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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Mom Theatre Blogger: CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

May 30, 2017

(Photo credit: Carol Rosegg)

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?, directed by Peter DuBois, stars Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia,” The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) making an impressive New York stage debut, joining Eshan Bay (“House of Cards”),  Ella Dershowitz (INTIMACY), Darren Pettie (“Mad Men”), and Tony Award-winner Frank Wood (SIDE MAN).

It’s Halloween night, and a trampy, Goth looking Miranda (Tamblyn) struts her stuff and way into the home of 40 year old, twice divorced Graham (Pettie) and his 20 something, bartender fiance, single mom Tanya (Dershowitz). The couple is on the heels of getting engaged, as Graham committed to taking on the responsibility of revamping the New Jersey beach house inherited from his mom six months ago so they can make money as a rental.  Graham had become somewhat of a grieving couch potato since her death, and to say Miranda adds an adrenaline rush is an understatement.

Miranda is running from a date she swears is looking to kill her, and a sugar daddy is in the picture who she is relying on to pay her large accumulated debt.  Graham offers refuge by inviting her back to his home after they meet at the bar where Tanya works.… Continue reading..

Project Moonbeam by Andrea Santo Felcone

May 26, 2017

Moon“No… no… no. Not at this point in the school year … not the project bag.” But, there it is, slung casually over my youngest son’s shoulder as he approaches during school dismissal. Big smile on his face. He’s been waiting for that project bag—it’s a big deal in his first grade classroom. I know what that bag means … there have been other project bags in the past, usually stuffed animals that we had to “foster” for a week and journal their adventures. Last year’s “create a board game” with your kindergartner–nearly brought our household to its knees. But, I can see he’s excited as he tells me about the project he needs to complete—tonight. Yes, um, tonight, as in literally—after dark.

You see, the project bag was making its rounds alphabetically, and when it stopped with you–you had to study the Moon in its current phase, draw a picture of it, and read an accompanying book (or two). The teacher in me–marveled at the simplicity. Inside the bag there were white crayons, some black construction paper, a few stubs of chalk, and books about the Moon. The most important item on his teacher’s supply list—hung elegantly … Continue reading..

Touching Down by Sharon O’Donnell

May 20, 2017

Yes, I know that parenthood is all about raising your children so that they are independent and can fly off on their own, ready to face the world and be successful. And of course, I want that for my kids.  Any parent would. I’ve been lucky that my two oldest sons have succeeded while also staying close to home; they went to college 15 minutes away, and my oldest son’s first job was here in the same town that they grew up in, and the middle one has accepted a job here also to begin next year after he finishes his Master’s program. Although my nest was emptying, with only my 16-year-old still left a home, they weren’t flying very far away. We could still meet for lunch or dinner, and holidays were always easy to plan due to the lack of travel.

Recently, though, my oldest son, Bill, has decided to move six hours away to Washington, D.C.  in July. Not that far away from Raleigh, but still — it is AWAY.  He is the first one to leave this town we have all thought of as ‘home’.  He went to a Master’s program at the University of Virginia … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: Bandstand: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

May 19, 2017

Donny Novitski and his eager band of fellow WWII veterans yearn to win fame and fortune as they seize the opportunity to enter a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band.  Little does Donny know that his best buddy who died in the war was married to a beautiful, young songstress who he was asked to look in on. And, she writes poignant poetry that Donny can winningly put to music.  Julia winds up joining the band, as both she and Donny journey to make peace with their battlefield demons and create beautiful, healing music together.

Bandstand stars Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Julia) and Corey Cott (Donny) and features Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Alex Bender, Joe Carroll, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard.

Donny’s musical cohorts (BenderCarroll, Ellis, Hopkins, Packard) each has their own set of challenges resulting from the war, ranging from booze to marital issues.  The unity and goals of the band offer them support and purpose.

The conflicting tone of the ambitious, well-intended show shifts between depicting the seriousness of the war and exuberant dance and night club sequences.  It’s never quite

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Mom Theatre Blogger: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

May 18, 2017

To say that she is a multi-tasker seems an understatement when we meet Kat, the heroine in the new endearing, yet ultimately wearisome, Off Broadway musical at the Tony Kiser Theatre.

As any mom knows — we wear many hats and sometimes our insecurities on our sleeve — and the engaging, industrious Kat earns both our respect and admiration as an eclectic 40 something single mom of an infant.  She is struggling to find love just as her career takes a setback when she gets fired from her gig composing music for a video game company. Her baby daddy is touring as part of a Journey cover band, and she is giving her dating quest a go on the website CupidsLeftovers.

Kat desperately yearns for support, romance and a dose of escapism. She finds all when she connects, via the site, with Ernest Shackleton, a real life explorer widely known as one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century.  His dream was to be the first to reach the South Pole, and while that did not come to fruition for him and his dedicated crew, he cultivated a reputation as a strong, courageous leader and optimist….all desirable qualities … Continue reading..

“Moms + Social Good” One-Day Event Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

May 15, 2017

On Thursday, May 4th, I had the privilege of attending the “Moms + Social Good” event in New York City, presented by the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson. The event was shaped around the question: “What Do You Wish Were True for Every Family, Everywhere?” Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation put together an all-star line-up of top-notch speakers to address this question and a corresponding digital marketing campaign to help raise money for five humanitarian organizations. This digital marketing campaign, the “Global Moms Relay” as it is known, is the video form of what I witnessed in person. “Global Moms Relay” is a collection of personal stories from celebrities, experts, activists, mothers, etc. answering that central question. Each time one of these videos is “shared”, “liked”, or “commented” on, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1.00 to five humanitarian organizations (up to $500,000). So, in essence, a second question was being asked that day: “Can social media be used for social good?” By the looks of the energy in the room, I would say the answer is a resounding “yes”.

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Laura Dern

I wish I could walk you through each and every presentation, but what I … Continue reading..

Considering Mother’s Day by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan

May 14, 2017

It’s Mother’s Day at 4:00am Santa Fe time or 3:00am Arizona time. I have just finished driving five hours—the last leg of our trip—from Arizona to Santa Fe so that my daughter can participate in a recital today, Mother’s Day.

On the drive I was thinking about “what is Mother’s Day?” Mostly it’s the honoring of women who are mothers. But maybe it could be the honoring of the practice of mothering, a skill that is developed over time.

Friday, my daughter let me know that I was not being supportive of her in regards to her recital. Earlier in the day she was struggling in her practice and crying. We have more drama and crying these days as the shifting moods of hormones in my 11 year old are regularly seeping in and out of our days. I did my best to listen to the angst and of course gave a suggestion of how to practice, but I’m just now realizing that what was needed was a big hug and a vote of confidence. That I did not give. My attempt was half-hearted.

In fact, I was very much distracted on Friday, as a momentous event was taking place … Continue reading..

Mid-Life Kryptonite by Andrea Santo Felcone

May 9, 2017

kryptoniteI remember when I was pregnant, my husband bemoaned that it was unfortunate that being pregnant didn’t come with a “superpower”. I’m sure I replied with a little hormonally-charged sarcasm–wasn’t creating, carrying, and sustaining new life–superpower enough? Wasn’t my newfound ability to differentiate every single smell on the face of the planet—and yet hold down my lunch–superpower enough? Wasn’t my ability to look exceedingly pregnant from the front, but barely pregnant from the back (My “reverse-mullet” pregnancy—all party in the front, all business in the back); wasn’t that a superpower? Apparently not. Apparently I had to be able to do all of that and chew through tin as well.

But, now that my pregnancies are over, I wonder if he wasn’t onto something. Because I can tell you, without a doubt, the one superpower I had in my 30s that I suddenly lost when I hit 40—was the ability to read fine print. That is a superhero ability I dearly miss. If pregnancy could have instilled a lasting superpower—“the lifelong ability to read fine print” is the one I would have wished to have. But, there was no forewarning.

And to that end, I think “40” should come with the … Continue reading..