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

Image 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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Lunchtime Livestream Performance #MusicalMonday

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Here’s a special treat for all of you. If you missed my gig a few weeks ago at our local senior center, The Hub on Smith, simply click the Play button below. The video lasts about half an hour, and in it, I play the piano and sing, while many audience members enjoy macaroni and cheese with ham and other delights. Please feel free to share.

Also, on August 4th, I will again be performing at The Hub, this time with my group, Just Harmony. We’re a bunch of women who sing mostly barbershop but also other styles of choral music. Now that things are opening up around here, we’re getting more engagements. As soon as I find a link to that event on Facebook, I’ll post it here. So, please stay tuned.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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

Image 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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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website