It all starts with my insatiable curiosity (and with a wedding)
I am seriously curious about everything. By seriously curious, I mean I am interested in everything from clothes, jewelry, interior design, architecture, travel . . . to why there are no African Americans visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and how technology and modernity effected Europe after World War I.
I used to envy Andy Rooney. Every Sunday night on 60 Minutes he got to speak about anything and everything that interested him. Some of it actually interested me; some of it was kinda silly. I thought, “I want to do that.” I want to have a forum where I could write about what I am interested in, connect with other people who share those interests, learn about new things, and follow the links, literally and figuratively, that make for a curious life. Hence, this blog. And I wanted to do it from the perspective of my 68 years and counting.
One last thing about curiosity. My friend Cheryl sent me this quote from Tamora Pierce, author of Tricksters Choice:
“Curiosity killed the cat,” Fesgao remarked, his dark eyes unreadable. Aly rolled her eyes. Why did everyone say that to her? “People always forget the rest of the saying,” she complained. “‘And satisfaction brought it back.’”
So, I hope this blog will be about both curiosity and satisfaction.
Now to the other part of what this blog is about — being over 50 (actually almost 70) and still interested in style, fashion, interior design, buying furniture, etc.
There’s a short story here. I was getting married in October 2008. I kept looking for ideas about what to wear that fit my needs: second wedding, 64 years old, not thin, but stylish and fashion conscious, but also realistic about costs, etc. I couldn’t find much. No blogs, no websites, no fashion ideas. I was feeling frustrated, and frankly, puzzled.
Was I the only one who was having a wedding where the grandchildren would be present?
I did what I always do. I went to the local library. And there was The New American Wedding. I leafed through it and thought, this is an inspiration! When I finished reading it cover to cover, I said, what the hey, I’ll email Diane Meier, the author, and tell her how much I loved the book. And a bit about my search for great clothing for women over 50 (and not just for weddings.)
She emailed me back and we started to talk about what we saw were the challenges of trying to find interesting, exciting, wearable, fashionable clothes for women like us. Not thin, not rich, not young, but stylish, smart, busy, aware, adventurous, and, of course, opinionated.
That talk (and we are still talking) led to this blog. Thanks, Diane, for using your great skills as a marketing/branding expert to come up with the name of this blog. And speaking of thanks, thank you to my sister-in-law, Carol, for the great quote from TH White and to my friend, Cheryl, who gave me the quote about curiosity. See, this is a collaboration already!
I figured if there are four of us, there must be more. And of course, there are many more — the 20 million+ women between the ages of 49 and 67 (and isn’t 68 the new 67?) who constitute one of the largest population groups in the country; the so-called, Baby Boomers. We may be staying up at night listening to the disorder of our veins, but we’re still in the game!
I hope I Am Curious (Mellow)will be more than just what interests me and what I am curious about. I hope we will have a dialogue about our interests and curiosities. So, please, come along.