by Laura Sillerman

This is a mash note
to all the women who know how tell aging like it is– not as a trial, but
as a trail to glory.  They make our hearts beat fast to the rhythm of

You’ll notice that our great national heroes are US Airways pilot Sully
Sullenberger (58) and flight attendants Donna Dent (51), Sheila Dail
(57) and Doreen Welsh (58). Admit it, when you get on a plane these
days, you feel worried if the crew members don’t look as though they’re
receiving bulletins from the AARP.
Gail Collins





is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring
to your life and the lives of people you love.  When you learn to tap this
source, you will truly have defeated age.”   — Sophia










you have to do is look like crap on film and everyone thinks you’re a brilliant
actress.  Actually, all you’ve done is look like crap.  —Helen


spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive
long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change,
insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things and happy in
small ways.

Edith Wharton

If we
listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair.  We’d never have
a friendship.  We’d never go into business, because we’d be too
cynical.  Well, that’s nonsense.  You’ve got to jump off cliffs all
the time and build your wings on the way


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