Month: October 2019

TueNight 10: Stephanie Genkin

Age: 54 Quick Bio: Stephanie Genkin is a Certified Financial Planner and Founder of My Financial Planner,LLC, a New York Registered Investment Advisor, working with real people on an hourly basis. She is a media strategist for the nonprofit organization World Learning and an adjunct instructor at NYU. Stephanie is also a proud sponsor of 2019 TueNight storytelling events. Beyond the bio: “I think my family is still pretty shocked I became a career money geek, having shown no interest in earning a buck or living in a capitalist country for a good chunk of my adult life. I’m still amazed at the painless transition of my professional identity from roving print reporter in the Middle East to CNN interview producer to financial advisor for the 99 percent.” 1. On the nightstand: How to be an Antiracist (JUST READ IT!);  The Hidden Life of Trees, because I love walking and spend time in nature this time of year; Persian Mirrors, it’s been around for awhile but I want Elaine Sciolino to be my writing teacher and her books are the next best thing; …

Green on the Green: Learning Golf at 59

Amy hits the green on the Kissing Camels Course in Colorado Springs last month. (Photo courtesy of the author) The ball sat high on the tee, as if waiting patiently while I ran through my mental checklist.  Lean forward – but not too much. Bend your knees – but not too much.  Turn your hips and shoulders – but not your head. Follow through – definitely follow through. I swung the club, anticipating the thwack! that signals a solid drive. Nope. Not a sound, except the swoosh of my driver pushing the air.  This frustrating scenario is a familiar one, as I have recently set about learning the torturous sport of golf.  It feels weird to be an absolute beginner at age 59. I’m a veteran at so many things at this point: writing, marriage, mothering, and yoga, to name a few. But in the realm of golf, a true beginner is what I am indeed, right down to having to learn the anatomy of a golf club. (Who knew there was a heel and …

Nancy Rabinowitz Friedman

TueNight 10: Nancy Rabinowitz Friedman

Nancy (at right), with her Feed Our Democracy Partner Isabel Kallman, giving out free hugs at the NYC Pride parade Age: 54 Quick bio: Nancy is one of the co-founders of Feed Our Democracy, a grassroots organization dedicated to encouraging activism and raising hell. She is the co-founder of KidzVuz Media, and the vice chair of the board of Transport Theatre Group, an off-Broadway theatre company.   Beyond the Bio: “The hardest part about being over 50 is the invisibility, but it’s also the most freeing. It’s only when the general public started looking at me less that I was able to see myself more clearly.”  1. On the nightstand: The Porpoise, by Mark Haddon (he also wrote The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeline Thien. And ,very uncharacteristically for me, since I almost exclusively read fiction, Sapiens, by Youval Noah Harrari. That last one is brilliant but slow going. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Eating carbs. Life is not worth living without carbs. Seriously. 3. Jam of the minute: I’m a Broadway Geek. (I even …

TueNight 10: Felicity Enders

Age: 47. I think. I always have to stop and do the math! Quick Bio: Felicity is a Professor of Biostatistics at Mayo Clinic, where she leads a large group of clinical statisticians. Now that she’s a full professor, she’s become open about her interest in diversity and inclusion. Beyond the Bio: “I really enjoy finally being old enough to say what I really think. So, now I’m working on ‘softening my image’ to avoid scaring people too much when I tell it like it is.” 1. On the nightstand: Jason Fung’s The Complete Guide to Fasting 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Talking (bragging or worrying) about kids 3. Jam of the minute: 1491 audiobook. Third time through! 4. Thing I miss: Ummmm… living in the moment without serious care for the future. 5. 80s crush: Tom Cruise. Who now makes me shudder.  6. Current crush: Matt Damon. Can’t get enough! 7. Will whine about: Chronic sleep deprivation  8. Will wine about: Any interaction with former sexist/racist boss 9. Best thing that happened recently: Husband became a stay at home dad. HOORAY!!!!! 10. Looking forward to: Going to Sicily …

Benish Shah and Carla Zanoni at TueNight Live

TueNight 10: Carla Zanoni

Benish Shah (left) and Carla Zanoni at TueNight’s Day of Action Age: 45  Quick bio: Carla is a digital strategist, writer and journalist in NYC. She is working on a memoir about the recovery of self worth, based on her 21-year journey from drug addiction to career and life success. Beyond the Bio: “When I turned 40 I had a beautiful moment as I walked down the street: I liked myself. I realized I had managed to not only survive, but thrive. Now I feel a confidence, steadiness, and self love I hadn’t experienced before. This feels like the combined gifts of self inquiry, the power of age and experience.” 1. On the nightstand: The Buly 1803 rose oil I put on my face and elbows before bed, a new 5 year journal where I keep a gratitude list, about 20 different pens, an azurite malachite stone I bought in Paris, and a tiny ceramic jar I reach for each night after I realize I once again forgot to take out my earrings before going to sleep.  2. Can’t …

TueNight 10: Penelope Codrington

Age: 52  Quick bio: Penelope dreams of abandoning her legal career and surrendering to her vocation: purposeful storytelling. She enjoys writing essays and performing stories with a social justice or uplifting theme and is grateful for any opportunity to share them. Beyond the Bio: “A decade ago, I decided that I was tired of feeling invisible. I forced myself to speak up, stand out and choke down feelings of insecurity in places and situations where I felt unwelcome. It’s been a life changing exercise, so freeing and empowering.” 1. On the nightstand: Guanahani, My Love by Marion Bethel, a wonderful attorney/poet/writer/activist from The Bahamas. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: I’m obsessed with the scary drama of the impeachment proceedings. 3. Jam of the minute: Any tune on the Deep House or Frankie Knuckles stations on Pandora. 4. Thing I miss: Dancing in New York night clubs until closing, emerging tired and happy to a bright Sunday morning and slowly walking home drinking a New York Seltzer peach soda. 5. 80s crush: LL Cool J 6. Current crush: Brian K. (my dude), the sweetest, sexiest man ever!  He’s …