Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Senility: I Discovered the Joy of Middle-Age-Plus

Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Senility: I Discovered the Joy of Middle-Age-Plus

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by Carolyn Gray Gray Thornton
     
 

For those who need a fresh dose of laughter, Carolyn Gray Thornton's whimsical sense of humor will tickle your funny bone while splashing a bit of joy in your heart and soul. Destined to be a best selling author in the new millennium, her humor is combined with a heart-felt love and compassion as she speaks from personal experience about the years she refers to

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For those who need a fresh dose of laughter, Carolyn Gray Thornton's whimsical sense of humor will tickle your funny bone while splashing a bit of joy in your heart and soul. Destined to be a best selling author in the new millennium, her humor is combined with a heart-felt love and compassion as she speaks from personal experience about the years she refers to as Middle Age-Plus. Through her nationally syndicated columns, Carolyn is rapidly gaining recognition as being to the geriatric set what Barney is to children. Her collection of writings guide our ever-growing, above the age of Senior Citizen audience through this time of life that is sometimes humorous; frequently frightening; and often reflective. Her dedicated readers look to Carolyn to take them by the hand through this wonderfully, different experience of life.

These invigorating works are filled with stories of all that life offers-the joy, laughter, pain, and death, but through it all, Carolyn's words of encouragement are gentle reminders to readers that life is rich and full of beauty if we stop grazing at the ground and lift our heads to find what is good. In her writing, Carolyn shares her personal experiences with changing inventions, changes in society's rules, changes in her body, and reactions to present and past seasons and holidays. She remembers growing up in the war years and recalls "burnout", gasoline shortages, and college tuition at $32.00 per semester. As each decade passed, Carolyn captured minute details in her memory, and , now, Parked in Nevada, Missouri, she shares with the world what life was like and what it is like in this modern world. Her reflections reveal the secrets to finding true joy in all of live, the young years, the middle years, and those sweet and glorious Middle Age-Plus years. Carolyn's ministry will help you climb out of your rocking chair and claim the promise of a full and fulfilling life at any age, and especially when reaching Middle Age-Plus.

About the Author:

Claiming not to be much of a cook, Carolyn Gray Thornton in her Middle Age-Plus years has little time to expand her culinary skills. Her hands stay busy at her keyboard plucking out witty and heart-warming stories that brighten her readers' day. Since retirement, Carolyn writes a weekly column, Middle Age-Plus, and creates features about people and places. Through humor, Carolyn's stories capture what is right and wrong with society's view toward those seeing 60, 70, or 80 in front or behind them. Her stories serve as role models for those who have forgotten that only those in the Middle Age-Plus years have that rich collection of wisdom-a final, shining glorious gift.

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Editorial Reviews

Vicki Cox
A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Senility: I Discovered the Joys of Being Middle Age Plus is pleasurable, easy reading, enjoyed as one column or several at a time. With both wit and wisdom, it may well be a primer for us getting comfortable with ours, too.
Mountaineer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881554059
Publisher:
Skyward Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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I Hate Gravity The further I progress on the road to middle age-plus, the angrier I am with Sir Isaac Newton. If he hadn't discovered the law of gravity, maybe my body would have a different shape today.

A quick look in the mirror shows the downward trend in every feature. The eyelids sometimes droop a little more than they used to. The corners of the mouth turn down instead of up, unless I am talking or smiling. I try to go around smiling when there is really nothing to smile about because I want to let my lips get a little altitude by being turned up for awhile.

The flesh from my arms has definitely felt the pull of gravity, and I won't even mention what is happening in other areas.

Our language about aging has also experienced old Isaac's law. We are over the hill, winding down our lives, or slipping a little.

If I weren't feeling so down, I would find out just how old Sir Newton was when he made this discovery. If legend has it right, he was sitting under an apple tree when it hit him (literally) that there was such a law. Since he was just lolling about that way, perhaps he, too, was middle age-plus with nothing better to do than ruin all of our faces for the next centuries!

Another thing that bothers me is that the law doesn't seem to have gender equality. The older male has not been treated the same by this discovery. Perhaps if a woman had time to be resting under the tree and had been hit with the apple, the law would have affected men more and women less. But then women have already had enough bad press concerning apples, so maybe it is just as well that Mrs. Newton wasn't the one who conceived the idea. I wonder if it is a coincidence that gravity and grave come from the same root word? If Sir Isaac discovered this law, I imagine he could have named it anything he wanted to. The fact that he chose to make grave matters worse by giving it this somber name adds to my dislike of his old law.

If he had called the law by a cheerier name, maybe I would see the results in my body with more pleasure. But since I am a law-abiding citizen, I guess I will just lift up my spirits, smile a lot, and realize I don't care a fig about old Newton anyway.

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Carolyn Thornton

From the Author:

: My book helps me laugh with others my age about all the things that happen to us as we get older. If you remember in A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum the character never did reach the forum because so many other things kept happening to him. That is what I want people to see in my book..There are so many great things that happen to us in this Middle Age Plus stage that there is no reason to worry about what might be at the end of that road.

So what if we sag and creak a bit. We can still have fun, and when we share that fun with others it's a great time of life.

Suzann Ledbetter
The perfect antidote to fear of aging, Carolyn's humorous views of life are guaranteed to change anyone's "woe is me" attitude toward being Middle Age-Plus to a "Bring it on, Honey, and watch my dust.
— (Suzann Ledbetter, The Toast Always Lands Jelly-Side Down)
Lovett H. Weems
Carolyn Thornton is a perceptive and compassionate observer of the world around her, and she is a woman of deep faith and wisdom. These gifts are richly reflected in her writing, along with a lightness of spirit and good humor.
— (Lovett H. Weems, Jr., President Saint Paul School of Theology, A Seminary of the United Methodist Church)
Ralph Gray
Carolyn Thornton's idea of a series of touching, nostalgic stories from the vantage point of "Middle Age-Plus" is one of the outstanding editorial concepts of our generation. The skillful, professional way that these stories have been woven into this captivating book will delight readers all over the nation.and I'd say this even if I were not Carolyn's proud, big brother.
— (Ralph Gray, Retired Editor National Geographic Society's World Magazine)

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