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July 31, 2015
Gail Sheehy, 77, is the author of seventeen books, including the classic New York Times
bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984.
A popular lecturer, Sheehy was named AARP’s Ambassador of Caregiving in 2009.I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Sheehy, and she was every bit the candid and inspiring force I anticipated.
Robin: You have two children, and how many grandchildren do you have?
Gail: I have three, and the third is turning 8 and is still in that totally admiring phase. I took her to see The Lion King. We were enthralled together. The funny thing is I’m showing her some of my tweets, and a picture of my memoir poppcd up. She asked, “What’s that?” I said, “It’s a picture of my memoir. It’s the latest book I wrote. It’s about my life.” And she said, “Well, how old were you in that picture?” I said, “I was in my 20s.” And, she said, “Boy, now you’re
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July 30, 2015
Actress, producer, artist, designer, philanthropist, and mother of six, Jane Seymour, 64, is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, known for her roles in Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time, East of Eden, and the acclaimed television drama Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Her love of art has led her to great success as a painter in watercolors and oils. In 2008, Jane partnered with Kay Jewelers to design a special jewelry collection called “Open Hearts by Jane Seymour.” In 2010, Jane launched the Open Hearts Foundation, which works to empower people to turn their personal adversity into opportunities to help others, and is also involved in numerous philanthropic causes including Childhelp, American Red Cross, and City Hearts.
Jane and me.
I, Robin Gorman Newman, founder, MotherhoodLater.com, had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Seymour during a recent trip to New York City (Ms. Seymour lives in Los Angeles), and she is lovely (inside and out), forthcoming, accomplished, engaging, inspiring, sincere, and a delight to hang with. I thank her for taking the time to share with me and our audience. Hope you enjoy the interview.
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July 29, 2015
Whether your child is graduating Kindergarten or college, thinking of the perfect gift can seem overwhelming. However, with a little imagination and lots of sentiment, you can give your child something that they’ll always appreciate and love.
If your graduate is from the younger set, books celebrating their youthful milestones can help them on their journey to the next grade level. If you want to motivate them even more, you can have their teacher sign it at the end of the year. Remembering to do this after every grade level will provide them with an assortment of encouraging notes to look back on over the years. After reading the remarks, it may also help them continue down a scholarly path to success.
Spending Quality Time Together
If you’re a parent, you probably know how difficult it has been to balance work and raising children, especially later in life. If you’re looking for the ideal way to celebrate your graduate, the gift of time may be something that they cherish. A trip to your local zoo, ice cream shop or favorite restaurant after commencement may be a special way to culminate their graduation day. It can also be a … Continue reading..
July 21, 2015
It hit me recently that I have been playing into what I have come to realize has become a generation of parents who just don’t parent anymore. Where and when did having to actually parent disappear?
It’s a Saturday afternoon and my almost 3 year old decides to start arguing with me when he’s told to stop doing something. I actually entertained the discussion – I allowed him to have a conversation trying to negotiate his behavior and the extent that he could continue to act up. Trying to rationalize with a toddler…. You would think I was smart enough to see that wasn’t going to be effective.
Then it was like a smack across my face (yep took 2 years and 11 months!)….. how on earth did I become one of those people not really parenting our children anymore? When did this become a democracy? That it become ok to let my son feel he can justify his misbehavior acceptable in our home? I suspect in part it has to do with the judgment and pressure we get from society to not really discipline anymore. It’s not PC to spank a kid on the wrist, to single them out … Continue reading..
July 18, 2015
The Perfect Message! TADA! Youth Theater’s musical revival of Princess Phooey hit just the right notes with a delightful tone and message. From the moment you walk into the theater until the very last scene, the excitement can be felt by the Ensemble as well as the audience.
Coined as a ‘musical fairy tale like no other’, Ermangarde (Princess Phooey) is a Princess who does not want to play by the rules. When her mother and father go away, her sister Elessia is put in charge. She takes it upon herself to teach Ermangarde how to be a proper Princess because, so far, Ermangarde is proving to be anything but a proper royal. However, it is clear Ermangarde does not place the same importance on how to look and act pretty as her sister does. Morbidia, the ‘black sheep’ of the Good Fairies, is also in agreement that such importance should not be placed on the superficialities of life and that it is very important to be true to yourself and be who you need to be.
Ermangarde also likes to keep the company of chambermaids and stable boys, proving that it is perfectly fine to interact with people of … Continue reading..
July 18, 2015
This past week, I went to Target with my soon-to-be 15-year-old son to buy the new Batman video game. The game is rated ‘mature’, so my son gave me his money so I could purchase it since he is under 18. When I handed the cashier — a guy who was probably in his early twenties — the money, he said, “Could I see some ID please?” I was confused because I thought he was asking my son for his ID.
I told the cashier, “I’m the one buying it.”
“Yes, I know,” he replied. “But I need to see your ID.”
I glanced at him and asked, “Seriously?”
“You have to be over 18 to buy it.”
I narrowed my eyes at him, as if to tell him to stop playing with me or patronizing me or whatever he was doing. “Come on,” I said.
“We have to make sure you are over 18.”
Ok, I would have been flattered had it not been so outrageously obvious that I was definitely over 18. If I had to have been over 40 and he was carding me, then THAT would have been flattering because 40 was a hell of a … Continue reading..
July 18, 2015
I once had a female colleague who had her first baby when she was 40. Needless to say, she had been inundated with well meant advice and more so, with people’s fears related to her age. You know what she told me? ‘’Erik, tell everyone out there it was/is no problem!’’.
So, I am happy to share that with all you moms (to be) out there. Of course, we all know, that motherhood (at any age) is full of ups-and-downs, and comes with its own unique blessings and challenges.
In my opinion, many challenges can be met by staying aware and conscious. Aware of your thoughts, your breathing or lack of it! Focus on staying grounded. Babies and children watch our every move, and if our thoughts, deeds and words are not in harmony, they notice and they (usually) respond in the only manner that they know: by acting out and displaying behavior that we often tend to classify as ‘’problem behavior’’. So it is always really important to look in the mirror first, before ‘’fixing’’ something out there (with them) rather than seeing what they are mirroring.
Furthermore, parenting (and life) is all about Love! Love is all about … Continue reading..
July 16, 2015
The Tony® Winning Hit Comedy
4 INSANELY TALENTED ACTORS, 150 ROLES,
100 BREAKNECK MINUTES OF SHEER THEATRICAL FUN
FOR EVERYONE AGES 9 TO 99
$49 Tickets* Mon/Wed/Thu performances (reg. $79)
$59 Tickets* Fri/Sat/Sun performances (reg. $89)
“ABSURDLY ENJOYABLE! Theater at its finest!” -Ben Brantley, NY Times.
“INGENIOUS! A DIZZY DELIGHT!” -Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
“COMEDY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER” -Roma Torre, NY1
“THE MOST ENTERTAINING SHOW ON BROADWAY” -Liz Smith, NY Post
39 STEPS is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 ‘insanely talented’ actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye.
The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name! The show’s uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way!
It’s great fun for everyone from ages 9 to 99.
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