Stars in Cars: Lily Tomlin and Ben Kingsley

Star power fuels this weekend’s theatrical grownup movies: Lily Tomlin, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley and Pierce Brosnan all headline new films. At home, nostalgia rules: Check out vintage films from Truffaut, the Disney studios…and one of Hollywood’s most beloved bad directors, William “One Shot” Beaudine.   Grandma Lily Tomlin stars as a grandmother trying to help her teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner) pay for an abortion. Crass, combative and vulnerable, Tomlin gives the performance of a lifetime in a film that suggests …

Frenchwomen Don’t Wear Granny Panties

Bloomers are booming—and I’m flipping out. I’m talking about those “big girl” panties we traded for lower-cut bikini undies way back in junior high school, before The Cult of the Thong began its cheeky brainwashing campaign. Having just returned from Paris, where a lingerie shop seems to nestle next to every patisserie, I can assure you that no grownup Frenchwoman (unless she’s a dancer at the Moulin Rouge) would be caught dead in a thong or a V-string. Instead, Frenchwomen …

New Grandparent Shocker: This Is Fun!

“What’s it like for you, coming over here?” my daughter asks when I stop by her house for a visit. “It must be like entering the gates of hell.” She’s joking — sort of. For starters, she’s tethered to that medieval torture device known as a breast pump. If you last encountered one of these things in the ’80s, you may be surprised to learn that they’re as clunky and loud as ever. Perhaps when men can lactate we’ll see …

Could Grandkids Help Cure Hot Flashes?

Of course you love your grandkids, but having them around may have an added health benefit if you’re a menopausal woman, new research suggests. Researchers at Indiana University and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that some menopausal — and postmenopausal — women experienced fewer hot flashes and night sweats if they have children under age 13 at home. >> 7 Ways to Prevent Arthritis The study, published online in the journal Menopause, was initially focused on …

When Grandma’s Called to Take Over

Calling all grandmas, calling all grandmas, they’re after you again, the people who have babies but don’t or can’t actually raise them. You are being tested once more on your ability to care for the children of your children in an age that is altering the dynamics of family at the speed of a thunderclap. It is a warning gleaned from reports indicating that more and more grandparents are going to be called upon to raise their grandchildren, stirring the …

Celebrating All Grandparents

Today we honor Marian McQuade of West Virginia. In the 1970s, McQuade worked tirelessly to educate people about the important contributions of older Americans, and she urged Americans to “adopt a grandparent” and enjoy the benefit of their wisdom and experience. She even convinced governors, Congress and then President Jimmy Carter to set aside a day each year to celebrate this special group of people. Sept. 7 marks the 35th anniversary of National Grandparents Day, and in the spirit of McQuade, …