“What good is sitting alone in a room? Come hear the music play.—come taste the wine, start celebrating. Right this way, your table’s waiting,” sings actor Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The message: do the best you can to overcome your hardships so that you can live life as full as you’re able and go out with a bang. That outlook exemplifies the spirit of my guest for episode 8, Leah Baer.
Leah just began her 79th year and sees these late last years on earth as an adventure. She’s dedicated to helping women and resisting patriarchy in all its forms. Leah is a writer, storyteller, actor, poet, parent, grandparent, & lover of life. Her motto is: “My old age—where Thanatos & Eros meet—is my beginning.” Her writing has been published in VoiceCatcher, Unchaste Readers, Gleam & Women’s E News. She’s done storytelling and public speaking at Roar: Fierce Female Voices, Corporeal Writing, Booklovers Burlesque, and for Planned Parenthood & the NW Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
As part of her “old age is an adventure” project, she has recently taken a couple of voice lessons. And, I goaded her into singing a song for this episode—with me!
Leah is currently working on her one-woman show, “The Shimmer of Other Lives,” which will debut in the Fall of 2023.
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