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Exciting news from ElderChicks

Greetings to The New Senior Man! Please help me welcome the new book, to be published officially on October 8. And join me in honoring the memory of Bobby Fleisher, my beloved friend and partner, in whose spirit I write this.

As always, working with Bobby was joyful and stimulating; we had a virtual “Vulcan mind meld,” as Trekkies would say. There was little left to finish without her, but no question that it would be done, as we had promised each other. I hope you will enjoy the opportunity to hear her voice again in the new book.

We wrote it because wherever we spoke about The New Senior Woman, someone would invariably ask, “When are you going to write about the men?” The topic turned out to be needed, fascinating, and extraordinarily eye-opening. Their lives, we learned, were just as dramatically impacted by the cultural changes of the last several decades as ours (women’s) have been, but many of us have been so busy finding our own strength that we haven’t noticed parallel changes for men. Wonderful men from 60 to 100, from all walks of life, tell us how they are meeting the challenges change brings.

Pre-publication orders are being taken at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and Rowman.com. Please tell us what you think about senior men in this tumultuous time.

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I am in the beginning of Ann Cleeves’ “The Crow Trap.” A nice fat mystery for lazy days of summer. But I set it aside when I grabbed a copy of “Nutshell” by Ian McEwan at my library. Can’t put it down…for now.

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Hello! Political groupies…

A newly published book entitled “Al Franken, Giant of The Senate” will not only tickle your “funny Bone,” but make you think, as well. Al Franken was signing books at Barnes & Noble in NYC and my husband and I were lucky to get him to sign a copy for us. We were also able to let him know we are writing a song for him. His next campaign is in 2020 so we have a way to go. This is one savvy guy. A Harvard grad who made a name for himself on Saturday Night Live, and is now a Senator from Minnesota and already being talked about running for President. Hope you all get his book, and enjoy!

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I’m an early adopter and adore almost all of the new technology. I just flew back from a conference in Vegas (ugh) and had a whole library of books in my Kindle app that I could read on my iPad without lugging a ton of carry-on weight and bulk.

But air conditioning? As much as I sometimes appreciate it (I love the heat), I am convinced that air conditioning has ruined civilization as we knew it. When I was a little kid in the 1950s, no one had air conditioning. In the summer, everyone stayed outside. My mom and her friends played scrabble on the front patio while the kids climbed our crabapple tree or played in the sprinkler. We knew our neighbors. We saw them every day. Not just the ones who lived one or two houses away, but the WHOLE BLOCK, and in the houses behind us and across the street too. Now? We run from our air conditioned cars to our air conditioned houses. I have met most of my neighbors only during power outages and blizzards when everyone comes out of their nests and, if only for a short while, becomes a community again.

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