I believe that it’s never too late to grow! Studies have shown that learning new things about the world and about ourselves is essential to leading a healthy life—and to maintaining our health as we age. When we’ve crossed the 50-threshold, we’re at the perfect learning juncture: we’ve had plenty of years under our belts, accrued a certain amount of hard-earned wisdom—and we’re often visited by a surprising restlessness—a stirring.
It’s that stirring that intrigues me. The voice inside that pushes us to be more, learn more. Rediscover.
Me and my honey
My recent rediscoveries
My 50-threshold was, indeed, life-changing. At age 53, I became a successful solo entrepreneur: I started an English tutoring business (LongIslandEnglishTutor.com). I married a wonderful man at 54 (we met on Match.com), bought a condo in Florida for future retirement at 55, and entered the MFA in creative writing program at Antioch University at 56!
Writing has always been a great love of mine. Putting words to paper has helped me through some tough times, both in my childhood and in my adult life. While I have previously considered myself a “dabbler,” I am currently turning that one around. At 57, I am finally calling myself a “writer” – a tall order and an identity I am thrilled to embody!
I am currently in the middle of writing two books—an action-packed murder mystery involving a grandmother-shaman-ghost, human trafficking, and teen-age love. The other is a work of nonfiction that raises issues close to my heart—issues of social justice and how we treat people on the margins. I could call it a murder story as well, but Coming Home spends more time honoring the life of the deceased, Deacon Patrick Logsdon, and the lives of the formerly incarcerated men whom he helped.
I also write short memoir pieces and guest blog for Lunch Ticket, a literary journal with a social justice mission. I serve as the journal’s lead editor of creative non-fiction.
Especially dear to my heart is this blog, WomanPause, where my focus is on women, who, like me, are ready to rediscover their passions!
I feel the stir, and I am embracing it—embracing my journey, yours, and ours.