The TueDo List: Midlife Muscles + Summer Shopping + Maya Rudolph
PLUS our next AMA, with Kim France and Jennifer Romolini
📖 READ: Janet Jackson keeps all her awards in a warehouse. The FDA has approved a new drug for alopecia, but wow is it expensive. Gloria Estefan’s dog ate part of her wedding dress. In which a mom finally gets her VW Beetle. How the Cheers creators decided on a Boston bar. Survival rates are high when uterine cancer is detected early.
👀 LOOK: A fun video interview with Lea DeLaria, who wants to visit every lesbian bar in the world. Before the internet, New Yorkers asked their librarians about everything from ducks to divorce. Adobe has launched all kinds of fun tools for Bowie fans.
🛒 ADD TO CART: TueNighter Wendi Aarons’ Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian comes out today. Women Talk Money, a collection of essays by some pretty big names about what we talk about when we talk about money.
Now: The Culture Is: Black Women, with Joy Reid and Tiffany Cross. (Peacock)
IT’S ME, MARGIT: 7 Things on My Summer Shopping List
By Margit Detweiler
Happy first day of summer and Happy Birthday to Me! Yup, 55, squarely in the middle of this decade. On this birthday I thought I’d share a few things I’ve coveted for the season — and mostly bought for myself already. ;-) Because when you’re 55, you treat yourself.
OBSESSED: The Life-Changing Magic of Weightlifting
By Nicole Hamilton
Three years ago, when I was battling depression, I decided to change my daily routine in the hopes of resetting my brain. I had no idea, when I walked into a gym in my neighborhood — run by an actual firefighter whose goal is to make you strong enough to fight actual fires — that I was about to reset my body too.
One of the first classes I took was with this guy Dan, who lifts 70-pound dumbbells. I felt silly trying to lift heavy weights when I had no experience, and imagined other people in the class wondering “who is this middle-aged mom and why is she here?”
At one point during that first class, I really thought I might die. But Dan was great. Stern, but great. He pushed me, so I returned, and got stronger. Pretty soon I was carrying two 35-pound kettlebells around the gym and doing 20-pound hammer curls. I never imagined being able to do anything like that.
As I gained physical strength, my mental health also improved. Turns out, lifting weights is clinically proven to help depression. Who knew? If I was having a hard day, I looked forward to grunting it out physically. I loved leaving the gym feeling like I had taxed each muscle; the soreness indicated progress. And the sweat! As a menopausal woman my body temperature already runs hot. In the fireman gym I unabashedly sweat buckets with everyone else.
NEXT WEEK: “AMA” with Kim France and Jennifer Romolini
For our next AMA on Tuesday, June 28, we’ll be hosting the fabulous Kim France and Jennifer Romolini, co-hosts of the Everything is Fine podcast, as well as longtime editors and writers (Kim founded Lucky Magazine and writes the Girls of a Certain Age blog; Jen wrote the amazing book Weird in a World That’s Not). You can ask them anything about fashion, podcasting, writing — literally anything.
Our AMAs are casual affairs – we’ll be text chatting on The TueNight Social via an open thread, no video – so come as you are (glorious.) This is for TueNight Social members only so make sure to join!
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