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“Aging with Grace & Courage” discussion and journaling group

“When it comes to aging, women are held to a different standard than men. Some guy recently said to me: ‘Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock ‘n’ roll?’ I said: ‘You’d better check with Mick Jagger.’ ” ~Cher

Earlier this year, I coached a journaling workshop that focused on aging topics such as facing retirement, finding new purpose, rebooting our social lives, maintaining optimism — and so much more. In the class, we also discussed the challenges and roadblocks we face in our senior years. (We’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll, as Cher points out.)

The workshop was such a success that it inspired a new spin-off program — an informal aging support group that will meet monthly at Clawson’s Blair Memorial Library. The new program will combine journaling exercises with group discussion — because we all benefit from sharing our ideas and experiences.

I will facilitate the first few meetings. Our first meeting will be tonight — Monday, November 21, from 6:30 to 7:30. Together we’ll plan a series of topics for the next few months, and your input will help guide the direction of the group. The plan is to meet every third Monday of the month — but we won’t be meeting in December. To reserve your space, please phone the Blair Memorial Library: 248-588-5500. 

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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