Celebrity Meltdown and Linky Love

I don’t follow the lives of celebrities. I have no interest in the Academy Awards, or the Grammy Awards, or any other kind of entertainment awards.

Well, that’s not completely true. I am interested in awards like the Giller Prize, Canada’s literary award for works of fiction, and Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards, and other such literary awards.

But I don’t live under a rock (Although I sometimes wish I lived on a mountaintop, or better yet a farm on the prairie, away from all the craziness.) and I knew that actress Demi Moore was in the news recently, though I didn’t know, and didn’t care, what for. Until this morning.

I was doing my usual hop and skip through Google Reader when I came across Lynne Spreen’s post on her blog Any Shiny Thing and learned that Demi Moore is having a meltdown over turning fifty.

I’ve heard, and read the words of, more than a few women who have embraced aging gracefully and love being in their fifties and I count myself among them. As I’ve posted here before I am now more me than I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve embraced every wrinkle, every extra pound, and every gray hair I have as symbols of all I’ve come through, the wisdom I’ve gained, and the sense of settledness I enjoy these days.

Poor Ms. Moore, it seems, is not ready to accept her advancing years and step into the woman she was created to be. She doesn’t know what she’s missing out on. Nor do many other women who buy into the “eternally young” mindset we see put in front of us day after day.

It’s time to change that. It’s time to celebrate advancing age and increased wisdom. It’s time we all start to appreciate the beauty of a woman who knows who she is and isn’t wasting time, money, and energy trying to be a younger version of herself.

You agree, right?

I invite you to click over to Any Shiny Thing: A Discussion of Middle Age and Beyond and tell blogger Lynne Spreen you agree.

Spring countdown banner

As we head into the weekend I’m looking forward to visiting the Pacific Northwest Flower and Garden Show. It will be a time of inspiration and awesomeness and I suspect that images from the show will be adorning posts here in the days and weeks to come.

I leave you with a few other links to posts I enjoyed this week and hope you will like them too.

  • My good friend Carmen is a Grilled Grandma over at Grandma’s Briefs.
  • Sweet lady Jeanette Levellie writes about dealing with people who dislike, or even hate, you.
  • Writer/Gardener Grace Peterson touts the wonders of Pinterest. (I’m hooked on Pinterest too. Let me know if you want an invitation!)

Don’t forget to visit me at A Grandma’s Garden this weekend. I’ll be checking in on the worms and transplanting tomatoes.

What’s on your agenda this weekend?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Yes, I agree. I turned 50 last summer, and although I still wrestle a bit with that fact, my perspective has gotten better. Thanks for the encouragement! Have a great weekend!

    1. Happy weekend, Karen.

  2. I’m 51 and although it still sounds strange to say it, I really don’t mind it at all. I had trouble a few years back, trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life after devoting 28 years to being a stay-at-home mom. Writing and gardening and now a full time job have taken away any doubts about my usefulness. Thank you for the LinkLOVE. You’re very sweet. Have a great weekend.

  3. I’m hitting the 55 mark this month and I feel kind of weird being on the “backside of 60” but I also feel really strong and wonderful and capable.

    Shoot, my first novel wasn’t even published until I was in my 50’s!

    I feel pretty danged powerful. 😀

    The actors who embrace who they are survive much better. Those who run from it find a nasty brick wall. You can’t stop aging – you can camo it, but even that has its limits. What a shame.

  4. This old broad who will turn 73 this year has enjoyed the 23 years after she turned 50 more than any other 23 years in her life. So sad Demi. Hope you’ll wake up on eday to the joy of the bonus years.

    1. You epitomize getting the most out of life, Pat!

  5. Linda, This post and the discussions are so rich with insights and links. I agree, Lynne’s post on embracing the aging process as an honored passage versus a dreaded milestone is fantastic. Thanks for all your links to other blogs. If I’m not careful I’ll be spending the weekend blog-hopping rather than tackling all my projects~delightful distractions need to be factored in! Enjoy your weekend. BTW, I’m 65 and I wouldn’t trade my sense of empowerment,my joy or my hard earned wisdom for anything 🙂

  6. I love living life in the fifties! I’m too old to run relay races with my grands, but still young enough to slide across the kitchen floor in my stocking fee! Yippeeeee!

    Thanks for the linky love, Linda. You are a sweetie!

  7. Having just turned 60, 50 now seems impossibly young. I’ve talked with friends about the fact that we don’t have good models to show us a graceful path into aging. So I guess it’s our job to be our own models. I feel so sorry for the Hollywood types who are imprisoned by the need to be something they’re not.

  8. I’m with you, Linda – I’m enjoying my advanced age – I should be wiser, right?

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