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[30 May 2013 | No Comment | 5,256 views]
You Are More Beautiful Than You Think!

I’m not crazy about the current Dove campaign in which a police artist draws a portrait of a forty-ish woman from her description (dour and harsh) and then draws another from the description by another woman who has spent a little time with her (warmer and more pleasant looking); the punch line is “you are more beautiful than you think.”

This is not news. We have been prettier than we thought all along. When we are not comparing ourselves unfavorably to models and movie stars — who, the fan magazines show us gleefully, don’t look at all like their glamorous selves when out doing errands — we are comparing present selves with our younger selves.

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[22 May 2013 | No Comment | 10,455 views]
Cyma Shapiro Interviews Suzanne Braun Levine,  Author of <em>You Gotta Have Girlfriends</em>

Cyma Shapiro
Motheringinthemiddle.com

Q: On the heels of your last book How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After Fifty, what compelled you to write this new book?

With each book about women of my generation – Inventing the Rest of Our Lives, Fifty Is the New Fifty, How We Love Now – I talked to more women, did more research, and learned more about the exciting new stage of life we are exploring. Every interview, no matter how wide-ranging, eventually got to the subject of girlfriends. “I couldn’t have done it without my girlfriends!” was the phrase I heard over and over again. I realized that I needed to write a book that focused on that life-enhancing subject. Hence, my just-out e-book You Gotta Have Girlfriends: A Post-Fifty Posse is Good for Your Health.

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[7 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 7,134 views]
HOW WE LOVE NOW… <br />What’s Changed?

A Conversation with
Suzanne Braun Levine

Q. What do you think are the major changes or shifts that occur for women in second adulthood when it comes to relationships?

A. By the time women reach second adulthood, they have accumulated confidence and they are beginning to know what they want in a relationship. We are less needy, we’re about finding, not losing, ourselves in a relationship. Women say they feel more empowered to set the terms in a new relationship or to renegotiate a long-term marriage. Our requirements have shifted. The thoughtful man with a Ph.D. In life experience becomes more appealing as we age – not like old days when the “bad boy” was the sexy choice. By the time we’re fifty we know what love is and what it isn’t.

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[6 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 1,936 views]
SPECIAL TREAT!  WMC “LIVE” <br />WITH ROBIN MORGAN!

Women’s Media Center

It’s a special treat to be interviewed by a dear friend, long-time colleague, and inspiring visionary; it was also an honor to be invited to share my ideas with her on “WMC LIVE with Robin Morgan,” which regularly features fascinating and brave women from around the world. My favorite features, though, are those in which Robin takes on language. In this show she is particularly astute when she suggests we abandon the term “cougar” and replace it with “Colette” as in the older major French writer who regularly took young lovers, much to their delight as well as her own. — Suzanne Braun Levine

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[29 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,260 views]
Are You Old Enough to Know What Love Is?

By Suzanne Braun Levine

I am making a new friend…. I think; you never know about such things until you are actually there, at intimacy. But this friendship is already taking a surprising turn.

I find myself going at it in a very different way from relationship-building in the past. I am still looking for trust, humor, empathy, curiosity — the same old things I’ve always looked for — but the stages I find myself going through to get there are new.

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[10 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 2,316 views]
JOIN OUR SPECIAL “HOW WE LOVE NOW”  LAUNCH ON <em>FEISTY SIDE OF FIFTY RADIO</em>!

Suzanne Braun Levine and
Mary Eileen Williams, host

We are not our mother’s generation when ‘the change of life,’ as menopause was called, meant that life stopped changing. Second adulthood instead is about change and new kinds of intimacy. It is about the eyes-light up glow that is triggered by a wide range of loving relationships, including grandchildren, friends, colleagues as well as romantic partners – and new beginnings.

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[10 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 3,667 views]
JANE FONDA’S BLOG ABOUT <br />“HOW WE LOVE NOW”

Jane Fonda recently celebrated her 75th Birthday and shared the good news about being that age on her blog: “I am happier than ever, more at peace, healthy – well there are times when my body hurts all because of osteoarthritis. But that doesn’t define me…” (Read more at “Jane’s Blog”). I remembered that she had blogged about reading HOW WE LOVE NOW and thought I would share it here. Enjoy!

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[19 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 3,016 views]
Female Friendship–The True Gift of the Season

by Mary Eileen Williams
FeistySideofFifty.com

By the time we reach 50, we’ve gone through a lot. We’ve lost loved ones to death and through the breaking of relationship ties. We’ve endured injured pride, damaged self-esteem, and crushing disappointments. We have sustained significant blows to the ego through painful experiences of rejection. And we’ve seen our nest empty, watching our children build their own lives while our loved ones (and we) grow older. We need our friends now more than ever before!

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[24 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 983 views]
Talkin’ ‘bout Our Generation: The Myths Versus Reality

By NextAvenue Staff

You know the stereotype: aging narcissists who’ve lost their creative edge, coasting downhill and taking up space at work as they wax nostalgic about Leave It to Beaver and Woodstock to stave off the inevitable midlife crisis. Or something like that.

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[24 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 612 views]
Thank God It’s Thanksgiving

By Suzanne Braun Levine,
Mothering In The Middle

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite day of the year. The way I do it, it has all the advantages of a holiday with none of the oppressive side-effects. There are no presents, so there is no guilt or financial stress. The food is wonderful and comforting (with lots of leftovers). I can enjoy a jello mold or sweet potatoes with marshmallows without shame.