Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Still Me and a ‘Stay Young’ Philosophy {+ Giveaway}

It’s a pleasure to be participating in the Blog Tour for STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging by Karen Helene Walker through MC Book Tours.

This charming, funny, and enlightening collection of essays about aging touches on a subject near and dear to me – aging and how we see ourselves. Sometimes it’s hard for me to see myself as getting older and now I know there are others who feel the same way. I’m delighted to welcome author Fran Fischer here today to answer some questions about her participation in the book.

In addition, Karen is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) of STILL ME and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME (International entries). See how you can enter to win below.

STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging
◊ By Karen Helene Walker
◊ Kindle: 2000 KB, 102 pages
◊ Genre: Biographies, Memoirs, Nonfiction
◊ Publication Date: April 4, 2017
◊ Language: English

Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging.
With a blend of grace, dignity, warmth and humor, women and men from 60 to 90 and from all walks of life candidly share the blessings and pitfalls of aging – from keeping dreams alive and keeping sex lives active to dealing with retirement, loss of independence and a growing sense of mortality.


Join me in giving a warm welcome to Fran as she talks about this book. Welcome, Fran.

What motivated you to take on this project?

I was invited & since I became old & decrepit (although I don’t even remember ever being crepit) I hardly get invited to anything anymore. I didn’t want to let an opportunity slip by. I can still type without a cane. This will let anyone interested know that I’m still alive.

What value do you find in a variety of viewpoints?

I’m always interested in hearing viewpoints that differ from mine (even though they are wrong). There’s always the remote possibility that I may learn something from them. I try to keep an open mind as long as it doesn’t get too drafty in there.

What have you learned about life and aging from this experience?

I’ve learned that if you stay alive long enough you’ll get old. I’ve tried to avoid that by applying a “stay young” philosophy. Let me explain. My youngest son was 53 this year. I am 36. The best way to explain this anomaly is to tell you about something that I read in one of Kirk Douglas’ books. A “senior” movie actress was being interviewed. The reporter said, “Forgive me, Madame, but I have to ask. Your son (who was also a star) admits to being 56. You claim to be 63. How can this be?” Her answer (& mine): “He has his life—I have mine!”

Fran, thanks for joining us today and sharing your ‘stay young’ philosophy. I think that’s something to remember.

STILL ME is available at the following sites: Amazon (print and Kindle), Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Be sure to add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

About these amazing authors:

Rev. Clara Alexander is an ordained New Thought minister who creates and performs sacred ceremonies, including unique weddings, funerals, memorial services, baby blessings and house blessings. She is also a popular speaker, inspiring groups with her talks on how we cling to our grudges, how we overuse the phrase “I’m sorry” and how we can live the life we love.
Wendy Brown recently retired from a career in wildlife biology, where she studied sandhill cranes and whooping cranes as they migrated from Idaho to New Mexico. Wendy eventually found a permanent home in Albuquerque, where she and her husband enjoy the sounds of sandhill cranes from their deck. Since retiring from state government in 2014.
Valerie Capps has bypassed the porch rocking chair to pursue her life-long passion for writing, thereby proving that in today’s world, life can begin again at 65! Valerie lives in Nashville with her husband and their spoiled-rotten Welsh Corgi. www.amazon.com/Valerie-Capps/e/B016VD9V72
Mary W. Clark retired from her law practice in 2007 and transferred her observation and composition skills to travel writing. She is currently working on a book about her father’s World War II experience flying “the Hump” from India to China over the Himalayas. Mary lives in Paris, Texas. www.maryclarktraveler.com
Fran Fischer: “I was born at a very young age and that happened 82 years ago, so I don’t remember much about it. I’ve crammed as much living into my life as possible, and I’m not through yet. I’ve traveled extensively and I even flew in the same zero-gravity plane that the astronauts trained in. I live in California with my first (and only) husband, and we celebrated our 62nd anniversary this year.”
Pat Garcia (Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack) is an American expatriate living in Europe. An accomplished musician as well as a writer, she has been writing (and reading) since childhood.
Mark David Gerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction, and compelling memoirs. Known as “The Birthing Your Book Guru,” Mark David works with an international roster of clients as coach and consultant, helping them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease. www.markdavidgerson.com
Holly Deuel Gilster plays “make believe” for a living. In other words, she is a professional actress and musician. Holly also loves painting with words as an accomplished poet, an award-winning short-story writer and a book reviewer for The Or Echo.
Aaron Gordon is a retired social sciences community college professor. He and his wife, Ellie, have been married for 65 years and have three children and grandchildren.
Ellie Gordon is a retired public school teacher who spent the best 20 years of her life in the classroom. A Chicago native, she now lives in New Mexico.
Karla “Rosie” Harper recently retired from teaching elementary school, freeing her to return to her early love of dancing. Today, when not helping out with her grandchildren, Rosie is taking dance lessons, spinning on a dance floor or performing in senior centers and retirement communities with Albuquerque’s Sugartime, as a singer as well as a dancer.
Linda Hoye is the author of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude, available through major online retailers. A native of Saskatchewan, Linda currently lives in British Columbia (by way of Washington State) with her husband and doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier. www.lindahoye.com
E.V. Legters hasn’t so much retired as she has exchanged one life for another — from rewarding years with career and children (while pursuing the arts on the fly) to a life with the arts at its center. She is the author of Vanishing Point and Connected Underneath and is currently hard at work on her third novel. www.evlegters.com
LD Masterson lived on both coasts before becoming landlocked in Ohio. After twenty years managing computers for the American Red Cross, she now divides her time between writing, volunteer work and enjoying her grandchildren. Her short stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies, and she is currently working on a new novel. www.ldmasterson.com
Kathleen Messmer not only runs a film production company with offices in the UK and the US, she is an avid photographer and wildlife advocate. In the unlikely event that she ever retires, Kathleen plans to live on a ranch with draft horses and pygmy goats and vineyards and fruit orchards, somewhere near the water. Oh, and a cowboy...maybe. www.kathleenmessmer.com
Karen Norstad has worked as cashier/gift wrapper, secretary, boutique seamstress, administrative assistant, manager of employee stock options, executive assistant, and budget analyst. Now retired, Karen’s life revolves around lounging about, wearing PJs until four in the afternoon, obsessing over the news, reading, fusing and slumping glass, practicing piano, keeping a small balcony garden and cooking.
Matt Nyman’s nonlinear career path has included working in the geological sciences, teaching high school, stay-at-home parenting and, currently, training tomorrow’s teachers. Poetry equently resides near the surface of his existence, occasionally erupting onto paper.
Jill Plaman was born and began aging in Milwaukee, but she has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSW from the University of Minnesota. Her special interests are travel, international folk dancing, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Maureen Polikoff is a clinical social worker/ therapist who has always pursued many other creative endeavors, including painting, playing music and, now, writing. A Connecticut native, she lives in New Mexico with her husband, Michael.
MaryFrank Sanborn left Boston 33 years ago, to apprentice with photographer Walter Chappell in Santa Fe. Still in love with the beauty of the Southwest, MaryFrank photographs, writes, hikes, travels, teaches yoga and meditation, makes soups on Sundays, and dreams of the ocean and whales.
Patricia Stoltey is the author of four mystery novels. The most recent is Wishing Caswell Dead. She lives in Northern Colorado with Sassy Dog, Katie Cat and her husband, Bill. www.patriciastolteybooks.com
Susan Swiderski grew up in Dundalk, Maryland, where everybody calls everybody hon and eating steamed crabs is a sacrament. Although she’s happy in her adopted Georgia, part of her heart still lingers on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, explaining the setting for her novel, Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade. Susan is currently working on a trilogy, proof that this old gal is still a pathological optimist. www.susan-swiderski.blogspot.com
Jan Castle Walker is a retired teacher and an active artist. She lives in Davis, California with her husband, Mack. www.jancastlewalker.com
Karen Helene Walker is a novelist, memoirist and essayist and the author of The Wishing Steps and Following the Whispers. When not writing, Karen is tap dancing, folk dancing or performing with the musical group Sugartime at retirement communities. Karen is currently working on her second memoir. www.karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com 

You can follow Karen and the other authors along on their tour by checking out the schedule HERE.

This tour-wide giveaway is for two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out this charming book and enter to win your own copy. Do you have a ‘stay young’ philosophy?


  1. Hilarious interview! I like the "stay young" philosophy. Congrats to all involved.

  2. I follow Fran's blog and 'know' a number of the other authors included in this book - which sounds amazing.

  3. Hi Mason - Karen's done a great job bringing these stories to life in the anthology. Yes - I am as young as I feel and act - positively ... young. Love Frans ideas ... I must check her blog out ... Cheers Hilary

  4. Essays about aging appeals to this old greatgrannie!

  5. I love Fran's sense of humor and outlook on aging. Great book.

    Hi, all! Thanks for dropping by.

  6. Fran, I love your answer to the reporter or interviewer. He has his life and I've got mine. That answer is another one of those irreversible truths. Everyone has a life and no one can live the life of another.

    Also, thank you Mason for leading us through this blog tour. You're doing a fantastic job.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

  7. I've heard some great things about this one, Mason. And I do like the theme very much. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Mason, thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you've done for this book.
    Fran is hilarious - the poem she wrote for the anthology had me in stitches. It's what made me decide it was okay to include poetry in the anthology. thanks, Fran -
    great interview you two

  9. Great interview, Fran. I'll remember (and plagiarize) that comment, "He has his life--I have mine." Actually, I tend to lie about my age in the opposite direction. If I add twenty years to my current age, people are (usually) stunned and tell me that I'm lying, or that I look great for my age. Thanks, Mason, for the great blog post today! My sister and I are toasting you with our wine. (Heck, it's five o'clock somewhere--isn't it?) No? Oh, well.... Cheers!

  10. LOL! That is the down side of living a lot of years. Old age happens.

  11. I enjoyed this wonderful interview. What a great treasure this book would be since it applies to me now.

  12. Fran - I really enjoyed your interview but that's not surprising since I loved "An Ode on Being Eighty-Two". Oddly, I also don't remember my "crepit" years. I must have been too busy then.

    Thanks, Mason, for all your support of Still Me...

  13. Such a great anthology. It touches on a subject that is so personal for most of us.

  14. A big "thank you" to everyone who liked my interview & especially to you for printing it. Everybody should read this book--it's really good!!

  15. Thanks so much for helping promote this anthology, Mason. I loved the interview, but that's no shocker, since I pretty much love everything Fran ever has to say. I know exactly what she means about the kids, too. Mine have a helluva lot of nerve to let their hair turn gray...

  16. My stay young philosophy is to try to stay positive.

  17. All I can say is...FABULOSO!!! I will turn 59 in July, and as far as I am concerned, you can just cut that number in half! I am still young at heart, and I pray that I always will be. My philosophy is: "If you laugh, you'll live!"


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