recent from 109 When Less Meant More at the Super Bowl
The first super Bowl was not that big a deal.  The contest attracted some interest because it was the establishment against the rebels, the National Football League versus the American Football League.  But the fanfare was about one-tenth or less of that which takes place around and during today’s... Read More
recent from 20 STARGAZING with Cindy Pearlman: Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah wants to give America an attitude makeover?  QL is so darn inspirational, you want to spend every day with her.  Known for her upbeat personality, it seems impossible to imagine her ever having a bad day… but she has them. “Life is peaks and valleys—and it’s always gonna be that way,” says the... Read More
recent from 44 Happy Birthday, Aquarius!
In astrology, January 20th marks the beginning of Aquarius.  Time to celebrate some notable Aquarius stars—and we don’t mean just on the zodiac chart! The big 6-0 for Oprah Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey turns 60 this month, and shows no signs of slowing down.  Winfrey’s resume includes actress,... Read More
recent from 72 The Right to Bare Arms
I’ve been receiving lots of spring catalogs lately.  The “doldrums” of January often bring these welcome additions to the mail.  Certainly they are cheerful.  But has anyone else noticed the latest craze for sleeveless dresses, tops and blouses?  Bare arms are everywhere. It’s very “Jackie O,” with her... Read More
Act Two Blogs
Donna Giachetti blogs for Act Two

For years, I've been letting my "geek flag" fly, but lately I’ve started to worry about some of my hyper-digital-multi-tasking habits. read more

Anne Ambuhl blogs about beauty and style

Spring fashion catalogs are here and one thing is clear: bare arms are everywhere. What's a girl to do? read more

John Schwab's movie reviews

Tim Burton’s biographical film about Margaret Keane is as strange and captivating as her portraits of impossibly sad-eyed more

Rosy Prose from the perspective of the second half of life

I want to complain about shoes. My toes aren't pointed, so why are all these shoes?read more

recent from 35 Duck Face? Lolcat? Just Look It Up
It’s official:  the Oxford English Dictionary has legitimized the famous “five-second rule” about eating food that has fallen on the floor. CNN reports that five-second rule is one of the new words that the renowned dictionary publisher added in 2014. Others include man crush, duck face,... Read More
recent from 116 Crafting Your Way to Better Mental Health
“Crafting” is a term referring to all sorts of handiwork—knitting, woodworking, even cake decorating.  According to a recent CNN report, crafting is more than just a hobby; it can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain.  In other words, you might want to consider crafting... Read More
recent from 113 Fountain Pen Lust and Ink-Stained Memories
Why do writers write?  For one thing, we can’t help it. The opportunity is always there luring us in. Choose your favorite ‘mode of transportation’: the paper – pencils – computer. Deposit me among leather-bound journals, and I practically swoon. And don’t get me started... Read More
recent from 82 SECOND ACT STAR: Jack Gardner
After a long and highly successful stint in the business world, Jack Gardner is a second act star.  He launched a second career in the medical field, attending the Yale School of Medicine and graduating as a certified/licensed Physician Assistant in 2001. Gardner has gone on to touch the lives of many and... Read More
recent from 22 Tim Burton’s Big Eyes
If you had a wife with a talent for art, but who lacked the drive to promote herself and her work, which just happened to be your specialty, what would you do? Big Eyes is Tim Burton’s ode to the sensitive shy artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and the people who helped and took advantage of her. It’s a... Read More
Downsizing is the new black.  Ok, not really.  But it is downright trendy.  From it’s self- named TV reality show to McDonalds phase out of “super-size” fries, downsizing is everywhere.  It’s easy to embrace this fad when buying a smaller, more economical car, but harder when letting go of the family home.... Read More
recent from 94 Hot Chocolate around the World
Winter and hot chocolate are blissfully synonymous, aren’t they?  Snow and sugar are visual twins too, the latter used in films to appear as snow.  A cup of cocoa, real cocoa, with marshmallows after a wet and cold sledding ride is a drink that you somehow remember forever.  Can you recall your mom’s pan of... Read More
recent from 89 New Beauty Tricks for a New Year
If you are like me, your daily beauty “regime” post shower consists of finding a clean towel in the laundry basket in the dark and scubbing last nights’ makeup from under your eyes.   After stubbing my toes in the dusky half light, I glob a handful of whatever lotion is within reach on the counter onto my... Read More