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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Sleep Deprivation: The Upside by Andrea Santo Felcone

June 20, 2018

This past weekend’s Father’s Day festivities included space for “nap time” for my husband…. He’s a great napper, wakes up refreshed, revived, and happy. He comes from a long line of nappers. I remember one time, fairly early into our married life, spending an afternoon at my in-laws, where my husband, father-in-law, and mother-in-law were all sound asleep. That’s when I formulated my theory: No one in that house has ever seen what it looks like at 3:00 p.m. on a Sunday. Not a one. Everyone was snoring away. Everyone that knows my husband’s family knows not to call their house at 3:00 p.m. on a Sunday (that’s kind of cute, but then so are they).alarm clock and coffee

I, however, can tell you what their house looks like at that hour because I’m a terrible napper. Horrible. The one time my husband tried to convince me of the benefits of napping, I woke up groggier than I started, (I’m terrible at re-entry). Not realizing how groggy I was, I went out and almost stepped into oncoming traffic. That was when the nap and I officially parted ways.

I guess I sleep too long, or not deeply enough, or maybe too deeply; who … Continue reading..

FIRST LOVE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

June 18, 2018

(photo credit: Monique Carboni)

I don’t usually want for words, whether written or verbal….but this show left me speechless….and not in a good way.

It was honestly a painful theatrical experience, despite the valiant acting efforts of the two seasoned leads.

My friend, who accompanied me, often reminds me of my “pet phrase” (which I always hesitate to use)….and this got produced why?!  Even 85 minutes with no intermission was too long.

The premise is a touching and appealing one, inspired by a Beckett short story ‘First Love.’ Scruffy Harold and artsy Edith, both seniors, meet on a park bench and unexpectedly fall in love.  At their ages, one would imagine they have had their respective share of emotional baggage, self doubt, hopes, fears, etc, and neither anticipated finding true love at this life stage.  They delight in having randomly discovered each other and enter into a relationship, but then have a falling out, yet ultimately decide to rekindle where it all began — back  on the bench.  The bench, in fact, takes on quite a life of its own, serving as a couch, table and even a bed where they have sex.

Starring Michael O’Keefe, wh0 gives it his … Continue reading..

Now Say This by Heather Turgeon, MFT, and Julie Wright, MFT (Book Excerpt)

June 15, 2018

Health and Development

The research on how screens relate to health and development is complex. We can’t lump all screens together (watching a movie is different from building a world in an interactive game, which is dif­ferent from blasting zombies with a console). What kids are watch­ing, for how long, at what age, and in what context all matter.

We do have some information to help us make good choices, though. For example, we know that baby brains are programmed to learn from experimenting with the physical world. Infants learn phys­ics from simple activities like rolling a ball and banging spoons; numbers and math concepts by putting blocks into a container or building a tower; and language from adults making eye contact, ges­turing, and interacting as they talk. It’s not just babies; little kids learn from the physical world too, and from having unstructured playtime in which they can create imaginary worlds, develop rela­tionships, make plans, and follow through on ideas. Screen time is not necessarily bad, but for little kids, most other activities (even rolling around in the grass or snow) are better. The question of whether babies and little kids can learn from media and screens con­tinues … Continue reading..

Scattered Pictures of the Smiles We Left Behind by Sharon O’Donnell

June 9, 2018

As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve been going through the old 8mm films and VHS tapes that my dad has taken of family and friends over the years. We are so blessed that he was ahead of the game when he bought that 8mm camera with the big bright lights on it so many years ago (I guess in the 1950s). With that camera, he captured the smiles, faces, and yes, even the dance moves of relatives and friends who’ve since passed away. And of those who have simply gotten older and might have forgotten those long-ago images. It is indeed bittersweet to look at these films of days gone by. They are definitely priceless. My father didn’t know at the time he was taking those pictures what a gift he was giving his children and grandchildren that would continue to give decades later. Or maybe he did.

These faces and memories show my children where they came from, who they came from. These films and videos literally bring to life the great aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents that my kids have only heard about. There are some with voices and those older ones on film without the voices. … Continue reading..

Rennie Harris: Funkedified: Show Review by Barbara Adler

June 3, 2018

Hip Hop Choreographer, Director, and Founder of Rennie Harris Puremovement, Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris, brings a HIGHLY entertaining, authentic, multi-media experience to The New Victory Theater stage with his latest creation, Funkedified.   Harris pays homage to the 1970’s party dance scene, and street dance styles tipping his hat to the forefathers of dance/funk/soul such as James Brown, George Clinton, and Don “Campbell Lock” Campbell in his one hour non-stop show. At the same time presenting the voice of a new generation of evolving interpretations of dance.  Moments where this is simultaneously presented gives this show it’s heart.

Funkedified features a cast of insanely talented dancers such as Philadelphia’s most influential locking group, The Hood Lockers (Ricky “Glitch” Evans, Joshua “J Peazy” Polk, Andrew Ramsey, and Marcus Tucker), and world renowned hip hop dancers (see cast list below).  The live band perched on the stage directly behind the dancers brings this show to life with perfect accompaniment featuring Musical Directors Doron Lev and Mathew Dickey, and is composed and produced by Darrin Ross.  The rhythms that drove the 1970’s and 1980’s dance and music scene are creatively driven by Ross’ blend of old school and contemporary sounds.

(photo credit: Brian Mengini)

Rennie … Continue reading..

An Artist Mom and Her Heartwork by Colleen Kong-Savage (Children’s Book Giveaway)

June 1, 2018

Thirteen years ago on Halloween, when I was as pregnant as could be, I wore a snug orange shirt over my round belly and taped three black triangles and a toothy grin over it. Essentially my unborn son and I were dressed up as a jack-o- lantern. That was our first joint creative endeavor.

Halloween costumes are meant to be handmade. That’s the beauty and the fun of them: figuring out the parts and how to make them. When Max was old enough to walk the store aisles with me, I’d steer him away from the factory- made superhero outfits and chide, “Store-bought costumes are for lazy people.” This line would come back to bite me in the future.

Back when I had time, I loved making things with Max. Every box that entered   our home was raw material for an airplane, a kitchen set, swords, wings. When  he caught me drafting a mural in his bedroom, I could no longer tell him not to draw on the wall, so we drew on his wall together (and I painted it when he was out with the babysitter). Max’s father made good money, affording us those hours of artistic exploration.

Then … Continue reading..

Getting My Bounce Back by Carolee Belkin Walker (Book Excerpt)

May 29, 2018

From Getting My Bounce Back: How I Got Fit, Healthier, and Happier (And You Can, Too), by Carolee Belkin Walker

Day 379, April 12, 2015


“You girls never know.”

– Franz Ferdinand, “No You Girls”

As I’m setting new fitness goals I can’t get Lean In out of my head. I’ve spent the better part of my adult life holding myself back physically.

Most of the time, at the end of a long day, or any day, and on the weekends I looked to fill my time gently. I was seeking comfort. Movies, theater, spa treatments, books, sleep. Go to the gym? Are you kidding me? I biked a little but I’ve always had a bike with a lot of gears and you know which chain I lock into.

The one slight exception was skiing, which I learned to do at a young age. Growing up on the East Coast I skied in subzero temperatures and icy conditions. But when I discovered Colorado and Utah I became a vacation skier. Even now you won’t catch me out there in bad weather. Powder, sunshine, barbeque lunches on the side of the mountain with California Coolers (do they still make … Continue reading..

“BUMP” Theater Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

May 27, 2018

Playwright Chiara Atik’s new play “BUMP” is essentially three different stories, all intertwined in a series of vignettes, about pregnancy and childbirth. One story emphasizes our modern-day world—pregnant women chatting on an online message board—(each at the same stage of pregnancy) supporting each other; a second story is about the past–a terrified Colonial woman (played by Lucy DeVito) experiencing labor alone—except for her (acerbic) midwife (played by actress Jenny O’Hara). The third story–the central story that the other stories springboard from—is a story of a loving Hispanic family, the daughter, Claudia (played by Ana Nogueira—she reminds one of a younger Amanda Peet), experiencing her first pregnancy with her loving parents, Luis (Gilbert Cruz—a scene stealer) and Maria (Adriana Sananes).

Luis, although a caring father, was not a part of Claudia’s birth. He is now being given a second chance through the impending birth of his first grandchild. Claudia wants to have an at-home water birth, attended by a midwife. She becomes obsessed with reading online pregnancy boards—(acted out in the aforementioned vignettes that weave through the play) to quell her pregnancy concerns. Claudia’s worries are transferred to Luis and Maria—particularly Luis. One night, Luis stays up late and stumbles upon … Continue reading..