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Monday, March 20, 2017

Karen Walker, Still Me After All These Years

Please welcome Karen Walker and her latest contribution to the world of reading. This anthology is special in that it deals with the reality of aging.

STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging by Karen Helene Walker through MC Book Tours.

This is a 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.

Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

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 Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Be sure to add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

Here are bios about each of the contributor's!

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.

An excerpt from Mark's contribution.
It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams
By Mark David Gerson

I turned sixty-two a few weeks ago, making me a few months older than my mother when she died and six years older than my father when he passed away. In less than two weeks, I will visit my urologist with the full expectation that he will order a prostate biopsy, my third biopsy in as many years. Given the post-election uncertainty that exists at this writing around Obamacare, which provided me with my first health insurance in nearly two decades, it is impossible to know what my options will be should the biopsy reveal a problem or, even if it doesn’t, whether it will be possible for that potential problem to be monitored in years to come.

I don’t share this here in order to paint a poor-me, doom-and-gloom scenario. I always do my best to remain positive in the face of life’s vicissitudes, and I am certain that things will work out for the best for me, whatever that turns out to mean. Rather, I share it because although I am not old by twenty-first-century standards, aging brings with it certain risks, whoever we are. Whoever we are, those same risks also offer opportunities. Perhaps one of the most powerful is the gift of focus.

When my mother was sixty-one, not long after she was diagnosed with cancer, she and I were sitting together on her living floor one evening, our only light the sickly sodium-vapor yellow filtering in through the venetian blinds from the street light outside. I had been over for my weekly dinner and Scrabble game and we were waiting for my stepfather to return from a class so he could drive me to the subway.
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 a singer as well as a 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. 

You can follow Karen and the other authors along on their tour by checking out the schedule HERE.

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  1. It's interesting to see how people view aging so differently and a bit the same. Bish, thanks for being a part of the tour.

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  2. Hi, Bish. Thanks so much for being part of the tour. I'm grateful beyond words.

  3. Congrats on your book, Karen! The blurb you shared was really interesting.

  4. Congratulations Karen and thank you Bish for your support.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

  5. Hi, Bish. I'm stopping by on Karen's blog tour. Mark's essay is so relevant to seniors, especially those who have worked all their lives and retire only to wonder "what now"? Dreams don't die at 70, they can continue or even change into something new and exciting. Some very interesting and though-provoking essays in Karen's book. This is my first time visiting your blog. I'll be back.

  6. Hi Bish - it's good to see the brief bios of the contributing authors to Karen's anthology on aging ... good to Karen and the book's progress into publishing life ... cheers Hilary

  7. That's quite a long list of contributors. I'm sure each one will have a unique story to share. I'v entered to win a copy, but I'll buy one because I love anthologies with interesting themes.

  8. Thanks for helping promote Karen's anthology, Bish. You're a peach.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing the word on Still Me...After All These Years.

  10. Happy for Karen and all the authors.

  11. Ooh, I love all you guys. Thanks so much for the lovely comments. And Bish, you are an angel for doing this.

  12. I love the premise of this book. Whoever came up with the idea was brilliant. Aging is SO relevant to so many of us. If we're lucky.

  13. Congratulations to Karen and all the writers of this wonderful book.


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