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

Birds of a Feather

September 6, 2014

Tags: Birds of a Feather, Pecos River, Pagosa Springs

Two houses at Birds of a Feather
We next headed to Pecos, to tour Birds of a Feather, a community for gays and lesbians that I wrote about in the book. We were bowled over by the beauty of the property and the adobe homes and spent a fun afternoon with owner Bonnie McGowan. Unfortunately most of the Birds had flown the coop for travel, but we met one couple and toured Bonnie’s home, complete with sauna, hot tub, and meditation alcove. Felt peaceful just walking through the front door.

As for Ivy, she’s proved to be quite the adaptable pooch. She was perhaps most surprised at sleeping with us in our snug little tent along the Pecos River. What a concept! Night sounds of the rushing river, the wind kicking up, and owls calling in the pines.

And now, here in a cabin at Bruce Spruce Ranch near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Ivy and Ross encountered three elk at dawn. Biggest doggies she’d ever seen. Yes, Ivy, we’re not in Maryland.

Next stop: Durango! Only cloud on our horizon is worrisome news from home regarding Ross’s mom who turned 96 last week, and has taken a turn. Please hold her in your thoughts.


  1. September 6, 2014 6:56 PM EDT
    Such a delight to meet you, Beth, as well as your charming husband, Ross, and sweet little pup, Ivy! Wish I could have spent more time with you to learn more about your wonderful project! Your book is wonderful! Thanks so much for including Birds of a Feather Community! I really appreciate it so much. Sending positive thoughts and healing energy to Ross's mother and both of you! Safe travels.
    - Bonnie McGowan
  2. September 9, 2014 1:46 PM EDT
    Hi Beth,
    Just read this entry - sounds really fascinating. Am holding Ross's mom in my thoughts and prayer. Hope all is well.
    - Anne


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.