Sign us up for HYGGE! The Cozy Lifestyle is Us


Where’s my cake? Hygge is the way to go to get through the winter months.


It’s HYGGE time! Lian Dolan and Julie Dolan on this week’s Satellite Sisters podcast. Liz is off in Mexico and we couldn’t get her Skype connection to work, so it’s the Tuesday Show Team back in action. This week, us, we jump on the HYGGE Bandwagon.  It’s cold and stormy outside but it’s warm and cozy inside– if you live in Denmark. Yes, the Danish Art of Living Life in a State of Cozy is exactly what we need to get us through the winter months. And it’s all the rage, says people in the know. We thought our sister Sheila invented cozy clothes and scented candles but apparently, the Danes have been doing it for years. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a social movement and now, it’s a product line. What’s involved in HYGGE? Lian’s wants in on the candles, the blankies, the hot beverages and the cake. Think warmth, connection, ease and glog. You can check out the HYGGE -ness here from the New York Times or here from The New Yorker (because it’s very New York and not very hygge to do a think piece on cozy.)  Say it with us: Hoo-Gah.

Oy, the Build Up! Cleaning out a college kid’s condo.

Nature Pod:

The Goliath of Gators. The Godzilla of Gators. Check him out here. 

The Eurasian Pig Invasion

Ridding New Zealand of Rats

Plus, Business License Mix-Up

The Women’s March in Washington DC March

and the Satellite Sisterhood steps up at Pulpwood Queens


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By |January 17th, 2017|

Amazing Race on Madam Secretary

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What an Amazing Race on Madam Secretary! Starring the Secretary of State, a Doomsday Cult Figure and Nadine’s Plum Blouse. The Satellite Sisters Talk TV with their weekly recap of Madam Secretary. This week, Season 3 Episode 12 called The Detour. But it could have have been called The Amazing Race. Julie Dolan and Lian Dolan weigh in on the latest episode. Three teams start off in opposite directions but they all finish back in the McCords kitchen. Not really, but you know what we mean.
3 teams!
One Team goes to Africa on a dilapidated plane with one engine and the Chinese in pursuit
One Team goes to the Department of Defense and tries to pull rank
One Team goes to Crazytown with a Doomsday Cult
 Race between The US and China to partner with various Africa nations on windfarms. With the US doing it to promote sustainability and education and China in the race to exploit oil leases.
MSEC, Blake, Daisy and the Under Secretary take off in old plane with a doubting press corp.
Nice moment at Girls STEM camp. MSEC waxes rhapsodic about Math. But China on their heels.
Bess wins the gamesmanship but loses the PR Battle.
Special shout-out to the moving scene at the slave fort between Daisy and Tonya Pinkins—a history lesson and more on MK weekend. Very nice moment!
Race to the DOD for parts
  Nadine and Matt race to the Pentagon to plead fro spare airplanes parts. Nadine, overconfident because of her fabulous blouse, tries to convince an Air Force Colonel that somehow the speechwriter outranks the military man.
Race to Crazytown
When the FBI says, I’ll be there in 5 minutes, do you have to let them in?
Henry is back on the trail of a doomsday cult he once hunted down. One of the cult members  is selling bombs to ISIS.  Cult Guy claims to be a radicalized Islamic terrorist but Henry gives him the “are you islamic test” and he fails miserable.  Henry’s Theory: Cult Guy setting up end of the world standoff between the west and isis. Everybody in the truck!!
Blake, I'm starving. Can you get me the peanuts and the plantains? Thanks.

Blake, I’m starving. Can you get me the peanuts and the plantains? Thanks.

Binders full of blouses:

Nadines plum colored masterpiece
Madam Secretarys black suit and floral blouse—clean and fresh
Daisy’s endless supply of pretty dresses
By |January 16th, 2017|

New year! New podcast! Our themes for 2017


Lian Dolan, Liz Dolan and Julie Dolan on the first Satellite Sisters podcast of 2017. We kick off the New Year by announcing our themes for 2017. Each sisters has her own approach to the upcoming year. For Liz, it’s learning to live without Ferris. Julie’s focusing outward with Do More For Others in 2017. Julie vows to do more for others but just for one year. Get your requests in now because she’s not opposed to taking out trash or getting a car serviced qualifies as DO MORE. It’s a major commitment but not for a major amount of time. Lian is going with Keeping It Real. More conversations, interaction with people, books, music, art, theater, fun and less, less, less media and artifice. We kick off 2017 with high hopes. Plus, we announce an ALL SISTER event in Santa Monica in April 2017. Tune in for more details. But save the date and come with your Satellite Sisters!

Also on the show:

Farewell to Ferris. An awesome dog.

College Football. Congratulations to Clemson, but let’s get real and pay those players.

From the Russia Desk. Julie updates us on the latest news ( and fake news.)

By |January 10th, 2017|

Inaugural Week on Madam Secretary

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Fictional Inaugural Week on TV! Lian Dolan and Julie Dolan of the Satellite Sisters recap the CBS drama Madam Secretary episode 311 called Gift Horse. This episode was written by show creator Barbara Hall and was called Gift Horse but could have been called Kitchen Sink because we got it all. A veritable potpourri for our fictional Secretary of State and the rest of the Dalton administration. A stand-out show for Blake the Assistant who was tasked with the job of returning the aforementioned Gift Horse. He was tested emotionally, organizationally and sartorially.

Mongolian Horses
Russian Hacking
Questionable Election Results
Horse Trading for Cabinet Positions
Poetry, Physics and the Meaning of Beauty
The Dao of Tech Guys
Walking Desks
Inaugural Fashion
Intern nightmares
Black Dog Station Returns
The Applebys Paradox
And the Manure Offensive
Hi, Blake... can you get rid of a horse for me? Thanks. I gotta go to a ball.

Hi, Blake… can you get rid of a horse for me? Thanks. I gotta go to a ball.

It’s Hard to know where to start, so I put together an Inaugural To Do List for this episode:

Confirm Election Results
Find Dress
Pick up the Poet
Return Horse
Listen to our conversation with Madam Secretary show runner Barbara Hall and EP Lori McCreary here: 
By |January 9th, 2017|

The perfect gift for your own Satellite Sisters.  

Available now online and at bookstores we love.

You’re the Best is a collection of writings about how we rely on our friends to get us up, get us going, get us through and, most importantly, make us laugh. The perfect gift for anyone who inspires you to say, “You’re the best.”

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My version of feminism.

I didn't march, for a variety of reasons. I don't like crowds. I had to work. I spend 60 hours a week working with the public, and thats enough of the public for me. I fight the "good old boys club" daily in both of my jobs... and I win sometimes. Many times I am the only girl in the room. That is my feminist fight. My household income depends solely on me, thus I am very careful about how I approach this fight. For me, it tends to be in a quieter manner. I do my best to affect change through construction of better, or at least alternate pathways.

I will wear more pink... but I doubt I'll be able to wear one of the knit hats. Sometimes I wear pink to remind the men I work with that I AM a woman 🙂 Its easy when you've had a double mastectomy, people assume you LOVE pink. And you kind of start to. I'm a woman who felt she lost her womanhood... and found it again. I'm usually kind of bland in my work attire, leaning toward more gray and black. But for now, I will wear my pink more often for awhile.

Congratulations walkers. I saw you and was moved. We each have our own role to play. Some people's role is to be heard and create awareness. That is not my role. I am behind the scenes, determining pay rates, scheduling employee and attempting to be fair, etc. Thats my part. I will keep my head down as I always do and try to keep the wheels turning forward, not backward. That can be done, by me, without thinking of either party... because its what I'm already doing.

For now, enjoy this post-reconstructive surgery portrait my lovely husband took of me after the ordeal of my mastectomy was finally over... you wanna mess with me? REALLY?
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