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Women over 50: I Trust I am Exactly where I am meant to Be!


As a women over 50, I’ve begun to feel a change in how I perceive the “younger generation”, in how I react to seeing people in love kissing, in how I am not able to multi-task so easily (and I just started to do that – darn!), and how being overwhelmed is apparently the norm these days.  I subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.  She has some interesting recipes, she’s turned me onto some great food blogs, she writes as if communicating with a friend, and well, she is most definitely on-the-go as you will see by reading a journal of one of her days at the end of this post. I was exhausted jut reading what she does! After reading it, I realized a couple of things: 1) that I will never be in the same league as Gwyneth in this lifetime, and 2) it’s really Ok to be mellow, to be relaxed, because that is what I like.  After all, I am just a 70’s girl who happens to love connecting in the year 2011! So here is something that will make you feel good by reading it aloud to yourself, right before you shift to what Gwyneth goes through in a day, bless her heart!

“There is peace within me.  I trust that I am exactly where I am meant to be.

I remember the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in myself and

others.  I use the gifts that I have received and pass on the love that has

been given to me.  I am content with myself just the way I am.  This knowledge

settles into my bones, and allows my soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise

and love.  It is there for each and every one of us.”
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Joan Rivers: “A Piece of Work”


When Charlie Rose interviews someone, I watch and listen.  I guess that makes me a Charlie Rose groupie (I rely on Tivo to get my fill).  So, when he interviews Joan Rivers about the documentary, “A Piece of Work,” I go see it.  The film, by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, spans the 40 year career of Ms. Rivers.  At 77 (she’s actually 75 in the film), we see a tough broad who is not afraid to bare all.  In fact, she thrives on it, needs it, like an addict.
Watch this great trailer:

I’m not exactly sure when I stopped liking Joan Rivers, but I’m guessing it was back in the late 80s with everyone else.  Falling from grace due to a series of professional and personal blows such as being blacklisted by Johnny Carson/NBC, and the 1987 suicide of her husband/manager, she struggled to find work in her beloved show biz.

The Young Joan Rivers

Circumstances and age seemed to have turned Ms. Rivers into a comic whose jokes seemed more like cruel jabs aimed to hurt the likes of  Liz Taylor and her battle with weight.  I find it very ironic for Joan to be hassling Liz when she was perpetually under the knife of her plastic surgeon re-figuring her face, and who knows what else.  I know it’s none of my business how many face lifts this Grande Dame of comedy endures but frankly, I think her face lifts turned me off when she started to look like a caricature of herself standing in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.

Now, here’s the big BUT – after seeing this film, and her journey back to glitz and glamour, I actually like Joan Rivers again!  She’s one smart woman who climbed her way back to legendary status selling her jewelry on QVC, and her red carpet attacks (with her daughter) on celebrity T.V.  And don’t forget her latest gig on Donald Trump’s reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice.”  No, I didn’t watch it but I was not surprised to learn that Ms. Rivers won the competition, which by the way, meant she had to beat out her own daughter, also on the show.  Needless to say, the mother and daughter relationship is strained.  Nothing new here abut mothers and daughters.

The many faces of the Queen of Comedy

In spite of her obsession to be a star and stay on top of her game, I couldn’t help but admire Joan Rivers.  Like I said before, she is one tough broad, and she’s not afraid to fight tooth and nail to keep her dream alive.  Aging gracefully?  Not her.  Aging any way she can is more like it.