Wednesday, November 16, 2011

YOUR Faces Through The Ages


Now, I ask you, entre nous, who doesn't want her ab-so-lute-ly gorgeous hair?

Seriously, I'm sitting here trying to conjure up new superlatives, words that convey amazement, awe. I have my Roget's International Thesaurus Revised & Updated Sixth Edition next to my keyboard, leafing through the pages to find appropriate synonyms to apply to all of you.

(I highly recommend the tome as a perfect gift for word lovers btw.)

Ultimately, I suppose I will repeat myself, but that does not take away from the enthusiasm, empathy and enormous respect I have for you when I see your lovely faces and read your magnificent stories. You are such a solid, sometimes stoic, stunning group of women that I can only say, thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, disappointments, dreams and triumphs with all of us. And, being brave enough to include your pictures. Trust me, I know that detail is a true leap of faith.

50s. . .

Lisa Musgrave
Martha Burnett

CJ
Sunshine and Shadow 
One of you was married at 18, divorced at 34, retired at 59 and set out on adventure after adventure: an African safari, crewing on a 43 foot catamaran from Costal del Sol to the Canary Islands, moved on to Florence for two months, tried living in Paris for a while and then returned to the States and her two daughters -- born 10 years apart -- only to re-start a new, part time career.

I'll let Cari (CJ) take a stand in her own words because they are so relevant to who we are and where we are going: Popular media have a lot to answer for but I also think that we – our generation – should be ashamed of ourselves.  I mean, we bought into the hype big time and just took the punches. HOW DARE THEY! Should we not be angry, even militant? Time to stand up and say “I am woman” and part of what’s wrong with the world today is that the collective wisdom, intuition, understanding and plain old common sense we have gained through life experience is treated like so much dross. 

How about that?

60s. . .
Billeta Martin
Most of all, and I know I've said this before, you search out the joy, the positive, you learn and move on ever hopeful.

As you said: "I'm 58, but I live as if I'm 12 with innocence and amazement for each new day."

Ah, my Thesaurus offers a right on the mark synonym (for my overuse of "amazing"): Let's try out "astonishing" -- yes, I like that. It works.

Astonishing (!) That's what you are.

19 comments:

déjà pseu said...

Astonishing, indeed. Merci encore, Tish for this inspired and inspiring series!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I am also 58 and live with amazement for each new day...I love that! Life is just too short to let it pass by without finding enjoyment in the smallest of blessings! I feel more confident and powerful than I ever did in my 20s and 30s...I think this is the perfect time to succeed and enjoy who I am and what I am doing! Thank you once again for an inspirational group of ladies!!

kathy peck said...

Another set of beautiful and astonishing women. Marla's hair is amazing, gorgeous. I wish I had the nerve to go gray, but I don't.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I love her hair too.
Amazing stories of lives and how they evolve, so many women have pushed that proverbial envelope quite beyond the comfort zone!

Karena said...

Tish I love this series, and would adore having Marla's hair!!Stunning.

My hip replacement surgery rehab is going very well. I have been a good patient and doing all of the therapy!

Thank you so much for featuring me as one of your Fab over 50 awhile back!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Belle de Ville said...

I so admire women who can "retire" and then go off on adventures, to Africa, sailing around the world, etc, and I hope that my life will be so full after "retirement".

In the article on Superagers in latest NY Magazine, which everyone should read,keeping active was a key factor of good physical and metal health, and by keeping active they meant staying in the work force or going off on adventures. One of the Superager siblings in the article was still going to work everyday into his 100's!

BigLittleWolf said...

So fabulous, Tish! I can't get enough of these incredible women, their wonderful faces, and the glimpses into their attitudes and lives.

(Et pourrait-on te voir - toi - un de ces jours?)

xoxo

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

I adore this series....Cari's words "hit the mark" , and I too subscribe to the notion of living as if I am 12 with innocence and amazement for each new day.

Thank you, thank, you thank you.

marlaakajake said...

Thanx to all who like my hair. I have never colored it, always long and straight, easy, and many friends through the years thought I should color saying I would look younger. With the exception of my husband who loves that I match him.
You are talented Tish and you have drawn in many amazing and colorful woman. Thank you too. Marla

fashionoverfifty said...

I would (almost) kill for a head of hair like Marlas!

great to appreciate all of their beauty!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

Tish you have done an amazing job of showing us these fabulous ladies.
I would love to have Marla's hair. Beautiful.

Susan Tiner said...

Marla does have beautiful hair.

This series continues to inspire me.

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful series.

I agree with CJ's thoughts, so much wisdom from the 'elders' is blown off as worthless. Sadly you cannot force the young to listen.

I find it ironic that my generation said "don't trust anyone over 30"!! We were the first to value youth over age, and now that we know better...is it too late?
Northmoon

Carol said...

Tish, astonishing works well !

CJ, l absolutely second your words, you hit the nail on the head.

Marla, your hair is fabulous..

Julienne said...

I have a notebook that I carry always and its silver cover is inscribed 'if my age were a phone number it would be unlisted'! Not because I don't want anyone to know that I am well into my 60's but because mostly I don't feel much more than 30!!! Just the body lets me down on the odd occasion, when I forget I am no longer that age, and try to keep up with the littlies!!!! Am now going back to check out the rest of your series...I have been away a little too long I think!!!

Julienne said...

I have a notebook that I carry always and its silver cover is inscribed 'if my age were a phone number it would be unlisted'! Not because I don't want anyone to know that I am well into my 60's but because mostly I don't feel much more than 30!!! Just the body lets me down on the odd occasion, when I forget I am no longer that age, and try to keep up with the littlies!!!! Am now going back to check out the rest of your series...I have been away a little too long I think!!!

CJ said...

So honored to be included here Tish and thanks for the opportunity to air my views. One doesn't want to be seen as just another GOW (grumpy old woman)now I know we're not! I cannot tell you what your series has meant to me...thank you again,
CJ

Lost in Provence said...

Astonishing is absolutely perfect. CJs words will be rolling through my head today!

Kim said...

So wonderful to see natural beauties at any age. I just can't stand to see the puffed up lips and expressionless facades on the movie stars and so called celebrities. Women are beautiful at all ages and why not let it be? Too bad for those celebrities ~ they aren't going to be able to nip and tuck their aging minds!

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