May 13, 2010

Aging Beautifully With Passion in Your Life

This week’s Aging Beauty is Maria Ponzi Luce who is 48. Maria and I graduated from high school together but met in 5th grade. I remember this because she got her ears pierced that year. I was very envious because my Mom made me wait until I was 13 to get mine pierced. I remember looking at Maria’s earrings and thinking the day couldn’t come soon enough. Maria and I went on to have many years of teenage fun together both as classmates, and friends. I admired Maria’s fun-loving happy spirit, and her kindness.

Today Maria is aging gracefully in the Chicago area where she is a mom to three beautiful children (one of whom is 24). She loves her job teaching 5th grade, and spends her free time running, traveling and reading. She said that aging to her is a mysterious journey. She never knows what is around the next corner but that she is having fun finding out. She said that surrounding herself with family and good friends are essential to her true happiness and that being passionate about life also helps. Maria also believes that her religious faith is what truly keeps her grounded.

Thank you Maria for sending in your photo, and also for your thoughts on aging gracefully.


  1. What a Beautiful aging beauty Maria is Louise!
    Maria is Ageless! She hasn't changed since I saw her 30 years ago. Maria was always a sweet and friendly girl in high school.
    I love what Maria said about the mystery of what is around the corner.
    Maria, You are ageless Beauty!

  2. You're batting 1000% on your beauties Louise! From the lovely Cindy to your mom, sister and sister in law to the two Marias. I too have the great fortune of knowing Maria Ponzi Luce from elementary school. Besides being a beauty she has always had the joy of life! Unmistakable from the moment you meet her. One of the funnest people I've ever known. One aging question for you Maria.....I do hope you see it. Running is too painful for me. I have to ride a bike. Have your bones been blessed with a magical Mediterranean tolerance? What's your secret?

  3. Thank you all for your kind words! I believe having wonderful friends for so many years is one reason we have all aged so gracefully. I can't begin to tell you what you all mean to me. Kevin, the bones are actually doing okay! Perhaps it is the Mediterranean blood coursing through them. Running continues to be my therapy, but perhaps it's because it is my social life as well. I run with friends, and we laugh, cry, and vent together. Love to all of you!!