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 robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Happy to hear from you!

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“Cirque Mechanics’ 42 ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels”: Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
December 11, 2019

If you are looking for family-fun entertainment this holiday season, and want to see something a little different, very likely to please everyone across all ages, look no further. My family and I enjoyed a wonderful experience this past weekend, and I can’t wait to share it with you. We sat in awe of a new circus theater show: “Cirque Mechanics’ 42 Ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels” at The New Victory Theater (209 W. 42nd Street, NYC).

If you enjoyed watching the marvels that used to be Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, fear not, as this is a fun way to relive fond childhood memories and introduce children to days-gone-by. However, if you soured on circuses a long time ago, (creepy clowns, right?), then this circus is unique in that it almost reminds one of an acoustic version of a circus. What I mean by that is, this show boils down the best of the circus. It features all the glorious parts (the acrobats, jugglers, fabulous costumes, pageantry, humor) and shows the beauty and artistry of the circus (no garish, creepy clowns here). This is not your childhood circus, even if you enjoyed them as a … Continue reading..



The Giant Hoax: Show Review by Alyson Treglia


Monday
December 9, 2019

The Giant Hoax is a musical for ages 6 and up, set in 1869 based on the true (?) events of the prehistoric petrified Cardiff Giant, a young farm girl, Emily, and Stub, the owner of the Giant.  The opening of the play sets place outside the carnival tent where Stub was charging 50 cents for tickets to get a viewing of the mysterious giant.  Various people flock from the aisles and line up to purchase their tickets for a viewing of this Giant. Emily arrives as a vivacious, curious girl with a large imagination.  She has run away from home looking for excitement, adventure and a job working for Stub so that she could view and then befriend her imaginary friend the Giant. Stub questions Emily about all she knows about the Giant. She shows how smart, knowledgeable and curious she is to see it with her own eyes.  She is offered a job after lying to Stub and her friends from school about her mother knowing her whereabouts, and she then sleeps in the tent with the Giant, only to discovery her imagination gets the best of her. The Giant is alive and can talk, dance, play cards … Continue reading..



Why Stand Up to Depression by Kathi Fairbend, MS, RPT (Book Excerpt)


Friday
December 6, 2019

In a career spanning decade, I have been astounded to see so many cases of depression intertwined with orthopedic problems, including poor posture. Severe or untreated scoliosis (an “S” type curvature of the spine, from side to side) or kyphosis (an exaggerated forward curvature of the spine) are frequently seen in adolescents and can be the result of untreated osteoporosis in older adults. Both scoliosis and kyphosis, can be discouraging, disfiguring and painful.  They can limit a person’s cherished independence.  And they can pave the way for depression to take hold.

“Sally” had to stop driving at the age of 56 after an auto accident. The collision occurred because her severe scoliosis eventually altered the position of her head, tilting it to one side,

resulting in compromised vision and depth perception.  Since she had to give up driving after her accident, which caused some social isolation, Sally suffered a significant depressive episode.

Depression may also be triggered in a child with severe scoliosis who must wear a brace throughout the middle school years.  Doctors generally know that untreated scoliosis potentially sets the stage for chronic pain and even damage to internal organs, but fewer focus on the damage to self-esteem … Continue reading..



6 Reasons Jewelry is a Great Way to Celebrate Motherhood


Wednesday
December 4, 2019

 

 

Mothers are an epitome of unconditional and selfless love. Every day of their lives, they dedicate time, effort, and resources to taking care of their children. Some who began their journey later in life may feel they have that much more to be grateful for because their road to parenthood might have been a challenging one.

A piece of jewelry can be a meaningful way to celebrate this beautiful journey. Mothers do not have to wait for a special occasion or for somebody to give it to them. Now is the time for mothers to choose to reward themselves for all that they do.

Jewelry may be more expensive than the usual things mothers buy for themselves, but it is worth the investment because of the following:

  1. Jewelry is Timeless

Trends come and go. Clothes go out of fashion, but the charm of jewelry transcends time.  In every season of her life, a trusted piece will be her ally as the years go by.

  1. Jewelry is Customizable

What better way to express oneself than through customizable jewelry? A mother may have her birthstone set on a ring. Further, she may ask the jeweler to add birthstones of her … Continue reading..



Other Than We: Show Review by Jo Mispel


Monday
December 2, 2019

‘Other Than We’ is a very satisfying cli-fi (Climate-fiction) experience. It is a playful but powerful meditation on some of the more urgent philosophical questions we need to ask as we approach ecological catastrophe. Not just how did we as a species bring this crisis upon our biosphere, our home, but how indeed do we move forward and birth new ways of being that will adapt and recognize our deep interconnectedness.

Written and Directed by Karen Malpede, and performed by the Theater Three Collaborative, she co-founded 33 years ago, ‘Other Than we’ is set in a future a few years after a singularly catastrophic event called ‘The Deluge’. Karen, who has long advocated for ‘a unique theater of witness, eco-feminist aesthetic’, uses this backdrop of scarcity and uncertainty, violence and surveillance, to weave together an essay on consciousness, language, evolution, life, and death. How does life evolve and have meaning in this uncertain future?

Our four characters live a minimalist but gritty existence inside ‘The Dome’, a hermetically sealed space for the privileged few. Outside is a dangerously hot, radiated, denuded, unknown. Donald Eastman’s set design evokes just enough sci-fi grunginess simply using movable platforms of scaffolding. Lacking in warmth … Continue reading..



HOOKED ON HAPPINESS: Show Review by Jo Mispel


Thursday
November 21, 2019

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is an amazing East Village cultural center that has been running since 1971 and has won 43 Obies and a Pulitzer Prize. It is a wonderful Off-Off-Broadway space, publicly funded and forever giving back to the community with a variety of educational programs. One feels immersed in the historical narrative of downtown creativity once inside the huge, four theater, building.

TNC produces a prolific amount of new plays each year, many from new and emerging playwrights, and usually with a political lens. I visited this eclectic theater last Friday to see Tom Attea’s new musical “Hooked on Happiness”. This was not Tom’s first play however, in fact, he has had a long connection with TNC having had 14 shows performed there.

“Hooked on Happiness” promotes itself as “The Musical for a cooler planet’ and is about a group of high schoolers who, with the support of their drama teacher, want to put on a play about the climate crisis. A provocative subject choice as most come from conservative and evangelical families who are staunch denialists. This premise interested me greatly, and I was eager to witness what might come of this clash.

The theater … Continue reading..



SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW: Broadway Review by Hanna Singer


Thursday
November 21, 2019

Your perception of clowns and mimes will change after seeing this show!

I had the opportunity to take my daughter to the opening night of  SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW on November 13th at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway. All I knew about it, was that it had clowns and mimes. I have to admit, I had not been the biggest fan of either mimes or clowns until now. But I thought, well, perhaps my daughter may like it, and an opening night event should be fun.

During most of the show I sat in awe. I often smiled hugely, and was thrilled by the uniqueness of it all. It was often unbelievably clever and funny and a few times moving, when I teared up.

I tried to figure out the story. Actually there were many short stories. It seemed to me that it was a combination of a dreamlike state and somehow symbolic of moments in life itself. I think it can be looked at on many levels, and all of them enjoyable.

When we first entered, after watching some possible celebrity photos being taken outside, we got into our seats. We noticed all over the floor there were small … Continue reading..



FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
November 11, 2019

If you are a theatre fan, run, don’t walk, to Gerard Alessandrini’s FORBIDDEN BROADWAY that has returned to New York after a five-year hiatus.  Ardent fans know what they are in for….but if you have yet to experience, now’s your chance to take in this all new 90 minute production.

The show pays both loving and snarky homage to Broadway, as it brilliantly spoofs shows, stars, and in this case, touches on film/television as well, and it is a hoot from start to finish.

The nimble, hugely talented and versatile players are Imanuel Houston (debut) Aline Mayagoitia (starring regional roles in Evita, Kinky Boots, In The Heights) Chris Collins-Pisano (Elf, Friends, The Musical), Jenny Lee Stern (Rocky, A Christmas Story, Jersey Boys) and 13 year old standout Joshua Turchin (A Christmas Story, The Pill), with Fred Barton on Piano.

Shows parodied include Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, this season’s Oklahoma! revival, The Ferryman, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, Frozen, the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, Dear Evan Hansen, and such Broadway stars as Billy Porter, Jeremy Pope, Jennifer Holliday, Karen Olivio, Alex Brightman, Bette Midler, Andre de Shields, Bernadette Peters and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Many stellar numbers….one … Continue reading..