Reflections on Aging #OpenBookBlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is:  “What’s something you look forward to as you age? And what do you miss from your youth?”

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I turned sixty in June of this year, but I don’t look or sound like I’m sixty, and I certainly don’t feel old, despite minor health issues. Someone told me that the reason I don’t have gray hair is that I’ve never had children. Wow, can you imagine what would happen if everybody believed the secret to not having gray hair is to not have children? But I digress.

Since I turned sixty a couple of months ago, I’ve already been enjoying the benefit of eating breakfast or lunch for only $5 at The Hub on Smith, A Center for All Generations. This facility is primarily for senior citizens, but all are welcome.

By the way, my singing group, Just Harmony, will perform there tomorrow, August 4th, at noon during lunch. You can watch this event live on Facebook, and it will be recorded. See below for details.

But I’m digressing again, aren’t I? This is what can happen when you grow old. Anyway, I’m looking forward to enjoying senior discounts at restaurants and other establishments. I also understand that if I were to join the American Association of Retired Persons, I would get even more benefits.

What do I miss from my youth? Well, the only thing I can think of is the fact that my bones aren’t as strong as they used to be. I’m more afraid of falling than I was in my younger years. Many older adults end up in nursing homes because of little tumbles from which young people can pick themselves up and dust themselves off. Although most can usually return home, it’s not the same. They may be forced to use a walker or wheelchair for the rest of their lives and/or depend on someone to help them with the simplest tasks of personal care.

Since I have no one whom I would want to burden with my care, I’m doing my best to remain upright for as long as I can. Since I’m thankful not to have succumbed to dementia, a stroke, or other conditions faced by the aging, I’m not complaining.

So, how about you? What do you look forward to in your old age? What do you miss from your younger years? You can leave your answers in the comment field below, or click here to participate in this week’s blog hop. I look forward to reading your answers.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll again be performing at The Hub on Smith tomorrow, August 4th, at noon, this time with my group, Just Harmony. We’re a bunch of women who sing mostly barbershop but other styles of choral music as well. This event will also be broadcast live on Facebook, and a recording will be available later. Click here to visit the event’s Facebook page, and mark your calendar. See you there!

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Fall from Grace #Six-Sentence Thursday

I toppled off a foundation in Arizona when I was ten years old. My parents, younger brother, and I were looking at a house that was in the process of being built. There were no walls, windows, or roof, just the floor. I was walking along a narrow ledge, one foot in front of the other, when I lost my balance, landing hard on my left shoulder in some rocks. I don’t know how far I fell, but my shoulder ached for days, causing me to miss at least one day of school. It could have been worse; I was right-handed.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence prompt for this week. The word is “foundation,” and the idea is to write a poem or story of no more and no less than six sentences, using the word at least once. If you’d like to participate in Girlie on the Edge’s blog hop, click here.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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A Winter Adventure #Thursday Book Feature #Poetry #Excerpt

The following poem appears in the current issue of The Weekly Avocet. It was also published in my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver.

 

You may think this doesn’t look like a poem, and it doesn’t. It is what’s called a prose poem, which means basically that it looks like prose but reads like poetry. You can click the link below the poem to hear me read it.

A Winter Adventure

                                            

 

On a cold, cloudy day, we strap on our skis, boots, head up the trail. I inch along, sure I’ll fall at any minute, as my skis slide through packed snow.

“Left foot right pole, right foot left pole. See if you can go faster,” Dad says. I prefer to keep my slow, plodding pace.

 

At the top of the hill, we retrace our steps. My feet slide out from under me. I land flat on my back. “Smile,” says my brother, holding the camera.

 

“Stick that camera where the sun won’t shine,” I want to tell him.

 

“You’re not falling right.  You could get hurt,” he says. I remove the skis, walk the rest of the day.

 

A Winter Adventure

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Thursday Tidbit: Winter, A Poem

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.With the season having officially arrived here in Wyoming, here’s another winter poem, this one from my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. It’s about my disastrous attempt of a winter sport that most of my family enjoyed.

Although it reads like poetry, it looks like prose. This is what’s considered a prose poem. You can click the Play button below the poem to hear me read it. Enjoy, and happy winter.

 

Winter

 

On a cold, cloudy day, we strap on our skis, boots, head up the trail. I inch along, sure I’ll fall at any minute, as my skis slide through the packed snow. “Left foot right pole right foot left pole. See if you can go faster,” Dad says. I prefer to keep my slow, plodding pace.

At the top of the hill, we retrace our steps. My feet slide out from under me. I land flat on my back. “Smile,” says my brother, as he holds the camera.

“Stick that camera where the sun won’t shine,” I want to tell him.

“You’re not falling right. You could get hurt,” he says. I remove the skis, walk the rest of the day.

 

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My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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