So Long, Farewell

That is from my favorite movie musical ever, The Sound of Music. And just as that song in the movie led to the Von Trapp family climbing over the Alps to their freedom, I’ve decided it’s time to say adieu… to you and you and you.the-sound-of-music-picture-3

After five years, I’m wrapping up and unplugging my baby from the internet.

I want to thank those of you with whom I’ve made friends or reconnected. It’s been fun and more than a little comforting to hear from smart, funny, kind folks especially when I’m of the mindset that such breeds are dwindling. So thank you… to you and you and you.

I will keep alive my personal website for acting purposes and hope to write other projects in various media. Please feel free to keep in touch via

Until then… Auf Wiedersehen. Goodnight.

My Parents’ Child

I don’t know when, exactly, it happened, but I have turned into my parents. Case in point:

live_a11I remember vividly in 1985, watching Live Aid (if you don’t know what Live Aid was you have no business reading this blog). I was not at the concert (I’m not that cool), but watching on the tube (when MTV was actually music television), and when Madonna came on, I went bat shit crazy. My father looked at me like I was an alien being, which, at 23, I was.

“What has she (Madonna; he didn’t even know her name) done? Has she invented a vaccine? Or produced anything…” he paused, but his pause implied: “Produced anything other than this crap music?”

I was horrified, and whined something like “But she moves me!!” as I continued dancing to “Holiday.”

Thirty years later, and when I see the Madonna of 2015, I think “What has she done? Has she helped society? Listen to this crap music!”

Now, to be fair, I believe Madonna is somewhat philanthropic and, therefore, helpful to society. But I also think her current music is crap. Because I liked the Madonna of 1985. The rougher, weightier Madonna of pop music. When I hear that, I become 23 again.

New Year, Younger Skin

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My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to pull a Benjamin Button and age in reverse. After hitting 52 in November, I’ve decided to test my math skills and turn 51 this year.

Fortunately, I’ve been using L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal for the past few months, so I’m already ahead of the game.

I can report that after a couple months of using the trio of products — Day Cream with SPF 15, Night Cream, and Golden Serum — my skin sincerely feels softer and more supple. Plus, those fine lines have disappeared. That’s a big PLUS.

I confess I’m not a big wearer of makeup, but I have been using the serum and day cream on a regular basis. I’ve used the night cream as the weather has become colder and drier. None has given me a greasy feeling or clogged my pores. Neither do I have too much of a shine. Simply a healthy, luminous sheen. My skin radiates “flourishing California babe.” Now I just need to work on those cottage cheese thighs.

Cyber Monday Deal

Disclosure: I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for L’Oreal Age Perfect. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with L’Oreal Age Perfect and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

For those who opted out of Black Friday or just want some great deals today, Cyber Monday, then read on. L’Oreal has a gift so perfect for us Aging Gals that “perfect” is even in its name: L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal.

AP-CELL-RENEW-ASSETS-04-440x471I’ve been using their products for a couple of months now and love them. My skin is softer, firmer, and younger looking. Click here for your coupon.

Splurge on a gift for yourself this holiday season (start now and see results before those holiday parties!). And if you’re a mensch, then buy some cell renewal products for your friends. After all, you’re worth it… and they are too!




10 Reasons I’m Embracing Aging

the-health-benefits-of-red-wine1.  A glass of red wine a night can add five years to my life.

2.  Brain games on the computer to help my memory.

3.  My gray hair looks like those expensive highlights I used to pay for, but it’s free!

4.  “Good times and bum times, I’ve seen ’em all, and, my dear, I’m still here.” (Thank you, Stephen Sondheim. And Elaine Stritch.)

5.  No more pimples.

6.  I’m closer to being a cool old broad like Judy Dench:

7.  Fuck it. What’s the alternative?

8.  At long last, chocolate is proven to be good for me.

9.  Brain games on the computer to help my memory.

10. Finally, I’ve aged into my muffin top.


Who Wouldn’t Want to Look like Julianne Moore?

I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for L’Oreal Age Perfect. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with L’Oreal Age Perfect and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

When L’Oreal approached this Aging Gal through Vibrant Nation to try out their new line of skin renewal products, who was I to say “no”? If the products are good enough for their spokeperson, actress Julianne Moore, they’re good enough for me.


After a couple weeks of trying L’Oreal’s triad of cell renewal products — Day Cream with SPF 15, Night Cream, and Golden Serum — I feel younger enough to approach my upcoming fifty-second birthday with the optimism that I might pass for forty-five!


The recommended regimen is to apply the Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum morning and night followed by the respective day and night creams.

As I am a genuine “make-up free” Californian, I was a bit worried about greasiness or oiliness from the products. But I am pleased to say that the formula is light enough to feel natural, yet productive enough to add softness to my skin.

I appreciate the SPF 15 in the day cream, but was a bit worried that the somewhat strong scent would bother me throughout the day. The good news is that the scent dissipates rather quickly.

The night cream is slightly thicker than the day version, and while I was worried about clogged pores, it seems to wear nicely as I sleep. And I wake with refreshed skin in the morning.

Again, I’ve only used these products for a couple of weeks, but, so far, I am impressed with their ability to renew my cells and subtract some time from my skin. I am going to continue using this skin care regimen and will be back in a month with an update.

Who knows? Maybe by year’s end I’ll look like a thirty year old…



How to be an Inspirational Ager

As many of you know, Bitty is a social worker — a do-gooder. She sees patients of all ages, but, as we live in an aging society, she has many patients of a more mature age.

And they kick ass.oap-yoga-teacher

This week, for example, she began seeing a 96 year old whose quick wit and humor is reminiscent of a Catskills comic. Another client decided months ago that it was time to live her dream and enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology… at the age of 68.

My point? It’s never to late. Follow your dreams. Live your life. Here are some pointers:

1. Embrace Aging. We’re getting older, yes, but we’re not dead. And regular activity — physical and mental — is proven to make us healthier. So go for coffee with friends, join a book club, walk or gym on a daily basis.

2. Don’t hesitate to laugh at the Aging process. Are some changes that happen to our bodies mortifying or, even, horrifying? Absolutely. Go to the doctor when necessary, screen for illnesses as warranted, ask questions of professionals and, even, friends. Then give in to the amusement when you can and laugh. We’re all in the same boat and this is why God, hopefully, gave us all senses of humor.

3. Set Goals. Always wanted to take an improv class? Go do it! Time to write that long-thought-about novel? Go for it! Hankering to travel, work with animals, make a movie? Then (to steal from Nike) Just Do It! Take advantage of all that technology has brought us in the last decade and learn to self-publish your book, make a video with your smartphone, or paint that masterpiece with an assist from computer software.

4. Maintain Relationships. Stay in touch with friends and family who love you for you and will help find the humor in the silliness of life (see Tip 2).

5. Be Prepared. Get all your ducks in a row. Last will and testament? Check. Advance directive? Done. Medical and financial power of attorney? Yes and yes. Talk to those closest to you so everyone is clear on what steps to take if and when the time comes. Then — Whew! — that’s over.

Now go live the rest of your life.

Nursing Care: Turn to the Best

Recently, I started volunteering as a “friendly visitor” and spending time with a lovely new older friend named Dorothy. Dorothy recently broke a hip, and I only visit for an hour once a week, so she spends a lot of time with her round-the-clock nurse, Christy.

Nurse-and-Elderly-PatientNow Dorothy is a sweetheart, and Christy is her angel. Christy monitors Dorothy’s health and behavior, administers her medications, assists with sanitary needs, and offers overall companionship. Dorothy is fortunate to live at home, but that may not be the case for everyone later in life.

So, if it’s not possible to remain at home, then where do we turn? Turn to professionals who are not only qualified, but who love their jobs. Turn to the award-winning best: Barchester Healthcare.

Visit one of their care homes, and you’ll notice the difference immediately. From the warmth of the people to the quality of the service, Barchester ensures its staff is happy so the staff ensures the clients are happy.

When it’s time to seek out nursing care, follow this link and be secure in your choice: Barchester.


The Breakfast Morbidity Club

death-breakfast-20110511-090504Today Bitty and I went to our favorite bakery for breakfast. We were discussing — as we often do — how I don’t listen. (In my defense, I listen when I want to — like any good husband.)

“If this is you at 51, how senile are you gonna be at 81?” Bitty says to me, between bites of her apple muffin.

I tear into my cinnamon danish. “I told you the other day, after I’ve lost it, just come up from behind me and shoot me.”

“With a gun?” She takes a sip of her coffee.

“Well, I’d rather with something less messy, like a poison dart, but I want it to be a surprise and I want the end to come fast.” I lick cinnamon from the paper.

“I’m not James Bond.” She points to the apple top of her muffin. “Hey, look, it’s a shrunken head.”

“Okay, then use a bullet. Just don’t blow out my face.” I acknowledge her muffin. “It’s more like a Cabbage Patch kid.”images

We sip and munch. Then I interrupt. “You think anybody else spends breakfast talking about how they want to die?”

“What’d you say?” Bitty asks. “I was already planning how to spend my free days in retirement after you kick it…”

And she says I don’t listen.

Get Mad, Not Sad

20120909-210601Last night I went to bed mad. Not Hulk-throwing-furniture-out-the-window-mad, but disgusted mad. Last week was an unusually frustrating and misogynistic week in Hollywood for me and it all boiled up as I tried to squash my emotions and just sleep.

And I thought to my self, “Self, you can sit on this anger or you can use it.”

I’m aiming to turn my anger into a positive. Here’s how:

1. Recognize that life is not fair. Not for me. Not for anyone.

2. Number 1 sucks, yes, but move on. Action is key.

3. Use anger to motivate, ridicule, self-analyze. But, for God’s sake, use it. Remember number 2: Action.

I write these rules for myself as much as for anyone else. An old therapist once told me that anger is simply depression begging for action. If I don’t use my anger as motivation, I will fall into the inactivity of depression. And if that happens, who wins? Certainly, not me.