Monthly Archives: March 2014

This is What 29 Looks Like

What 29 looks like

Guessing at Marilyn’s age based on when she made the Seven Year Itch. Here she is in Palm Springs, soon to move to New Jersey, I hear.

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This is What 54 looks like

So I finally read the NY Times piece about the famous-for-being-old Gloria Steinem.

Two things from me:

  • While the title of the piece is “this is what 80 looks like” they don’t actually run a photo of Steinem, so we can see what she looks like. Why?
  • Things are better now. When she published her “what 40 looks like” it was perceived as brave, even scandalous. That would not be the case in 2014. What 40 looks like? Who cares?

And a couple her thoughts on her mortality:

Fifty was a shock, because it was the end of the center period of life. But once I got over that, 60 was great. Seventy was great. And I loved, I seriously loved aging. I found myself thinking things like: ‘I don’t want anything I don’t have.’ How great is that?” But, she added, “80 is about mortality, not aging. Or not just aging.”

It’s a challenge she’s actually wrestled with before. One of the interesting things about being Gloria Steinem is that so many of her casual musings are transcribed by reporters. It turns out that on her 70th birthday she told Time, “This one has the ring of mortality.” Obviously, she got over that and it’s very easy to imagine Gloria Steinem being interviewed at 90 and saying that turning 80 was stupendous, but now it’s time to get seriously serious.

So for anyone keeping score:

50 = a shock (can’t say I disagree)

60 = great

70 = also great or the ring of mortality (if we get to choose, I’m going to go with great)

80 = mortality


This is what 54 looks like, not that anyone asked.

The Gap

Not gonna explain why there was a gap of nearly two years between my posts of yesterday and the prior post, in May 2012.

Just gonna blog on top of those 2012 posts, pushing them down until they are so far submerged no one will notice the gap and ask me about it.

But if they do ask, like I said, I’m not gonna explain why.


The Bryant’s


The Bryant’s what?



Misuse of the possessive apostrophe?

This, I know, is an old saw in terms of grammatical errors. So conventional that it’s wrongness goes unnoticed. Sort of like their combo Colonial-ish sign/lamppost.

Oh suburbia, I am so over you.

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This is what 80 looks like

Is it me or does it seem as if Gloria Steinem has made a career out of aging? Noting here that aging is what any of us who are not dead do as well, although much less famously.

Haven’t read the NY Times article about her. But I like the artwork, especially in that it confirms she’s sticking with that center part of her hair.

The thing she’s second-most famous for.

glorious at 80

glorious at 80


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in medias res

This is what I was going to call my new blog. It means “in the midst of things,” which is super-fancy literary term for a story that begins in its middle, a sure sign that it is going to move all around, so just be prepared for that, as best you can be.

In medias res is a nice way of describing mid-life too. Very elegant sounding, perhaps more so than midlife actually looks and feels: sagging spirits with facial skin to match.


Much nicer is this cookie, which also has a middle in which you can start.

This is a lot of copy about a blog title that is, of course, already taken. Thanks a lot, Russell Arben Fox.

On second thought, I’m grabbing it anyway.

On third thought, I’m changing it to The Midway. Who doesn’t love a midway?

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