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Still Me...After All These Years: 24 Writers Reflect on Aging Paperback – March 5, 2017
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About the Author
Karen Helene Walker is an essayist, novelist and memoirist and author of the Wishing Steps and Following the Whispers. She is currently working on a new memoir. When not writing, Karen sings and dances in nursing homes and retirement communities as part of the Sugartime musical group, travels with her husband of 20 years, Gary, or relaxes with a good book at their home in Albuquerque.
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Throughout all these marvellous stories I feel the vitality of each and everyone, irrespective of whether 90 or 82, or approaching 60. (still young!) Some write of taking up new interests eg swimming at age 65 and are now much better at it than ever before. There are still gardens to harvest, whether literally or metaphorically. These stories give me great joy and make me less fearful of this process.
It would make a great gift to one's self and to another ...Highly recommended, it is truly a gem
I meandered through these essays. I liked taking my time to savor the experiences and the reflections of each writer. There was joy and there was sadness, a poignancy on what it's like to come into a time when we can look back so much farther than we're able to look into the future.
What struck me most about each story was the honesty in the telling. I valued that above all. This a small insightful treasure each writer has left for those who on the path behind them. With each essay, I savored the words, related to them and felt the connections we all share.
As we go through life we learn, at least we should. And in the individual stories of this anthology we see that just because one is growing older doesn’t mean their active life is over. Quite the contrary. Many new adventures are waiting for us, if we just recognize them. We see this in these stories. Some discuss physical changes in our bodies. So, our hair turns gray, our muscles grow flabby. That doesn’t mean we can’t still dance and swim and do the things we enjoy doing.
Losing parents and other family members is heartbreaking, but as one story mentions we still have the wisdom we learned from our parents or siblings.
These stories will have you laughing, and thinking, and counting your blessings, so pick up a copy and enjoy STILL ME …AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I think you’ll be glad you did.
The book showcases a range of experiences and reflections that really made me think...
In the words of an amazing, spirited and intellectually-active 90-year-old contributor who listens to audio books (which I have yet to do): "there was a 'mortality reality' to what I was undergoing"; and wise words from a contributor who says: "I try not to look at impermanence as a hard boundary, but rather as a supple frame for living each moment..."; plus, I'd love to know the outcome of the brave and determined 65-year-old who asks: "Could a woman alone navigate visa regulations, foreign real-estate offices, foreign languages and, ultimately, solitude in a strange neighbourhood?" Wow.
There are so many lessons to learn from these pieces. I think the most important one, is that we should focus more on the aging process and less on actually dying!
(In April, I won the e-book in a rafflecopter giveaway at Karen Helene Walker's blog)