Inspiration for those who feel caught in the middle

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Author and life coach Cheryl Richardson made numerous appearances on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

MIDLIFE REVIVAL For some, middle age can feel like a winter of discontent. To others, it is a door opening wide to the next stage of life, filled with rejuvenated purpose and contentment.

For New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Richardson, it was the latter.

Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport will be hosting the West Newbury author and life coach to share insights from her latest book, “Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife.” The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal St.


An internationally recognized life coach, Richardson, 58, was the host and coexecutive producer of two PBS specials. She made numerous appearances on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and joined Winfrey on a nationwide, “Live Your Best Life” tour to empower others.

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Yet, Richardson said she reached a point when it felt like her life no longer worked. She took the time to reexamine everything — her marriage, work, friendships, priorities — until she discovered the keys to what really mattered at midlife.

Tickets are $5. Profits will benefit the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center for Women. The nonprofit with locations in Newburyport and Amesbury serves victims of domestic violence by providing advocacy, a 24/7 hotline, and more.

The ticket price also will be applied to the price of any book purchased at the event. Visit and

Mary Callanan (above)) and Kathy St. George (below).

SING IN THE NEW YEAR Leave it to the talented duo of Mary Callanan and Kathy St. George to ring — make that sing — in the New Year.


The bubbly songfest takes place in Stoneham on Sunday, Dec. 31, with “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? A Spectacular Night of Music” at the Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main St.

Music director Jim Rice will lead a seven-piece band to accompany the songbirds as they perform favorite hits of Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney,

and selections from “The Great American Songbook.” You can sing or hum along to classic songs such as “Hey Big Spender,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “That’s Entertainment,” and more.

Pick one of two shows: 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. Party hats, noisemakers, and a complimentary glass of champagne are included with the ticket price: $75 VIP, $65 Premium, 10 percent off for Greater Boston Stage Company members. Visit

START 2018 ON A HIGH NOTE Or do you dream of being the one singing, but are too shy to solo? Ever ponder joining a chorus?


For over 50 years, the Mishawum Choral Society of Woburn has provided musical entertainment to local audiences. The chorus will be holding open rehearsals for potential new members on Tuesday evenings throughout January, starting Jan. 2, in preparation for the annual spring concert.

Music director Brian Gilbertie leads the 50-member chorus, which sings everything from jazz to Broadway show tunes to classical and popular songs. Sarah Lafontaine accompanies the chorus on piano.

Rehearsals will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the music room at Woburn High School, 88 Montvale Ave. Try exercising your vocal chords for a week or two, then decide if this is it’s right for you.

No formal auditions are required, but all new members should have experience singing with others and have basic knowledge of music notation. If you are accepted, monthly dues are $50 per season. Go to

31nocalendar - If you like to sing, the Mishawum Choral Society is looking for potential new members. (MCS)
If you like to sing, the Mishawum Choral Society is looking for potential new members.

Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at