The most endearing comment I receive from those who have followed my newspaper column over so many years is: “It always feels like I’m having a pleasant cup of coffee with an old friend.” In response I would say, “Thank you.”
I hope this compilation of my personally favorite columns engages, educates, informs and entertains. That is my objective. I want readers to embrace healthy and active aging with laughter, or at least a smile, and come to recognize that aging offers many small and lovely adventures.
I envision you having fun with this book. Gift it to a friend. Read it out loud. Read it with your friends or neighbors or in a book club setting—coffee and tea optional. All the proceeds from this publication will go to the non-profit organization my husband and I started several years ago, specifically our “Grandma’s Porch” Fund that provides assistance to low income older adults who want to safely age-in-place.
I thank and acknowledge all the members of our non-profit organization’s Board of Directors, specifically John Bowling, Ellen Waldman, Paul Westerman and Vicki Schmall who encouraged me to keep writing in support of a healthier and stronger community. Vicki Schmall is one of several layers of editors I used in completing this book and I thank them all; but Vicki was the most rigorous. She was a kind and critical reader. This book is better because of her.
I greatly appreciate the Mail Tribune editors of my Healthy Aging column over the years, Bob Hunter, Cathy Noah and David Smigelski. They allowed me to write boldly and without hesitation and supported syndication of my column.
I thank and acknowledge Maggie McLaughlin who introduced me to self-publishing and paved the way for this book to actually happen. If you have a book in you—Maggie can help you exit that book to the printed page.
I especially offer thanks to my incredible husband and life-partner. He is my rock. I try to be his.
And I thank my loving children and grandchildren, and so many dear friends–near and far– for your support and good will when you learned about this book project of mine.
Finally, I offer a small hallelujah to the amazing 95-year-old couple, Gail Myers and Phyllis Dokken Ross, whose photograph graces the cover of this book.
You are all in my heart—and you may find yourselves in this book as well. Onward.