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

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, a MOVE leader, of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at Oregon Health Services University, who worked so hard on the event. Also was so pleased to be with one of my culture change heroes Joanne Rader.

The following day, AARP Oregon and Villages NW, one of the alternatives I write about, hosted a large event for me. After I warmed up the crowd with my stump speech, several local speakers from alternative communities shared what they were doing. It was a great turnout –maybe 70 people—many of whom had been unaware about these new options in how to live. Special shout out to Chana Andler of Villages NW and Bandana Shrestha of AARP Oregon for organizing this event.


  1. September 25, 2014 8:51 PM EDT
    Hi Beth, I enjoy following your amazing tour. Sounds like you are connecting with many who are doing creative things with their lives. I look forward to seeing you at Judy and Rick's back in DC.
    - julie


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.