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Marci Rich
Marci Rich writes "The Midlife Second Wife," named this year by The Huffington Post as one of the top seven blogs for the over-50 set. Her articles for the Richmond Times-Dispatch include feature profiles of Academy Award-winning actresses Sissy Spacek and Sally Field. Follow Marci Rich on Twitter:

Entries by Marci Rich

A Short History Of Linda Lavin

(6) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:40 AM


There's a remarkable scene in A Short History of Decay, the début film by writer/director Michael Maren, that will be familiar to anyone whose life has ever been touched by illness -- which is to say all of us....

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An Adoptive Mother's Thoughts on Seeing 'Philomena'

(13) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 3:57 PM


I am overwhelmed by love when M, 4-and-a-half months old, is placed in my arms nearly 33- years-ago. My first husband and I meet him in the office of Catholic Social Services in Lorain County, Ohio, where the first thing I notice is...

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Why Does the Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman Sadden Us?

(10) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 2:02 PM

The news alert that came through my smartphone on Sunday shocked me, as it did innumerable others: Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. And like innumerable others, I scoured the Internet for a news source, posted a link on Facebook and expressed my disbelief and sadness on social...

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A Simple Dream About Walking and Singing, With Linda Ronstadt

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:33 AM

One of the first things a creative writing instructor will advise is to keep a journal and pen on your nightstand, so that when you awake in the morning, you can record any interesting dreams -- the imaginative fuel that can kindle a story or poem. I'm a lazy morning...

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Miss Foreman, Grade 2, Nov. 22, 1963

(6) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:48 PM

--Me, circa 1961, during the first year of JFK's presidency. My father sold dolls in his hardware store (although not the Madame Alexander Caroline doll), and a highlight of the year was attending the Worthington Toy and Gift Show.

Like most American schoolchildren...

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Well, Martha, Most Bloggers Really ARE Experts

(32) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 6:26 AM


This is a wonderful time to be a real person. Ordinary people -- folks just like you and me -- are popping up all over the place. You see us in ads for e-readers, Fords, and room fresheners. Today's conventional wisdom,...

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12 cosas que mi hijo debe saber antes de casarse

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 4:02 AM

Tener un hijo único es el equivalente maternal a poner todos los huevos en la misma cesta, por decirlo de alguna forma. Si tienes más hijos tienes la posibilidad de corregir una o dos cosas; con uno solo, esa es exactamente la única oportunidad que vas a tener para hacerlo...

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Conseils sur le mariage d'une mère à son fils

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Avoir un enfant unique, revient, pour ainsi dire, à mettre tous ses œufs dans le même panier. Avoir d'autres enfants vous permettra d'avoir une deuxième, voire une troisième chance; quand vous n'en avez qu'un, et bien, c'est exactement le nombre de chances que vous avez de réussir à être un...

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12 Things to Tell My Son Before His Wedding Day

(151) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 6:13 PM

Having an only child is the maternal equivalent of putting all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. Additional children give you the chance for a do-over or two; with only one, that's exactly how many chances you get to get the whole parenting thing right. I look back...

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Here Because He Wasn't There: 12 Years After 9/11

(7) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 10:48 AM


When you marry for the second time -- especially later in life -- anniversaries become particularly significant: we know that time is fleeting, each milestone is precious, and because life can turn on a dime, so is each day. In August,...

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An Artist Before Radiation... and After

(9) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 7:04 PM

Leslie Miller (American, 1949 - ) Birds on Map I, 2003 Mixed media Copyright © 2003 Leslie Miller. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Ohio artist Leslie Miller was working on this collage -- part of a planned series of mixed-media...

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Of Robert Redford, London, and the Power of Travel

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 4:27 PM

I could have sworn that the blond man sitting near the front of the Gloucester Pub in London's Knightsbridge district was Robert Redford. You don't forget a chiseled face like his, nor do you forget that trademark orb of yellow...

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Remembering The Silver Grille

(40) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 7:48 AM

This photo, courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, depicts the Silver Grille as it is today, used as an event space by the hotel. Photo courtesy the Ritz-Carlton.

My morning's ritualistic reading of the New York Times unexpectedly transported me to my childhood,...

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The Uncertain Certainty of Moving

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 5:32 PM

The last time you heard from me (January 23, 2013, if anyone's keeping track), Downton Abbey's Sybil Branson (née Lady Sybil Crawley) was still alive. So, for that matter, was Matthew Crawley, heir to the popular British program's...

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Do You Believe in Luck?

(13) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 6:02 AM

I've spent the past few weeks chipping away at the slow deconstruction of my tiny office in our Richmond townhouse; our lives are about to change in a whopping big way. After two-and-a-half years in the fascinating city of Richmond, Virginia, my husband and I are preparing for our return...

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Don't Look: She's Not Who You Think She Is

(8) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 11:12 AM

In the early 1970s, when I was in high school, a boy in my class had an older sister who worked for Glamour magazine. She edited its wickedly fascinating "Dos and Don'ts" column, with its pictures of ordinary young women going about their lives in various stages of...

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On Waking to a New Year Without Revelry

(14) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 3:36 PM

Last night at midnight a New Year dawned,
But what did I do? I stretched and yawned.
For I was asleep, warmly snug in my bed
While visions of calendars danced in my head.

It was not a good year, two thousand and twelve,
And I'm...

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'Thank You for Shopping at the Man Store'

(20) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 6:02 AM

Let's call him Steve. After all, that's what he called himself on And who's to say if that was his real name?

Steve and I have never met, but he's the reason I decided to step off the bus, and for that I owe him my...

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