Plot twists don’t just happen in novels or the movies, they show up in our everyday lives, whether we want them or not. Each week Dr. Cecilia Dintino and Psychotherapist Hannah Murray Starobin will speak with women who have twisted their plots and discovered that life after 50 can be filled with imagination, inspiration, laughter, and endless possibilities.
Sovereign: the sensual body with photographer Jocelyn Lee
When we think about women's invisibility over 50, we rarely consider women’s bodies in their purest form, naked. We have been taught to look away with shame, fear, even disgust. This week, we spoke with photographer Jocelyn Lee about her new book Sovereign.
Throughout her career, Jocelyn has been photographing women in the nude, documenting how the body and our sense of ourselves changes throughout our lives. Sovereign is a collection of portraits depicting women age 55 and up. These women, captured naked in natural settings, reveal the beauty, sensuality, and strength of older women made visible.
Listen as Jocelyn talks with us about what she has learned from her work.
Sovereign seeks to shine a bright light on the natural beauty of women of all ages and all body types. No body is deserving of invisibility and I believe this work marks a long overdue paradigm shift. It’s time we revolutionize the image world and flood it with women in real bodies, feeling sensual and wonderful in their human skin.
— Jocelyn Lee 2020
Check out Sovereign at jocelynleestudio.com
Buy Sovereign at minormattersbooks.com
Storywoods, with Rebecca Dudley
Life is filled with many twists and turns, but eventually, if you follow your heart, you find yourself exactly where you are meant to be. This week we spoke with someone who is exactly where she is meant to be; Rebecca Dudley, Children’s Book Author, Architect, and Activist.
When Rebecca and her husband moved to Chicago from Seattle, they missed going to see the North West Ballet production of The Nutcracker with costumes by the late Maurice Sendak. As a gift for her husband, Rebecca decided to re-enact the ballet using stuffed animals. Inspired by the experience, Rebecca began making elaborate diorama’s that she photographed and posted as a blog called Storywoods. This led to two whimsical, creative, and beautifully conceived books; Hank Finds an Egg and Hank Has a Dream.
Rebecca talks with us about how her experience in the theater, studying dance in college, a degree in economics, her work as an architect and activist have all played a role in her current work as a children’s book author. Listen as Rebecca explains how she uses her camera to explore the worlds she creates and discovers the story waiting to be told.
Check out Rebecca's blog Storywoods
Buy 'Hank Finds an Egg' and 'Hank Has a Dream' on Amazon.com
Membranes of Hope, with Theresa C. Dintino
The soul is not something outside of us. We carry it within and it is ours to interact with and shape and dance with.
- Theresa C. Dintino in Membranes of Hope
Theresa Dintino has made several plot twists throughout her adult years. A writer, she studied goddess culture and wrote books about matriarchal societies. Eventually she was drawn to study her own ancestral lineage and wrote a book about her great-grandmother who was an Italian strega. Her journey to connect with her Strega ancestry led her to an introduction to the West African Dagara tradition of stick divination. In a plot twist, Theresa pursued divination, a calling that has further deepened her connection to nature, elemental beings, and her ancestral past.
As a stick diviner, she listens, is advised by the elements, and prescribes rituals and actions to those seeking answers or healing. It is an intuitive ritual involving deep focus and play.
Theresa’s explorations next turned to life-systems and their membranes. In her latest book, Membranes of Hope, she considers how everything, even the smallest of molecules is “ensouled” in a membrane. Everything that is a life source is protected by a membrane that lets in, and keeps out, what it needs in order to thrive. As therapists, we refer to these as boundaries. But we like the idea of membrane. It’s more dynamic and porous, less static.
Along with the eight books that she has written, she is also the co-founder of the Weekly Newsletter Nasty Women Writers, and the founder of the Strega Tree Apothecary, an online store offering products for spiritual care needs.
Take a listen to Theresa’s story.
Learn more about Theresa's work at ritualgoddess.com
Check out the Strega Tree Apothecary at stregatree.com
Check out nastywomenwriters.com
Midlife-A-Go-Go with Valerie Albarda
Valerie Albarda suggests we enjoy the midlife and skip the crisis.
She has a podcast she calls Midlife-A-Go-Go, filled with interviews, stories and testaments of mid-lifers exploring their worlds, enjoying their lives and making changes that matter to us all.
Valerie recently gave a TEDxCharlotte talk titled The Invisibility Trifecta: Coming Out of the Shadows. In this talk, she discusses midlife invisibility and the intersection with aging, sexism and racism. She asks us to consider how the experience of being a black woman in midlife is different and challenging: I want people to be more aware of black and other midlife women of color in society; to make room for us at the table; to show us respect; to acknowledge the value of our life experience.
Now, Valerie faces another challenge, a diagnosis of Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
Through it all she is a storyteller, an advisor and an activist. We experienced her as both playful and formidable, a very potent mix.
Take a Listen
Check out https://www.midlifeagogo.com/
Check out Midlife-A-Go-Go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Late Bloomer Living, with Yvonne Marchese
How do you bloom? Are you an annual or a perennial? Do you bloom late? Are you still sprouting? Or are you waiting, held inside some bulb that is planted deep within the earth, for your time?
Today we talk to Yvonne Marchese, host of Late Bloomer Living Podcast.
Yvonne believes midlife can be a time to step into a new experience, learn new things and, well, bloom again.
She calls herself a “serial pivoter.” She is an actress, storyteller, photographer, wife and mother.
We are so happy to connect with Yvonne. She is a part of the cultural web of women who support others in embracing life, rebooting desire and re-finding purpose in midlife and beyond.
Take a Listen.
Check out Yvonne's websites latebloomerliving.com and yvonnemarchesephotography.com
Check out Yvonne's free workbook 5 Steps to Your Midlife Reboot
Check out Yvonne's Instagram, Facebook page, and Linkedin
Saturn Returns, a conversation with Diane Mahiques
Sometimes, it’s important to seek the bigger picture in order to understand ourselves. In times like these, we need to go beyond our noses to find solace and wisdom in larger patterns. But how do we do this? One way is to start by looking at life from a decidedly different perspective.
Today, we talk with Dianna Mahiques, a Western Astrologer and certified BTB Feng Shui Master. She offers us some alternative ways to know and experience ourselves in this multidimensional world.
Since she was a child, Diana was attracted to the metaphysical aspects of our existence. She was attracted to a career in music and was successful as a rock band manager. But her love of astrology and her capacity for the intuitive eventually lead her in a different direction. She twisted her plot and stepped further and wider into her life-long passions.
Diana’s energy is captivating and wide-reaching. She’s got a lot to offer. We admit, we don’t know much about astrology or Feng Shui. But we did learn something about Saturn returning for the third time in our lives.
Find out more. Let’s explore it all.
Twisting our plots is a big job.
Check out integrativeastrologyandfengshui.com
Email Diana at email@example.com