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 and others write 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.

If you’d like to submit a topic, product, destination, event, show or attraction for consideration, write  Happy to hear from you!

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Renascence: Show Review by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

November 4, 2018

All I could see from where I stood

Were three long mountains and a wood;

These lines begin Renascence, the poem written by Edna St. Vincent Millay when she was just eighteen, still living in rural Maine, and declaring she will find the perfect lines, meter, and content to win the 1921 contest, The Lyric Year. When she writes the poem of her dreams but only gets fourth place, the scandal that rocks the literary world makes the first-place winner decide to admit Edna’s poem is better and shame-facedly hand over his $250 prize to her. With this, Edna (Hannah Corneau of Hedwig and the Angry Inch national tour) is catapulted from her life in rural Maine to a Bohemian life and poetic stardom.

Transport Group’s world premiere musical, Renascence, with music by Carmel Dean (musical director If/Then), book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, is not only a window into the writer’s mind and heart, but also an exploration about the fluidity of identity. Edna, who calls herself Vincent, captivates both men and women with her intellect and reckless sexuality. One of her two sisters is … Continue reading..

Harold’s at Arlo SoHo–a Restaurant Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

November 2, 2018

A restaurant that sets its sights on trying to appeal to children as well as adults, in a sophisticated—yet playful—manner, might be a restaurant with an ambitious goal. Add to that, the desire to serve American Bistro food, of decent portion size, with seasonal menus … all of this might seem too much to attain. Yet, this is achieved rather artfully at Harold’s, the ground-floor restaurant at the Arlo SoHo hotel, named after chef Harold Moore. The Arlo SoHo is a modern boutique micro-hotel located at 231 Hudson Street, very near the Holland Tunnel.

Harold's Restaurant, Arlo Soho


A few steps into the Arlo SoHo and you’ll notice modern décor mixed with delightfully playful touches: a Dylan’s Mini Candy Bar greets you with its multi-colored bins of candy, rainbow-swirled lollipops–had my youngest been with me we wouldn’t have gotten much farther than that! The lobby is filled with carved-out spaces for guests to enjoy a coffee, a book, or their digital devices, in a modern atmosphere that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. That same intersection of style carries forth to the dining experience at Harold’s.

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG: Ticket Giveaway & Discount

November 1, 2018




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Big Apple Circus: Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman

October 30, 2018

I have never been a fan of the circus.  Not because there’s anything wrong with acrobats, clowns or the flying trapeze.  It’s always been because of the animals.  I don’t enjoy seeing trained wild animals doing tricks.  It looks, and feels, unnatural.  And, frankly, that’s because it is unnatural.

Well, I can honestly say that New York City’s famed “Big Apple Circus” is my kinda’ circus.  The only animals involved are some very agile dogs, some beautiful horses, and an adorable pig all lovingly managed by 3rd generation animal trainer, Jenny Vidbel.  This is a circus that couldn’t offend if they tried.

Even the clowns were unique.  No big red noses, floppy wigs, or hideous face-painting.  Instead the clowns were just a couple of guys who cleverly amused with slap stick antics and the usual buffoonery.  One of the “clowns,” portrayed by comic Mark Gindick, starts out in a business suit at the beginning of the show.  He stumbles into the spotlight under the “Big Top” starting a fun narrative reminiscent of the old adage, “I’m running off to join the circus.”  What else could a wayward businessman glued to his cell phone possibly want?  He joins forces with … Continue reading..

The Best is Yet to Be by Marlene Wagman-Geller, author, Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women (Book Excerpt)

October 25, 2018

With the optimism of youth, there is an inherent belief that, in the words of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, “The dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” However, as the calendar pages turn, our aspirations tend to recede into the distance, placed on the back burner by financial survival, child-rearing, and male maintenance. Then, in a dizzying blur, we gasp at the pigment-free image staring back from the mirror, reminding us how quickly time passes. It is essential that we do not go gentle into our twilight years. Ladies who experience late-in-life reinvention are the embodiment of what Antony said about Cleopatra: “Age cannot wither her / Nor custom stale / Her infinite variety.”

Growing up in Toronto, Canada, my holy grail was to have my name on the spine of a book, having a seat in my own version of the Algonquin Round Table. Life did not play out that way. (Surprise, surprise.) While waiting to publish the great Canadian novel, heir apparent of Margaret Atwood, I became a high school English teacher. Although pouring knowledge into young minds is a noble pursuit, my dream of authorship haunted me.

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Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep… Too late. by Pamela Francis

October 20, 2018

My family of four is in the drafting stages of our own Purpose and Mission statements. I don’t remember what triggered me wanting to embark on this project with them, but one day I was sitting in the car with Daddy and saying, “Our family needs a Mission Statement”, which quickly led to the question: “What’s our family’s purpose?” and therefore gave way to “We need a Purpose statement, too.”

My old personal mission statement, cleverly acronymed into LAAF (pronounced laugh), was a promise and intent to always stay

1. Leisurely (meaning never so much in a hurry about anything that I lose the simple joy of living

2. Available (to my family, friends and loved ones)

3. Abundant (having more than enough of the good things in life), and

4. Free (never being enslaved by any choice I make)

That was me. Leisurely, Available, Abundant and Free. I’ve actually quit jobs and moved my entire family back and forth across the country to stay true to this. Has it ever failed me…? Well… I don’t know.  It may have; here and there. But I think we’re all the better having experienced the things my personal manifesto has brought (down … Continue reading..

Parents, Teachers, and the “Universal Parent” Can Save the World with “Please” and “Thank You” by Carew Papritz, author, The Legacy Letters

October 17, 2018

Do you remember the “Universal Parent” when you were growing up?

The universal parent was everywhere.  They were your neighbor’s mom and your 3rd grade teacher.  They were your dentist and your little league coach.  Say one swear word and it was in your parent’s ears before you’d even finish saying it.  The greatest tool in the universal parent toolbox was the universal parent “hot line” which, of course, went directly to your parents.  Even the slightest hint of using the hot line could correct any future infractions for days, weeks, and sometimes years to come.

Politeness was the order of the day. You weren’t just expected to be polite—you were polite.  Everything came with a please and a thank you.  If not, the universal parent could and would correct you on the spot.  Civility was a responsibility that the universal parent took seriously, and teaching you as kid, to be polite, was without question.

Now these times are a changing.  We lament the loss of civility and politeness in the world, especially with our children.  But nobody wants to be the universal parent anymore.  No one wants the responsibility.  Yet, we should heed the words of a childhood … Continue reading..

THE EVOLUTION OF MANN: Musical Review by Robin Gorman Newman

October 10, 2018

The subject of dating never gets old, especially in today’s complex and often overwhelming social technology age.  THE EVOLUTION OF MANN (love the title) doesn’t delve into the online scene but rather addresses the age-old quandry of making the right dating choices, whether via fate or a fix-up.

(photo credit: Carol Rosegg)

THE EVOLUTION OF MANN features music & lyrics by Drama Desk nominee Douglas J. Cohen (Children’s Letters to God, The Opposite of Sex) and book & lyrics by Dan Elish (13: The Musical) based on his novel, Nine Wives.

Directed by Joe Barros, the production stars Max Crumm in the title role, with Allie Trimm and Leslie Hiatt

As we meet Henry Mann, a 32 year old single New York writer/wannabe musical writer, he is reeling while addressing the audience about the countless weddings he’s attended in the past year…. and his frustration and angst is palpable.

The latest invitation just received puts him over the top, and Henry dumps about being dumped by his fiance, Sheila, who has invited him to her wedding to a wealthy guy.  Henry enters into a dating tailspin on a crusade to find  a wedding companion

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