I started this perennial garden in 2002 – the summer after 9/11. Sixteen years later – and this is what it looks like. This is the first time that ALL THE FLOWERS BLOOMED SIMULTANEOUSLY. I call it my Garden Symphony!
Ok – so it is for next April…But I just got booked to do my Aging Discussion next April. Sharing my stories from my book, RAGING AGAINST AGING, poems by Judith Viorst, Dr. Seuss, and citing Nora Ephron, we explore the five major concerns of aging. This is NOT a How-To, because I do NOT know how-to age, we discuss our feelings using humor.
She joined my talk for fifteen minutes and told me in advance that she was scheduled to take a trip. She would leave at 11:30 and I was not to take it personally.
Well, I had to remind her when it was 11:40. She got up and much to my surprise, she came back five minutes later. “I’ll take the trip in a two weeks when they offer it again,” she said. She stayed after my little talk was over to chat privately with me about what she was doing to stay relevant.
I came to talk and I learned from my audience. There are some fabulous things going on at the Atria in Roslyn Harbor. Thank you, Megan for inviting me. I feel privileged to have met a group of feisty, alert, active, engaged people who are in their nineties – some even very close to 100. They inspired me, as I hope I entertained them. Summer camp for seniors with a lot of activities ranging from exercise- including rowing teams, to talks, to trips, these people are staying relevant! I raise my glass to toast them: To health, to health, to health, to health, to health! (Judith Viorst)
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!
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!”