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In 2000, at 60, my writing life began. As a therapeutic response to a life changing diagnosis of MS, I starting writing purely for my own therapy, and was encouraged to make my thoughts more widely available .
To make things easy for myself, I, Martha, became my own publisher for each of my three books. It took a checking account and a credit card. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that as the best path for everyone, it has served my needs well.
Ultimately realizing that what I had to say was clarifying most importantly to me and then to others, I continued, for four years, to regularly post a variety of musings about life. Those posts are now archived on the websites I created for each book. Check out Why Not Do What You Love? and the two volumes of Musing Along the Way.
At 74, there was another 2 x 4 to the head, in the form of my younger brother’s death. It was then that I realized that I, too, was mortal. I, too would die. And more importantly that I had remaining days to either use well, or waste.
Now five years later in my 80th year, I’m aware that my life and work has focused more and more on generating conversations about the often chaotic age stage transitions that occur when we accept our mortality. I am pleased that these changes, prompted by both awareness of one’s mortality and the unanticipated gift of longevity, are finally beginning to be part of a necessary national conversation about living and dying.
My current and future focus is becoming clear. For those who are grappling with life’s finitude, as am I, there will be other book(s). I’ll keep clarifying to myself and sharing my reflections on the challenges and delights of entering a fourth, and final, chapter of life.
In addition, I am convinced that there are important legacies that conscious agers can easily leave behind. As we walk the path into our later years, I’m here to encourage, among the willing, the conversations and choices that matter.
Over the last several years, I have been describing my existing 3 books and any that will follow, my “journey books.” The fact that this “journey guide” and this “journey author” reviews life in a way that is seen as useful to others on the path, is a wonderful bonus for me.
Why Not Do What You Love? is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and many other popular online stores. May the books serve and enrich your journey to understand a life in process, and craft the life you want. Please make sure you get the latest 2017 edition which does acknowledge that we age, and for our own good, we better still be doing things we love. Visit www.whynotdowhatyoulove.com
If you choose a signed copy with a special message from the author, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make those arrangements.
WHY NOT DO WHAT YOU LOVE?
(latest recommended version 4/17)
Musing Along the Way, Volume One and Volume Two, are available at Amazon. Consider them a set which reflects on a 10-year journey to hope and healing. Interestingly enough, folks grappling with the changes and challenges and temporary despair of aging find them a useful resource. Visit: www.musingalongtheway.com
MUSING ALONG THE WAY
Vol 1 – Tears, Lies and Fresh Fruit Pies (1997-2001)
Vol 2 – Pain, Persistence and Purifying Waters (2002-2008)