Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Smatterings #3

Much on the go. we are finalizing our Support our Seniors press release, it took an inordinate amount of time. Nothing is easy truly and I find that as I age things just take a long time. Elder word searching, yanno? "Disparity" eluded me for days. Economic disparity. Simple but just that ephemerally out of reach thing. dis, diswhat, dismay-no, disregard-no, disrespect-no. And there it pops today.

And then I was invited to perform in the Abortion Monologues. I'll be closing the show as the old woman. It is a powerful script, moving and unapologetic. I am so looking forward to this in August. 3 days before my 76th birthday. A truly fabulous way to celebrate. I love stage work so much and this seems so fitting.

I am inspired by this friend of mine who talks of old women and aging and freedom so succinctly. I really believe I've never been braver and more me than ever before in my life. And as a result I find I genuinely like myself. (Apart from loving myself, an entirely different thing.)

Here she is - the wonderful Mary Walsh.



We have a Canada Day BBQ in our building tomorrow. Some music and socialization. But quiet and mannerly as we Canadians are. None of this impassioned nonsense for us. We're kind of secretive about our pride.

I wish you all, wherever you are, a Happy Canada Day. We made #1 again. (Sorry-not sorry).

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  1. Happy Canada Day! Enjoy the barbecue. Blessings.

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  2. One very large country missing, and another that had a huge world empire.

    I have great memories of being in Canada for Canada Day four years ago.

    I really like older women monologues. I am sure you will have the audience mesmerised.

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    1. Even as younger woman I so enjoyed them too, there just weren't enough of them due to the invisibility and now we've converted that to a good thing, like being a let out of jail free card!

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  3. Echoing Andrew. And, like you, I am finding my older years a gift. The body and the mind are both slower (and somedays badly behaved), but I accept myself a heap more.

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    1. I'd never have anticipated this either EC, it is wonderful in spite of the aches and pains!

      XO
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  4. A couple of young friends say "I want to be just like you one day; you don't put up with lies and bad behavior". I say do it now and enjoy yourself longer.
    I think about quality of life and kindness in Canada and regret we are not all in this together. Happy Canada Day to you.

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    1. Thank you Joanne, I think we pass the torch to our young 'uns. I know I did and do. Not caring about what other people think is a great breakthrough.

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  5. She's a funny woman and she's right. Once you pass a certain age, you become comfortable within yourself and everything that bothers you just slips away. It's quite freeing.

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    1. It's like being introduced to someone you know you're going to get along with. After years of living like strangers. Finally to our own selves being true.

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  6. A great video. It must be very liberating when you no longer feel the need to be attractive and likable and obliging and give free rein to your real self, warts and all.

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    1. Exactly. The day I abandoned makeup was one such step. Another was throwing out high heels and frocks and panty hose and those lethal bras.

      Why on earth do we dress for the male gaze?

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  7. I adore the brains off Mary; so smart, so funny.
    I don't know that I've ever dressed for the male gaze, but I'm awfully fussy about my own gaze. If I don't like what I see in the mirror, that's not good.
    Kate

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    1. Yes she is - the older she gets the better she is. I suppose I get deep with the male gaze as I had to tear the way we dress down to the tightness of clothes, the push-up bras, the stiletto heels and today the plastic surgeries, the botox, the dyeing of hair, the makeup, etc. etc.
      I thoroughly enjoy the freedom today of comfy bras and knickers and cotton socks and casting all dresses and "dress shoes" etc. away. I would have been fired for dressing like that on any job I had.

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  8. She is simply amazing and says the truth in a very humerous way.

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  9. Very cool about the Abortion Monologues gig!

    And a belated Happy Canada day. I loved what of Canada I've visited but it was in the summer. Not sure I would do well with the winters.

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