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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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.

In 1986, I moved … Continue reading..

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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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG: Ticket Giveaway & Discount

October 10, 2018





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One Minute to Zen: From Hot Mess to Mindful Mom in One Minute or Less by Ali Katz (Book Excerpt)

October 5, 2018

Chapter 8: Make it a Family Affair

Model, Model, Model!


“The Golden Rule of Parenting; do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you.” —Louise Hart


People are constantly asking me how to get their kids to meditate. My very first question to them is, do you meditate? Children are great at imitating us. They are the mirror for every bad word we’ve ever said! So let’s give them every positive example that we can.

Our kids pay much more attention to what we do than what we say. We can preach to them all day long but trust me, they are watching our actions and words.

If we talk to our kids about how important it is to eat healthy, and we are chomping on chips all day long, think they will listen?

If we tell our kids not to curse, but bad words are flying out of our mouth all day long, think they will listen?

If we tell our kids how important it is to take deep breaths when they are stressed, and they see us do it, think they will listen?

Yes! Maybe I got you on the last one.… Continue reading..

Pajama Program’s Third Annual Pajama Walk by Andrea Santo Felcone

October 3, 2018

This past Saturday, my family and I had the pleasure to attend the Pajama Program’s Third Annual Pajama Walk and Family Festival.

Pajama Program Walk

Singer Laurie Berkner, Pajama Program’s Founder: Genevieve Piturro, and Executive Director: Jamie Dyce. Photo credit: Herby Joseph.

It was a gorgeous day (finally no rain!) perfect for walking to support the Pajama Program with the other participants in the Pajama Walk. We arrived in time to see a crowd of participants—a colorful and comfortable-looking bunch wearing anything and everything from Care Bear pajama onesies, to caped Batman nightwear to winged Dinosaur onesies (and that was just the adults)! Corporate teams were present including Target and CBS. Other notable pajamas: the Ralph Lauren navy number a young man was sporting as well as the fur-lined cuffs of a silk robe on a petite, young woman. It was people watching at its finest but with a bigger purpose: All were gathered to support and bring awareness to the Pajama Program—a non-profit with the mission of bringing new pajamas and books to children in need.


Pajama Program Walk

Photo credit: Herby Joseph.

The Pajama Program started in 2001 when founder Genevieve Piturro walked into an emergency shelter with a bag of books to … Continue reading..