This photo was takn by our local IWPA president, Marianne Wolf Astrauskas. My comments: I look old and fat, and I'm wearing the same outfit I wore for the ceremony two years ago in Richmond, Virginia. It's time for a complete makeover!
I live on the thirty-fifth floor of a senior highrise on Chicago's Gold Coast. I retired in 1999 after 40 years in the English Department of Wilbur Wright College, on Chicago's Northwest Side, where I was department chair for 7 years and Wright's Distinguished Service Professor for 1995-96.
In late 2005, I found myself retired, widowed, 73, and depressed, so I set out to find contentment through reflection and writing. My first published book, Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor (2006), is a series of personal essays recounting that quest and some of the experiences that came before it. My second isSeniorwriting: A Brief Guide for Seniors Who Want to Write (2007). My third is poetry, Elder Expectations: My Life in Rictameters (2008). My writing also includes a column for eGenerations.com.
I advocate writing for everyone, and hope to encourage my fellow senior citizens to write. I am a member of the Illinois Woman's Press Association, The Story Circle Network, The Authors Marketing Group, and the Chicago Writers Associaion and a volunteer at the Chicago Cultural Center. Please comment on my posts!
1. Observations: June 5, 2007 2. Photographs: June 6 3. What Would you Do?: June 7 4. Mementos and Souvenirs: June 12 5. My Favorite . . .: June 20 6. Names and Nicknames: June 24 7. Recurring Dreams: June 30 8. Holiday Memories: July 4 9. Overcoming Adversity: July 10 10. Family Tales: July 16