Winging It: A Story of Love, Loss, and Fifty Chickens

Winging It: A Story of Love, Loss, and Fifty Chickens

Winging It: A Story of Love, Loss, and Fifty Chickens

Winging It: A Story of Love, Loss, and Fifty Chickens

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Overview

MOST people, when they're four years away from retirement, start downsizing. Not Pauline and Bill-they upsized. In August 2008, they moved from a 1,600-squarefoot urban condo to a 3,000-square-foot split-level house on a five-acre hobby farm forty miles east. Pauline committed to a one-hour commute to work and the couple took on a mortgage. Their friends thought they were crazy. No wonder. What Pauline and Bill knew about farm life could have been written on the head of a pin. But they did it anyway. They had to.

Bill had dementia, and Pauline knew she would need help down the road. They moved to be close to their daughter and her young family, who also lived on a farm. And that's when the fun began, as two aging city slickers learned how to bale hay, collect eggs from a chicken coop, and clean out horse stalls-skills they never dreamed they would develop in retirement.

With rollicking humour, a sense of adventure, and a degree of poignancy, Winging It describes Pauline Buck's ten years as a newbie farmer as she navigates her challenging role as a dementia caregiver and seeks purpose in the third act of her life.

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"This book will help so many to nurture others through grief but also enable their self-esteem through their own bouts of humour and uncertainty, disappointment and resolve."

- Rick Antonson, author; former president and CEO, Tourism Vancouver

A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780228866992
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 12/22/2021
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Pauline Buck is a retired public relations consultant who worked with a variety of not-for-profit, corporate, and entertainment clients in Vancouver, BC, in her thirty-year career. She was a senior account executive with one of Vancouver's most respected PR firms and later proprietor of her own public relations business. In addition, she served on volunteer boards including the Canadian Public Relations Society Vancouver, the Lions Gate Medical Research Foundation, and Vancouver AM Tourist Services Association, as president during the organization's early years. Her writing has appeared in various media, including CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail, and the Vancouver Sun.A divorced single parent for most of the 1970s, Pauline raised her daughter on her own in North Vancouver until she met and married Bill Buck, who became much-loved husband number two and the best "dad" ever. Pauline continues to support community initiatives as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Aldergrove and is involved on the social committee within the townhouse complex where she lives. She also plays bridge (badly) with three friends who gather weekly to drink coffee, catch up on the latest news, and occasionally play a hand or two. A proud grandmother, Pauline lives in Abbotsford with her golden doodle Charlie, a companion that keeps her "up and at 'em" in all weather.
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