August 28, 2014
Helen said her friends there support her not out of obligation "but out of love."
After sharing a bowl of chicken-sausage gumbo and an oyster po’boy along Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, we reluctantly hit the Interstate heading West. We pulled into Livingston, Texas, later than planned, but were warmly met by folks at Escapees CARE (Continuing Assistance for Retired Escapees).
Escapees, for the (more…)
August 26, 2014
The Clubhouse greeted me with this sign.
My dear friend since third grade (that’s 54 years, but who’s counting), Marcia Heath Blakewood and a new friend Dale Smith, an inspiring elder who is in my book, hosted a lovely afternoon book event at Timberlake Country Club in Chapin, South Carolina. The Columbia, SC newspaper, The State, had given the event (more…)
August 16, 2014
Photo by Michele McDonald
Welcome to my So-Called Book Tour, a blog that will share the trials, tribulations, and most important, the stories of folks I encounter along the way as I promote my new book, With a Little Help from Our Friends—Creating Community as We Grow Older.
Over the years, as I’ve worked on my (more…)
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.