The Finding Magic in Midlife Radio Show was produced and archived by Exceptional Wisdom Radio from August 2008 through June 1013, when EWR went off the air. I’m moving the show archives to Choosing To Be Fit because much of the wisdom I’ve gained about creating a body- mind-spirit fitness lifestyle came from reading books by and talking with these exceptional midlife women. The interviews are timeless. I hope you will get to know some of these brilliant, talented, and inspirational women and learn from them as I did.
If you would like to know more about the history of the Finding Magic in Midlife show, just click on the “Finding Magic” menu tab at the very top of this page. Or to get a complete list of all the interviews with links to each one, click here: Midlife Magic
Patricia Smith Melton was interviewed on the Finding Magic in Midlife Show in January of 2009.
Patricia Smith Melton is the editor and photographer of Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women, a book of interviews and photographs highlighting the experience and wisdom of 30 Palestinian and 30 Israeli women. Mariane Pearl, documentary filmmaker, journalist and author of the memoir A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl, has this to say about the 60 women: “In a torn land they find a common ground … because they have walked the walk. Here they stand and speak out. If we listen there is hope.”
The book was released in November 2008, and is the first book that includes Palestinian and Israeli women equally. It is published in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, and was featured by Reuters, NPR’s “ Morning Edition” and “Tell Me More,” CNN International Radio, Al Jazeera Television, Voice of America Television, The Jerusalem Post, and the Washington Jewish Week.
Patricia is the founder, first executive director, and board chair of Peace X Peace, the international nonprofit organization that multiplies the power of women by the power of the internet, connecting women across all cultures for mutual support and concerted action. The heart of Peace X Peace, the Global Network, includes women’s Circles in more than 100 nations.
Ms. Smith Melton was executive producer of the award-winning 2003 documentary PEACE BY PEACE, Women on the Frontlines, which highlights the often invisible work of women around the world in building the components of sustainable peace.
In 1990, Smith Melton co-founded the Melton International Education Foundation, which brings together university students in India, China, Chile, Germany, and the United States to participate in the earliest large-scale international effort using the internet to establish cross-cultural understanding and personal and professional connections.
Ms. Smith Melton is a poet, playwright, and photographer with more than 30 years of experience in the arts. She received the Rumi Forum’s 2008 Peace Award and will be featured in Volume II of Dan Buttry’s Interfaith Heroes.