Go Ask Alice and Other Breaking Period News

When I was a sixth grader in San Diego, back in the early 70’s, I got busted for reading the book “Go Ask Alice.” The book apparently was a cautionary tale about the dangers of drugs told through a 17 year old named Alice.  I say “apparently” because I hadn’t even gotten past the first few pages before I was sent to the principal for it. I can’t remember what happened because it was a bit of a non-event. I don’t remember a lecture or any anger from my parents. I don’t really even recall what the principal said. I just know that “Go Ask Alice” always kind of had a special place in my heart because I couldn’t read it.



Fast forward to today. While I was chilling out after an acupuncture treatment, I decided to look for something to watch and found the TV movie of the week version of “Go Ask Alice” on YouTube. Through the movie, I couldn’t help but think that the generation of teen actors in the movie were now well and truly at midlife themselves. I also thought that a lot of what we go through, now, has connections to our teenage life – the hormones, the uncertainty, the lack of understanding. But what I love about now is that we have so much wisdom and I suppose, looking back, I feel a sense of pride knowing that I got in trouble for wanting to understand complicated stuff, the things that many don’t want to talk about. I always say that to find purpose and inspiration, you don’t need to look much further than your inner 12 year old and being able to revisit her today was a reminder of that.

In this week’s podcast I also talk about having a late period for the first time in a couple decades – could this be the change happening? – and how I used acupuncture to experiment with hormone balancing.

I mention a study that suggests women at midlife who consider sex important, have more sex and you can get more info here

I mention tips for winter and you can check them out here.

And I also mention that this week I’m celebrating 16 years of practicing Ashtanga yoga. Click here to watch a typical practice.

Also a special shout out and big thanks to these listeners for being so sweet:

Marlene from the Brussels is Love blog and her post: 12 Radical Self-care Tips And More: Let Your Hair Hang Down

Yogachikk – a sex and relationship blogger: http://www.yogachikk.blogspot.com

Susan Mochrie – creator of cocktail hats, bridal and burlesque hair shop: Talulahblue



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2 thoughts on “Go Ask Alice and Other Breaking Period News

  1. Hi Sue, bit late but congratulations on your 12 months, your hair is looking great, very healthy. Have loved your recent posts, Marlenes ideas about the winter coat is a great idea, I’m looking for one now, end of season sales. You are so right about the resilience WOW sometimes we can feel very resilient but then with lots of changes going on in our bodies and minds we can find the smallest things can knock us down. I think it’s important to calm ourselves and get away from the constant buzz. My ever so close friend (my walking/running machine helps me) and also I set aside time each day to meditate, quiet room, relaxing candle, soft music. This helps quiet my mind and that in turn helps me to think clearly. Have a beautiful day everyone 🙂

    • Hey Susan – ahhhhh, it’s so nice when a person likes you wishes everyone who reads this a beautiful day. I felt that good vibe as I was working today so thank you!

      Also, you and me have the same buddy in walking. What a difference it makes to just step outside and put one foot in front of the other. There’s a post I read this year by the documentary maker Michael Moore who started walking and it really inspired me – here’s a link for you: https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/posts/10151165307981857 The power of movement is pretty awesome.

      Big hugs from Sydney and thanks for being here, xx Sue

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