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If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians Paperback – March 23, 2004
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I also enjoyed the story of Ruth Ellis who was the oldest black lesbian. She was an accomplished public speaker and gay activist who made 100 appearances in a 1 year speaking on college campuses and gay functions all over the country. Ruth Ellis achievements have not gone unnoticed as a film has been made about her life. The story of Louisiana Hines is interesting because her grandfather was a slave. She can vividly recall how blacks were lynched for preaching about equality in the early years of the 20th century.
Roy Stamper became a successful horse trainer He also developed a love for preaching despite having only 4 years of formal education. Roy Stamper proved that it is never too late to fall in love, because he got married at the age of 101.
Sadie and Gilbert Hill were married for an amazing 81 years. The secret to their long marriage can be summed up in one word together. They did everything together from cooking to shopping to dancing. This couple even worked together as farm caretakers milking cows and herding cattle. I loved the story of Harry Shapiro whose life has been prolonged and enriched by his passion to paint. If I live to be 100 is a wonderful book.
Anna introduced me to Neenah, saying that Neenah was going to share my dear Anna with the rest of the world. And after reading this book, I'm here to tell you that Neenah has truly captured the real Anna.
I'll admit I originally only bought this book to read about my friend, but I found myself drawn to all of the Centenarians and the stories they had to share. In the mean time I learned things about Anna that I never knew. I never knew Anna's husband Fred. He had died before I was born! Anna was my favorite babysitter (when she was 70 something, and I was in grade school).
She is still in fine health all though her hearing is going and her knees are bad. She often calls me up to find out how my love life is going. Anna has promised to dance at my wedding, and I'm going to hold her to that. But she has told me that she's getting tired so I better get to it!!!
And just remember this....
Don't eat the fish!!!
Addition: Aug 2005... Anna has just celebrated her 107th birthday, and is still going strong.
Addition: May 2009... Anna has lost her battle with old age... She passed away on Mothers Day at age 110. She shall be remembered.
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This was a pretty good read which was based on conversations and real life stories of Centenarians and formed the basis for a National Public Radio series called "One Hundred... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J.Revv
SOme of these essays are a lot better and more interesting than others. The concept is goodPublished 5 months ago by Bartleby (scrivner)
Gave this to my daughter for Christmas and she loved it! Will be borrowing it soon! 👍🏻Published 8 months ago by Beaner
This is one of the sweetest books I've ever read. I ordered it for my Book Club meeting later this month. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Ruth Hegele
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