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Joanna Perry-Folino
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Joanna Perry-Folino is a writer, actor/storyteller and producer as well as a full time theatre and film professor at a community college in California. She is Executive Producer of Within Reach,, a documentary about the search for sustainable community in America which screened in October 2013 at The Orlando Film Festival and won the Eco Warrior Award.

Her semi serious blog, The Dating Life Over Fifty, can be found at


Entries by Joanna Perry-Folino

Love and Equity: The Genius of Silvester Henderson, Gospel Impresario and Social Activist in Public Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:13 PM

"You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving." Victor Hugo, Les Miserables


Why talk about love in a time of massive corporate greed, the destruction of human rights and the environment? Where is hope when images of men...

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Cindy Sheehan: Compassion, Courage, Conviction and Controversy

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 1:53 PM

The loss of a child is perhaps the most devastating loss a human being can suffer. The short and long term effects of the pain which affects a parent after the death of a son or daughter are unfathomable. There are legendary stories in both fact and fiction depicting the...

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The Missing Ingredient In Online Dating

(25) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:46 AM

You know the men and women who navigate seamlessly from one relationship to the next, breezing effortlessly in and out of other people's lives, connecting in a 21st century non-stick way, moving without injury and with a cool detachment to the next and the next and the next?Me neither. I...

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Older Men, Older Women: The Same Page at Last

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:03 PM

My very first Huffington Blog almost a year ago back in May 2013 started off with: A gent of 75 is in love with a woman of 25. The article received a lot of attention with 228 comments and five times that many hits. It was my most successful yet...

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Man of Conviction: John Steppling -- Playwright, Screenwriter and Teacher

(10) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Men and women who write for the stage in America have an intrepid path to navigate. America has no National Theatre and the arts are poorly subsidized. Given the current trend towards increasing government surveillance of our most personal and public selves, it's not a surprise that any serious artist,...

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Interview with Jim Beaver: Actor, Friend, Writer and Film Star

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:15 PM

I met Jim Beaver a few years back because we were both members of Theatre West in Los Angeles. I'd written a play called The Silence of Bees and was about to make a short film out of the prologue. I needed a guy to play a troubled writer....

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A Hot Mess

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:00 PM

If it's true that every woman gets the exact love life she asks for, what does that mean for me? And for you? I, for example, am surely a "hot mess." Temperamental, moody, a little frightened, a whole lot fearless, smart, funny, neurotic, needy at times, an isolate at others,...

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Men, Dogs, Love and the Single Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:59 PM

About six months ago I viewed the film Adore adapted to the screen from a novella called The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize-winning author of countless novels, short stories, drama and non fiction. A brilliant, ballsy, take no punches kind of author. Fearless really. And deceased. ( She...

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Where Do You Stand? Where Do We Fall?

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Mike McCarthy, political commentator and a friend of mine on Facebook, wrote this a few days ago:

By mid century the society of this country will be fully reshaped to suit corporate needs. The individual will be a slave consumer, trained from infancy to be a compulsive buyer, and to...
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Doomed to Hell Fire and Damn-the-Nation

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Four days before Christmas my neighbor invited me to a "Christmas concert" at her church. I like music and the inspiring classical sound of carols and church songs can be quite lovely. So I accepted her generous invitation and was whisked away a few days later in the early afternoon...

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2013 Emmy Awards: What Would Andy And Barney Think?

(28) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 8:26 AM

Stories reflect the values of a culture. I grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It To Beaver, My Three Sons, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Doctors, etc. What I remember about this time was that there was usually a lesson about what truly mattered in life expressed either overtly or...

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Between The Sheets With Younger Men: Are You Ready?

(61) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 8:23 AM

Now that I've accepted the fact that age doesn't matter all that much after 40 in terms of who one hooks up with, I've been getting in shape for that inevitable moment when someone walks into my life who is five, 10, even 15 years younger than me. (Maybe 20...

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Hollywoodland? Stakes Are Higher Than Mt. Everest At What Cost?

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Corruption at the heart of Hollywood? What's new? Robert Altman plumbed this minefield brilliantly in The Player back in the '90s. But my perspective is slightly different than his because I'm not an insider by any stretch of the imagination and most likely never will be. I'm one of those...

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Money or Love? What's the price? More Importantly, What's the Interest Rate?

(19) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:40 AM

What's more important to you? Money or love? When you can't buy the groceries or pay the rent, money becomes an issue of survival. Can only the well-heeled and secure afford to be in relationships? After all relationships require stability to prosper, right? An aspect that intrigues me about humans...

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No Mustard, No Relish, Just Judy: Happy Birthday Ms Garland

(10) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:14 PM

Judy Garland. You can't say her name without conjuring up the iconic image of a gifted and uniquely talented teenager in MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz. She gave us each her heartbreaking "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in a pure and sparkling voice, achingly lovely, crystallizing the wish we have...

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Revisiting Wolfie: Older Men Young Women, Older Women, Young Men

(208) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 8:53 AM

Memorial Day weekend. I'm heading up to Santa Barbara from L.A. in my old Honda CRV with 3 friends. One is a former lover, one is Wolfie my 72-year-old acquaintance with an obsession for his 25-year-old girlfriend in South America and the last one is an easygoing woman artist/painter, I'll...

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Remembering Luis: Fields of Barley, Fields of Gold

(14) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:20 PM

It's been nearly one year since my small white Havanese dog, Luis, left the world, released back into the natural order of stars and atoms and energy. I sleep with his photo and a little cedar box of his ashes next to my bed. And at least once a week,...

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Making a List and Checking It Twice, Gonna Find Out Who's Naughty and Nice

(28) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 12:46 PM

"You are not very romantic, Joanna. Do you really think a list is how we fall in love?" I answered this question with a big resounding YES. And the public proclamation that I need a list. A list of exactly what I want in a partner.


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The Mysterious Alchemy of Love in a Mine Field

(7) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 3:57 PM

No one really understands what draws any two people together. It's a complex and wonderful mystery most of the time. At other times, a disaster waiting to happen, a train wreck of unbearable proportions. I'm no professor of human sexuality, just a middle aged woman trying to understand why it's...

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The Dating Life Over 50

(227) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 8:25 AM

A gent of 75 is in love with a woman of 25. I know this guy. Let's call him Wolfie. He's an intelligent, successful man who runs his own business in Southern California. He's sensitive, caring and generous with one small ding in his psychological armor: he refuses to admit...

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