Monday, March 20, 2017



Brutally Honest!
Once again, my generation is making a ripple in the social and economic world. For years, Baby Boomers' retirement has been looked upon as a looming threat to the economy and a burden to society. What hasn't been figured into this negative assessment regarding the future of aging Boomers is the attitude and fortitude of this group.

Millennials have overtaken us in numbers and currently hold the title of the largest generation, but we Boomers continue to be trailblazers when it comes to changing times and attitudes. We weren't content to watch from the sidelines as the world passed us by in the 1960s and 1970s, and I don't believe the majority of us will sit in front porch rockers and watch it pass us by in today's exciting world. We refuse to accept the doom and gloom forecast regarding our golden years by continuing to live life to the fullest. 

I'm proud to be a part of this enlightening new book by Karen Helene Walker. Read what we seniors have to say about staying young at heart while navigating the path to our Golden Years, and then join me the next couple of weeks for a book tour of...  

STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging by Karen Helene Walker through MC Book Tours. It is a pleasure to be participating in this week's Blog Tour where you can explore this charming, funny, and enlightening collection of essays about aging. In addition, Karen is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) of STILL ME and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME (International entries). See how you can enter to win below.

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging. With a blend of grace, dignity, warmth and humor, women and men from 60 to 90 and from all walks of life candidly share the blessings and pitfalls of aging – from keeping dreams alive and keeping sex lives active to dealing with retirement, loss of independence and a growing sense of mortality. 

STILL ME is available at the following sites: Amazon (print and Kindle), Barnes and NobleKobo, and iTunes. Be sure to add it to your shelf on Goodreads.TOUR STOPS THIS WEEK:

March 20 - Alex J. Cavanaugh - Guest Post
Random Thoughts - Excerpt

March 21 - Stephanie Faris, Children's Author - Guest Post

March 22 - Scattergun Scribblings - Guest Post and Feature

March 23 - What Is That Book About - Excerpt

March 24 - The Heart and Craft of Life Writing - Interview

About the Authors:

Rev. Clara Alexander is an ordained New Thought minister who creates and performs sacred ceremonies, including unique weddings, funerals, memorial services, baby blessings and house blessings. She is also a popular speaker, inspiring groups with her talks on how we cling to our grudges, how we overuse the phrase “I’m sorry” and how we can live the life we love.
Wendy Brown recently retired from a career in wildlife biology, where she studied sandhill cranes and whooping cranes as they migrated from Idaho to New Mexico. Wendy eventually found a permanent home in Albuquerque, where she and her husband enjoy the sounds of sandhill cranes from their deck. Since retiring from state government in 2014.
Valerie Capps has bypassed the porch rocking chair to pursue her life-long passion for writing, thereby proving that in today’s world, life can begin again at 65! Valerie lives in Nashville with her husband and their spoiled-rotten Welsh Corgi.
Mary W. Clark retired from her law practice in 2007 and transferred her observation and composition skills to travel writing. She is currently working on a book about her father’s World War II experience flying “the Hump” from India to China over the Himalayas. Mary lives in Paris, Texas.
Fran Fischer: “I was born at a very young age and that happened 82 years ago, so I don’t remember much about it. I’ve crammed as much living into my life as possible, and I’m not through yet. I’ve traveled extensively and I even flew in the same zero-gravity plane that the astronauts trained in. I live in California with my first (and only) husband, and we celebrated our 62nd anniversary this year.”
Pat Garcia (Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack) is an American expatriate living in Europe. An accomplished musician as well as a writer, she has been writing (and reading) since childhood.
Mark David Gerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction and compelling memoirs. Known as “The Birthing Your Book Guru,” Mark David works with an international roster of clients as coach and consultant, helping them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease.
Holly Deuel Gilster plays “make believe” for a living. In other words, she is a professional actress and musician. Holly also loves painting with words as an accomplished poet, an award-winning short-story writer and a book-reviewer for The Or Echo.
Aaron Gordon is a retired social sciences community college professor. He and his wife, Ellie, have been married for 65 years and have three children and grandchildren.
Ellie Gordon is a retired public school teacher who spent the best 20 years of her life in the classroom. A Chicago native, she now lives in New Mexico.
Karla “Rosie” Harper recently retired from teaching elementary school, freeing her to return to her early love of dancing. Today, when not helping out with her grandchildren, Rosie is taking dance lessons, spinning on a dance floor or performing in senior centers and retirement communities with Albuquerque’s Sugartime, as singer as well as dancer.
Linda Hoye is the author of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude, available through major online retailers. A native of Saskatchewan, Linda currently lives in British Columbia (by way of Washington State) with her husband and doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier.
E.V. Legters hasn’t so much retired as she has exchanged one life for another — from rewarding years with career and children (while pursuing the arts on the fly) to a life with the arts at its center. She is the author of Vanishing Point and Connected Underneath and is currently hard at work on her third novel.
LD Masterson lived on both coasts before becoming landlocked in Ohio. After twenty years managing computers for the American Red Cross, she now divides her time between writing, volunteer work and enjoying her grandchildren. Her short stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies, and she is currently working on a new novel.
Kathleen Messmer not only runs a film production company with offices in the UK and the US, she is an avid photographer and wildlife advocate. In the unlikely event that she ever retires, Kathleen plans to live on a ranch with draft horses and pygmy goats and vineyards and fruit orchards, somewhere near the water. Oh, and a cowboy...maybe.
Karen Norstad has worked as cashier/gift wrapper, secretary, boutique seamstress, administrative assistant, manager of employee stock options, executive assistant and budget analyst. Now retired, Karen’s life revolves around lounging about, wearing PJs until four in the afternoon, obsessing over the news, reading, fusing and slumping glass, practicing piano, keeping a small balcony garden and cooking.
Matt Nyman’s nonlinear career path has included working in the geological sciences, teaching high school, stay-at-home parenting and, currently, training tomorrow’s teachers. Poetry equently resides near the surface of his existence, occasionally erupting onto paper.
Jill Plaman was born and began aging in Milwaukee, but she has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSW from the University of Minnesota. Her special interests are travel, international folk dancing, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Maureen Polikoff is a clinical social worker/ therapist who has always pursued many other creative endeavors, including painting, playing music and, now, writing. A Connecticut native, she lives in New Mexico with her husband, Michael.
MaryFrank Sanborn left Boston 33 years ago, to apprentice with photographer Walter Chappell in Santa Fe. Still in love with the beauty of the Southwest, MaryFrank photographs, writes, hikes, travels, teaches yoga and meditation, makes soups on Sundays, and dreams of the ocean and whales.
Patricia Stoltey is the author of four mystery novels. The most recent is Wishing Caswell Dead. She lives in Northern Colorado with Sassy Dog, Katie Cat and her husband, Bill.
Susan Swiderski grew up in Dundalk, Maryland, where everybody calls everybody hon and eating steamed crabs is a sacrament. Although she’s happy in her adopted Georgia, part of her heart still lingers on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, explaining the setting for her novel, Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade. Susan is currently working on a trilogy, proof that this old gal is still a pathological optimist.
Jan Castle Walker is a retired teacher and an active artist. She lives in Davis, California with her husband, Mack.
Karen Helene Walker is a novelist, memoirist and essayist and the author of The Wishing Steps and Following the Whispers. When not writing, Karen is tap dancing, folk dancing or performing with the musical group Sugartime at retirement communities. Karen is currently working on her second memoir. 

This tour-wide giveaway is for two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4.

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  1. Great post, Valerie. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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    1. Thank you Mason. I'm please to be included and looking forward to reading everyone's blogs this week!

  2. Wow, Valerie. This is totally awesome. You've captured some of the how and why I felt compelled to do this anthology in the first place. Thank you for this and for your wonderful contribution to the book.

    1. Thank you, Karen and thank YOU for allowing me to participate. It has been and continues to be an exciting and enlightening experience. It is also comforting to know I am not alone in my thoughts about aging.

  3. Valerie,
    I am just loving your article! Trailblazers! Yes indeed, that is exactly what we are. Not to content to sit on the sidelines, we are screaming with our way of living, "We got this!" And we are doing just what your title says, Living every moment of life and enjoying the ride.
    An awesome introduction.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

    1. Thank you Pat. It is the way I feel about what is happening to me. I've dreaded the thought of getting old since I was in my 20s, but now that I'm here I'm discovering a lot of perks to this old age thing I never realized--like retirement!

    2. I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed your essay. Maybe the book should be promoted on your title. After all, they say "sex sells"! My question is, "Are the youngsters under 50 old enough to read about it?"

  4. Short and crisp description, 4 words say everything about the book. Poignant...Humorous... Brutally Honest Perfect Review!!

    1. LOL! Love your name, Brutally. Or should I call you Mr. Honest? Thanks for stopping by. I'll come visit your blog later today.

  5. Great post, Valerie. I don't know if I'd consider myself a trailblazer or not, but even though my mother and grandmothers never lived to be as old as I am now, they "acted" much older, if you know what I mean, so maybe our attitude about life has a lot to do with it.

    1. Thanks, Susan! I believe attitude has a lot to do with a person's happiness. I was fortunate to have a strong, independent mother who was young at heart. (She was a fan of the Grateful Dead! Her grandchildren used to brag to their friends that "Grandma is a DeadHead." LOL) I think I inherited some her attitude about living life to the fullest while you can. She was 78 when she died, but I never thought of her as old. Like a fine wine--she only got better with age. I hope I can follow her example.

    2. I forgot to mention how much I enjoyed your essay. I laughed out loud at the part about being cremated. I think I'll do that as well. It sounds like a fitting way to go for someone like me!

  6. Excellent post. To paraphrase a line, "We're not dead yet." I think we still have a lot to contribute to the world.

    1. I second that. I enjoyed your essay. Don't tell anyone, but my house is haunted too! Every so often I catch a glimpse of an old woman lurking about. I think she's trying to scare me into admitting I'm no longer a "spring chicken." ;-)

  7. Great post! I like that attitude. Younger people think they rule the world but y'all were here first! Can't wait to read the book.

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I only wish I knew as much about life now as I thought I knew when I was twenty.

  8. Congrats. I don't know why people thought the Boomers would be any different in retirement than they were as kids. I mean, seriously. It just wasn't going to happen.

    1. Thanks, Liz. That's what I thought. After reading some of the other essays in Karen's book, I believe we are both right. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Thanks for helping promote the anthology, Valerie. I've read all the essays and am so grateful I was selected to be a part of such an excellent book.

    1. Me too, Patricia. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  10. Congratulations to everyone involved!