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.

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Theatre Blogger: SGT. STUBBY: THE GREAT AMERICAN MILITARY DOG MUSICAL: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman

November 28, 2016

Photo by: Lynn Manuell

Photo by: Lynn Manuell

Recently, I was able to attend a preview for the new musical SGT. STUBBY: THE GREAT AMERICAN WAR DOG MUSICAL.  The play, which opens on December 3rd at the St. Luke’s Theatre on 46th St and 8th Ave in NYC, celebrates the military exploits of America’s most decorated military dog of  World War I.  Stubby, a mutt from New Haven, CT, went “over there” with the 102nd infantry division and is credited with saving the lives of many wounded soldiers as well as warning of imminent artillery and poisonous gas attacks.  Stubby was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant and got to meet three presidents (Wilson, Coolidge and Harding).  For nearly a decade after the war until his death in 1926, Stubby was the most famous animal in the United States.  A dog’s life it is.

The book & lyrics are by Jack Dyville and music & lyrics by Lawrence Wankel.  While the story is inspiring and full of heart, the shoestring production, directed by Mr. Dyville, didn’t quite do it for me.  The show seemed to be missing some “oomph” and vigor and promoted little thought about the subject … Continue reading..

A Trunk Full of Memories by Andrea Santo Felcone

November 25, 2016

We hadn’t purchased a new car in 15 years. I know that may sound crazy to you, but we like to watch things disintegrate, so that was the amount of time it took for our old car to do just that. Our old car had been a good car—reliable and functional—but not much more. In the end, the car had begun to make an odd noise, which, of course, was impossible to reproduce for our mechanic. I had become so tense driving (Post Traumatic “Saturn” Disorder) that buying a new car had taken on a sense of urgency.

The anticipated arrival of our new “baby” was exciting. A few weeks into owning our new car, I decided she felt like a “Lola” as opposed to the “Otis” we’d just traded in. Lola was sleek, sexy, (evidenced by her glittery shimmer in the sun), as well as reliable, and you knew just by looking at her that “whatever Lola wanted, Lola was about to get.” Lola had already gotten several car washes, Sirius XM Radio, a personal duster for her interior. (Otis was lucky if he had gotten a full tank of gas).

Sure, I was heady with the intoxication of … Continue reading..

3 Tips for Parenting a Challenging Teen

November 23, 2016

teenphotoAsk any parent about some of the most difficult times they’ve had parenting their children and you’ll typically hear them bring up the teenage years. After all, once children become teens they’re dealing with things such as an explosion of hormones, potential relationship challenges with friends, family members and romantic interests, plus an exposure to alcohol, drugs, bullying, and other possible negative influences.

While it’s very normal for teenagers to change quite a bit once they hit this formative time of life, some children can become particularly difficult. If you worry that you don’t even know your boy or girl any more, and have started to notice signs that they are going off the rails, the sooner you take action to help them the better  —  for their benefit and for yours. Read on for three strategies you can follow today to deal more effectively with a challenging teen.

Use Effective Communication

The first thing you need to do when handling a difficult son or daughter, particularly during highly-charged moments, is to remain calm and try not to exacerbate the situation. While of course it is often tough to stop yourself from losing your cool in the face of belligerent … Continue reading..

Theatre Critic: THIS DAY FORWARD: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

November 22, 2016

(Photo by Carol Rosegg)

(Photo by Carol Rosegg)

Fresh from walking down the aisle, Martin (Michael Crane) is itching to make love to his Donna Reed-ish looking bride Irene (Holley Gain) in their swanky hotel room, though she is anything but willing.  After squirming out of his arms and warning he’s not gonna like the bomb she’s about to drop, she confesses she never loved him, and advises that Emil (Joe Tippett), who she is mad for, is enroute to the hotel.

Between the comical fisticuffs of Emil and Martin, and the laughable motley twosome of a fast talking Polish chamber maid (June Gable) and her bellhop son (Andrew Burnap), who is poking around to see what he might pilfer, the honeymoon suite becomes the site of farcical shenanigans that set the stage for a later complete reversal of tone.

In Act II, nearly 50 years later, we meet Irene’s adult daughter Sheila (married with children and living in CT), and her gay son Noah (also Crane), who is a successful television director, and his romantic partner and actor Leo (an earnest Burnap).  Irene, now a widower, has been living with Sheila who has lost patience due to Irene’s dementia episodes, and she wants Continue reading..

Theatre Critic: STRAIGHT UP MAGIC: Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman

November 20, 2016

(Photo credit: Matt Christine)

(Photo credit: Matt Christine)

Abracadabra!  Who doesn’t like a good magic show?  And when the magician is funny – all the better.  Skilled illusionist, Jason Bishop, in Straight Up Magic has it all.  He has smoke.  He has mirrors.  He even has the disappearing and reappearing “talented assistant” (the magnificent Kim Hess).  And a magic show is never complete without a volunteer from the audience.  And there are plenty of those. In that sense, Straight Up Magic is your typical magic show.  What is perhaps not quite so typical is Jason Bishop himself.  He has that dripping sarcasm that keeps the audience on its toes, and he clearly has a love for the sleight-of-hand.  Speaking of which, my favorite part of the show involved, what I consider, the impossible.  For about five minutes, with an artistry akin to dance, he made playing cards appear and disappear in a way only Harry Potter and his friends could emulate.  This is a show about showmanship.  The illusions are fine, but Mr. Bishop is wonderful.

Jason Bishop was born in Newark, NJ and now lives in Blandon, Pennsylvania.  He has performed on 6 continents and in 49 states including Hawaii and Alaska. He … Continue reading..

Theatre Critic: FINIAN’S RAINBOW: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

November 18, 2016

(Photo credit; Carol Rosegg)

(Photo credit: Carol Rosegg)

The luminous and ageless Melissa Errico turns in a lustrous and lusty performance in this enchanting, trimmed-down, revival production of the timeless classic FINIAN’S RAINBOW.

Staged at Irish Rep, the two hour musical projects a warmth and intimacy in a space well-suited to the charms of the romantic fable that packs a surprising bit of a social commentary punch.

The 1947 musical FINIAN’S RAINBOW follows an Irishman (Finian) who steals a powerful pot of gold from Og the leprechaun and escapes from Glocca Morra, Ireland with his radiant daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region in the United States that is part of the Jim Crow South where poor sharecroppers yearn to turn the tide on their luck.  The owner of the pot of gold is granted three magical wishes, leading to an avid hunt for the stash.

Sharon falls in love with union organizer Woody Mahoney (an appealing Ryan Silverman), and Og (the wonderful, lanky Mark Evans) falls for Susan the Silent (the wide-eyed, nimble-footed and voiced Lyrica Woodruff).  The show is a romantic, fairytale-like gem with an undertone reflecting on bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice, as the Senator gets a much-needed lesson … Continue reading..

Dear Baby H by Elizabeth Dodson

November 18, 2016

I am writing this as I sit in your nursery, in the glider, nursing pillow across my lap, you on top of said pillow, snuggled into my breast and sound asleep. This is our morning ritual. Every morning – except the weekends, when we hike and take the dog to the beach- you and I spend your morning nap just snuggling. Initially I was forced into it- you wouldn’t let me put you down in the crib and I needed you to nap so I stayed with you. But now I’m addicted to the snuggles. Addicted to watching your many sweet sleepy facial expressions as you change through sleep cycles. Addicted to just holding you close and telling you how much I love you and knowing that this is one thing I am sure I will never regret doing. And feeling so lucky that I get to do this every day with you.

So, here’s the wisdom part: hold your baby. Snuggle him/her and enjoy every single moment you get to snuggle that sweet baby. Don’t worry about the dishes or the laundry or the emails or the bills or the every other stress in the world. Just enjoy that … Continue reading..

Ditching Your Career in Favor of Stay-at-home Mom Status and Other Nutty Acts of the Later Mom by Pamela Francis

November 17, 2016

My sisters all have kids. My sisters all have jobs. My sisters are all younger than I.

None of my sisters had their children past the age of 35. I thought I was so special. So… counter-norm. So… Dr. Laura Schlessinger when I decided I would not return to work directly after having a baby. I was quite the judging Judy against younger working women who I felt literally projectiled an infant in their 36th week, and were back at work in their 42nd. Oh, what? The sanctioned maternity leave and its accompanying pittance have run out, so it’s back to work we go…?  I shook my head in dismay. I will not be doing that. I will wait until after I’ve had a life before I have children. And then I will give birth, I will bond with my baby, I will start a home-based business, and I will become one of those millionaire inventor moms who come up with brilliant gadgets and ideas that get picked up by QVC.

Because I was older, I knew that there was more to life than getting back to my desk and my “venti low fat pumpkin spice latte” … Continue reading..