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|

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|

Disney Merch, March Sadness and the Angela Merkel School of Body Language

Angela Merkel body language

Sisters In The News: Lian Dolan floats her theory that Liz Dolan and Angela Merkel probably went to the same school of body language, with majors side-eye and eye-roll.

Today on the Satellite Sisters Podcast, we cover everything from Beauty & The Beast to DWTS, from March Sadness to Brian’s Song. But we start Sisters in the News. What do Angela Merkel & Liz Dolan have in common? Lian will tell you. It’s a body language thing. And who could use a little bit of the indefatigable energy of Julie Dolan? The Secretary of State, that’s who. Lian Dolan on the headline news that made her think of her sisters.

First up, Lian attends the Fencing Grand Prix in Long Beach, CA.  Thanks, USOC, for the invitation. You know the Satellite Sisters are Olympic junkies but who knew that fencing was its own lifestyle?? Now Lian knows.

In the news, Lian sees parallels between Liz and Angela Merkel.  Apparently, they went to the same school of body language.  Cue the eye roll. Plus, Lian notes that our international correspondent Julie is indefatigable and would be an excellent candidate for an open slot at the State Department.  Hello, Rex?

The New York Historical Society has opened a new center devoted to the contributions of women in American history, the only one of its kind in the United States. Plus, Lian reports that Nevada just approved the E.R.A.  Remember the Equal Rights Amendment? Julie still has her button.

Urban Nana Julie has a few problems with children’s museums based on her recent visits to one in Brooklyn with her granddaughter Josephine.  Plus, on her Tuesday Trends she has a question from the Wall Street Journal:  Is your refrigerator awesome enough? 

Beauty and The Beast Limited Edition Tumbler

Did you see Beauty and the Beast this weekend? And how long are you willing to stand in line for the Limited Edition Tumbler from the new movie?

Are your brackets all busted for March Madness?  So long Villanova and Duke. Liz introduces us to March Sadness, a sad song contest she heard about on OPB.  It was created by Julie Hahn in Boise and features a whole category of sad songs called Sadsteen.  Songs of misery from the Boss himself.  The River.  Streets of Philadelphia.  The Ghost of Tom Joad.  He’s the master. All songs listed on the March Sadness Facebook Group under Files once you join.

Speaking of sad, new reports tell us that the great Chicago Bear Gale Sayers is suffering from dementia. If you don’t remember Gale Sayers on the field, you may remember him as played by Billy Dee Williams in one of the best TV movies of all-time,  Brian’s Song. James Cann plays the dying Brian Piccolo. It’s a Satellite Sisters Sobfest.

Operation Sea Turtle, Liz’s fitness program, hits a snag called Yoga Sculpt Fusion.

Lian admires the Disney genius in creating the new Beauty and The Beast products.  Are you in line right now for the new tumbler?

Plus updates on from Lian on her  dance group, Steffi the German Shepherd and her vegetable garden.

Come join all five Satellite Sisters on April 22nd at the Santa Monica Public Library at 2 pm.  No-host Meet-Up to follow at Ester’s Wine Shop. Are you coming?  Thanks to Away Luggage for donating a door prize for this event.  Lian loves her Away Carry-On.  Come win one!

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By | March 21st, 2017|

Julie: Look Mom…No Hands

While Sheila was applying 47 different products to her lips on Montana Ave, I was bobbing around in the weirdly buoyant Dead Sea off the coast of Jordan. The water is six times saltier than an ocean making it very difficult to actually swim because you are floating too high on the water to stroke correctly. The water also contains various minerals which are supposed to be good for your skin and general health. A Russian tourist was trying to convince me to DRINK the Dead Sea water. He said it was good for your glands. I said nyet. However, you can boost your Dead Sea health experience by slathering Dead Sea mud all over yourself. The mud is feels like pudding and leaves your skin smooth.
The Dead Sea is also the world’s lowest spot and it keep getting a little lower each year because the water levels are dropping at a foot a year. Efforts are being made to reverse the trend with a new canal but the cost is high and would require the cooperation of Israel, the Palestinian Terrritories and Jordan. Sounds like a difficult task.

By | November 18th, 2008|

Lian: Two Different Shoes

Hello all. Been away from SisterSpot for a while. Busy, busy, busy as I’m sure many parents are at this time of year. There seem to be a million events/meetings/projects happening over the next few weeks as school winds down. I don’t know who’s happier when it ends: me or the kids.

Today, I clearly had a lots of things on my mind because when I got to my gym (Week 3 of the 8 Week Challenge, people! Today’s fat-melting class? FitBody Workout! Watch for my progress on the blog this week), I noticed I was wearing two different sneakers. That’s right–a green one on my left foot and a blue one on my right. I had already walked the dog and hadn’t noticed my error. What happened here? Am I losing my mind? No, just thinking about the news of weather disasters from all over: earthquake, tornadoes, cyclone. Then, rushing about getting kids out the door with lunch, permission slips, team uniforms, homework. Then I started working out in my head all the details to nail down before going to New York for the Gracies at then end of the month: dog sitter, babysitter, meal plan. The next thing you know, I’m at the gym with two different shoes.

When I blurted my faux pas out to the woman next to me, she laughed. She went to work in two different shoes! One women confessed to forgetting to wear a bra to the office. The stories of busy women forgetting/misplacing/oddly wearing items of clothing just came pouring out.

Has this happened to you? Let me know. Call it our informal Question of the Week!

Off to walk the dog again and then another meeting at the kids school. I will check my footwear before leaving the house.

By | May 12th, 2008|
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