The woman who only wanted to “have some fun” half a lifetime ago has gone through rough patches and has produced an album that resonates now.
Two riveting new memoirs offer good girl/bad girl takes on midlife marriage. It’s all here: regrets, rewards, restlessness, ambivalence, comfort, sex, sexual fantasies. And maybe sexual dalliance.
Playwright Ayun Halliday wrote Zamboni Godot as a female-only take off on Samuel Beckett’s classic that explores inertia at midlife. Here’s the backstory on the play and the novice middle-age actresses who stepped out of their comfort zones to take part.
Why does it seem we always remember the wrong thing? The name of the boss’s husband? Complete blank. Sappy lyrics to “Heat of the Moment” by Asia? No prob
Yup, we pretty much owe our love of champagne to a widow from France.
Traditionally, TV turns anyone in range of retirement age into the butt of jokes. But in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, the older years are exciting, energizing, even sexy. And yes, very funny.
Option B: When you can’t “lean in” (or barely stand)
Kathy Murphy spun job loss, divorce and money problems into a movie deal.
Convinced her best years were behind her with a newly empty nest, Jeannie Ralston sank into a depression that mirrored one she’d battled 17 years earlier. Relief came by finding ways to plug the holes, but it took its damn sweet time.
Entertaining? Maybe. Helpful? No.