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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Theatre Blogger: KURIOS-CABINET OF CURIOSITIES from Cirque du Soleil: Review by Susan Coronel

October 15, 2016

Photo credit: Martin Girard

Photo credit: Martin Girard

Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle, Kurios-Cabinet of Curiosities, returns to the yellow-and-blue big top at Randall’s Island this fall with a steampunk fantasy realm that dazzles from start to finish.

Arguably one of the best circuses on the planet, Cirque du Soleil has had many productions running simultaneously and internationally, some more riveting than others. After the lackluster performance of Toluk at Barclay’s last month, I was unsure if Kurios could captivate the attention of my 5-year-old daughter and I. but my doubts were immediately allayed. This, Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production to date, was the troupe at its finest and most captivating.

Written and directed by Michel Leprise, Kurios offers a window into a magical 19th century world where poetry and machine meet, and where new tricks dazzle the senses and the imagination. There are surprises and delights in each act, from the opening moments when the performers emerge from a 62-foot steam train, to later on in the show, when gramophones and typewriters circle the rim of circus arena and a huge mechanical hand crosses it. Jugglers and expert acrobats miraculously balance on aerial bicycles, on a giant swing, and … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: CATS: Broadway Musical Review by Robin Gorman Newman

October 14, 2016

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

It’s been many years since I saw CATS on Broadway, but I have very fond childhood memories of Betty Buckley, Terrance Mann and Laurie Beechman in their breakout roles. All tough acts to follow, but the new revival of CATS is simply a stunning production and one that I readily hope to share with my son and instill the memory of it in him.

Not only are the cats prowling in the audience, as one would remember, but in this production, the lighting and effects are as exciting as the playful immersiveness.

From the moment the show opens in darkness and we see flickers of cats eyes, we know we are in for a treat.  What it lacks in story, it makes up for in heart and spunk, and there are some particularly impressive and athletic, rollicking dance numbers including The Jellicle Ball, Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer and Magical Mister Mistoffelees.

The talented ensemble (all superb singers and dancers) includes Giuseppe Bausilio as “Carbucketty,” Quentin Earl Darrington as “Old Deuteronomy,” Jeremy Davis as “Skimbleshanks,” Kim Faure as “Demeter,” Sara Jean Ford as “Jellylorum,” Lili Froehlich as “Electra,” Daniel Gaymon as “Macavity,” Shonica Gooden as “Rumpleteazer,” Christopher Gurr … Continue reading..

Theatre Blogger: MILES THORN: Master Illusionist – Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

October 12, 2016


After three sold-out engagements on 42nd Street last holiday season, Spring & Summer 2016, Master Illusionist: Miles Thorn brings his magic and illusion show back to Times Square bigger and better than ever.

Thorn grew up in Astoria, N.Y. and began performing at the age of 15.  He is also the Season 1 Winner of New York’s Got Talent.  Slim, with a shaved head, intense gaze, tatoos and a hip-hop style to his graceful movements, Thorn (and his able female assistant) blend an urban vibe with Las Vegas glitz.

Featuring a member of the audience.

(Featuring a member of the audience.)

The high energy show invites audience participation, both adults and children, and it’s a pleaser for all ages. Whether juggling machetes, engaging with disappearing doves, tearing up newspapers that reassembly, or more, Thorn is on his game.  Mystifying standouts include a game of Russian Roulette and a mind boggling puzzle piece trick.  My son, 13 enjoyed, and his 10 year old friend was at times quite awestruck.

Skilled illusionist… yes…but what stands out equally as much is his sincerity and the magical muscle of his spoken word meant to inspire no matter your background.  The message is heartfelt.  He speaks often of people chasing dreams … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: 90210! THE MUSICAL! Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

October 4, 2016

9021090210! THE MUSICAL!, the new Off-Broadway parody of the popular 90s teen soap Beverly Hills 90210, is now playing at Theatre 80, and if it’s a night of laughs and a trip down memory lane you’re carving, then this is the show for you.  And, if you’re a diehard devotee of the original, hit tv series, then you’re in for a snarky treat.

From Bob and Tobly McSmith, the creators of Bayside! The Musical, Full House! The Musical!, Katdashians! The Musical! and Showgirls! The Musical!, 90210! THE MUSICAL! answers the intriguing questions: Can Brandon and Brenda be 90210 cool? Who would win the 1993 Sideburn Contest: Dylan McKay or Brandon Walsh?! Who dies at the Peach Pit?! Will Steve Sanders be eaten by a Sharknado?!  Is Andrea Zuckerman poor! Can Emily Valentine kick her crippling UE4A addiction in time to burn down the school?! Will Tori Spelling graduate?!

No rocket science or any real plot, but fans of the show will remember themes from television and get a hoot out of the sendup here, Peach Pit and all.  Raunch, puppets that flash, cross dressing……it’s all live on stage….and the talented cast is clearly having a good time, as is the … Continue reading..

Guest Blog Post: Ten Conversations You Must Have with Your Son by Tim Hawkes (Book Excerpt)

October 3, 2016


Most boys want to achieve and be successful. Poor things. They often don’t realise that success can be a bugger. Not long ago, my school had one of those stellar sets of Year 12 exam results that caused me to consider hanging up my mortar board and gown and start zigzagging golf balls down a fairway. Impetus for retirement was added when a fellow headmaster mournfully said, ‘You’re stuffed now, Hawkes. The governors will want those results every year.’ As I said, success can be problematic, and our sons might need to be reminded of this in their quest for fame and fortune.

It has been suggested that to be successful as a teacher you need to be able to drink three cups of coffee before 8 a.m. and keep it in your system until after 5 p.m. To be successful as a teenage boy is rather more demanding. It requires the following:

  • The body of a Greek god (usually male).
  • The sporting ability of an Olympian (preferably without steroids).
  • The mind of Einstein (but without the hair).
  • The sex appeal of Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • The social charm of Casanova.
  • The wealth of the average banker before the
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Guest Blog Post: Where Fairy Tales Go by Annette Ross (Book Excerpt)

October 2, 2016

annetteheadshot“On January 4, 2000, my sweet husband Bill and I kissed our toddler Natalie goodbye, with promises to be back soon as we headed to the hospital to deliver our second child. Twenty-four hours later, we had a newborn daughter, but all else had been horribly, irrevocably changed. Life had thrown me curves before, but none like this.”

Annette Ross shares her incredible story in the inspirational memoir Where Fairy Tales Go. This dynamic mother of five describes her personal challenges, financial struggles, and the life-altering medical error that left her unable to walk. Join Annette and her family on this journey to reclaim a lost fairy tale.


January 2000

“Do you know what has happened to you?” he asked, as if he was anxious to deliver the bad news. “Not fully,” I replied. “You may never walk again,” he said somberly.

“Do you know what a spinal cord injury is?” he asked. I didn’t, but knew instinctively it wasn’t good. He explained that the injury was not reversible, there was no going back, and it would be a long road. “That can’t be true,” I said, as I looked down at my legs. I started to touch … Continue reading..

Guest Blog Post: Seven Things I Want My Mom to Know Before It’s Too Late by Janet Miller

September 27, 2016

janet-millerOftentimes, we take our loved ones for granted and simply assume they know how we feel, but I believe it’s important to tell them how we feel, in addition to us showing them how we feel. It’s nice for them to receive the verbal reminder every now and again, just for that extra umph factor. They need to hear that we appreciate them.

Below are seven things I want my mom to know before it’s too late:

  1. You are beautiful, both inside and outside, to me

Just because you are a mom, does not mean you are not also a woman. I recognize this and appreciate all of your many characteristics. As my mother and as a woman, you are beautiful both inside and outside. I can see some of myself in you, and some of you in me. It’s not just that I have your blue eyes and the shape of your face, but that I have some of your personality as well. The older I get, the more appreciation I have for this. Thank you for putting up with me during my rebellious teenage years of independence. Your beauty certainly shone brightly through during that phase. Thank you … Continue reading..

The future is here! Google’s self-driving car is in our neighborhood by Zoe Richmond

September 22, 2016

Here’s a list of things my toddlers will never get to do:  1.) Make a mixed tape for a girl. 2.) Leave a goofy answering machine message.  3.) Drive a car.

The jury is still out on number 3. But with Google’s self-driving car testing in our neighborhood it feels like the future is here.


Google’s self-driving car on display at a recent community open house.

Months ago, my husband came home with some exciting commuter news.  He had spotted a Google self-driving car in our Phoenix suburb of Chandler.  Weeks later he brought home a picture of the self-driving SUV.  So you can imagine my excitement when Google had an open house for our community to see the vehicle up close.

I loaded the kids up in their wagon and we headed out to see first-hand the revolution of transportation.   Would they remember this moment the same way generations before remembered seeing the first automobile?  Would it be as brilliant as watching the first space launch?

It was a bit lackluster compared to a space launch.  The Google self-driving car was an unassuming white SUV, akin to the gaggle of mom-mobiles seen around our neighborhood.  The only way to … Continue reading..