Dinner with a Few Fabulous Friends!

ba55a18c-51a4-45fa-a108-2bf7f0594d56-1Social media has been great for reconnecting with longtime friends, and I recently had an awesome time having dinner with three friends I have known since junior high school.  Yes, I said junior high school! Meet (left to right) Naa (Diane) Green, Suzanne Finnamore Luckenbach, and Deanna Alexich.

What a joy to see Suzanne and Deanna, whom I haven’t seen since our graduation day in 1976 at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA, and Naa, whom I reconnected with about  eight years ago, after losing touch beyond high school.  As friends on Facebook, we all have shared tidbits of our lives;  marriages, divorces, children, careers, special causes, etc.  But nothing takes the place of getting together in person over a great meal and adult beverages!

We met at Kincaid’s, which is in the Jack London Square area of Oakland, CA.  Upon arriving, we hugged and squealed like high school students.  After sharing compliments of how awesome we all looked, I turned around and apologized to the diners sitting next to us, saying, “Hope we aren’t being too loud!  We haven’t seen each other since  high school!”  They smiled at us, and replied “Wow, that’s fabulous!”

One of the  most  poignant moments was when Deanna said she had something for us and presented each of us with a gorgeous white gardenia, which we promptly pinned to our hair. I turned to Naa, and saw tears beginning to well in her eyes.  Taking her cue from jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, Naa wore a fresh white gardenia pinned to her hair almost every day, and it became her hallmark from junior high school through high school.  This was a great memorable moment, and the gardenia now symbolizes this special group of ladies who have touched each other’s lives in remarkable ways.

Next, I gifted each of the ladies with a custom hand fan.  Now any woman over 50 knows the importance of always having a hand fan available; especially in the warm summer months.


One thing became abundantly clear as we were reminiscing and sharing tidbits about our joys, triumphs, challenges and accomplishments… these ladies are true inspirations of boldness, eloquence and sass!  I will be profiling each of these incredible ladies, so stay tuned!

I would love to hear your stories of reconnecting with old friends, so please share.
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Audacious, Single and Over 50

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Congratulations to Frances McDormand for winning the Oscar for best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri! What a powerful and wisely succinct acceptance speech! It was fantastic to see a 60-ish women be awarded for her achievements!
McDormand is an actress I have followed for years, and even though her role was small, I loved her character Zoe, Erica’s (played by Diane Keaton) articulate and feisty sibling in Something’s Gotta Give. One of my favorite scenes was the conversation at the dinner table where Zoe breaks down the societal stereotypes of unmarried older men and unmarried older woman.
While I won’t disagree that the over-50 man is held up as an icon of masculinity, the over-50 woman who embraces her age and exudes intelligence, confidence and boldness in her interests, passions and accomplishments, and is having the time of her life is equally iconic! She enjoys and applauds her singleness, doesn’t use her strength to separate herself from others, but instead uses it to gather others for a common cause. She is open to a relationship, looks forward to the day that special someone walks into her life, and doesn’t miss the cues of interest.
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Cindy Joseph, founder of the skin care and cosmetics line called BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, and who said “I Do!” after 60, shared the following perspective in an issue of Zest Now: “What is attractive really has to do with how happy you are,” she says. “It’s not the size of your derriere, the shape of your nose, the color of the outfit you have on. If you’re going through life with happiness and joy when you’re single, then you can do it with a partner.”
Also check out more from Zest Now, an online magazine for women 50 and forward.
Do you know a women over 50 who causes people to do a double-take when she walks by; who inspires the young and old to blaze new trails? One who talks about her age, and is not afraid to wear her hair long, short or silver, and has the audacity to start something new? One who others are so in awe of, that they just can’t mask their attraction? Maybe it’s you!

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