I am slowly realizing that getting older is simply an invitation to do better and feel better, because we know better.

Another luxury of getting older is being able to set boundaries and declare who you want around you. When you surround yourself with like minded souls, those who want to inspire and be inspired in their lives, transformation happens. Big things get done.

My biggest source of inspiration is my husband and best friend, a man who has gone through the labor pains, and continues to go through the labor pains, of getting films out in the world that make us feel better about being human.

Watching Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come or films from The Spiritual Cinema Circle, is like sitting down to a feast of your favorite comfort foods with your most beloved family and friends…..but without the calories. You leave the table comforted, inspired, and feeling better about humanity.
Stephen is the man you experience in the Spiritual Cinema Circle discussions. He is charming, generous, well spoken, intelligent, uplifting, caring, sensitive and funny. He is also way too talkative and upbeat at 5 AM (even without his first cup of coffee), tells absurd “jokes” that aren’t even in the same zip code with funny, dances like a clown, can’t carry a tune, and often behaves like a twin brother to our son Carter. But no one is perfect and I adore him.

Stephen’s stories about growing up in Old Hollywood are “sitting on the edge of your chair” fun. Stephen Simon is a special soul who was planted into an incredible film family, so he could bring some of that Old Hollywood energy back to those of us who starve for simple, inspirational messages during complicated times.

Being married to my best friend Stephen is nutrient-dense and heart-healthy. So is the dish Halibut with Puttanesca Sauce. Halibut’s firm white meat and delicate sweet flavor make it a perfect pairing for a robust tomato puttanesca sauce that you can make with ingredients from your pantry.

Old Hollywood Inspired Halibut with Puttanesca Sauce feels like a dish that might be served in an intimate, family owned Italian joint formerly frequented by my husband’s unofficial godfather, Frank Sinatra.

La vita è deliziosa! Life is delicious! Especially when surrounded by family, friends and rich traditions!

Check out The Spiritual Cinema Circle at www.spiritualcinemacircle.com
Photo above of Stephen and his sister (movie critic) Susan Grangers’ mother Harriet Deutsch, dancing with Frank Sinatra.

Bon Appetit & Namaste!