When I discovered the British television series “Happy Valley,” a Netflix television series filmed in bucolic Calder Valley, West Yorkshire in Northern England, it immediately struck me how disparate the heroines of the show are as compared to how American matrons are portrayed on television—if at all. Television and cinema is a virtual desert for women of a certain age. In “Happy Valley,” we are … Continue reading When Will American Television Serve Us Red Meat
The search for the elixir of youth is nothing new, from Ponce de Leon to the modern day Borg Queen, man has always searched for ways to remain youthful and cheat death. But can scientists intervene with the natural process of aging and stop death it in its tracks? Many think it can, and much of today’s research on longevity is based on the premise … Continue reading The Post-Human Movement
You would have thought showing a little gray hair was a crime the way Demi Moore was chided by the Daily Mail today for not having her hair freshly dyed the same dark brunette we have become accustomed to seeing. The reporter made a word play of Demi’s 1990 movie, “Ghost,” by saying she must have “seen a ghost.” For crying out loud the movie … Continue reading Gray Shaming
I was basking in the sunshine of a beautiful day when it suddenly dawned on me that I was a cliché. My smile ran away from my face and instantly the day felt cloudy. I was a lonely divorced middle-aged woman with a gut. This is the irony of being middle-aged that no one ever shared with me. You may go into a room and … Continue reading What’s Your Superpower?
As a 50-something single woman with an empty nest, I have more “me” time than I have had in the past 30 years. Although I admit that I am still struggling with finding my new purpose apart from my children, I have stumbled across a piece of my personality I didn’t know existed, that is a new interest and love of fashion. You would have … Continue reading Ladies Who Lunch
Give me character over charm and beauty any day they say, but is it really true? When does a woman stop wanting to be admired for her beauty or feel that she is desirable? When does a man ever choose a mate who isn’t the embodiment of physical perfection? I have a confession to make. Although I am past the age when beauty opens doors … Continue reading The Bell of the Ball
It was a miserably hot Saturday afternoon so any activity that involved leaving the comfort of air conditioning was out of the question, so I did what any self-respecting bored woman with a computer would do, I surfed the net. I was looking for something to pique my interest. In this case, something written by and for middle-aged women because this is where I am … Continue reading American Beauty