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

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 was an event emceed by psychology professor Ben Denkinger of Augsberg College, who runs the Aging Lab. The gathering was at The Common Table, a funky former restaurant that is now a space for community collaboration, run by the college. Joining me on a panel were 3 leaders of aging organizations: Barbara Goldner, Jess Luce and Adam Suomala. Audience members asked great questions, including can these alternatives work in low-income neighborhoods and how can intergenerational bonds be strengthened. I read from my chapter on housing cooperatives, in a nod to Minnesota, the progenitor of so many co-ops in our nation.

That evening, Subtext Books in St. Paul (the space formerly occupied by Garrison Keillor’s bookstore) had a well-attended event for me. A highlight was seeing Missy McDonald, sister of Michele, and many of the Johansen clan including nonagerian and matriarch Carol, Bruce’s mother and my penpal with whom I engage in ongoing email battle over whether Minneapolis or D.C. is the better city. She rather smugly pointed out what beautiful weather they were having—a miracle—late September and it was sunny and warm and not snowing yet! (I claimed credit for having brought this meteorological gift.)

And now, on to Columbus, my childhood home, and what better place to conclude My So-Called Book Tour?


  1. October 1, 2014 5:59 AM EDT
    Dear Beth and Ross,
    We miss you!! Know you'll be coming back to the East Coast soon and look forward to seeing you Oct. 24 in MD. We've loved folliwing your travels and hearing of your book tour success. The pictures of Ivy are a bonus! Take care,
    - Lynne Waymmon


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.