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Margie Orford

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An Extract From Fabulously 40 and Beyond

Margie OrfordGreetings all and welcome to my blog!

Jean-Jacques Rousseau once wrote that, “Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity.” Doubtless his formula was not meant to exclude women, either – and in the rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light spirit of that the quotation implies, let’s start off with an excerpt from my latest book, Fabulously 40 and Beyond, which I co-authored with Karin Schimke. Here goes:

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We’re not getting any younger, and we’re definitely not getting any prettier. On the surface – and on a daily basis – the latter is sometimes harder to swallow. As Bette Davis said, ‘Old age is no place for sissies.’ And Susan Sarandon recently stated in an interview that as you get older you focus on what’s inside ‘because outside is a losing battle’.

A few years ago, my best friend and I went out one evening and I was trying hard not to hobble.

‘What’s wrong,’ he asked.

‘These shoes are killing me. They’re a bit too small,’ I said.

‘So why are you wearing them?’

‘James,’ I stopped and looked at him, affecting great weariness at his stupidity, ‘they go with this outfit. Why do you think I’m wearing them?’

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