Happy New Year!

Call me crazy, but I just signed up for a challenge to end all challenges:

To read 50 books (yikes!) and see 50 films (easy peasy, I think) in 2012. In only one year! That’s 12 months, for those counting.

Why, that’s only 365 days!

Can I do it? Time will tell (though, given how busy I am, the odds are against me). Will it be exciting to try? You betcha!

The fifty/fifty challenge is the brainchild of Lilly and Jon, a couple of friends with a passion for the written word. I can give you all the particulars myself, but why bother, when you can read all about it in an email message I received last week from Lilly:

As the year comes to an end, I’m thinking of my New Year’s resolutions, and you are probably thinking about yours.

Well, forget working out more, trying to be a nicer person, dropping your bad habits.  BLAH BLAH BLAH.
In fact, forget all the boring resolutions we’ve halfheartedly committed to in the past… because I have a fun one to propose for 2012: fifty/

Here’s the challenge: 50 books, 50 movies, 1 year, 1 you. 

Why would you possibly do this?  Because, you’re up for a challenge.  Maybe you haven’t read 50 books in your life.  
Maybe you can’t fathom sitting through 50 movies.  Maybe you just need a reason to justify sitting on your couch for the duration of 2012.
My friend, Jon and I got this crazy idea that it would be fun to do, and we’re inviting you to join us—please visit our website ( to determine if you think we’re absolutely insane…or if you want in.   Flip through the FAQs, read about why we are inspired to take this on, and if you’re equally inspired, we hope you will put your name down.  The more the merrier—this is a great family activity (sign up your kids!), tell your friends, tell your co-workers. Heck, tell the dude in the bathroom stall next to you about it.  There really are no limits (Just don’t peer over. Really. Don’t do that.)
You’re not competing against anyone except yourself and your concept of what you can do in a year.  Because we think you can do it.
And before you know it, the year will be over (the world may too, so let’s go for the gold, shall we?) and you will be smarter, better looking, and will have watched slightly less Man vs. Food. Win. Win. Win.
To an adventurous 2012!

Lilly —   

So, I hope you’ll join me in this exciting, and insane challenge, and by signing today.  In the words of Bette Davis, who said, in All About Eve, (which is a classic film, that could count toward your goal of 50 flicks):

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” – And a whole lot of fun, too!

A Woman with Backbone

And so it begins.  My blog.  My words of mature wisdom, drawn from a baby-boomer state of mind.  My keen eye, astute observations and ever so clever opinions, colored by my life’s experiences. My words, to mold and bend as I choose!  A chance to carve out a niche.  To make my mark.  Ah wilderness. Here’s to the unknown, to treading new ground and forging new territory.  Here’s to finally growing up.  Confession:  Though I love writing, whether it’s typing away at the keyboard or putting ink to paper, I am at this moment clueless as to where this blog will take me—and you, for that matter.  It is a journey, my next step toward that goal we all are working toward—growing up.

Of course, if anyone has suggestions on what I should blog about, please let me know.  In the meantime, in future blogs, you’ll probably find me talking about what I know best, such as:

  • Divorce—or in my case, juggling divorce, death and job hunting—and the easiest way to lose 30 pounds!
  • Life after divorce—it’s crazy, wicked, and not always for the faint of heart
  • Life after kids have flown the coop/ditched the nest or, plainly speaking, deserted me, their loving mother
  • Growing old—the knees are the first to go, if you ask me
  • The new man in my life—my dog, Henry
  • Art, and finding moments of pleasure in the beauty of life
  • Shopping online (and occasionally in person)
  • Plus everything else I’ve left out!

So the sky’s the limit and no matter where this blog ends up, thank you in advance for coming along for the ride.  Bette Davis once said in the tearjerker film classic, Now, Voyager, “Let’s not ask for the moon. We have the stars.”  Doesn’t quite make sense to me as I’d ask for both, but Bette was one classy lady.  A woman with backbone. And that’s what I’m going to be when I grow up.