Love, Marriage, Divorce, Condi Rice and Wonder Woman

On today’s Satellite Sisters podcast, Lian Dolan, Julie Dolan and Liz Dolan discuss Condi Rice and Madam Secretary’s uncanny ability to predict the future, news on the future of love + marriage plus new brain science says that we are not meant to live in the now.  Plus travel news, fitness update and Robin Wright’s training regimen for Wonder Woman. 

Conde Rice Democracy Madam Secretary

In Condi Rice’s new book Democracy, she writes about a crazy creepy crush that Khaddafi had on her. Hey, Madam Secretary watchers. Was this not a plot line earlier this season with a fictional strongman from the Philippines? Crazy coincidence or inside scoop? Well done, Barbara Hall and #MSec team.

First up, we salute the writers of Madam Secretary for anticipating the world’s focus on NATO’s Article 5. Two weeks ago, we had never heard of it.  Now, following the recent NATO meeting in Brussels, it’s on every front page around the world.  Plus, in Condoleezza Rice’s new book Democracy, she talks about General Muammar Khaddafi having a crazy crush on her.  Correct us if we are wrong, but didn’t Madam Secretary nail that plot line earlier in the season with a fictional leader of the Philippines? Crazy coincidence or inside scoop?

According to new scientific research, we’re not meant to live in the moment. Our most human trait is planning for the future. Worriers, Unite! This is good news for those of us who like to lie awake at night and imagine all the ways our future plans could go awry– or right. From the New York Times, We Aren’t Meant to Live in the Moment

Julie’s discussion about modern marriage is sparked by a release about a new book entitled “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels“. From there, we comment on this runners wedding announcement, this story about planning for divorce and this beautiful piece of Modern Love writing by solid gold Satellite Sister Delia Ephron. Plus First Ladies Desk: Renewing the mission to leave the ladies alone.

Robin Wright Wonder Woman

Robin Wright, Amazon General in the new Wonder Woman, told Stephen Colbert that in training it was very hard to eat 2000 – 3000 calories a day. Robin, call us. We got this.

Liz bumps into Wonder Woman Amazon General Robin Wright and wants to offer some training advice based on something she said on Colbert.  Liz is also not too sure that hanging all the furniture on hotel room walls Shaker-style is a great innovation but she’s happy to see the hotel minibars go.  Lian is excited about the announcement of Alanis Morrisette’s new musical.  You oughta go!


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By | May 30th, 2017|

Open Marriage, Flying Cars and Best Grandparents Ever.

Julie Dolan garage: she is not a hoarder

This is NOT Julie Dolan’s garage. We swear. We got this one on Google but Julie does have a little bit of an organizing problem for which she sought professional help. NO, she is not a hoarder.

On this week’s podcast,  Lian Dolan and Julie Dolan tackle Open Marriage, the importance of adult daughters in long-term care, Pippa Middleton’s pre-wedding fitness progress and why Baby Boomers are shaping up to the the Best Grandparents Ever.  First up, Julie’s home organizing fail. She is not a hoarder, people! Did she say that often enough on this episode? NOT.

This New York Times cover story on Open Marriages sparked a lively discussion between Lian and Julie, both long-time marrieds.  No judgment here, but lots of opinions.  Next, The Best Healthcare Solution:   Read the article here about adult daughters and their role in long-term care. It is an eye-opener. Get yourself an adult daughter if you want good care at a reasonable cost- but the situation comes with financial repercussions.

Flying cars are coming to Dallas. Will Julie take Uber Elevate for a ride?

Pippa Middleton’s Pre-Wedding Shape-Up.  Julie thinks Pippa needs a break from the pressure. Lian is not too sure about the two-outfit wedding rule for Pippa’s nuptials. That’s a lot to ask.

Lesley Stahl lets us that Boomers are going to be The Best Grandparents Ever!!! Read her piece here.

Is Avocado Toast the financial ruin for Millenials? We support toast, but not at $22 a pop. Come on, people.  It’s pretty easy to make at home. Try it.

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By | May 17th, 2017|

Sisters Live in Santa Monica, Serena Williams, Sheryl Sandberg, Peggy Whitson

Satellite Sisters do a live performance in Santa Monica: Lian Dolan, Liz Dolan, Julie Dolan, Monica Dolan and Sheila Dolan.

L to R, that’s Lian Dolan, Liz Dolan, Julie Dolan Monica Dolan and Sheila Dolan on stage together for a Satellite Sisters Ask Us Anything Show in Santa Monica. Many thanks to all the Satellite Sisters and Misters who attended and who watched LIVE on our Satellite Sisters Facebook Page. You’re the Best!

On today’s Satellite Sisters podcast, some highlights and behind-the-scenes of our live event in Santa Monica, salutes to 3 women in the news and Liz reviews the new National Geographic series Genius about Albert Einstein. Plus Lian relives her glory years on college radio.

A good time was had by all at the Santa Monica Public Library and Ester’s Wine Bar on Saturday April 22.  For the complete Facebook Live video of the show starring all five Dolan sisters, be sure to LIKE our Facebook Page.  It is posted there.  Thanks to all the Satellite Sisters and Satellite Misters who lined up early and stayed late for the festivities. You’re The Best!  We were happy to sign every book and bag you had.

Julie has shout-outs for 3 impressive women:  tennis champion and expectant mother Serena Williams, Astronaut Peggy Whitson and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy. Solid Gold Satellite Sisters all.

Serena Williams shuts down Ilie Nastase.

As if we could love you more. Serena Williams, #staynoisy.

Liz wants us all to watch Genius on National Geographic Channel, a ten-part scripted series from Ron Howard about Albert Einstein starring Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn as old Einstein and young Einstein.  She attended the premiere and loved the first “unexpectedly racy” episode – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll learn a thing or two about physics! Here’s the extended trailer of Genius.

Lian is reliving her glory days this weekend with a set on her old college radio station.  Liz is refocusing on Operation Sea Turtle in advance prep for her physical next week.

Satellite Sisters Live at the Santa Monica Public Library.

The Satellite Sisterhood waiting patiently in line at the Santa Monica Public Library. Thank you to Barbara Fleeman and the team there at SMPL for even making the waiting fun and easy.

We invite any Satellite Sisters who want to share their photos to post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #satsistersytb. And tag us @satsisters. Here’s a good one of the friendly faces waiting in line at the Santa Monica Public Library that we downloaded from the Satellite Sisters Facebook Group.

By | April 25th, 2017|

#EqualPayDay, Sheryl Sandberg, Mike Pence, Bill O’Reilly, Film and TV Reviews

Satellite Sisters recommend Big Little Lies on HBO. #EqualPayDay

The HBO series Big Little Lies has a great story, wonderful performances by fantastic women, skillful direction and awesome real estate. What more could you ask for, Satellite Sisters? Despite last week’s finale, it not too late to start now.

Happy #EqualPayDay. Today Lian Dolan, Liz Dolan and Julie Dolan take on Equal Pay Day and women in business, in general. Liz hosts a new podcast called I Hate My Boss, so we’re glad we have her on hand to take on Mike ‘I Don’t Eat Dinner With Women” Pence. And Sheryl Sandberg sobers us up about leaning in and getting 20% less pay. Finally, women in the workplace, beware of Bill O’Reilly. Not only will he sexually harass you, he’ll harass your handbag! Can’t a Satellite Sister get a break? Lian fills us in on her citizen diplomacy with International Women of Courage and the State Department.  Liz has good news and bad news about Operation Sea Turtle, her health and wellness program.  Julie has entertainment reviews from film and television.

We start the show with with Sheryl Sandberg’s observation on Equal Pay Day that even when women Lean In, they are not achieving equality with men.  Julie shares an editorial from the Wall Street Journal by Yale professor Asha Rangappa about whether Mike Pence’s policy of never dining alone with a woman even on professional business might have unintended positive consequences.  Liz and Lian don’t buy that for one single second.  If your boss or your colleague or your employee refuses to ever eat alone with you because of your gender, that’s just wrong.  Besides being just a throwback to an age we thankfully left behind where women were barely represented in the workplace.

Bill O'Reilly sexually harasses woman and insults her purse. #EqualPayDay

Hey, Bill O. It’s bad enough to come after us but do you really need to insult our accessories? They have no voice. #staynoisy purses.

And while we are on the subject, one detail in this New York Times story of Bill O’Reilly’s harassment is almost comical.  When she rejected his advances, he insulted her purse?  Women have to defend themselves against you, Bill, but our accessories have no voice.  Lay off.

Julie is aghast at the lame officiating at the LPGA this weekend. Fans from home emailing in their own rulings a day later?  We are 100% against this.  Lexi was robbed.

In Operation Sea Turtle, Liz found a new home for her mediation classes but was disappointed to read this news about the need for interval training.

Julie reviews the film Silence by Martin Scorsese and the HBO series Big Little Lies.  She didn’t finish either but she’s still got strong opinions.

Lian tells us more about her citizen diplomacy and provides Satellite Sisters in other cities some tips about how to get involved themselves. Thanks to the listeners who attended event at  Global Minnesota.

If you are coming to our event at the Santa Monica Public Library on April 22 at 2 pm, you might also want to take in the opening of the Museum of Ice Cream in downtown LA.  Our tickets are free.  Theirs not so much.

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By | April 4th, 2017|

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|

Fitness DVD Give-Away: Kathy Smith and Kristi Yamaguchi

Hello, Satellite Sisterhood….

A couple of weeks ago, Sheila and I mentioned how much we loved the new Kathy Smith fitness video. Many of you have written in to ask about the name of the video and, Good News! We have a copy of the Kathy Smith DVD to give away along with the new Kristi Yamaguchi video, thanks to Acacia Lifestyle. All you need to do is comment on this post  and your name may be chosen to win a copy of Ageless with Kathy Smith: Staying Strong and Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout .

Ageless with Kathy Smith: Staying Strong consists of four strength workouts and a stretching routine, all about 15 minutes in length. You can mix and match, so that every day you can put together a great workout. It’s the perfect post-walk add-on if you want to add weight training to your fitness routine. Plus, Kathy Smith, who was a favorite guest on Satellite Sisters with her fab bok Flex Appeal, is personally and professionally inspirational. And, so encouraging that you don’t realize how sneaky hard/satisfying these routines are!

Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout is challenging, but fun. This DVD features a 3 ten- minute circuits plus an abs and chest segment. You’ll sweat, I promise, but you’ll carry on because Kristi is Kristi and you want what she has! ( Well, at least I want an Olympic Gold medal in figure skating!) This total body workout was created by trainer Erin O’Brien who actually teaches at my gym and drives a really cool motorcycle to work, so I want what she has, too!

Leave a comment by telling us about a new workout you’re trying this summer. We’ll pick a name out of our hat on Friday July 15th at noon PST. The winner will receive a copy of each DVD. If you don’t win, you can find these DVDs and many more fitness and lifestyle products at Acacia Lifestyle .

Embracing my Chaos, Lian

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