Just as a hot flash can change our temperature, so the turn of a page can move us from tears to laughter. Ms. Thoele tells it all, from who we are now in mid-life to who we were in the sixties. Her poems are rarely more than a page or two, but they pack a wallop. She talks of child-rearing and empty nexts and illness of a spouse and the "pecularity and perks of aging" and we who are at this stage in life, know of what she speaks. Her midlife motto "I've decided not to worry about that" should be hung on every refrigerator door or pasted on every magnifying mirror. As one reads her poems, one nods in recognition. She not only affirms what we feel and endure, she validates it. She gives us the right to change and to feel better on the inside even though we don't look better on the outside. Her book makes the aging process humorous and acceptable.