Blog for Moms Over 35
Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms and experts sharing. We share about living life fully over age 35, and write not just about parenting experiences, but life, growth, aging, etc.
Given Robin’s personal passion for sharing cool finds, travel destinations, unique attractions and theatre going, she writes periodic reviews of products, services, trips, Broadway and Off Broadway shows and other forms of entertainment, attractions and leisure pursuits….whether for kids, moms or couples.
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November 1, 2016
Ever since I was little, yet old enough to wear braces, I recall being told I had a tongue thrust.
My tongue was like a rebellious kid refusing to play by the rules. It presented challenges in elementary school when I was assigned the baritone horn and later the flute in music class. I was not able to blow either correctly. Ultimately, I traded them in for the drums, and I would happily bang away on my drum practice pad. I never progressed enough to get an actual set of drums or even one drum.
I’ve never been able to roll my tongue into certain positions inside my mouth, nor can I whistle, and most recently, I discovered I can’t vibrate my lips in the way that most can — I learned this in an attempt to play the Didgeridoo (which I blogged about previously).
What I didn’t know all these years is that having tongue challenges can be a contributing factor in obstructive sleep apnea. That, combined, in my case, with a narrow airway and one where the uvula isn’t visible when you peer into my throat, is a potential recipe for the disorder. With sleep apnea, your tongue … Continue reading..
October 30, 2016
I became a first-time mom at the ripe old age of 35. Yes, I scoffed at the “Down’s Syndrome” and “High Risk Pregnancy” admonitions — twice — to become a mom at age 35 and again seven years later at 42. Admittedly I was downright defiant about my ability to carry to term. I was a strong, healthy, positive-minded individual pretty used to getting whatever I wanted in life for the most part, and besides, I “reasoned”, I’m Black; We can have kids with our tubes tied behind our backs. (cue the inappropriate laughter).
So I did what I’ve done quite a bit of in my lifetime: I defied admonition. Not the doctors’ or the statistical mumbo jumbo. Sure, I defied those too. And gave birth, naturally, two times, to a couple of handsome, ten-fingered, ten-toed, chromosomally correct little powerhouses of intelligence, charm and wit. No negative repercussions to report there, thankfully. But I mainly defied the admonitions of the matriarchs in my life. How could I not?
“Don’t have kids,” they instructed forcefully. “You’ll ruin your life…,” they drummed into me. And that one favorite line my paternal grandmother used to crow… the one that echoes through my mind … Continue reading..
October 27, 2016
For reasons we do not know or witness, Georgie plants a kiss on the back of the neck of a complete, elder stranger at a London train station, and we are swept into their lives and, in particular, the rambling dialogue of Georgie, played by the always charming Mary-Louise Parker, who is totally in her element with this character….and she is a “character.”
Alex, the kiss recipient, is played with sensitivity and grace by Denis Arndt, and he is the perfect unlikely match to her over the top Georgie.
Georgie is an attractive 42 year old free spirit with a 19 year old son who she yearns to reconnect with. Alex is a celibate, butcher shop owner whose business is declining, and at age 75, is not remotely interested in her gregarious, often off-putting, off-color conversation. Georgie runs at the mouth, and listening to her can be both exhausting and exhilarating. Georgie is from New Jersey, and she likes to swear. “I have a complete inability to control my own language,” she says. She introduces herself as an assassin, then advises she’s a waitress at a restaurant where the food “transports me to places I’ve never been to.” She later … Continue reading..
October 26, 2016
Photo credit: Joan Marcus
I have been a fan of the multiple award-winning Judith Light from her days on the soap opera One Life to Live. And, since then, I’ve seen her in various stage roles, and she always impresses. Her latest appearance, however, in Neil LaBute ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU is a tour de force to be reckoned with and potentially her strongest portrayal to date. This one woman show packs an emotional punch.
Light plays Mrs. Johnson a high school English teacher and guidance counselor who had an affair with a high school student that she regretted, only because of the outcome, but not because of the sexual passion that she felt she deserved to experience in a her lifetime. She initiated the illicit dalliance because her attorney husband was leaving her less than fulfilled in their bedroom, and there was tension between them because of their fertility challenges.
It is painful watching her emotional pain and somewhat painful getting through this 60 minute, no intermission production. She addresses the audience the entire time, spilling her guts, as she meanders uncomfortably throughout her school office. And, perhaps that is the point. For us … Continue reading..
October 24, 2016
Tilted Windmills Theatricals presents:
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
Written by Matt Cox
Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker
The Elektra Theatre – 300 West 43rd St, 2nd Floor (Between 8th and 9th Aves)
Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. This is the story of the people who sit next to those people in class.
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic gives you a front row seat to the sidelines of the world’s most famous magical journey. Named one of Hypable’s top five plays of 2015, Puffs “exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry” (The New York Times) as it follows the story of a young wizard named Wayne Hopkins and the Puffs–a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Together, they do their best to learn spells, try not to get hurt, and discover what they’re really made of . . . but, seriously, try not to get hurt . . … Continue reading..
October 23, 2016
The great thing about having my babies in my mid 30’s was spending a decade and a half, more than many 20 something moms, having the figure of an athlete and the schedule of a world traveler.
Triathlons, mountain biking, water skiing, hiking, races, rollerblading – boy did I look and feel great! My time was full of weekend trips and week long tours to exotic places both in and outside of the United States. ‘Who would give that up?!’
I did…..just like a lot of other moms who did not have their babies in their 20s. The reason I did not marry earlier was because it took me five years to convince my on again off again boyfriend that I was the one. Meanwhile, I was sweating bullets wondering if I was ever going to experience motherhood.
I knew I wanted babies, but I don’t know that I truly thought through the logistics. Exhaustion, morning sickness, financial stress, getting along with the hubby, raising particularly spirited children and the endless sibling fights….it all looked so much more glamorous in my 20s (aka life without kids).
Now, here I am, 38 years old and in my PJs ’til noon. … Continue reading..
October 20, 2016
Colleen Specht is a funny mom. No, seriously, she is professionally funny. Besides being a stay at home mom to a boy who is 6 and a girl who is 4, she also started ImprovMania.
Colleen has been doing improv and stand-up for 16 year. She meet her husband Dave Specht, who was in the same improve group in Arizona. Sparks flew while they were doing shows every weekend, they got married.
Two years ago, they opened up an improv theater, ImprovMania in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. Chandler is one of those “family friendly” cities, where you find a lot of malls and Chucky Cheeses, but nothing as fun as an improv theater – until now.
“We dreamed about opening ImprovMania for a long time, it’s a passion we’ve had for a long time,” said Colleen. “After we had kids, we could not devote the time to improv.”
As often happens with kids, they grow up. Colleen and David found themselves with more time.
“We are either going to do it or not, so we just did it,” she said. “Now we didn’t need to keep talking about it anymore. If we failed, we failed. At least we would … Continue reading..
October 19, 2016
In 1938, Richard and Florence Atwater wrote a children’s book called Mr. Popper’s Penguins which has been entertaining young readers for 3 generations. It’s a story about a small town house painter named Mr. Popper and his wife. They live with their two children in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a small town where nothing much happens and everyone knows each other. For the Poppers, that’s enough to set them dreaming of bigger things like…let’s see…traveling to Antarctica, maybe? But before the Poppers can pack their parkas, Antarctica finds its way to them.
Since its publication Mr. Popper’s Penguins has seen quite a bit of success including a film of the same name starring Jim Carey…loosely based on the book.
Now the Poppers have hit the stage. One of my favorite New York City stages in fact: The New Victory Theater – which by the way, if you haven’t taken your kids to yet, you really must. The New Victory showcases children’s theater productions for all age ranges, from all over the world, and I have yet to be disappointed.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a 55 minute musical with no intermission. It’s a show recommended for children ages 4 to 7, and I … Continue reading..