September 26, 2014
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 parentsí and grandparentsí experiences. Add to that a yummy meal of barbequed pork sliders, pepper poppers, salad, and chocolate cake and it was a perfect end to an invigorating and productive day. It also reminded me that my book actually is ideal for book clubs!
And now we make the Big Right Turn and head eastward as we begin our journey home.
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.