I've learned to embrace my age. I also don't feel my age at all, and some have told me I don't look my age. With an assortment of face creams, regular hair appointments, walking and riding a recumbent bike, along with being around younger people as a professor for most of my life, I like to consider myself a young fifty-something. That was until I went shopping for a dress for my son's girlfriend's birthday.
* * * Shakespeare was no fool, people. He knew exactly what he was doing when he created Rosalind, an important female character in “As You Like It.” Rosalind’s best qualities are that she is witty, intelligent, scheming and lively. She makes the above remark to Orlando, her suitor, when she says, “Come, woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humor, and like enough to consent.” Wikipedia calls Rosalind “the main character of the play who extracts the clarity of important traits in other characters.” As a writer, I like to suppose I have the same qualities as fictional Rosalind: the ability to extract nuances and…