A lot of people ask me how I decided to start 1010ParkPlace. For over 10 years I was focused on my breast cancer, my subsequent Top Breast Cancer Blog and the unexpected death of my husband. Not surprisingly there came a time when I didn’t want to write about cancer anymore. During a conversation with a friend, he asked what I really wanted to do with my life? My answer came tumbling out.
“I want to connect with women about more than cancer.”
“I want to know what defines us and makes us grow; the difference between our needs and wants and how we see ourselves in the context of not just our towns and cities, but the world as a whole. I’m interested in women as role models and how we’ve survived what life puts in our path.”
In a matter of weeks after that conversation, I wrote a business plan and pitched PBS about a new national TV talk show—with me as the host—called “Girlfriends of a Certain Age.” With an enthusiastic thumbs up, my Co-Producer, Director and longtime filmmaker friend, Ron Zimmerman, and I designed the set and had it built. I talked with two phenomenal women who became my guests: Dr. Susan Love, world renowned breast surgeon, women’s health advocate and author, who together with top cancer researchers and her Army of Women are working to prevent breast cancer and Alana (Hamilton) Stewart, actress, reality TV star, author and producer of the Emmy nominated documentary, “Farrah’s Story.”
While PBS loved the pilot, (if you’re interested in seeing the video trailer for my PBS pilot click here) shortly after we shot it, Obama cut funding to the Arts, and PBS was scrambling to find funding for existing programs. A new show wasn’t in the cards. Even so it was a fabulous experience. Was I disappointed? Yes, but I realized everything I wanted to do with a TV show—and more—I could do online.
While I thought I owned all the domain iterations of Girlfriends of a Certain Age, someone else had purchased “Girl of a Certain Age,” so I started looking for another name.
If you’ve ever played Monopoly then you know it’s a great analogy for life. After college we live on Baltic and Connecticut Avenue. We struggle to pay our taxes and utilities; we trade up to homes on St. Charles and find ways to give back to our Community. Few of us make it to Park Place, but by the time we’re 50, if experience and wisdom translated into money, we’d all be living there. Instead we’ve arrived at our own version of Park Place. Mine is called 1010 Park Place.
My desire with 1010ParkPlace was to offer women something more valuable than money: A renewed sense of possibilities as they move forward with this next phase of life; discussions about everything from finances to men, a look at other women who’ve created new careers, overcome obstacles, or like Fifi Froelich, have created their own idea of retirement. I want you to know how much I appreciate you, the women who follow and read and write for 1010ParkPlace and women, like Fifi, who invite me into their lives. I love what I do, and I owe it all to you!
Last week on Fashion Friday, Melissa left a comment that said, “I love the fearless way you write!” Thank you, Melissa! Perhaps that’s because over the years, I’ve had so many intimate conversations with readers, online and off, about life and death issues. I’ve learned there isn’t time for anything but bottomline honesty, and for the most part, isn’t that what we want from a great girlfriend?