Sunday, February 11, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

What's all this about aging?

Are there more and more and articles about aging lately, or do I notice them more because I am, gulp,  aging? Perhaps the number of articles is increasing because the baby boomers are in their 60s and 70s, and there are so many of us.

Whatever the reason, I seem to see one a day. One I found intriguing was a Wall Street Journal article, “What is the Perfect Age?”.  Folks were asked the age they’d like to return to, or in some cases, remain. The answers varied depending on what was most important to the individuals.  Some wanted to be at their peak fitness level.  Others wanted to be at the prime age for career growth.  Some preferred age 50 for the freedom afforded by having an empty nest and still being relatively physically fit. Fifty, in fact, was the age most often selected.

I laughed when I realized that older folks didn’t want to return to their 20’s or even their 30’s. Does that mean that none of those surveyed wanted to return to the age when they may have thought they knew it all but didn’t?  The age of partying, searching for the right career, or just a job fresh out of college? On the other hand, the younger crowd wanted to remain in their 20’s, maybe because 20 somethings see 30 as old.

One thing most agreed on is that no one wants to look or feel old. I liked the response from one person who said he’d like to keep the wisdom he has at 60 but have the body he had when he was in his 30’s.  That makes sense to me. I don’t want to give up what I’ve learned, but I wish I could work out, bicycle, and more without tiring out so quickly and without some of my increased aches and pains. And I’d love to have the skin I had in my 30s, but not if I have to trade what I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older.

I also want to keep the schedule I have now.  Gone are the days of working 50-60 hours a week in corporate America. Admittedly, at times that schedule was rewarding, even fun. Other times, it was highly stressful, particularly the few years I worked for a boss I just couldn’t please.

These days, I work out in the mornings several days a week, just as I did before I retired. What I don’t do is head downstairs to get my cup of coffee and immediately head to my desk to start working. Now, I grab the newspaper and take that cup of coffee to my easy chair where I peruse the local news before shifting to my tablet to read the WSJ and maybe play a few rounds of Words with Friends. When I’m not off to the gym, I go to my desk to write and catch up on email. Yes, life is good.

The last paragraph of the article had me smiling and nodding my head in agreement even though I'm not yet part of the age group cited.  "People at 65 to 74, the so-called time affluent, reported having more fun than any other age group, according to a 2016 study of 3,712 adults 25 and older released by Age Wave and Merrill Lynch.  The ones having the least fun were those ages 35 to 54."

What age would you choose as the perfect age?

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Monday, January 15, 2018

The Ink Penn Newsletter for January 2018

The Ink Penn Newsletter
January 2018

Recovering from the Holiday Season
Are you worn out, even though you had some time off? Lord Banjo and I had a busy book signing season, and then the Royal Parents enjoyed a white Christmas in Whitefish, Montana. Lord Banjo was thrilled to spend Christmas with his critter sitter and her family, and we Royal Parents enjoyed our trip, especially the dog sledding adventure. Now, though, we're all happy to be back home. (Visit my Facebook page to see a video of the dog sledding.)

How do you recover from the often jam-packed Holiday Season? Lord Banjo is lying around enjoying belly rubs and dreaming about starting another book.  Me? I've been reading lots of books: Yes, I'm mostly a mystery lover and an Anglophile, but Megan Abbott's book takes place in the US, and I did just start Chris Bohjalian's The Sleepwalker, which is set in Vermont. Next on my list is The Nearness of You, a spicy romance novel by KG Fletcher. 
A Giveaway for the New Year
Good news! We're running a Goodreads Book Giveaway for each of our books, and you can enter to win. If you read to relax and wind down, here's your chance to try some light-hearted reading in the New Year. We guarantee at least a few smiles and maybe even a laugh or two.

The Giveaway for Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch runs until February 10, and the Giveaway for The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday ends January 31st. Click the blue links to visit Goodreads to sign up. Of course, if you'd rather not wait for the contest results, you can always visit Amazon to get your copy today.

Did you know that if you follow me on Goodreads, you'll get alerts when I post a new blog? 
Keeping up with Lord Banjo and the Royal Mum
Okay, okay, I know must of you are much more interested in Lord Banjo than you are in me, but there are several ways you can keep up with us both.
  1. For pics of my boy, visit the Photo Gallery at Also, we'll soon start scheduling book signings for the spring, so you'll want to check the home page for upcoming events.
  2. I, the Royal Mum, have a Facebook Author Page, where I post whatever strikes my fancy: my newspaper columns, pics of Lord Banjo, interesting links, and COMING SOONAsk Lord Banjo. It may be my author page, but milord wants to participate too.
  3. Last but not least, Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch now has his own Instagram account. "About time," he says.
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