain. Finally, Liz’s new deep water aqua aerobics class.  It’s all good except for the soundtrack.  But next week’s she’s going to try Aqua Zumba!

Boaty McBoatface

We tried to resist covering the Boaty McBoatface story that was EVERYWHERE this week but we just couldn’t. You have to admit. It makes you laugh and there’s not much in the news lately you can say THAT about.

Of course, we have to discuss Boaty McBoatface. How can we not?  We tried to resist but we failed. Boaty McBoatface.  Boaty McBoatface. Boaty McBoatface. Say it out loud 3 times and the world is automatically a sillier place.  We could all use a little of that this week.

Plus, as part of her commitment to support anything Tina Fey does and any movie that does not feature a superhero, Liz reviews  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.  Tonight she is off to see the new play Women Laughing Alone With Salad. Funny title, right?

By | March 27th, 2016|