About Us

This blog is written by a community of voices who live, love and focus on moving forward in healthy and heartening ways.  Challenging the way our parents viewed aging and finding and inventing new ways to stay vibrant and connected.


Marla Russell

Marla grew up a country girl, but moved to the city…actually several cities (Miami, NYC, OKC & Philadelphia). 10 Years in professional Theater, earned a BA in Communications and sustaining a career as A video producer and editor.  Also a certified personal trainer, avid gardener, and ever flourishing cook.  She strives to stay healthy, but never diet.  Always looking for something new to try, the latest is improvisation classes at ComedySportz in Philadelphia.



Bill Abrams
Born and raised in Burlington County NJ. Served in the Army.  Worked for RCA and then GE in various computer related positions for 27 years. Taught part time at Temple University’s Management Center, Glassboro State and Camden County College. Co-Founder VP of Training and Education Associates, Ballston Spa, NY (retired). Hobbies: Photography, Geocaching, Travel, cooking. Enjoy playing with grandchildren, supporting social justice issues and helping out at church.



Shirlene Abrams
B.S. in Zoology, Masters in Education.  After college, searching for a lifetime career, Shirlene worked as a Hospital Lab Tech, Science Teacher, Graphic Artist, and finally found her niche as a Database Developer.  Now retired and searching for ways to develop a joyful, healthy life style.  Join me on my journey.


Ritu Pandya


Ritu has been recognized for her talents in Yoga & Breath work (Pranayama), Indian folk and Bollywood
dancing, Batik, Henna, and Mandalas. She has studied Sanskrit and Spiritual scriptures and learned Yoga
and Classical dance in her childhood and later from authorities of well-known institutions in India. She recently certified as a Doonya Bollywood teacher.
Ritu teaches at her healing art center ‘Happiness Within’ and conducts various workshops in the tri-state area. She serves on the Executive Board of NAADA Inc., an Indo-American non-profit organization that strives
to promote the Indian arts.

Visit Ritu’s Happiness Within Facebook Page to learn more about classes and workshops


Gail Russell and Holly

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Gail is a graduate of New College and received an MBA from Florida State University. When she and her husband adopted two children, she put aside the world of finance to mother full time. She was a Master Gardener in both New Jersey and North Carolina and now, in retirement she enjoys learning about tropical gardening in Fort Myers, Florida. She is an avid movie fan and particularly loves documentary. On January 1, she declared 2015, “the year of the weight,” and has lost nearly 40 pounds. She is enjoying expanding her cooking repertoire to include more low calorie, filling dishes.


Dr. Therese Pasqualoni

Therese has spent her life dedicated to fitness & nutrition.  Begining her quest to improve her health and the health of others in 1996.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health, Joint Master’s Degrees in Health Administration and Health Education, and in 2004, she received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Health Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For more information on Therese’s nutritional program and her extensive achievements in research visit www.strikeithealthy.com




We hope you will join us and help to mold this community into something that will keep us all Well Over Forty, Fifty, Sixty and beyond!