Category Archives: Midlife

How Do 50+ Women Become Visible?


Do we become invisible, we women past 50? And if so, can we reappear? A reader emailed me to say she and her her friend had been discussing invisibility, and suggested I write something. OK then. It’s been on my mind for a while. A couple of years back, I was shopping with my daughter. [...]

Another Day Another Dollar, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:37am


The boy child has a job. Well, to be precise, my 21-year old son has accepted an offer. The job will begin a few weeks after he graduates in June of 2012. To be sentimental, nostalgic, and even surprised, my chubby toddler grew up and became someone who will show up every week in an [...]

Dressing Well Without Chanel: Missive 2


Progress has been made, in my campaign to dress well in a semi-retirement/working from home mode. Khakis form a key component of the strategy, as do white shirts. But not just any khakis, and not just any white shirts. You are always quite kind in your requests for more photos. Perhaps to help you deconstruct [...]

LPC is at Trust Your Style


Today I am at Trust Your Style for Mary Jo Matsumoto’s Eye on Style feature. You all know Mary Jo from her refined couture line, reviewed previously here. You may also have seen the inimitable Tabitha of Bourbon and Pearls on last week’s Eye on Style. I am there discussing, um, style, in the outfit [...]

When Things Become Wonderful, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:15am


And some mornings you wake up to find that a friend has pitched in. Today, Mater of Materfamilias Writes has a Saturday morning post up. A lovely piece of writing about our day in the city, with that customary Mater tone humming throughout. I suppose it’s the sound of grace. I will refrain from the [...]

What To Do Now Because Doing It At 50 Will Be Hard


Sit down. Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. Silently. Don’t say “Ugh!” or “Umph.” or “Oh…” Hurry. Walk fast and talk at the same time. Cook three courses while drinking a glass of wine. Decide that grad school was a bad idea. Ask someone a question. Remember the answer 10 minutes later. *Or sing Thriller [...]

Juicy. No Couture. (Homage to Mouse on the formatting)


I am 52. It doesn’t seem possible some days. But when I look in the mirror closely (which of course at this point has to be a magnifying mirror but one can wax nostalgic even so), I see my blood coming to the surface. All over my body I see my veins coming to the [...]

What Do I Read? Funny, Midlife, Moms


Continuing the hunt for blogroll optimization, here is the next section of my Reader, decipherable if you squint. I think. Funny (I have a “Funny” category but it doesn’t fit in the screen shot)Many blogs are funny but this category is for what might be called concept blogs, i.e. I don’t care who writes them, [...]

I May Need Help


I went shopping yesterday. For clothing. This is an unusual happening. I haven’t shopped for clothes in ages except my sortie to Target, which was really more for existential dislocation than purchase. And I haven’t shopped for clothes that weren’t work clothes in centuries. But I went out for drinks with some of my colleagues [...]

Celebrity Dressing For 52-Year Old Women?


Even though I have to die some day, I like to spend my life on highly trivial activities. For example. Looking at celebrities in dress up clothes. When I was little, my mother would give us all her old nightgowns and bathrobes, which were really I suppose peignoirs, and we kept them in a hamper [...]