Summing it Up...
Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Reading for the ages...
Middle age isn't for sissies. If you're a sissy girl, and most of us out there, are not, you need to buckle up for a bumpy ride. Many of us are doing some soul searching while we are in our men-o-pause. It's a time to re-think, re-value, and sometimes re-construct our lives. We have time now, as our nests empty, to think a thought all the way through, without any type of interruption! Many of us think it's long overdue, and are enjoying our journey back to self.
I've always had a pile of books next to the bed to get me through the night, or at least sleepy. This is how it was during my period of living single following a divorce at age 30. This is how it is during my twelve year old marriage. It's therapeutic, and a quiet time of bliss, with the corgis next to me in bed. Besides, that...I just adore new novels over TV any ol' time.
Here is a listing of authors and titles, which concern "our" population. If you're a boomer, you're in or have gone through menopause. You've gone through the highs and lows of emotions; of your children leaving the nest; of perhaps a changing marriage, leaving you with time (emotional or physical type of time) on your hands. Anyway...your life has changed. These authors have written about the middle-aged woman. That's us tootsies, so get your pencil out, and make a note if you'd like to.
Elizabeth Berg~~Never Change
Barbara Taylor Bradford~~Her Own Rules
Lois Battle~~The Florabama Ladie's Auxiliary Sewing Circle
Elizabeth Buchan~~Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman
Mavis Cheek~~The Sex Life of my Aunt
Sandra Dallas~~Buster Midnight's Cafe
Jennie Fields~~The Middle Ages
Doris May Lessing~~The Summer Before the Dark
Tarna Janowitz~~A Certain Age
This list could go on and on. There are so many fantastic authors out there. Make friends with your librarians! They're great gals who read too, and... who love a bag of candy occasionally.