Monday, February 28, 2011


Mark Wahlberg...OMG!

My love affair with cinema

Ever since I was a child I was utterly fascinated with films. I can recall running up to the screen with my friend Richie, who loved movies too. We wanted to touch the stars.

Not much has changed over the years. Last summer, I danced in the aisle at the end of Mama Mia! I had such an adrenaline rush from the good feelings that film brought forth, my breathing pattern changed. And, just yesterday, I stood and cheered, complete with raised fists, at the end of The Fighter. That film grabbed my heart. No pun intended, it just knocked me out.

With such an ardent love for movies, I started writing screenplays some time ago. My scripts are high-concept and very funny. I believe they will stand the test of time. All I need now is to polish them up and make some contacts. Of course, that is easier said than done, so, in the mean time, I have this blog and book to keep me busy. But, I will surely get back to my scripts, because I have come up with stories I would love to see on the big screen.


Being so enamored with the movie business, it’s only natural that I might develop a crush on a certain leading man every now and again. These days, it’s Mark Wahlberg and Colin Firth. Yes, two distinct looks and styles. But, I would love to sip tea with Colin and rap with Mark, my Boston Boy! I am thinking about going to Mark’s restaurant (about an hour from where I live) and just keep going back until he shows up. I know I would swoon if I met him. My cheeks are flush at the thought. Something tells me a little swooning has the same anti-aging effects as resveratrol. At this rate I’ll never get old.

Who’s your Justin Bieber?

Colin Firth, My name is Renee, how do you do?
Congratulations on your Oscar for Best Actor

Friday, February 25, 2011


According to the news, Facebook is making people miserable. Apparently, when some people go online and see former friends, co-workers, and many others, leading what looks like a perfect life, they start to feel bad about their own life or situation. I want to assure people this is not always the case.

I used to think that everyone else had a better summer than I did. I would fantasize about those dazzling Newport and Nantucket parties I would read about. Then, when I actually attended some of those fabulous affairs, I did enjoy myself, and created memories, but, at the end of the day, it was just another party. Like most things, it sounded better when you read about it in the paper. Many events and situations have a more enticing appeal when written about, talked about, or featured on TV.

When you see these award shows, or movie wrap parties, it all looks divine. Sometimes I say, Oh man, I wish I were there. Well, I am sure they are indeed fun, but, all in all, it’s just another party. I would be willing to bet that if you asked Katy Perry or BeyoncĂ©, they would tell you, with a few exceptions, if you’ve been to one; you’ve been to them all.

I am happy for them, and I hope to be invited to Diddy's White Party soon, or throw one of my own

So, it’s probably true too of your Facebook Friends. The grass is always greener. It’s human nature. Their page may seem bigger and brighter because it’s not yours.

Take this blog for example. In just the last post, I was jumping up and down having a good time with my family. What I did not show, or talk about, was that I had to be home fifteen minutes after that happy picture was taken. I always have to rush home to aunty. The companion will only stay for a few hours. I haven’t shown aunty misplacing her tooth (a partial) and me having to spend days looking all over for it, including in the garbage. What I have decided to do here, as well as with my own life, is focus on the positive!

Don’t ever feel bad about anyone else doing well, or appearing to do well, because, you never really know. Besides, I think it might be scientifically proven that when you are happy for others, more happiness comes your way. And, it’s probably safe to say, life is not easy for anyone.

Next time you read about someone you know, or some movie-star appearing to be having the time of their life, keep it in perspective. There is always more to the story. Why not be as happy as you can be (for yourself).

Make your own fun like only you can. This blog is living proof that it can be done! I am told I create excitement where ever I go. And, since we get back what we put out, a better life follows. That you can believe.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Jump out of your winter doldrums….

Like George Harrison sang, in Here Comes the Sun, Little Darling, It’s been a long cold lonely winter

We hear you, Mr. Beatle… If one more person tells me they have the winter blahs, I might just fly away. But, who can’t relate, even a little bit. This winter has been a rough one, and it’s not over yet.

Here at Ageless, no matter the weather, we pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and get out and have some fun. As much as I love the snow, I was tired of all the shoveling and that occasional closed in feeling. With Aunty here, I can’t just run outside when it snows and make snow angels. She likes me inside with her. At times I felt stuck. So, last Saturday night, I got a small group together, and we headed out to Donkey Show, the ultimate disco experience. Everyone in our party, especially those who say they don’t dance, had a ball.

Is it really two degrees outside?  I wish Travolta could see me now.

We laughed, joked, jumped, hooted, and hollered. Sure, it was freezing outside, but I knew I couldn’t take another night in the house! You’ll be amazed what happens when you make a little effort. I know it takes a bit of doing to get people together, but, even if it’s just two, do something fun for no reason at all. Or, just to get one up on old man winter! My family and I heated things up on that frigid night. When was the last time the words, I had a terrific time, came out of your mouth? You are the only one who can transform another Saturday night on the couch into exhilaration. If you want to, that is.

A friend suggested I throw a Glad to be Alive Party. Can anyone put me in touch with Snoop? Since he rapped for the Mitch-A-Palooza Freedom Festival in the film Old School, (remember that great scene) why not Renee-A-Palooza?! Come on now and sing it to me...

we are family

Working at the Carwash...

For more on Donkey Show go to

I will be posting other fun-filled suggestions on beating the winter blues, and how to spice up your spring….

Friday, February 18, 2011


On the suggestion of my friend Kittie Howard, from The Block, I have just entered my first blog-fest. This brings other bloggers to my site, and gives me a chance to connect with them. Nicole Ducleroir, of the blog One Signifigant Moment at a Time came up with this clever idea. She's asked us to answer some questions first, and post them on our site. Since we love entertaining our readers, as well as ourselves, we have complied.

Anyone who's watched Inside the Actor's Studio will be familiar with the questionnaire. The shows host, James Lipton, asks it of every celebrity guest at the close of the interview. The questionnaire was originally created by Bernard Pivot, a French journalist, for the cultural series he hosted on French television from 1991-2001, called Bouillon de Culture.

Here goes... I am ready for my close-up.

What is your favorite word? TRANSCEND

What is your least favorite word? HATE

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Music, and, just the right partner

What turns you off? ASSUMPTIONS

What is your favorite curse word? Any curse word in Italian!

What sound or noise do you love? VAN MORRISON SINGING

What sound or noise do you hate? LEAF BLOWERS….they SHOULD BE BANNED. Do you agree?

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? ACTING…my mom tells me I am a natural. My second book has a story that might prove her right. It involves a tour bus, various locations in Vermont, and me dressed as a Rock Star.

What profession would you not like to do? DIVORCE LAWYER…that has to be tough…for a million dollars a year, I couldn't do it.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? "YOU HAVE A ROOM WITH A VIEW NEXT to UNCLE D, and We're Playing all your favorite songs."

Take a few moments and see how you would's fun. It can also be revealing...

With lots of new people checking out Ageless...your comments are appreciated more than ever.

I will be back soon with a full report on my BIG NIGHT OUT! I took the title of this post to heart....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I used to call TV “The Boob Tube, The Idiot Box,” and even went through a stretch of time without a television set. Then, while watching two of my favorite shows in recent times, Modern Family and America Idol, I realized a little TV (as long as it packs a lot of enjoyment) is good for you.

Between care giving for an elder with dementia, writing books and polishing screenplays, searching for an agent, trying to get published, running a blog, and simply trying to keep up with the fast paced, high-tech world we now live in, by the end of the day, I want to get as far away from my computer and the Glaucoma drops as I can. Watching Steven Tyler, a Rock God, carrying on with an array of contestants of varying talent, as they vie for a million dollars and a chance at a recording contract, makes me smile. I thoroughly enjoy that show, and I emphasize thoroughly. How can this be a bad thing?

When I had a fit of laughter one night from watching the new show, Modern Family, that’s when it hit me, a little TV is a good thing. I am referring to an early episode, when the gay couple (Mitchell and Cameron) brings their baby Lily home from Vietnam. Cam promised Mitchell he would not be dramatic, or over-the-top, when they introduce their adopted child to the family. The next scene, an overly excited Cam, comes out draped in a robe, holding the baby over his head, before the family, to the soundtrack of the Lion King. I laughed so hard I woke Aunty up!

My guilty pleasure from a few years back, when I started watching TV again, was my pal Flavor Flav…now, there’s an outrageous character. It’s tough to stand out these days… and Flav’s reality show didn’t disappoint. How many people can live up to the word “Outrageous?” When Flav (a natural comedian and former rapper) took a special date to his favorite restaurant to impress her, it turned out to be …KFC!

A Happy Guy

By the way, I am strictly talking to adults here. Children should be closely monitored by the parents when it comes to what to watch.

One or two shows a season…that’s what I propose for part of an anti-aging regime. It’s working for Aunty and Me. She’s mesmerized by Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Videos. And, as I delight in Idol and Modern Family, the last thing on my mind is all the responsibility I have.

We know you have a favorite show too…come on fess up …What is it?…

What beloved show do you miss from the past? I would like to say, I miss I Love Lucy, but, Aunty and I own every episode on DVD. Each dose of the potently hilarious Vitameatavegamin episode adds a day to your life.

Monday, February 14, 2011


My Valentine Delivered….

I was so happy to receive a dozen roses from my Valentine! Roses are timeless, ageless, and so romantic….And, he didn’t stop there…he brought me a cake (yummy vegan chocolate) declaring his love.

 I just found out he’s bringing more gifts today. Then, after dinner, he’s taking Aunty and me to see Gnomeo & Juliet. That’s the new animated 3D movie featuring garden gnomes as star crossed lovers.

 Since I happen to love those little creatures, I can’t wait. Aunty and I have this thing for 3D! We behave like little kids once we put those glasses on. I remember when I took her to see U2 in 3D; she kept trying to touch Bono. When we recently saw Big Wave Tahiti in 3D, being so close to the images, I felt like I was surfing. I was ooh-ing and ah-ing, and if I didn't know any better, I'd say splashing, through the entire movie. I think Aunty actually thought we were surfing...

Here are a few unique gift suggestions for the Valentine on your list:

For the first time in the US, you can now get Pistachio Liqueur from Dumante. According to Marty’s Fine Wines this delectable liqueur is made from the finest Sicilian pistachios. Marty says, “It’s delicately sweet and subtle,” and, comes in an attractive bottle perfect for gift-giving.

Lisn Incense by Shoyeido, from Kyoto Japan has some of the most alluring fragrances I have ever whiffed. The Lisn line (with scents like Swing Your Heat, and Catch Her Beat) lives up to the word, sublime. I don’t think anyone can resist the scent Hit my Soul…its jasmine based, and reminds me of exactly what heaven would smell like! This item is hard to find, but worth the effort. The last phone/fax number I had for them is 075-721-6006.

If the best day of your life could ooze itself into a jar, Clementine Body Scrub by Laura Mercier, would be the result. My guess is most women would relish any of Laura’s lavish products. I know I would. If this scent is out of stock, the rest of the irresistible line is also “inspired by the aura and aroma of a French Patisserie.”

I would also like to suggest making your own cards for Valentine’s Day, or special occasion. You might not think you have time, but, it’s easier than you think. Whenever you see a picture that catches your fancy in a magazine, or a catalog, or one that reminds you of someone, cut it out and put it in a plastic bag or file. Next time you go shopping pick up some blank paper cards. They come in bunches at craft stores and such. Then, all you need is a glue stick and a colored pen or two. Over the years I have given many memorable cards this way. People seem to appreciate the effort, the creativity, and a tailor-made greeting especially for them. Granted, even though making your own cards is pretty simple, sometimes I don’t even have time to answer the phone or open the mail. But, when I do give a homemade card people notice. Give it a try… If Aunty can do it, so can you…


Happy Valentine’s Day to you. Remember, everyday is Valentine’s Day here at Ageless with Aunty~
This heartfelt blog is our gift to you.

Thursday, February 10, 2011



Many of you have been asking about Aunty. I am pleased to say, she is doing fantastic. She has a big birthday coming up on March 7th….She’ll be 87 years young.

Here she is getting ready to go out for pizza. We have found ways to dine out, and still keep our girlish figures. Our pie was honey, whole wheat, with oodles of fresh vegetables, and we sprinkled our own fresh cheese over it.

In the restaurant, she put on her trendy sunglasses and sipped a Virgin Mary. She knows she is the real star of this blog. It is named, Ageless, after her. This woman is simply incredible beyond all measure. I have never met a better natured person in my life!

She has been through so much, suffered many losses, yet, she wakes up with a smile each and every day, ready to laugh, and spread joy. And, as it turns out, keeps me better company than anyone could ever imagine. I had already loved her more than I thought possible, before she came to live with me, over five years ago. Now, my love, respect, and admiration for her is more than I could ever express in a blog post…it’s off the charts. The only way to accurately describe her is, pure, selfless love. In my book I call her, Mother Teresa in High-Heels.

When I tell someone, “I take care of my aunty,” she corrects me and says…. “We take care of each other!” And we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

She told me today, I am a good person. I knew it was her heart speaking. Hearing that from such an extraordinary, Christ-like woman just healed me on many levels. It was like the sun warming me from all sides.

Close to ninety, with dementia, my Great Aunty is as happy as she has ever been. And, even though I have not been published yet, or made a million dollars from my secret product, knowing I have made this much of a difference in a person’s life, makes mine worthwhile.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Bye-Bye Bow-Wow

Never mind one of those days, did you ever have one of those weeks?! In my last post, I mentioned having “technical difficulties”…but, the truth is, things have been challenging lately.

Two of my closest friends were hospitalized last week. I am on my way to see one of them right now. The other lives out of state, so Aunty and I sent a lovely bunch of flowers from her favorite florist.

Our apartment has been leaky… as in ceiling, walls, and windows, and it’s further driving me crazy because Aunty keeps asking, “What’s that sound?” She’s referring to the dripping of the water into the buckets. What is most upsetting here is, the lack of concern the management company has shown. It’s been nine days, and no one has shown up yet.

As I continue to deal with an unreasonable landlord threatening eviction, an unfair lawyer (who charges you for even thinking of asking him a question), entering my seventh year of care giving…and money rapidly dwindling, I thank God for the Blog! When I write, somehow I connect with an inner strength…the real, authentic Renee…the one who can, and will get through anything this crazy, and often unfair world has to dish out, emerges. As it turns out, I get strength from my blog to see me through. I am a follower just like you. When I read the recent post about Laughter Yoga, I laughed. I was able to diffuse some of the bad energy that has seeped into my life lately. As I mull over this blog, I am reminded that I have the power to turn things around.

But, there is still one more thing making me sad, and it’s something this blog might not be able to help me with….the loss of our beloved family pet, Noodles. My sister had a teacup terrier for almost twenty years! I loved that dog so much I often referred to him as my nephew. Last week, after a long illness that had him blind, lame, and walking into walls, Noodles was put to sleep. We all feel the loss. And, being an animal lover, I feel it a great deal. This is just one of those things the blog can’t really help me with. I have got to mourn the loss of the little guy and just deal with the sadness. During the writing of this post, my sister called to tell me he took his last breath on the cozy little blanket I gave him for Christmas a few years ago.

Sitting here, I realize that any comfort I am seeking with this particular situation, or any for that matter, is not only helped by what's on the blog, but who’s looking at it. That would be YOU!!! Knowing my readers are following Ageless, commenting, and telling others about it, gives me the motivation to keep on trucking….It makes me happy. My problems don’t seem so bad.

Together we make things better for each other. I enjoy writing for you, and hopefully, you enjoy reading what I write. And, whether reading or writing, the message is still the same: We are okay wherever we are. On the other side of these winter blues, illnesses, loss, and any bad energy, is a great big wonderful summer! Sooner or later, everyone will be in a better place, including Noodles! We have to be, we’re Ageless…

Do check out the post on Laughter Yoga if you missed it. Then, scroll around to uplift yourself. This blog has proved to be a magic carpet ride over a bumpy road. It’s about to take off again…and there is plenty of room for you.

Friday, February 4, 2011


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Ageless will return on Monday.

JUST DO IT> Have a fabulous weekend.

When we return, boy do we have some stories for you...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


 I mentioned in a few posts that I love snow, and
it has not stopped snowing since! I think this blog might really be magical after all.

Therefore, I take full responsibility.

Once Aunty and I shovel out...we'll be back with more on "how to live well, have fun, and remain Ageless in any economy."
In the mean time, look on the bright side, shoveling is fabulous exercise. And, a perfect excuse to relax with a Hot Toddy later...