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 me on Ann Fisherís All Sides program on WOSU public radio. Bonnie and I go way back, in part through her leadership of the Pioneer Network, which seeks to transform nursing homes.

In fact, Bonnie hosted the very first event for my new book, back in April, when she invited key members of her team to gather around a table to hear about my book and discuss its implications for public policy.

We had a lot of fun being on air together this time, volleying our complementary views back and forth.

That evening, Bobbie and Tedís friends, neighbors and colleagues came to the Grandview Public Library for a book event. We had hoped for maybe 20 folks, but 50 showed up. Most then trooped over to the Celestes for wine reception and book sales. An unusually enthusiastic book-buying bunch! Thanks to all.

And now home. I will write my last reflections in another post.


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.