Category: *Midlife Musings ~ Sharon Greenthal, Columnist

Plus Size Model – Do You Think She’s Lovely?

Plus Size Model – Do You Think She’s Lovely? Using the photo below, I ran a post on my fb page about the plus-size model industry, and I received an overwhelmingly positive response. She is a beautiful woman. (Featured image and photo below: Plus-size model Katya Zharkova. Photo credit: Victoria Janashvili/Plus Model Magazine, When I saw this picture I was immediately struck by how familiar she looked. Not that I’d ever seen this particular woman before – but her body, with all of its so-called imperfections, the extra flesh on her bottom, the curve of her stomach and the...

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Karma – What Goes Around, Comes Around

Karma – What Goes Around, Comes Around Karma.  I learned  about it a long time ago when I was in college from a co-worker who, when I told her I had been let go from my job after refusing my boss’s inappropriate sexual advances said of him, “what goes around, comes around.” I thought those words were the most brilliant thing I’d ever heard, and they have been my personal motto ever since.  Back then I had just a vague idea of what karma meant, but I knew that there was an essential and genuine truth to what my...

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Five Hundred Lunches and Counting

Five Hundred Lunches and Counting I’ve been having lunch with the same three women nearly every week for the past 12-15 years, depending on which of us you ask. We have all known each other for longer than that, and our lunches began innocuously enough – four friends from the same community getting together to chat and share some gossip. None of us imagined that our weekly lunches would become a treasured and important part of our lives, an appointment we rarely miss and always look forward to, saving good and not-so-good news to share over a bowl of...

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Mother’s Day: The Gift of Four Generations of Women

This Mother’s Day I’ll once again be reminded that I’m a lucky woman. Not everything in my life has gone smoothly – just like everyone else in the world – but I’ve had one thing that’s been pretty amazing. Four generations. My grandmother will be 98 at the end of May. My mother is on the young end of her 70s. I am 50, and my daughter is 22. There is a connection between the four of us that is the stuff that movies are made about.  I could not have been any closer to my grandmother growing up...

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The Under Toad – Anxiety and Panic Attacks

In John Irving’s masterpiece “The World According to Garp,” Garp’s youngest child Walt misunderstands when his father warns him to “look out for the undertow,” hearing his words as “look out for the under toad.” The under toad became, for the child in the book, the representation of everything scary and overwhelming and out of his control. I read Garp when I was in college, and that phrase has been rattling around in my head ever since. It’s the kind of thing any child could easily misunderstand and any adult could easily imagine being terrifying to a child. The imagery...

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What Not to do When Your Child Applies to College

There was a great piece in the Huffington Post about why your child didn’t get into the college of their dreams. I read it with an enormous sense of relief that I was past this period of my life, and empathy for all of the parents out there who are going through the nerve wracking process of finding out where their children got in…and where they didn’t. For me, waiting to hear where my daughter, and then two years later my son, were admitted was a lesson in patience, acceptance, and most of all a big ol’ reality check....

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