over50feeling40: Marlo Thomas, Diane Keaton...Inspirational Reads!
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Apr 17, 2014

Marlo Thomas, Diane Keaton...Inspirational Reads!

Need a little inspiration?  Something to get your heart pumping and creativity screaming?  Then get a copy of Marlo Thomas’s New York Times bestseller, It Ain’t Over…Til It’s Over (Reinventing your life and realizing your dreams – anytime, any age).

“There’s nothing I love – and need- more than the reassurance that we can all dream – and start over again.”  -Marlo Thomas

Thomas has compiled 60 inspiring stories of women who (for different reasons) literally took ideas and dreams and made them happen.  “They were stuck. Some were stuck in dead-end jobs that made them feel lifeless inside.  Others were new empty- nesters – confronted, practically overnight, with a big, quiet house and a bigger, quieter future.  Still others had experienced a life crisis – a divorce, a layoff, the death of a loved one – and had fallen into a stultifying funk.”

I have had a hard time putting this book down…the cat bit me for water, my son begged me for dinner, and I screened phone calls.

We all can be inspired to take steps of courage …to act on ideas swimming around in our heads…to take a leap of faith.
I will share one story with you... Layla Fanucci, 56, had never painted a picture in her life.  But, she wanted a painting for her house and could not find exactly what she was looking for, so she bought some paint and began a masterpiece.  Her amazing story takes her from friends noticing her painting to one day actually selling one piece of artwork for $100,000!  “You know how runners talk about that amazing euphoric feeling they get at the end of a marathon? When I paint, I have that wonderful feeling the entire time,” she said. Hundreds of paintings and gallery showings later, she is a bona fide painter.
“We all have hidden talents,” she continues.  “If we find them, we need to work on them every day and let them flourish.  I often think of what I would have missed if I had not given up a steady, reliable salary and followed my passion.”

Her story plus 59 others have my jets soaring.  These women show us all things are possible and it is never too late to have a little fun!  
MORE magazine also arrived this week and has a fun read about Diane Keaton's new book, "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty," and another encouraging article called, "What it Means to Live Fearlessly."  Pick up the May issue.

"I think I am like most women.  In the mirror, most of us find a few disappointments. We each deal with them the best we can. We slather, we dab, we rouge, we nip, we tuck, we ignore. I don't regret that the face I present to the world is the one I was born with."
-Diane Keaton discussing her decision not to have plastic surgery

Find both books below, if you would like to order from Amazon....and be prepared to find some life on the joyful side!

Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!


  1. Pam thank you so much for these recommendations, they both sound so inspirational, real winners!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Pam,
    So interesting that you are featuring Layla today -- I'll be seeing her tomorrow! Her story is so inspirational and her paintings are beyond beautiful. I can't afford an oil but I do have 2 prints that she has inscribed to me and my partner. Her studio is located in the winery that has been in her husband's family for generations (they make some of the best wine in the Napa Valley.) I'm hoping to get to read the book soon.

  3. The Canadian version of MORE magazine was my favourite women's mag until it folded in late 2012. I miss it desperately. It offered sophisticated writing about more than what we look like and what we eat.

  4. I love both of these women. They have always had the ability to laugh and smile in the most charming way. I have always felt like they knew a secret and maybe now they are telling it to all of us!

  5. Love Diane Keaton and remember just being smitten by Marlo Thomas on "That Girl"
    Will definitely check this stuff out
    Have a fabulous Easter weekend



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