Selected Works

Article - Politico, January 2017
A Pennsylvania Green House model is hopeful look at the nursing home of the future
Changing Aging Blog, January 2016
How a Houston agency transformed its ageist approach
Next Avenue Blog, July 7, 2015
Blog for PBS Next Avenue, August 14, 2014
Biography (young readers)
"Breaking down obstacles for women, this born adventurer spends her life exploring and studying marine habitats."
--School Library Journal, April 2002

My So-Called Book Tour

The Last Hurrah in Land of the Buckeyes

October 2, 2014

Tags: WOSU, All Sides, Ann Fisher, Bonnie Kantor-Burman, Bobbie Celeste, Ted Celeste, Grandview Public Library

I admit I got a bit choked up when my big sister introduced me.
The final stop of the road trip portion of My So-Called Book Tour was my childhood home of Columbus, Ohio. My sister Bobbie Celeste and brother-in-law Ted hosted us for a very successful final day.

I was pleased to discover that Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, was invited to join (more…)

Minnesota Double-Header

September 29, 2014

Tags: Bruce Johansen, Michael Culliton, Ben Denkinger, Aging Lab, The Common Table, Barbara Goldner, Jess Luce, Adam Suomala, Subtext Books, Mill City Commons

A panel discussion at The Common Table
The Twin Cities treated me well, thanks to the efforts of our dear friends Bruce Johansen and Michael Culliton. Even their cat Zoe, after acting greatly put upon and demonstrating the term “hissy fit,” succumbed to Ivy’s charms and grudgingly seemed to enjoy a little canine company, in spite of herself.

First up (more…)

The No Pressure Book Club

September 26, 2014

Tags: Karen Summers, No Pressure Book Club, Charlene Boyd

Before I could catch my breath back in Seattle, Charlene was scooting me out the door to a book club. A dozen cool members of the No Pressure Book Club gathered at the home of Karen Summers to talk about my book. They had tons of stories to share, often of their own parents’ (more…)

When Your Community is an Island

September 26, 2014

Tags: Vashon Island, Wendy Lustbader, Vashon Community Care Center, Wendy Noble

Vashon Island was as lovely as we'd ever imagined.
Ross and I had always wanted to take the ferry from Seattle to Vashon Island and finally got our chance. Charlene asked culture change leader, author and professor Wendy Lustbader, who lives on Vashon, to lead an event for me there.

By a happy confluence of circumstances, my old friend Wendy Noble, whom I (more…)

Seattle Slew

September 26, 2014

Tags: Terry Tazioli, Well Read, Providence Mount St. Vincent, Molly Swain

Terry Tazioli, host of Well Read television show, interviewed me in Seattle.
In the Seattle area I had back-to-back-to-back events, thanks to my energetic compatriot Charlene Boyd. Charlene, a hero of my last book Old Age in a New Age, organized 3 book events for me. She and her husband Steve Smith even provided us with home hospitality—truly above and beyond. Ivy was delighted to meet (more…)

Portland Advocates Got Out the Crowd

September 25, 2014

Tags: MOVE, Marilyn Sanguinetti, Joanne Rader, AARP Oregon, Villages NW, Chana Andler, Bandana Shrestha

The best part of every event is the discussion with attendees.
MOVE (Making Oregon Vital for Elders) sponsored an event that was attended by the wonderful people trying to make deep cultural transformation in aging and in long-term care. It was great to reconnect with many who had been strong supporters of my last book. Really good discussion and sharing. Special thanks to Marilyn Sanguinetti, (more…)

Bridge Meadows

September 25, 2014

Tags: Bridge Meadows, foster children

Kids at Bridge Meadows. All the children are being adopted from the foster care system.
Bridge Meadows, the inspiring intentional community made up of foster children, their adoptive families, and loving elders, was a highlight of Portland. We had a great tour, led by director Derenda Schubert whom I was so delighted to meet, having interviewed her over the phone for the book. Derenda also spoke alongside me at (more…)

Portland Rocks

September 25, 2014

Tags: Heather Martin

Heather and Rodney
After my less than stellar event in Redmond, it was great to arrive in Portland. We stayed with Heather and Rodney. Technically Heather is my second cousin, but I think of her as my bonus niece. Ivy and their dog Bella horsed around constantly and Ivy reverted to goofy puppydom. Heather was a big (more…)

Hot New Food Truck

September 25, 2014

Tags: Joseph Zumpano, Henry's Diner

Joey with a slab of local bacon he'll be slicing up for the breakfast crowd.
We made a quick detour to Carlton, Oregon, to see Joseph Zumpano, aka our son Danny’s pal Joey, who moved to the wine country and started a cool food truck called Henry’s Diner that has gotten all sorts of recognition among food lovers. We didn't arrive early enough for the breakfast he serves up, (more…)

From the You-Can't-Win-'em-All Dept.

September 25, 2014

Tags: Ingrid Lustig, Dawn Newton, KPOV, Open Air, Green Pastures Senior Cooperative, caregiving

At KPOV in Bend, Oregon. Dawn Newton was a great interviewer.
Seeing our old friend Ingrid Lustig in Bend, Oregon, was wonderful. Ingrid has embarked on a new chapter in her life, taking care of her mother, Ula, who just moved there from Maryland. Great to be with both of them and always comforting to share stories about the challenges of caregiving. Had a really (more…)


Bittersweet last stop of the road trip, we were with my sis and bro-in-law.

Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Ohio Dept. of Aging, was on air with me.

The show on WOSU was live-streamed--Ross took this image on the screen in the studio lobby.

Illinois landscape, on the way to Columbus

Subtext Books--Bruce and Michael in background, with some of Bruce's family

Reading from my book at Subtext Books in St. Paul

Barbara Goldner of Mill City Commons, a Minneapolis Village model

Riding the ferry to Vashon.

Ross enjoyed a night out with Steve Smith--sampling Pacific oysters and wild salmon. Yum.

Wendy Lustbader and I leaving Vashon for Seattle.

Charlene Boyd of Providence Mount St. Vincent and I aboard the ferry to Vashon Island.

Seattle street scene

Derenda Schubert, director of Bridge Meadows

A home in Bridge Meadows.

Sign on old grain elevator in Carlton that will soon be repurposed.

The lovely Ula and Ingrid Lustig

Wonderful to see old Maryland friends Paul and Merry Treanor in Santa Cruz. And notice the line of book buyers! An author's dream.

No surprise: Santa Cruz folks were open to alternative ways to grow old.

Best part of L.A. visit: spending time with our great-nephew Callan and his parents, Christiana and Matt.

Cynthia Friedlob interviewing me for pre-recorded radio show.

Ivy was somewhat mystified by Patrick and Eileen's French bull dogs. Here's Juno.

Former neighbors Patrick and Eileen offered warm hospitality in Phoenix.

Ruins of an Anasazi community in Canyon de Chelly

Bruce Spruce Ranch, home sweet home for a couple of nights

The Pecos River adjoining our campsite

Ivy pretending to be a water dog in the Pecos River

The view from Bonnie's threshold

Birds of a Feather founder Bonnie McGowan

Grabbed a cafe con leche after the radio interview in Albuquerque.

Chiropractic sign off Route 66 in Albuquerque

Ivy won over Molly, who a few minutes earlier was terrified of dogs.

Bunny and Peggy with granddaughter Violet hamming it up.

My old friend Peggy Diehl

One of the most unusual ways to age in community.

Dale Smith, co-host of the Timberlake Event, whose reflections on aging in place are in my book.

Marcia introducing me at the Timberlake Country Club event.

Ivy ready to co-pilot the great adventure

Ivy says no way we're leaving her behind.