Published at last!

I'm thrilled to announce the publication of my new book -   CupOfWisdomCoverSmall.jpg

Warm Cup of Wisdom: Inspirational Insights on Relationships and Life.  I took a big risk on this book, writing about a topic I've never approached before. I think it could have a very big readership, especially among women 40 and up. 

After a certain age, I believe, many of us want to actively seek to be wiser people. But how? After consulting with several women friends about my age, I came up with a list of twenty questions, including healing difficult relationships, getting through tough times, pursuing happiness, emerging from dark places, rethinking aging, making a difference, and seeking peace and hope.

Then I sat down with nine wise women and asked them each these twenty questions. They inspired me with their openness and their helpful ideas about everyday issues. All were at least 72, and they've lived through a lot - and become wiser along the way. This book includes excerpts of what they said, in their own voices. I was surprised at the diversity of their personalities and responses.

I came out of this two-year project convinced that we could all become wiser - if we care to ask questions and listen to those around us we consider wise. Hope you'll find it inspiring, too!          -- July 5, 2014

Wise Women meet to celebrate

"Imagine you're having a lively lunch with nine of the wisest people you know."Wise Women at table

That's how my new book, Warm Cup of Wisdom, begins. But it's also what I did recently - or nearly so. I had a cool glass of iced tea and some tea sandwiches with seven of the wisest people I know, wise women I interviewed for this book.

Yes, after two years of interviews, transcription, polishing, organizing, and proofing, Warm Cup of Wisdom is finally ready to enter the world.

On a warm, sunny afternoon, we gathered on one woman's back patio and talked and laughed and celebrated the upcoming publication. I unveiled the "proof" copy - the first evidence any of us had seen that this book is for real. An exciting moment.

By coincidence, we also celebrated my entry into elderdom: my 60th birthday. One woman recited a poem she had written for me. Another recited a poem she knew from memory - altered to include my name. Others gave me cogent advice and inspirational insights on my midlife transition. Now that I've finished this wisdom project, I hope to get wiser as I age! We took a photo that captures the joyful spirit of the afternoon.

It was a warm, lovely occasion. A great shout of joy for the upcoming arrival of our new "baby."

What wise women - or men - would you like to cultivate in your life?

                - May 16, 2014

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