Grow Old Along With Me - The Best is Yet to Be


Falling in love again after being widowed, redefining roles with children, men facing retirement, women discovering new opportunities for growth

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Falling in love again after being widowed, redefining roles with children, men facing retirement, women discovering new opportunities for growth

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"The need to be loved, the importance of family connections, an acceptance of the aging process," are all concerns of the contributors to this new collection by the editor of the Abby-winning When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. These poems, short fiction and photos by men and women over 50, are written from experience and from the heart. In many cases, they pinpoint for an instant exactly how it feels to be older. In some, the best has already been, as in the devastating "Choices" by Nancy Robertson and "Can Opener" by Dianna Henning, two deceptively simple poems. But the romance of Anne C. Barnhill's story, "Washing Helen's Hair," the surprise of Peter Meinke's "A Woman Like That," and the guts and energy of "Aerodynamic Integrity" by Rose Hamilton-Gottlieb show a wealth of posibilities ahead. Each piece can be enjoyed for itself, but together they speak well for a growing but overlooked population. The many photos throughout show strength, resilience and devotion. Sooner or later, if they're lucky, everyone moves into this stage of life. And, as many of these writers point out, they're still the same inside, only the packaging has changed. Borrowing the title from Robert Browning, quoted at the beginning, may seem a bit cheeky, but in this case it fits. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; 15-city author tour. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780918949868
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Kay Martz founded Papier-Mache Press in 1984. Papier-Mache Press was known for publishing accessible books which presented important social issues through enduring works of beauty, grace, and strength, and created a bridge of understanding between the mainstream audience and those who might not otherwise be heard. As an editor and publisher, she has compiled several successful Papier-Mache Press anthologies including If I Had My Life to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies, and I Am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted, a book that explores the powerful feelings women have about their bodies.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Manon Reassures Her Lover 1
Letting Go 2
Deeper, Wider, Finer 4
In the Autumn 6
Nearing Menopause, I Run into Elvis at Shoprite 12
The Man Who Loved the Woman Who Loved Elvis 13
To the Husband Who Stands at the Sink 15
At the Reunion 16
Illusions 17
Reflections in Green Glass 19
Bountiful Harvest 21
Fathers Playing Sons 29
Hands 32
Aerodynamic Integrity 35
Nothing's Been the Same Since John Wayne Died 44
Dance Class 47
Getting Older 49
Bonuses 50
Queen of Cards and Powders 51
She Stands in the Cold Water 62
Then and Now 63
For an Anniversary 65
What Remains 66
The Widow and the Gigolo 67
A Woman Like That 68
Papier-Mache 76
Spring Cleaning 82
Harvest 84
Spring without Burpee Seeds 85
Sam, At Sixty 88
The Gathering 89
Investing 90
Rema 93
Pebbles and Crumbs 95
Instructions for Ashes 98
What Faith Is 99
What Do Old Women Talk About? 108
Retrospective Eye 112
The Well 119
Retired 120
Emmaline 121
A Free Man 127
Meditation for Twilight 136
Washing Helen's Hair 137
The Fallout Fantasy 142
Laundry 144
The Chance of Snow 147
Widow 157
Choices 158
Flying Time 160
Can Opener 163
The World of Dolores Velasquez 165
Wisdom Women 170
Prayers for My Aging 172
Romance in the Old Folks' Home 173
Her Game 176
Drying Apricots 177
Dance 180
Front Porch Partners 185
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