Hello, and welcome to my blog! My name is Marci. I’m the Midlife Second Wife.
I started this blog because I discovered that there is life after 40, life after divorce (or, for some of you, the death of a spouse), and life after cancer. I’m living, laughing proof of it.
If you think of The Midlife Second Wife as Sylvia Plath and Nora Ephron dishing over lunch about relationships, life, style, culture, illness, and food—with me eavesdropping—you’ll get a sense of where I’m coming from. I tend to write at the intersection of literature and humor—combining art and entertainment, high-brow and the brows below.
Since launching TMSW in August of 2011, I’ve been honored by awards from readers and by the editors at the Huffington Post. HuffPost, where I’m a contributing blogger, chose TMSW as one of the top seven blogs for the over-50 set. (If you’d like to follow my Huffington posts, click here and hit any of the buttons that appear below “Get Updates from Marci Rich.”)
A few other things you should know: An essay I wrote about my mother’s slide into dementia was honored as a “Voice of the Year” by the editors at BlogHer, the Women’s Publishing Network. Soon after the debut of Katie Couric’s new talk show, I was invited to join the studio audience as a blogger and contribute to Katie.com. I write product reviews for Viewpoints, and in June 2013 Verizon asked me to partner with the company as a member of its Verizon Boomer Voices program. Verizon will be providing me with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. As I write this I’m preparing to leave for Chicago, where Verizon will provide me and my blogging colleagues in the program with training, so please check the blog in the days and weeks to come for updates.
The reason for this sea change? Remarriage and relocation at the prime age of 54. You can read my Richmond Times-Dispatch essay, “Latitude Change Brings Attitude Change,” for the particulars. I’ve contributed other articles to the Times-Dispatch as well, including a profile on the amazing actress Sissy Spacek and an interview with another Oscar winner—Sally Field.
I’m also a published poet, and received the Academy of American Poets Award when I was an English and Creative Writing student at Oberlin College. (See? Literature’s roots go deep.) Much of my earlier work was published under my former name, Marci Janas.
Domestically, I now live inwith my second husband, the inspiration for this blog. I’m the mother of a wonderful young man and two terrific stepsons.
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Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you’re here.
—Marci Rich, aka
The Midlife Second Wife