Seven Things About Me is an award created by bloggers so we’ll get to know each other better. Karen and Wendy who share their laughs and worries on their blog afterthekidsleave (with the tag: First we rent out their rooms!!) listed me with six other bloggers. Thanks Karen and Wendy. Here’s what they said about me: Beth at Boomer Highway. Her posts are practical, thoughtful, and full of important tips to help us navigate through mid-life. This award brings duties: first, sharing 7 things about myself with my readers. So here goes:
1. I was raised on the southside of Chicago. Go White Sox!
2. My husband and I, 42 years married !, don’t know when we met as we’re from the same neighborhood and went to the same grade school.
3. Growing up I was fortunate to have 3 amazing female role models who maybe didn’t realize it, but their influence made me a strong woman: my mother, widowed in her early thirties with a six-year-old, a three-year-old (me) and a three-month-old to raise, and two single aunts who earned Masters Degrees in English at the University of Chicago. This certainly helped me raise two very strong daughters of my own. And my amazing son.
4. My first major work was a two page story about a tornado. (there are a lot of those in the midwest) My 4th grade teacher praised me and my writing career began. I pursued writing in high school and college, but my dedication increased when my daughters were young–then I wrote short stories for small literary publications and took writing classes at the U of C.
6. I have written three unpublished novels, a section of which you can read online this Wednesday. (see below) I love blogging as it keeps me in touch with other writers and thinkers. I also teach diabetes education at the health department.
7. Reading is my passion and I am indebted to each one of you when you READ my blog. I am even more grateful when you share your comments and ask me to research other problems, situations, concerns that boomers have. Thank You.
To complete my award duties, I have chosen the following seven blogs for the Seven Things About Me award.
1. Marianna Paulson’s Rheum Full of Tips http://rheumfuloftips.wordpress.com/, a post each day to help people deal with rheumatoid arthritis, but helpful to all of us who want to navigate life and still be easy on our bodies.
2. Living Better at 50, http://www.livingbetterat50.com/, an online women’s magazine that offers great articles on health, beauty, travel, home and relationships. Carol Doyel is a great friend and has published many of my blog posts.
3. Fab After 50, a blog from England and the brainchild of Ceri Wheeldon, is a positive take on being 50 plus. The blog covers up-to-date information on career, money, beauty, and relationships.
4. MarilynYokum.com is a bright and varied blog that offers poetry, book ideas, travel notes and always great photographs. Check out MarilynYokum.com and see what she’s up to.
5. Conscious Departures, preparing for what ultimately lies ahead, is an artistically written blog by IJ Woods. Using careful thought and research, Conscious Departures asks the hard questions that boomers face: what will we do when and if we become caregivers for those we love.
6. Robert Avsec writes a blog that gets a lot of inspiration from the heat of the moment. That’s logical because Bob is a retired fireman whose passionate feelings about his country, his family and women’s rights keeps me reading. http://bobavsec.wordpress.com/
7. Last but not least, Karen and Wendy’s afterthekidsleave. Want a tongue-in-cheek take on aging, all aspects of it, read K&W. THANKS!
On Wednesday, September 12th, an excerpt from my novel, FORGIVING, will appear on the Necessary Fiction website. Writer in Residence, Nancy Freund, who I met at one of the University of Iowa Summer Writing Workshops, graciously asked me to contribute to Necessary Fiction while she is editor of the month. Click on the links above to read my entry–on September 12th.
Seven Things About Me, Beginnings