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TueNight 10: Kate Hanley

Age: 49. I actually enjoy saying the number because in my mind I’m already telling myself I’m 50 in preparation; but I’ve still got seven months of my 40s left, dammit! Quick Bio: Kate is the host of the podcast “How to Be a Better Person” and author of the book of the same name. She lives in Providence, RI with her husband, two kids, and a rescue dog named Cookie. Beyond the Bio: “The thing I love the most about full-on middle age is losing the compulsion to have people like me and speaking up; the thing that trips me out is all the things you thought would never happen to you, happening to you: crepey skin, thinning hair, a new sun spot every week, needing reading glasses, developing a wattle, feeling time speed up. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I’m like, “who is that?” But, hey, I’m younger than I’ll ever be, and I’m fairly healthy. I appreciate these things immensely and really try not to take them for granted.”  1. On the …

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; …

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 …

TueNight 10: Cara Raich

Age: 45 Quick Bio: Cara, a former attorney, is a mediator and group dialogue specialist who engages with institutions to help create more respectful workplace cultures and solve employee relations or governance conflicts. Cara also helps groups of all types have challenging conversations in a structured and productive manner. Beyond the bio: “Having been to almost 30 countries, I’d say travel early and often. And at some point do it alone. Solo travel is so empowering. Nothing beats adding to one’s memory bank and experiencing new people and cultures is a wonderful way to do that. And have girlfriends. Good, solid girlfriends who will tell you when your clothes are awful, your hair is a mess and you have food in your teeth, who then hug you and give you wine.” 1. On the nightstand: She Said, the jaw dropping back story of the Harvey Weinstein story told by the reporters who broke the story, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Just read it. These women are remarkable professionals who exemplified tenacity, journalistic integrity, grit and excellent judgment …

TueNight 10: Benish Shah

Age: 37 Quick bio: Benish has worked in almost every industry from law to baby food to tech, and kind of loves it. She’s currently the Chief Growth Officer for Loop and Tie. She is the author of the children’s book The Splendiferous Spillerella and has a new book for adults in the works. Beyond the Bio: “If 25 year old me saw my life right now, she would be both sad, confused, and incredibly proud. I’ve survived PTSD — some Lifetime-movie level life things — switched careers and industries, and live in an apartment with a view I could have only dreamed of.  My life has been nothing that I imagined it would be, good and bad. My only true unanswered question in life is: why did Mindy Kaling get famous before me? Because now everyone says I talk like her…but have they ever considered, she talks like me?” 1. On the nightstand: A book of poems by Nikita Gill, lavender balm by Eu Genia, and yes an obsidian stone that sits on my book of Muslim prayers. …

TueNight 10: Sloane Davidson

Age: 39 (Almost in our demo!) Quick Bio: Sloane is the Founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor, a nonprofit that supports refugees and immigrants through mentorship. Next Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 she is co-hosting a TueNight Live #DayofAction and will be curating our new issue next week, “Welcome.” Beyond the bio: “I’m less than a month away from 40. Where did this decade go? As I near my birthday I keep thinking about the road I took to get here. The people that influenced me. How content I am now and how I never ever thought I would get here. There is a stillness to me, mixed in with my drive, because I finally feel like I’m doing something I was meant to do and everything led up to this moment. It’s dramatic but that’s where I am and I’m trying to sit in it and appreciate that because it was hard AF to get here and I don’t want to rush into looking ahead without appreciating the journey.” 1. On the nightstand: Fight Like A Mother by Shannon Watts, Memoirs of a Born …

TueNight 10: Taiia Smart Young

Age: 46 Basic bio: Taiia (Tee-eye-yah) is an award-winning author, content creator, writing coach and speaker. She loves connecting with teens about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Her book, Famous! How to Be the Star of Your Show: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Embracing Her Fabulous Self, reminds young women “to believe in their flyness.” Her favorite T-shirt says: “The dopest writers are from Brooklyn.” Beyond the Bio: “I finally feel super comfortable in my skin. I know who I am, and I’m not ashamed that I love me something fierce.” 1. On the nightstand: Prayers for Difficult Times, essential oils and a talisman my grandmother gave me. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Wearing red lipstick, inserting classic movie lines into daily conversation, going to therapy, laughing at myself and talking about the importance of HBCUs 3. Jam of the minute: “Talk” by Khalid. 4. Thing I miss: The Golden Age of hip-hop, lyricists and brilliant flows. 5. 80s crush: Ralph Tresvant from New Edition. 6. Current crush: Lena Waithe, Ava DuVernay and Robin Thede. 7. Will whine about: Long lines. I will leave …

TueNight 10: Tonya Jenerette

Age: 52 Quick bio: Tonya is the Deputy Chief for Strategic Advocacy and Litigation for the New York City Law Department. She spends her days advocating for the city and filing lawsuits to protect its most vulnerable residents. Beyond the Bio: “Up until age 45 I loved boasting that I make no concessions to age. Turning 50 changed all that. My body demanded compromises, like trading kickboxing for yoga and bootcamp classes for the gentler joys of African dance, power walking and Pilates. But the best part of turning 50 is no longer giving a damn about what my life is supposed to look like. I’ve always aspired to the single girl lives of Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda Morgenstern and Wilona Woods, sprinkled with the fierceness of Pam Grier and Tamara Dobson, and that’s the life I’ve created. I have been alternately kissed and burned by the sun and I wake up every day happy to be here.” 1. On the nightstand: Song In A Weary Throat by Pauli Murray, The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison and Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori …

TueNight 10: Caissie St. Onge

Age: 47 Quick bio: Caissie is an Emmy award nominated comedy writer, television producer (most recently for the sorely missed TueNighter fave, Busy Tonight, and before that Watch What Happens Live, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Late Show with David Letterman) and author of the YA novel, Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. Beyond the bio: “I know people worry a lot about how they look as they age and this might sound like bragging, but for whatever reason, whether it’s my voice or the way I dress or that I have a baby face, people always think that I’m a good deal younger than I am. Which can be okay. But a lot of times it’s annoying, too! I’ve been doing what I do for 26 years now, I have a ton of experience and I hate having to explain that.” 1. On the nightstand: Seltzer, allergy medicine, a scented candle. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Trying to create content that features and centers and speaks to women. 3. Jam of the minute: Anything by Lizzo. 4. Thing I miss: My son. He’s in …

TueNight 10: Lynn Hepburn

Age: 46 Quick bio: Lynn is a Brooklyn-based, non-profit fundraising executive. She’s on the hunt for her next challenge after 13 years in the same role. Currently soliciting ideason what to be when she grows up. Beyond the Bio: “Laid off for the first time in my life this year, I’m both excited and terrified by the opportunities ahead. I’m glad it happened now when I have more confidence and at the stage in life when I see it as a pivot to something better and different. More chin hairs, fewer concerns about what others think. Circle of life…” 1. On the nightstand: Half a dozen or so lotions and creams that will never go on my body because I hate lotions and creams but know I should use them so I keep buying them. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Watching MSNBC. I have been glued to the tv since before the 2016 election. While others have been gushing about Game of Thrones, I’ve been nursing my crush on Rachel Maddow. I feel like something bad will happen if I look away but …

TueNight 10: Daphne Youree

Age: 50, turning 51 August 23rd Quick Bio: Daphne Youree is a Brooklyn photographer and former apprentice to Arthur Elgort. She is currently working on her photo project Fem_Forward, focused on women’s fitness and empowerment, born out of political frustration. She is also thinking about starting a podcast focusing on women and their daily hero moments.You may have heard of Daphne’s recent #shero moment, literally bailing out commuters on the LIE! Beyond the bio: “Fitness and health are a huge part of my life now and help keep me feeling strong and vibrant. Every year older feels more empowered and confident. Having toddlers in my 40s helped me make sure I took care of myself so I could keep up with them. I finally realized in my older age that I should always dress nicely since it could be a viral video day!” 1. On the nightstand: My glasses, iPhone, hair band and dental floss 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Netflix binge watching 3. Jam of the minute: Lizzo – anything by her 4. Thing I miss:  Rapping in my Czech band, Prague 1990 5. 80s crush: Andrew McCarthy …

TueNight 10: Amy Hundley

Age: 46 Quick Bio: Amy is an editor and rights director at Grove Atlantic, which is to say she buys and sells books. She’s extremely proud to have edited The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom, out in August. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, their ornery cat, and the most adorable one-year-old to ever exist. Beyond the bio: “The biggest change in my life lately is becoming a parent, and I don’t know how you all did it except maybe it was easier at a younger age? Seriously, I have a bad hip all of a sudden. Before I became a mom, I felt like my 40s were all about knowing who I was and who I wasn’t and wouldn’t ever be, being strategic, and making what was important to me come closer to true. Now? It’s all about letting things go and enjoying the moment, seeing life through the eyes of someone who is so present and joyful and trying to learn from that (hopefully without letting too much of my job stuff slip through …

TueNight 10: Shannon Watts

Age: 48 Quick bio: Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the author of Fight Like A Mother: How A Grassroots Movement Took On The Gun Lobby And Why Women Will Change The World (HarperOne). Beyond the Bio: “I get asked all the time if I do my own social media — yes, that’s all me. I love to scan Twitter in waiting rooms, in grocery lines and while waiting on runways. Some people play Candy Crush, I tweet. My travel schedule this summer will be insane…I have a repetitive injury in my shoulder from lifting my suitcase into the plane overhead, but I would rather have a rhino gnaw off my toenails than have to check my luggage through baggage claim.” 1. On the nightstand: A huge stack of magazines I haven’t been able to read because I’ve been on the road. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Eating pistachios in the shell. I have callouses.  3. Jam of the minute: New album Assume Form by James Blake. 4. Thing I miss: My Blackberry. That red flashing light is addictive. …

TueNight 10: Nandita Shenoy

Quick Bio: Nandita is an actor-writer who loves to hear an audience laugh.  Her latest play, Baby Camp, had a public reading in NYC on July 8th. Beyond the Bio:  “As I hurtled toward 40, I felt such a sense of urgency that if things didn’t happen before that date, I would be doomed forever.  But then it happened and my life, including my career, got better! I’ve worked more consistently as an actor, had more plays produced in better venues, and experienced a truly stable and loving relationship, all in this decade.”  1. On the nightstand:  Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev, Milkmanby Anna Burns and What Happened by Hillary Clinton. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop:  Fighting the patriarchy one play at a time. 3. Jam of the minute: Lizzo’s “Juice.” 4. Thing I miss:  Letters 5. 80s crush:  Rob Lowe (until the 1988 Democratic Convention) 6. Current crush:  Keanu Reeves 7. Will whine about: The MTA 8. Will wine about: Rosé 9. Best thing that happened recently:  A theater in Seattle asked to produce my play Washer/Dryer. 10. Looking forward to: Acting in Madhuri Shekar’s House of Joy at Cal Shakes next month.

TueNight 10: Tracey Lynn Lloyd

Age: 46.95 Quick Bio: Tracey writes all the things, all the time, in NYC and LA. Follow her on Twitter so she gets enough of a following for a book deal. Beyond the bio: “I’ve learned to accept my midlife crises as evidence that we always have the capacity to change. At the back half of my 40s, I have about 3 fucks left to give, which I’m saving for civil rights, menopause symptoms, and maintaining a good sex life.” 1. On the nightstand: Vape pen, glasses, lip balm. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Growing, and crying when I feel like it. 3. Jam of the minute: “I’m Gonna Get You Baby” by Bizarre, Inc. (I’m stuck in college nostalgia). 4. Thing I miss: Urinary continence. 5. 80s crush: Pierce Brosnan. The accent. 6. Current crush: Keanu Reeves, and a man who knows who he is. 7. Will whine about: Almost anything. 8. Will wine about: Almost anything, as long as it’s sparkling. 9. Best thing that happened recently: I lost 15 pounds and my jeans are loose. 10. Looking forward to: Celebrating my birthday, because I usually …

TueNight 10: Lisa Miller

Age: 56 Quick bio: Lisa Miller is a Contributing Editor at New York Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and pets – and all the other writers. Beyond the Bio: “I write long-form features for the best magazine out there. It’s a dream. I’ve written about raising kids and genetics and politics and mental health – and menopause! I just published a piece about the intersection between parents who send their kids to Waldorf schools and parents who refuse vaccinate their kids. Waldorf schools have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country – even in the midst of the biggest measles outbreak since 1994. Although I disagree with these parents, I wanted to try to understand what they were thinking. I love my job because it gives me permission to talk to strangers.” 1. On the nightstand: The Question Authority, a novel by my friend Rachel Cline. Lot, short stories by Bryan Washington, which I picked up at One Story’s Debutante Ball – one of my favorite events of the year. Past issues of the New Yorker. And on my Kindle, The Overstory, by Richard Powers. …

TueNight 10: Doreen Oliver

Quick bio: Doreen is a writer, performer and speaker whose work illuminates the beauty, heartbreak, and unpredictability of life, often through the lens of parenthood. Her award-winning, critically-acclaimed solo show about raising a child with autism, Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not, broke a record for the fastest sell-out of a run in the New York International Fringe Festival’s 20-year history; she’s working on a memoir and tour of the show. Beyond the Bio: “I was very organized before kids. Well, not my desk. Or bedroom. But life: I had a plan, I executed it, then made more plans! Now so much feels unpredictable and out of control — my schedule, my kids’ needs, my thoughts, the layers of crumbs spread about my kitchen table. But all of this has deepened my art, my ability to see and understand others, my awareness of who I am in this moment in time. I feel everything more profoundly than I ever have in my life. Sometimes I’m drowning in messy emotions, but transforming them into a piece of writing that …

TueNight 10: Mary Pipher and Sara Pipher Gilliam

Mary (l.) and Sara (r.)  It’s our first mother-daughter TueNight 10! This dynamic duo co-authored the 25th anniversary edition of Mary’s classic Reviving Ophelia, which spent three years on the New York Times bestseller list in the mid-1990s, including 28 weeks at #1. Ages: Mary is 71, and Sara is 42. Quick Bios: Mary is a therapist and clinical psychologist specializing in women, trauma, and the effects of our culture on mental health, which has earned her the title of “cultural therapist” for her generation. She is the author of ten books, including the bestselling The Shelter of Each Other, Another Country, and most recently Women Rowing North. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sara is Editor-in-Chief of Exchange, a magazine for early childhood professionals. She is also Vice President and a founding board member of Carry the Future, an international refugee relief organization. She lives with her family in Hamilton, Ontario. Beyond the Bios: “We had a very typical mother/daughter relationship in the early 90s—love and affection punctuated by a fair amount of conflict. We could always bond around our great …

TueNight 10: Golda

Age: 41 Quick bio: Golda is a lawyer by day and a singer/songwriter/bassist by night and the occasional late afternoon. Her latest album, “Be My Satellite“, was just released on May 17, 2019 and is available everywhere you get your music or on her official website. Beyond the bio: “I started taking bass lessons at the tender age of 37. I told myself I’d just commit to about 10 lessons, but I ended up diving in head first and within a year I was writing songs. Despite my fat positive background (I took a five-year break from the law to be a full time body love blogger and coach in 2009), I still found myself struggling with whether pursuing music was “worthwhile” and whether I was too old/fat etc. to put myself out there. Luckily, I was able to overcome that crap and started playing out and released my first album in 2017. Now I really embrace the idea that I’m a middle-aged/Gen-X songwriter, writing songs for other people who are around my own age.” 1. On …

TueNight 10: Linda Hirshman

Quick bio: Previously a labor lawyer and professor of women’s studies and philosophy at Brandeis, Linda Hirshman is the author of the New York Times bestseller Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution, and Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World. Beyond the bio: “I am eagerly awaiting the release of my latest book, Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment. It’s the first book about the #MeToo movement and features interviews with amazing women like Anna Holmes, Rebecca Traister, Alyssa Milano, Jane Mayer, and of course, many of the #MeToo survivors. Above all, I can’t wait to share the stories of all the unsung heroes in the battle against sexual abuse, many of whom are women of color.” 1. On the nightstand: Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne and Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Game of Thrones 3. Jam of the …

TueNight 10: Mary Lee Kortes

Quick bio: Mary Lee Kortes is a singer/songwriter, author, performer and teacher. She has six albums released under the name Mary Lee’s Corvette, and her first book, Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob, has just been published by BMG Books. Beyond the bio: “My life right now is far more incredible than I could have imagined, although the hope and desire for where I am now was always there. I didn’t even really get started at what I wanted and was meant to do until I was in my 30s. I had to fight the strange voices in my head telling me to sit in the corner and be still, don’t bother anyone. Hardly my true self, and hardly the appropriate behavior for someone who wants to create. Hardly the demeanor of someone about to embark on a book and music tour of Russia!” 1. On the nightstand: The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen.  2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Singing and imagining 3. Jam of the minute: Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help 4. Thing I miss: My mom 5. 80s …

TueNight 10: Sylvia Wehrle

Age: 48 Quick bio: Sylvia is the founder and creative director of user experience design of June, a wellness and skincare brand that incorporates full spectrum hemp oil into their products. Her interest in user experience design, chemistry, math and wellness have collided in a perfect storm that is June. Sylvia lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughters and dogs. Beyond the bio: “I love being over 40. What has really crystallized for me is my ability to take risks creatively, think expansively and then execute on those ideas in a fearless way.” 1. On the nightstand: Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein, and June edible drops 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Learning new things 3. Jam of the minute: Spotify playlist: Women of R&B 4. Thing I miss:  A world before Snapchat…I have two teenage daughters. 5. 80s crush: Pierce Brosnan, a.k.a. Remington Steel 6. Current crush: My husband Neil Wehrle 7. Will whine about: My kids getting off their screens 8. Will wine about: Hanging with friends outside when the weather is good — talking about politics, retiring to a commune somewhere in northern Spain and eating good …

TueNight 10: Alison Mazer

Age: 50 Quick bio: Alison is an entertainment management consultant and booking agent. A native New Yorker, she literally grew up backstage at Lincoln Center. Beyond the bio: “Two years ago I found my father in a life crisis, with dementia and evicted. He had left when I was a baby and never raised me, didn’t help my Mom with much money. He never showed any interest in my son and wasn’t a grandfather to him. My father had always been extremely self-centered and absent from my life. Nonetheless, when given the choice of helping him or looking away and letting him be mentally ill and homeless, I decided to help him. I was surprised by how good  it felt.” 1. On the nightstand: Courage To Change—there is addiction in my family. The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin—I adore her!  Breakfast at Tiffany’s—Truman Capote is one of my most favorite writers. Labello lip balm, a nail file, L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, a lamp made out of a large canning jar. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Dancing. I take a dance …

TueNight 10: Rachel Cline

Age: 62 Quick bio: Rachel Cline is a writer and editor. Red Hen Press just published her third novel, The Question Authority, which took her ten years to write. It’s about a middle-aged woman coming to terms with the lifelong impact of her 8th grade teacher’s bad behavior. Beyond the Bio: I like to write about women who struggle with everyday life, because I am one of them. I’ve done a lot of  different jobs to keep that going: from proofreading the yellow pages to writing (with others) season 13 of Knots Landing and taking the curse words out of Glengarry Glen Ross so they could show it on a plane. For the past ten years, I’ve held various jobs behind-the-scenes at the NYC Department of Education, but I’m “retiring” next week! I’m so psyched to purge my wardrobe of stretchy non-descript black slacks: see ya Marissa/Sloan/Cassidy/Curvy/Sailor/Crop! Anyway, my close friendships (mostly with women I’ve known since the 80s) are what I care most about and what sustains me. 1. On the nightstand: Ocean nasal spray, CBD salve, Stitcher …

TueNight 10: Joanna Briley

Age: 50 Quick bio: Joanna is a New York City-based actor, stand-up comedian and writer. She has appeared on Lifetime TV’s “Fempire” ad campaign, “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen, and several appearances on Wendy Williams “Street Talk” segment. Beyond the bio: “In 2018, I created the “Black Women in Comedy Festival,” which was an amazing call to action for black women comedians who are hilariously talented yet routinely overlooked by the industry. With over 20 years in the comedy business, I felt compelled to create this festival to highlight the wide range of comedy, storytelling, improv, and sketch from the perspectives of black women in a supportive and safe environment. I am proud to say that the festival empowered so many funny black women who just needed someone cheering for them and rooting for their success. We look forward to opening more doors in the coming years.” 1. On the nightstand: Lust for Life by Sylvester McNutt III, Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore with Eric C. Westman, MD, She’s So Funny by Judy Brown and Essence Magazine. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: …

TueNight 10: Marci Alboher

Age: I’m more than willing to #saymyage, 53 Bio: Vice President of Strategic Communications for Encore.org, “I cook up ideas for Encore.org on how to frame longer lives as a force for good and intergenerational connection as a natural way of life. I’m really excited about our Encore Public Voices Fellowship, a partnership with the OpEd Project to identify and support 20 diverse thought leaders working on issues relating to aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice.” Marci also serves on the board of Girls Write Now, a phenomenal organization empowering girls through writing and mentoring. (If you’re in New York City, you should check out one of their Spring events.) Beyond the bio: “In my free time, I walk excessively around Manhattan, and recently started taking piano lessons to keep the brain sharp. My long-term hobby is low-skates poker (Omaha) with a group of artist/writer types — and increasingly, my mom’s pals. The coolest thing about being middle-aged is that you are perfectly positioned for cross-generational friendships up and down the age chain!” 1. On the nightstand: Mary Pipher’s Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We …

TueNight 10: Anne Mourier

Age: 55 years old. Quick Bio: A conceptual artist, a mother, and a feminist who loves men, Anne Mourier hails from France and New York (and a little bit from Venice, too). Her latest performance “Cycle,” in collaboration with artist 2Fik, will be presented during the open studio weekend at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn in May.  Beyond the bio: “I love more and more human interactions. Material things have less importance for me as time goes by. This is why I am interested by performances…they allow me to have deeper interactions with strangers. They nourish me and help me progress in my journey. I feel more and more the synchronicities of life also and smile when people are “sent to me.”” 1. On the nightstand: One book from Carl Jung, one book about the spiritual life of water, two books about witches and one artwork from Claudia Paneca. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Not dying my grays and making love. 3. Jam of the minute: A new artwork I bought at the Armory show and have to hang in my apartment …