The dictionary defines a “stopgap” as a temporary way of dealing with a problem or satisfying a need. That is the way I am getting through this time without Steve. One stopgap after another and one day at a time.

My grieving process is unpredictable. It hits when it hits. When it does, I cry. I don’t care who sees or hears. Well, that is not true. But, I don’t try to stop myself. I just hope this condo has thick walls. Weekends are the worst. That is when Steve and I would get in the car and go somewhere. In Brentwood, Westwood, Encino, Palm Desert. Then, in Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, Ventimiglia.  St. Tropez, Marseille, San Remo, and Paris were overnights. It was fun.

Now, I try to stay busy by creating a project or doing work. I write – jayspeakblog, stevespeakblog, my novel, my blog book, my journal. I take photographs, walk in the park, walk to the beach, buy groceries, do taxes, update my accounts, change bios, clean-out, downsize.  Reading doesn’t work. At least, not yet. And, I don’t watch that much television or go to movies. That doesn’t work, either. 

After my birthday, I went into a funk. I didn’t feel like writing or walking or….  Somehow, I found myself looking for a picture of something – I don’t remember what. I pulled out the boxes of old pictures and – for some unknown reason – began looking at each one, remembering people, seeing places, and noticing things I had not noticed before.  

I remembered Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” and the speech that remains indelible in my mind forever, “Let’s really look at one another!…It goes so fast. We don’t have time to look at one another. I didn’t realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed… Wait! One more look. Good-bye , Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover’s Corners….Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking….and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths….and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it–every, every minute? (Emily)” Thornton Wilder, Our Town

It was then that I decided to find and post at least one picture of something I was doing during the beginning year of each decade. The selection process was random and has nothing to do with importance. Plus, most photographs were not dated. Here are the results: (Please excuse the inconsistencies of color and spacing in this post. It was one of the ones affected by my learning curve with

1937 - Beginning love affair with water

1937 - Beginning love affair with water
1937 – I was born on March 30th, at home, on Cleveland Road, in Gainesville, Georgia. Dr. Davis was our family doctor – for years. Daddy was probably hoping for a boy. Haha. Instead, he got me!! That is my sister Patricia holding me; my sister Barbara looks skeptical. Little did they know how much trouble I would turn out to be.  

1947 - Camp Dixie

1947 - Camp Dixie
1947 – I am 10 in this picture. It was taken at Camp Dixie, in Clayton, Georgia. Every summer for years, Mother and Daddy would send us all three off to summer camp for two months. I loved it. Never got homesick or wished I were home. On the contrary, I loved the swimming, diving, horseback riding, canoeing. In fact, when my sisters stopped going, I continued. I went to Camp Dixie for three years, Rockbrook in North Carolina – one year, Camp Chattooga in South Carolina – one year, Camp Brownledge in Vermont – one year. Already posing for the camera. Don’t you love it!

1957 - Tour Group

1957 - Tour Group
1957- I am 20 in this picture. During the summer, I went to Europe with a group of “chaperoned” girls. There I am – 2nd row, stage center. I had just completed my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin, and my Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sister, Ronalee Risser, and I went on a six-week tour. She is the blonde beauty second on the top row, stage left.  Great fun.


1957 - Brussels

1957 - Brussels
Still 20. And, still the summer of 1957 on tour – This is Belgium. Faded photograph. Somewhere there is a picture of me on the beach in Nice, but I could not find it. “If this is Tuesday, this must be Belgium.” That is where I went up to a policeman and said in my best French, “Ou est l’Hotel Palace?” And, he said (en Anglais), “Well, lady, you go two blocks and turn left.” So much for my French! 


1967 – AT AGE 30!


1967 GJC Faculty

1967 Any Wednesday Cover

1967 - Any Wednesday

1977 – AT AGE 40!

1977 Set Lemonade commercial

1977 Set Lemonade commercial
1977 – I am 40. This is the set of a lemonade commercial, during a break. It was my birthday, so the crew got a cake for me. We all shared it, and someone took this picture. Great memories. My lines in that commercial, “It looks and tastes like real fresh lemonade. Now, that takes the prize!!”  I was directed to say them with a thick Southern accent, of course. 

1977 Trouble River

1977 Trouble River
1977 – I am 40. This is the set of “Trouble River”, an ABC After School Special, directed by Roger Flint, produced by Martin Tahse. starring Nora Denny. I played Mrs. Martin. My husband, Mr. Martin, is played by Hal England, from Kings Mountain, North Carolina – the same town as my brother-in-law, Jack Prince. Small world. Hal and I remained good friends. 

1987 – AT AGE 50!

1987 Day My Kid Went Punk Megan Pryor

1987 Day My Kid Went Punk Megan Pryor
1987 – at 50. This is the set of another ABC After School Special, “The Day My Kid Went Punk”, written, directed and produced by Fern Field, starring Jay Underwood. I played Mrs. Rehnquist, my daughter was played by Megan Pryor. 

1987 Skiing

1987 Skiing
1987 – at 50, in the mountains somewhere – Mammoth, or Snowbird, or Deer Valley, or Vail, or Aspen, or …. I loved to ski, so during those years, every winter saw two or three ski trips.  

1997 – AT AGE 60! – IN Whittier Law School. I took a trip to the South of France that summer and stayed for two weeks in a time share, Roquebrune Cap Martins. I met a friend, Eleanne, of a U.S. friend, Phyllis Lycett. The two of them had been friends in Paris as dancers in the Follies Bergeres. What fun!! This is Monaco in 19971997 Monaco1997 Elianne Corniche Club1997 Corniche Club1997 Corniche Club21997 Standing on the Deck of Vista Palace Hotel in Monaco.


1997 Room at Negresco1997 Bath Tub Negresco

1997 Room at Negresco
1997 – at 60, on the way back to the States. I stayed overnight at the Negresco Hotel. It was from this window in this room that I said to myself, I am going to live here one day. 
1997 Katherine born 7 months
1997 – at 60.  Katherine Ann MacIntosh – my granddaughter and Blake’s daughter – was born April 14, 1997. In this picture, she is seven-months old.  She will be 20 on Friday.

1997 Katherine born 7 months

2007 – AT AGE 70!

2007 - SteveJanetGloria Boca Raton

2007 - SteveJanetGloria Boca Raton
2007 – I am 70. Steve and I stayed a week in Boca Raton, Florida, during the spring. While there, we spent time with Steve’s cousin, Gloria Cataldo (shown here), shopping and having fun. 

2007 Jamie graduation

2007 Jamie graduation
2007 – I am 70. My granddaughter and Craig’s daughter, Jamie Nicole MacIntosh, graduated from Culver City Middle School. In the picture, left to right, are Craig’s wife, Jean MacIntosh, Jamie, me, and Craig. Jamie went on to graduate from San Francisco State University and is currently living in Paris, France. 

2017 – AT AGE 80!

2017 at Bistro Joel Robuchon

2017 at Bistro Joel Robuchon
2017 – at 80. I am having “desserts”, at Joel Robuchon – Monaco, with the lighted candle still to come, doing the best I can. My eyes look sad to me, and my heart feels heavy, but it will be fine. By the way, the quote that is the Inspiring Quote for April 9, 2017, says, (see below)
 “We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.”  ― Robin Sharma 
Peace, Jay

Published by jjaywmac

Jay W. MacIntosh (born Janet Tallulah Jewell) is a retired attorney, actress, and writer from the United States, living in Paris, France. She is a member of the California Bar and selected to the 2018, 2019, 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list. She holds a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of Georgia and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Zodiac Scholastic Society. As an actress, she is a member of The Actors Studio, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP, performing in film and television in the United States and France. Her published works include Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 1, Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2, The Origins of George Bernard Shaw’s Life Force Philosophy, Moments in Time, Capturing Beauty, JAYSPEAK on the Côte d’Azur, and Janet Tallulah.

6 thoughts on “STOPGAPS

  1. I enjoyed this very much. Your journey down Memory Lane, with pictures was great. I must say you don’t look 80 ! I’ve read all your blogs and take something away from each and everyone. Always know that you have friends who care about you. 🙂


  2. Scott, thank you for this. Your words mean the world to me. I felt the same way about my acting, but I was and am biased. When I would look at my work, I could see the depth of character. When it was happening, I would be “in” the role. But, later, when checking to see if I accomplished what I had striven to achieve, I would be proud of my accomplishment. And, I set the bar high for me. I still love to act and miss it. You never know. PLUS, I am glad you like me blog and take the time to read it. Thank you very much. Jay


  3. Hi Jay! Tonight is the night I decided to buckle down and catch up on long overdue mail which led me to your recent posts. So, for the past few hours I’ve been sitting at my desk reading and taking in the many thoughts & wonderful photos that you were so kind to share. I’m glad that you found the vigor to do such.
    I grew up watching those “After School Specials” in the 70’s and also the varied roles you played in, such as “Barnaby Jones”, “The Walton’s” and more. There’s even a Peter Graves film that comes to mind from the mid-70’s about the last people on Earth – which you were in.
    There are some actors/actresses that become engraved in a viewers’ mind and they stay there with good reason. For example, the late actress Priscilla Morrill, who’s performances always added something extra special to a project, has been to me, what others may feel about someone like Meryl Streep or Hepburn. Fans and admirers get the opportunity to know SOME things about them and they have received their standing ovations – deservedly of course. Yet for me, I think I get something very special from performers such as you. When you share your life, like you do, you open the doors to your heart and mind with anyone who takes the time to read about it. Anyway, who wouldn’t want to check out a blog that quotes Thornton Wilder!
    On this birthday, I’d like to give you my standing ovation for you.
    A shared experience does not return void. My prayers and thanks to you! -Scott


  4. Jay, I was so touched by this post…….what a wonderful way to re-live memories and probably good therapy as you continue to grieve the loss of Steve. Some parallels between us. It has been almost 2 years since I lost Jerry and in less than 2 weeks, I’ll turn 80. I’m staying bust, too, but have my moments, my “stop gaps.” You have inspired me to go back and enjoy memories through photos.

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis. Yes, we share a lot of similarities. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. It means a lot to me that I have inspired you. May it continue. Sending love….


    2. Phyllis, you have inspired me over the years. I am amazed by your talent and zest for life. Get out the pictures. Look at them like you have never seen them before. See what is going on in the photo. On the faces. In the eyes. Visit with them aloud (if no one thinks you are crazy, talking to a photo. haha.) It helps. At least, it helped me. Sending love, Jay


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