SEE YOU AT THE ATRIA SENIOR LIVING IN ROSLYN HABOR NEXT WEEK!

I will be presenting my book discussion on aging – not a how-to – because I DO NOT KNOW how to!  Instead, we will explore the five most common concerns about aging and how we feel about them.  Using stories from my life and book, RAGING AGAINST AGING, and poems by Judith Viorst ( Too Young to be Seventy, Unexpectedly Eighty), Dr. Seuss (You’re Only Old Once), and Nora Ephron (I Feel Bad about my Neck), we will laugh as we do everything we can to stay relevant!!!!!!!  If you have a mom or dad there, please join us!

 

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MY GRANDDAUGHTER DOES NOT REFER TO ME AS “GRANDMA”

My not quite-three-year-old granddaughter wanted her mother, my daughter, to read her a book, but my daughter was busy with my grandson.  “Ask Grandma to read to you,” suggested my daughter.  My granddaughter put her hands on her hip, opened her mouth and in a very Queens accent, said:  “I don’t want FAKE mommy.  I want my REAL momma!”

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN MY PRESENTATION. I JUST GOT ANOTHER BOOKING!

This charming lady helped me get another booking.  I will be presenting RAGING AGAINST AGING at Atria Senior Living in Roslyn Harbor.  It will be an interactive discussion about the 5 major concerns we all face as we age.  I hope this crowd will Age, Rage, Laugh, Cry, Stretch & Kvetch with me!  A shout out thank you to Emily Willens of the Great Neck Atria!

 

TO ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH THE SENIOR POPULATION:

THERE IS  a list of 5 MAJOR CONCERNS we all have.  We all can figure out what they are but what better way to sensitize or remind staff than through humor?

I am available to broach these tough subjects in an entertaining manner.  Just get in touch with me!

 

WILL I BECOME THIS ECCENTRIC OLD LADY? WILL I BE HER, OR SHE, ME?

This lady clearly loves flowers but her yard is slightly overgrown and there are odd pots strewn here and there.  Her house is a little run down and I can relate.  Once I got joy from doing the gardening and my daughter even bought me special  garden knee pads to help me with my work.   But my knees now hurt and I am afraid that if I go down on them, I may never get up.  Besides, I can only do a certain amount in the day, and writing and doing art has replaced my love of gardening.  I can see letting the house go a little at a time because that is how aging happens, a little at a time.  And at this point in my life, I became Cindi Lauper:  I JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN!

Nonetheless, I am very fond of this lady and her house and her garden and perhaps I will get a dog!

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL AFTERNOON!

There are benefits to publishing that no one really talks about.  It opens the door to a whole new world of networking.  You have put yourself out there and others who have done so, recognize it.  THANK YOU to CARYN ISAACS, Patient Advocate, who invited me (and my husband by default), to a networking party of SUN-Q.  I learned a whole new vocabulary yesterday  – the vocabulary of SUN-Q.  There are people in place, out there, to help with elder care- all the different resources that are available – in Queens but they exist in Brooklyn, on Long Island.  They are a phone call away.

My book RAGING AGAINST AGING  was the raffle prize.  And I was there, as its author.

THANK YOU AGAIN!  Your parents do not need to age alone.  And our generation put in place a safety net so that we will not have to age alone, either.  Let’s hear it for the Boomers!

 

OFFSHOOTS FROM WRITING

I got to sit in Johanna Hurwitz’s study and chat with her for almost two hours.  Johanna Hurwitz, author of CLASS CLOWN, ALI BABA BERNSTEIN, ALDO APPLESAUCE AND MORE THAN 70 OTHER BOOKS, is my hero.  This invite came via mutual friends who read my book.  I had taken a workshop with Johanna years ago.

Anyway, my daughter sent the principal of my grandson’s school Johanna’s proposal.  I am praying that Johanna Hurwitz, who is one of my daughter’s beloved authors, and is now my grandson’s and granddaughter’s beloved author, will be a guest speaker at my my grandson’s school.  I will post when this will actually happen.

IF YOU HAVE GRANDKIDS, GO TO AMAZON.COM AND PURCHASE HER BOOKS AS GIFTS. YOUR OWN KIDS WILL THANK YOU FOR REMINDING THEM OF SOME OF THEIR CHILDHOOD FAVORITES.